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DNA IDENTIFIES JACOB YODER OF LEWISBURG, PA.

                Jacob Yoder of Lewisburg, Pa. was born in 1783, married to Mary Sterner (c1792-2/12/1863), died Apr. 11, 1864 and was buried in the Lewisburg, Pa. Cemetery. He had a large family which included five sons who lived to adulthood. For many years we numbered him among our “unlinked” Yoder family members.

                By birth year, he matched a “missing” son of one of the Amish Yoders. The two oldest sons of Joseph Yoder (YR127) (c1757-1833) who married Elizabeth Jutzi are listed in his will, but it was not known what became of them. These sons were named George and Jacob. The YNL had tracked a George Yoder into Wayne County Ohio, and westward into Stephenson Co., Illinois. We reported new evidence in YNL 45 that confirmed that this George was the oldest son of Joseph Yoder. George and his descendants did not remain Amish.

                Peter, the oldest son of Jacob of Lewisburg, moved to Stephenson County. This led us to speculate that Jacob may have been George’s brother. Another hint that this may have been so was a “family tradition” in the family of Jacob’s middle son Charles Sterner Yoder that Jacob had been a “run-away Mennonite boy”.

                Therefore, when we found our first volunteer in this family to join the Yoder DNA Project, we expected to see that the value for Y-DNA marker “19” would be “16” which is shared by the Amish Yoder lines. Instead, we had a surprise!

                The Amish 12 position DNA profile is:

 

                The test results from the Jacob descendant were:     

 

                This result was obviously not a match to the Amish line. It effectively ruled out Jacob of Lewisburg as having been George’s brother or YR127’s son. It also does not match to the ancestral Yoder profile. BUT it does match to one of the profiles which appear in the Oley Hans Yoder line! Two of the sons of Hans son of Hans the immigrant (“OH1”) have different distinctive profiles, indicating they are not the natural son of OH1.

 

OH1- John Yoder m1. Barbara______ m2. Elizabeth ( ) Keim (h2)  d. 1779 (will made 3/8/1779 proved 10/20/1779)
+OH11- Hans (John) Jr. b. c1726

                Profile:
+OH12- Daniel b. c1723 –had girls- Y-DNA profile not known
+OH13- Samuel b.

                Profile:
+OH14- Peter b.

                Profile:

OH15- Maria Johanna b.

 

The Jacob of Lewisburg descendant 12 marker profile is an exact match to the OH14- Peter Yoder line!

               

 

OH14- Peter Yoder was married by Rev. Frederich Rothenbuehler on 12/7/1762 in the First Reformed Church of Philadelphia to Eve Levan Their children were:

OH141- Susanna who m. 11/3/1789 at the Schwartzenwald Reformed Church  to Daniel Hoch (10/29/1755- 10/7/1835) She died before 9/8/1809 and was buried at the Zion Union Ch.
OH142- Catherine who m1. ______ Wildbahn m2. Joseph Levan

She died between 1809 and 9/21/1819.
OH143- Hannah b. 11/3/1767 m. 12/18/1787 Jacob Schraeder
(Schroeder) d. May 1,1853 85y-5m-29d  Pleasantville Union Cemetery
OH144- Anna Maria b. 7/7/1773 m. at Schwartzenwald Reformed Church 6/21/1791 to Jacob Focht (Vogt) She d. 3/13/1863 and is buried at Huff's Union Church, Hereford Twp. Berks Co.
+OH145- John who m. Sep.1,1803 at the Schwartzenwald Church to Catharine Levan. He died after 1819.

+OH146- Jacob- b.  ?

Peter’s will was made 9/8/1809 and probated 10/16/1809.  The will gave 168 acres in Oley Township to son John, who was directed to give his brother Jacob the sum of $2,000.

 

                What we knew of this Jacob was that he married a Maria ___. Jacob Yoder “of Oley twp Purchased land in Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Co. Apr.1810". Bro-in-law Joseph Levan was witness to the 1810 deed. Land records show that on 11 Apr 1815  Jacob Yoder of Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Co, Pa. bought 151 acres on the West branch of Susquehana River in Northumberland Co, Pa)

Records of their children show:

OH1461- girl b. 1800-1810
OH1462- Judith b. 1/22/1811 Whitehall Twp.
OH1463- Elizabeth b. 10/9/1812 " "
OH1464- Peter b. 5/3/1814

 

This Jacob appears in the 1810 census for Whitehall Township (see below). We had looked at this census record many times over the years and what seemed to eliminate him as being our Jacob of Lewisburg was the 45+ age of the oldest couple in the family. It now seems that the older couple could have been Jacob’s or the wife’s parents.

