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GENEALOGY OF THE YODER FAMILY - Upper Saucon Twsp. Lehigh Co. Pa.

by Wesley J. Yoder

 

Hans/John Yoder Sr. was born in either Switzerland or Germany about 1680-1690. He married Anna___(maiden name, birth and death dates unknown). He probably died in Lower Milford township, Bucks Co. Pa., but the date of his death and place of burial is unknown. No records have been located indicating the year of his arrival in the Colonies. It was probably about 1717, since records have been found that some of his neighbors arrived in that year. He purchased 99 acres of land in Lower Milford township (then known as The Great Swamp) from Joseph Growden of Trevose Pa. on January 17, 1720 for fifteen pounds.

In 1734, he and his son John Jr. were among those who applied for naturalization by petition to the Assembly stating that they were from Germany, and having purchased lands, they desire that they may hold the same and transmit them to their children. They were Mennonites, mostly from the Palatinate, driven from Switzerland and Alsace by religious persecution.

In 1747 he was co-executor of the will of Samuel Shoup, but signed a letter of renunciation stating that he "was ancient and not fit to travel in ye winter season". In 1748 he was one of three persons who took the inventory of the estate of John Landis, a Mennonite farmer of Lower Milford township, his neighbor and friend. The last will and testament of Joseph Clemmer of Lower Milford township was probated on November 11, 1751. One of the signers of this document was Hans Yoder. He signed his name "John Joder Sinior".

The "Great Swamp" region of Bucks County Pa. is located in the northwestern corner of the county and includes the townships of Milford and Richland and extends North into Lehigh County and West into Montgomery County. Milford township was settled by Mennonites who left Germany seeking religious freedom The earliest ones migrated around 1717, landing at the port of Philadelphia. They worked their way up the Perkiomen Valley of Montgomery County and settled in "The Great Swamp". Some of the early settlers were John Landis, Abraham Shelly, Hans Yoder Sr., George Bachman, Jacob Musselman, Valentine Clemmer and Jacob Beidler.

On December 8, 1750 Hans and Anna sold their farm to their son, Casper, for twenty pounds. Casper, by his will dated January 5, 1781 conveyed the same to his son Casper Jr. This property was located along what is currently the road from Quakertown to Milford Square in the vicinity of the Upper Bucks County Airport.

Hans and Anna were Mennonites and most likely worshiped at the Swamp Meetinghouse. Only two of their children are known; John Jr. and Casper. Since John Jr. signed the petition for naturalization along with his father and Casper did not, it is likely that John Jr. was born before emigration and Casper after settling here.


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SEC0ND GENERATION

 

John Yoder Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. ca 1705-1710 d. After 1768, possibly 1782

m. Anna_______

John Yoder Jr. bought several tracts of land in what is now Upper Saucon township, Lehigh County near the present town of Coopersburg. The earliest found record of a deed is January 21, 1735 when he bought two tracts totaling 231 acres from William Allen for ninety seven pounds. In 1751 he sold three acres of this to the trustees of the Saucon Mennonite Meetinghouse for thirty shillings. In 1738 he bought 175 acres of land from the proprietaries of the province of Pennsylvania. This land was situated at the head of the Tohickon Creek and extended Northward into present day Lehigh County. He sold this tract to Jacob Meyer in 1748. In 1741 he bought 200 acres from the proprietaries in Bucks County near the Swamp Church. This he sold to George Ackerman in 1750. In 1743 he bought 105 acres from the proprietaries adjoining his other land near the Saucon Mennonite Meetinghouse. In 1752 he bought 100 acres of land from a Jacob Zawis. This was located North of his other land and East of the present day town of Center Valley. In 1752 he bought 150 acres from George (Seurty)? and in 1754 he bought 28 acres from the proprietaries. These two tracts were also located East of Center Valley. In April 1768 he sold all his land to his three sons, each receiving approximately 200 acres. John and Anna were members of the Saucon Mennonite Church and most likely are buried there. An entry on July 25, 1782 in the diary of one David Schultze who was a surveyor in Montgomery Co., Pa. in the 18th century states "Old Hansel Yoder of Upper Saucon, d. earlier this year, in March or April".

Issue:
1. Barbara b. - - d. - -
2. Casper b. - - d. 9- -1798
3. Jacob b. 10- -1734 d. 2- 8-1807
4. Abraham b. 12-19-1747 d. 12-30-1820

Casper Yoder Sr.2, Hans/John?
b. ca 1720 d. 1781
m. Barbara ______
Casper Yoder Sr. bought his father?s farm of 99 acres on December 8, 1750. In 1753 he bought 70 acres of land in Richland township, Bucks County from John Lester. In 1781 he made his will conveying the 99 acre farm to his son Casper Jr.

