SOLOMON STUTZMAN, a worthy representative of the substantial and reliable Pennsylvania farmer, transferred his
residence from the Keystone State to Illinois in December, 1849, while he was yet a young man, and is now operating
as a successful farmer of Danvers Township, on section 2. Mr. Stutzman was born in Juniata County, Pa., in 1829,
being the son of Henry and Magdalena (Lantz) Stutzman, both natives of the same State and born in 1797 and 1795,
respectively. They were married in their native State in 1821, and followed farming there for about twelve years
They then removed to Fairfield County, Ohio, where the father of our subject operated on rented land until his death, which occurred Sept. 22, 1845. The mother survived him a number of years and died about the 1st of March, 1866.
The record of their children is as follows: Joel is married and residing in Fairfield County, Ohio; Samuel married Miss Sarah Lantz, and they are now living in Hudson, in this county; Solomon of our sketch was the third child; Moses married Miss Garland, and lives in Christian County, Ill.; Isaac married Miss Catherine Barnes, and is a resident of this county; David married Miss Belle Wolf, and is a resident of Bloomington; Jonathan married Miss Anna Fray; he died in about 1876, leaving a wife and six children; Lydia became the wife of Eli Lantz, and lives in Nebraska. The parents were members of the Mennonite Church, and in politics Henry Stutzman was an old-line Whig.
Solomon Stutzman remained at home until the death of his father and then served four years in a distillery. He came to Illinois in December, 1849, stopping over winter in Woodford County, and in the spring came to McLean County, where for three years following he farmed on rented land, he then purchased 120 acres, to which he subsequently added, and is now the owner of 280 acres, all improved and under a good state of cultivation. His attention is mostly devoted to the raising, buying and selling of cattle. The family residence of our subject is a convenient and commodious building, covering an area of 18 x 22 feet, with an L 20 feet square. His barn and out-buildings are substantial and kept in good repair, and everything about the premises indicates the supervision of a thorough and intelligent business man.
Mr. and Mrs. Stutzman have become the parents of five children, as follows: Joshua H. married Miss Miller, and is a resident of this county; Simeon married Miss Tillie Lantz; Abraham also married a Miss Lantz, and Irene is the wife of C. C. Habecker; Jonathan Y., who also married a Miss Lantz, lives in McLean County, Ill.
The wife of our subject is the daughter of Jonathan and Magdalena (Wagoner) Yoder, both natives of Schuylkill County, Pa. Jonathan Yoder, a carpenter, followed his trade for a number of years in his native State, and later purchased a large farm, upon which he removed and occupied it until the spring of 1852, when he came to Illinois and purchased forty acres of land in Dry Grove Township, this county, where he passed the remainder of his days. The mother departed this life in 1865, and Mr. Yoder then resided with one of his daughters until his death, in 1868. His marriage took place in 1817, and they became the parents of eleven children, as follows: Leah, Joash, Elias, Elizabeth, Sarah, Amos, Jonathan (who died Jan. 10, 1833), Magdalena (who died Dec. 17, 1832), Asa, Catherine and Anna.
Mr. and Mrs. Y. were members of the Mennonite Church, of which he was a minister for many years, and they were most worthy people, who trained their children to lives of industry and virtue. In politics Mr. Stutzman is a stanch Republican.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 446. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.