Title: A biographical history of Lancaster County : being a history of early settlers and eminent men of the county; as also much other unpublished historical information, chiefly of a local character /
Author: Harris, Alexander, b. 1827.
Pg. 555, STAUFFER FAMILY.JOHN STAUFFER and his brother JACOB emigrated to America from Germany about the year 1740.They were mere boys, JOHN being not more than 12 or 15 years old.They started from Philadelphia to Lancaster on foot.While traveling along they came up with a farmer driving in a wagon.He, seeing that they were boys and must be hungry, threw some bread on the ground, which the boys eagerly picked up and ate.When they arrived in Lancaster they found the town to consist of only a few houses.They then traveled to the neighborhood of Litiz, where they lived until grown up, when JOHN married a daughter of JOHN MARTIN AMWEG.He then settled about 3 miles north of Manheim where he bought a mill on the Big Chiques Creek, at present in the possession of Moses Light.When the Revolutionary War broke out he refused to take up arms being a member of the Mennonite Church.The officers searched the mill for him; he, however, made his escape to the hills.They finally gave up the chase and left.In 1778, on the 15th of November, was born his son, MARTIN STAUFFER, who is still living, having just entered his 94th year, and is with his daughter, MRS.HENRY SNAVELY.
Pg. 555, JACOB STAUFFER was born in Manheim, in the county of Lancaster, Pa., on the 30th day of November, 1808.He received a common country school education, and was early put behind the counter by his father, who kept both store and tavern, during his (pg. 555) minority.He manifested quite a taste for drawing and painting in his youth, and great fondness for military display.A retired graduate of West Point, boarding with his father, took quite an interest in him, and gave him lessons; indeed almost a regular West Point course.Owing to this, Col. Jacob Hostetter appointed him adjutant, May, 1825, of the 18th regiment Pa. militia.He subsequently was elected first major, and on the expiration of Col. Hostetter’s term, young as he was, he was almost unanimously elected colonel.After attaining the age of 21, he left his native village for Philadelphia, and made the acquaintance of the elder Sulley, Inman, and other artists and engravers, and took lessons in oil painting and drawing.But, as his father did not approve of his course, and having no resources to sustain him while acquiring proficiency as an artist, he got a clerkship, first in the counting house of Mr. S. Eckstein, and afterwards in the recording office of Philadelphia, during which time he took to himself a wife.After spending a few years in Philadelphia, he moved to his native village, where he opened a store, and subsequently introduced the first printing press in Manheim, adding a job office to his mercantile pursuit.Having devoted much of his studies to medicine and botany, he gradually sold off his stock of goods and entered more especially into the drug business.He exchanged his Manheim property for one at what was then called “Richland cross-roads,” in 1840, now incorporated in the borough of Mount Joy, at which place he also introduced the first printing press, as well as a lithographic press, and the art of taking daguerreotypes.He devoted much of his time to botany and natural science.(pg. 557) He wrote quite a number of articles on subjects connected with agriculture, botany, and entomology.One of his pamphlets is on file in the Academy of Natural Science of Philadelphia, of which he has for years been a corresponding member.His oldest son started the Mount Joy Herald, in 1854, assisted by him, which there are weekly articles on botany, illustrated by neat wood cuts, drawn and engraved by himself, giving much valuable and interesting information, drawn from an extensive library of botanical works.He wound up his affairs at Mount Joy and moved to Lancaster in the spring of 1858, devoting his time more especially to the procuring of patents.During the first few years, he had his office in the library rooms of the Lancaster Athenaeum, of which he had the (pg. 557) charge, but this was forced to abandon, as his business increased to such a degree that he could but now and then write articles for the press.His oldest son is a dintinguished writer, while the youngest is a distinguished civil engineer, and has in charge the bridge now being build across the Schuylkill, South St., Philadelphia.(pg. 559) MR. STAUFFER has been three times married.(ends of pg. 560)