Helen Elizabeth Yoder Hahn, mother of Rachael Hahn Kennedy, passed in her 
sleep at Rachael's home on Friday, April 4, 2003.
Services tomorrow (Sunday) in Concord NC.




1. John Yoder (2) 1764-1835 (Con1)

2. John Yoder (3) 1795-1870 (Con11)

3. Daniel  M. Yoder (4) 1822-1908

4. Alfred P. Yoder (5) 1866-1947

5. Andrew R. Yoder (4) 1836-1895

6. John A. Yoder (5) 1864-1926

7. Junius Yoder (5) 1867-1948

8. Jacob Yoder (3) 1797-1864

9. Reuben Yoder (4) 1828-1898

10. Oliver Mack Yoder (5) 1873-1948

11. moses yoder (4) 1830-1917

12. Marcus Yoder (4) 1833-1880

13. Amzi Yoder (4) 1844-1924

14. Michael Yoder (3) 1799-1874

15. Col. George M. Yoder (4) 1826-1920

16. Francis Alfonzo Yoder (5) 1851-1913

17. Julius Montfort Yoder (5) 1853-1925

18. Florence Yoder Ramseur (5) 1860-1935

19. Colin Monroe Yoder (5) 1863-1953

20. Enloe Michael Yoder (5) 1879-1948

21. Cyrus Yoder (4) 1828-1865

22. Michael Andrew Lee Yoder (5) 1856-1924

23. Peter R. Yoder (5) 1858-1930






JOHN YODER(2), 1764-1835




John Yoder(2), the oldest son of Conrad Yoder(1), was born on his father's farm, close by Jacob's Fork River, October 26, 1764, and died December 29, 1835 from paralytic stroke.   He married Mary Barbara Reep who died August 28, 1842.  Both were members of Grace Reformed Church and are buried in Grace Church Cemetery.  In 1963 their living descendants replaced their crumbling marble tombstones with new granite tombstones.  Their children were Christina, John, Jacob, Michael, Henry, Peter, Mollie, and Barbara.  John Yoder(2) worked on his father's farm as a pioneer's son, helping clear the land and putting it into cultivation.  He lived in his father's home till he was 26 years old, and married shortly after his father's death.


          We know a great deal about John Yoder(2). He was the grandfather of Col. George M. Yoder(4), who knew him well as a child, and spent many hours, days and nights in his home.  Little George was ten years old when his grandfather died, and 17 years old when his grandmother died.  Col. Yoder often talked to the author about his grandfather, John Yoder(2), and related anecdotes about him.

          John Yoder(2) was 16 years old when the battle of King's Mountain of the American Revolution was fought in October, 1780.  He volunteered his services for this battle and was, according to tradition, among those who gathered at the home of Henry Weidner to make ready to join forces from the area already in the field.  But, being only 16 years old, he was told by his elders that he was too young to go to war.  The folk tradition about his being rejected for battle, that has come down through the years, is that he was told by his older neighbor volunteers "to go back home and eat a few more pots of mush before he went to war."

          Mary Barbara Reep, whom John Yoder(2) married in 1790, lived on the South Fork River, near where the town of Lincolnton is now located, about 14 miles distant from John Yoder's(2) home.  Just how he came to know her, we do not know.  As a child, she heard the first shots fired in the battle of Ramsour's Mill, only about a mile from her home.  This battle was fought between Loyalists or Tories on one side,  and Whigs or Patriots, on the other.  Neighbors from the same community and county fought against each other.  No British soldiers were involved.

          In the division of land of Conrad Yoder(1), John Yoder(2) received 130 acres lying on both sides of Jacob's Fork River.  He built his log cabin house on the west side of the river, about a half mile from the old Conrad Yoder(1) home, close-by a good spring and a branch running into the river a few hundred yards away.  As his family grew, he added three more rooms to the first cabin.. He also built a barn, crib, blacksmith shop and in 1810, a little log school house in his own yard for the education of his own children and his neighbors' children.  A few yards away on the branch he had a still by which he made his surplus corn into whiskey, which could be much more economically marketed than corn.

          Col. Yoder described the barn of his grandfather, in which he played and romped as a small boy, as having a driveway between stalls and stables, with an overhead loft, a good floor where sheaves of wheat and oats were laid out in circles, and horses driven or led around over the sheaves to tramp out the grain.  In fields where wheat and oats were raised, a fallow plan of letting the land lie idle every other year was followed.  To the west of John Yoder's(2) farm was a vast woodland open range where livestock roamed widely.


          The major crop of John Yoder(2) was corn.  On his rich bottom lands, Col. George M. Yoder's(4) father, Michael Yoder(3), told his son, "We always got about 100 loads of corn.  We began planting corn early in the spring and cultivated the corn till roasting ears began to come.  Sometimes we would not get all the corn planted and worked out."  The author as a boy, 1900 to 1910, planted, cultivated, and gathered corn on a piece of this rich bottom land.

          John Yoder(2) seems to have received some formal education as a boy.  He may have been instructed in the elements of reading, writing, and arithmetic by his own father, who apparently was a literate man.  Also he may have attended an early private school located where Zion Lutheran Church now stands, taught by a teacher named Jacob Weaver.  Col. George M. Yoder(4) related how his grandfather spent many hours educating himself after he was married.  On a large hearthstone, before his big eight foot wide fireplace, by the light of pine knots, he worked out problems in arithmetic.  He bought himself a surveyor's outfit and learned how to survey and plot land.  Early records in the Lincoln County courthouse show his extensive surveying and land plotting in Lincoln County.  He was appointed by the state legislature as one of the surveyors to run the boundary line between Lincoln and Burke Counties.  He wrote in beautiful English script.  He was executive administrator for many estates.  Although in ordinary conversation and speech with members of his family and neighbors, he spoke "Pennsylvania Dutch," he had a good command of English for speaking, reading, and writing.  At the sale of his property after his death, at least a dozen books printed in both German and English were sold, including German and English Testaments and hymn books, a dictionary, a medical book, a doctor's book, and a "lot of books."  Among the books sold at the sale was a German bible, which was bought by Jacob Weaver, husband of Christina Yoder Weaver(3), daughter of John Yoder(2). This was undoubtedly the old Conrad Yoder(1) Bible.  It brought $6.01.

          It has already been stated that he had built in his on yard a small log school house and hired a teacher to instruct his own and his neighbors' children.  Later he gave a site of about an acre "in consideration for five cents" for a school, which was constructed in 1833.  The deed for the site is to John Yoder, Jr.,(3) and David B. Whitener, and reads in part as follows:


          "…use of the School House in that neighborhood and inhabitants

          of the neighborhood.  The duty of the trustees to take charge of the

          School House and if any thing is to be done they shall give


          to the inhabitants of that neighborhood if any one of the


          should die or remove out of that neighborhood, the

inhabitants to

          hold an election to elect another trustee, the

School House to be

          known as the Union School House to hold forever…"



John Yoder(2) was a member of the German Reformed Church at Grace.  A Union Lutheran and Reformed log church was constructed here about the year 1797. 


The land sale that I wrote of is recorded: Lincolc Co Deeds.1797 Book 18 pg237#652  14 Jan 1797. Samuel Jarret to Jon Yoder and John Hefner etc......I love the mental

picture of these two men setting out to purchase land to build a church in

what couldn't have been much more than wilderness. Great Stuff. Thanks again

Bob Hefner

> To: Bob Hefner <>


> Hi, My name is Robert James Hefner. I'm a descendent of John Hefner. I

> found a reference in the history of Lincoln Co. N.C. Telling of the

> purchase of 3.5 acres of land at the fork of the Catawba river and Potts

> creek by Jon Yoder and John Hefner for the purpose of building Grace

> Evangelical Lutheran church  dated 14 Jan 1797.


Religious meetings had probably been held on this site before the church was built.  John Yoder(2) was one of the elders of the Reformed Church at Grace for many years.  After the congregation had lost its first pastor, John Yoder(2) in 1825, was authorized to write to the Pennsylvania Synod for another pastor.  He secured Rev. John Fritchey. About 1832 Rev. Fritchey wanted to take Negroes (slaves then) into the church, allowing them to sit in the gallery.  John Yoder(2) strenuously opposed this move.  He owned no slaves and wanted to have nothing to do with them.  After he and others on his side had been outvoted he stood up and in "Pennsylvania Dutch" declared:


          "'Ian h auben de kerchem helfen bauchem, an d ich stageninde

          theren cin staungel briggel und slaug dare ars en Nager um das

          do ui gaen wall."


          Translated:  "I helped to build this church and will take my stand

          in the door and the first Negro that          attempts to go in I will knock

          him over with a snake pole."


          During his lifetime Negroes were not brought into the church.  But three years after  his death, in 1838, the matter was brought up again and a majority in the congregation a second time voted to take Negroes into the church, allowing them to come in and sit in the gallery.  Soon after, practically all the Yoders in the Reformed Congregation left it and joined the Lutheran Congregation worshipping in the same Union Church. Most of their descendants have been Lutherans since that time.


John Yoder(2) did not believe in shouting at church meetings.  On one occasion when a sort of revival meeting had been held at the home of his church neighbor, George Shuford, and considerable shouting had taken place among the members of the Reformed Church, John Yoder(2) went around among his neighbors to learn whether it was true.  Learning that it was true, he went to Rev. Graever, the Lutheran preacher living a few miles away, and urged him not to associate with the Reformed preacher who had conducted the meeting at which the shouting took place. Rev. Fritchey, the Reformed preacher prepared to leave the church.  But before leaving he went to see the John Yoder(2) family.  He sat down beside John Yoder's(2) wife and said: "Well, Mother, I'm going to leave here.  What do you think about it?"  She replied: "Well, those that don't want to stay here must go.  There will then be more corn for the hogs."


Although a determined outspoken man in his convictions and in what he believed, John Yoder(2) was really a peace loving man.  He never quarreled with his neighbors.  Once when two of his neighbors, John Dellinger and Henry Sigmon, had a disagreement and bitter quarrel and planned to fight a duel, Dellinger selected John Yoder(2) as his second.  But before the duel came off John Yoder(2) went to see both of them privately and persuaded them to patch up their differences, make friends again, and not fight the duel.


For many years John Yoder(2) was a militia captain.  The local militia was an important organization in those early frontier days.  All able-bodied men between 16 and 60 were required to belong to the militia and meet for drill for a certain number of days each year.  The officers of the militia were elected by popular vote and were important local leaders.


Over the years, John Yoder(2), like his father, became a large land owner.  He inherited land from his father, as we have seen.  He bought the shares of his stepmother and his several brothers.  He also received several grants of land from the state.  At the time of his death he owned over 1200 acres of land.


In politics John Yoder(2) was a staunch Jeffersonian-Jacksonian Democrat. Among items sold at the sale of his personal property after his death was a life of General Andrew Jackson.  When state political leaders and speakers came to Lincolnton for their political meetings and rallies, they usually inquired about John Yoder(2), and how his kinsmen and neighbors were planning to vote.


Like his father, John Yoder(2) died without having made a will.  His estate was settled according to law and the proceeds and land distributed among his widow and children.

The sale of his personal property took place February 9-12, 1836.  More than 1,000 persons attended the sale, some of them coming from a distance of 20 miles and more.  Three hundred fifty items of personal property were sold, and total sales amounted to $718.  Col George M. Yoder(4), as a ten year old boy, was present during the three days of the sale.  According to him the sale was a gala event.  During the auction and bidding, three bottles of whiskey were kept going through the crowd.  As each bidder made a bid, a bottle was passed to him for a drink.  "Nobody got drunk," Col. Yoder related, "but a few of the older fellows got a little tight."


John Yoder's(2) 1202 acres of land were divided among his heirs as follows:


To Mary B. Yoder(2), Widow                                                158 acres


To Michael Yoder(3)                                                    186 acres


To Peter Yoder(3)                                                         190 acres


To John Yoder, Jr.(3)                                                   161 acres


To Jacob Yoder(3)                                                        167 acres


To Jonas Reep(4), a grandson                                               150 acres



          John Yoder's(2) children married as follows:  John Yoder(3), Sarah Whitener, May 15, 1819;


Christina Yoder(3), Jacob Weaver, December 21, 1823;

       3 Christina YODER b: Cir 1796 d: Cir 1879

          + Jacob WEAVER b: 1807 d: 12 October 1885

            4 Henry WEAVER

            4 Helena WEAVER

            4 Sophia WEAVER

            4 Mollie WEAVER

            4 John WEAVER

     Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you.  I have a car wreck and hadn't been able to  get back to my research.  I e-mailed you I think in June about Nancy Yoder and you asked about her descendants.  Here is what I have:
Nancy Yoder     birth/Christened  1802  Lincoln, NC
                           d.  27 Feb. 1878
Jacob Weaver  married:  21 Dec. 1823
                            b. 1790 Lincoln, NC
                            d. 27 Dec. 1882 in Fannin Co. GA
Polly Mary A Weaver     b.  1829  NC
Eliza Weaver     b.  1832  NC
Alfred Weaver     b.  1833  NC
John A Weaver    b.  1836  NC
Ibby Weaver         b.  1847  GA
Newton Weaver   b.  1844  GA
Victoria Weaver   b.  Oct. 1850  GA
Elias Weaver        b.  9 Feb 1841  GA  d.  17 Sep 1930 Fannin Co GA
Jacob Weaver       b.  11 Mar 1823 NC  d. 26 Jun 1915 Fannin Co GA
Fidellio Weaver     b.  28 Aug 1838 GA  d.  26 Feb 1928 Fannin Co GA
Burton Weaver      b.  Sep 1842 GA  d.  5 Jul 1922  Fannin Co GA
That's all I have on Nancy.  I'm trying to find her parents.  My
ggg-grandfather was Fidellio.  I have all of his family down to my daughter if you need it.  Thank you for all the info you sent.  I REALLY appreciate it. If I can be of any help, just let me know.  If you can help me with Nancy's parents that would be great!  Bye for now.      Trina  Matthews   
Following drom Sarah – June 22, 2006- Posted on Weaver Genforum
“Christina (1791-1877) of Lincoln, then Catawba County, NC, needs rescue from faulty and missing information, the wrong husband, and forgotten children. She was the eldest child of John Yoder(176?-1835) and Mary Barbara (Reep) Yoder, and a granddaughter of Conrad. Christina's brother Michael was father of the esteemed Catawba County historian George M. Yoder (1826-1920). Some of his writing is presently on USgenweb>NC>Catawba Co.>surnames and families>Yoder. George M. wrote for The Times Mercury, 31 July 1901, "Christene died in 1877, aged 83 years and was buried at Wesley Chapel. Her husband, Jacob Weaver, is also buried there." Three census returns consistently place her birth at ca 1792. (The cemetery may suggest they were Methodist converts.)

They have a Lincoln Co., marriage bond dated 21 Dec. 1823. Christina's husband has been confused with a Weaver cousin named Jacob who lived beyond him. He was 56 <1794> in 1850, the last census of his life, and a wagon maker.

In Entry #828 in the first Catawba Co. Heritage book, Gracie Cook included Jacob as a son of Conrad Weaver and his wife "Elizabeth Margaret Hahn." She added, "according to Walter Hahn's records in the Hickory library, they had five children: Henry, Helena, Sophia, Mollie and John." One assumes that Mollie and John died young; they missed all census years. "Helena" is almost certainly a misreading or a lapse for Selena. She was "Salena" in 1850, and Elizabeth afterward, wife of George W. Tucker. From 1850 to 1870, Christina (Yoder) Weaver lived "next door" either to Elizabeth Selena (ca 1824-after 1880) or to Henry R. Weaver (Dec. 1827-after 1910). It is probable that this sister and brother had as spouses another sibling pair, Nancy Caroline Tucker (ca 1825-28 Feb. 1902) and George W. Tucker (ca 1824-25 March 1863), a Civil War casualty from Catawba Co. The Mary Tucker, age 50 <1800> in Henry and Nancy Weaver's Jacobs Fork household in 1850 was probably Nancy's mother, given the age difference and the scarcity of Tuckers in Catawba of 1850 and 1860. The George Tuckers were about seven households away, enumerated immediately before Jacob and Christina Weaver. Although any documentary proof remains undiscovered, I believe Mary to be the Polly Knipe (Canipe now mostly) who wed Joseph Tucker with a Lincoln Co. marriage bond dated 15 August 1817, and who lived in Lincoln in 1820 and Rutherford Co. in 1830.

Jacob and Christina Weaver were in Lincoln Co., in 1830 and 1840, with two, then three children. (Seven Yoder households are listed on their same 1840 census page.) In the new Catawba Co., of 1850, their household included only a likely daughter, Sophia, age 17 <1833>. She seems to be the Sarah S. Weaver who married J. L. Michael in Catawba Co., 20 March 1856. In 1860, Christina Weaver was in the Jacobs Fork household of Jacob (ca 1833-1863) and Sarah S. Michael, both 27, and a child (Catherine?). Jacob L. died in the Civil War; I haven't found Sophia or the child after 1860. Jacob Michael's brother Peter (ca 1825-1899) married Hannah Tucker, a probable sister of George W. Tucker and Mrs. Henry R. Weaver. (Other likely children of Polly and Joseph Tucker are Mary A. (Tucker) Hamby (1833-1911) and another Civil War tragedy, Levi Tucker, born ca 1831.Two female children appear in the 1820 census, but are unknown.)

After Christina died in 1877, her daughter Elizabeth Selena Tucker was enumerated in Lovelady Township, Caldwell Co., NC, in 1880. She and George have Tucker descendants living there near Granite Falls today, posterity of their son Alfred R. Tucker (ca 1853-1895). The family of a daughter of George and Selena's son David F. Tucker (1850-after 1870)--Julia Abigail (Tucker) Herman (1875-1958)-- is subject of Entry #266 in the first CALDWELL Co. Heritage book.

Christina's son Henry R. Weaver survived the War, and lived in Catawba Co., in 1870 and 1880. In 1900, he was in Rutherford Co., NC, and in 1910 in Cleveland Co., NC, in the household of a daughter each time. His five children all were at home in 1860. The six young Tuckers of George and Selena are represented in 1850 and 1860 returns combined. (All Catawba Co.)

Henry's one son, Adolphus Durant Weaver (1852-1927), died in Caswell Co., NC, and had 16 children with two wives. He is interred in Providence Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery about midway between Danville, VA, and Yanceyville, NC. His sisters married men named Ballard, Dagenhardt, Nance and Killian. The Randolph Co., NC, death certificate for Martha Susannah (Weaver) Nance (1855-1925) confirms that their mother's maiden name was "Nancy Tucker."


 Jacob Yoder(3), Catharine Hahn, June 6, 1824; Michael Yoder(3), Polly Dietz, November 10, 1824 (1825 per Bynum’s Lincoln County Marriage Bonds); Peter Yoder(3), Rachel Hahn, May 18, 1832; Mollie Yoder(3), Caleb Dietz; and Barbara Yoder(3), David Reep.


All of John Yoder's(2) children, except Peter Yoder(3), lived and died in Lincoln and what is now Catawba Counties.  Most of the Yoders living north of Grace Church and in the vicinity of the old Conrad Yoder(1) homestead were and are descendants of John Yoder(2).


Around 1850 Peter Yoder(3), son of John Yoder(2), sold his land and moved by covered wagon to the state of Missouri, and settled near what is now the town of Farmington.  After his first wife died, he married a Miss Covington and raised a large family of children.  In 1917 the author visited one of his daughters who was ten years old when her father moved to Missouri with his family.  She reminisced interestingly about the long trip by covered wagon to that new frontier state, and especially how she feared the wagon in which she was riding would turn over while they were crossing the mountains.  The pioneer board house that Peter Yoder(3) had built was still standing in 1917, but had recently been abandoned. Close-by was an old neighborhood cemetery in which Peter Yoder(3) and his two wives were buried.  Their graves were unmarked and the cemetery had grown up in weeds, bushes and small trees.


1. John Yoder (2) 1764-1835 (Con1)




Con1    John Yoder (John Abel Sr-per (10/26/1764 Lincoln Co.,

NC-12/29/1835 Lincoln Co., NC)

        m. ca 1790 Mary Barbara Reep (1765-Aug.28,1842 Catawba Co., NC).

        both buried Grace Church Cemetery

    +Con11- John (John Abel Jr-per   b. Mar.19,1795

     Con12- Christina   b. ca 1796 m. Dec.21, 1823 Lincoln Co., NC

Jacob Weaver    d. "age 83" ca 1879

    +Con13- Jacob   b. Mar.25, 1797

    +Con14- Michael     b. Mar.17, 1799

    +Con15- Peter   b.Oct.13, 1805

     Con16- Mollie  b.       m.       Caleb Dietz  (b. 1/20/1817 Lincoln, Co, NC.

(son of Solomon DEITZ)

     Con17- Barbara b.       m. 3/20/1828 Lincoln Co, NC

David Reep    d. "age 82"





JOHN YODER(3), 1795-1870



          John Yoder(3), the oldest son of John Yoder (2), was born March 19, 1795, and died March 19, 1870.  He married Sarah (Sallie) Whitener, May 15, 1819.  She died in April 1869.  John Yoder(3) first was a member of the Reformed Church at Grace, and later became a Methodist.  He and his wife are buried at Grace Church Cemetery.

John Yoder, died Mar 19, 1870, aged 75 y 19 d  (this gives a birthdate of Feb 28, 1795 vs Mar 19, 1795 in the Yoder book), and Sallie Yoder, died 2 Apr 1869, 75 y 4 m 2 d (born 30 Nov 1793), Grace Lutheran/Reformed

Their children were Abel, Lavina, Daniel, Anna, Levi, William, Mary, and Andrew.

          John Yoder(3) was a farmer.  He inherited from his father's estate 161 acres of land lying on both sides of Jacob's Fork River.  He built a log house on the west side of the river, near the branch that comes down from the Rhoney School.  The house was used as a dwelling by his descendants until around 1900.  He bought two other tracts of land about three miles west of his home place, in the Hog Hill section.  In the last few years of his life, John Yoder(3) lived with his son Levi in Newton.

2. John Yoder (3) 1795-1870 (Con11)


Con11   John Yoder d. Mar.19,1870 bur. Grace Church Cem.

        m. May 15, 1819 Lincoln Co., NC Sarah (Sallie) Whitener

(11/30/1793 -4/2/1869) (per John Abel Jr; Sarah

was born about 1797 in , Lincoln Co. NC, (Zion Luth bapt). She

died Apr 1869 in Catawba Co, NC.)

    +Con111- John Abel  b. 1818

     Con112- Barbara  Lavinia    (3/8/1824 Catawba Co., NC-          )  m. 4/3/1840

Lincoln Co., NC Jesse Killian (c1824-               ) (per

Barbara also married  David REEP (b c1824)  "children lived in different climes"

    +Con113- Daniel Moses  b. Apr.10,1822

     Con114- Anna  Eliza     b. ?        m. John Reep .. "4 children"

     Con115- William    b.  ca1824 . single.. moved to SC

    +Con116- Levi       b.  ca1825

     Con117- Mary (Mollie) b. ca1833  m1 11/9/1856 Catawba Co., NC Amzi A. Hahn

(12//31/1833 Lincoln Co., NC-7/17/1864 Petersburg, VA -Civil War)

 m2 Luther Flannagan, "children lived in Hickory"

    +Con118- Andrew R.  b. Feb.7, 1836





          1. Abel Yoder(4) was born in 1818, and was killed in the Civil War at the battle of Bristow Springs, Virginia.  He had married Lizzie Jarrett.  Their children were Anna, Marcus, Robert Knox (according to 1860 census, Robert and Knox were separate persons), George, Rhoda, Lizzie, and William.  Abel Yoder(4) was a farmer and cabinet maker.


I have added some possible information on marriages and burials of the children of Abel to the below section, but there are some inconsistencies in ages.)


Con111- John Abel Yoder  d. Civ. War, Battle of Bristow Springs,VA (sic?)

        m. 3/22/1841 Lincoln Co., NC to Lizzie Jarrett (10/19/1821-2/19/1900) (She is buried at Plateau UMC, Catawba County, NC)

Buried in Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery, Spotsylvania, VA, “Enlisted on 10/12/1863 at Camp Vance, NC as a Private, he mustered into "F" Co. NC 23rd Infantry. He was Killed In Action in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, VA.” d. May 10, 1864

     Con1111- Anna      b. ca1841 m. Elem Thouser (Elam Houser married Anna C. Yoder, 04 Oct, 1868, Catawba County, NC; both are buried at Plateau UMC, Catawba County, NC.  He was born 21 Beb 1848 and died 3 June 1929.  She died at the age of 84, no dates))

     Con1112- Marcus    b. ca1843  killed in Civil War

    +Con1113- Robert Knox  b. ca1845 

          ("Robert d. Civ War, Knox lived GA")  Robert born ca 1845 and Knox born ca 1850 per 1860 census)

     Con1114- Rhoda     b. ca1847 (A Rhoda E. Yoder married John F. Carpenter, 05 June, 1869, Catawba County, NC)

     Con1115- George    b. ca1850

         ("in GA".. a George res, Union Co.,TN 1900. wife Malinda

           he b. Aug. 1848 )

     Con1116- Lizzie (Elizabeth) b. ?  (ca 1860 per 1860 census) (An Elizabeth Yoder, age 31, married Ephraim Black 9 March 1895 in Lincoln County, NC.  Plateau Methodist Church tombstone inscription:  Elizabeth, wife of E. J. Black, Apr 24, 1860 – Oct 23, 1930.)

     Con1117- William   b. ca1850 (ca 1857 per 1860 census) "single lives with mother"  (A William Youder, age 23, son of Abel and Eliz Youder, married Mattie Michael 12 Sept 1880 in Lincoln County, NC.) (Salem Union Church, Lincoln County, NC  burial: Wm. A. Yoder, 14 Aug 1857 – 9 Apr 1884; no wife is buried with him)

     Con1118- Frances   b. (ca 1854 per 1860 census)  "left the state"  (A Frances Yoder, daughter of Able and Elizabeth, age 36, married Barney M. Sain, age 56, 16 Dec 1883, Lincoln County, NC)


On 11 January 1893 in Lincoln County, Henry Hahn, age 21, son of George Hahn and Frances Yoder Sain married Ida B. Sain, age 22, daughter of Barney and Martha Sain (nee Hoover)


Con1113- Robert Knox   ( c1845 NC-      )  ("Robert d. Civ War (sic?),

Knox lived GA")  ?per 1880 Ga-McDuffie Co:  Robert Knox Yoder  (c1852 NC-  

)  m.              Bell  ____   (c1853 Ga-        )

Con11131- Lucy   (1874 NC-        )

Con11132- Robert  (1877 Ga-        )

Con11133- Feddie  (age 10/12 in 1880 Ga-          )


            4 John Abel YODER b: Cir 1819

              + Elizabeth "Lizzie" JARRETT b: 19 October 1821 d: 19 February 1900

                5 Anna YODER b: Cir 1841

                  + Elem THOUSER

                5 Marcus YODER b: Cir 1843

                5 Robert Knox YODER b: Cir 1845

                5 Rhoda YODER b: Cir 1847

                  + John F. CARPENTER b: 10 November 1849 d: 26 April 1926

                5 George YODER b: Cir 1848

                5 Lizzie YODER

                5 William YODER b: Cir 1850


          2.  Lavina Yoder(4) was born in 1820 March 8, 1821 and died February 10, 1898.   She married Jesse Killian (3 Apr 1840, Lincoln County, NC).  He was born June 5, 1812 and died September 22, 1892.  Both are buried in the Bethel reformed Church Cemetery, Catawba County, NC.  Their children were Martha, Aldine, Sallie, Caroline, John, Simon, Telitha, William, Belle, and Brownlow.

           4 Barbara Lavinia YODER b: 8 March 1824

              + Jesse KILLIAN

                5 Martha KILLIAN

                5 Aldine KILLIAN

                5 Sallie KILLIAN

                5 Caroline KILLIAN

                5 John KILLIAN

                5 Simon KILLIAN

                  + Marietta SEAGLE b: 28 June 1862

                5 Telitha KILLIAN

                5 Willian L. KILLIAN b: 29 September 1839 d: 3 January 1920

                  + Eva BAKER b: 4 October 1843 d: 7 July 1927

                    6 J. Yates KILLIAN

                    6 Anna KILLIAN

                    6 Craig KILLIAN

                5 Belle KILLIAN

                5 Brownlow KILLIAN


          3. Daniel M. Yoder(4).  See Chapter V.

          4. Anna Yoder(4) married John Reep.  Their children were Laban,

Willie, and Francis.

          4 Anna Eliza Clarissa YODER b: 7 August 1823

              + John REEP

                5 Laban REEP

                5 Willie REEP

                5 Francis REEP


          5.  Levi Yoder(4) married Harriet Gross.  Their children were Tollie, Sallie, Ase, and Edward.  Levi Yoder(4) was a carpenter, merchant, and tailor.  He was a Civil War veteran.

4 Levi Franklin YODER b: 29 November 1825; d: 21 Apr 1894; bur: Eastview Cemetery, Newton,      NC

              + Harriet GROSS b: April 1843  (b. Apr 16, 1841 and d. 24 Feb 1943)

                5 Tollie YODER

                5 Sallie YODER b: July 1870  d: 1936  b: Eastview Cemetery, Newton, NC

                     + Edwin O. Whittle mar: Dec 18, 1890  b: 1863 d: 1931  bur: Eastview Cemetery, Newton, NC 

  5 Ase YODER b: January 1872  (Asa A. Yoder b: 10 Jan 1872; d:  b: 10 Jan 1872; d:4 Mar   1946; bur; Eastview Cemetery, Newton, NC)

                5 Edward YODER

5 Lonnie Ward YODER b: 24 Dec 1874; d: 7 July 1876; bur. Eastview Cemetery, Newton, NC

                  5 Infant Daughter YODER; no dates; bur. Eastview Cemetery, Newton, NC


Harriet Gross Yoder obit stated she was survived by son Asa Yoder, granddaughters Mrs W. K.Beattie of Hickory and Mrs. Sarah Wlliams of Charlotte, and grandson Charles Whittle of Norfolk, VA.  She was preceded in death by five children.

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This note was written apparently mosting by Neal Wilfong and then forwarded by Lynn Kirk,  , Feb 18, 2006


Dear Lynn:

    After your recent e-mail was forwarded to me by Bill Yoder of Hickory, NC, I went through several of my reference sources in search of your great-grandfather Asa Yoder's family.

    In The History of the Yoder Family in North Carolina, by the late Dr. Fred Roy Yoder, on page 31, I located an "Ase Yoder" who was a child of Levi Yoder and his wife, the former Harriet Gross. According to Dr. Yoder's research Ase was a sibling to Tollie, Sallie, and Edward Yoder.