Issue:
1. Jacob b. - -1742 d. - -
2. Annie b. - -1744 d. 11-11-1822
3. Casper Jr. b. ca 1750 d. - -1843
4. John b. ca 1755 d. - -1814
5 Abraham b.10-20-1761 d. 4- 9-1836

For more information on descendants of Casper Yoder Sr., see the book "Descendants of Jacob Yothers Bucks County, Pa.", by Richard J. Yothers, Jr.

Bold face type denotes direct line of descent to the author.


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THIRD GENERATION

Barbara Yoder SheIIy Nolt3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. - - d. - -
m. 1. Michael Shelly b. - - d. 9- - 1758 Son of Abraham and Eliz. Shelly.
m 2. Valentine Nolt b - - 1727 d. 2- 1- 1794 Born in the Palatinate

Issue:
1. John SheIly b. - - d. - -
2. Michael Shelly b. - - d. - - 1790
3. Elizabeth Shelly b. - - d. - -
4. Anna Shelly b. - - d. - -
5. Maria Nolt b. - - 1761 d. - - 1761
6. Eve Nolt b. - - 1762 d. - - 1797
7. Jacob Nolt b. - - 1765 d. - - 1834
8. Maria Nolt b. - - 1767 d. - - 1775

Casper Yoder3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. - - d. 9- - 1798
m. Fronica Sell b. 10-23- 1743 d. 8-22- 1831 Dau. of Henry and Mary (Scheel) Sell

Casper Yoder bought three tracts of land from his father on April 13, 1768 totaling about 202 acres for 175 pounds. This land was later to become all or parts of the Urmy, Jacoby, and Bixel farms as well as what is now the Saucon Valley Living Memorial grounds. One of the tracts was 15 acres of woodland on flint hill near what was later Yoder?s school. His will is dated April 7, 1798 and was recorded on October 5, 1798. He and his wife are buried at the Saucon Mennonite Meetinghouse although only her marker can be found.

Issue:
1. Anna b. 4-16- 1764 d. 5-14- 1841
2. Maria b. 12-13- 1769 d. 1-16- 1828
3. John b. 10-16- 1771 d. 11- 2- 1839
4. Susanna b. 10-13- 1774 d. 5- 11- 1861
5. Veronica b. 2-12- 1778 d. 2- 12- 1858
6. Barbara b. 9-29- 1780 d. 9- 23- 1852
7. Jacob b. 3-29- 1784 d. 2- 26- 1844

Jacob Yoder3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 10- - 1734 d. 2- 8- 1807
m. Eve Landis b. - - 1736 d. - - 1808 Dau. of John and Anna (Musselman)Landis

Jacob Yoder bought about 178 acres of land from his father on April 11,1768 for an unknown sum. Sometime later he also bought 34 acres from Adam Romich. Jacob?s land was located east of Center Valley and was later to become all or part of the Mennonite Home and Orphanage farm. He sold all or parts of his lands in 1797 to his sons-in-law, Abraham Meyer and Abraham Geissinger. He and his wife are buried at the Saucon Mennonite Meetinghouse.

Issue:
1. Anna b. 11-29- 1768 d. 12-28- 1843
2. Barbara b. 5-16- 1770 d. 1- 6- 1850
3. Eve b. 1-14- 1773 d. 6- 8- 1858


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THIRD GENERATION (Cont?d)

Abraham Yoder3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1

b. 12-19-1747 d. 12-30-1820
m. Maria Sell b. 4- 9-1750 d. 10-27-1827 dau. of Henry and Mary(Scheel)Sell.

Abraham Yoder bought about 203 acres of land in 5 tracts from his father on April 12, 1768 for 40 pounds. Four tracts were adjoining and were located along what is now Passer road. They later became all or parts of the Urmy, Bixel, Jacoby, Sutter, and William H. Yoder farms. The separate piece of 71 acres was located Northeast of Center Valley and became all or parts of the Waterman, Weiss, and Sassaman farms. In 1799, he bought a 67 acre tract from Phillip Geissinger, which later became Ed. Fehnel?s farm. In 1817, he sold his lands to three of his sons. He and his wife are buried at the Saucon Mennonite Meetinghouse.

Issue:
1.  Anna b. 4-22-1771 d. 7-15-1862
2. Henry b. ca 1774 d. - -1816
3. Susanna b. 4-27-1776 d. 7-11-1864
4. John b. 6-11-1777 d. 7-11-1866
5. Abraham Jr. b. 10-20-1780 d. 9-19-1834
6. Maria b. 12- 2-1783 d. 5- 5-1849
7. Peter b. 7-16-1786 d. 1-15-1861
8. Barbara b. - -1790 d. 2- 3-1862
9. Jacob b. 10-29-1792 d. 12- 3-1865

 

During the Revolutionary War, the government of Pennsylvania required all inhabitants of the province to swear allegiance to the colonial government. This was against the religious principles of the Mennonites and the three Yoder brothers, Casper, Jacob, and Abraham along with other Mennonites of the area refused. As punishment, they had all their personal belongings and farm equipment and animals confiscated and sold by the sheriff at public auction. In addition they were imprisoned by the county court at Easton in 1778, and sentenced to banishment from the province. It is uncertain how long their imprisonment lasted, but petitions for their release were made by Eve Yoder and Esther Bachman and perhaps others. What the outcome of these petitions was is not clear, however the men were allowed to return to their farms sometime afterward.

