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Berks County, Pennsylvania - File #1



Boyerstown church records collected by Richard H Yoder


Boyertown Reformed Church- records (local) started in 1852; prior to that (see below) to 1900.

In 1776 Ben Franklin declared that there were 160,000 white people in the Province of Pennsylvania, about 1/3 were German.

In 1811, the village of Colebrookdale, or Boyers, was in need of a church. The synod of Reading established a "meeting point", naming Rev. Frederick Herman, pastor at Falkner Swamp and at Pottstown, the first service was attended by 57 people. By the end of 1811 the Reformed Church of Colebrookdale was established. It wasn't until 1834 the church was called the Reformed Church of Boyertown. The church records prior to 1852 (above) may be either at Falkner Swamp or Lancaster.

Names of members of above German Reformed church 1811 to 1900:
John R Yoder
Alice Yoder by confirmation Apr. 11, 1879
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St. John's Lutheran- Boyerstown- from 1811-1918
born bapt. parents
Jeremiah Yoder 5/21/1843 8/6/1843 Joseph Y/ Harrietta
Wm Henry " 3/5/1862 1/24/1869 Wm Y/ Maria
Jasper Eugene " 5/2/1864 1/24/1869 Wm Y/ Maria
Katie Alice " 2/9/1884 8/8/1864 Benneville Y/ Katie
Laura June " 6/7/1871 8/28/1871 " "
Lillie Amanda " 3/3/1873 5/25/1873 " "
Katie Matilda " 12/15/1873 2/21/1874 Thomas Y & wife
Ida Elmira " 2/14/1880 2/19/1875 Nathaniel Y/ Amanda
Clinton " 8/15/1877 2/3/1881 James Y/ Anna
Eliza Blanche " 11/14/1880 2/3/1881 James Y/ Anna
Florence Elsie" 12/16/1885 2/5/1886 David Yoder/ Louisa
Venona " 7/31/1890 10/1/1890 Wm Y/ Hettie
Mamie W " 3/7/1876 4/16/1892 Geo E Y/ Sarah, New Berlin
Blanch " 4/8/1892 7/31/1892 Jasper Yoder/Dora
Lawrence B " 5/4/1892 12/10/1892 David H Y/ Louisa Sanatogo
Norman Jasper " 9/9/1893 9/16/1894 Jasper E H Y/ Dora S Seyler
Sallie Elizabeth Youse
7/8/1894 11/18/1894 Lillie A Yoder/Daniel K Youse
Annie Merkel 6/3/1894 8/8/1894 Anna Louise H Yoder/
Franklin Merkel
John Harold Mauer 12/25/1896 2/14/1897 Katie A Yoder/Irvin H Mauer
Katie Laura Youse 6/10/1897 8/1/1897 Lillie A Yoder/Daniel K Youse-
Bally
Anna Miriam Y 9/8/1898 11/6/1898 Jasper Eugene Y/ Dora Seiler
Herbert Leroy Merkel 6/24/1900 7/3/1900 Anna Louise Yoder/Franklin L
Merkel
Ellie Louisa Y 8/13/1900 11/2/1900 David H Y/ Louisa M Barto
New Berlinville
Daniel Monroe Youse 11/11/1901 12/12/1901 Lillie A Yoder/ Daniel K
Youse
Helen Maurer 12/26/1901 2/16/1902 Katie A Yoder/Irwin H Maurer
Paul Amos Y 7/3/1903 4/29/1904 Joseph E Yoder/ Dora Seiler
Ernest Joseph Werner 11/1/1904 12/18/1904 Florence B Yoder/
Frederick Z Werner
Rufus Y 7/6/1905 9/10/1905 Jeremiah B Yoder-New
Berlinville and Mary F Ackerman
Warren Frederick Werner
9/10/1907 10/19/1908 Florence Yoder/Frederick Werner
Paul David Werner 10/22/1908 11/23/1908 " "
Annie Naomi " 9/9/1910 10/17/1910 " "
Herbert Leroy " 8/7/1912 9/22/1912 " "
Dorothy May " 6/23/1914 8/25/1914 " "
Wm Lewis " 11/2/1915 1/22/1916 " "
Harry David Y 11/20/1915 3/12/1916 Paul M Yoder/Gertrude B Landis
Elsie May Y 1/14/1916 3/26/1916 Jacob M Yoder/Elsie Brentzeghoff
Ruth Y 9/14/1916 11/25/1916 John M Yoder/ Katie S Rush
Harold Leroy Y 12/4/1916 12/24/1916 Lawrence B Yoder/ Minne Mathews
Wilson Penrose Gery 11/14/1916 1/13/1917 Mamie H Yoder/Paul D Gery
Mildred Louise Y 1/26/1918 5/5/1918 Paul M Yoder/ Gert. B Landis
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St Johns Lutheran - Boyertown- deaths:

William Yoder d 9/12/1873 age 46y 6m 15d
Mary Ann Yoder d 11/23/1875 age 31y 5m 25d
Mary Yoder d 4/1/1888 widow of Jacob age 73y 10m 12d
Maria Yoder d 1/27/1890 age 58y 11m 23d

burial by Rev A M

Emma C Yoder b 6/1/1873 d 5/2/1893 buried Oley
Benneville Yoder (New Berlinville) 2/2/1899 57y 5m 17d Fairview (AR2)
Mary F Yoder ( " ) 6/27/1907 22y 7m 7d "
Rufus Yoder (Gabelsville) 3/16/1909 3y 8m 10d "
Norman Jasper Yoder (Boyertown) 4/1/1913 19y 6m (22?)d "
Mary R Yoder ( " ) 6/5/1917 46y 8m 20d "
Jeremiah B Yoder ( " ) 11/7/1918 35y 7m 20d "
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St Johns Lutheran - Boyertown- Marriages:

Nathaniel E Yoder/ Amanda Bardman (widow) m 7/27/1872 (YB256b)
Mary L Yoder/ Samuel S Weisner m 1/8/1874
George E Yoder/ Sarah G Werstler m 10/9/1875
Amanda Yoder/ Zepheniah Gotshall m 12/5/1874 (AR-)
Kate L Yoder/ John G Dengler m 12/21/1877
Mary H Yoder/ Henry S Miller m 5/19/1877 (AR-)
Andora Yoder/ Allen Gehman m 12/7/1878
Irwin L Yoder/ Emma R Bauer m 2/3/1883
Wm B Yoder/ Hettie Y Herbine m 1/7/1888
Louisa Yoder/ Franklin Merkel m 11/27/1886 (ARc)
Amanda G Yoder/ Milton B Gottshall m 10/11/1890
Kate Yoder/ Irvin H Maurer m 10/26/1889

marriages by Rev Charles C Boyer

9/15/1891 Jasper H Yoder/Dora C Seyler- Boyertown
9/19/1891 Jennie Yoder/ David G Herb

marriages by Rev A M Weber

3/3/1894 Lillian A Yoder- Boyertown/Daniel K Youse-New Berlin
3/22/1902 Edwin R Yoder-New Berlinville/Ella W Stauffer- Bechtelsville
5/23/1903 Wm W Yoder/ Jennie W Stauffer- both New Berlinsville
11/21/1903 Jeremiah B Yoder-New Berlin/Mary F Ackerman- Gilbertsville




Fairview Mennonite Church Cem,, Boyertown. PA Jan 1991
by Richard H Yoder, Bechtelsville

Jacob H Yoder (10/11/1858-9/26/1947) (ARb) Louisa S (Miller) Yoder
(5/13/1859-11/22/1921)
Jacob M Yoder (10/8/1891-2/5/1970) Elsie F (Brintzenhoff) Yoder
(12/17/1893-3/19/1972)