1810 Census:

Jacob------Yotter------N'mptn------Whtall------042------45+
--------------------male-----female
---------age-45+------1------1     (before 1775)
------------26/45------1------1
------------16/26
------------10/16------1------1
-----Under-10---------------1

 

The 1800 Census record for Peter and his family supports that second son Jacob was born about 1784 or later.

1800 Census:

Peter Yoder Berks Oley 641 45+ (OH14)

                                male female

age 45+   1              1

26/45

16-26                       1            (1774-1784)

10/16                       1            (1784-1790)

<10                          1              4

 

The DNA test results from descendants of Jacob Yoder of Lewisburg, through both son Nathaniel and son Charles, prove beyond doubt that this Yoder line sprang from Peter Yoder (OH14). Merging the information we previously had shows that Jacob Yoder was born in 1783 and he married Mary Sterner (c1792-2/12/1863). They were residents of Union Co., Pa. in the census from 1830 onward. Maria died in Lewisburg on 4/11/1864, and both are buried  in the Lewisburg Cemetery. See the descendant chart on page 5.

                We can also now see that Jacob Yoder's father-in-law, Christopher Sterner, preceded Jacob and Maria in the move to what was then Northumberland County, in 1812.  Sunbury Pa. Court House Deed Book R, p 135.  "Christopher Sterner of Berks County Pa. Purchased 250 acres more or less on April 12, 1812 from estate of Adam Christ on West side of West Branch of Susquehanna River (then Northumberland Co.) For $4830." 

                We’d like to recognize the late Walter and Mae Moore for their many years of research on this line and for their work in producing in 1994 a detailed family history and descendant record for the line of Jacob’s son Charles Fisher Yoder (1859-1926).

Walter and Mae Moore

 

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ORIGINS OF THE AMISH YODERS –

CLUES IN THE DNA

                The Y Chromosome DNA profile for the Amish Yoders shows the earliest mutation from the ancestral pattern. This mutation appears in marker “19” as a value of “16” instead of the “15” which appears in lines of the Oley, Hans of Great Swamp, Melchior,  Conrad Yoder, and the living Steffisburg Switzerland lines. As the mutation occurs in BOTH descendants of YR1 and YR2, we know it is a pre-immigrant mutation which occurred at the latest with the father of these two men. YR1 was born c1695 and YR2 c1700. So we would look to their father as a male Joder born before 1675.  The Amish 12 position DNA profile is as follows:

 

 

                This mutation also appears in the descendants of the other 18th century Amish Yoder, Yost Yoder (YRB), meaning he was descended from a common ancestor as YR1 and YR2, likely their father or grandfather. Genealogical data shows several American immigrants who can be connected to Steffisburg family of the brothers Nicholas and Yost.  In YNL 12 and 13, our Senior Editor Rachel Kreider speculated on which Steffisburg Joder male could have been the father of YR1 and YR2. We can now add to this analysis the results of the DNA testing.

 

                First, who can we now RULE OUT? There are children of both Jost (Y6) and Nicolas who were linked in Steffisburg town records to the Anabaptists, but the links were more numerous on the Jost side. The only proven descent from the Nicolas side is from his son Adam, father of the Oley Yoder immigrants Hans and Yost. Adam is now proven to have a marker “19” value of “15”. Even if he wasn’t already ruled out by the genealogical data, he is ruled out by the DNA information.

                On the Jost side,  son Christian who married Barbara Gerber had descendants who settled in Eppstein, Germany and took on the spelling “Jotter”. Tests from this line show that Christian passed down the non-Amish value of “15” and rule him out as the father of YR1 and YR2. Steffisburg Joders in the DNA test say they are descended from Jost’s son Jakob who married M. Stahli, and they  also received the value of 15 and can be ruled out. (Note: there are two Jakobs of about the same age, and it’s not clear that the one who married  the Stahli was the one who was the son of Jost. However, the fact that a Stahli owned adjacent land in Berks County to the Amish immigrants had made him a target of interest.)

                The “Amish mutation” appears in claimed descendants of two of Jost’s sons. Amish Bishop Samuel Joder of Hesse (YRC) who wrote letters to his “dear cousins” YR23 and YR25 in the US is claimed in the Karl Joder research to have been descended from Jost’s son Caspar who married Verena Stauffer. A descendant of Samuel’s son Michel carries the Amish mutation. The second line with the “Amish mutation” is that of Hans Joder who married Catherine Risser.  The Alsatian research presented in YNL28 links a number of 19th century Amish Yoder immigrants to this couple, and one DNA test done thus far shows the Amish mutation in a reputed descendant. Looking at the test results, there are three hypothesizes:

1)                               The “Amish mutation” began with Jost himself.

2)                   The mutation independently occurred with two of Jost’s sons (Caspar and Hans) simultaneously.