 


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FOURTH GENERATION (Casper Yoder line)

Anna Yoder Meyer4, Casper3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 4-16-1764 d. 5-14-1841
m. Jacob Meyer b.11-15-1757 d. 2-11-1830 Son of Rev. Jacob Meyer

They lived in Springfield township, Bucks Co. and are buried at the Springfield Mennonite Church.
Early census records indicate they probably had 5 children.

Maria Yoder Shimel4, Casper3 , John, Jr. 2 , Hans/John1
b. 12-13- 1769 d . 1-16-1828
m. Christian Shimel b. 3-27-1762 d. 3-25-1829 Son of George Shimel

They lived in Springfield Twsp., Bucks Co. and are buried at the Springfield Mennonite Church. Census records indicate they probably had 8 to 10 children.

John Yoder4, Casper3 , John, Jr.2 , Hans/John1
b. 10-16-1771 d. 11- 2-1839
m. Susanna Meyer b. 1- 2-1774 d. 5- 4-1815 Dau. of Peter and Eliz. Meyer

They lived on what was later the Urmy farm and are buried at the Saucon Meetinghouse. They had 5 children: Elizabeth, John, Joseph, Peter, and Jacob M.

Susanna Yoder Werst4, Casper3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 10-13-1774 d. 5-11-1861
m. Jacob Werst b. 4- 7-1767 d. 4- 3-1830

They lived near Center Valley and are buried at the Saucon Mennonite Meetinghouse. Census records indicate they had one daughter, however she may have died before her father as there is no mention of her in his will.

Veronica Yoder Geissinger4 , Casper3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 2-12-1778 d. 2-12-1858
m. Daniel Geissinger b. 7- 1- 1778 d. 1-25-1853 Son of Daniel Geissinger.

They lived in Lower Saucon township, Northampton County and are buried at the Springfield Mennonite Church. Census records indicate they had 8 to 10 children.

Barbara Yoder4, Casper3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 9-29-1780 d. 9-23-1852
She was single and is buried at the Saucon Mennonite Meetinghouse.
Jacob Yoder4, Casper3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 3-29-1784 d. 2-26- 1844
m. Elizabeth Geissinger b.11-15- 1785 d. 6-23- 1859

They lived on what is now the Tumblebrook Golf Course and are buried at the Saucon Meetinghouse. They had three children: Daniel, Eva, and Sarah.


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FOURTH GENERATION (Jacob Yoder line)

Anna Yoder Meyer4 , Jacob3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 11-29- 1768 d. 12-28- 1843
m. Abraham Meyer b. 6-16- 1766 d. 12-11- 1831 Son of Rev. Jacob Meyer.

They lived on what was later the Mennonite Home and Orphanage farm and are buried at Saucon Meetinghouse. They had 12 children: Eve, Jacob, Barbara, Abraham, John, Joseph, Nancy, Elizabeth, Peter, Catherine, Samuel, and Susanna.

Barbara Yoder SheIIy4, Jacob3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 5-16- 1770 d. 1- 6- 1850
m. Francis Shelly b. 5- 1- 1766 d. 1-13- 1858

They lived in Milford Twsp., Bucks Co. and are buried at the West Swamp Church. Census records indicate that they probably had two sons and four daughters. In 1850, he was listed in the census as blind and living with his son Francis Jr.

Eve Yoder Geissinqer4, Jacob3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 1-14- 1773 d. 6- 8- 1858
m. Abraham Geissinger b. 9- 1- 1771 d. 6-23- 1860 Son of Abraham Geissinger Sr.

They also lived on what was later the Mennonite Home and Orphanage farm and are buried at Saucon Meetinghouse. Census records indicate they had 4 children.

 


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FOURTH GENERATION (Abraham Yoder line)

Anna Yoder Meyer4 , Abraham3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 4-22- 1771 d. 7-15- 1862
m. William Meyer b. 10-20- 1763 d. - - 1834 Son of Henry Meyer.

They lived in Springfield township, Bucks Co. and are buried at the Springfield Mennonite Church. They had 9 children: Mary, Abraham, Susanna, Henry, William, Peter, John, Christian, and Samuel. Susanna and Henry died as infants.

Henry Yoder4, Abraham3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. ca 1774 d. before 2-8- 1816
m. Elizabeth Meyer b. - - d. - - Dau. of Rev. Samuel Meyer

They lived in Upper Saucon township. She probably died in childbirth about 1815. They left three
orphaned children: Samuel, Abraham, and Henry.