Harold B Seasholtz 3/24/1912-11/8/1982
Marian (Yoder) Seasholtz 7/23/1918 (sister of Richard B Yoder the
researcher)

James G Yoder (1/12 or 18/1877-12/26/1924)
Olivia G Yoder (5/20/1861-8 or 10/14/1917)
Webster G Yoder (1/11/1870-10/28/1949)
Kate S Yoder (wife) (11/18/1870-8/30/1944)

William E Yoder (1/19/1837-1/15/1889) (YB2567)
Mary Ann (Gresh) Yoder (2/19/1840-10/27/1916)
dau. Kate G Yoder (4/24/1872-12/8/1902)
dau. Eva G Yoder (3/2/1875-8/12/1939)

Jacob G Yoder (1866-1928) Harriet J Yoder (Gilbert) (1873-1899)

(DATES of interment are those listed in the ( ) following)

Jasper Yoder 5/2/1863-4/3/1932 (4/8/1932)
Andrea S. (wife) 12/23/1871-4/24/1929
Blanche S (Yoder) Fratis 4/8/1892-12/28/1964 (1/2/1965)
Norman J Yoder (son) 9/9/1893-4/1/1913
Doris A Yoder (wife) 5/4/1929
Paul A Yoder 7/3/1904-3/17/1952 (3/22/1952)
Miriam (Yoder) Eckert 9/8/1898-12/25/1945 (12/29/1945)

Jeremiah B Yoder 1883-1918
wife Mary F Yoder 1884-19(?0)7
Rufus Yoder 188(?5)-1908
Emma (Rensunger) Yoder 188?-1965 (6/4/1965)

William Sullivan (?relation)
Charles W Brantner (6/14/1979)

John M Yoder 1889-1967 (10/8/1967)
m1 Katie S (Rush) Yoder 1886-1918
m2 Bertha M (Eoseall) Yoder 1885-1937 (7/20/1937)
William E Yoder Mary Ann Yoder
Katie G. Eva G. (8/16/1939)
James G
Webster G Yoder (11/2/1949) Katie S Yoder (9/3/1944)
Olivia G.

Walter M Yoder 1885-1961 (11/2/1961)
wife Mabel M (Rush) Yoder 1891-1976 (12/20/1976)
Kate G
William W Yoder 1882-10/30/1962
Jennie W (Stauffer) Yoder 1881-9/27/1963

Paul M Yoder 1887-1959
wife Gertrude B 1886-1976

Norman S (Blackie) Yoder 6/14/1909-2/21/1979
Mary A (Mauger) Yoder 2/10/1909-1/16/1969

Wilson S Yoder 3/2/1904-6/9/1989
wife Arlene P Yoder 6/14/1919-8/4/1985 (8/8/1985)
Barry S Yoder son 7/8/1945-3/17/1989

Abraham E Yoder (11/17/1829-6/16/1913) 83y 6m 20d (YB2562)
Sarah H (nee Borneman) Yoder (4/12/1829-11/24/1903) 74y 7m 12d
*Lizzie B Yoder (daughter) 1/?/1866-1/13/1908 age 42
Jonathan E Yoder (YB256e) 10/26/1845-9/21/1916

*Elizabeth Yoder, daughter of Abraham and Sarah Yoder, died in the opera house first in Boyerstown. There were 171 people who died in the fire Jan 13, 1908. They were attending a play sponsored by St Johns Lutheran Church, Boyerstwon, PA. Of the 171, 25 were never identified. In their haste to answer the fire call, the fire men decided to pull the pumper by hand rather than wait for the team of horses, the pumper got away from them going down hill and killed one of the firemen.