3)                   The mutation occurred with one or the other of these sons and the European attributions of  lineage contains errors.

                We don’t know for certain which Jacob was Jost’s son, so we can dismiss the Jacob Joder - M. Stahli family results. However if the Christian Joder Barbara Gerber connection is correct, it would also seem to establish that Jost the father (identified by code “Y6”) still had the “15” value. At the same time, the very low rate of mutation which occurs on the Y Chromosome makes it almost impossible for two brothers to independently experience the same mutation. Let’s look more deeply at the brothers Hans and Caspar.

                Caspar and Verena married Jan.21,1681. By 1708 they were   residing on the estate of St. Germanhof on the German border with Alsace. "They have nine children and are also listed in nearby Weiler as well-to-do."  Amish and Amish Mennonite Genealogies shows the following children for Caspar and Verena, all born in Steffisburg:

Y6b- Caspar Joder m1/21/1681 Verena Stauffer

Y6b1- Anna b 4/16/1682   died young

Y6b2- Anna  b 5/20/1683 m Antoni Stauffer

Y6b3-  Barbara b. 1/4/1685   died young

Y6b4- Hans b 10/24/1686 m. Catherine Oesch

Y6b5- Christian b 2/15/1691 m Anna Maria Clauss

Y6b6- Caspar b 9/1/1695 m Magdalene Gungerich

Y6b6- Peter b 2/18/1700  m. Barbara Eichelberger

Y6b7- Barbara b 10/29/1703  m. Georg Guengerich

                In this family, Y6b4 Hans and his wife Catherine Oesch, were the parents of Jakob Joder b. 1708 in Alsace, who was the father of YRC- Samuel , author of the letter to his Yoder “cousins” in America, which said: My father was Jacob Yoder, a son of Hans Yoder who lived at Herffinen and Rosenthal and died at Dirmstein.” And "If my older cousins are still living they will have known him..." Samuel is the ancestor of one of our “Amish Value” DNA testees.

                The son Christian (Y6b5) is of an age to have possibly been our 1742 immigrant Christian YR2. However, we know that Y6b5 lived in Salzwoogerhof-Gemeinde Lemberg/ Pirmasens, that he was the Amish  Mennonite Bishop of the Fronschburg area, and that he had children born in Europe in turn had a son Christian who was born in 1732 in Salzwoog. This younger Christian married Maria Steinmann about 1760 (by that time YR2’s son Christain (aka “Schweitzer Christian”) had been living in America for 18 years.) Christian, son of Y6b5, was an Amish-Mennonite preacher in Annweiler Tal and died in 1802. His son Joseph was born July 15, 1776  in Horbacherhof, and married Maria Katherina Germann. Their son Joseph, b. 1805 was the Joseph “Ioder” who m. Barbara Albrecht, came to Illinois in 1836, and is the ancestor of our second “DNA testee” under Caspar.

                Hans  Joder and Catherine Risser (Kathrina Reusser) married in Steffisburg on Jul 17, 1671. Amish and Amish Mennonite Genealogies shows the following children for them, all born in Steffisburg:

       Y61- Hans Joder m. Kathrina Ruesser

        Y611-  Kathrin  b. 7/28/1672

        Y612- Anna  b. 1/25/1674

        Y613- Jost  b. 9/19/1675   m. Magdalena Gerber

        Y614- Barbara  b. 8/14/1678

        Y615- Christen  b. 4/9/1680

        Y616- Verena   b. 2/12/1682 died young

        Y617- Hans   b. 3/29/1691

        Y618- Verena  b. 3/12/1693

                In YNL11 Rachel Kreider write of this family “J. Virgil Miller has speculated that the father of our immigrants might have been Jost Joder Y613, a theory that has also appealed to Dr. H. F. Gingerich. Karl Joder stated that this Jost, who dropped out of his records, emigrated to America. Miller thinks it is more likely that this was the Jost of 1717 in Lachen and that his children would have been the emigrants. The Chorgerichtsmanual (Judicial Proceedings) of Canton Bern in 1691 noted that "the oldest son of Hans Joder of the Bernestrasse, named Jost, is never at home and the always reports 'Ersein jetz nit daheim sondernzu Kaserts in der Arbeit'." Miller says this being away at work was a typical excuse for hunted Anabapists. Miller points out that no other Jost can fit into this incident as well as Yost, the Amish minister who lived for a time at Lachen. The footnotes in AAMG discuss the possibility of Yost's coming to America (p. 573) but the probability that his sons came instead is just as great or greater and the dates fit well.”