Susanna Yoder Stauffer4, Abraham3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 4-27- 1776 d. 7-11- 1864
m. Jacob Stauffer b 7-19- 1762 d. 1-24- 1839

They lived in Upper Milford (later Lower Milford) township Lehigh Co. and are buried at the Upper Milford Mennonite Church near Zionsville.Pa.

John Yoder4, Abraham3, John, Jr2 , Hans, John1
b. 6-11- 1777 d. 7-11- 1866
m. Ann Kauffman b . 3-16- 1776 d. 6- 9- 1843 Poss. dau. of Rudolph Kauffman.

They lived in Lower Saucon township, Northampton Co. from 1809-17, then moved to Columbiana Co., Oh. and bought land near Leetonia, Oh. They are buried at the Nold cemetery near Leetonia. They had 8 children; Abram, Samuel, John, Peter, Jacob, Nancy, Mary, and 1 other girl.

Abraham Yoder Jr.4, Abraham3, John, Jr.2 , Hans/John1
b.10-20-1780 d. 9-19-1834
m. Eve Gehman b. 7-20-1791 d. 9- 3- 1834 Poss. Dau. of David Gehman.

Abraham Yoder Jr. bought two tracts of land totaling 139 acres from his father on August 1, 1817, for 600 pounds. One tract was located along Passer Road and later was all or parts of the William H. Yoder, Jacoby, and Coaches farms. The other was Northeast of Center Valley and later was parts of the Waterman, Weiss, and Sassaman farms. He and his wife Eve both died in September 1834 and left three minor children. Abraham Geissinger was the administrator of his estate and petitioned the Orphans Court to appoint the following persons as guardians for the children: Jacob Landis for David; David Gehman for Susanna; and Jacob Bachman for Abraham. In February 1846, Susanna, being beyond the age of 14, petitioned the court to appoint Abraham Geissinger as her guardian. Both Abraham, Jr. and Eve are buried at the Saucon Meetinghouse.

Issue:
1. David G. b. 2-26-1822 d. 4-11-1901
2. Maria     b. 2-28-1824 d.10-25- 1828 Buried at Saucon­no proof of parents
3. Susanna b. 5-20- 1828 d. 7-21- 1910
4. Abraham G. b. 5-27- 1831 d. 8-17- 1884


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FOURTH GENERATION cont'd (Abraham Yoder line)

Maria Yoder Landis4, Abraham3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 12-2- 1783   d. 5- 5- 1849
m. Michael Landis b.11-18- 1767 d. 8- 5- 1839

They lived in Upper Saucon township, Lehigh Co. and are buried at the Saucon Meetinghouse. Census records indicate there were 14 children in the household, however 5 or more may have been from his previous marriage.

Peter Yoder4, Abraham3, John, Jr.2 , Hans/John1
b. 7-16- 1786   d. 1-15- 1861
m. Elizabeth Brunner b. 4-28- 1793 d. 3-21- 1867

They lived either on what was later the Bixel farm, or where Howard Breisch later lived. In 1826 they moved to Columbiana (later Mahoning) Co. Oh. and bought land near East Lewiston, Oh. They are buried at Midway Mennonite Church near Columbiana, Oh. They had eight children; Lewis, Abraham, John, Peter, Tobias, Polly, Nancy, and Henry.

Barbara Yoder Landis4, Abraham3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. - - 1790   d. 2- 3- 1862
m. Jacob Landis b. 9-14- 1790 d. 7-10- 1869 Poss. son of Michael Landis.

They lived between Coopersburg and Center VaIley and are buried at the Saucon Meetinghouse. They had 4 children: Twins Michael and William, Mary, and Susanna.

Jacob Yoder4, Abraham3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 10-29- 1792   d. 12- 3- 1865
m. Elizabeth Meyer b. 3-18- 1797 d. 7-19- 1858 Dau.of Christian and Barbara Meyer.

They lived on what was later Ed. Fehnel?s farm and are buried at the Saucon Meetinghouse. They had 9 children: Barbara, Abraham, Hettie, Reuben, Levi, Christian, Elizabeth, George, and Henry.


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FIFTH GENERATION (Abraham Yoder Line)

David G. Yoder5, Abraham, Jr .4, Abraham3, John, Jr.,2, Hans/John1
b. 2-26- 1822 d . 4-11- 1901
m.10-18- 1846 Susanna Kauffman b. 8-11- 1825 d. 9-11- 1902 Dau. of Samuel and
Elizabeth (Demuth) Kauffman.

