Current day, genealogists Gingerich and Kreider authors of the book Amish and Amish Mennonite Genealogies 2007, do not even mention John Jacob Stutzman. They start the section of the book regarding Stutzman’s with Christian the husband of Barbara Hochstetler. They address Christian’s ancestry in the footnotes “Probably the son of Magdalena Stutzman (“Maudlin Steudsman”) who warranted land in (now) Upper Bern Township.
John Murray explains in Troyer ancestral doc on his WordPress blog, “Recent research seems to show that our Stutzman ancestry begins with Christian Stutzman who married a Maudlin Steck in Switzerland. The story is that they were forced to leave their home in Switzerland. From there they went to Holland where Christian died. Maudlin then brought her children to PA. Since many ships lists do not include lists of women and children, her name does not appear on any known list. “
It’s a paradigm shift in Stutzman genealogy, but when genealogists went looking for sources to prove the family legends from Harvey Hostetler’s book Descendants of Barbara Hochstetler and Christian Stutzman of John Jacob is listed as Christian’s father, this is what they found.
Hope this helps.
**Also a note to any one with Amish Mennonite lines the Amish and Amish Mennonite Genealogies was amazing in helping sort out my ancestors. With all the Jacobs Christians, Johns etc. in the same generation of families, I had a 2nd great grandfather Christian Stutzman confused with his cousin of the same name and to make it more confusing they married sisters! AAMG's simple numbering system helped me get and keep them straight. Best of all, they source their conclusions! I use both books in my research.
10-16-2016 Update: In the July 1982 edition of Mennonite Family History author John Scott Davenport has an article "The Elder Jacob Stutzman, 1752 Immigrant" states " The dilemma of the contemporary identifications is that there were at least four, possibly five, Jacob Stutzmans- of record or legend- in Eighteenth Century emigration from Germany to america, and two of them were Brethern of high historical profile in their church."
So we are probably dealing with multiple men. It goes without saying, care should be taken when researching our ancestors to make certain we are climbing the right tree.
The quarterly, Mennonite Family History, can be found in some libraries or www.masthof.com has back issues available.