    As you believe that Asa Yoder lived and worked in Newton, I consulted the Catawba County Cemeteries, volume VII, that is devoted to tombstone records in Eastview Cemetery in the City of Newton. On page eight I located an Asa A. Yoder, who was born January 10, 1872 and died March 4, 1946. A woman, Nellie Sill Yoder, who lived from May 8, 1872 to May 12, 1908, is buried either beside Asa or nearby. I speculate that Nellie may have been his wife. You mentioned in your letter that your great-grandmother died when your grandmother Colleen was around four years old. Was your grandmother born ca. 1904?

    Levi F. Yoder is also buried in Eastview Cemetery in Newton. He was born November 29, 1825 and died April 21, 1894. I did not locate any data on Levi Yoder's wife, Harriet. She may be buried in an unmarked grave at Eastview or interred in another cemetery. There are graves near Levi's for a Lonnie Wade Yoder, who died July 7, 1876, at the age of 1 year 6 months 13 days, and for an unnamed infant daughter,  no dates.

    As Levi Yoder must have been more than 50 years old when Lonnie was born, it is possible that Harriet was quite a bit younger and perhaps remarried after her husband's death. If I had more time (which I don't seem to have these days) I would check all nine volumes of the Catawba County Cemetery records for Harriet's name. The majority of the cemetery books do not index persons by individual name, but by surname only, and as there are so many Yoders buried throughout Catawba County, it would require too much time to check out each Yoder death. The Catawba County Cemetery books were published by the Catawba County Genealogical Society. I think that there is a county website that may index all the burials in Catawba County as contained in the cemetery book collection.. If a Harriet Yoder could be found among those listings I could look up her birth and death data once the specific volume of the cemetery books was known. Of course there could be the problem of distinguishing between persons with a similar name. The matter of a possible different married surname would be another puzzle.

    Using Dr. Yoder's history of the Yoder family as my source it looks like your descent from Swiss pioneer Conrad Yoder is as follows:


        Conrad Yoder and first wife, Christina Klein (Cline)

        John Yoder and Mary Barbara Reep

        John Yoder, Jr. and Sarah (Sallie) Whitener

        Levi F. Yoder and Harriet E. Gross

        Asa A. Yoder and Nellie Sill

        Colleen Harriet Yoder and Warren Knox Beattie (both deceased)

       Colleen Elizabeth Johnston and Donald Edward Johnston----(my parents, both deceased)

        Lynn Johnston Kirk (Me) -- Warren Jeffrey Johnston (my brother),  Jan Elizabeth Johnston O'Hara (My sister), and Leslie Harriet Johnston (my sister)

        Justin Scott Kirk (My son) and Shelby Rae Colleen Leavitt (My daughter)

       Jennifer Leah Johnston Newton (Warren J. Johnston's daughter)

       Casey Elizabeth Johnston (Warren J. Johnston's daughter)

      Gabriel Joseph O'Hara (My sister's son)


It looks like your great-grandfather Asa A. Yoder was a first cousin to Alfred P. Yoder, who was the paternal grandfather of Bill Yoder of Hickory. Alfred Yoder's father, Daniel M. Yoder, was an older brother to your great-great-grandfather Levi F.Yoder.

    If I may be of further assistance, please contact me.


And that is the end of my story so far!  Hope to meet everyone soon at a reunion.



Lynn J. Kirk

Jacksonville, FL

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Census note: 1930 census shows:


Yoder, Hasiett  86        NC      Catawba, Newton

            Asa                  57


Census 1920 shows:

Yoder, Harriet 75  1844 North Carolina  White  Newton, Catawba, North Carolina

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          6. William Yoder(4) never married.  He was a carpenter.  He moved to South Carolina as a young man and died in that state.

          4 William YODER b: Abt 1824

          7.  Mary (Mollie) Yoder(4) first married Amzi Hahn (on 9 Nov 1856 in Lincoln County, NC), who was killed in the Civil War.   They had one daughter, Mary, who married an Abee.  Mary (Mollie) Hahn(4) married Luther Flannagan (on 23 Feb 1868 in Catawba County, NC) as her second husband.  They had two sons.

            4 Mary (Mollie) YODER b: Abt 1833

              + Amzi Alexander HAHN

                5 Mary HAHN

                  + Unknown ABEE

              + Luther FLANNAGAN


                There is the following burial in Hickory’s Oakwood Cemetery:


                Mary M., Wife of M. L. Flannagan

                6 March 1833

                22 May 1915

82y 2m 16d


Frank H. Flannahan

15 May 1870

12 Sept 1898

28y 3m 27d


There is also  a separate  burial for a M. Luther Flannagan, born 1845


M. Luther Flannagan

12 April 1845

16 Feb 1918


Mary Barns D. Flannagan

10 April 1882

6 October 1926


In the 1880 census in Hickory twp:


Mart. L. Flanagan               35

Mary M.     “                         45

Abel H.      “                          10 twins

Frank H.   “                          10 twins


This census listing would suggest that burial for the above M . Luther Flannagan was the husband of Mary M. Yoder based on the correspondence of birth dates.   Who was the Mary Barns D. Flannagan?


In the 1900 census:


Hattie Flannigan                                born June 1874   26           widow

Mabel M.   “                         born Feb 1893     7

Annie M.   “                          born Apr 1895     5

J. Franklin  “                       born Oct 1897      3


Hattie was the widow of Frank H. Flannagan.  On 15 March 1892, Frank H. Flanagan married Hattie Barger         


          8. Andrew B. Yoder(4).  See Chapter VII.


1 Conrad YODER b: Abt 1730 d: April 1790

  + Christina KLEIN b: Abt 1750 d: 1771-1772

    2 John YODER b: 26 October 1764 d: 29 December 1835

      + Mary Barbara REEP b: Cir 1765 d: 28 August 1842

        3 John YODER b: 19 March 1795 d: 19 March 1870

          + Sarah (Sallie) WHITENER b: 30 November 1793 d: 2 April 1869






DANIEL M. YODER(4), 1822-1908



          Daniel Moses Yoder(4), was born April 19, 1822, and died May 21, 1908.  He married Sarah Whisnant, who was born January 7, 1833 and died November 9, 1908.  Both were members of Zion Lutheran Church and are buried in Zion Church Cemetery.  Their children were Jason, Hosea, James, Ida, Martha, Alfred, Robert, and Hilliard.

          Daniel M. Yoder(4) was a farmer.  He inherited land from his father lying on both sides of Jacob's Fork River.  His wife also inherited land on Henry's Fork River.

          "Uncle Dan," as he was usually called by kinsmen and neighbors in his old age, was a quiet, modest man of a few words.  In groups he would sit and listen, rarely saying a word.  The author remembers him as wearing long white hair, with curls that came down to his shoulders. He was ahardy and active man in his old age.  He liked hunting.  When hunters came close to his home, he often got down his long-barrel rifle and joined the hunt.  The author remembers "Uncle Dan" joining in the hunts when he was over 80 years of age.

            4 Daniel Moses YODER b: 10 April 1822 d: 21 May 1908

              + Sarah WHISNANT b: 7 January 1833 d: 9 November 1908

3. Daniel  M. Yoder (4) 1822-1908

Con113  Daniel Moses Yoder  d. May 21, 1908  

        m.   c1853   Sarah  E.  Whisnant  (Jan.7,1833 Lincoln Co, NC-

Nov.9,1908 Catawba Co., NC)        both bur. Zion Church Cemetery

    +Con1131- Jason E.  b. Oct.10,1855 m. Jane Yoder (Con1321)

              d. Jul.21, 1916 Brookfield. bur. Zion Church Cem.

    +Con1132- Hosea  W.    b. Jun. 1858    m.Theodosia Whitener

     Con1133- James P.   (3/6/1860-12/29/1949)    m.           Fannie  Etta Weaver


     Con1134- Ida       b. ca1861       m.  c1881  Jones Sigmon  (c1861-            )

     Con1135- Martha    b. ca1863       m. c1883  Noah Whitener  (c1863-      )

 no issue

    +Con1136- Alfred P. b. Jan.12, 1866 m. Cora Yoder (Con1318)

              d. May 1,1947 bur. Zion Church Cem.

    +Con1137- Robert M. b. 1867     m. Ida Abernathy

    +Con1138- Hilliard  b. Nov. 1870 m Minnie Weaver


Children and Grandchildren


          1. Jason E. Yoder(5) was born October 10, 1855, and died July 21, 1916.  He married Jane Yoder(5) who was born September 13, 1856, and died June 30, 1900.  Both were members of Zion Lutheran Church and are buried in Zion Church Cemetery.  Their children were Lilly-belle, Carl, Carrie, Marshall, Macon, Ora, and Clyde.  Jason E. Yoder(5) was a farmer and wagoner.  During the last ten years of his life he lived in Brookford and worked at various odd jobs.

                5 Jason Elisha YODER b: 10 October 1855 d: 21 July 1916

                  + Jane Barbara YODER b: 13 September 1856 d: 30 June 1900

Con1131- Jason Elisha  910/10/1855-7/21/1916 Brookfield.)  m.  8/18/1880  

       Jane Barbara  Yoder (Con1321) (9/13/1856-6/30/1900) bur. Zion Church Cem.

       farmer and wagoner

Con11311- Lillybelle            (ca 1876                -               )  m 12 Jan 1896, Catawba County,  

      Longdon (Langdon) Huffman   (b ca 1872)  -one child

Con11312- Carl M.  (9/4/1884-3/7/1946 bur Zion Church Cem)

      m     Elsie M. Teague (5/20/1886- 12/13/1974 bur Zion Church Cem )

Con11313- Carrie  (18 Feb 1884 – 4 Dec 1956 bur Bethel UCC Cem)  m1 Robert Lee Martin, 3 Feb 1903, Catawba County

     (11 Aug 1865  - 23 June 1930 bur Bethel UCC Cem)  m2         A.D. Herren

Con11314- Marshall                             m             Evie Hedrick

Con11315- Macon                                m             Ella Sigmon

Con11316- Ora                                      m             ____ Williams

Con11317- Clyde                                  m Helen ____


Hickory Daily Record, Monday July 20, 1942:  Marshall Yoder, Hickory Native, killed by train in Knoxville, TN.  He was the son of the late Jason Yoder.  He is survived by brothers Carl and Make Yoder of Hickory, and Clyde of Cincinnati, Ohio, sisters, Mrs. A. D. Herren  of Hickory, Miss Ora Yoder, Ludlow, KY, Mrs. L. B. Huffman, Marion.  He lived in Knoxville for the past 15 years.

          Lilly-belle Yoder(6) married Longdon Huffman.  They had one child.


                    6 Lillybelle YODER b: Cir 1881

                      + Longdon (Langdon) HUFFMAN

          Carrie Yoder(6) was born in 1884 and died in 1956.  She first married Robert Lee Martin, who died in 1930.  She then married A. D. Herren.  She had six children by her first husband.

6 Carrie Emma YODER b: 18 February 1884 d: 4 December 1956  bur: Bethel Reformed Cemetery

                      + Robert Lee MARTIN b: 11 August 1865 d: 23 June 1930

                        7 Murphy MARTIN b: Cir 1904 d: 24 August 1905

                        7 Eva Salomae MARTIN b: 24 October 1905 d: 4 October 1980

                          + Fred Lee DIETZ b: 15 August 1902 d: 19 April 1961

                            8 Milford Lee DIETZ b: 26 March 1923 d: 3 July 1975

                              + Rose Conrad MYERS

                                9 Alan DIETZ

                                  + Carol Francine HALLMAN

                                    10 Dax DIETZ

                                    10 Nikki DIETZ

                                    10 Lane DIETZ

                                9 Susan DIETZ

                                  + Daniel L. SAWYER

                                    10 Cameron SAWYER

                                    10 Trey SAWYER

                                9 Rosemary DIETZ

                                  + Greg SKOOG

                            8 Harold Loyd DIETZ b: 25 January 1927 d: 21 June 1927

                        7 Ruby Octavia MARTIN b: 6 April 1907 d: 14 February 1972

                          + Alfred Decal PARKER

                        7 Shuford H. MARTIN b: 25 January 1909 d: 8 July 1925

7 Charlie Bramon MARTIN b: 2 May 1910 d: 21 August 1967  bur: Bethel Reformed Cemetery

                          + Nellie HAYNES

                        7 Bonnie Katherine MARTIN b: 29 August 1915 d: 22 December 1963

                          + James Edward GIBSON

                      + Alonzo D. HERREN

                      + A.B. HAWN

          Carl M. Yoder(6) was born September 4, 1884 (1883 per obit), and died March 7, 1946.  He is buried in Zion Church Cemetery.  He married Elsie M. Teague, who was born May 20, 1886 and died December 13, 1974.  Both are buried in the Zion Lutheran Church cemetery.  Their children were Roscoe, James, "W.G.," Ovelia, and Barbaree.  He was employed by the Asheville Division, Southern Rail Road for 40 years.

                    6 Carl M. YODER b: 4 September 1882 d: 7 March 1946

                      + Elsie M. TEAGUE b: 20 May 1886 d: 26 December 1974

                        7 Roscoe YODER (Roscoe H. Yoder, 9 Jan 1907 – 11 June 1949, bur: Zion Church Cem.)

                        7 James YODER  (James N. Yoder, 29 Jan 1911 – 2 Mar 1959, bur: Zion Church Cem.)  

                        7 W. (Willis) G. YODER (father’s obit said he lived in Tryon)

                        7 Ovelia YODER b: 21 March 1917 d: 29 August 1989

                        7 Barbaree YODER

          Marshall Yoder(6) married Ella Sigmon Evie Hedrick

                    6 Marshall W. YODER b: March 1885

                      + Evie HEDRICK


Macon Yoder(6) married Ella Sigmon.  He was bornMarch 28, 1887 and died June 25, 1946.  She was born July 23, 1886 and died July 23, 1966.  Both are buried in the Millers/St. Stephens Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hickory, NC.  Buried with them is Ruth Viola Yoder Lane, 9 March 1910 – 20 Apr 1940. (Who was this? Macon and Ella did have a daughter born in 1910, but in the 1910 census, she was named Ella.  Could Ella have been an additional given name?)

          Ora Yoder(6) married ________  Williams.

          Clyde Yoder(6) married Helen _________.



6 Macon YODER b: Cir 1886 (Macom W. Yoder, 28 Mar 1887 – 25 June 1946, bur:Millers/St.Stephens Lutheran Church Cem.)

+ Ella SIGMON (23 July 1886 – 23 July 1996, bur: Millers/St. Stephens Lutheran Church  Cem.)

7.       Ruth Viola Yoder(9 Mar, 1910 – 20 Apr 1940,  (Daughter?, buried with Macon and Ella Yoder)

+ ----- Lane

                    6 Willie M. YODER b: March 1890

                    6 Katie Ora YODER b: Cir 1893

                      + Unknown WILLIAMS

                    6 Clark J. YODER b: Cir 1895 (Name hard to read in 1910 census, but may be “Clide”)

                      + Helen UNKNOWN

          2. Hosea W. Yoder(5) married Theodosia Whitener.  Their children were Mark, Lula, Kenneth, Fredie, Ivey, Essie, Colen, Vernon, and Nettie.  (also, McKinley per 1910 and 1920 censuses) Hosea Yoder(5) was a farmer.

               5 Hosea YODER b: 7 January 1858 d: 22 September 1940; bur Zion Church Cem.

                  + Theodosia Candice (Doshia) WHITENER b: 10 April 1873 d: 22 November 1949; bur Zion   Church Cem.

                    6 Lula YODER b: 9 April 1895 d: 23 August 1972 bur: Royal Chapel Church of God Cem.

                      + George Henry WHITENER b: 6 May 1898 d: 8 April 1985 bur: Royal Chapel Church of God Cem.

                            7 Jack Marvin Whitener (June 3, 1925 – July 20, 2008) bur: Royal Chapel Church of God

                               + Maxine Wright about 1948

                                   8 Tim Whitener

                                     + Penny -------

                                 8 Dennis Whitener

                                     + Lisa ------                                    

                            7 Mildred Whitener

                                    + ---- Huffman

                            7 J.Lee Whitener

                                   + Mildred ------

                            7 George Whitener, Jr. (of Bastrop, TX)

                                   + Madlean -----

7 Pauline Whitener (deceased)

      +------  Killian

7 Hazel Whitener

      + ------ Kerley                    

                    6 Ivey YODER b: Cir 1898

 + Unknown (P. C. per mother’s obit) STEPHENS (In 1920 Census for Hosae Yoder, looks like first name is “Pat”)

                    6 Mark YODER b: Cir 1900 

                    6 William McKinley YODER b: 22 July 1901 d: 15 October 1959 bur: Zion Church Cem

                    6 Freddie YODER b: 5 March 1903 d: 29 December 1972 bur: Royal Chapel Church of God Cem

                      + George Vernon ECKARD b: 5 August 1901 d: 1 March 1975 bur: Royal Chapel Church of God Cem

                    6 Kenneth YODER

 6 Colen YODER b: Cir 1906 (b: March 25, 1905  d: Jauly 4, 1939, bur: Zion Lutheran Cemetery

 6 Essie YODER b: Cir 1908 (b: Sept 13, 1902  d: July 22, 2002)

                        + Arthur M. Greenhill

                                7 Betty Yoder

                                   + Ned Pitts

                                7 Alice F. Yoder

                                   + Tom Clay

                                7 Helen Yoder

                                   + Marshall Rudisill

                                7 Shirley Yoder

                                   + Art Hardt

                                7 Edith Yoder

                                   + ------ Young                                  

                    6 Nettie YODER b: Cir 1911 (b: Dec 1, 1910  d: Apr 29, 2002)  bur: Catawba Memorial Park

                        + John Jacob Poteat  bur: Catawba Memorial Park (I don’t have dates)

                                John W. “Bill” Poteat

                                + Helen -----


Nellie Yoder Poteat, 91, 0f Hickory, die April 29,2002, at Rutherford Hospital in Rutherfordton.  Born Dec 1, 1910 in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Hosea W. and Theodosia Whitener Yoder. A member of Viewmont Baptist Churvh, she was a homemaker and worked in the hosierindustry.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John Jacob Poteat; four brothers, Marcus Yoder, William M. Yoder, Colen Yoder and Vernon Yoder; and three sisters, lula Whitener, Iva Stephens and Freddie Eckard.  Survivirs include a son and daughter-in-law, John W. “Bill” and Helen Poteat of Hickory; a sister, Essie Y. Greenhill of Hickory; and a number of nephews and nieces.


6 Vernon YODER b: Cir 1915 (See obituary of Pauline Warren Yoder below for possible connection)

6  Mildred YODER (mentioned as surviving sister in obituary           


Pauline Warren Yoder, 80, of Hickory, died August 25, 2005.  She was born Jan. 2, 1925 in Bryson City.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon H. Yoder.  Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Josette and David Warren of Davidson and Marcella and Arnold Deal of Hickory, plus a granddaughter and grandson.  In the 1920 Census for Hickory, Vernon Yoder, son of Hosae, was 5 years old.  The only Vernon Yoder in thw SSDI corresponds with this one.  He was born 2 July 1914 and died 1 Feb 1989 in the Hickory area. (There is a Vernon H. Yoder buried in Catawba Memorial Park, but I don’t have the dates.)


Con1132- Hosea  W.  Yoder  (1/7/1858 Catawba Co., NC-9/22/1940

Catawba Co., NC)    m.         Theodosia Candice "Dosia"  Whitener 

(4/10/1873 Catawba Co., NC- 11/22/1949 Catawba Co., NC)

 Con11321- Mark

Con11322- Lula

Con11323- Kenneth

Con11324- Fredie

Con11325- Ivey

Con11326- Essie

Con11327- Colen


Con11329- Nettie

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from Ted Yoder—


Mrs. Essie is aunt of Larry Hefner of Forrest City who

has helped us with reunion.  Her neice Irene Yoder

Sain, sister of Pauline Yoder Alley and the late

Willis Yoder, died a few days ago. 

Essie was the woman who my Dad took the newly fresh

heifer without horns ('mooley cow') to about 50 years

ago, and she said, "This cow dont have horns!" and Dad

replied, "They dont give milk from their horns,"  As

Dad told in the story at the natl reunion 2 yrs ago,

"that was the wrong thing to say."  Unbeknownst to

him, while Dad told that story, Essie was setting just

a table away, laughing big about it!  She was a very

sweet lady who came regularly to the reunion.


Obituaries for July 23 HDR




Essie Yoder Greenhill, 99, of Hickory, died July 22,

2002, at Frye Regional Medical Center.


Born Sept. 13, 1902, in Catawba County, she was a

daughter of the late Hosea W. and Theodosia Whitener



A lifelong member of Royal Chapel Church of God, she

was a member of the choir and Missionary Society,

Sunday school teacher and church custodian. She was a



She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur M.

Greenhill; four brothers; and four sisters.


Survivors include five daughters and four sons-in-law,

Betty and Ned Pitts, Alice F. and Tom Clay and Helen

and Marshall Rudisill of Hickory, Shirley and Art

Hardt of Jacksonville, N.C., and Edith Young of

Raleigh; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and

four great-great-grandchildren.


The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. John Petty,

Paul Cobb and Larry Hefner at 3 p.m. Wednesday at her



The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior

to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.


The family will be at Bass-Smith Funeral Home, 334

Second St., NW, Hickory, from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

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Irene was daughter of Wm. McKinley 'Ken' Yoder, son of

Hosea Yoder.

The Steve Abee mentioned is the potter.



Obituaries for July 24  HDR




Irene Yoder Sain, 70, of Hickory, died July 19, 2002,

at Frye Regional Medical Center.


Born May 18, 1932, in Catawba County, she was a

daughter of the late Ken and Thirsie Young Yoder.


A member of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day

Saints in Morganton, she was employed with Shuford



She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lydia Joyce;

two brothers, Gary Yoder and Dill Yoder; and a sister,

Noot Bennitt.


Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Allen and

Myla Sain of Cedar City, Utah; three daughters and

sons-in-law, Sissy and Jeff Icard of Salt Lake City,

Utah, Vickie and Bo Beard of Hickory and Spring and

Kenneth Reitzel of Conover; four brothers, Beuford

Lindsay and Dude Yoder of Burke County and Daryl Yoder

and Colon Yoder of the George Hildebran community;

three sisters, Pauline Alley of Hickory, Blaka Abee of

Connelly Springs and Liz Crow of Georgia; 18

grandchildren, Shane Hughes, Vandy Hughes, Emily Sain,

Benjamin Sain, Amy Sain, Michael Sain, Sarah Sain,

Febee Icard, Joanie Icard, Brandy Icard, Velva Lowman,

Kyle Joyce, Katie Beard, Jessica Weaver, Danielle

Reitzel, Shelly Reitzel, Nathan Reitzel and Brittany

Sain; and 12 great-grandchildren.


The funeral will be conducted by Dave Abbott, Dan

Clark and Blaka Abee at 11:30 a.m. today at her



Burial will be in Providence Baptist Church Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Danny Lindsay, Jeff Yoder, Rob

Yoder, Greg Crow, Steven Abee, Billy Yoder and Jason



The family will be at the church at 10 a.m. today.


Bass-Smith Funeral Home, 334 Second St., NW, Hickory,

is in charge of arrangements.

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          3. James P. Yoder(5) was born March 6, 1860 and died December 26, 1949.  He married Etta Weaver (his obituary gives her first name as Mae), who was born May 15, 1872, and died August 29, 1959.  Both were members of Zion Lutheran Church and are buried in Zion Church Cemetery.  Their children were Paul, Jacob, Benjamin, and David.  James P. Yoder(5) was a farmer.  He inherited the old home place and took care of his parents in their old age.  He liked hunting dogs, which he carefully trained.  His dogs were usually the best hunting dogs in the community.


5  James P. YODER b: 6 March 1860 d: 26 December 1949 (1946 per Zion Church Cem.   transcription)

                  + Fannie Etta WEAVER b: 15 May 1872 d: 29 August 1959

                    6 Paul R. (Ray) YODER b: Cir 1902 (9 Mar 1901 – 20 Dec 1966, bur Zion Church Cem.

                       + Blanche Bolick, 21 Jan 1899 – 22 Feb, 1972, bur Zion Church Cem.

7 Joe Lee Yoder (September 15, 1928 – February 25, 2009), bur Mt. Zion Lutheran Church Cem.

  + Katherine (Kathy) Reed

7 Margaret Yoder

            + ------ Stine

          7 Betty Yoder

            + ------ Coffey

          7 Ray Yoder

            +Rosie ------                      

 6 Jacob R. YODER b: Cir 1904 (Jacob Raymond Yoder, 26 Aug 1903 – 29 Aug 1978, bur  Zion Church Cem., adjacent to parents)

  + Medie Whitener, b. 28 Feb 1904; buried with James R. Yoder, wife?)

         6 Benjamin M. YODER b: Cir 1908 (Benjamin Moser Yoder b: 25 Sept 1906 d: 5 Feb 1983 bur: Zion Church Cem.

6 David A. YODER b: Cir 1912  (3 Aug 1911 – 20 Feb 1996 per SSDI; same death date as in  wife’s obituary) bur: Zion Lutheran Church cem.

                         + Louise Pitts  (September 6, 1915 – March 25, 2006) bur: Zion Lutheran Church cem.         

7   Nancy Yoder

+ Bobby Carroll

7         Desola Yoder

+ David Bishop

7 Mary Yoder

      + Joel Kahill

7 Gail Yoder

      + Carl Cranford           


6 Benjamin M. Yoder b. c1908  m. ?

(info from Benelia Yoder Reese, 3044 Lutz Blvd, Newton, NC 28658, email :  )

                7 Benelia Y  m.   ______ Reese m

                                8 Amy b. 10/2/1968    m.  Oct. 18, 1998 Terry lantham    b.

9         Sawyer Reese Lantham b.  12/9/2000

9    Kayley Alana Lantham   b. 8/29/2003

                                8  Kevin Wayne Reese  b. 1/26/1966 m. 9/12/1992 Karen Hall  b.

9         Jacob Wayne Reese b. 4/20/1999

9    Leah Carolyn Reese   b. 3/22/2000

Yes, here is a little more information:
6.  Benjamin M. Yoder- I have him being born 9/25/06 - He  married Ruth
Irene Pope 10/19/34
Benjamin Died 2/7/83   Ruth was born 7/30/09 and died 2/14/89 (bur: Zion Church Cem)
 I have a brother - Benjamin M. Yoder Jr. born 1/22/51, married to Nancy
Williams  on  ? They have one son - James Cory Yoder - born 1/20/81
7 - My husbands name is Wayne H. Reese, born 6/11/36  We were married
        8 - Amy's husband Terry Alan Latham was born 12/2/70
        8 - Amy's middle name is Belinda
 Do you have information  on the children of Paul, Jacob or David Yoder? If you don't have this information, I may be able to obtain some of it.
Benelia Y. Reese



          4. Ida C. Yoder(5) married Jones R. Sigmon (11 Dec 1892, Catawba County, NC).  She was born March 14, 1862 and died July 7, 1945.  Jones Sigmon was born May 28, 1853 and died January 31, 1931.  Both are buried in the Zion Lutheran Church cemetery. Their children were  Able, Robert, and Rosie.

               5 Ida YODER b: Cir 1861

                  + Jones SIGMON

                    6 Able SIGMON

                    6 Robert SIGMON

                    6 Rosie SIGMON

                        + Russell Weaver


          5. Martha Yoder(5) married Noah Whitener (24 Nov 1883, Catawba County, NC).  Appears to be the Noah Whitener buried at Zion Church Cem, 18 Aug 1860 – 9 July 1936. They were married 28 Nov 1883, Catawba County, NC.  They had no children

5 Martha YODER b: Cir 1863 (Appears to be the Mattie E. Whitener buried at Zion Church Cem, 11 Apr 1864 – 18 June 1932; buried beside Noah Whitener)

                 + Noah WHITENER


          6. Alfred P. Yoder(5).  See Chapter VI.

          7. Robert Yoder(5) married Ida Abernathy.  They had one child, Lemuel.

          Lemuel Yoder(6) was born April 7, 1895 and died January 29, 1942.  He married Cordie Bowman.  Their children were Hubert Miles Yoder(7), born October 25, 1916, and married Christine Isenhour; Doris Yoder(7); Pansy Yoder(7); Don Yoder(7); Glenn Yoder(7); Teddy Yoder(7); and Jackie Yoder(7).

               5 Robert M. YODER b: March 1868 d: Aft January 1920

                  + Ida ABERNATHY b: February 1866 d: Aft January 1920

                    6 Lemuel YODER b: 7 April 1893 d: 29 January 1942

                      + Cordie Mae BOWMAN b: Cir 1898

 7 Hubert Miles YODER b: 25 October 1916 (Eubert M. Yoder, NC PvtUS Army WWII, 25 Oct, 1916 – 16 Nov 1963, buried Fairview Cem. Catawba County, NC)

                          + Christine ISENHOUR

8   Ronald Steven Yoder (ca 1949 – December 1, 2005)

+ Susan Carroll

9   Stefanie Yoder
9 Ronald Yoder, Jr.
8 Brenda Joyce Yoder, (1915 – 1951; buried next to Eubert M. Yoder; the birth date must be in error since it is out of line with those of her siblings
8. Lana Carolyn Yoder (ca 1942 – June 28, 2005) bur: Fairview Cemetery, Hickory

+ -------- Starnes

    9. Robert M. Starnes (children Christopher, Jaimie, and Emily Starnes)

   + Willard J. Duffey

8   Gail Yoder

   8 Martha Yoder

7 Doris YODER b: Cir 1918 (Is this the right Doris? - William Steve Duckworth, 7 Sept 1917 – 6 Feb 1991, Doris L. Yoder, 6 Nov 1918 – 25 Feb 1991, Crowell Memorial Methodist

7 Pansy YODER married J. D. Richard Bumgarner (March 9, 1923 – April 20, 2010; member Huntington Hills Church of God)

                                 8 Randy Bumgarner, died before father

                                 8------- Bumgarner

                                  +Tony Pope, died before father-in-law

                                 8 Patty Bumgarner

                                  + ----- Pope

                                8 Darlene Bumgarner

                                  + Ken Dellinger

                                8 Jeanette Bumgarner

                                8 + Dwight Reese

                                8 David Bumgarner

                                8 Gary Bumgarner

                                  + Angelique -----

                                8 Darrell Bumgarner

                                  + Ruth “Lynette” -------

                                8 Richard Bumgarner

                                  + Sharon -----

                                8 ------ Bumgarner

                                  + Michelle

                                      + ------ Wilkerson          

                        7 Don YODER

7 Glenn RayYODER  (Dec 22, 1929 – May 23, 2001) bur: Waldensian Presbyterian Church cem., Valdese, NC

                                + Phyllis Hughes

                                8 Lola Renee Yoder

                                8 Kymberly Yoder

                                  + Dean Pennington

                                      9 Alexis Rae Pennington

                                     9 Abigail Mae Pennington

                                    9  Son Pennington                                                         

                        7 Teddy YODER

                        7 Jackie YODER

Dear Chris et. al:
       Thank you for your e-mail regarding the origins of the Lemuel Fate and Cordie (Bowman) Yoder family.  I have checked both Dr. Fred R. Yoder's HISTORY OF THE YODER FAMILY OF NC as well as my two-volume Yoder family obituary albums.