 

                This Jost is just barely old enough to have been a parent to YR1 and YR2. Alsatian genealogists Jean and Renee Hukel show that this Jost m1. Magdalena Gerber (daughter of Hans Gerber and Salome Joder- a known Amish couple) and m2 Madeleine Reiss. His descendants are not as well documented, but speculated children were:

+FA11- Christ (1707-5/20/1795 Belfort,F) m. Anne Hochstetler (1713-6/20/1795 Belfort,F)
FA12- Anna (1709- )
+FA13- Jean (Hans) (1714-1/26/1767) m. 11/11/1762 Frena Zimmermann ( - 11/13/1770 Grand Charmont,F)
+FA14- Jost (1717-4/14/1793 Etobon,F) m Anneli Kropf ( -8/26/1794)
FA15- Jacob (1718- )

The DNA test from this line came from a descendant of John (YA4)  (b.1795 Steinbach, F- ) who m. 6/27/1822 Pfastatt, F Marie Marie Conrad (2/7/1799 Belfort,F- ). This John (Jean) was a son of Joseph Joder (1752-1825 Hirtzbach,F) and Marie Stucky, who was a believed son of  Jean Joder (1714-1767) (FA13 above). This descent, if correct, would also seem to rule out Jost as the father of YR1 and YR2. It also seems to raise a question about whether he is the same fellow as the Jost at Lachen, in Germany.

                We do not know further details about Christian Y615, born in Steffisburg 4/9/1680. In YNL12, Rachel Kreider writes “The oldest son in both immigrant families was named Christian. There is no Jost in the first family and in the second one they got around to the name only by son number three. This could be quite coincidental, but remembering how the Amish so often used the paternal grandfather's name, we looked around for a Christian Yoder that could qualify and there is one. Yost Y613 had a brother Christian Y615, born in 1680. The dates do not fit as well; the fathers of the two generations would have had to be as young as 21 or 22 when their first child was born.”

                In summary, the DNA results have pointed us to two sons of Jost Joder and Anna Traschel. Where the “Amish mutation” took place is not yet clear. It seems it was not with Jost (Y6). YR1 and YR2 don’t seem to fit in the Caspar (Y6b) family, or in that of his nephew Jost (Y613). But Christian (Y615) seems an open possibility. We have no European records that eliminate him. Hopefully we shall see more DNA test results from descendants of the various Alsatian Yoder lines to help figure things out.

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“AXIE” YODER PHOTO FOUND

Unnown lady, daughter Susannah, Joseph

-photo contributed by Perry L. Yoder

                Joseph “Axie” Yoder (YR1212) lived and worked in Somerset County, Pa, and was a renowned maker of axes and tools.  He was the subject of an article published in YNL10, Oct. 1987. In that issue we re-published an article about him from the Feb. 16, 1898 edition of the “Somerset Herald”.  Axie” was born Dec. 11, 1788 in Somerset County to  Jacob Yoder m Fanny Hochstetler , and married twice. His first wife was Gertrude Schrock who died in 1836. He next married Julianna Ramsberger, who was almost 38 years younger then he.Axie” died Apr. 4, 1863 at Davidsville, PA and is buried in the Kauffman Graveyard. He is said to have been the founder of Summit Mills. Pa. Perry L. Yoder of Meyersdale, Pa. is a collector of tools made by Axie. Perry shared a display of this collection at one of the 2006 Yoder National Reunion tour bus stops. We can thank him for sharing this photo, which surfaced at a reunion of the Stevanus family (Axie’s second daughter married John Stevanus).  The original is a tin-type and the identifications of Axie and Susannah were made by a granddaughter of Susannah (Yoder) Hoffman in whose family it was handed down. Susannah, b. 1846, was the first of nine children by the second marriage. She seems to be about 10 years old in the photo which would date it as about 1855. We don’t know who the older lady was.

 

CHILDREN OF AXIE YODER:

w1

..+YR12121- Benjamin J... b 11/29/1821 Mechanicsburg, PA

.. YR12122- Veronica.... b 11/13/1824 SP m 7/22/1849 near Berlin...... Josiah Judy.. d

.. YR12123- Elizabeth....b 3/23/1828..m 1846 SP w2 John Stevanus

.... d 2/2/1905..bur. Elk Lick Twp

w2

.. YR12124- Susannah.... b 9/15/1845 SP m 10/10/1865 Berlin, PA

.... Wm Hoffman....d......res. Elton,PA

..+YR12125- Levi J.. b 11/3/1847 SP m1 Eliza Hostetler..............

m2 11/15/1888 Clara Boger.... d......res Pinehill,PA

.. YR12126- Mary.... b 4/26/1849 SP..m 1868 W H Keiper..............

