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WITTMER John J. Biography

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  • Title WITTMER John J. Biography 
    Short Title WITTMER John J. Biography 
    Repository Allen County Library 
    Source ID S614 
    Text Page 291

    Among the skilled and prosperous agriculturists of York township, Noble county, Ind., John J. Wittmer holds a foremost position. He is a son of John C. and Mary (Hare) Wittmer, the former of whom was a native of Niagara county, N.Y., and was born March 7, 1801, was reared a farmer and passed all his life in his native county.
    Benjamin Wittmer, the father of John was born in Switzerland, and died in Niagara county, N.Y., at a very advanced age, and Mary (Hare) Wittmer was born in Niagara county, N. Y., March 22, 1807, of German parentage.
    To the marriage of John C. and Mary (Hare) Wittmer were born a family of six sons and five daughters, and of these John J. was the ninth in order of birth, and had his nativity near Millersburg, Elkhart county, Ind., November 11, 1843, and was reared in Elkhart county until about fourteen years of age, and then in Noble county, Ind., until August, 1862, when he enlisted in Company E, Seventeenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, to serve this country in the suppression of the war of the Rebellion; and he performed his duty courageously and faithfully until February 10, 1863, when be was honorably discharged on account of sickness, or, as the expression is used in the service, "on account of physical disability." He then returned to his father's farm in Elkhart county and assisted in its cultivation until his marriage, in 1865.
    John J. Wittmer was joined in matrimony at Albion, Ind., April 9, in the year mentioned above, with Miss Cornelia C. Norris, a daughter of William and Catherine (Deck) Norris, the former of whom was born in Pennsylvania. September 15, 1810, and died September 14, 1868, and his wife, also a native of Pennsylvania, born July 3, 1813, died in York township April 7, 1882. William Norris was a minister of the German Baptist church, of which his wife was also a member. To Mr. and Mrs. Norris were born eight sons and six daughters, and of these Mrs. Wittmer was the ninth in order of birth.
    After marriage Mr. and Mrs. John J. Wittmer located in Elkhart county, but since April, 1875, have been residents of York township, Noble county, where Mr. Wittmer owns a fertile farm of forty acres, on which he has erected a comfortable dwelling and commodious barns and all other necessary outbuildings. This farm is well located, and through Mr. Wittmer's excellent management produces abundantly the various cereals grown in this latitude. It impresses the observer with an idea of skill and thrift on the part of the owner, and this impression is fully justified by Mr. Wittmer's excellent management.
    To Mr. and Mrs. Wittmer have been born a family of four children, but of these, through the fiat of an all-wise and overruling power but one has been left to gladden the hearts of her parents and that of her husband---Susanna, now the wife of Edward DePew and the mother of four children---Olive J., Letha C., John C. and Greeley C. M. The three deceased children born to Mr. and Mrs. Wittmer were named Frances E., Katie F. and Hattie N., who all died in infancy.

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    John J. Wittmer and wife are devout members of and hearty co-workers in the German Baptist church, to which they contribute in maintaining freely from their means financially and by their moral influence and participation in its good work on every available occasion. Of this church John J. Wittmer and wife were also members. Their home is the abode of true hospitality, and their social standing is with the best people of York township. 
    Linked to Catharine DECK
    Mary HARE
    William C. NORRIS
    Benjamin WITTMER
    John C. WITTMER
    John J. WITTMER 

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