John Wittmer was born 16 Oct 1803 in Hofstetten, Germany. About 1833 he married Barbara Schrag, a daughter of Heinrich Conrad Schrag and Elizabeth Hirstein. They then emigrated to America, settling first in Missouri, then in Ridge Prairie, St. Clair, IL. The family moved again to Mascoutah, St. Clair, IL, finally settling southeast of Summerfield, St. Clair, IL. He was active with several others in the founding of the Mennonite Church in St. Clair county. He died 1 Jun 1858 as the result of a farm accident. He is buried in a small Wittmer family cemetery east of Summerfield. Descendants of John continue to exist in the St. Clair county area.
A database of all of John's descendants is being maintained by the author of this page, and anyone descended from John is urged to write to Jim Bridges.