David G. Yoder received all of his father?s land by a decree of the Orphans Court in 1851. Under this decree, he was to pay a proportionate share of the appraised value of the estate to the other heirs. During the next few years he sold small parcels of land to several persons until there remained one tract of 82 acres, along both sides of Passer road. The 1880 census lists him as living in Coopersburg and his occupation as an overseer in a tailor shop, his sons Samuel and Henry having taken over the working of the farm. In 1890, unable to discharge his just debts, his property was assigned for the benefit of his creditors. In 1891, at public auction, the 82 acre farm was sold to Henry B. Schleifer for $6,925.00. In 1900 he was again living in Upper Saucon township near his former farm. He and his wife are both buried at the Springfield Church of the Brethren near Coopersburg, Pa.
Issue:
1. Samuel b.  8-21- 1847 d. 2- 8- 1917
2. Anna Elizabeth b. 4-18- 1851 d. 4- 9- 1860
3. Henry K. b. 8-12- 1853 d. 7-23- 1940
4. Mathilda b. 9-29- 1858 d. 1-14- 1903
5. Mary Ann b. 2-11- 1862 d. 7-27- 1905
6. Emma b.11- 4- 1864 d. - - 1954
7. William K. b. 2- 5- 1868 d. 1- 3 -1923

Susanna Yoder Zuck5, Abraham, Jr.4 Abraham3, John, Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 5-20- 1828 d. 7-21- 1910
m. 6- 3- 1855 Ephraim Zuck b. 12- - 1834 d. - - Son of John and Niemma Zuck.

Census records list Susanna living with Samuel and Elizabeth Moyer (Meyer) in Springfield Twsp.,
Bucks Co. in 1840 and 1850. In 1860, Ephraim and Susanna Zuck were living in Springfield Twsp., Bucks Co. In 1870 they were in Upper Saucon Twsp., Lehigh Co. They bought some land in Olive Twsp., Elkhart Co., Indiana in 1872, and sold it in 1873. They bought some land in Cass Co., Michigan in 1881, and sold it in 1886, when they bought some land in York Twsp., Elkhart Co., Indiana. The 1900 census listed them in York township. His occupation was a grist miller. Susanna died in Elkhart and is buried in the Bonneyville Cemetery, Bristol, In.

Issue:
1. Selesta   b. - - 1856 d. Prob. before 1870
2. Emmeline   b. - - 1859 d. - - m. 8- 1- 1880 Levi Smeltzer
3. Samuel   b. - - 1862 d. - - 1943 m. 5-16- 1894 Tracy Miller
4. Henry   b - -.1864 d. - -
5. Josephine (Mathilda)b. 2- 2- 1868   d.10-19- 1899 m. 8-23- 1892 Cornelius Daily
b. 9- - 1868 d. - - 1936

Abraham G.Yoder5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 5-27- 1831   d. 8-17- 1884
m. Nancy B. Yoder   b. 4-24- 1825 d. 5-29- 1883 Dau. of Peter and Elizabeth Yoder

Census records list Abraham Iiving with Jacob Bachman in 1840 in Upper Saucon township,
Lehigh Co. and with his brother David in 1850. In 1860, Abraham and Nancy were listed in Beaver township, Mahoning Co. OH. They bought land in Locke township, Elkhart Co. Indiana in 1865. Both are buried in the Olive Cemetery, Olive township, Elkhart Co. In.

Issue:
1. Nathan b. - - 1855 Believe died as a child.
2. Malinda b. 6 - 8- 1857 d.10-12-1929 m. 9- 6- 1885 Abraham Nittero b. 5- 3-1861 d. 8- 1-1950
3. Elizabeth b. 4- 9 - 1859   d. 7 - - 1949 m. 11-14- 1880 Isaac Meyers b. - -1859 d. - -1940
4. Amos b. 6-20- 1869  d. 8-28- 1890 Single



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SIXTH GENERATION (Abraham and David Yoder line)

Samuel Yoder6, David5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 8-21- 1847 d. 2- 8- 1917
m. - - 1872 Bridget O'Hara b. 12-11- 1849 d. 4-12- 1907 Reared by Rev.Abel Strawn.

They are listed in Upper Saucon Twsp., Lehigh Co. in the 1880 and 1900 census. Their dwelling number is the same as his brother Henry?s. They moved to Elkhart Co. Indiana in about 1904. Samuel worked there with his uncle, Ephraim Zuck and his son in law Conrad Daily who operated a grist mill at Bonneyville Mills. They are buried at the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren near Bristol, Indiana.

Issue:
1. 1. Lillie b. 4-28- 1874 d. 8- 8- 1929 m. 6- 8-1901 Cornelius Daily   b. 9- -1868   d. -  - 1936
Both are buried at the Oak Ridge Cemetery near Bristol, In.