Johnstown,PA.. d.... res. Elton,PA

..+YR12127- Reuben J..b 4/11/1851 Elklick Twp, SP m 9/24/1885

.... Ella Grace Leighton d..1909 Pittsburgh, PA

.. YR12128- Josiah J..b 12/8/1852 SP

.. YR12129- Simeon J..b 11/23/1855 SP

.. YR1212a- Sarah....b 12/11/1856..m1 Uriah S Weaver

.... m2 Mr. Wirtz..d........ res. Brooklyn, NY

.. YR1212b- Emily....b 1/10/1859 HO.. d 2/19/1864

.. YR1212c- Carrie.. b 3/31/1861 HO m 10/1/1882 Johnstown,PA

.... Milton J Gunder.. d.

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The Yoder Newsletter- Founded 1983 by

Ben F Yoder (1913-1992), Chris Yoder & Rachel Kreider

Chris Yoder, Editor, Saugatuck, MI; John W. Yoder, Circulation Manager, Middlebury, IN; Rachel Kreider, Senior Contributing Editor, Goshen, IN; Esther E. Yoder, Mail Manager, Goshen, IN; Donald Kauffman, YNL  Webmaster, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Other Contributors: Richard H. Yoder, Bechtelsville, PA; Hubert A. Yoder, Charlotte, NC; Dr. Don Yoder, Devon, PA; Neal D. Wilfong, Cleveland, NC.

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YNL INCREASES PRICE !  After 25 years we have finally decided to increase the subscription price for the Yoder Newsletter from $3 per year to $5 per year. This price will be effective with renewals from now onward. Subscriptions already in effect will continue without adjustment. Inflation alone has more than doubled the cost during this period. No one connected with the Yoder Newsletter takes any salary for our efforts—it’s all done with volunteers. Your support as a subscriber helps us sustain the effort. Over the years, the YNL has also been able to make contributions to the House of Yoder, to print the Hardcopy edition of YNL 1-25, to support special mailings announcing the National Yoder Reunions, and to fund some of the Yoder DNA Tests. Please continue your support!
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CORRECTION: The cemetery mentioned on page 7 of  YNL 49 is the “Pashan Cemetery not “Payshan” Cemetery.
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SOMERSET CO. YODER TOURBOOK

The House of Yoder has copies available of the “Yoder Tourbook” which they prepared for the 2006 National Yoder Reunion. This excellent driving guide of  the Somerset Co., Pa. area includes 143 pages of photos and data about  Yoder sites. Price is $40.00 for the colored picture book and $25.00 for the  black & white version, plus $3.00 shipping per book.  Send  check or money order to: The House of Yoder , P.O.Box 318, Grantsville, MD. 21536 .

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YODER SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED:  Virginia Theological Seminary announced The Ronnie A. Yoder Scholarship for students enrolled as Master in Divinity and Master in Theological Studies Degree candidates on Judge Yoder’s 70th birthday, July 10, 2007. Judge Yoder has been Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Department of Transportation since July 1, 2001. He has served as a Federal Administrative Law Judge for 31 years and sang professionally with the Washington Opera from 1985 -1996 and with local churches from 1991 to 2003. 
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
“P.A. YODER HOUSE”: The “P.A. Yoder” store is located in Evendale, Pa, Juniata County. Attached is a picture as it is today. Neighbors say that it belonged to a John Yoder not a “P.A.”. Could the P perhaps be a fancy J?  - 
Regards, Ron Yoder- r.yoder@earthlink.net
 
  
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FAMILY TAKES YODER TOUR: 
Many thanks to Hans Jakob Joder who greeted and served an entire day as tour guide for members of  our two families during a recent visit to Steffisburg, Switzerland and the surrounding area.  We saw the Steffisburg church, the local cemetery, toured the Schloss and had a wonderful drive through Erenbach, and ate at a restaurant on top of the mountain with a beautiful view of the Alps.
 
Carlon Yoder, Anna Joder, Hans Jakob Joder, Paul Yoder, Jared Diener, Marilyn Lehman, in steffisburg with alps in background.
The following pictures of the Yoder crests were taken in the Reformed church in Steffisburg. They appear around the edge of the large “Moses Tablet” which decorates the sanctuary..
   
--------------Contributed by Paul A. Yoder, payoder@comcast.net
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YNL HELPS FIND WWII AIRMAN
DONALD A. YODER (YB1133761)
 Dear Sir, -- Staff Sergt Donald A Yoder was killed in action on November 13th 1943. His aircraft, a B17, crashed near my home village in Northend, Warwickshire. My Mother, Aunties and Uncle all remember the crash. My cousin, Mark Hampson, went around the village and collected monies so that a plaque could be made and fixed to the war memorial. (Unfortunately it appears that Donald A Yoder has been misspelt as Donald A Yeder) . I have the crash report and it is spelt correctly on that and as well as his enlistment record he is listed as a recipient of the Purple Heart. I am doing some research into Donald A Yoder. I understand from his enlistment record that he was from Medina County in Ohio and he was a Mennonite Yoder. I would like to know where he was buried and if anyone has a photograph of him. It is my intention to produce something for the local church records and to this end would be grateful for any assistance that you could offer. 
- Yours Sincerely -  Stephen Potts, Thatcham,  Berkshire, England. 
   