       Dr. Yoder states on page 34 of his history that Lemuel Yoder was born April 7, 1895 and died January 29, 1942.  He married Cordie Bowman.  Their children were Hubert Miles Yoder, born October 25, 1916, and married Christine Isenhour; Doris Yoder; Pansy Yoder; Don Yoder; Glenn Yoder; Teddy Yoder; and Jackie Yoder.

       Fred Yoder shows that Lemuel Yoder was the only child of Robert Yoder who married Ida Abernathy.  Robert Yoder was a son of Daniel M. Yoder and wife, Sarah Whisnant.  The latter couple was also the parents of Alfred P. Yoder, the paternal grandfather of former NC Yoder president, Bill Yoder.  Therefore, Bill Yoder's father, Harry and Lemuel Yoder were first cousins.

       I have in my obituary albums the clipping about Cordie B. Yoder's death.  The following item is taken from the Hickory Daily Record, July 5, 1969:

       Mrs. Lemuel Fate Yoder, 72, of 24 Twenty-fourth Street, NW, Hickory, died this morning at 3:30 o'clock in an area hospital after an illness of four months.

       Born May 8, 1897, in Catawba County, the former Miss Cordie Bowman, she was the daughter of the late Will and Sally Ogles Bowman.  Her husband died in 1941.  Mrs. Yoder was a member of Penelope Baptist church, where she was a former organist and a very active member.

       Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Steve (Doris) Duckworth of Route One, Vale, and Mrs. J.D. (Pansy) Bumgarner of Route One, Conover; six sons,  Dan Yoder of Hickory, Glenn R. Yoder of Valdese, Elvin Yoder of Taylorsville, Teddy Yoder of Daytona Beach, Fla., John Yoder of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jackie Yoder of Las Vegas, Nev.; 36 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Essie Miller of Icard, and Mrs. Ott Cook and Mrs. Edna Cook, both of Hickory.

       Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 11 o'clock at Penelope Baptist church, the Rev. James R. Rowles, Jr., officiating.  The body will lie in state at the church for 30 minutes prior to the service, and burial will be in Bethel United Methodist church cemetery.

       The body will remain at Hickory Funeral Home, where the family will receive from seven to nine o'clock Sunday evening.

       Chris, you will note that the clipping indicates that Lemuel Yoder died in 1941 and Dr. Fred Yoder lists the man's date of death as January 29, 1942.  I have consulted the cemetery listings for Bethel UMC in Hickory and learned that Lemuel Fate Yoder's dates were April 9, 1893 to January 20, 1942.  Cordier (spelling?) Mae Bowman lived from May 8, 1897 to July 5, 1969. (Catawba County Cemeteries, volume 1, page 40, published by the Catawba County Genealogical Society, 1986.)

       I  hope that the preceding information may be helpful to the family as well as to others interested in the Yoder cousins.  Thank you.

       Neal D. Wilfong, secretary
       The NC Yoder reunion


   Have checked the index to my two-volume Yoder obituary albums and learned that I have the following death notices on file:

                                 Doris Levenia Yoder Duckworth (1918-1981)
                       Dan Lafayette Yoder (1927-1970)
                       Glenn Ray Yoder (1929-2001)
                       Elvin E. Yoder (1921-1984)
                       Jon Randolph Yoder (1936-1990)

       I have the foregoing obituaries on file if anyone in the family would like to have photostatic copies of same.  All of the above named persons were children of Lemuel Fate Yoder and Cordie Mae Bowman Yoder.  I could find no record of Teddy and Jackie Yoder in my obituary records.

Neal D. Wilfong


       I made a typographical error in noting the year of Doris Levenia Yoder Duckworth's date of death.  Doris died in 1991, not 1981.  She and her husband, William Steve Duckworth both died in February, 1991.

       I apologize for the mistake.  Hope that all is well with you and your family.


          8.  Hilliard Franklin Yoder(5) married Minnie Weaver 17 June 1894 in Catawba County, NC.  Their children were Frank, Lawrence, Clarence, Dewey, Eli, Eferd, Carroll, Harvey, John, Olin, Katie, and Pearl.

              5 Hilliard YODER b: November 1870 d: Aft January 1920

                  + Minnie WEAVER b: Cir 1875 d: Aft January 1920

 6 Clarence YODER b: January 1895 (Clarence Odell Yoder, 7 Jan 1895 – 16 Nov 1936, bur.   Bethel UMC, Longview, NC)

+ Lillian UNKNOWN b: Cir 1896 (Lillie Essie Yount Yoder, 14 Aug 1895 – 16 Nov 1976,   bur Bethel UMC, Longview, NC) (The following children are from “The Yount Family of Europe and America” by Edith Warren Huggins)

   7 Telles Yoder, born 13 Feb 1917

            7 Lillian Yoder, born 8 Jan 1919

            7 William Yoder, born 6 Dec 1920

            7 Bettie Yoder, born 10 Feb 1928

            7 Margaret Sue Yoder, born 23 Dec 1931

6 Charles Eli YODER b: September 1896 (28 September 1896 – 7 May 1867 per cemetery            transcription,  Drexel Memorial Park, Burke County, NC; name given as Eli Charles Yoder)

                          + Florence Lucille  Williams (25 March 1902 – 30 Dec 1991, bur. With husband)

                                7. Charles W. Yoder (Aug 13, 1923 – July 6,2001)  (See Obituary Below)

                                    + Florence Y.-----------

       8 Robert A. Yoder

        8 Charles W. Yoder, Jr.

        8 Jerry Ann Yoder

        8 Karen S. Yoder

                                + --- Dyer

7. Floyd Lewis Yoder

7         Virginia Yoder

    + ------- Hudson


Charles W. Yoder of Brewer Maine died July 6, 2001 in Yarmouth.  He was born Aug 13, 1923 in Drexel, NC, son of Eli C. and Florence L. Williams Yoder.  Survivors include his wife, Florence Y. Yoder; two sons, Robert A. and Charles W. Yoder, Jr. of New York, NY; two daughters, Jerry Ann Yoder of Yarmouth and Karen S, Dyer of Bradford; a brother, Floyd Lewis Yoder of Hickory, NC; a sister, Virginia Yoder of Hickory, NC; two grandchildren; and a number of nephews and nieces. He was a member of Dedham Congregational Church.  Burial was in Maine’s Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.


 6 Dewey YODER b: December 1898  (Dewey S. Yoder, 1898 – 1965, Florence W. Yoder, 1896 – 1977 ,bur. Catawba Memorial Park)

                    6 Katie YODER (see obituary at bottom of this section for a possible connection)

                    6 Frank YODER

 6 Lawrence YODER b: Cir 1905 (Shuford Funeral Home records: Lawrence W. Yoder died May 19, 1929, buried Zion Church – not listed in published transcriuption, though)

                    6 Pearl YODER b: Cir 1908

                         + ------- Rogers

7 Christine Rogers (died Oct 10, 2001 at her residence in North Georgia, age 72 per obit from Chattanooga, TN Times Free Press, E-mail from sharonmc2202@aol,com to

           + Ernest Elmo Goodman

 8 Dwight Lamarr Goodman

 8 Phyllis Goodman

                 + ------ Woody              

8   Maxine Rogers

      + -------- Green

 6 Efred (Efird Johnson) YODER b: Cir 1909 (June 26, 1908 – October 1965) bur: Enon Baptist Cemetery, Burke County, NC

+ MaryAlice Ramsey (April 12, 1912 – December 7, 2005) bur: Enon Baptist Church cem., Burke County, NC

                                7 Jim Yoder

                                   + Partricia ---

7 Jerry Yoder

  + Patsy ----

7 Sherron Yoder

  + Gary Prewitt                  

 6 Harvey YODER b: Cir 1911 (SSDI – 11 Nov 1911 – Oct 1986, Catawba County; is this the one?)

                    6 Carroll YODER b: Cir 1914

                    6 John YODER b: Cir 1916

6 Olin YODER b: Cir 1918 (Olen Otto Yoder, per obit, Dec 27, 1917 – Feb 25, 2005) bur: Mt Grove Baptist Church Cem. Catawba County, married Feb 11, 1944 (per D. W. Shuford)

+ Margaret Frances Herman (April 11, 1925 – January 6, 2010) bur: Mt. Grove Baptist Cemetery

                                7 Frankie Yoder (son)

                                + Patricia  --------

                                7 Susie Yoder

                                + David L.Walker, Jr.

                                7 Mary Helen Yoder (niddle name per D. W. Shuford)

                                + Danny Clark

                                 7 Frances Yoder

                                + ------- Smith

                                 7 Betty Ann Yoder

                                + Alton Price                                      

(The following grandchildren were named in Olen Yoder’s obituary: Tracy and Neil Yoder; Lisa W. Gentry; Brian Walker; Shane and Jason Clark; Adam, Terry and Eric Smith; and Heather T. and Ashley Price.  Also, eight great-grandchildren)




Everette Murphy Hefner, 80, of East Brandys Crossroads, Catawba,.died Thursday, Sept 15, 2005, at Pallitive Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley.  Born May 28, 1925 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Preston Hefner and Katie Yoder Hefner Johnson.

 He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosie Ellen Caldwell Hefner and brothers Herbert, Ralph, and Charles Hefner and Ray Isenhour.


Survivors include a son Donald M. Hefner, two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy H. and husband Haynes, and Carolyn H. and Husband Jeff Ball, sister Wanda Dotson, plus grandchildren.






ALFRED P. YODER(5), 1866-1947



          Alfred P. Yoder(5) was born January 12, 1866 (1865 per obituary), and died May 1, 1947 (1946 per Zion Church Cemetery transcription and obituary).  He married Cora Isabella Yoder(5), a second cousin (on 5 April 1891 in Catawba County, NC),  who was born June 14, 1871, and died June 6, 1965.  Both were lifetime members of Zion Lutheran Church and are buried in Zion Church Cemetery.  Their children were Claude, Hettie, Bertie, Roy, Belle, Harry Bessie, Daniel, Marvin, and Ovelia.

          Alfred P. Yoder(5) was a part time farmer, wagoner, produce dealer and a cattle buyer and butcher.  For a number of years he bought home-raised products from country stores and shipped them to distant markets.  Later, in partnership with Peter R. Yoder(5), he bought beef cattle from farmers in several townships, butchered weekly, and sold beef on standing order to customers in the town of Brookford.  In the last years of his life, he spent most of his time farming.

          He was an ardent Democrat, loved to engage in political discussions, and attended all political meetings of his party in the township and county.  He had a wry sense of humor and was a very likeable man.  Although he had strong political convictions, he never lost his temper in political arguments.


Children, Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren


          1. Claude Henry Yoder(6) was born July 26, 1892, and died September 1, 1939.  He is buried in Pennsylvania. He married Lelia Baker, July 28, 1928.  Their children were Kendall George, Norman Alfred, Clara May,  and William Eugene.


          Kendall George Yoder(7) was born November 24, 1928.  He married Lydia Eggenweiler.  They had one child, Claude Henry, born September 20, 1960.

          Norman Alfred Yoder(7) was born February 14, 1932.  He married Wilma Jeffers, January 30, 1954.  Their children were Norman Alfred, Jr., born August 23, 1954; Dixie Lee, born October 14, 1955; Peggy Ann, born January 2, 1957; Judy Elizabeth, born May 4, 1963; and Lou Elles, born July 1, 1964.\

          Clara May Yoder(7) was born January 29, 1935.  She married John Decker.  Their children were Richard John, born August 25, 1954; and James, born May 3, 1956.


          William Eugene Yoder(7) was born March 13 1938.  He married Daryl Faye, September 30, 1957.  Their children were William Eugene, Jr., born January 23, 1958; Karen Diane, born February 6, 1959; Jeffry Claude, born February 2, 1960; Michael Brian, born October 30, 1961; Cheryl Ann, born May 8, 1963;  James Kenneth, born December 26, 1965; and Dawn Marie, born June 6, 1968.

          2.  Hettie Alice Yoder(6) was born April 28, 1893, and married William E. Mowery, December 24 1914.  Their children were Nina Louise, born December 9 1915; William Alfred, born March 8, 1917 (died June 11, 1918); Ralph Lewis, born January 17, 1920; Lawrence Clifton, born January 16, 1926;  Charles Elmer, born August 4, 1930;  and Daniel Luther, born December 21, 1932.

          Nina Louise Mowery(7) married C. L. Penley: Ralph Lewis Mowery(7) married Fern Brown; Lawrence Cliffton Mowery(7) married Johanna Gastka; Charles Elmer Mowery(7) married Ruby Rabon; Daniel Luther Mowery(7) married Doris McBride.

          3. Bertie Ada Yoder(6) was born July 2 (November 20 per cemetery transcription), 1895.  She married Sidney Daniel Reep, December 31, 1916,who was born July 2, 1893 and died December 30 (29 per cemetery inscription) 1947.  Both are buried in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hickory, NC.  Their children were Curtis Rebecca, George, "J.R.," Blake, Glenn, Hassill, Earl, Joe, and Harry.

          Curtis Rebecca Reep(7) was born April 18, 1918.  She married William A. Goodman, November 10, 1935.  Their children were Billie Ray and Jason Donald.

          Billie Ray Goodman(8) was born April 18, 1941.  He married Sharon Corinda Trexler, October 30, 1965.

          Jason Donald Goodman(8) was born August 15,1942.  He married Mary Joyce Burr, December 2 1962.  They had one child, Dwayne, born March 6, 1966.

          George Sidney Reep(7) was born December 12, 1919.  He married Mabel Peeler, July 22, 1945.  They had one child, Dianne, born April 30, 1947.

          "J.R." Reep(7) was born January 17, 1922.  He was killed in military action February 27, 1945, at Manila, Philipines, in World War II.

          Blake Alfred Reep(7) was born January 24, 1925.  He married Mary Nantz, December 20, 1947.  Their children were Blake Alfred Reep, Jr.,(8), born August 12, 1948; Terry Lee, born April 16, 1955 (died December 19, 1956): and Sherry Lynn, born April 16, 1955.


          Glenn Lee Reep(7) was born January 3, 1927.  He married Janet Parks, April 6 1952.  Their Children were Michael Lee, born December4, 1955, and Tammy Christine, born December 4, 1959.

          Hassill William Reep(7) was born July 31, 1929.  He married Dorothy Marlowe, October 18, 1958.  Their children were Joy Dawn, born June 28, 1961, and Dean Alan, born July 13, 1963.

          Earl Monroe Reep(7) was born July 16, 1931.  He married Betty Hoyle, September 30 1951.  Their children were Gary Wayne, born September 14, 1952; Billy Earl, born January 23, 1954; and Glenda Sue, born October 18, 1955.

          Harry Eugene Reep(7) was born May 4, 1936, and married Matoka Hurat.  Their children were Cynthia Lee, born July 7, 1962; and Donna Marie, born November 18 1963.

          4. Roy Yoder(6) was born February 12, 1898.  He died May 1975 per the SSDI.  He is buried in the Zion Church Cemetery – Roy Jay Yoder, 1898 – 1975.  He married Effie Huffman.  (She was born July 17, 1908 and died Aug 17, 2008 according to her obituary in the Hickory Daily Record.  However, her maiden name was given as Kiser rather than Huffman.  Had she been married previously?)  Their children were Harold, Jay, Cathlene, and Rachel.  (Her obituary mentions the following children; sons, John, Harold and Ray (all deceased).  The married daughters (both surviving) were Kathleen Weaver and Rachel Elliott.  She was also survived by 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 31 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by grandson Tony Yoder. Effie was buried at the Burke Chapel UMC Cemetery.)


( Harold W. Yoder, PFC  US Army WWII, 7 Jan 1928 – 27 May 1982 (Is this a son of  the above Roy Yoder?), and S. Ann Winkler Yoder, 1933 –1983, Fairview Cemetery, Catawba County, NC)


(Jay R. Yoder (son of the above Roy?), 25 May 1926 – 18 July 1977, May’s Chapel Methodist)


          5. Lura Belle Yoder(6) was born May 1, 1900 and died July 20, 1987.  She married P. E.  (Preston Eugene) Bollinger.  He was born August 28, 1901 and died February 5, 1963.  Both are buried in Fairview Cemetery, Catawba County, NC.  Their children were Charles, Robert, Howard (Feb 3, 1928 – Apr 13, 2007 per obit), Mildred, Luella, Evelyn, and Muriel.

          6. Harry Lee Yoder(6) was born October 10, 1902. He died Jan 26, 1982.  He married Edna Hoover, November 12, 1938.  She was born Aug 6, 1908 in Haywood County, and died July 16, 1997(1999 per the SSDI) in Catawba County, NC.  Their children were Frank Lee, born October 5, 1939; Willie Alfred, born September 8, 1944; Reid Nelson, born May 16 1946: and Vivian Carol, born February 17, 1948.  Harry Lee Yoder(6) was a service station operator.


Frank Lee Yoder(7) married Mattie Ann Smith (born Dec 18, 1941, Gaston County, NC, died Mar 10, 2002, buried Eastview Cemetery, Newton, NC); Willie Alfred Yoder(7) married Donna Kay Hillstead; and Vivian Carol Yoder(7) married William Edward Cline.


Mattie "Ann" Smith Yoder, age 60, wife of Frank Lee Yoder Sr.,7) of the Conrad

Yoder Family, Page # 37 of the NC Yoder Family History Book, died March 10,

2002.--Frank is my older brother. Just for your information.—Bill


(She is survived by husband and two sons, Frank L. Yoder, Jr. and wife Amy Davis, and Mark N. Yoder and wife Sheree Bost.)


(Amy Lori Davis Yoder died Nov 23, 2003, age 39.  She was buried at Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Sanford, NC.)


Willie Alfred (7) married September 8, 1967, Donna Hay Hillestad of Larimore, ND. They had two sons, Kevin Lee Yoder (8) born December 1, 1968 at Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND and William Erick Yoder (8) born December 21, 1971 in Catawba County, NC.


Willie (Bill, as ne was better known) Yoder was a forefoghter, Fire Officer and Chief and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Viet Nam Era as a Fire Protection Specialist and Technical Instructor in aircraft crash and engine. He served as: a Fire Captain in Newton, NC; Fire Chief in Pinehurst, NC; Fire Marshall and Training Officer in Hickory, NC. He was secretary-Treasurer and then President of the North Carolina Fire Marshal’s  Association in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. He served some time as President of the North Carolina Conrad Yoder Clan and mowed the Conrad Yoder cemetery a number of years. He assisted the famil of dr. Fred Roy Yoder, mainly Dr. Yoder’s daughter Elaine Yoder Zakarison in republishing the 2000 edition and an updated edition planned for 2005 of THE HISTORY OF THE YODER FAMILY IN NORTH CARAOLINA.


Willie divorces and married Marilyn Judy Wilfong (8) March 26, 1993. They had no children together.


Kevin Lee Yoder (8) married Amy Watson of ashe County, NC on September 6, 1997. They had one sone, Lucas Coleman (Cole) (9) on Jan 1, 2000. (THE FIRST YODER OF THE NEW MILLENIUM?). Kevin, like his father, was a firefighter, Emergency Medical technician and served as the Fire Chief in Newton, NC.


William Erik Yoder (8) narried Suzanne Jo Dellinger on October 19, 1996. they had twin sons, Robert Alexander (Alex) Yoder (9) and Willian Christian (Will) Yoder (9), born September 11, 1998. Erick was a volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician in Newton and served some time as Captain of the Newton-Conover Rescue Squad. He was Vice-President of Action Furniture and Limousine Company in Newton, NC.



7. Bessie Yoder(6) was born March 13, 1905.  (She died June 1, 2003 per her obit. ) She first married McKinley Smyre, who died April 20 , 1935.  Their children were Willis, born March 11, 1927, and died January 13, 1962; and Willard, born March 11, 1927.  Bessie Yoder Smyre(6) married as her second husband Tom Silvey, who died September 15, 1951.


At her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary in 1941, a Mrs. M. E. Smyre was mentioned, indicating her first husband  died after that date. 


8. Daniel Noah Yoder(6) was born March 15, 1906 (1907 per obituary), died June 1, 2003, and married Margaret Setzer about 1935.  (She was born Mar 11, 1912 and died Nov 26, 2006 per her obit) Their children were Phillip, born February 4, 1938; and Judy, born February 9, 1949.  Judy married Mark Geitner.  Daniel N. Yoder(6) was a fuel oil dealer and distributor.  He is buried in Catawba Memorial Park.


9. Marvin Edgar Yoder(6) was born September 6, 1909.  He married Pauline Pope.  (Marvin Edgar Yoder, 6 Sept 1909 – 4 May 1977, and Pauline Pope Yoder, 24 July 1913 (only date), Zion Lutheran) Their children were Jerry, born August 8, 1936; Martha, born March 23, 1943; Jimmy, born January 7, 1945; Norris, born November 6, 1952.  Marvin E. Yoder(6) was a deputy sheriff for a number of years.


Jerry Yoder(7) married Marianna Goble; Jimmy Yoder(7) married Jane Shugart.


10. Ovelia Fern Yoder(6) was born October 26, 1912, and married A. (Abbott) B. Phelps.  She died May 16, 2008 in Greensboro, NC.  They had one child, Alex (M.), who married Sue Smothers (Smathers per obit).


At the 50th wedding anniversary of her parents in 1941, a daughter Ovelia Read of Hickory was mentioned.



4. Alfred P. Yoder (5) 1866-1947


Con1136- Alfred P. Yoder  (1/12/1866-5/1/1947) bur. Zion Church Cem.  M

Cora Isabel Yoder (Con1318)  (6/14/1871-6/6/1965 Catawba Co., NC) (Yoders of NC)

 Con11361- Claude Henry  (7/26/1892-9/1/1939 bur. in Pa)  m. 7/28/1928

Leila Baker (           -           )

Con11362-  Hettie  Alice  (4/28/1893-       ) m. 12/24/1914  William E. Mowery

(         -        ) 

Con11363- Bertie  (7/2/1895-         )  m. 12/31/1916   Sidney Reep  (            -


Con11364- Roy  (2/12/1898-5/_/1975 res NC (SSN)) m.

Effie Huffman  (         -         )

Con11365-  Lura Belle  (5/1/1900- 7/20/1987)  m.  P.E. (Preston Eugene) Bollinger  (8/28/1901- 2/5/1963)  ; both bur. Fairview Cemetery        

                Howard Eugene Bollinger (February 3, 1928 – April 13, 2007) bur. Fairview Cemetery

                 + Rosella Hefner

                      Howard Eugene Bollinger, Jr.

                                Ashlee Bollinger

                                Brittney Bollinger

Robert Bollinger

 + Jean ------

Merle Bollinger

 + Edward Townsend

Charles Bollinger (not named in obituary)

Mildred Bollimger (not named in obituary)

Louella Bollinger (not named in obituary)

Evelyn Bollimger(not named in obituary)

(Obituary also mentions sisters-in-law Marlene Eckard and Judy Crump)


Con11366- Harry Lee   (10/10/1902-          )  m.11/12/1938

Edna Hoover  (            -            )

Con11367- Bessie  (3/13/1905-          ) m1.            McKinley Smyre (       -

4/20/1935)  m2.            Tom Silvey  (          -9/15/1951)

Con11368- Daniel Noah  (3/15/1906- June 1, 2003 )  m.

Margaret Setzer  (March 11, 1912  - November 26, 2006 )  bur: Catawba Memorial Park

                Phillip Yoder

                + Mary Yount

     Doug Yoder

      + Teresa         

                Judy Yoder

                + Mark Geitner

                    John Geitner

                       + Kathryn

                (also a granddaughter Brooke Robbins and husband Joe)      

Con11369- Marvin Edgar  (9/6/1909-5/_/1977 res NC (SSN)) m.

Pauline Pope  (        -           )

Con1136a- Ovelia  (10/26/1912-          )  m.

A.B. Phelps  (         -           )



This is an update of my family line.  It is similar to Bill Yoder's line
Because his brother is my dad.
1 Harry Lee Yoder Con11366
Birth:            10 Oct 1902, Catawba County, North Carolina
Death:            26 Jan 1982, Catawba County, North Carolina
Burial:            Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Catawba County, North
Father:            Alfred P. Yoder (1866-1947)
Mother:            Cora Isabell Yoder (1871-1965)
Spouse:            Edna A. Hoover
Birth:            6 Aug 1908, Haywood County, North Carolina
Death:            16 Jul 1997, Catawba County, North Carolina
Father:            Willie Asa Hoover (1848-1967)
Mother:            Anna Elizabeth Yount (1874-1941)
Marr:            12 Nov 1938
Children:            Frank Lee (1938-)
            Willie Alfred (1944-)
            Reid Nelson (1946-)
            Vivian Carol (1948-)
1.1 Frank Lee Yoder Sr.
Birth:            5 Oct 1938, Newton, Catawba County, North Carolina
Spouse:            Mattie Ann Smith
Birth:            28 Dec 1941, Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina
Death:            10 Mar 2002, Newton, Catawba County, North Carolina
Father:            Thomas Andrew Smith Sr. (1894-1946)
Mother:            Bertha Elizabeth Hoffman (1910-1963)
Marr:            17 Jun 1966, Newton, Catawba County, North Carolina
Children:            Frank Lee (1968-)
            Mark Nelson (1970-)
1.1.1 Frank Lee Yoder Jr.
Birth:            8 Dec 1968, Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina
Spouse:            Amy Lori Davis
Birth:            9 Nov 1964
Death:            23 Nov 2003, Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina
Father:            Ernest Lee Davis Sr. (1929-)
Mother:            Faye Frances Morton (1934-)
Marr:            14 Jul 2001, Cool Springs Baptist Church, Sanford, Lee
County, North Carolina
Children:            Lucy May (-2002)
            MacKenzie Aaron (2003-) MacKenzie Aaron Yoder
Birth:            17 Jun 2003, Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina
1.1.2 Mark Nelson Yoder
Birth:            31 Aug 1970, Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina
Spouse:            Sheree Diane Bost
Birth:            4 Oct 1957
Marr:            3 Aug 2002
1.2a Willie Alfred Yoder*
Birth:            8 Sep 1944
Spouse:            Marilyn Judy Wilfong
Birth:            6 Feb 1948
Father:            James Yoder Wilfong (1911-)
Mother:            Mary B. Patterson
Other spouses:            Donna Kay Hillstead
1.2b Willie Alfred Yoder* (See above)
Spouse:            Donna Kay Hillstead
Birth:            6 Dec 1948
Marr:            8 Sep 1967
Children:            Kevin Lee (1968-)
            William Erick (1971-)
Other spouses:            Marilyn Judy Wilfong
1.2b.1 Kevin Lee Yoder
Birth:            1 Dec 1968
1.2b.2 William Erick Yoder
Birth:            21 Dec 1971
1.3 Reid Nelson Yoder
Birth:            16 May 1946
Spouse:            Bonnie Lou Klinger
Birth:            8 May 1952
Marr:            28 Apr 1973
Children:            Jason Andrew (1974-)
            Tara Lynn (1976-)
1.3.1 Jason Andrew Yoder
Birth:            9 Oct 1974
1.3.2 Tara Lynn Yoder
Birth:            11 Mar 1976
1.4 Vivian Carol Yoder
Birth:            17 Feb 1948
Spouse:            William Edward Cline
Birth:            2 May 1944
Children:            Jennifer Denice (1970-)
            Elizabeth Carol (1973-)
            Andrew Edward (1974-)
1.4.1 Jennifer Denice Cline
Birth:            20 Jan 1970
1.4.2 Elizabeth Carol Cline
Birth:            29 Mar 1973
1.4.3 Andrew Edward Cline
Birth:            12 Aug 1974
Please email me back to let me know if you received it.
Thanks, submitted on 8/27/2004 Lee Yoder
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Con1137- Robert M. Yoder  (1867-           )  m.

Ida Abernathy  (           -            )(Yoders of NC-pg34)

Con11371- Lemuel  (        -          )


Con1138- Hilliard  Yoder  (11/_/1870 NC-             )  m.

Minnie Weaver  (12/_/1874 NC-    ) (Yoders of NC-pg34, 1900-Hickory Co,NC)

Con11381- Frank

Con11382- Lawrence

Con11383- Clarence O. (1/_/1895 NC-         )

Con11384- Dewey S.   (12/_/1898 NC-        )

Con11385- Eli  (?Charles E. b.9/_/1896 NC)

Con11386- Efred

Con11387- Carroll

Con11388- Harvey

Con11389- John

Con1138a- Olin

Con1138b- Katie

Con1138c- Pearl


Con116  Levi Franklin  Yoder   (11/29/1825 Lincoln Co., NC-       ) Hand written note in Dr. Fred Roy Yoder materials says b.  11/19/1826- “Levi Franklin Yoder he was born the 29 day of Nov 1826 and he will be 16 years old and 3 mon and 12 days old on the 11 day of March 1842.” (sic))

resident of Newton,NC     m. c1863   Harriet Gross (Apr.  ,1843-         )

     Con1161- Tollie    b.

     Con1162- Sallie    b. Jul.  ,1870  m. _________ Whitter

     Con1163- Ase       b. Jan.  ,1872  m. Nellie________ (Asa A. Yoder, 10 Jan 1872- 4 Mar 1976, bur. Eastview Cem, Newton, NC)

                        + Nellie Sill Yoder, 8 May 1872 - 12 May 1908, bur Eastview Cem., Newton, NC)

     Con1164- Edward    b.