2. John b. 3- 9- 1876 d. 11-15- 1946 m. - -1903 Susan Dice of Quakertown, Pa.                                    b. - - 1886 d. - - 1964         Both are buried at the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren near Bristol, In. They had three
children: Bessie b. 1904 d. 1942; Lillian b.1905 d.1941; and Paul b. 1910 d. 1967

  3. Frank b. 11- - 1879 d. - - 1958 m. - - 1903 Lavila Eisenhart of L. Saucon              b. 3- - 1883 d. - - 1941
Both are buried in the New Jerusalem Cemetery, Leithsville, Pa. They had a daughter,
Helen b. - - 1914 d. 11-18- 1998 m. Howard Rice. b. - - 1914 d. - - 1990

4. David b. 6-21- 1881 d. 2-26-1949 m. - - 1903 Addie Eichelherger of U. Saucon
    b. 2- - 1882 d. - - 1926
           Both are buried in Hillside Cemetery on Fullerton Ave. Whitehall Pa. They had a son,
     Russell A. b. - - 1905 d. - - 1965  m. Joy Frey b. - - 1912 d. 3-21- 2000

Anna Elizabeth Yoder6, David5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 4-18- 1851    d. 4- 5- 1860 She is buried at the Saucon meetinghouse.

Henry K. Yoder6, David5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 8-12- 1853   d. 7-23- 1940
  m. - - 1876 Eliza Ann Boehm b. 12-1- 1855 d. 9- 6- 1931 Dau. of Edwin and Harriet(Trohn) Boehm.

After several transactions dating from 1891 involving an assignment of property for debts, Henry bought from his brother William, 62 acres of land located along Passer Road in 1912. This was part of the original tract which John Yoder Jr. bought from the proprietaries in 1743. In addition to general farming, he also operated a cider press Both are buried at the Springfield Church of the Brethren near Coopersburg, Pa.

Issue:
1. Martha J. b. 8-10- 1880 d. - - 1962
2. Mathilda Mae b. 4- - 1886 d.12- - 1946
3. Susan b.     - -   d. - - Died about age 2 of scalding water.
4. William H. b. 6-27- 1892 d.12-27- 1968

 


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SIXTH GENERATION cont'd (Abraham and David Yoder line)

Mathilda Yoder Ackerman6, David5, Abraham Jr.4 Abraham3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 9-29-1858 d. 1-14- 1903
m. - - 1882 John Ackerman b. 12- 6- 1855 d. 5-12- 1935
Son of William and Catherine (Hiestand) Ackerman.
They lived in Milford township, Bucks Co. She is buried at the Swamp Church.
He remarried in 1905 to Emma Stauffer b. 4-25- 1855 d. 12-18- 1928. She was a daughter of
Abraham and Sarah (Yoder) Stauffer. He is buried at the Springfield Church of the
Brethren near Coopersburg, Pa.
Issue:
1. Katie b. 3- 6- 1883 d. 3-16- 1953 m. Robert Gearhart b. 9-15-1881 d. 12-29- 1949
2.William b. 2- 9- 1884 d. 8-12- 1907
3. Elmer b. 2-21- 1885 d. - -
4. Rosie b. 5- 8- 1886 d.11- - 1886
5. Emma b. 6-11- 1887 d. 1- 6- 1909
6. Eva S. b. 2-11- 1889 d. 9- - 1978 m. Paul Longacre
7. Harvey b. 6- 8- 1890 d. 3-17- 1891
8. Lizzie b. 9- 3- 1891 d. 6- - 1976 m. Edwin Jacoby b. 1- 26- 1887 d. 5- - 1976
9. Anna b. 9- 3- 1892 d.   - -

Mary Yoder Musselman6, David5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham,3 John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 1-11- 1862 d. 7- 27- 1905
m. - - 1886 Quintas Musselman b. 8-28-1861 d.12-23-1933 Son of Henry and Elizabeth Musselman

They lived on 9th St. in Allentown in 1900. His occupation was listed as a laster in a shoe factory. They are buried in the Highland Cemetery in Allentown, Pa. Quintas remarried in 1907 to Emily __________ b. - - 1881 d. - -- 1911. They had a daughter Ruth b. - - 1908
Issue:
1. Irwin H. b. 1-10- 1886 d. 1- 5- 1890
2. William E b.11- - 1889 d. - -
3. Frederick A. b. 2- - 1893 d. - -
4. An infant b. - - d. 4-25- 1895
5. Raymond b. - - d.10-11- 1896
6. Elmer C. b.12-31- 1899 d. 6-20- 1905
Emma Yoder Landis6, David5, Abraham Jr.4 , Abraham3, John2 , Hans/John1
b. 11- 4- 1864 d. - - 1954
m. Henry M. Landis b. 11-27- 1860 d. 12-18- 1933 Son of Benjamin and Anna (Moyer) Landis.

They lived in Upper Saucon township, Lehigh Co. Both are buried at the Saucon Meetinghouse. They had no children.

William K. Yoder6, David5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3, John Jr,2 Hans/John1
b. 2- 5-1868 d. 1- 3- 1923
m. 12-25-1895 Jennie Musselman b. 3-25- 1867 d. 4-22-1948 Dau. of Henry and Eliza. Musselman.