War Memorial and Plaque, Northend, Warwickshire
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Hi Chris -- We met with Robert Dale Yoder today, brother to Donald Yoder. It was a wonderful visit to  meet a new cousin. A third cousin once removed  on the Yoder's and also finding out that Robert's mother is related thru my Welday family. Robert has served in the navy 21 years, widower now and born in Feb. 1926. 
    Robert gave us a picture of Donald (service uniform) and another of the whole group that are the ones that supposedly were in that fatal crash. He remembers the day that they received the letter and he was the one that open the letter for his father. It is still a heart wrenching pain of that days news. The paper quoted that Donald was only there in England three weeks before the accident. They were told that the plane had mechanic problems from icing. 
--Esther J. Strock
 
  

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                Got the photographs of Donald Yoder yesterday and they are just what I have been looking for over the past 5 months. Fantastic! I am planning to visit my mother, cousin and Aunty on Saturday and will try and get some eye witness reports on the B17 crash. I will also take some photographs of the field where Donald's plane crashed and will do a full write up on the story - this might take a few weeks, I would like to do it justice. Many thanks for your help and that of Esther Strock too -  you have a family network to be really proud of !  Can't wait to show my family the photographs.

—Stephen Potts

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YODER BUILDING

                The Rev. Robert Anderson Yoder (Con37c) (1853-1911) was a founder of Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, NC. He served as the first president of that institution from 1891 to 1901, and designed the Old Main Building (shown in the postcard photo above). According to family historian Fred Roy Yoder, it was Rev. Yoder who first suggested that the Old Yoder Cemetery be cleaned and a monument be erected in memory of Conrad Yoder. The family followed through on this suggestion in 1958.

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THE DNA PROJECT

HOW YOU CAN HELP

                Doing a basic 12 marker DNA test costs $101 through the Yoder DNA project. As of this time we have had 62 participants in the testing from strategically selected lines and can show significant results. For an updated status of the project see the links on the Yoder Newsletter Homepage at: www.yodernewsletter.org .YOUR CONTRIBUTION CAN HELP CONTINUE THESE TESTS. To donate, you can do so “on-line” at:

http://www.familytreedna.com/contribution.html

or by mail to “The YODER PROJECT”: Family Tree DNA, 1919 North Loop West, Suite 110 Houston, Texas 77008.

                We have dedicated the last remaining hardcopies of the bound and indexed Yoder Newsletter Issues 1 through 25 as a premium for donations of $100 or more to the DNA Fund. Chris Yoder will gladly inscribe these on request. Contact him at: cyoder@tds.net , phone 269-857-4327, or by mail at: 551 S. Maple St., Saugatuck, MI 49453.

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DANIEL YODER HOME

                This home on Bridge Street in Catasauqua. Lehigh Co., Pa. was the owned by Dr. Daniel A. Yoder (OY4371) ( 9/30/1833 Max. Twp.- 8/24/1920) who married Amanda E. Glace on 3/19/1861. A Glass plate photo of Daniel as a medical student was published in YNL17. We were contacted by the present owner, Deb Vannatta, as she researched the history of her property and thank her for the current photograph.

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OTHER NEW DNA RESULTS

                Since the last YNL we’ve received several other DNA results of significance. These are outlined as follows:

   -We’ve proven that Melchior Yoder’s 67 marker profile is a full 67 for 67 match with the other non-Amish Yoders

   -One sample from a descendant of the Catholic Joders of Hecken France  does not match to the Swiss profile.

   -Two samples from Jacob of Lewisburg prove his Oley link (See the feature article in this issue).

   -Sample from George Yoder/Polly Bodenmeyer line supports his YR1271 (George s/o Joseph)  Amish link.

   -YR14 line test  establishes the 67 marker profile for YR1.

   -First test from YR16 line matches Amish profile.

 


 

 


HEIRLOOM COVERLET

                A coverlet that moved with Charles Sterner Yoder (1817-1895) from Pennsylvania to Kansas in 1884 is treasured by his great-grandson, Neil R. Yoder.  At the time of this move, the coverlet was already 44 years old.   Woven into the border are two blocks, signed Benj Angstad, Lewisburg, 1840.  The coverlet may have been ordered by a previous generation and given to Charles and Mary Ann (Brown) Yoder, but they were its owners when it traveled west..