           4 Levi Franklin YODER b: 29 November 1825

              + Harriet GROSS b: April 1843

                5 Tollie YODER

                5 Sallie YODER b: July 1870

                5 Ase YODER b: January 1872

                5 Edward YODER


               5 Loy YODER b: Cir 1869

                  + Lula LOGANHOUR

                5 Minta YODER b: March 1874

                  + Francis Asbury BOYLES

              + Caroline WHITENER b: 17 December 1843 d: January 1917




               5 Alfred P. YODER b: 12 January 1866 d: 1 May 1946

                  + Cora Isabel YODER b: 14 June 1871 d: 6 May 1965

                    6 Claude Henry YODER b: 26 July 1892 d: 1 September 1939

                      + Lelia BAKER

                        7 Kendall George YODER

                          + Lydia EGGENWEILER

                            8 Claude Henry YODER

                        7 Norman Alfred YODER

                          + Wilma JEFFERS

                            8 Norman Alfred YODER

                            8 Dixie Lee YODER

                            8 Peggy Ann YODER

                            8 Judy Elizabeth YODER

                            8 Lou Elles YODER

                        7 Clara May YODER

                          + John DECKER

                            8 Richard John DECKER

                            8 James DECKER

                        7 William Eugene YODER

                          + Daryl FAYE

                            8 William Eugene YODER

                            8 Karen Diane YODER

                            8 Jeffry Claude YODER

                            8 Michael Brian YODER

                            8 Cheryl Ann YODER

                            8 James Kenneth YODER

                            8 Dawn Marie YODER

                    6 Hettie Alice YODER b: 28 April 1893

                      + William E. MOWERY

                        7 Nina Louise MOWERY b: 9 December 1915

                          + C. L. PENLEY

                        7 William Alfred MOWERY b: 8 March 1917 d: 11 June 1918

                        7 Ralph Lewis MOWERY

                          + Fern BROWN

                        7 Lawrence Cliffton MOWERY

                          + Johanna GASTKA

                        7 Charles Elmer MOWERY

                          + Ruby RABON

                        7 Daniel Luther MOWERY

                          + Doris MCBRIDE

                    6 Bertie YODER b: 20 November 1895 d: 6 December 1968

                      + Sidney Daniel REEP b: 2 July 1893 d: 30 December 1947

                        7 Curtis Rebecca REEP

                          + William A. GOODMAN

                            8 Billie Ray GOODMAN

                              + Sharon Corinda TREXTER

                            8 Jason Donald GOODMAN

                              + Mary Joyce BURR

                                9 Dwayne GOODMAN

                        7 George Sidney REEP

                          + Mabel PEELER

                            8 Dianna REEP

                        7 J. R. REEP b: 17 January 1922 d: 27 February 1947

                        7 Blake Alfred REEP

                          + Mary NANTZ

                            8 Blake Alfred REEP

                            8 Terry Lee REEP

                            8 Sherry Lynn REEP

                        7 Glenn Lee REEP

                          + Janet PARKS

                            8 Michael Lee REEP

                            8 Tammy Christine REEP

                        7 Hassill William REEP

                          + Dorothy MARLOWE

                            8 Joy Dawn REEP

                            8 Dean Alan REEP

                        7 Earl Monroe REEP

                          + Betty HOYLE

                            8 Gary Wayne REEP

                            8 Billy Earl REEP

                            8 Glenda Sue REEP

                        7 Joe REEP

                        7 Harry Eugene REEP

                          + Matoka HURAT

                            8 Cynthia Lee REEP

                            8 Donna Marie REEP

                    6 Roy YODER b: 12 February 1898

                      + Effie HUFFMAN b: 17 July 1908

                        7 Harold YODER

                        7 Jay YODER

                        7 Cathlene YODER

                        7 Rachel YODER

                    6 Belle YODER b: 1 May 1900

                      + P. E. BOLLINGER

                        7 Charles BOLLINGER

                        7 Robert BOLLINGER

                        7 Howard BOLLINGER

9  Mildred BOLLINGER

+ -------- Smith

7  Luella BOLLINGER (is she the same as Lucille – see below obit; note: no sister Luella is named)


Lucille Bollinger Fox died Jan 14, 2002.  Born Jan 2, 1923 in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Preston E. and Lura Bell Yoder Bollinger.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul Smith, two sons, Wayne Smith and Leon Fox, a brother Charles Bollinger, two sisters Mildred Smith and Evelyn Fox, and a grandson, David Ray Baker.  Survivors include her husband, Ray Edward Fox, four sons and four daughters-in-law, Larry and Kathy Smith of Boone, Richard and Brenda Fox and Gary and Debbie Fox of Hickory, Dennis Fox of Newton, and Martha Fox of Bethlehem; three daughters and a son-in-law, Phyllis Owen and Judy and Richard Reeves of Hickory and Judy Hunt of Bethlehem; two brothers, Howard Bollinger and Robert Bollinger of Hickory, a sister, Mearel Townsend of Hickory; a sister-in-law, Faye Phillips of Long View, 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a umber of nephews and nieces.)  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.


    7 Evelyn BOLLINGER
                                 + -------- Fox

    7 Muriel BOLLINGER

                                  + Townsend

                    6 Harry Lee YODER b: 10 October 1902 d: 26 January 1982

                      + Edna A. HOOVER b: 6 August 1908

                        7 Frank Lee YODER

                          + Mattie Ann SMITH

                        7 Willie Alfred YODER

                          + Donna Kay HILLSTEAD

                        7 Reid Nelson YODER

                        7 Vivian Carol YODER

                          + William Edward CLINE

                    6 Bessie YODER b: 13 March 1905

                      + McKinley SMYRE d: 20 April 1935

                        7 Willis SMYRE b: 11 March 1927 d: 13 January 1962

                        7 Willard SMYRE

                      + Tom SILVEY d: 15 September 1951

                    6 David (Daniel) Noah YODER b: 15 March 1906

+ Margaret Caroline SETZER b: March 11, 1912 d: Nov 26, 2006 bur: Catawba Memorial Park

                        7 Phillip YODER

                                + Mary Yount

   8 Doug Yoder

     + Teresa -----

   8 David Yoder

     + Becky ----

                        7 Judy YODER

                                + Mark Geitner

   8 John Geitner

                                     + Kathryn ----

(Margaret Caroline Setzer Yoder’s obit also names a granddaughter Brooke Robbins and  husband Joe.

                    6 Marvin Edgar YODER b: 6 September 1909 d: 4 May 1977

                      + Pauline POPE b: 24 July 1913

                        7 Jerry Lewis YODER

                          + Marianna GOBLE

                            8 Terry Lynn YODER

                              + Albert JOHNSON

                                9 Samantha JOHNSON

                                9 Mathew JOHNSON

                            8 Christina Noel YODER

                              + Kenneth HOADLEY

                        7 Martha Ann YODER

                          + Randolph Alvin "Randy" PROPST

                            8 Sara Ann PROPST

                            8 Kathryn Dawn PROPST

                        7 Jimmy Durant YODER

                          + Jane Cornelia SHUGART

                            8 Easton Eric YODER

                              + Glenna Mae BEBBER

                        7 Norris Edgar YODER

                          + Diane UNKNOWN

                            8 Justin Grant YODER

                            8 Sierra Nicole YODER

  6 Ovelia Fern YODER b: 26 October 1912; died May 16, 2008, Greensboro, NC; bur: Catawba   Memorial Park, Hickory, NC

                       + Abbott B. PHELPS (bur; Catawba Memorial Park – I do not have the dates)

7 Alex PHELPS  (Her Obituary names son, Alex M. Yoder and wife Sue Smathers Yoder and grandson David Yoder and wife Miriam Walker Yoder and great-grandson, Sean A. Yoder)

                          + Sue SMOTHERS






ANDREW  R. YODER(4), 1836-1895



Andrew R. (Raymond) Yoder(4) was born February 7, 1836, and died August 9, 1895.  He first married Catharine Hahn, born October 8, 1835 (1838 per baptismal and cemetery records), and died May 13 1885.  Their children were Julia, Luther, John, Junius, Loy, and Minta.  Andrew R. Yoder(4) married as his second wife Amanda Carolinae Whitener, born December 17, 1843, and died January August 1,  1917.  They had no children.  Andrew R. Yoder(4) and his first wife were members of Grace Lutheran Church and are buried in Grace Church Cemetery.  His second wife, is Carolina Whitener Yoder, was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and is buried in Zion Church Cemetery.


Andrew R. Yoder(4) was a farmer.  He inherited land from his father, which lay on the west side of Jacob's Fork River.  He was a Civil War veteran, serving in the 23rd North Carolina Regiment.


Below is the draft of an article by Ray A. Yount  that appears in Volume II of the Catawba County Heritage Book:




Andrew R. Yoder was a great grandson of Conrad Yoder, the first Yoder immigrant to what is now Catawba County.  Catherine Hawn was the great great granddaughter of Johannes Hahn, the first Hahn immigrant to current Catawba County.  They were married June 18, 1857 in Catawba County.  Andrew Yoder was born February 7, 1836.  He died August 9, 1895 and is buried at Grace Lutheran Church in Catawba County.  Catherine Hawn Yoder was born October 8, 1838.  She died May 23, 1885 and is buried with her husband.  After Catherine’s death, Andrew Yoder married Amanda Caroline (Callie) Whitener on July 27, 1887.  Children of Andrew and Catherine Yoder were Julia Ann, David Luther, John Andrew, Junius Theodore, Henry Loy, and Minta Yoder.  All were born in Catawba County.

Julia Ann Yoder was born March 24, 1858.  She died June 17, 1912, and is buried at Zion Lutheran Church in Catawba County.  According to her daughter, Anna Catherine Propst Yount, she most likely died of ovarian cancer since her abdomen was extremely swollen by the time of her death.  My father, Hubert Yount, remembered attending his grandmother’s funeral as a five year-old boy.  Julia married Ruben Propst on December 18, 1876 in Catawba County.  He was born March 7, 1855.  He was a farmer, miller, and blacksmith.  He died November 4, 1942, and is buried with his wife.  Ruben and Julia had only one child, Anna Catherine, born October 5, 1886 in Catawba County.  She died January 14, 1980 and is buried at Zion.  She married Perry Lafayette Yount on September 3, 1905.  He was born April 28, 1883. He was a farmer and nurseryman.  They lived a half-mile south of Zion Church.  He died July 26, 1966 and is buried with his wife. 

The second child of Andrew and Catherine Yoder was David Luther Yoder, born July 21, 1861.  He was a merchant in Newton, NC.  He died July 14, 1926 and is buried in the Eastview Cemetery in Newton.  He married Mary Elizabeth Beard about 1884.  She was born April 22, 1866, died December 17, 1929, and is buried with her husband.  They had nine children.  Hattie Lee Yoder was born in January 1885 and died in 1966.  She married Homer Bryant Corpening July 16, 1904.  Coley R. Yoder was born in March 1888.  He died March 27, 1956 and is buried in Eastview cemetery.  In the 1920 census, his occupation was druggist.  He married Mattie Daugherty January 13, 1924.  She was born in 1895, died in 1969, and is buried with her husband.  Lewis Andrew Yoder was born October 13, 1889.  In 1910, he was a livery stable worker, and in 1920 was an automobile chauffer.  He died April 25, 1946 and is buried in Eastview cemetery.  He married Della Nora Ballard about 1907.  She was born June 8, 1889, died December 11, 1947, and is buried with her husband.  Sally Edna Yoder was born February 1, 1892.  She died April 8, 1980 and is buried in Eastview cemetery.  She married Robert Lafayette Huffman June 12, 1906.  He was an attorney.  He was born October 18, 1884, died August 9, 1940, and is buried with his wife.  Three children, Summey, Ruth, and Dewey Yoder were born between 1894 and 1898.  All died in infancy and are buried with their parents.  Luther Glenn Yoder was born June 7, 1893.  In 1920, he was a clerk in a drug store.  He died November 22, 1940, and is buried in the Eastview cemetery.  He married Hilda Whitener, born about 1903.  Inez Yoder, born about 1904, married Robert Davis.

The third child of Andrew and Catherine Yoder was John Andrew Yoder, born November 20, 1964.  He moved to Avery County in the early 1900s where he raised cattle and was a livestock dealer.  He died July 16, 1926 and is buried in the Newland Cemetery.  He married Emily Asbury November 8, 1899.  She was the postmaster in Linville for many years.  She was born March 22, 1875, died July 6, 1978, and is buried with her husband.  They had seven children.  Zoe A. Yoder was born November 17, 1900 and died in September 1984 in Durham, NC.  She married Roderick M. Love August 7, 1919.  He was born February 17, 1896 and died in October 1978 in Durham.  Katherine Yoder was born February 14, 1902.  She married A. E. Scharrer November 27, 1924.  John Andrew Yoder, Jr. was born February 27, 1904 and died July 13, 1968.  He is buried in the Newland cemetery.  Philip Sydney Yoder was born October 7, 1905.  He died April 18, 1971 and is buried in the Tanglewood Cemetery, Linville.  He married Nellie Gauge September 6, 1928.  She was born about 1906, died September 27, 1998, and is buried with her husband.  Samuel Levi Yoder was born May 22, 1907 and married Jete Daniels on March 13, 1940.  Lucille Yoder was born February 14, 1909, and married John H. Parrish on October 16, 1937.  Miriam Minetta Yoder was born June 7, 1913, died March 16, 1934, and is buried with her parents.

The fourth child of Andrew and Catherine Yoder was Junius Theodore Yoder, born in February 1867.  He was a farmer and served as a Justice of the Peace. He performed the marriage of his niece, Anna Propst, to P. L. Yount.  According to my father, Hubert Yount, Junius was reputed to be the largest and strongest man in the county, weighing about 350 pounds at one time.  Junius died December 3, 1949 and is buried at Zion.  He married Candace Bollinger on December 16,1890.  She was born in 1867, died December 3, 1949, and is buried with her husband.  They had four children.  Floyd Richard Yoder was born March 4, 1892, died June 16, 1964, and is buried at Zion.  He was a farmer.  He married  (1) Verona Bowman on September 17, 1915.  She was born November 7, 1896, died July 17, 1933, and is buried with her husband.  Floyd married  (2) Mearl Drum on June 9, 1934, born in 1912.  Guy Franklin Yoder was born June 1, 1894, died November 4, 1977, and is buried at Zion.  He was a farmer and plumber. He married Hattie May Miller on August 9, 1914.  She was born August 2, 1894, died February 1993, and is buried with her husband.  Ray Yoder was born in 1898 and died in infancy.  Grace Irene Yoder was born March 15, 1903, died December 26, 1992, and is buried at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Claremont.  She married Harry M. Arndt on May 19, 1928.  He was born January 3, 1907.  He was an educator and, at one time, was Superintendent of Catawba County Schools.  He died April 14, 1997.

The fifth child of Andrew and Catherine Yoder was Henry Loy Yoder, born about 1870.  He was first in the dry goods retail business, and between 1910 and 1920 bought a farm in Chatham County.  He married Lula Loganhour on October 24, 1909 in Salisbury, NC.  He is buried in Salisbury.  They had no children.

The sixth child of Andrew and Catherine Yoder, Minta Yoder, was born March 16, 1872, died October 16, 1930, and is buried at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Cherryville, NC.  She married Francis Asbury Boyles in Claremont on May 22, 1912 as his second wife.  He was born April 15, 1851, died February 25, 1923 in Cherryville, NC, and is buried at Bess Chapel Methodist Church in Lincoln County.    He was a cotton mill executive.      

Sources: Census, burial, and marriage records, obituaries, social security death index, family knowledge, “History of the Yoder Family in North Carolina”, Jan Heavener, Neal Wilfong


Children, Grandchildren



1.  Julia Yoder(5) married Reuben Propst 18 Dec, 1876.  They had one daughter, Anna  (PHOTO Y03a— Here is a photograph of Julia Ann Yoder, great great granddaughter of Conrad Yoder.  She was born Mar 24, 1858 and died Jan 17, 1912, Catawba County, NC.  She married Dec 18, 1876 Reuben Propst.-- Best Regards, Ray Yount)



2. David Luther Yoder(5) was born July 21, 1861, and died July 16 (14 per cemetery transcription), 1926.  He married Mary Eizabeth Beard, born Apr 22, 1866 and died 17 Dec, 1929.  They are buried together at Eastview Cemetery in Newton, NC.  Their children were Hattie, who married Homer Copening; Coley, who married Mattie Daughtery; Lewis, who married Della Ballard; and Sally Edna, who married R. L. Robert Lafayette) Huffman.  David Luther Yoder(5) was a store clerk and merchant in Newton most of his life.



My father was George McDowell Yoder, Jr., who was born in Laurel.  My father was the oldest of three sons born to George McDowell Yoder and Billie Francis Yoder.  George McDowell Yoder was born in Newton, North Carolina, on June 23, 1914.  Affectionately called "Pop" by both his children and grandchildren, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in geology, and played football there as a center on the offensive line.  Pop was married to another woman whom he divorced prior to marrying my grandmother.  My grandmother and maternal great grandmother told me that Pop had to take her back to her father's house because, "... she just would not do."  Whatever that meant, I will likely never know.   


I'm not clear on where Pop went after graduating from UNC, but I recall that he was the vice president of Pan American Oil Company, and have his business card from that time period.  He opened oil production for Pan-Am Oil in South America, living in Maracaibo and Caracas in Venezuela for several years.  My father and his younger brother, Richard Lewis Yoder, lived and attended school there.... I believe at the U.S. Embassy.  My uncle Joe Andrew Yoder, the youngest of Pop's three sons who served in the U.S. Navy, was born in South America, and enjoys dual US/Venezuela citizenship.  I also recall that Pop worked for Schlumberger Oil Company.  After retiring from the oil business he purchased the Western Auto stores in Laurel and Waynesboro, Mississippi.  His last employment was as an inspector with the Mississippi State Oil & Gas Board.  I remember sitting in his lap driving his government pickup truck, and nearly giving him another heart attack when I activated an emergency alarm on an oil rig one day.  I recall his loving hugs, letting me clean firearms with him, giving me my first shotgun at the age of 10, and ensuring I knew the Lord's Prayer, as well as the 23rd Psalm, as I fell asleep between him and my grandmother so many nights.   


My uncle Joe lives in Ellisville, Mississippi, and he and his wife, Marsha, have had no children.  I have recently enjoyed travelling to watch NASCAR races with them at the Talladega Super Speedway.  My other uncle, Richard Lewis Yoder, is an attorney in Laurel, Mississippi, where his son, R.L. Yoder, Jr., also practices law.  Uncle Dick's youngest son, Dax Tipton Yoder, lives in the home my grandfather built at 34 Country Club Drive in Laurel.


My great grandparents, Lewis Andrew Yoder (6) and Della Ballard Yoder, had four children: Lewis Andrew Yoder, Jr. (7); Joe Ballard Yoder (7); Margaret Yoder (7), and my grandfather, George McDowell Yoder (7). 


When I was a child, I remember vacationing to North Carolina with Pop.  His sister Margaret was elderly, but she loved to hug me, ask questions, and tell ghost stories.  Margaret's daughter, whose name I forget, patiently let me run all though the old home, up and down the stairs.  I was greatly impressed that the home had been repaired from rifle shots fired during the War Between the States.  Not understanding war, I eagerly offered to start one, just for fun, but was rebuffed when I inquired as to the location of the rifle or shotgun.  I remember seeing Ruby Falls, Rock City and Cherokee Indian Land along the way through the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We would stay with Margaret Yoder, Pop's sister, who was living in the home where Pop was born in an upstairs room.  There were relatives who lived directly behind Margaret Yoder's home we also spent a considerable amount of time with.  I believe they had a son who was slightly older than I, and I recall his name as being Eric, but as I said, I don't recall his last name.  I remember fishing somewhere with him and playing in a goldfish pond behind Margaret's house, going to Hickory and seeing a museum with many Yoder relics on display.  I have a picture, somewhere, of me, as a child, standing by Conrad Yoder's memorial.  I would really like to find some pictures of my great grandparents or great grandfathers of the past, but I imagine that would be a much steeper hill to climb than collecting birth, marriage & deather certificates.




David Luther Yoder (5) (1861 -1926) was my great, great grandfather;


Andrew Richard Yoder (4) (1836 - 1895) was my great (x3) grandfather;


John Yoder, Jr. (3) (1795 - 1870) was my great (x4) grandfather;


John Yoder (2) (1764 - 1835) was my great (x5) grandfather; and


Conrad Yoder (1) (17?? - 1790) was my great (x6) grandfather.


I will likely collect the birth, marriage & death certificates of my father and grandfather.  Doing the same for my great grandfather and those before him can wait.  While I have not yet located my book by Col. George M. Yoder with the Confederate Battle Flag on the front, I will be looking.  I did find the History Of The Yoder Family In North Carolina, written a year before I was born, in 1970, by Fred Roy Yoder.  What a blessing his work is!  In Chapter VII; p. 38, there is a hand written note beside the last sentence of paragraph (2)... "David Luther Yoder (5) was a store clerk and merchant in Newton most of his life."  It says, "Inez & Glen."  I don't know if Inez & Glenn was the name of the store in Newton or not.


God willing, if my wife and three little 10th generation Yoder boys will endure, this coming August I'd like to walk the west side of Jacob's Fork River, maybe cast a few fishing lines, explore and imagine what it was like to live and farm the land in the mid to late 1800's.  I would absolutely love to re-connect with relatives I may have met or visited as a child, places in Newton & Hickory, or people who may be living, but who have memories to share.


Having been focused on my descent for the past few days, I must now retire and rest for tomorrow.... unfortunately we are unlikely to be short of business in my office.  Anita & Bill, thank you so much for responding.  I hope we may continue to communicate and meet each other soon.


George McDowell Yoder, III  




3.  John Yoder(5).  See Chapter VIII.


4.  Junius Yoder(5).  See Chapter IX.


5.  Henry Loy Yoder(5), born about 1870,  married Lula Loganhour Oct 24, 1909 in Salisbury, NC.  They had no children.  Loy Yoder(5) went to Newton as a young man and for some twenty years was a clerk in a dry goods store.  Later he owned and operated his own store in Claremont.  In later life, he bought and operated a farm in Chatam County.  He was a member of the Lutheran Church and is buried in the cemetery at Salisbury, North Carolina.


6.  Minta Yoder(5) married Francis Asbury Boyles May 22, 1912 in Claremont, NC as his second wife.  She was born Mar 16, 1872 and died Oct 16,1930.  She is buried in the St. John’s Lutheran Church cemetery in Cherryville, NC.  She lived with her brothers, John and Loy, and her stepmother, Carolina Yoder in Newton, for a number of years after her father died.  She helped her brother, Loy, in his store at Claremont as a milliner.  She saved and invested her surplus earnings and helped send a girl to college. She was long a member of the Lutheran Church.  She is buried in Cherryville Cemetery, North Carolina.  Francis Asbury Boyles was born Apr 15, 1851 and died Feb 25, 1923 in Cherryville, NC.  He is buried at Bess chapel UMC in Lincoln County.



5. Andrew R. Yoder (4) 1836-1895


Con118  Andrew R. Yoder  d. Aug. 9,1895 bur. Grace Church Cem.

        m1 6/18/1857. Catherine Hahn  (Oct. 8,1835-May 13,1885)

                (?10/8/1838-5/23/1885 per Ray Yount) Bur. Grace

        m2. Caroline Whitener (Dec.17,1843- Jan.  ,1917) 

        bur. Zion Church Cemetery, farmer

     Con1181- Julia Ann  (3/24/1858 Newton, NC-1/17/1912) m 12/18/1876 Hickory,NC

Reuben Propst  (3/7/1855 Catawba Co., NC-11/4/1942 Newton, NC)

res Catawba Co, NC  (Reference: Ray A. Yount Chart-'95) (son of Daniel Riley

PROPST and  Lathsina "Fannie" DAGERHART-per

   +Con1182- David Luther  b. Jul.21,1861  m. Mary Elizabeth Beard

            d. Jul.16, 1926 resident of Newton, NC

    +Con1183- John A. b. Nov.20,1864  m.11/8/1899  Emily Asbury

            d. Jul.16, 1926 resident Linville, NC

    +Con1184- Junius T. b. Feb. 1867  m. Candace Bollinger

            d. Oct.4, 1948  bur. Zion Lutheran Church Cem.

     Con1185- Loy  Henry  b. 1870   m. Lula Loganhour  no issue

            bur. Salisbury, NC

                  5 Loy YODER b: Cir 1869

                  + Lula LOGANHOUR

  Con1186- Minta (Millie)    b. Mar.1874  m. Francis Ashbury

            Boyles   bur. Cherryville Cemetery

                5 Minta YODER b: March 1874

                  + Francis Asbury BOYLES


Con1182- David Luther Yoder (7/21/1861-7/16/1929)  m. 2/7/1884 Catawba Co., NC

Mary Elizabeth Beard  (4/_/1866 NC-          )  resident of Newton, NC

(Yoders of NC-pg38, 1900-NC-Catawba) store clerk and merchant

Con11821- Hattie L.  (1/_/1885 NC-         )  m.

Homer Copening  (         -        )

Con11822- Coley  (3/_/1888 NC-             )  m.

Mattie Daugherty  (        -       ) (correction’’ Marie Dougherty')

(Her name is Marie was pronounced Mar ree', with a long e).  Marie Dougherty's mother was  named Martha L Wells (Mattie) Dougherty, my great grandmother.- Hal Todd, fall 2001)

(I would like to contact Mary Beth Yoder to determine if she has any

information on the Dougherty family.  A first cousin, once removed told

me he had not seen her in 50 years, and the last he heard from her she was married and had moved from the Newton-Conover, NC area to somewhere in Virginia.  The only additional information I on her is from records from the First Presbyterian Church of Newton, NC.  She was confirmed in that church in 1936.--- I had a little luck and found Beth Yoder with the help of a cousin who knew someone that had heard from her years ago.  I found her in Yardley, PA.   Her mind is very clear and she could recall a number of names and dates and events that were right on

the money.  She recalled going to the Yoder Reunions and would probably like to get on your mailing list.  She is now Beth Oberndorfer, 1979 Quarry Road, Yardley, PA 19067-3904.   Thanks again,--Hal Todd, 2002)

Con11823- Lewis A.  (4/_/1890 NC-           )   m.

Della Ballard  (          -         )

Con11824- Sally  Edna  (10/_/1891 NC-        )  m.

R.L. Huffman  (       -        )

Con11825- Luther  S.   (5/_/1899 NC-           )


           4 Andrew R. YODER b: 7 February 1836 d: 9 August 1895

              + Catharine HAHN b: 8 October 1835 d: 13 May 1885

                5 Julia Ann YODER b: 24 March 1858 d: 17 January 1912

                  + Reuben PROPST b: 7 March 1855 d: 4 November 1942

                    6 Anna Catherine PROPST b: 5 October 1886 d: 14 January 1980

                      + Perry Lafayette YOUNT b: 28 April 1883 d: 26 July 1966

                        7 Reuben Hubert YOUNT b: 13 July 1906

(Hubert Yount always came to the North Carolina Conrad Yoder reunion. His grandmother was CON1181 Julia Ann Yoder Propst, daughter of Andrew R. & Catherine Hahn Yoder. Julia married Reuben Propst, but she died many years before he did; he remarried, and his son James by that marriage now owns the site of the Reuben Yoder Mills, which is on the national register.   (This is located off of River Road.  The site is very near where HWY 321 crosses the creek beside Nina Yoder (Albert) Pitts'  home, just up the road on opposite side around curve from Zion Ch. Used to be Hahn farm there too.  A very old bank barn at James' place was built by Hahn. The Reuben Yoder who owned the mills lived beside the Yoder Cemetery, and was a second cousin to Andrew R. Yoder.  Some of the Zion 1886 chapel bricks may have been made here at another brickyard Reuben Yoder had besides the one near his home at the Conrad Yoder homesite. Hubert & I also discussed some of this several times. Please excuse the long digression.

Hubert was pictured in the YNL a few years ago at the reunion standing with Dan Yoder, Louie

Baker, and Levi Yoder, all over 90. Hubert always happily greeted me, and even though he was

feeble, he was glad he was able to get out and see everyone.  Our sympathy to Ray & Agnes and the

rest of his family.



HICKORY - Rueben Hubert Yount, 96, of Hickory, died Jan. 12, 2003, at his residence.

Born July 13, 1906, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Perry L. and Anna Propst Yount.

A member and former Sunday school teacher of St. Stephens Lutheran Church ELCA, he was a former

member of Zion Lutheran Church. He was employed with Southern Desk and worked in the hosiery industry for a number of years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lora Morrison Yount; and four brothers. Survivors include two sons, Dr. Ray A. Yount of LaVale, Md., and Paul M. Yount of Hickory; a daughter, Margaret L. Yount of Hickory; a brother, Odell Yount of Hickory; a sister, Lucille Y. Paul of California; two grandsons, Mickey M. Yount of Hickory and David A. Yount of Bakersville; and a great-grandson, Casey Yount of Hickory.  The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Craig Saltzer and Alice Curl at 3 p.m. today at his church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Pallbearers will be the church Men's Group.  The family will remain at the church after the service.  Memorials may be made to St. Stephens Lutheran Church ELCA, 2259 Twelfth Ave., NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601.  Bass-Smith Funeral Home, 334 Second St., NW, Hickory, is in charge of arrangements.

+ Lora Evola MORRISON b: 16 October 1907 d: 12 Sept 1997 bur: St. Stephens ELCA   Cem.

8 Unknown female YOUNT b: 23 December 1932 d: 23 December 1932  bur: Zion  Lutheran Church Cem.

                            8 Ray Allen YOUNT

                              + Agnes Lee BELL

                            8 Margaret Lorene YOUNT

                            8 Paul Morrison YOUNT

                              + Charlotte June CRANE (deceased)  bur:  St. Stephens Lutheran, ELCA Cem.

                                9 Mickey Morrison YOUNT

                                       + Louise Lail (divorced)

                                       + Joann Hunicutt                        

                                9 Catherine Elaine YOUNT (deceased)  bur: St. Stephens ELCA Cem.   

                                9 David Andrew YOUNT

                                        + Patty Dagerhardt (divorced)

                                                10 Casey Andrew Yount

                                        + Amy Lowery                             

                                   + June Ramsey

7 Clyde Ray YOUNT b: 6 August 1908 d: 1 March 1986  bur. Fairview Cem. Catawba     County, NC

                          + Virgie L. WHISNANT b: 26 August 1900  d: Feb 16, 1992  bur: Fairview Cem.

                            8 Nina Ray YOUNT

                              + George Edward KUNKLE (deceased)  bur:  Fairview Cem.

                                9 George Edward KUNKLE

                                  + Sandra Lynn PIMMONS

                                9 Tammy Rae KUNKLE

+ Frank Shuford (deceased)  bur:  Oakwood Cem., Hickory, NC.  Frank was a descendant of Catherine Yoder Baker.