William and his sister Emma bought the 82 acre farm which earlier had belonged to their father, David, from Peter Kauffman in 1895. In 1912 they sold 62 acres to their brother Henry. They lived in Allentown in 1900. He was a machinist. In 1910 they lived on Passer Road. In 1920 William sold the remaining 20 acres to his nephew William H. Yoder. They moved to Center Valley in 1917. Both are buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Allentown, Pa.

Issue:
1. William A. b. 4-23- 1896 d. 2-17- 1925 m. Lulu ____ b. l0-23- 1898 d. 8- 9- 1942


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SEVENTH GENERATION (Abraham, David, Henry line)

Martha J. Yoder Breisch7, Henry6 , David5, Abraham Jr.4 , Abraham3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 8-10- 1880 d. - - 1962 m. 6-29- 1901 Howard E. Breisch b. 3-31- 1876 d. 2- - 1972 Son of Michael and Sarah Breisch.

They lived on Passer road near Rt. 309. He was a railroad conductor. Both are buried at the Springfield Church of the Brethren near Coopersburg, Pa.

Issue:
1. Alma V. b.12- 21-1901 d. 3-18-2001 m. Henry Kradjel b.11- 9- 1898 d. 7-30- 1949
2. Henry M. b. 1- 2-1904 d. 9-23- 1954
3. Warren A. b. 5-24- 1905 d. 3- 9- 1990 m.Lois Heinlen
4. Elsie C. b. 5-15- 1907 d. 5- 1- 1995 m. 1 George Sommers, 2. Roland Harter.
b. - - 1892 d. 11- - 1955 b. 11- 1-1897 d. 12-26- 1965
5. Tillie Mae b. 1-31- 1910 d. 7-10-2000 m. William Delp
6. Lillian E. b.10-22- 1911 d.11- -1966   m. Kenneth Neas b. 5- 1- 1909   d. 6-13- 1995
7. Evelyn M. b.12- 2- 1913 d. 5-11-1999 m. Linford Stauffer b. 3- 9-1913  d. 8-02- 2003
8. Marian S b.10-31- 1915 d. 10- 3-2000 m. Anthony Cascioli b.2- 4- 1913   d.12- - 1965
9. Larue S. b. 9- 9- 1918 m. Samuel Yohn   b. l0-29-1916 d.12-14-1996
10. Clair b. 3-11- 1923 d. 2- 3- 2006 m. Beatrice Gillespie b.10-10- 1924 d.

Matilda Yoder Wieder7, Henry6, David5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3, John Jr.2 , Hans/John1
b. 4- - 1886 d.12- - 1946
m. 1-27- 1906 Leo Wieder b. - - 1877 d. - - 1954 Son of John and Amanda Wieder.

They lived on various farms in the area the last of which was located near Lanark, Upper Saucon township. Both are buried at the Trinity Lutheran Church near Springtown, Pa.

Issue:
1. Emma E. b. 8- 4- 1907 d. 1-23- 1963 m. Claude Sterner b. 8-12- 1903 d. 5-18- 1967
2. William H. b. 1-30- 1910 d. 11-l0- 1991 m. Pauline Lapp
3. Mildred M. b. 2-13- 1912 d. 8-26-1983 m. Howard Lapp b. 2- 8- 1902 d. 12-24-1986
4. Paul F. b. 2-20- 1914 d. 9- 8-1981 m. Margaret Reith b. 3-18-1920
5. Lawrence E. b. - - 1915 d. 7- 6-2005 m. Hilda M. Lazarus b. - - d. 5 - 2-1990
6. Earl b. 2- 9- 1918 d. 9- -1975
7. Luella b. 1-10- 1922 d. 7-21-2004 m. Kenneth Mertz
8. Melba b. 8-29- 1927 d. 8-24-2005 m. Richard Weaver

Susan Yoder7, Henry6 , David5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. - - d. - - Died at about age 2 Buried at the Springfield Church of the Brethren.


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SEVENTH GENERATION cont'd (Abraham, David, Henry line)

William H. Yoder7 , Henry6, David5, Abraham Jr.4 , Abraham3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 6-27-1892        d. 12-27-1968
m.12- 7-1912 Emma E. Moatz b. 8-14-1895 d.11-11-1988 Dau. of William H. and Ellamina (Ruth) Moatz.

They lived for a few years with his parents on the old Yoder homestead on Passer road then moved to a house on Ed. Fehnel 's farm. In April 1920 they bought his uncle William?s 20 acre farm on Passer road. About 1928-30 they moved back to the old homestead and rented out the other house til 1940 when it. was sold to John Clauser. On March 17, 1937 the old Yoder house partially burned down. They bought the property from his father later that year and rebuilt the house. On December 15, 1951 the cider mill and barn burned to the ground. The cider mill was rebuilt in 1953. Both are buried at the Springfield Church of the Brethren near Coopersburg, Pa.

