150th Anniversary—1988

John George Schumm Family History

yet was done by wagon. So John George Schumm bought a Conestoga wagon, fitted himself out, and trekked his way with his family from Philadelphia to Holmes county, Ohio, where they acquired land and began to farm. Here they made their home up to 1838. There is not much known about this first chapter of the Schumm family in America. This is sure, that hardships awaited them at every turn, on their trip in the covered wagon as well as during their days in Holmes county, which at that time was far from being a settled commun­ity. It was in Holmes county that four of the children found their life's partners. Katherine married Michael Schueler November 22, 1833. Georg Martin married Maria Pffueger May 1, 1838, and in the same year on August 15, Johann Friedrich married Magdalena Meyers, and Georg Ludwig married Barbara Pffueger November 1, 1840.

 

But John George Schumm was not satisfied in Holmes county. He heard that cheap land, mostly all government land, was to be had in the western part of Ohio and Indiana. The battle of Tippecanoe had broken the power of the Indians in that part of the country, and after treaties had been made with the several Indian tribes, settlers had been slowly but steadily pouring into this fertile part of the Middle West. At that time, however, that part of' the country was mostly a wilderness whose resources had scarcely been touched.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But it was this part of the United States that John George Schumm viewed as the place in which it would be pleasant to live and to farm. He knew that a great future awaited that part of Ohio and Indiana. So in the year 1837 he started to walk to Indiana. Fort Wayne, then no more than a large village, was his goal. It was a long, toilsome walk. When he arrived in the western part of Ohio, he heard of a place that he thought would satisfy him. This land lay in what later on came to be Van Wert county, where the village of Schumm now stands. The gently rolling fertile hills made a good impression on him, and he decided that here he would drive his stakes, clear the forest, and erect his home. After a short stay, during which he definitely selected the site which he intended to make his future horne, he walked back to Holmes county, a distance of somewhat over 160 miles. On this journey he covered approximately 320 miles by foot, a distance which we in our days cover with a car in one day, and finally in the Spring of 1838, John George and his family joined the long, winding caravans that crawled their slow way across the plains and through the virgin forests to

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