Stephan Suthoff (1802-abt 1865) was born in Westphalia (Westfalen), Germany (then Prussia), and married Anna Catharina Fenerman (1814-abt 1860), also born in Prussia, and had three children. The first, Bernhard (1837) was also born in Prussia. Then sometime between 1837 and 1844 the family emigrated to Missouri and had two more children, Stephen (1844) and Joseph (1851).
The US Federal Census of 1850 records a Suthoff family living in the Linn Township of Osage County in Missouri, USA. Stephen is listed as Francis (middle name?) with his wife Catherine and sons Bernhard (1837, listed on a separate page) and Joseph (1844).
By the 1860 Census, Stephan's third son, also named Stephen, is born and Stephan became a land owner. The 120 acres were bought by Stephen in 1857 according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820 for the sale of public lands and recorded in a US land patent. The land is located about 3.4 miles east of St Thomas, MO, along Profits Creek Road (Lat: 38°21'59.44"N Long: 92°10'28.68"W). In 1860 the land was valued at $400 (about $9,800 adjusted to 2009 dollars).
By the 1870 Census only Bernhard (1837-1912) and Stephen (1851-1908) are included in the census. Stephen, Anna Catharina and Joseph are presumed dead. The land from 1857 is also presumed sold or lost as the 1870 census mentions no real estate holdings.
not known how the family was impacted by the Civil War, but both
Bernhard and John did serve in the Union forces. Bernhard is recorded
to have served as a Private in the Minor Civil Divison of Jackson
Township, Osage County, but the company and regiment are unknown.
The last record found referring to Jospeh was a warrant for $100 issued to him on October 15, 1864, for his service for the Union in the Cole County Home Guards Regiment in the Civil War.
In 1877, Bernhard married Christina Adrian Hammelback. Christina was previously married to Theodore Adrian (see page 7 of 1870 census) but was apparently widowed.
By the 1880 Census, Bernhard's family had grown and included five step children, a daughter named Mary (1879) and a son named John (1880), and his brother Stephen.
In the 1900 Census
(still searching records from 1890), Bernhard and his children Mary
(Maria) and John, and his brother Stephen are still together and living
in Osage County. Bernhard's wife Christina is presumed to have died.
There were many changes by the 1910 Census. John Suthoff married Agnes Wankum on May 12,1903 and had their first two children, Mary Catherine and Anna Marie. At the age of 72 Bernhard is still living with the family, but John has become the head of household.
The family also moved (probably) just a few miles, from somewhere in Osage County to the current Suthoff Osage River Farm in Cole County - a Missouri Century Farm.
John and Agnes would eventually have 10 children, seven of which survived long into adulthood. It is to this third generation that the Suthoffs and many Luebberings, Hoelschers, Bruemmers, Stropes and others trace their ancestry.
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Suthoff Family Chart (updated 12 Dec 2008) - 413 direct descendants of Stephan and Anna Catharina Suthoff.
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