Catherine Weidner (nee Yoder) 1/22/1776-6/28/1860 (?OY174)
wife of Daniel Weidner

Maria N Yoder (nee Heller) 2/4/1831-1/27/1890 (w1?OH13248- ?divorced)
dau of Daniel Heller and wife Mary

Amanda Yoder 10/25/1852-5/7/1919 (AR9)
wife of Zephaniah Gottshall 1/28/1850-10/4/1886

William S Yoder 3/27/1827-9/12/1873 son of Wm & Susanna Yoder(OH13248)
wife Elvinneann H (Leh) Yoder 1/27/1834-10/14/1890

Mary S Johnson (nee Yoder) 12/10/1822-7/23/1903 (OH13246)
wife of Nicholas Johnson 11/21/1816-7/2/1893
Mary Ann Yoder 5/28/1845-11/23/1876 (dau of Jacob & Henrietta Yoder)
(OH13424) wife of Nicholas Y Johnson 1/10/1846-5/21/1876 son of
Nicholas & Mary above

Adam W Yoder 3/5/1859-7/17/1947 (OH13256) (7/21/1947)
Mary Ann B Yoder (wife) 6/25/1863-8/27/1909
Bessie Levengood 12/16/1899-5/21/1908 adopted dau. A W & Mary B

Jonathan S Yoder 5/21/1835-8/28/1920 (?OY4547)
wife Sallie G 2/7/1837-5/25/1911

J. Bennevile H Yoder 8/15/1841-2/2/1899 (AR2)
wife Catherine D K Yoder 10/9/1846-1/15/1931 (1/19/1931)
three infant daughters
Laura Jane wife of David G Herb 6/?/1871-6/19/1897

George S Yoder 1885-1960
wife Gertrude D 1886-1951

David H Yoder 1858-1947 (6/9/1947) (ARa)
wife Louisa M Yoder 1861-1944 (11/25/1944)
Elle Shane (nee Yoder) 8/13/1900-3/11/1989
?Carman Talarico 7/14/1907

Guldin G Yoder 8/17/1870-7/17/1963
Mary R. (Bechtel) Yoder 9/15/1870-6/5/1917
Webster B Yoder (son) 6/18/1889-3/7/1930
Lulu 2/12/1902-3/1/1921 wife of Roger Yoder(bro of Webster)
Daniel H Zuber 1889-1968
Edna Y Zuber (nee Yoder) 1892-1959 (3/31/__)

Henry Family plot
mother Henriette Yoder 5/20/1814-4/2/1888 (w/o OH13242)
??? dau Mary Y Henry 1/31/1879-9/23/1931

Col. Harry Yoder Ardath D Yoder (no deaths)

Yoder/Frey tombstone:
J Irwin Yoder 1857-1939 (2/4/1939)
wife Emma Bower Yoder 1860-1946 (11/13/1946)
Mary B (Yoder) Frey 1884-1970 (3/30/70)
Mark 1909-1920 (son of Roy and Mary Frey)

Jacob G Yoder (2/10/1970) Elsie F (Brintzenhoff) Yoder (3/22/1972)
Jacob Yoder ( 10/1/1947) Louisa S Yoder (wife) (10/1/___)
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Boyertown Mennonite Cemetery (between wall by Reformed Church and National Bank)

Jesse E Yoder 6/5/1847-11/8/1890 age 43-5-3 (YB256f)

Nathaniel Yoder 12/17/1841-3/5/1880 (YB256b)

Jacob Yoder 1/2/1804-6/26/1854 age 50-5-24 (YB256)
wife Anna (nee Eshbach) 4/22/1808-12/17/1883
Jacob and Anna had 7 sons and 9 daughters

Mary Ann Yoder-info below ground level (YB256 )

children of Abraham & Sarah Yoder (YB2562)
Barbara Yoder 1/2/1861-1/19/1861
Jacob Yoder 1/2/1861-8/?/1863
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Cemetary Behind Good Shepard Reformed Church, Boyerstown- from when it was a Union Church with St Johns Lutheran

Tobias Joder 12/1/1778-8/29/1850 age 71-8-28
wife Elizabeth Joder - 5/22/1850 72- -

Olivia Joder 4/4/1855-12/18/1855 dau of Wm & Elvinnia Yoder
(?OH13248)

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