                Charles and Mary Ann Yoder moved with their son Herman Brown Yoder, his wife Mary Alice Herr, their children, and two other families by renting a freight car to carry their combined household belongings to Sedgwick County, Kansas.  Herman and Mary Alice Yoder inherited the coverlet, and when it was no longer used, it was saved as a precious piece of past Yoder history, noteworthy because of the signed blocks that told when and where it was made.

                Benjamin Angstad, the coverlet maker, and other weavers owned looms on which elaborate designs could be woven.  They moved these looms from town to town.  People could choose designs, colors, and decide whether the coverlet would be woven in one piece or in two pieces seamed in the middle.  The Yoder coverlet is a beiderwand weave, woven in one piece, double-bordered, blue-on-white, and the design is relatively plain for Benjamin Angstad’s work, which could be more elaborate and colorful.  Nevertheless, it’s a beauty.

—Contributed by Betty Yoder, Bloomington, Ind.

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ABRAHAM YODER (OH13255)

 

Abraham Yoder (OH13255)  b. 1827 d. 1895 and wife Mary Ann Yorgey b. 1834 d. 1916, both buried Hill Church Cemetery. – photos complements of Richard H. Yoder, Bechtelsville, Pa

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SONS OF JOSEPH YODER (YA24)

Four son of Joseph Yoder (YA24) and Katherine Roth. Joseph was the son of Christian Joder who died at Basel in 1852 and Barbara Schott.  From the left: Daniel (1854-1924), Joseph J. 1855-1929), Eli (1857-1955), and Christian (1863-1950). –thanks to Lavon Yoder.

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The YNL will publish Yoder related inquiries or exchanges at no charge.  Send Queries to: Chris Yoder, 551 S. Maple St., Saugatuck, MI 49453 or email at cyoder@tds.net .

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LOOKING FOR DONALD L. YODER, VIETNAM VET: “Have been trying to locate all the men that served in the Army, stationed in Pleiku, Vietnam. DONALD L.YODER was one of the men. Our unit is Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 25th Inf. Div. The time frame was 1965-1966. Donald should be around 60 years old. If anyone knows DONALD L. YODER, please pass my contact info on to him.” Marshall Jackson, 803-286-0116.

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Who were Moses Yoder (1824-1869) and Eliza ___ (1822-1906) who are buried at the Lewisburg, Pa. Cemetery? In the 1860 census, they appear in Kelly Township, Union Co., Pa.  Send any info to Chris Yoder at the address above.

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GRAVESTONE OF ISAAC YODER (YR23456)

Isaac Yoder (YR23456) in Conemaugh Twp, Somerset  Co., PA. I've found the grave of Isaac Yoder (YR23456) in Conemaugh Twp, Somerset   Co., PA.  It's in a secluded overgrown family   cemetery. He's the only   Yoder in the plot.  Farewell ISAAC YODER  DIED AUG 10, 1905  AGED  78yr  8ms 15ds . He’s in the Weaver Cem. on Blough Rd near Tire Hill. If anyone is  interested they can                                                            email me Adrian Keafer  akeask@wpia.net

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THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THE YODER NEWSLETTER WITH YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS!


  YODER PASSINGS

-- Marcia Lee Zakarison (1/28/1957 – 3/5/ 2007) granddaughter of  Fred Roy Yoder, author of  History of Yoder Family in NC.  She, her daughters, her mother & sisters went on the Europe Yoder tour conducted several years ago by  Dr. Don Yoder .

-- Mary L. Borntreger, age 91, died peacefully, March 17,  2007. She was the daughter of Emanuel Yoder (YR2612a61) and Lizzie Wengerd. She was given the name "Mother Mary" by some 50-plus children  she fostered and babysat and was a member of the Kenton Mennonite Church, Kenton, Delaware.

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A YODER HEIRLOOM

  Several significant Yoder artifacts are preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Belleville, Pennsylvania. The Jacob Yoder family Bible is there, as is Jacob Yoder’s coat.

    Jacob (YRB111)  was born in Menno township, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania in 1812, the son of  John and Mary (King) Yoder. His wife Anna was born on a nearby farm in 1815, the daughter of Christian (Kiefer) and Esther (Hertzler) Yoder (YR2514). Jacob and Anna likely began housekeeping at Jacob’s home farm. They later moved to Juniata County, then to Mahoning County, Ohio, and then to St. Joseph’s County, Michigan. Jacob died there in 1864. Anna later moved to Cass County, Missouri and died in 1887. 