Issue:
1. Marcella M. b. 11-27-1913 d. 12- 1-2006
2. Walter H. b. 12-22-1915   d. 6-20-2003
3. Maynard A. b.   7- 6-1921
4. Benson A. b. 10-25-1923 d. 4-28-1925
5. Linford R. b. 9-30-1926    d. 5-25-2001
6. Ralph S . b. 1- 6-1933
7. Wesley J. b  9- 5-1935

EIGHTH GENERATION (David, Henry, William H. line)

Marcella M. Yoder Dietz8, William H.7, Henry6, David5,Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1
Marcella M. Yoder Dietz8, William H.7, Henry6, David5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1

b. 11-27-1913 d. 12- 1-2006
 m. 12-31-1938 Ralph Dietz b. 7-24-1916 d. 12-14-1961 Son of Watson and Annie (Strunk) Dietz

            They lived in Quakertown, Pa. They are buried at the East Swamp Church.
Issue:
1. Eunice M. b. 10-26-1941 m. 10- 7-1961 Merrill Ruth b. 9-14-1936
2. Galen R. b. 2-15-1944 d. 8-27-1993 m. 1. 11-12-1966 Doreen Breitegam b. 8-12-1944
d.12- - 1982 m 2. Marianne Strimel

Walter H. Yoder8, William H.7, Henry6, David5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3, John Jr.2 , Hans/John1
b. 12-22-1915 d. 6-20-2003
m. 1- 6-1939 Alice Coyne b.12-14-1907 d.11- 1-1993 Dau. of Thomas and Christie (Reihman) Coyne.

They lived in Quakertown, Pa. until 1942, then in Binghamton, Ny. Til 1983 then moved to Fairlawn, Oh. They are buried at the Springfield Church of the Brethren.

Issue:
1. Walter H. Jr. b. 2-27-1942 m. 7-24-1971 Mary Sauerteig

Maynard A. Yoder8, William H.7, Henry6, David5, Abraham Jr.4 Abraham3, John2, Hans/John1
b. 7- 6-1921
m. 5-22-1948 Mary Kopfer b. 11-17-1926 Dau. of Frank and Mary Kopfer.

They Lived near Easton until 1951, in Upper Saucon Twsp. until 1955, and in Philadelphia until 1987.
They then moved to Norristown, Pa.

Issue:
1. Robert B. b. 5-29-1951 m1. 10-20-1973 Almira (Myra) Fair
m2. 3-21-1992 Jaime Horn
2. Janice M. b. 1-22-1955 m.   8-13-1977 Rodger Stumpff


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EIGHTH GENERATION cont?d (David, Henry, William H. line)

Benson A. Yoder8, William H.7, Henry6, David5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3 , John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 10-25-1923 d . 4-28-1925 He is buried at the Springfield Church of the Brethren.

Linford R. Yoder8, William H.7, Henry6, David5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3, John Jr.2 , Hans/John1
b. 9-30-1926 d. 5- 25- 2001
m. 11-30-1957 Kathryn Sterner b. 7- 4-1929 Dau. of Elton and Beatrice (Hassler) Sterner.

They lived in Allentown, Pa. He is buried at the Springfield Church of the Brethren.

Issue:
1. Kevin b. 3- 3-1959
2. Gerald B. b. 11- 3-1962 d. 10-20-2003 m. 7- 4-2000 Beverly Wickizer b. - - 1954

He is buried at the Springfield Church of the Brethren.

Ralph S. Yoder8, William H.7, Henry6, David5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3, John Jr.2, Hans/John1
b. 1- 6-1933
m. 5- 7-1955 Mercyna (Deana) Leonard b. 2-14-1935 Dau. of Stephen and Elizabeth Leonard.

They lived in Center Valley, Pa. until 1958, in Spring Valley until 1960. Then moved to Flint Hill Rd., Upper Saucon Twsp., Pa.

Issue:
1. Ralph S. Jr. b. 9-30-1956 m. 7-30-1988 Grace Stallings
2. Randal b. 4-16-1959 d. 7- 8-2005
3. Colleen C. b.12-25-1961 m. 10-22-1988 Glenn Horlacher

Wesley J. Yoder8, William H.7, Henry6, David5, Abraham Jr.4, Abraham3, John Jr.2 , Hans/John1
b. 9- 5-1935
m. 10-13-1962 Jane Hollway b. 7-13-1941 Dau.of William and Alva (Shull)Hollway

They lived in Philadelphia, Pa. until 1979 and then moved to Boothwyn, Pa.

Issue:
1. Andrew G.(Drew) b. 2-24-1964
2. Matthew P. b. 9- 4-1967 m. 6-25-1994 Nancy E. Kwick b. 6-20-1964
Dau.of Nils and Ellen Kwick.
3. Carolyn J. b. 1-20-1973 m. 12-28-1996 Daniel Hennings b. 7- 4-1970
Son of Doug and Betty Hennings


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