                        7 Unknown YOUNT b: 13 June 1910 d: 13 June 1910  bur: Zion Lutheran Church Cem.

                        7 Harold Richard YOUNT b: 22 May 1912 d: 9 July 1974  bur: Zion Lutheran Church Cem.

                          + Lillian Emma SMITH b: 30 October 1917

                            8 Boyd Lafayette YOUNT

                              + Velma Louise INGLE

                                9 Pamela Lynn YOUNT

                                9 Boyd Lafayette YOUNT

                            8 Linda Kaye YOUNT

                              + Robert Michael BARNHARDT

                                9 Rodney Lee BARNHARDT

                                9 Angela Lynn BARNHARDT

 7 Unknown YOUNT b: 23 November 1914 d: 23 November 1914  bur: Zion LutheranChurch Cem.

                        7 Alvin Odell YOUNT b: 30 December 1915

                          + Myrtle Ruth MILLER

                            8 Josephine Ruth YOUNT b: 16 February 1939 d: 19 April 1964

                            8 Robert Odell YOUNT

                              + Rebecca Jeanne STAUFFER

                                9 Cynthia Denise YOUNT

                              + Mary Katherine Taylor TUCKER

 7 Orland Lafayette YOUNT  b:  Aug 18, 1918  d: Sept 27, 1986  bur: Zion Lutheran  Church Cem.

                          + Eunice WILSON

                            8 Daniel YOUNT b: 4 November 1942 d: 4 November 1942

                            8 Ralph Lander YOUNT

                              + Dorothy TESTER

                            8 David Walton YOUNT b: 2 December 1945 d: 17 January 1979

                              + Darlene Janette BOSTIAN b: 3 June 1949 d: 17 January 1979

                                9 Anna Daniella YOUNT d: 17 January 1979

                                9 Mariso Joy YOUNT d: 17 January 1979

                            8 Carolyn Eunice YOUNT

                              + Frank Dean MULLINAX

                                9 Lisa Ann MULLINAX

                                9 Valerie Gail MULLINAX

                            8 Arthur Orland YOUNT

                              + Norma Jean KILLIAN

                                9 Arthur William YOUNT

                                9 Dawn Michelle YOUNT

                                9 Cindy Kay YOUNT

                        7 Catherine Lucille YOUNT

 + Mitchell Saunders JOHNSTON b: 5 September 1910 d: 16 March 1983  bur: Gaston  Memorial Park, Gastonia, NC

                            8 Roy Lee JOHNSTON

                              + Velma Jean ABERNATHY

                                9 Denise JOHNSTON

                                9 Halbert Lee JOHNSTON

                            8 Jo Ann JOHNSTON

                              + Thomas J. CHURKA

                            8 Jerry Mitchell JOHNSTON

                              + Elaine COMPTON

                                9 Troy Glenn JOHNSTON

                                9 Amy Michelle JOHNSTON

                            8 Melvin Ronald JOHNSTON

                              + Catherine Ann CAUSEY

                                9 Rose Ann JOHNSTON

                                9 Michael Alexander JOHNSTON

                              + William Paul(Deceased)

7 Adrian Earl YOUNT  b: Oct 23, 1922  d:  Mar 16, 1995  bur:  Catawba Memorial Park, Catawba County, NC

                          + Myrtle Edith SAINE

                            8 Carl Dean YOUNT

                              + Darcus Drucilla WARNER

                                9 Wayne Carl YOUNT

                                9 Sarah Elizabeth YOUNT

                5 David Luther YODER b: 21 July 1861 d: 16 July 1926  bur:  Eastview Cemetery, Newton, NC

+ Mary Elizabeth BEARD b: April 1866  (b:  22 Apr 1866  d:  17 Dec 1929  bur:  Eastview Cemetery, Newton, NC

                    6 Hattie YODER b: January 1885 (b: Feb 15, 1885 d: Jul 2, 1970 bur: Eastview Cemetery

                      + Homer B. CORPENING b: Dec 7, 1882  d: Mar 10, 1966  bur: Eastview Cemetery

                    6 Ruth YODER d: Bef June 1900 (b:  24 Sept 1896  d:  June 1897  bur:  Eastview Cemetery

                    6 Coley YODER b: March 1888 (Coley R. Yoder b:  1887  d:  1956  bur:  Eastview Cemetery)

                      + Marie DAUGHERTY  b:  1895  d:  1969  bur:  Eastview Cemetery

 6 Dewey YODER d: Bef June 1900  (b:  26 Mar 1898  d:  8 Aug 1898  bur:  Eastview Cemetery

6 Lewis Andrew YODER b: April 1890  (b:  13 Oct 1889  d:  25 Apr 1945  bur:  Eastview  Cemetery)

                      + Della BALLARD b:  8 June 1889  d:  11 Dec 1947  bu:  Eastview Cemetery

6 Sally Edna YODER b: October 1891 (Edna (Mimi)Yoder:  1 Feb 1892  d:  8 Apr 1980  bur:  Eastview Cemetery

                      + R. L. HUFFMAN  b: 18 Oct 1884  d:  9 Aug 1940  bur:  Eastmont Cemetery

                          7 R. L. HUFFMAN, Jr.

                         7 daughter

+ Robert Hardy

 6 Summey YODER d: Bef June 1900 (Sumey Yoder b:  26 Jan 1894  d:  27 Aug 1894  bur:  Eastview Cemetery)

6 Luther Glenn YODER b: May 1899  (b:  7 June 1893  d:  22 Nov 1940  bur:  Eastview Cemetery)

                      + Hilda WHITENER

                    6 Inez C. YODER b: Cir 1904

                      + Robert DAVIS



Descendants of David Luther Yoder

Hal Todd Mar/ 2002


Generation No. 1


1.  DAVID LUTHER1 YODER was born July 21, 1861, and died July 14, 1926.  He married MARY ELIZABETH BEARD February 07, 1884.  She was born April 22, 1866, and died December 17, 1929.



Burial: Newton (NC) City Cemetery

Census: 1900, Store clerk

Occupation: Store clerk and merchant



Burial: Newton (NC) City Cemetery


Children of DAVID YODER and MARY BEARD are:

                   i.    HATTIE L2 YODER, b. January 1885; m. HOMER COPENING.

                  ii.    RUTH YODER, b. September 24, 1886; d. June 1897.


More About RUTH YODER:

Burial: Newton (NC) City Cemetery


2.              iii.    COLEY R YODER, b. September 05, 1887; d. March 27, 1956.

                 iv.    LEWIS A YODER, b. April 1890; m. DELLA BALLARD.

3.               v.    SALLY EDNA (MIMI) YODER, b. February 01, 1892; d. April 08, 1980.

                 vi.    SUMEY YODER, b. January 26, 1894; d. August 27, 1894.



Burial: Newton (NC) City Cemetery


                vii.    DEWEY YODER, b. March 26, 1898; d. August 08, 1898.



Burial: Newton (NC) City Cemetery


               viii.    LUTHER GLENN YODER, b. June 07, 1899; d. November 22, 1940. (died in anapartment fire per obit)

 + Hilda Whitener


Burial: Newton (NC) City Cemetery



Generation No. 2


2.  COLEY R2 YODER (DAVID LUTHER1) was born September 05, 1887, and died March 27, 1956.  He married MABLE 'MARIE' DOUGHERTY January 13, 1924, daughter of JOHN DOUGHERTY and JANE WELCH.  She was born March 24, 1895, and died March 24, 1969.



Burial: Newton, NC Cemetery

Occupation: Druggist and owner of Conover (NC) Drug Co



Address (Facts Pg): 1953, Taylorsville Road, Conover, NC

Burial: Newton, NC Cemetery

Confirmation: 1936, On examination to First Presbyterian Church, Newton, NC



4.                i.    MARY ELIZABETH 'BETH'3 YODER, b. August 28, 1925.



3.  SALLY EDNA (MIMI)2 YODER (DAVID LUTHER1) was born February 01, 1892, and died April 08, 1980.  She married ROBERT L HUFFMAN.  He was born October 18, 1884, and died August 09, 1940.



Burial: Newton (NC) City Cemetery



Burial: Newton (NC) City Cemetery



                   i.    ROBERT L (BOB)3 HUFFMAN, JR, b. April 08, 1910; d. February 27, 1955.



Burial: Newton (NC) City Cemetery



Generation No. 3


4.  MARY ELIZABETH 'BETH'3 YODER (COLEY R2, DAVID LUTHER1) was born August 28, 1925.  She married GALE CLINTON OBERNDORFER March 11, 1945 in LaJunta, CO, son of ERNEST OBERNDORFER and CHARLOTTE CLINTON.  He was born January 18, 1923 in New Brighton, PA.



Confirmation: April 12, 1936, On examination to First Presbyterian Church, Newton, NC



                   i.    RICHARD ERNEST4 OBERNDORFER, b. January 03, 1946.

                  ii.    REED YODER OBERNDORFER, b. August 14, 1950; m. DEBBIE ( DEB) (__?__).






JOHN A. YODER (5), 1864- 1926


          John A. Yoder(5) was born November 10, 1864, and died July 16, 1926. He was for a long time a member of the Lutheran Church.  He is buried in Newland Cemetery in Avery County.  He married Emily Asbury, November 8, 1899.  Their children were Zoe, Katherine, John Andrew, Philip Sydney, Samuel Levi, Lucile and Miriam Minetta.

          As a boy, John A. Yoder(5) worked on his father's farm, and attend the country schools a few months each year.  He went to the town of Newton as a very young man, where he began a rising, successful, business career.  He began driving a dray wagon, became a store clerk, and then owner and operator of a hardware store.  In addition, he dealt in livestock and real estate.  In the early 1900's he sold out his business interests in Newton and bought a large livestock farm of 1050 acres in Mitchell County (later Avery County, after that new county seat, Newland.  He then moved to Linville where he lived the rest of his life.


Emily Asbury Yoder, wife of John A. Yoder(5) has been a much appreciated addition to the Yoder family.  She was born March 22, 1875, and at the age of 94 (1969) was still keenly alert and in good health.  She received elementary, high school, and college education, and was a teacher for a number of years.  She was postmaster at Linville for many years.  She was active in helping raise money for the Conrad Yoder(1) monument. Although she lives more than fifty miles distant from Grace Church, she is almost always present at the Yoder Reunion.


Children, Grandchildren



1. Zoe Yoder(6) was born November 12, 1900.  She married Roderick M. Love, August 7, 1919.  Their children were Roderick, Jr., born January, 1921; Dorothy, born May 13, 1922; Thomas, born June 26, 1926.  Zoe Yoder(6) attended college several years.


Roderick M. Love, Jr.,(7) married Euna Hoy.  Their children were Euna, born April 23, 1947; Zoe, born March 31, 1950;  Roderick III, born May 5, 1952; and Lucy, born January 7, 1955.


Dorothy Love(7) married John(7) married John J. Egan, March 25, 1945. Their children were John Joseph, Jr., born January 9, 1946: Mark, Born August 16, 1947; and Katherine Ann, born June 2, 1949.


Thomas Andrew Love(7) married Frances E. Hennessey, July 7, 1962.  Their children were Anthony Connelly, born May 13, 1963; and Margaret Ritchey, born June 24, 1965.


2. Katherine Yoder(6) was born February 14, 1902.  She married A.E. Scharrer, November 27, 1924. She attended college.


3.  John Andrew Yoder(6) was born February 27, 1904, and died July 13, 1968.  He never married.  He is buried in Newland Cemetery.


4.  Philip Sydney Yoder(6) was born October 7, 1905.  He married Nellie Gauge, September 6, 1928.  He died Apr 18, 1971 and is buried in the Tanglewood Cemetery, Linville, NC.


5.  Samuel Levi Yoder(6) was born may 22, 1907.  He married Jete Daniels, March 13, 1940.


6.  Lucile Yoder(6) was born February 14, 1909.  She married John H. Parrish, October 16, 1937.


7.  Miriam Minetta Yoder(6) was born June 7, 1913, and died March 16, 1934.



6. John A. Yoder (5) 1864-1926


Con1183- John A. Yoder (11/20/1864-7/16/1926 Newland, NC)  m.11/8/1899

Catawba Co,NC Emily Asbury  (3/22/1875 – 7/6/1978) John and Emily are buried in the Newland Cem.,

Avery Co,NC (Yoders of NC-pg40)

Con11831- Zoe A. (11/12/1900 – 9/?/1984 in Durham, NC )  m. 8/7/1919  Roderick M. Love

( 2/17/1896 – 10/?/1978 in Durham, NC)

Con11832- Katherine  (2/14/1902-        )  m.  11/27/1924  A.E. Scharrer

(         -     )

Con11833- John Andrew  (2/27/1904-7/13/1968) single bur. Newland Cem.

Con11834- Philip Sydney  (10/7/1905-4/_/1971 res NC (SSN)) m. 9/6/1928 Nellie Gauge  (about 1906  - 9/27/1998) (Philip died Apr 18, 1971 and he and his wife are  buried in the Tanglewood Cemetery, Linville, NC)

Con11835- Samuel Levi  (5/22/1907-        ) m. 3/13/1940  Jete Daniels

(        -      )

Con11836- Lucille  (2/14/1909-         )  m. 10/16/1937 John H. Parrish

(        -       )

Con11837- Miriam Minetta  (6/7/1913-3/16/1934)  She is buried with her parents.


               5 John A. YODER b: 20 November 1864 d: 16 July 1926

                  + Emily ASBURY b: 22 March 1875

                    6 Zoe YODER b: 12 November 1900

                      + Roderick M. LOVE

                        7 Roderick M. LOVE

                          + Euna HOY

                            8 Euna LOVE

                            8 Zoe LOVE

                            8 Roderick M. LOVE

                            8 Lucy LOVE

                        7 Dorothy LOVE

                          + John Joseph EGAN

                            8 John Joseph EGAN

                            8 Mark EGAN

                            8 Katherine Ann EGAN

                        7 Thomas Andrew LOVE

                          + Frances E. HENNESSEY

                            8 Anthony Connelly LOVE

                            8 Margaret Ritchey LOVE

                    6 Katherine YODER b: 14 February 1902 d: 4 September 1988

                      + A. E. SCHARRER

                    6 John Andrew YODER b: 27 February 1904 d: 13 July 1968

                    6 Philip Sidney YODER b: 7 October 1905

                      + Nellie GAUGE

                    6 Samuel Levi YODER b: 22 May 1907

                      + Jete DANIELS

                    6 Lucile YODER b: 14 February 1909

                      + John H. PARRISH

                    6 Miriam Minetta YODER b: 7 June 1913 d: 16 March 1934





JUNIUS YODER(5), 1867-1948



Junius Yoder(5) was born in 1867, and died October 4, 1948.  He married Candace Bollinger on 16 December 1890, who died December 3, 1949.  Both were members of Zion Lutheran Church and are buried in Zion Church Cemetery.  Their children were Floyd, Guy, Ray (died in infancy), and Grace.


Junius Yoder(5) was a farmer.  He was an ardent Lutheran, and a consecrated and devoted church worker.  He was an alert, active citizen, a good neighbor, loved by all.


During the years from 1890 to 1948, Junius Yoder(5) kept a diary that revealed happenings typical of the period and the era in which he lived.  In a series of articles, the Hickory Daily Record published excerpts from these diaries, after his death.  A matter of special interest to all Yoders and others who today drive over a hard surface road, between Zion Church and Hickory, in a few minutes, in all kinds of weather, is that in three different places in his diary, Juniou Yoder(5) records that he "walked to Hickory and back"--a distance of ten miles-- "because the roads were too muddy to drive my car."


The Hickory Daily Record, in an editorial, after it had published parts of his diary in a series of seven articles wrote of Junius Yoder(5):



"No one can read the recordings without getting an

          impression that Mr. Yoder was a wonderful neighbor.  He was

          always ready to lend a hand to those in need or when grief struck,

          and he was eager to rejoice with friends when fate dealt out good

          things in life.  Running through these reports are accounts of

          scores of burials at which Mr. Yoder rendered homate to the

          deceased and the bereaved families.  Births and marriages among

          his scores of friends were recorded.  He also recorded the

          misdeeds and accounts of those who fell from grace, but there is no

          evidence of vicarious satisfaction in the things he reported.  He

          was as objective as a good newspaperman.

"Mr. Yoder never failed

          to praise his Lord for the good things of life, or to give thanks.  He

          was a regular church goes, and took an active part in the political

          affairs of his county and state.


"We think Mr. Yoder set an example of citizenship which all

          might emulate and a life standard that all might well seek to attain. 

          His diary, written in simple English, should be preserved as an

          inspiration for future generations so that they may know that the

          homely virtues are not to be scorned."


Children, Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren



1.  Floyd Richard Yoder(6) was born March 4, 1892, and died June 16, 1964.  He first married Veona Bowman, who was born November 7, 1896 and died July 17, 1952 (1933 per cemetery transcription).  Their children were Rolene, Hildreth, Doris, and Jahaza.  Floyd Yoder(6) was a farmer.  He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and is buried in the Zion Cemetery.


Rolene Yoder(7) married Harold Pitts.  Their children were Betty Sue, James Roy, Nancy Carolyn, Jerry  David, Patricia Ann, Donna Kay, and Charles Richard.


Betty Sue Pitts(8) married _______ Retzel; James Roy Pitts(8) married Helen Buff; Nancy Carolyn Pitts(8) married Paul Isenhour; Jerry David Pitts(8) married Tampa Cooper; Patricia Ann Pitts(8) married Roy Love; Donna Kay Pitts(8) married Freddie Hollar; and Charles Richard Pitts(8) married Donna Edwina Whitener.


Christine Hildreth Yoder(7) was born December 25, 1918.  She first married Earl Cline.  Their children were Barbara, Patsy, Ben, and Lee. Hildreth Yoder Cline(7) married Everette Huffman as her second husband.


Doris Rebecca Yoder(7) was born October 12, 1921.  She married Howard M. Propst. Their children were Wayne and Ann.


Jahaza Yoder(7) was born April 3, 1924.  She married James Campbell.  Their children were James and John.


Floyd Yoder (6) married as his second wife Mearl Drum.  She was born in Iredell County on April 23, 1912 died September 2005.  She is buried in the Abilene Church of Christ Cemetery in Iredell County, NC.  Their children were Wilma, Richard, Gordon, John Henry, a son who died in infancy (per wife’s obituary), and Marjorie Yoder (per wife’s obit).


Wilma Yoder(7) was born January 21, 1936.  She married Kenneth Sipe (Sipes per mother’s obituary).  Their children were Michael and Roy.


Walter Richard Yoder(7) was born April 24, 1938.  He married Carolyn Yount.  Their Children were Sondra and Donna Carolyn.


Gordon Yoder(7) was born April 1, 1940.  He married Mary Ann Rector.  Their children were Carolyn Ann, Francis, Annie, and Robert.


2.  Guy Franklin Yoder (6) was born June 1, 1894 and died November 4, 1977.  He married Hattie Miller, August 9, 1914.  She was born August 2, 1894 and died in 1993.  Both are buried in the Zion Lutheran Church cemetery.  Their children were Ruby, Nina, and Orin.  Guy Yoder(6) was a plumber and farmer.  He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.  He was very cooperative and helpful with the author in getting and furnishing information concerning the Junius Yoder(5) family.


Ruby Yoder(7) was born August 13, 1915 and died December 23, 2003.  She is buried in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.  She first married H. Dunkle.  Their children were Janice Carolyn and Rita Kay.  Ruby Yoder(7) married as her second husband A.L. Bolich Arvin L. Bolick per her obituary).  They had no children.


Janice Carolyn Dunkle(8) was born January 17, 1938 and married Austin McCaslin.  They had one child, Timothy.


Rita (Reita per mother’s obit) Kay Dunkle(8) was born December 17, 1943 and married Vernon Laskey (Lackey per mother’s obit).  They had one child, Kevin.  (Mother’s obit also names sons Chad and Jason Lackey.)


Nina Yoder(7) was born October 28, 1917.  She married Albert Pitts, May 19, 1934.  Their children were Ned, Linda, Tonya, Felicia, Marcus, Michael, Candace, and Jeffry.


Ned Pitts(8) was born January 5, 1936.  He married Betty Greenhill, June 29, 1957.  They had one child, Elaine.


Linda Pitts(8) was born September 1, 1940.  She married Richard Travis, November 26, 1958.  They had one child, Tamarra.


Tonya Pitts(8) was born November 23, 1948.  She married Stratis Krozos, June 8, 1968.


3.   Grace Yoder(6) was born March 15, 1903 and died December 22, 1992.  She married Harry M. Arndt, May 29, 1928.  He was born March 3, 1907 and died April 1997.  Both are buried in the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Cemetery in Claremont, NC.  Their children were Dolores, born March 3, 1929, and Jack, born May 14, 1931.


Dolores Irene Arndt(7) married June 8, 1952 Hugh Iver Setzer, Jr. , born May 8, 1926  (Setzer Family history).  Their children were Carole Elaine Setzer(8), born December 22, 1953; Philip Hugh Setzer(8), born February 1, 1955; and Lynn Arndt Setzer(8) and Lee Altan Setzer(8), twins, born September 3, 1960.


Jack M. Arndt(7) married Jeanette Morrow.  They had no children.



7. Junius Yoder (5) 1867-1948


Con1184- Junius Theodore Yoder (2/16/1867 NC-10/4/1948 Catawba Co.,

NC)  m. 12/24/1890 Catawba Co, NC   Candace J.  Bollinger (6/_/1867 NC-12/3/1949)

both  bur. Zion Lutheran Church  Cem. (Yoders of NC-pg 42, 1900-Catawba-NC)

Con11841- Floyd R. (Richard)  (3/4/1892-6/16/1964) m1. Sept 17,1915

Veona Bowman  (11/7/1896 -7/17/1952)  (note: Zion Cemetery transcription has death year as 1933: I don’t know which is correct, but date of second marriage of 1934 suggests that 1933 is correct.)   m2 June 9, 1934 Mearl Drum  (4/23/1912 – 9/26/2005)

Con11842- Guy F.  (6/1/1894-11/_/1977 res NC (SSN) Guy Franklin Yoder died Nov 4, 1977 and is buried in the Zion Church cemetery)  m. Aug 9, 1914

Hattie May Miller  (8/2/1894 – 2/?/1993)

Con11843- Ray  (1898  -  in infancy)

Con11844- Grace   (3/15/1903- 12/26/1992)  m. 5/29/1928.  She is buried in Mt. CalvaryLutheran Church cemetery, Claremont, NC.

Harry M. Arndt  (3/3/1907 – 4/19/1997)


               5 Junius T. YODER b: February 1867 d: 4 October 1948

                  + Candace BOLLINGER d: 3 December 1949

                    6 Ray YODER d: Bef June 1900

                    6 Floyd  R. YODER b: 4 March 1892 d: 16 June 1964

                      + Veona BOWMAN d: 17 July 1952

                        7 Rolene YODER

                          + Harold PITTS

                            8 Betty Sue PITTS

                              + Unknown RETZEL

                            8 James Roy PITTS

                              + Helen BUFF

                            8 Nancy Carolyn PITTS

                              + Paul ISENHOUR

                            8 Jerry David PITTS

                              + Tampa COOPER

                            8 Patricia Ann PITTS

                              + Roy LOVE

                            8 Donna Kay PITTS

                              + Freddie HOLLAR

                            8 Charles Richard PITTS

                              + Donna Edwina WHITNER

                        7 Hildreth YODER

                          + Earl Addley CLINE b: May 29, 1917  d: July 3, 1961

 8 Barbara Ann CLINE b: June 8, 1938

                                    + Eddie Andrew Whitener b: Feb 26, 1932

       9 John Andrew Whitener b: May 14, 1960

                                         + Darlene Delp

            10 Tyler Douglas Whitener b: Nov 13, 1981

      9 Renee Hildreth Whitener b: Dec 11, 1961

                                        + Richard Curtis Roberts b: Dec 24, 1951

 8 Patsy Jane CLINE  b: Mar 19, 1941

                                    + James Jerry Kirby b: Aug 5, 1939

       9 Robert Anthony KIRBY  b: Dec 18, 1966

                                      9 Brian Early KIRBY  b: Feb 14, 1969

      9 Ben Edward CLINE b: May 2, 1944

                                         + Helen Louise Herman

                                         + Nancy Lee Bustle b: May 22, 1949

                                           10 Michael Edward Cline  b: June 12, 1965                                     

     9 Lee Kevin CLINE  b: July 9,1953

                                        + Vita Lynn Isenhour  b: Aug 15, 1954

                  10 Nathan Earl CLINE  b: June 19, 1973

                 10 Wayne Edward CLINE b: Feb 12, 1976


 (The above additions are from the Barringer family database, Catawba County USGenWeb site)


                          + Everette HUFFMAN

                        7 Doris Rebecca YODER

  + Howard McDewey PROPST (3/25/1923 – 4/11/2001, buried Woodlawn Memorial  Gardens, Catawba County, NC)

                            8 Wayne Howard PROPST

                              + Barbara Ann YOUNG (married Oct 4, 1969, Catawba County)

                                9 Tracey Leigh PROPST

+ Delene Johnson PROPST (Feb 18, 1942 in Burke County – March 13, 2010 in -Granite Falls

                            8 Maria Ann PROPST

                              + Dale Edward SIGMON

                                9 Michelle Ann SIGMON

                                9 Chad Edward SIGMON

                        7 Jahaza YODER

                          + James W.  CAMPBELL

                            8 James CAMPBELL

  8 John CAMPBELL (John William Campbell, 10/10/1949 – 4/30/2002, buried Catawba Memorial Park)

+ ------- Cook

9         Annette Campbell

+ ------- Kiger

     10 Chase Kiger

9 Beth Campbell

+ ---- Whitener

10  Anah Whitener

    10 Sera Whitener

+ Mearl DRUM (Apr 23, 1912 in Iredell County – Sept 25, 2005 in Alexander County  bur: Abilene Church of Christ Cemetery, Iredell County

                        7 Wilma YODER

                          + Kenneth SIPE (Sipes, per mother-in-law’s obit)

                            8 Michael SIPE

                            8 Roy SIPE

                        7 Walter Richard YODER

                          + Carolyn YOUNT

                            8 Sondra YODER

                            8 Donna Carolyn YODER

                        7 Gordon YODER

                          + Mary Ann RECTOR

                            8 Carolyn Ann YODER

                            8 Frances YODER

                            8 Annie YODER

                            8 Robert YODER

                        7 John Henry YODER

                        7 Male YODER died in infancy per mother’s obit

                          7 Marjorie Yoder, rpreceased her mother

(According to MearlYoder’s obit, she was also survived by 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.)       

                    6 Guy Franklin YODER b: 1 June 1894 d: 4 Nov 1977

                      + Hattie MILLER b: 2 August 1891 d:  Feb 1993

                        7 Ruby YODER b: 13 August 1915  d: Dec 23, 2003 bur: Zion Lutheran Church cem.

                          + H. DUNKLE

                            8 Janice Carolyn DUNKLE

                              + Austin MCCASLIN

      9 Timothy MCCASLIN

                                          + Renee ----

                            8 Rita Kay DUNKLE (Reita per mother’s obit)

                              + Vernon LASKEY (Lackey per mother-in-law’s bit)

      9 Kevin LASKEY (LACKEY)

      9 Chad LACKEY

      9 Jason LACKEY

                                         + Erica -----

+ A. L. BOLICH (Arvin L. Bolick per wife’s obit) b: 17 June 1902  d: 20 May 1986  bur: Zion Lutheran Church cem.

                        7 Nina YODER b: 28 October 1917

                          + Albert PITTS

                            8 Ned PITTS

                              + Betty GREENHILL

                                9 Elaine PITTS

                            8 Linda PITTS

                              + Richard TRAVIS

                                9 Tamarra TRAVIS

                            8 Tonya PITTS

                              + Stratis KROVOS

                            8 Felicia PITTS

                            8 Marcus PITTS

                            8 Michael PITTS

                            8 Candace PITTS

                            8 Jeffry PITTS

                        7 Orin YODER

                    6 Grace YODER b: 15 March 1903

                      + Harry M. ARNDT

                        7 Dolores Irene ARNDT

                          + Hugh Iver SETZER

                            8 Carole Elaine SETZER b: Dec 22, 1952

                                  + Daniel Edward Hovland, married Nov 28, 1975 (Setzer Family history)

                            8 Philip Hugh SETZER  b: Feb 1, 1955
                                  + Linda Ruth Windbauer, married  June17, 1978 in Caldwell Co. (ibid)

                            8 Lynn Arndt SETZER b: September 3, 1960

                                   + Frederick Arnold Causby, married September 2, 1978  in Catawba County (ibid)

                                  + Albert Lewis Armstrong, married Jan 21, 1984 in Charles Co., SC (ibid)

                                 + Perry Levi Brittain, married Dec 8, 1990 in Catawba County )ibid)

                            8 Lee Altan SETZER b: September 3, 1960

+ Donna Lynn Triplett, married September 7, 1980 in Catawba County.  She was born  ca 1958 (ibid)

+ Virginia Katherine Hickey, married February 5, 1984 in Catawba County.  She was born ca 1961

                        7 Jack M. ARNDT

+ Jeanette Morrow b: Apr12, 1933  d: January 5, 2003  bur:  Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Cemetery, Claremont, NC





JACOB YODER(3), 1797-1864



Jacob Yoder(3), second son of John Yoder(2), was born March 25, 1797, and died November 24, 1864.  He married Catharine Hahn,  June 6, 1824, born April 20, 1804, and died October 20, 1872. Jacob Yoder(3) was a member of the Reformed Church, and his wife was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.  Both are buried in Zion Church Cemetery.  Their Children were Reuben, Moses, Marcus, Amy, Eliza, and Amzi.


Jacob Yoder(3) inherited 167 acres of land from his father's estate on the east side of Jacob's Fork River.  His wife also inherited land from her parents--a tract three miles to the north, which was called the "Old Hahn Place" for several generations by Hahn's who successively inherited it.  Jacob Yoder(3) built a substantial Log House close-by the branch and good spring, about a quarter of a mile northeast from the site where Conrad Yoder's(1) house stood.  This log house was lived in by the descendants of Jacob Yoder(3) until 1965.  The place was known during the last 50 years as the frank Miller place.  The house was torn down and a nice brick house now stands where it stood for more that 150 years.  A grandson of Frank Miller showed the author how the logs of the old house had been pinned together by wooden pegs, showing how many pioneer log houses were built in the early 1800's.


Jacob Yoder(3) was a militia captain for many years, following in the footsteps of his father, John Yoder (2).  Although he was a member of the Reformed Church, an historic church document written in German script shows that he, in January and July, 1800, was one of the 32 contributors to the support of Reverend John Godfrey Arndt, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church.

          Catharine Hahn Yoder, wife of Jacob Yoder(3) was a remarkable woman.  She was energetic and speedy in her household work, as well as in the fields.  Her reputation for doing all kinds of farm work, and especially binding wheat sheaves, was known far and wide, was the talk of the community, and was handed down among her descendants for several generations.  She survived her husband eight years.