    Jacob’s siblings were Magdalena, John K. who became a nationally known Amish-Mennonite bishop at the Oak Grove congregation in Wayne County, Ohio, and Christian K. who was a minister in the Amish-Mennonite Church in West Liberty, Ohio.

    Anna’s siblings who raised their families in Mifflin County were: Lydia married to David Hertzler, Simeon H. married to Elizabeth Kanagy and later to Rebecca Stoltzfus, Daniel C. married to Elizabeth Byler and later to Barbara Glick, and Sarah married to Jacob Zook. Four others who moved away were:  Elizabeth who married  Stephen Kurtz and moved to Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, Christian who married Lydia Kurtz and moved to Oregon, Abraham who married Fannie Kurtz and moved to California, and Moses H. who married Barbara Kauffman and later Elizabeth Slabaugh and moved to Oklahoma. 

    A coat worn by Jacob in the mid-1800’s has been handed down though the generations and is now preserved in a box at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The coat is handmade, with hooks and eyes, standup collar, and frock tail. The fabric is wool and cotton, possibly dyed with walnut hulls. In 2003 descendants and friends contributed toward restoration services, costing $790.97. The preservationist considers it an irreplaceable historical heirloom, and had it insured for $12,000 while it was in her care. 

     For the additional restoration  work  required to have the coat for upright display on a form, with the other  costumes displayed at the Heritage Center, the estimated cost is about $4100.  Recently one Yoder relative contributed  $1000, with a pledge of $1000 next year. So the  challenge is to receive additional contributions toward the total cost.

        Anyone interested in preserving Yoder or Amish history is encouraged to contribute toward restoring this Yoder heirloom. 

Please send your contribution to:

         Mifflin County Mennonite  Historical Society

         P.O. Box 5603, Belleville, PA 17004

Designate your gift "for Jacob Yoder's coat." Your gift can be designated in memory of someone special to you, and that will be noted with the display of Jacob's coat. --Adella Kanagy

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JULY REUNION IN OLEY, PA

                On Saturday, July 21, The Oley Yoder Heritage Association held its  annual reunion. The Oley fire hall was the base for our gathering  and they catered our Home-made Pennsylvania Dutch style luncheon.

                The day started with Nancy Yoder getting everyone registered, and  with time for everyone to mingle and to check memorabilia that some  family members brought to share. There were also displays of  Outhouse” related items, email responses from family members  unable to attend, an announcement detailing the August North  Caroline reunion, door prizes, and Yoder items for sale that  everyone had a chance to check out.

                At eleven our president, Joe Yoder, called our gathering to order and introduced our first speaker, Henry F. Zerbe. Mr. Zerbe  presented a delightful talk on “The Family Outhouse, An Endangered Species”. His jokes, stories and descriptions had us all  laughing, and had the older folks reliving some past times and some  of the younger ones wondering about life in the past.

                 After our delicious family style luncheon and with a promise of   dessert yet to come, Joe called us back to order and after a review  of family business and announcements, he introduced our second  speaker, the editor of the Yoder Newsletter and Administrator of  the Family DNA Project, Chris Yoder. Chris’s review of the Yoder DNA Project had been eagerly awaited and Chris delivered with a  presentation that took us back to our early roots in Europe. Then Chris explained the complex process of evaluating the testing results and relating them to the individual family lines. Each of  us had the opportunity to see where we fit into the family tree and  how the various branches were related. He also made time to answer individual questions. We not only enjoyed Chris’s update on the  family, but we also appreciated that he, his wife, Caroll and her  Mother, Marjorie Graham, came in from Michigan and took time to be with us.

                 The day continued with dessert and the awarding of special prizes. The awards for oldest and youngest went to Colonel Harry Yoder, at 93, and Jaliyn Lazada at 3. Door prizes which included three gift baskets made up of Yoder decorated items and other goodies were  awarded. Next the table favors made of bouquets of flowers in  decorated toilet tissue rolls for vases by Mollie Yoder were  awarded. Finally everyone took home a miniature out house made by  Joe Yoder.   –Report by Ken and Martha Yoder

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OH1 HOUSE FOR SALE

                “Johannes Yoder house, circa 1741, in historic Oley Valley overlooks Manatawny Creek, meadowlands, and the recently restored covered bridge in Pleasantville. The 1741 section is to the left. The central portion was rebuilt in 1782 on a foundation pre-dating 1741. This property has fine architectural detail and ideal for restoration. Home being sold ""as is"". Twenty-six acres includes large barn and various outbuildings.”(Son of Hans the Immigrant- OH1- John Yoder m1. Barbara______ m2. Elizabeth ( ) Keim (h2)  d. 1779)  See YNL 29 for article on this house and it’s   carved lintel. This house can be yours for Only $795k!! Search at: http://www.bngmac.com/ for Berks County, Oley

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