Biography of Capt. John Stuchell
Indiana County, PA Biographies

CAPTAIN JOHN STUCHELL, a Union officer in the late civil war, and proprietor of "Traveller's Home," is a son of Christopher and Jane (Mahan) Stuchell, and was born near Plumville, in South Mahoning township, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, September 24, 1834. His great-grandfather, John Stuchell (sometimes written Stuchal), was a native of Germany, and settled in what is now White township in 1805. He had five children: Abraham, Christopher, Jacob, Mary McHenry and a daughter who married a Mr. Caldwell, The second son, Christopher Stuchell, Sr. (grandfather), married Elizabeth Lydiek. He was an industrious and well to do farmer, and served as a soldier in the war of 1812. He had nine sons: John, Christopher, Jacob, Abraham, James, William, Thomas, Joseph and Samuel. Christopher Stuchell (father) was born June 21, 1800, in Rayne township, and died in South Mahoning township, September 29, 1867. He was engaged in farming during his life-time. He was a whig and afterwards a republican, and was an influential member and highly respected elder of the Plumville United Presbyterian church. He married Jane Mahan, a daughter of John Mahan, a native of Ireland, who settled on the site of Newville, on Crooked creek. She was born on the Atlantic ocean, on board the ship which brought her parents to this country, and died in South Mahoning township, December 27, 1876, aged seventytwo years. Mr. and Mrs. Stuchell were the parents of three sons and six daughters. One of these sons, Christopher, served in the Union army in West Virginia, and is now a resident of South Mahoning township.

John Stuchell was reared on a farm, He received his education in the common schools, and was engaged in farming until the commencement of the late civil war. On November 15, 1861, be enlisted as a private in Co. G, 103d regiment, Pa. Vol., was commissioned captain December 28, 1861, and commanded his company until April 16, 1863, when his term of enlistment expired. He served in the Army of the Potomac and participated in the battles of Williamsburg and Seven Pines or Fair Oaks. Returning home in 1863, he followed farming in South Mahoning township for four years, and then embarked in the wagon-making business at Plumville, in which he continued for seven years. In 1874 he attempted to work at carpentering, but was compelled to quit on account of physical disability, which was the result of disease contracted in the army from exposure. In 1890 he came to Kelleysburg, where he took charge of the "Traveler's Home," and has continued in the hotel business successfully until the present time.

On March 22, 1860, he married Jane McCune, daughter of John and Margaret McCune, and a native of South Maboning township. They have eight children: Mary Elizaabeth, Margaret Ellen, Jennie Olive, On Anna, Leah Dean, Harry White, Maud and Mabel.

In politics Capt. Stuchell is a republican. He owns some property at Plumville, and is a thorough going business man. He was a member of Plumviile Post, No. 495, Grand Army of the Republic.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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