1. Reuben Yoder(4) first married Mary Reep, and after her death he married Emaline Reep, her sister.  See Chapter XI.


2.  Moses Yoder(4) married Sarah Ward.  See Chapter XIII.


3.  Marcus Yoder(4) married Martha Seitz.  See Chapter XIV.


4.  Amy Yoder(4) was born June 27, 1836 and died December 6, 1893.  She never married and died as an invalid in middle age.  She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and is buried in Zion Church Cemetery.


5.  Eliza Yoder(4) married Col. George M. Yoder(4)(4). See Chapter XVII.


6.  Amzi Yoder(4) married Aldine Miller.  See  Chapter XV.


8. Jacob Yoder (3) 1797-1864


Con13   Jacob Yoder     d. Nov.24, 1864

            m. Jun. 6,1824  Lincoln Co., NC Catherine Hahn (Apr.20,1804-Oct.20,1872)

            both bur. Zion Church Cemetery

+Con131- Reuben  b. May 19, 1828

    +Con132- Moses   b. Oct. 2, 1830

     Con133- Marcus  (10/28/1833-5/17/1880)  m. Martha Catherine Seitz

(2/5/1839-               )  ( daughter of Darius David

SEITZ and Rebecca Lavina LINK)  no issue   bur. Zion Church Cem.

     Con134- Amy     b. Jun.27, 1836  never married

             d. 12/6/1893  Catawba Co., NC  Zion Church Cem.

    +Con135- Eliza(beth) b. Sep.23, 1841 m.4/26/1877

                 Col. George Yoder (Con141)

             d. Feb. 9,1924 bur. Grace Church Cem.

    +Con136- Amzi   b. Dec. 8,1844  m. Aldine Miller

             d. Mar. 8,1924 Hickory, NC  bur. Hickory Oakwood Cem.


       3 Jacob YODER b: 25 March 1797 d: 24 November 1864

          + Catherine "Katy" HAHN b: 20 April 1804 d: 20 October 1872





REUBEN YODER(4), 1828-1898



Reuben Yoder(4), oldest son of Jacob Yoder(30, was born May 28 (May 19 per baptism and burial records at Zion Lutheran Church), 1828, and died February 4, 1898.  He first married Mary Reep on Apr 12, 1857 in Catawba County, who died January 15, 1862.  He then married as his second wife, Emaline Reep on Apr 5, 1863 in Catawba County, NC, a sister of his first wife.  She died June 11, 1924.  The children of these two marriages were Dovey Lenora, Isadora Elenora, Mary Alice, Frances Virginia, Charles Lee, Minta Louella, Lydia Anna, Cora Isabel, Oliver McMillan, Jacob Erastus, Lowell Preston, and Oscar Aldine.  Reuben Yoder(4) and both of his wives were members of Zion Lutheran Church and are buried in Zion Church Cemetery.


Reuben Yoder(4) was a farmer and surveyor.  He built his house on land he inherited from his father, a few hundred yards up the hill, to the south of his father's house, close-by the Old Yoder Cemetery.

Reuben Yoder(4) was a farmer and surveyor.  He built his house on land he inherited from his father, a few hundred yards up the hill, to the south of his father's house, close-by the Old Yoder Cemetery.


Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Reuben Yoder(4) was a militia captain for a number of years.  He was a soldier in the Civil War, along with his three brothers, Moses, Marcus and Amzi, serving in Company K, 35th Regiment, North Carolina Troops.


Reuben Yoder(4) took an active part in local township and county politics.  He was a deputy sheriff for Jacob's Fork Township for sixteen years, and County Corner for six years.  He took a prominent part in the Populist Party in the 1890's.


Children, Grandchildren       



1. Dovey Lenora Yoder(5) was born in 1858 and dried in infancy.


          The above appears to be in error.  There is an obituary for Dovie Yoder Sigmon who died January 19, 1941, age 82.  She was the daughter of Reuben Yoder and the widow of Carr Sigmon.  In 1880, she was age 22 and living with her Reep grandparents, Emanuel and Elizabeth Reep along with a son, John Yoder, age 6/12.  In 1900 and 1920, she is listed as head of household with surname Yoder.  In 1900, she was listed as being born in March 1858, single, and with one son, John J., born November 1879.  In 1920, she is listed as widowed, living alone as head of household.  In both these censuses, her middle initial is S.  According to the obituary, she was buried at Zion.  However, she is not listed in the published tomstone transcriptions under either the Yoder or Sigmon surname.


There is a John J. Yoder buried at Eastview Cemetery in Newton, NC.  He was born November 27, 1879 and died August 11, 1918.  The birth date is consistent with this being the son of Dovie Yoder (born November 1879 per 1900 census).


2. Isadora Elenora (Dora) Yoder(5) was born in 1859 and died in 1934.  She married Jones Abernathy on Jan 23, 1881 in Catawba County, NC.  Their children were Carroll, Joie, Walter, Roy, and Kate.


3.  Mary Bertha Alice Yoder (5) was born in January 8, 1862 and died February 20, 1949.  She married John J. Weaver as his second wife April 26, 1895.  He was born July 4, 1849 and died September 9, 1934.  Both were members of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church and are buried in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Their children were Russell, Charles, and Gordon.


Bertha Yoder Weaver’s obituary states she was survived by sons Russell, Gordon, and Charles Weaver, brothers J. E. and L. P. Yoder of Pampa, TX, step-daughters Etta Weaver, wife of James P. Yoder and Minnie Weaver, wife of Hilliard Yoder.


4.  Frances Virginia Yoder(5) was born in 1864 and died in infancy.


5. Charles Elbert Lee Yoder(5) was born in 1866 and died around 1940.  He went to Texas as a young man and followed the occupation of lumberman.  He married about 1896 Irene C. Bird, born about 1878 in TX, and their children were  Vida, Cecil, Lena Mae, and Bonnie Fay.


6.  Minta Louella (Ellen) Yoder(5) was born in February 9, 1868 and died in February (tombstone has 15th while obituary has 14th) 1945.  She never married.  She is buried in Bethel Church Cemetery.


7.  Lydia Yoder(5) was born October 5, 1869, and died August 27, 1886, as a young girl.  She is buried in Zion Church Cemetery.


8.  Cora Isabel Yoder(5) was born June 14, 1871, and died in 1965.  She married Alfred Yoder(5).  See Chapter VI.


9.  Oliver M. Yoder(5) was born  February 13, 1873, and died January 31, 1968.  See Chapter XII.


10.  Jacob E. Yoder(5) was born in December 17, 1874, and died in 1947 December 22, 1949.  He married Lillie Miller December 22, 1901.  They had no children.  Both were members of Zion Lutheran Church in early life.  Jacob E. Yoder(5) was a graduate of Lenoir College.  He was a very bright young man.  He would drop out of college for three or four months in the midst of the college year and keep up his studies, while he taught country schools.  He would return to college in the spring and finish his courses with his classmates.  He taught school for a number of years.  The author who attended school under shim for three terms remembers him as a very fine teacher.  After graduation from college, he served as Southern Railway Depot agent at Hildebran for a number of years.  He moved to Pampa, Texas, in 1917 and worked there till he died.  He and his wife are buried in the Pampa Cemetery.


          His obituary names a daughter, Mrs. Waldo Fisher of Pampa, TX.


11. Lowell Preston Yoder(5) was born in 1877 and died around 1955.  He went to Texas as a young man and became a farmer and cattleman.  He married Ruth Durham and they had one child, Nancy Ruth.  He died in Pampa, Texas, and is buried in the Pampa Cemetery.


12.  Oscar Yoder(5) was born in 1881 March 8, 1879 (per obituary) and died in April 6, 1937 (per obituary, but April 25 per Cemetery inscription).  He married Effie Campbell.  She was born February 23, 1881 and died May 30, 1975.  Both are buried in the Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery, Longview, NC  They had no children.  Oscar Yoder(5) was a farmer.



9. Reuben Yoder (4) 1828-1898


Con131   Reuben Yoder   d. Feb. 4, 1898

        m1. 4/12/1857 Mary C.  Reep (10/12/1837-1/15/1862 Catawba Co., NC)

m2. C1863  Frances Dulcina Emaline Reep (May 12,1842-Jun.11,1924 Catawba Co.,

NC) all bur. Zion Church cemetery (per farmer & surveyor;

"dark complexion, hazel eyes, grayish hair")

     Con1311- Dovey Lenora   b.  1858  d. in infancy

     Con1312- Isadora Elenora   (1859-1934)  m. c1879  Jones Abernathy  (1859-             )

Con1313- Mary Bertha Alice b.  1862   m. c1882  (Apr 26, 1895 in Catawba County) John Weaver  c1862-               )  bur. Wesley Methodist Cemetery

Wesley Chapel Inscriptions:  John J. Weaver, July 4, 1849 – Sept 9, 1934 and Mary B. A. Weaver, Jan 8, 1862 – Feb 20, 1949)

     Con1314- Frances Virginia  (1/26/1861-6/3/1864 Catawba Co., NC)

(bur. Zion Lutheran- per

     Con1315- Charles Elbert Lee  b.  1866  m. c1886  Irene Bird (c1866-        )

                resident of Texas d. c1940

     Con1316- Minta Luella (Ellen) b. Feb. 1868 d. 1945 single

died bur. Bethel Church Cem.  (She had a daughter, Ara Viola Seitz, May 18, 1871 – June 11, 1951, buried beside her; she is named in her mother’s obituary as Miss Ara Seitz.  She is also listed as a daughterof Ella Yoder  in the 1920 census)

     Con1317- Lydia  b.Oct. 5,1869  died single

              d. Aug.27,1886 bur. Zion Church Cem.

     Con1318- Cora Isabel  (6/14/1871-6/6/1965 Catawba Co.,NC)  m. c1891

Alfred Yoder (Con1136)   bur. Zion Church Cem.

     Con1319- Oliver McMillan   b. Feb.13,1873

              m. Dec.24,1899 Laura Ida Miller (12/26/1877-11/21/1958 Catawba Co.,NC)

              d. Jan.31, 1948 bur. Zion Church cem.- 8 children

     Con131a- Jacob E. b. Dec. 17  1874  m. c1894  (22 Dec 1901 in Catawba County) Lillie Miller  (c1874-1974 Pampa, Tx) .. no issue

                d.  1947   Pampa, TX  bur. Pampa Cem.  (died Dec 22, 1949 per obit in Hickory Daily Record)

                                (Survived by daughter Mrs Waldo Fisher per obit)

     Con131b- Lowell Preston  b.  1877 SC  m. c1897  Ruth Durham (c1877-c1955)

                d. 1955   Pampa TX   bur. Pampa Cem.- one child Nancy Ruth

     Con131c- Oscar  A.  (3/8/1879-4/25/1937)  m. c1899  Effie Campbell  (c1879-    )

no issue   d. 4/25/1937  bur Bethel Ch. Cem.


           4 Reuben YODER b: 28 May 1828 d: 4 February 1898

              + Mary C. REEP b: 12 October 1837 d: 15 January 1862

                5 Dovey Lenora YODER b: 1858

                5 Isadora Elenora "Dora" YODER b: 17 December 1859 d: 7 November 1934

                  + Jones Franklin ABERNETHY b: 12 May 1859 d: 4 September 1937

                    6 Carroll ABERNETHY

                    6 Joie A. ABERNETHY

                    6 Kate ABERNETHY b: 1 June 1898 d: 13 September 1970

                    6 Walter Eugene ABERNETHY b: 19 May 1899 d: 1 May 1957

 6 Roy Franklin ABERNETHY b: 17 November 1905 (Tombston with birthdate only at Mt. Grove Baptist Church)

                      + Nellis PENTIN b: 16 August 1906  (ibid)

                5 Mary Alice YODER b: 1862

                  + John WEAVER

                    6 Russell WEAVER

                    6 Charles WEAVER

                    6 Gordon J. WEAVER b: Nov 14, 1905  d:  Oct 23, 1953  bur: Zion Lutheran Cemetery

                        + Pearl Whitener b: Sep 21, 1907  d: Nov 14, 1976  bur: Zion Lutheran Cemetery

                                7 ----- Weaver

                                  + Ted E. Brown

                                7 Cera Weaver                    

              + Frances Dulcina Emaline REEP b: 12 May 1842 d: 11 June 1924

                5 Frances Virginia YODER b: 1864

                5 Charles Elbert Lee YODER b: 1866 d: Abt 1940

                  + Irene BIRD b: ca 1878 in TX

                    6 Iris Vida YODER b: ca 1898 in TX

                    6 Cecil YODER  b: ca 1903 in OK

                    6 Lena May YODER  b: ca 1906 in OK

                    6 Bonnie Fay YODER  b: ca 1911 in OK

                5 Minta Louella (Ella) YODER b: February 1868 d: 1945

                5 Lydia YODER b: 5 October 1869 d: 27 August 1886

                5 Cora Isabel YODER b: 14 June 1871 d: 6 May 1965

                  + Alfred P. YODER b: 12 January 1866 d: 1 May 1946

                    6 Claude Henry YODER b: 26 July 1892 d: 1 September 1939

                      + Lelia BAKER

                        7 Kendall George YODER

                          + Lydia EGGENWEILER

                            8 Claude Henry YODER

                        7 Norman Alfred YODER

                          + Wilma JEFFERS

                            8 Norman Alfred YODER

                            8 Dixie Lee YODER

                            8 Peggy Ann YODER

                            8 Judy Elizabeth YODER

                            8 Lou Elles YODER

                        7 Clara May YODER

                          + John DECKER

                            8 Richard John DECKER

                            8 James DECKER

                        7 William Eugene YODER

                          + Daryl FAYE

                            8 William Eugene YODER

                            8 Karen Diane YODER

                            8 Jeffry Claude YODER

                            8 Michael Brian YODER

                            8 Cheryl Ann YODER

                            8 James Kenneth YODER

                            8 Dawn Marie YODER

                    6 Hettie Alice YODER b: 28 April 1893

                      + William E. MOWERY

                        7 Nina Louise MOWERY b: 9 December 1915

                          + C. L. PENLEY

                        7 William Alfred MOWERY b: 8 March 1917 d: 11 June 1918

                        7 Ralph Lewis MOWERY

                          + Fern BROWN

                        7 Lawrence Cliffton MOWERY

                          + Johanna GASTKA

                        7 Charles Elmer MOWERY

                          + Ruby RABON

                        7 Daniel Luther MOWERY

                          + Doris MCBRIDE

                    6 Bertie YODER b: 20 November 1895 d: 6 December 1968

                      + Sidney Daniel REEP b: 2 July 1893 d: 30 December 1947

                        7 Curtis Rebecca REEP

                          + William A. GOODMAN

                            8 Billie Ray GOODMAN

                              + Sharon Corinda TREXTER

                            8 Jason Donald GOODMAN

                              + Mary Joyce BURR

                                9 Dwayne GOODMAN

                        7 George Sidney REEP

                          + Mabel PEELER

                            8 Dianna REEP

                        7 J. R. REEP b: 17 January 1922 d: 27 February 1947

                        7 Blake Alfred REEP

                          + Mary NANTZ

                            8 Blake Alfred REEP

                            8 Terry Lee REEP

                            8 Sherry Lynn REEP

                        7 Glenn Lee REEP

                          + Janet PARKS

                            8 Michael Lee REEP

                            8 Tammy Christine REEP

                        7 Hassill William REEP

                          + Dorothy MARLOWE

                            8 Joy Dawn REEP

                            8 Dean Alan REEP

                        7 Earl Monroe REEP

                          + Betty HOYLE

                            8 Gary Wayne REEP

                            8 Billy Earl REEP

                            8 Glenda Sue REEP

                        7 Joe REEP

                        7 Harry Eugene REEP

                          + Matoka HURAT

                            8 Cynthia Lee REEP

                            8 Donna Marie REEP

                    6 Roy YODER b: 12 February 1898

                      + Effie HUFFMAN b: 17 July 1908

                        7 Harold YODER

                        7 Jay YODER

                        7 Cathlene YODER

                        7 Rachel YODER

                    6 Belle YODER b: 1 May 1900

                      + P. E. BOLLINGER

                        7 Charles BOLLINGER

                        7 Robert BOLLINGER

                        7 Howard BOLLINGER

                        7 Mildred BOLLINGER

                        7 Luella BOLLINGER

                        7 Evelyn BOLLINGER

                        7 Muriel BOLLINGER

                    6 Harry Lee YODER b: 10 October 1902 d: 26 January 1982

                      + Edna A. HOOVER b: 6 August 1908

                        7 Frank Lee YODER

                          + Mattie Ann SMITH

                        7 Willie Alfred YODER

                          + Donna Kay HILLSTEAD

                        7 Reid Nelson YODER

                        7 Vivian Carol YODER

                          + William Edward CLINE

                    6 Bessie YODER b: 13 March 1905

                      + McKinley SMYRE d: 20 April 1935

                        7 Willis SMYRE b: 11 March 1927 d: 13 January 1962

                        7 Willard SMYRE

                      + Tom SILVEY d: 15 September 1951

                    6 David Noah YODER b: 15 March 1906

                      + Margaret SETZER

                        7 Phillip YODER

                        7 Judy YODER

                    6 Marvin Edgar YODER b: 6 September 1909 d: 4 May 1977

                      + Pauline POPE b: 24 July 1913

                        7 Jerry Lewis YODER

                          + Marianna GOBLE

                            8 Terry Lynn YODER

                              + Albert JOHNSON

                                9 Samantha JOHNSON

                                9 Mathew JOHNSON

                            8 Christina Noel YODER

                              + Kenneth HOADLEY

                        7 Martha Ann YODER

                          + Randolph Alvin "Randy" PROPST

                            8 Sara Ann PROPST

                            8 Kathryn Dawn PROPST

                        7 Jimmy Durant YODER

                          + Jane Cornelia SHUGART

                            8 Easton Eric YODER

                              + Glenna Mae BEBBER

                        7 Norris Edgar YODER

                          + Diane UNKNOWN

                            8 Justin Grant YODER

                            8 Sierra Nicole YODER

                    6 Ovelia YODER b: 26 October 1912

                      + A. B. PHELPS

                        7 Alex PHELPS

                          + Sue SMOTHERS


                5 Jacob E. YODER b: December 1874 d: 1947

                  + Lillie MILLER

                5 Lowell Preston YODER b: 1877 d: 1955

                  + Ruth DURHAM

                    6 Nancy Ruth YODER

                5 Oscar A. YODER b: 8 March 1879 d: 25 April 1937

                  + Effie CAMPBELL b: Cir 1882

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        Re: yoder family/from Jan Yoder in Al


        Thu, 31 Oct 2002 13:55:53 EST




Here we are: If you need further information, please let me know.  You have generations 6 & 7 and some of 8.  I added a bit of personal information for ourfamily but you may not even want that.


(6) Lowell Peter Yoder & Flossie Ellen Whitener

(7)  Wendell Byron Yoder:  Born 4/3/1919

                                            Died (Pensacola, Fl) 5/18/1987  buried in Pensacola Memorial Gardens

       +Wilma Catherine Hildebran(d):  Born -  7/4/1924

Wendall and Wilma had 3 children, left Hickory and moved to Pensacola Florida where Wendall was employed with

Daniels Construction as a project superintendent until his retirement and subsequent death.  They had 3 children

(8)  Zane Byron Yoder:  Born 10/19/43 Hickory NC

       + Janice Elise Wood/Blocker  Born 10/30/47     Married 8/1966  Pensacola, Fl

Byron and Jan had two children.  Byron is self employed as a contractor and Jan is self employed in medical billing. 

They live in Daphne, Alabama and are active in sailing and fishing as hobbies.  Byron served as Commodore of Lake

Forest Yacht Club for two years.


          (9)   Leslie Paige Yoder  Born  11/8/68, Pensacola, Fl

                + Lt.Comm. Robert B. duMont,III  (USNavy)  Fairhope, Al

                    (10)  Melanie Elizabeth duMont  Born   Mobile, Al 4/6/93

          (9)  Zane Byron Yoder, II  Born  8/17/71,  Birmingham, Al-  Zane went around So America (Cape Horn) in a Polish

sailing vessel at the age of 16 with the International Class Afloat.    Zane races sailboats and did an Olympic sailing

campaign for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.  He made it all the way to the final cut but didn't win the one top position as

America's Laser sailor.  As an adult, he now races and maintains large yachts.   He holds a current Captain's License.


(8)  Cheryl Elaine Yoder (Hill)  :  Born Hickory NC  2/23/1946

       + Adrian F. Hammond (married in Ap1963,div 1977)       +  William R. Hill (married 5/93)   live in Fairhope, Al

       (9)  Camy LaNette Hammond  B- 1/31/64

              +  Thomas A. Pollard  B 2/28/64  live in Knoxville, Tn

             (10)  Alysssa Camille Pollard  12/11/93

             (10)  Thomas Austin Pollard 1/4/96

             (10)  Tyler Ross Pollard 8/26/97

       (9)  Chad Fulton Hammond B-1/17/66  live in Tx

             + Michelle Coleman   Married 12/16/90

             (10)  Coleman F. Hammond   B 7/13/91

             (10)   Madeline Brett Hammond  B 12/5/94


(8)  Vickie Donelle Yoder (York)

       + William A. Davis        + Jon York

        (9)  William Christopher Davis-   B 5/21/1965

        (9)  Meloney Renee  Davis - B:  8/31/1966  Died 1/3/1967

        (9)  Steven Paul Davis--Born 12/2/1967





OLIVER MACK YODER(5), 1873-1948


          Oliver Mack (McMillan) Yoder(5) was born February 13, 1873, and died January 31 March 31 per obituary), 1948.  He married Laura M. Miller, who was born December 26, 1877 and died November 21, 1958.  Both were members of Zion Lutheran Church and are buried in Zion Church Cemetery.  There children were Nettie, Carrie, Ernest, Horace, Randall, Alma, Cletus and Charlotte.


Oliver Mack Yoder(5) was a farmer, public school teacher, railroad agent, and in later life a carpenter and contractor.  He attended Lenoir College for several years.  The author went to school to him for three terms.  He was a good teacher and a strict disciplinarian.  He especially liked to help students with difficult problems in arithmetic.


Children, Grandchildren



1.  Nettie Yoder(6) was born February 3, 1901.  She married William Hudson in 1931.  Their children were Jewell Lucille, born in 1934; and Kenneth, born in 1935.  Nettie Yoder Hudson(6) received the A.B. degree from Lenoir Rhyne College and the M. A. degree from Appalachian State University.  she was a teacher.


Kenneth William Hudson(7) married as his first wife, Evelyn Huffman in 1954; and as his second wife, Mary Crotts, in 1962.  No children were born to either marriage.


2.  Carrie Yoder(6) was born May 19, 1901.  She married Clarence M.Blake, September 16, 1941.  He was born in 1894 and died in 1949.  They had one child, Carrie Alice, born December 14, 1942, and died December 20, 1942.  All are buried in the Hildebran First Baptist Cemetery.  Carrie Yoder Blake(6) received the A.B. degree from Lenoir Rhyne College and the M.A. degree from Pennsylvania State University.  She was a teacher.


3. Ernest Franklin Yoder(6) was born May 24, 1903.  He married Beatrice Teague, November 27, 1935.  She was born November 16, 1908 and died June 15, 1985.  She is buried in the Hildebran First Baptist Church Cemetery.  Their children were Hal Franklin; Robert Reynolds; and Barbara Anita.


Ernest Franklin Yoder(6) attended Lenoir Rhyne College one year.  He was a carpenter and contractor.  He was very active in the Yoder Reunion Association and served as secretary a number of years.  He assisted the author in getting information on the Reuben Yoder(4) family and descendants.  He was a member of Hildebran Lutheran Church.


Hal Franklin Yoder(7) was born December 10, 1936.  He married Shirley Lail, June 25, 1960.  They had one daughter, Melissa, born February 8, 1963.


Robert Reynolds Yoder(7) was born June 4  (June 14, per obit), 1938 and died July 8, 2010 in Asheville, NC.  He married Doris Isenhour, March 17, 1957.  Their children were Dale Robert, born December 30, 1957; and Connie Denise, born October 30, 1963.


          HICKORY - Robert Reynolds Yoder, 72, of Asheville, passed away on July 8, 2010, at Asheville Health Care Center. Born June 14, 1938, in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Beatrice and Ernest Yoder. He was a member of Groce United Methodist Church in Asheville and was a former member of Land of the Sky Barber Shop Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Maxine Poovey Yoder. Mr. Yoder is survived by his stepson, Donald Dietz and wife, Martha, of Asheville; son, Dale Yoder of Hickory; daughter, Connie Yoder of Hickory; granddaughter, Jennifer Dietz of Asheville; brother, Hal Yoder and wife, Shirley, of Greensboro; sister, Barbara Willis of Charlotte; and sister-in-law, Betty Williams of Sherrills Ford. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at Oakwood Cemetery in Hickory, with the Rev. Gerald Davis officiating. Memorials may be made to Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville, N.C. 28805; or National Neurofibromatosis Foundation, 95 Pine St., 16th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10005. Online condolences may be left for the family at Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Robert Reynolds Yoder.

Published in Hickory Daily Record on July 10, 2010


Barbara Anita Yoder(7) was born August 5, 1940.  She married George Brooks, January 2, 1959.  Their children were Donald James, born June 14, 1959; Ronald Ernest, born June 14, 1959; and George Allen, born February 15 1961.


4.  Horace Vernon Yoder(6) was born July 21, 1904 and died August 12, 1986.  He served in the US Army.  He is buried in the Hildebran First Baptist Church Cemetery.  He married Irene Rhoney.  Their children were Brenda, Frances, and Winston.


5.  Randall Preston Yoder(6) was born in October 19, 1906, and died September 26, 1987.  He married Sallie Elizabeth Vanhorn, July 4, 1932.  She was bornAugust 22, 1906 and died December 28, 1991.  Both are buried in the Hildebran first Baptist Church Cemetery. Their children were Janet Sue, Helen Yvonne, and Elizabeth.

          Randall Preston Yoder(6) was a house contractor and his wife a textile worker.

Janet Sue Yoder(7) was born October 15, 1933, and married Richard Travis, October 13, 1962.


Helen Yvonne Yoder(7) was born October 5, 1940, and married Rev. C. T. Stephens,  August 22, 1958.


Elizabeth Yoder(7) was born November 27, 1945 and married Jones Pitts, April 21, 1963.


6.  Alma Irene Yoder(6) was born February 23, 1908.  She married David R. (Reuben) Burns.  They had one child, Faye.


Faye Burns(7) was born in June 27, 1926 and died July 23, 2006.  She married Dr. Guy Eagles.  Their children were Robert and Lonnie.  She was a chiropractor and was very active in professional activities as well as in the Republican Party. She was the first woman to be named Chiropractor of the Year.  She was appointed by President Richard Nixon to the White House Conference on Aging.


7. Cletus Earl Yoder(6) was born November 8 (November 3, according to article in Burke County Heritage, Vol II by Lucy W. Yoder), 1909, and died May 28, 1964.  He is buried in the Zion Lutheran Church cemetery, Hickory, NC.  He married Lucy Whisnant, December 24, 1941.  Their children were Jennie Victoria, born January 23, 1948; Laura Jane, born October 4, 1951; Martha Deborah, born December 4 1952; Catherine Whitener, born June 28, 1954;  Charles Miller, born June 28 1954.  Cletus Earl Yoder(7) attended college one year.  He served in the U.S. Army 1928-1931, in Sweden and Hawaii.  He was a grocer.


8.  Ralph Enoch Yoder(6) was born January 6, 1913.  He married Ethel Elizabeth Barger, June 27, 1936.  Their children were Edward Enoch, born April 28, 1934; Harold McMillian, born March 21, 1944;  Albert Franklin, born June 30, 1947;  Sarah Elizabeth, born June 25, 1949;  Allen Lee, born February 6, 1951; Ellen Marie, born October 6, 1954.   Ralph Enoch Yoder(6) attended college two years.  He was a retail food merchant.


Edward Enoch Yoder(7) married Linda Faye Brittian, December 8, 1958.



                5 Oliver McMillan (Mack) YODER b: 13 February 1873 d: 31 January 1948

                  + Laura M. MILLER b: 26 December 1877 d: 21 November 1958

                    6 Nettie YODER b: 3 February 1901

                      + William HUDSON

                        7 Jewell Lucille HUDSON

                        7 Kenneth Willaim HUDSON

                          + Evelyn HUFFMAN

                          + Mary CROTTS

                    6 Carrie YODER b: 19 May 1901  bur:  First Baptist, Hildebran, NC

                      + Clarence BLAKE  b:  b:  1894  d;  1949  bur:First Baptist, Hildebran, NC

7 Carrie Alice BLAKE b: 14 December 1942 d: 20 December 1942  bur:  First Baptist, Hildebran, NC

                    6 Ernest Franklin YODER b: 24 May 1903  d: 13Mar 1999

+ Beatrice TEAGUE b: 16 November 1908  d: 15 June 1985  bur:  First Baptist Church Cem., Hildebran, NC

                        7 Hal Franklin YODER

                          + Shirley LAIL

                            8 Melissa YODER

7 Robert Reynolds YODER b: 14 June 1938  d: 8 July 2010  bur: Oakwood Cemetery, Hickory, NC

                          + Doris ISENHOUR

                            8 Dale Robert YODER

                            8 Connie Denise YODER

                            + Dorothy Maxine Poovey

                        7 Barbara Anita YODER

                          + George BROOKS

                            8 Donald James BROOKS

                            8 Ronald Ernest BROOKS

                            8 George Allen BROOKS

                          + Eugene WILLIS

  6 Horace Vernon YODER b: 21 July 1904  d:  12 Aug 1986  bur: First Baptist Church Cem., Hildebran, NC

+ Irene RHONEY  b:  10 July 1914 in GA   d:  3 Feb 2006  in Burke Co., NC  bur:  First  Baptist, Hildebran

                        7 Brenda YODER

                                + Bruce Banks

                        7 Frances YODER

                                + Richard Drum

  8 Mitchell Drum, deceased
 8 David Drum

8 Deanna Drum

                        7 Winston YODER

                                + Carolyn ------

      8 Jason Yoder
     8 Joey Yoder

(Obituary also names grandson Jimmy Fox and granddaughter Tina Carter)


 6 Randall Preston YODER b: October 19, 1906  d: Sept 26, 1987  bur:  First Baptist, Hildebran

+ Sallie Elizabeth VANHORN  b:  Aug 22, 1906  d:  Dec 28, 1991  bur:  First Baptist, Hildebran

                        7 Janet Sue YODER

                          + Richard TRAVIS

                        7 Helen Yvonne YODER

                          + C.T. STEPHENS

                        7 Elizabeth YODER

                          + Jones PITTS

                    6 Alma Irene YODER b: 23 February 1908

                      + David R. (Reuben) BURNS

                        7 Faye Lou  BURNS  b:  June 27, 1926  d:  July 23, 2006 

                          + Guy EAGLES

                            8 Robert K. EAGLES

                                     + Betsy -----                                      -

                            8 Lonnie (Landyce per mother’s obit) EAGLES

                                    + Dennis Proctor

Faye Eagles’ obituary states she is also survived by four grandchildren and six great- grandchildren         

                         7 (Carl BURNS per mother’s obit)

                     6 Cletus Earl YODER b: 8 November 1909 d: 28 May 1964

                      + Lucy WHISNANT  b: 29 July, 1917

                        7 Jennie Victoria YODER

                        7 Laura Jane YODER

                        7 Martha Deborah YODER

                        7 Catherine Whitener YODER

                        7 Charles Miller YODER

                    6 Ralph Enoch YODER b: 6 January 1913  d: 5 Feb 1999  

                      + Ethel Elizabeth BARGER b: 3 December 1918 d: 20 April 1990

                        7 Edward Enoch YODER

                          + Linda Faye BRITTIAN

                            + Cheryl Melton (per brother, Allan’s obituary)             

                        7 Harold Mcmillian YODER

                        7 Albert Franklin YODER

                                  + Doreah -----

                        7 Sarah Elizabeth YODER

                                   + Johnny Coffey

7 Allen (Allan, per obit) Lee YODER  b:  Feb 6, 1951  d:  Oct 10, 2005 bur: Catawba Memorial Park

                                + Dee Dee Mason

 8 Carole Chastain Yoder

 8 Erin Yoder

    + Jason Franklin Austin

                        7 Ellen Marie YODER

                                 + Richard Cranford

                      6 Charlotte YODER b: ca 1919

    + Charles Bridges

6 Harvey McMillan YODER b: July 2, 1911  d: December 1985 per SSDI  bur: Catawba  Memorial Park

   + Nadean Mauser  b:  Sept 22, 1918  d:  Apr 5. 2003 bur: Catawba Memorial Park

  7 Paul McMillian Yoder b: September 24, 1945  d: January 19, 2003 in Woodbridge, VA (Jan 10, 2003 per SSDI; no death location)       






MOSES YODER(4), 1830-1917



Moses Yoder(4), second son of Jacob Yoder(3), was born October 2, 1830 and died May 23, 1917.  He married Sarah Elizabeth Ward Oct 14, 1855 in Catawba County, NC, who was born December 18, 1831 and died February 26, 1908.  Both were members of Zion Lutheran Church and are buried in Zion Church Cemetery.  Their children were Jane, John, Martha, Laura, Emma, Belle, Willie and Alda.


Moses Yoder(4) inherited land from his father's estate.  His only occupation was farming.  He built his house, part of which was still standing in 1969 (picture p. 53), a quarter of a mile north of his father's house.  He always kept all his cultivated land fenced by rails that were split mostly by his own hands from trees in an original hardwood forest on his farm.  he was resourceful, hard-working, thrifty man.  He made his own furniture, wagons, buggies, plows, and other farming tools in his own blacksmith and carpenter shops.


His wife, Sarah, carded wool and cotton, spun yarn, and wove cloth on her loom (which she kept in her sitting room) almost up to the time of her death.  Moses Yoder and his wife wore homespun clothes most of their lives.


Moses Yoder(4) was a Civil War veteran, serving in the same North Carolina regiment with his three brothers, Reuben, Marcus, and Amzi, Company K, 35th Regiment, North Carolina Troops.  He was wounded by a bullet that glazed the top of his head and caused him to walk with a limp for the rest of his life.  He was a prisoner for some time during the war.  He had opposed secession and never looked back happily on his war experiences.  He said to the author, his grandson, a number of times:  "War is a rich man's war and a poor man's fight."


During the time that he was at the front and in prison, his wife, Sarah, with whatever assistance she could get, carried on farming operations.  She did much of the heavy field work herself.


          Before his wife died in 1908, Moses Yoder(4) and his wife deeded their real estate to three of their daughters, Martha Moore(5), Laura Hahn(5), and Emma Yoder(5), who were to take care of them when they were no longer able to continue farming operations and care for themselves.  After his wife's death, Moses Yoder(4) gave up farming and divided his time for the next ten years, till his death, living with his three daughters.  He had been such an active man during the years of his farming, that it was extremely difficult for him to be satisfied in retirement.  He was usually restless and found satisfaction chiefly in "keeping on the go" much of the time, commuting back and forth among his three daughters.


On a part of his farm was a fine, original forest.  Dozens of lumbermen had tried for years to purchase the timber, but he would never sell it.  A few years after he left his farm, his daughters decided to sell the timber.  It gave him great pain to drive over the road that led through the timber and see large oak trees cut down and timber slashed to pieces.  The author, who sometimes drove him from his home to Hickory, would usually take another route to avoid pain for his grandfather on seeing the big oaks demolished.


For many years, Moses Yoder(4) was custodian and administrator of the special fund that his brother, Mark Yoder(4), had left to Zion Lutheran Church.  He loaned out the money at interest to safe borrowers.


Children, Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren


          1. Jane Barbara Yoder(5) was born September 13, 1856, and died June 30, 1900.  She married Jason E. (Elisha) Yoder(5) on August 18, 1880 in Catawba County, NC, a second cousin, who was born October 10, 1855 and died July 21 1916.  Both were members of Zion Lutheran Church and are buried in Zion Church Cemetery.  Their children were Lillybelle, Carrie, Carl, Marshall, Macon, Ora, and Clyde.


See Chapter V.


2.  John Adolphus Yoder(5) was born June 15, 1858, and died June 5, 1860.  He is buried in Zion Church Cemetery by the side of his parents.


3. Martha Sarahann Yoder(5) was born June 5, 1860, and died August 22, 1945.  She married (first name Henry per cemetery inscription) Lewis Moore on December 28, 1879 in Catawba County, NC, who was born January 11, 1854 and died December 20, 1939.  Martha Sarahann Yoder(5) was a member of Hickory Holy Trinity Lutheran Church; and her husband was a member of the Methodist Church.  Both are buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  Their children were Claude, Sallie, Fleta, and Josephine.


Claude Moore(6) was born September 7, 1881, and died November 30, 1914.  He is buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  He never married.  He was a graduate of Lenoir College and a very brilliant student, finishing college at a very early age.


Sallie Rebecca (middle name per Setzer Family history) Moore(6) was born February 8, 1884, and died February 22, 1966.  She married James Thomas Setzer, who was born February 10, 1879 and died November 27, 1957.  Both are buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  Their children were Ruth Moore, Edith Naomi, Martha Davis, and Grace Valentina plus two soms and one daughter who died in infancy (Setzer Family history).  Sallie Moore Setzer(6) attended Claremont College several Years.


Ruth Moore Setzer(7) was born October 19, 1909 and died August 30, 1997.  She married Olin N. (Nick) Lynn.   He was born in 1904 and died in 1985.  Both are buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  They had one child, Olin N., Jr., born June 16, 1940 in Burke County, NC.   Ruth Setzer Lynn(7) and her husband were graduates of Lenoir Rhyne College and both were teachers.


Edith Naomi Setzer(7) was born February 20, 1914 and died February 11, 1993.  She married Tracy Davis Hitchner March 29, 1949 (Setzer Family history).  He was born July 4, 1909 in NJ and died May 22, 1999.  Both are buried in Catawba Memorial Park.  They had one child, Tracy Davis, Jr., born September 7, 1947 in Charlotte, NC.  Edith Setzer Hitchner(7) was a college graduate and did postgraduate work at Duke University and the University of North Carolina.  She taught Latin eleven years in the Hickory High School.


Martha Setzer(7) was born December 19, 1916.  She married Clifton H. Hawley, Jr.  May 4, 1945.  He was born September 17, 1916 (per Setzer Family history)  Their children were Clifton H., III, and Vicki (born January 4, 1949 (per Setzer Family history).


Grace Setzer(7) was born February 14, 1923.  She married Alfred D. Yost January 1, 1946 per Setzer Family history).  Their children were Charles Thomas born September 24, 1948 per Setzer Family history), Judy (born September 24, 1948 per Setzer Family history), and Samuel James (born July 21, 1951 per Setzer Family history).  Grace Setzer Yost(7) attended college and was a teacher.


Fleta Moore(6) was born in August 24, 1892.  She married Charles Hunsucker, M.D., who was born November 17, 1890 and died January (June per cemetery transcription) 30, 1965.   Both are buried in Hickory’s Oakwood Cemetery.  Their children were Clara, who married Fred Lowing; Helen, who married L. Glenn; Charles, Jr., who married Jane Faller; and Alice, who married Howard Latta.  Fleta Moore Hunsucker(6) attended college several years.


Josephine Moore(6) was born in 1898.  She married Laurie Deal.  They had one child, Laurie, Jr.


4. Laura Susan Yoder(5) was born July 8, 1862, and died in July 28, 1947.  She married Daniel Efird Hahn, born December 1, 1857, on November 29, 1887 in Catawba County, NC, who died in December 14,  1920.  Laura Susan Hahn(5) was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  She and her husband are buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  Their children were Anna Mabel, Albert Gaither, and Samuel Waightstill.


Mabel Hahn(6) was born July 16, 1889, and died June 24, 1969.  She was a member of Holy Trinity Church and is buried in the family plot in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  She married Robert Gibbs.  They had one child, Robert L. Gibbs(7).  Mabel Hahn(6) attended Lenoir College several years and as a secretary for a number of years before marriage.


Gaither Hahn(6) was born September 14, 1891, and died October 10, 1962.  He is buried in the family plot in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  He never married. He attended Lenoir College and received an M.D. degree from the University of Maryland.  He was a veteran of World War I, became disabled in line of duty, and was pensioned for complete disability.  Although he was not allowed to receive pay for any medical practice and draw his pension, he long gave his services free to polio victims.  He lived a noble, unselfish life.


Samuel W. Hahn(6) was born May 23, 1895.  He married Dorothea Becker in October 29, 1919.  Their children were Samuel Wilfred, Marjorie Eleanor, and Dorothy Augusta.  Samuel W. Hahn(6) was a graduate of Lenoir College, received a B.D. degree from Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary, and was awarded an honorary D.D. degree by Lenoir Rhyne College.  He was a distinguished Lutheran Minister, an energetic church builder, and a number of years a professor in the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC.  He died in July 1981 and is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Columbia, SC.


Samuel Wilfred Hahn(7) was born March 21, 1921.  He married Martha Ann Stroud.  Their children were Stephen Strowd, born July 25, 1949; Dale Becker, born September 26, 1950; and Carol Craft, born October 24, 1954.  Samuel Wilfred Hahn(7) received A.B. degree from Lenoir Rhyne College, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He was professor of Mathematics in Wittenberg University.


Marjorie Eleanor Hahn(7) was born January 30, 1927.  She married Jacob Melvin Fore.  They had one child, Rebecca Ann, born September 20, 1964.  She received R.N. degree from Mercy Hospital, Charlotte, and was a nurse.


Dorothy Augusta Hahn(7) was born September 19, 1928.  She received A.B. degree from Woman's College, University of North Carolina; M.D. degree from Bowman-Gray School of Medicine; and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  She was professor of Pediatrics in the Medical College of Georgis, Augusta.


5.  Emma Clementine Yoder(5).  See Chapter XXI.


6.  Belle Virginia Yoder(5) was born March 18, 1869, and died January 4, 1889.  She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and is buried in Zion Church Cemetery by the side of her parents.


7.   Willie B. (Burton) Yoder(5) was born June 13, 1871, and died July 31, 1934.  He married Ada Gertrude Whitener, who was born January 1, 1891 and died in June 3, 1948.  Both are buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery. Their children were Pinkie, Glenn, and Lola.  Willie B. Yoder(5) attended college, taught one year, and was in turn farmer, merchant and farm machinery dealer, operator of a livery stable, bottling company agent, and restaurant operator.


Pinkie Yoder(6) was born July 10, 1891, and died in November 29, 1967.  She was a member of Hickory Corinth Reformed Church.  She is buried in the family plot of her father and mother, in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  She married Elmer James May 12, 1909.  They had one child, Norman Sidney.  Pinkie Yoder James(6) was a most capable, active and energetic woman.  For many years she worked for a movie theater.  After the death of her mother, she enlarged the house in which they had lived, converted it into apartments and kept roomers, doing most of the housework herself.  During the last two decades of her life, she became very much interested in both lines of her ancestry and accumulated historical data on them, particularly on the Whitener Line.  She replaced the crumbling tombstones of her pioneer ancestors, Henry Weidner (Whitener) and her Whitener great-grandparents, in the Old Robinson Cemetery.  On one side of the new Henry Weidner tombstone has been carved the exact inscription in German as Henry Weidner prescribed it before his death, and on the other side, a modern translation of the inscription in English.


Norman James(7) was born February 21, 1910 and died November 7, 1981.  He married Alberta Hamrick, December 29, 1933.  Their children were John Paul, Norman Richard, and Thomas Hamrick.  Norman James(7) was graduated from Duke University with a degree in Business Administration.  He was an unusually successful business man and sold his products in many states, traveling much of the time by his own airplane.


John Paul James(8) was born May 29, 1935.


Norman Richard James(8) was born September 25, 1936.  He married Elizabeth Barnhardt, September 20, 1960.


Thomas Hamrick James(8) was born December 22, 1939.


Glenn Efird Yoder(6) was born January 29, 1893 and died in August 1975.  He married Myrtle Mansfield, who was born Nov 3, 1897 and died April 1996.   They were living in Winston-Salem, NC at the times of their deaths (per SSDI).  Their children were Lola Jean, Doris Ann and Davie (twins), and Glenn Efird, Jr.  Glenn Efird Yoder(6) was a dairy technician and creamery operator.


Doris Ann Yoder(7) was born September 8, 1929.  She married John Maiden, November 25, 1954.


David Yoder(7) was born September 8, 1929, and died April 15,1930.


Glenn Efird Yoder, Jr.(7) was born January 19, 1934.  He married Betty Bryant, June 17, 1954.  Their children were Glenn e., Jeffrey, and Paul.


Lola Maud Yoder(6) was born November 27, 1895, and died October 30, 1914.  She is buried in the family plot of her parents in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  She was stricken with polio at the age of 14 and confined to her bed during the last two years of her life.  She was a lovely, charming girl and bore her affliction with great fortitude.


8. Carrie Alda Yoder(5) was born August 30, 1874, and died July 2, 1906.  She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and is buried in Zion Church Cemetery beside her parents.  She attended Lenoir College one year.  She married Robert Weaver in December 1904.  They had no children.  The author remembers his Aunt Alda as a beautiful, gracious, lovely woman, with a wonderful sense of humor, a hearty laugh, and always with a smile on her face.  Wherever she was in groups, she was most likely "the life of the party."  She radiated sunshine and good cheer.  She was the friend of everybody, old and young.  All her nieces and nephews remember the warm welcome they received when they visited their grandparents.



11. moses yoder (4) 1830-1917


Con132  Moses Yoder     d. May 23,1917

        m.10/14/1855  Sarah Elizabeth Ward  (Dec.18,1831-Feb.26,1908)

bur. Zion Church Cem.

     Con1321- Jane Barbara b. Sep. 13,1856 m. Jason E Yoder (Con1131)

              d. Jun.30,1900 bur. Zion Church Cem.

     Con1322- John Adolphus b. Jun.15,1858 d. Jun.5,1860 (per Zion Cem. transcription, he died 29 Apr  1860, age 1y 10m 14d)

                bur. Zion Church Cem.

     Con1323- Martha Sarahann   b. Jun. 5,1860  m. Lewis Moore

                d. Aug.22,1945 bur. Hickory Oakwood Cem.

     Con1324- Laura Susan  b. Jul. 8,1862  m. David Efrid Hahn

                d. July 1947  bur. Hickory Oakwood Cemetery

     Con1325- Emma Clementine  b.  ?   m. Colin Monroe Yoder (Con1415)

                d. Jul. 2, 1951  bur.Hickory Oakwood cem.

     Con1326- Belle Virginia   b. Mar.18,1869 single

                d. Jan. 4, 1889  bur. Zion Church Cem. Age19y/9m/16d

    +Con1327- Willie B.  b. Jun.13, 1871 m Ada Gertrude Whitener

                d. Jul.31, 1934  bur. Hickory Oakwood Cem.

     Con1328- Carrie Alda b. Aug. 30,1874  m. Robert Weaver 

                d. Jul. 2,1906  bur. Zion Church Cem.


Con1327- Willie B. Yoder (6/13/1871-7/31/1934) m 

Ada Gertrude Whitener   (        -1948) both bur. Hickory Oakwood Cem.

(Yoders of NC -pg56)

Con13271- Pinkie  (7/10/1891-1967)  m. 5/12/1909  Elmer James

(          -         ) 

Con13272- Glenn Efird  (1/29/1893-8/_/1975 res. NC (SSN)) m.

Myrtle Mansfield (           -            )

Con13273- Lola Maud  (11/27/1895-10/30/1914)  had polio


            4 Moses YODER b: 2 October 1830 d: 23 May 1917

              + Sarah Elizabeth WARD b: 18 December 1831 d: 26 February 1908

                5 Jane Barbara YODER b: 13 September 1856 d: 30 June 1900

                  + Jason Elisha YODER b: 10 October 1855 d: 21 July 1916

                    6 Lillybelle YODER b: Cir 1881

                      + Longdon HUFFMAN

                    6 Carl M. YODER b: 4 September 1882 d: 7 March 1946

                      + Elsie M. TEAGUE b: 20 May 1886 d: 26 December 1974

                        7 Roscoe YODER

                        7 James YODER

                        7 W. G. YODER

                        7 Ovelia YODER b: 21 March 1917 d: 29 August 1989

                        7 Barbaree YODER

                    6 Carrie Emma YODER b: 18 February 1884 d: 4 December 1956

                      + Robert Lee MARTIN b: 11 August 1865 d: 23 June 1930

                        7 Murphy MARTIN b: Cir 1904 d: 24 August 1905

                        7 Eva Salomae MARTIN b: 24 October 1905 d: 4 October 1980

                          + Fred Lee DIETZ b: 15 August 1902 d: 19 April 1961

                            8 Milford Lee DIETZ b: 26 March 1923 d: 3 July 1975

                              + Rose Conrad MYERS

                                9 Alan DIETZ

                                  + Carol Francine HALLMAN

                                    10 Dax DIETZ

                                    10 Nikki DIETZ

                                    10 Lane DIETZ

                                9 Susan DIETZ

                                  + Daniel L. SAWYER

                                    10 Cameron SAWYER

                                    10 Trey SAWYER

                                9 Rosemary DIETZ

                                  + Greg SKOOG

                            8 Harold Loyd DIETZ b: 25 January 1927 d: 21 June 1927

                        7 Ruby Octavia MARTIN b: 6 April 1907 d: 14 February 1972

                          + Alfred Decal PARKER

                        7 Shuford H. MARTIN b: 25 January 1909 d: 8 July 1925

                        7 Charlie Bramon MARTIN b: 2 May 1910 d: 21 August 1967

                          + Nellie HAYNES

                        7 Bonnie Katherine MARTIN b: 29 August 1915 d: 22 December 1963

                          + James Edward GIBSON

                      + Alonzo D. HERREN

                      + A.B. HAWN

                    6 Marshall W. YODER b: March 1885

                      + Evie HEDRICK

                    6 Macon YODER b: Cir 1886

                      + Ella SIGMON

                    6  Willie M. YODER b: March 1890

                    6 Katie Ora YODER b: Cir 1893

                      + Unknown WILLIAMS

                    6 Clark J. YODER b: Cir 1895

                      + Helen UNKNOWN

                5 John Adolphus YODER b: 15 June 1858 d: 5 June 1860

                5 Martha Sarahann YODER b: 5 June 1860 d: 22 August 1945

                  + Henry Lewis MOORE d: 20 December 1939

                    6 Claude MOORE b: 7 September 1881 d: 30 November 1914

                    6 Sallie MOORE b: 8 February 1884 d: 22 February 1966

                      + Thomas SETZER d: 27 November 1957

                        7 Ruth Moore SETZER b: 19 October 1909

                          + Olin N. LYNN

                            8 Olin N. LYNN

                        7 Edith Naomi SETZER b: 20 February 1914

                          + Tracy Davis HITCHNER

                            8 Tracy Davis HITCHNER

                        7 Martha Davis SETZER b: 19 December 1916

                          + Clifton H. HAWLEY

                            8 Clifton H. HAWLEY

                            8 Vicki HAWLEY

                        7 Grace Valentine SETZER

                          + Alfred D. YOST

                            8 Charles Thomas YOST

                            8 Judy YOST

                            8 Samuel YOST

                    6 Fleta MOORE b: 1892 d: July 1947

                      + Charles HUNSUCKER d: 30 January 1965

                        7 Clara HUNSUCKER

                          + Fred LOWING

                        7 Helen HUNSUCKER

                          + L. GLENN

                        7 Charles HUNSUCKER

                          + Jane FALLER

                        7 Alice HUNSUCKER

                          + Howard LATTA

                    6 Josephine MOORE b: 1898

                5 Laura Susan YODER b: 8 July 1862 d: 17 July 1947

                  + Daniel Efird HAHN  b: Dec 1, 1857  d: December 14, 1920

                    6 Anna Mabel HAHN b: 16 July 1889 d: 24 June 1969

                      + Robert GIBBS

                        7 Robert L. GIBBS

 6 Albert Gaither HAHN b: 14 September 1891 d: 10 October 1962  (died 9 October 1962 per Oakwood Cemetery Transcription)

                    6 Samuel Waightstill HAHN b: 23 May 1895

                      + Dorothea BECKER

                        7 Samuel Wifred HAHN

                          + Martha Ann STROWD

                            8 Stephen Strowd HAHN

                            8 Dale Becker HAHN

                            8 Carol Craft HAHN

                        7 Majorie Eleanor HAHN

                          + Jacob Melvin FORE

                            8 Rebecca Ann FORE

                        7 Dorothy Augusta HAHN





MARCUS YODER(4), 1833-1880


          Marcus Yoder(4), third son of Jacob Yoder(3), was born October 28, 1833, and died in May 17, 1880.  He married Martha Catherine Seitz October 8, 1865 in Catawba County, NC.  They had no children.  Marcus Yoder(4) was first a member of Zion Lutheran Church and later a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hickory.  He is buried by the side of his parents in Zion Church Cemetery, as he requested in is will.   Martha Catherine Seitz Yoder married (2) the Reverend David A. Goodman, Lutheran Minister, as his second wife on May 10, 1881.   She was born February 5, 1839 and died December 21, 1900.  She is buried in the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery in Caldwell County, NC.  (Reference:  “Through Four Generations, Heinrich Weidner, 1717-1792 and Catharina Mull Weidner, 1773 – 1784” by Anne Williams McAllister)


Marcus Yoder(4) sold is part of the land that he inherited from his father's estate to his brothers and sisters and moved to the town of Hickory, where he became a substantial business man.  He was elected the first mayor of Hickory after the name was changed from Hickory Tavern to Hickory.  He accumulated a modest estate for the time, a part of which he gave to Zion Lutheran Church and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hickory, to help build the churches and pay the salaries of ministers.


The present brick chapel of Zion Lutheran Church was built in part from a $400 fund he left the church, on condition that the congregation raise enough in addition to help build the church. The bricks for the church were made from red clay taken from the old Conrad Yoder(1) house site.  They were moulded and burned at the same place under the direction of Reuben Yoder(4), a brother of Marcus Yoder(4).


Marcus Yoder(4) was a strong, ardent, orthodox Lutheran.  He specified in his will that the income from funds he left the two churches could be used only to support ministers who "believed and preached sound Lutheran doctrines."


He was a Civil War veteran, serving in Company K, 35th Regiment, North Carolina Troops, with his three brothers, Reuben, Moses, and Amzi.


Will of Marcus Yoder(4); 1833-1880


I Marcus Yoder of the County of Catawba and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following that is to say:  First That my Executrix (hereinafter named) shall provide for my body a decent burial, suitable to the wishes of my relations and friends and pay all funeral expenses together with my just debts, hosoever and whomsoever owing out of the monies that may first Come into her hands as a part or parcel of my estate.

Item; My Will and desire is that my executrix Shall provide a neat Marble Head Slab and have it placed at my resting place to mark my Grave to be paid for out of the proceeds of my estate.

Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Martha C. Yoder all my estate both real and personal, notes, money, and effects of what ever kind that may be on hand at my death provided she keeps my name during the balance of her natural life but in Case she should marry again then in that Case she is entitled to one third of all my estate as mentioned in this item as hers to use and Control as seems best for her.

Item;  My will and desire is that if my wife Martha C. Yoder remains a widow during the remainder of her life that after her heath that all the debts that may then be due and unpaid shall be paid, out of the estate together with all her funeral Expenses including the marble slab to mark her resting place also the same as mine.

Item; I will and bequeath (after the death of my wife Martha C. Yoder)  Four hundred dollars to aid in building a brick Church at Zion Church in Catawba County provided the Congregation There of the E. Lutheran Church will raise a sufficient amount together with this bequest to erect said Church building; My further Will and desire is that all the balance of my Estate (after the death of my wife) shall be placed in the hands of the Church Council of the E. Lutheran Churches at Zion and Hickory of which (the latter) I am a member at this time and by them loaned or invested in bonds of the U.S. or to private individuals on good Mortgages or invested in same way as to be perfectly safe that the interest may be paid annually and of said interest I desire that in case of the Congregations of the E. Lutheran at Zion and Hickory believe, and have pure doctrine taught and preached, as taught in the old and New Testament and the Simbolical books and especially the book of Concord then of said Interest I desire that if the Congregations in said Churches have preaching once a month in each Church that fifty dollars of said Interest shall be paid yearly for the support of the Minister in each Church, but if the preaching be twice a month then the amount shall be one Hundred dollars to the Support of the Minister of each of said Churches per Annum provided the Interest of the fund so set aside, be sufficient to pay said two amounts and if Not the amount of Interest on hand shall be divided between the said two Congregations according to the foregoing arrangements, And provided further that if the Interest of the fund on hand should amount to more than the sums here mentioned for said two Churches then if the Minister will locate or live in the bounds of said Congregations so that he can visit the sick, Minister to the dying, and see that the lambs of his flock are properly fed, then the interest above said if it amounts to more shall be divided between said two congregations as stated after paying the expenses of keeping the said funds in a safe investment, My desire further is that so long as these two congregations will do their duty in supporting the minister this fund shall be perpetual, but in case they fail to do their duty in supporting the minister then this fund ceases and will be withheld from said congregations.

Item; My will and desire is that if my wife intermarries again then in that case two thirds of all m estate to be applied to the Two churches stated above in the same ratio as is already stated leaving the other one third to my said wife absolutely.

Item; My will and desire is that after my death I desire my friends and relatives to carry my body to Zion Church Yard and deposit my body beside my Father and Mother.

And lastly; I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Martha C. Yoder my lawful Executrix to all intents and purposes, to execute this my last will and testament according to true intent and meaning of the same and every part and clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof I the said Marcus Yoder do hereunto set my hand and seal this 3rd day of April 1880.



                                                                                      Marcus Yoder


Signed sealed, published and declared by the said Marcus Yoder to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.



A.W. Marshall,

James E. Cline,


The Execution of the foregoing paper writing was this the 24th day of May 1880 duly proved to be the last Will and Testament of Marcus Yoder, by the oath and examination of A. W. Marshall and James E. Cline subscribing witnesses there to, admitted to Prolate and Ordered to be recorded.


M.O. Sherrill

Judge of Prolate,


Mrs. Martha C. Yoder Executrix duly qualified and letters testamentary issued.





AMZI YODER(4), 1844-1924


          Amon Amzi Yoder(4), fourth son of Jacob Yoder(3), was born December 8, 1844, and died March 8, 1924 (1923 per obit).  He married Aldine Miller, who was born August 28, 1844 and died July 26, 1932.  Both were members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and are buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  Their children were Lula, Edgar, Ainsley, Hyrle, and Katie.

          Amzi Yoder(4) as a Confederate soldier, serving in the same company and regiment with his three brothers, Reuben, Moses, and Marcus, Company K, 35th Regiment, North Carolina Troops.   He enlisted at 18.  He was thrice wounded: first in the battle of Seven Pines; second in the battle of Chancellorsville; and third in the battle of Sharpsburg.

          When still a young man, Amzi Yoder(4) moved to the town of Hickory.  For many years he was depot agent for the Southern Railroad, and then later he served for a long time as railway express agent.


          Amzi Yoder(4) was custodian and administrator for many years of the fund his brother Marcus left to Holy Trinity Church.


Children, Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren


          1. Lula Yoder(5) was born September 6, 1870, and died December 25, 1948.  She married Rev. John W. Wanamaker December 6, 1894 in Catawba County, NC, born May 10. 1866. and died April 10, 1915.   (The Hickory Oakwood Cemetery transcruption has 10 April 1866 – 18 March 1915.)  Both were members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and are buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  (Rev. Wanamaker was pastor of Holy Trinity Church a number of years.)  Their children were Margaret, Catherine, and Ernest T.

          Margaret Wanamaker(6) was born June 23,1898 and died December 23, 1985.  She married Harold G. Deal, February 6, 1922.  He was born June 23, 1894 and died February 28, 1979.  Both are buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  Their children were Harold G., Jr., Donald J., Carl W., and Myron W.  Margaret Wanamaker(6) was a graduate of Lenoir College.  She was a talented musician and taught music many years.  She served as Director of the Junior Division of the National Federation of Music Clubs for several years.

          Ernest T. Wanamaker  was born November 16, 1904 and Died October 26, 1985.  He is buried in the Hickory Oakwood Cemetery with his parents.


          Harold G. Deal, Jr.(7) was born April 8, 1923.  He married Miriam Morgan.

          Donald J. Deal(7) was born March 24, 1927.  He married Betty Fritz.

          Carl W. Deal(7) was born September 15, 1930.  He married Yolando Greco.

          Myron W. Deal(7) was born April 15, 1935.  He married Patricia Ackley. 


              Claude P. Yoder, s/o A. A. and A. C. Yoder, 19 Oct 1872 – 19 Aug 1974 (1874?) inscription in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery on other side of Edgar Daniel Yoder inscription in the A. Amzi Yoder family plot.

          2. Edgar Daniel Yoder(5) was born August 31, 1874, and died September 1, 1952.  He married as his first wife Betty Brock Holden on September 30, 1900 in Catawba County, NC, and as his second

wife, Marion Blackwell, native of Caswell County, in January 1950.  Betty Brock Holden Yoder was born December 17, 1874 and died October 24, 1945.  No children were born to either marriage.  Edgar Yoder and his first wife are buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  Edgar Yoder(5) was a railroad conductor and a railway transfer agent.


3. Ainsley Yoder(5) was born October 20, 1879, and died July 7, 1941 in the Veteran’s Hospital in Perry Point, MD (per obit).  He was never married.  He attended Lenoir College for several Years.  He worked for the Southern Railroad many years.  He is buried in the Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.

          4. Hyrle Yoder(5) was born January 6, 1863 and died August 5, 1970.  He never married.  He was express agent and then later city manager for Hickory.  He is buried in the Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.

          5. Katie Lee Yoder(5) was born January 3, 1886, and died November 5, 1922 (1921 per Shuford Funeral Home records).  She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and is buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  She attended St. Paul Seminary several years.



12. Amzi Yoder (4) 1844-1924


Con136  Amzi Yoder  d. Mar.8, 1924

        m. Adaline Christina Miller (8/29/1844- Jul.26,1932 Hickory,NC)

        bur. Hickory Oakwood Cem.

(per daughter of Daniel MILLER and Lovina


      Con1361- Lula   b. Sep. 6, 1870  m. Rev. John W. Wanamaker

        d. Dec.25,1948 bur. Hickory Oakwood Cem.

     Con1362- Edgar  b. Aug.31,1874  m1. Brock Holden m2. Marion

        Brockwell .. no issue  d. 9/1/1952 bur. Hickory Oakwood Cem.

     Con1363- Ainsley  b. Oct.20,1879  single  d. Jul.7, 1941

     Con1364- Hyrle    b. Jan.6,1883  single

     Con1365- Katie Lee  b. Jan. 3, 1886  d. Nov.5,1922

        bur. Hickory Oakwood Cem.

-               -               -               -               -               -               -               -               -

Second Reference:  Page 71:  1343 Adaline Miller, dau. of 1242 Lavina

Isenhower and Daniel Miller, b in North Carolina.  Married Amzy Yoder; his

brother Marcus Yoder bequeathed his money to Holy Trinity and Zion

Congregation.  Lived in Hickory, Catawba, Co. N.C. near North Graded School

Building.  Children:

1560 Lulu Yoder m J.H. Wannamaker

Edgar Yoder m Brock Holden; live in Hickory N.C.

Ainslie Yoder

Hyrle Yoder

Katie Yoder


Third Reference:  Page M131:

1560 LuLu Yoder, dau. of 1343 Adaline Miller and Amzy Yoder, b in North

Carolina.  Married Reverend J.H. Wannemacher.  Lived in the parsonage of

Holy Trinity Lutheran Chruch at the time the Miller family history was

prepared; he died there.  After his death Lulu moved to the "North graded

school"  Children:

Margaret Wannemacher graduate of Lenoir College; is a teacher

Katherine Wannemacher is also a teacher

Ernest Wannemacher is a store clerk.


            4 Amzi Amon YODER b: 8 December 1844 d: 8 March 1924

              + Aldine MILLER d: 26 July 1932

                5 Lula YODER b: 6 September 1870 d: 25 December 1948

                  + John W. WANAMAKER b: 10 May 1866 d: 10 April 1915

                    6 Margaret WANAMAKER b: 23 June 1898

                      + Harold G. DEAL

                        7 Harold G. DEAL

                          + Miriam MORGAN

                        7 Donald J. DEAL

                          + Betty FRITZ

                        7 Carl W. DEAL

                          + Yolando GRECO

                        7 Myron W. DEAL

                          + Patricia ACKLEY

                    6 Catherine WANAMAKER

                    6 Ernest WANAMAKER

                5 Edgar Daniel YODER b: 31 August 1874 d: 1 September 1952

                  + Bettie Brock HOLDEN b: Cir 1875 d: Aft January 1920

                  + Marion BLACKWELL

                5 Ainsley YODER b: 20 October 1879 d: 7 July 1941

                5 Hyrle YODER b: 6 January 1883

                5 Katie Lee YODER b: 3 January 1886 d: 5 November 1922




MICHAEL YODER(3), 1799-1874


          Michael Yoder(3), third son of John Yoder(2), was born March 17, 1799, and died January 9, 1874.  Late in life he became a member of Grace Lutheran Church.  He is buried in Grace Church Cemetery.  His descendants replaced his eroding marble tombstone with a granite tombstone in 1963.  He married Magdalena (Polly) Dietz, November 10, 1825.  She died in 1832 and is buried in the Old Yoder Cemetery.  Michael and Polly Dietz Yoder had four children: George, Cyrus, Laban, and Absolem, the last two dying in childhood and infancy.  They are buried in the Old Yoder Cemetery by the side of their mother.  Their graves and that of their mother have not been identifiable individually for many years.

          Michael Yoder(3), like many others of his day, was an illiterate man, unable to read or write.  Why he did not get an elementary education like his brothers and sisters, in the little private school maintained by his father, John Yoder(2), in his own yard, we do not know.  However, Col. George M. Yoder(4), his son, wrote of him: "He was in possession of an excellent judgment and was apt to make almost any of calculation in his mind."

          In the division of the land of his father's estate, Michael Yoder(3) inherited 186 acres, contained in two separate tracts, one of 100 acres on both sides of Jacob's Fork River, and the other of 86 acres on Mountain Creek.  He built a two-story log house, on the 100 acre tract, a quarter of a mile up a little stream from the place where he was born and raised, close-by a good spring.  The old log house was still standing in 1967, but it had long since been made into a garage and now fully abandoned.  (Picture p. 68.)

          Michael Yoder(3) was a resourceful man in his varied occupations--farmer, stone mason, sawmill owner and operator, and a good cabinet and furniture maker.  In 1841 he and his brother, Peter Yoder(3), bought a small water-power site on Potts Creek, some three miles to the west of their homes and near what is not the village of Plateau.  They built a dam on the creek and erected a sawmill on the site, and operated the mill for a number of years.

          In Michael Yoder's(3) day, few people traveled very far beyond the county in which they lived.  But in 1859, he and his son, George M. Yoder(4), took a trip to the state of Missouri to visit Peter Yoder(3), brother and uncle, who had migrated to that new frontier state in the late 1840's.  Col. George M. Yoder(4), late in life, reminisced several times to the author, his grandson, about this trip.  He and his father traveled by stage from Hickory Tavern, across the Blue Ridge Mountains to Abingdon, Virginia, a distance of 125 mils, to take the train. (No railroad had yet been built into Catawba County.)  From Abingdon to Memphis, Tennessee, they traveled by train. At Memphis they took a steamboat up the Mississippi River to St. Genevieve, Missouri, a distance of 250 miles.  Then they traveled again by stage some 30 miles to the home of Peter Yoder(3) and family.

          Fellow travelers on the boat up the river, Col. Yoder(4) related, were of various kinds and character.  Most of them were good, honest men and women, on their way west to seek new lands and build homes.  But there were others who engaged in drinking, gambling, rowdyism, and carousing.  Many men carried weapons. Few of the travelers to one another.  Many of them were silent as to who they were, where they were going, and remained strangers. Each traveler had to look out for his own safety and protection.  Soon after they embarked on the boat, a stranger approached George M. Yoder(4) and his father, Mike Yoder(3), and told them that he was uneasy and fearful for his own safety, that he had "sized up" the two of them as good, honest men, and that he would like to stick close by them for the rest of his journey up the river.  All three did stick closely together and there were no incidents.  These were the conditions of westward travel in the late 1850's.  Innocent pioneers mingled with unknown adventurers, speculators, and sometimes thieves, robbers, and murderers.

          Michael Yoder(3) lived through the stirring Civil War days of 1861-65, helping take care of his grandchildren and carrying on farming operations, while his two sons, George Yoder(4) and Cyrus Yoder(4), were serving in the Confederate armies.  His niece, Eliza Yoder(4), used to tell how she shouted the news from a high hill across the Jacob's Fork River to her uncle Mike plowing in his bottom, that the Yankees had arrived at Hickory Tavern, seven miles away, and might soon be coming into the Yoder community to take away horses, mules, and other livestock.  She related how her uncle Mike quickly unhitched his team and galloped away to get livestock rounded up and  driven away into hiding, till the danger of marauding had passed.  No Yankee soldiers, or thieves following in their wake, however, found their way into the Yoder settlement, which was off the two main roads over which the Union soldiers traveled. About two miles to the west, however, Union soldiers following the Old State Road did seize and drive away horses, mules, and cattle.  The author, who as a boy lived on the Old State Road, used to see his nearest neighbor, "Uncle" Bobby Helton, drive and plow a little red mule, called "Old Bert," then more than thirty years old, that, unhaltered, had followed his stolen mother to a camp three miles away, but in the night had returned to his owner.  "Old Bert" was treasured as a sacred memory of the Civil War and the sad days that followed.


          On December 26,1873, Michael Yoder(3) sold to his son, Col George M. Yoder(4) his land on both sides of Jacob's Fork River for $1873, signing the deed by his mark, the deed to go into effect upon his death.  In 1845 he had sold his 86 acre tract of land on Mountain Creek for $100.

          Personal Property of Michael Yoder's(3) estate sold at auction in April, 1874, consisted of 76 different items, which brought a total of $281.  Among the items sold were various carpenter's tools, testifying to his dual occupation of both farmer and carpenter.

          The author's mother Emma C. Yoder(5), a great-niece of Michael Yoder(3), who as a small girl knew him well, and heard from kinsmen and others what they thought of him, used to say, "He was just the best man that ever lived."

          George M. Yoder(4) married as his first wife Rebecca Herman and as his second wife Eliza Yoder(4).  See Chapter XVII.

          Cyrus Yoder(4) married Elizabeth Leonard. See Chapter XXIII.


14. Michael Yoder (3) 1799-1874


Con14  - Michael Yoder   d. Jan. 9,1874  bur. Grace Lutheran Cem.

        m. Nov. 10,1824  Lincoln Co., NC Magdalena (Polly) Dietz (c1804- 1832)

        bur. Old Yoder Cemetery (GEDCOM #I39)

    +Con141- George M. ("Col.") b. Aug. 23, 1826

    +Con142- Cyrus   b. Aug. 5,1828

     Con143- Laban   b. c1829/30 ?    died young

     Con144- Absolem  b.4/6/1831     died young


        3 Michael YODER b: 17 March 1799 d: 9 January 1874

          + Magdalena (Polly) DIETZ b: Cir 1796 d: 1832

            4 George Monroe YODER b: 23 August 1826 d: 12 March 1920

              + Rebecca R. HERMAN b: Cir 1830 d: 23 July 1875





COL. GEORGE M. YODER(4), 1826-1920


          Col. George M. Yoder(4) was born August 23, 1826, and died March 12, 1920.  He first married Rebecca R. Herman, February 11, 1851, who was born April 17, 1833 and died July 23, 1875.  Children of this marriage were Francis, Julius, Mary Ann, Florence, and Colin.  On April 26, 1877, Col. Yoder married as his second wife, Eliza Yoder(4), a cousin, who was born September 23, 1841 and died February 9, 1924.  One child, Enloe, was born to this marriage.  Col. Yoder and his two wives were members of Grace Lutheran Church and are buried in Grace Church Cemetery.  In 1963, descendants of Rebecca R. Yoder replaced her eroding marble tombstone with a granite tombstone.

          At the time of his death, the Hickory Daily Record wrote of Col. Yoder as "one of the most remarkable citizens of North Carolina… The old gentleman was interested in everything, it seemed, and during his long life assimilated a store of assorted knowledge that was the envy of all who knew him."

          He was the son of Michael Yoder(3) and Magdalena (Polly) Deitz Yoder, grandson of John Yoder(2), and great grandson of Conrad Yoder(1).  His mother died when he was a six years old and he and his younger brother, Cyrus, were raised in part by his aunt, Ruth Dietz, who came and lived in the home. She became known as "Aunt Ruthy" among kinsmen and neighbors.  Although she died 30 years before the death of Col. Yoder, he had early made provision in one of his wills for her support during the rest of her lifetime in case she outlived him.  She died in 1888 and is buried in Zion church Cemetery.


          When little George started to school at 7 in the old Union School house, he could speak only "Pennsylvania Dutch."  He first had to learn the English Alphabet and language.  Attending old field school sessions of three months in the year, he progressed rapidly and before he finished his education in this school, was hired as an assistant in the school at $2.00 a month.  He soon began teaching on his own and taught thirteen sessions in the free public schools.

          He inherited land from his father and a few years before his father's death bought his land.  He later bought several additional tracts of land.  Farming was his major occupation throughout his long life and he worked in the fields hoeing corn and cotton, and picking cotton till he was 93 years old.  He looked after the cattle on the farm till his death.  The last conversation the author had with him was in late August, 1919, when he went with his grandfather down across gullies and rough terrain to drive up the cattle for the evening milking.  Col. Yoder always attributed his long, healthy life to sobriety and physical and mental activity.

          As a boy and young man, Col. Yoder was active in the local militia, became in succession corporal, captain, major, regimental adjutant, and colonel.  He was later private, lieutenant, and captain in the Confederate Army, in which he served three years.  In his long lifetime he knew personally veterans of the American Revolution, Napoleon's armies, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, and the Spanish American War.  Nine of his grandsons served in World War I.  As a soldier in the army of occupation in the Palatinate of German in 1918-1919, the author wrote his grandfather a number of letters about his observations of that part of Germany from which Col. Yoder thought his ancestor, Conrad Yoder(1) may have come.

          Although only a boy of 7 to 10 years of age at the time, Col. Yoder remembered well the presidency of General Andrew Jackson, and especially the nullification controversy he had with South Carolina, and his threat to send federal troops into the state if federal laws were nullified.  He remembered how Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun had helped to bring about a compromise and maintain peace for a few years before the Civil War.  He remembered something about the events that took place during the administration of 21 American Presidents.  He was always much interested in politics and attended county conventions of his party regularly up till the time of his death.

          Like his grandfather, John Yoder(2), Col. Yoder learned surveying by self-instruction.  He surveyed many tracts of land in surrounding communities, and was elected county surveyor for one term.  He held a number of public offices; magistrate (many years), master of equity, member of the county court, county commissioner, county coroner, and county surveyor.  Twice he took the federal census of Jacob's Fork Township.


          In the later years of his life, Col. Yoder became most distinguished for his remarkable knowledge of all the pioneer families of the Jacob's Fork, Henry's Fork, and South Fork, river sections.  He wrote the stories of these families and contributed them to several of the Catawba County newspapers.  He carried on extensive correspondence with people in the state and outside the state about these early pioneers.  He was frequently visited by descendants of these pioneers who were seeking information about their early ancestors who had lived in North Carolina.


          In summer vacations between 1910 and 1916, the author spent many hours with his grandfather, Col. Yoder, getting information for this History.  First drafts of two chapters on Conrad Yoder(1) and John Yoder(2) were written in the summer of 1916 and read to Col. Yoder for corrections and suggestions.  The author has in his possession two different histories in script, of the Yoder family, and one history of other pioneer families written by his grandfather.  These manuscripts have been the main source of information about the first four generations of Yoders in this History.

          Col. Yoder was

 a most likeable and popular Man.  The author has never heard of his having an enemy.  He was a man of great integrity and self-control.  He had a keen sense of humor and liked to tell and pass on innocent jokes and anecdotes.  Although he had strong convictions about his church denomination, politics, and what he thought was right and wrong, he never quarreled with his friends and neighbors.  An ardent Lutheran, he was most tolerant of all other religions.  For many years he was superintendent  of a Union Lutheran and Reformed Sunday School at Grace Church.

          Although Col. Yoder was opposed to slavery and secession, after the Civil War broke out in 1861, he served uncomplainingly and loyally in the Confederate Army for three years.  Because he had held public office before the Civil War and had fought against the Union, he was disfranchised during the Reconstruction period of 1867-1877 and not allowed to hold public office.  After the amnesty of 1877 and his voting rights were restored, he was appointed and elected to several public offices.

          Col Yoder and his second wife, Eliza, were most hospitable to all visitors to their home.  Their many grandchildren always found a warm welcome awaiting them when they arrived for their visits.  Beginning in the middle of the 1890's, Col. Yoder began to celebrate his birthday on the 23rd of August, with a family reunion at his home, to which he and his wife invited all Yoder kinsmen and neighbors.  From this early family reunion grew the present Yoder Reunion, now held annually at grace Lutheran Church on the second Sunday in August.

          Col. Yoder remained hale and hearty right up to half an hour before his death.  He was ill for only a few minutes just before he died.  At 90 years of age he had learned to write on his son's typewriter.  All the letters the author received from him in the last three years of his life were type written.  His mind was keen and clear to the very end.  He retained his interest in public affairs and events.  He was much interested in the establishment of the League of Nations in 1919 and discussed it with the author in the last conversation he had with him in late August of that year, after the author's return from Europe.

          Eliza Yoder(4) second wife of Col. Yoder, like her mother, Kathy Hahn Yoder, was a most energetic woman.  In addition to household work, looking after the poultry, and milking several cows twice a day, she went to the fields in busy seasons and did almost a full day's work in addition.  She was very fond of flowers and had a large flower garden. Although she had only a very meager elementary school education, she learned and mastered the scientific Latin names of all of her flowers.  Her kinsmen and neighbors remembered "Aunt" Eliza Yoder(4) as a kindly, helpful, sympathetic woman.  When sickness and death took place in the homes of her kinsmen and neighbors, she was usually one of the first persons to call and offer help and comfort.  It was not unusual for her, after a long day of work in her home and in the field, to go to a home where there was sickness, and spend half the night helping with nursing.  An elderly woman, shoes family had been helped by her nursing, when several members of her family were afflicted with typhoid fever, said to the author in 1966: "Your grandmother, Eliza, was the finest and best woman that I ever knew."




          1. Francis A. Yoder(5) married Catherine Coulter.  See Chapter XVIII.

          2. Julius M. Yoder(5) first married Mollie Tillman, and after her death, he married her sister, Sugar Tillman.  See Chapter XIX.

          3.  Mary Ann Yoder(5), daughter of Col. George M. Yoder(4) was born July 4, 1856, and died February 15, 1931.  She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church is buried in Grace Church Cemetery by the side of her father.  She remained single till late in life, when she married Joshua Alphonso Yount of Conover in June 1909 whom she survived more than a dozen years.  He was born January 21, 1839 and died October 15, 1912.  He is buried in Eastview Cemetery, Newton, NC.  She always visited and helped in the homes of her brothers and her sister when new babies arrived.  She was an accomplished seamstress and often helped make dresses for her nieces.  She was a matron at one of the Lenoir College dormitories for  three years.
                5 Mary Ann YODER b: 4 July 1856 d: 15 February 1931

                  + Joshua Alphonso YOUNT b: 21 January 1839 d: 15 October 1912

          4. Florence I. Yoder(5) married David Ramseur.  See Chapter XX.

          5. Colin M. Yoder(5) married Emma Yoder(5).  See Chapter XXI.

          6. Enloe Yoder(5) married Hettie Dietz.  See Chapter  XXII.



15. Col. George M. Yoder (4) 1826-1920


Con141  "Col." George M. Yoder  d. Mar. 22, 1920

        m1. Feb.11, 1851  Rebecca Roseanna Herman ( ? - Jul.23,1875)

        m2. Apr.26, 1877  Eliza Emaline Yoder (Con135) (Sep. 1841- Feb.9,1924)

        bur. Grace Church Cemetery

    +Con1411- Francis Alfonzo  b. Nov.24,1851 m. Louisa Catherine

                Coulter  d. Apr.13,1913  bur. Grace Church Cem.

    +Con1412- Julius Montfort  b. Oct.7,1853  m1. Mary Susan (Mollie)

                Tillman  m2. Sugar Tillman  d. Nov.29,1925

                bur. Van Wyck, SC Cemetery

     Con1413- Mary Ann  b. Jul.4,1856  m. Joshua A. Yount

                d. Feb.15,1931  no issue  bur. Grace Church Cem.

     Con1414- Florence Irene.  b. Dec.24, 1860  m David Ramseur

                d. Nov.19, 1935  bur. Grace Church Cem.

    +Con1415- Colin Monroe  b. Jul.30, 1863  m. Emma Clementine

                Yoder (Con1325) d. Mar. 8,1953 bur. Hickory Oakwood


     Con1416- Enloe Michael  b. Sep.17,1879  m. Hettie Dietz

                d. Jul.7, 1948 bur. Grace Church Cem.


            4 Eliza Emaline YODER b: 23 September 1841 d: 9 February 1924

              + George Monroe YODER b: 23 August 1826 d: 12 March 1920

                5 Enloe Michael YODER b: 17 September 1879 d: 7 July 1948

                  + Hettie DIETZ b: Cir 1888 d: 26 February 1956

                    6 Helen Elizabeth YODER b: 7 July 1917

                      + Lester Clement HAHN

                        7 Lester Clement HAHN

                          + Juanita HAWKINS

                            8 Kenneth Dale HAHN

                        7 Rachael Elizabeth HAHN

                          + Gary Paul ELMORE

                            8 Phillip Terence ELMORE

                        7 Gerald Michael HAHN

                        7 John Allen HAHN

                    6 Richard Enloe YODER b: 1 May 1919 d: 26 August 2000

                      + Elsa M. PARRISH

                        7 Kathleen YODER

                        7 Richard Enloe YODER

                    6 Jack A. YODER

                      + Phyllis Ann FURR

                        7 Gregory Lynn YODER

                        7 Gloria Denise YODER

                        7 Teresa Diane YODER








          Francis Alfonzo Yoder(5) was born November 24, 1851, and died April 13     (Grace Cemetery transcription has 23), 1913.  He married Louisa Catherine Coulter, January 20, 1874, who was born March 13, 1856 and died August 5, 1931.  Both were members of Grace Lutheran Church and are buried in Grace Church Cemetery.  Francis A. Yoder(5) was a devoted member of his church and served on the Council many years, and his wife supplied the materials for the Holy Communion.  Their children were Eli Summy, Samuel Oscar, George Clinton, Everette Forrest, Frank Ladson, Annie Catherine, Martha Virginia, Carl Blake, Winnie Davis, Ralph Hasten, Francis Earl, Henry Conrad, Marie Louisa, and Charlotte Augusta.

          Francis A. Yoder(5) attended Catawba College for a year and taught one country school.  He was a farmer, merchant, and wholesale produce dealer.

          He was a very energetic man, always "on he go."  He inherited land from his father and bought several additional tracts.  He operated a country store for a number of years, and was postmaster.  He owned an interest in a nearby flour mill.  The author remembers his uncle's store as a popular gathering place for farmers, the Yoders in particular, and neighbors, where politics and various matters of neighborhood and general interest were discussed.

          Most of his active life, Francis A. Yoder(5) had one or two teams on the road buying eggs, chickens, and produce from country stores, which he shipped to commission merchants in distant markets.  His wagons operated over several townships and into three different counties, making weekly calls at dozens of country stores.

          He was an ardent Democrat and took a great interest in politics.  He was a well-informed and alert citizen.  He was one of the first men in Jacob's Fork Township to begin reading a daily paper.  He was a magistrate for a number of years and served two terms as county commissioner.

          He was a kind-hearted man and a sympathetic and helpful neighbor.  He often extended credit at his store to customers who wee unable to pay cash for what they needed.  Many of these store debts were never paid.  Once when an unfortunate young Negro appeared at his store, just released from a prison term and with his feet wrapped in tow sacks for shoes, in the dead of winter, he told the young fellow to take the sacks off his feet, and he went back behind the counter and got a pair of shoes that would fit and a pair of socks, and told him to put them on--a much needed gift for the penniless, jobless unfortunate young Negro.

          With deep gratitude, the author remembers the kindly help of his Uncle Francis, when his own father, Colin M. Yoder(5) was seriously ill for a week and lay at the point of death.  Uncle Francis came and stayed almost day and night with our family.  The author also recalls with appreciation how his uncle once helped to promote him for the office of County Superintendent of Schools, when he was a young high school teacher in North Carolina and just beginning his teaching career.

          Francis A Yoder(5) died from a heart attack caused by acute indigestion.  He became ill and unconscious, alone in his buggy, returning from Hickory to his home.  His faithful, gentle horse carried him safely home.  Attendance at his funereal at Grace Church was one of the largest that ever assembled there.  His hundreds of friends from all parts of Catawba County came to pay their final respect.

          Louisa Catherine Yoder survived her husband 18 years.  She was a good and gracious woman known among all her neighbors and friends for the warm hospitality of her home.  She was noted for her excellent cooking and the fine table she set.  No one in the community could equal her in making cakes.


Children, Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren


          1. Eli Summey Yoder(6) was born October 11, 1874, and died June 26, 1896, of typhoid fever, in Augusta, Georgia, where he had gone to operate a produce store for his father.  He was never married.  He attended Lenoir College for a year.  He is buried in Grace Church Cemetery.

          2. Samuel Oscar Yoder(6) was born October 15, 1876, and died January 26, 1933. He was never married.  He worked on his father's farm and in his store.  He attended Lenoir College for a year.  He clerked in various dry good stores in Newton and became a traveling salesman for a hosiery company.  In his later years he was severely afflicted with arthritis and rheumatism and became an invalid.  But his mind was clear till the end.  He is buried in Grace Church Cemetery.


3.  George C. Yoder(6) was born June 14, 1878, and died January 3, 1963.  He married Dora Hopkins, January 10, 1912, who preceded him in death a few years.  She was born September 18, 1880 and died March 9, 1961   Both were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Hickory and are buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  They had no children.  As a young man, George C. Yoder(6) worked on his father's farm, clerked in his store, and drove teams for purchasing produce.  Later he clerked in dry goods stores in Newton and Hickory, traveled as a salesman for a few years, and became part owner of a clothing store in Hickory.  In the last years before his retirement, he was a Coca-Cola agent.  He attended Lenoir College one year.

          4. Everette Forest Yoder(6) was born April 13, 1880, and died September 6, 1884, from diptheria.  He is buried in Grace Church Cemetery.

          5. Frank Ladson Yoder(6) was born February 7, 1882, and died July 5, 1950.  He married Lilly Shelton about 1910, a native of  living in Texas, but born in Alabama .  Their children were Garnett Andrew and Hilda Mae.  As a young man, Frank Ladson Yoder(6) worked on his father's  farms, drove teams as a wagoner, and clerked in his father's store.  Later he clerked in stores in Hickory and Salisbury.  He attended Lenoir College one year.  He moved to the state of Texas and engaged in the building and contracting business.  He was first a member of Grace Lutheran Church, and later a member of the Baptist Church in Texas.  He is buried in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas. 


According to his obituary, he was survived by son Garnett Yoder of Raymond, TX and daughter Margaret of Brownsville, TX.

          6. Annie Catherine (Kitty) Yoder(6) was born April 3, 1884, and died October 24, 1958, in an automobile accident.  She married John Gordon Wilfong, December 1, 1905.   He was born October 17, 1879 and died May 8, 1957.  They had one child, Catherine.  Annie Catherine Yoder(6) attended Lenoir College and Claremont College, each one year.  She taught school for several years and worked as a commercial secretary for a short time.  She operated a five and ten cent store in Newton for several years.  She was a active women's club leader in her community and Catawba County.  She was first a member of Lutheran Grace Church and later a member of Grace Reformed Church in Newton.  She and her husband are buried in East View Cemetery in Newton.

          Catherine Wilfong (Katherine Yoder Wilfong per obituary) (7) was born in February 9, 1907 and died March 28, 2006.  She is buried in the Eastview Cemetery in Newton, NC.  She married Thomas B. (Branston) Gardiner, April 3, 1936.  He died in 2001 and is buried with his wife.  They moved to Washington in 1948  where her husbamd was associated with the US Departure of Agriculture.  She was associated with the Lucy-Lou women’s apparel store in Newton.  They had one child, Catherine (Katherine per obituary), born April 15, 1937.  


Catherine Gardiner(8) married H. Wade Henderson, September 25, 1954.  They have one child, Catherine Claire, born September 28, 1955.   At the time of her mother’s death, Katherine Gardiner’s (8) married name was Swain. 

          7. Martha (Mattie) Yoder (middle name was Virginia per DW Shuford) (6) was born February 6, 1886 and died in 1974 per DW Shuford).  She married Carlyle Wilfong (first name was James per DW Shuford), September 14, 1910.  He was born in 1884 and died in 1974 ( per DW Shuford).  They had one child, James Yoder.  Martha Yoder(6) attended Lenoir College two years.  She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.


James Yoder Wilfong(7) was born July 26, 1911.  He married Mary B. (Belle) Patterson, July 26, 1942.  Their children were Neal David, born April 24, 1945; and Marilyn Judy, born February 6, 1948.  James Yoder Wilfong(7) was a radio station engineer.

          8. Carl Blake Yoder(6) was born  April 10, 1888, and died January 12, 1946.  He married Floy Trollinger, December 26, 1932.  She was born January 29, 1896 and died January 17, 1978.   They had no children.  Carl Blake Yoder(6) was first a member of Grace Lutheran Church and later of Beth Eden Lutheran Church in Newton.  He is buried with his wife in East View Cemetery, in Newton.  He worked on his father's farm, clerked in stores in Newton and Post City, Texas.  In later life he returned to Newton and worked with his brother, Earl, in the wholesale produce business.  He was a veteran of World War I, and served in France.  He attended Lenoir College one year.

          9. Winnie Davis Yoder(6) was born November 20, 1889.  She married Charles L. Shuford, August 7, 1910.  He was born in 1886 (per DW Shuford). Their children were Frances Caroline, Charles Robert, Karl, and Wynne.  Winnie Yoder(6) attended Lenoir College one year.  She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.  She and her husband and family lived in Virginia and Florida after 1917.  At the time of death of her brother, Blake Yoder in 1946, they were living in Blackstone, VA and in Drake’s Branch, VA at the time of the death of her brother, Ralph.  Both are buried in Starke, FL where she died in 1973 and he in 1974 (per DW Shuford).

          Frances Caroline Shuford(7) was born August 24, 1913, and married Luther Edwin Thorpe, May 11, 1934.  Their children were Charles Shuford, born February 28, 1940; Luther Edwin, Jr., born September 9, 1936(died February 10, 1938); and Blanche Edith, born May 14, 1944.

          Karl Yoder Shuford(7) was born January 7, 1919, and married Margaret Elizabeth Clements, September 23, 1947.  Their children were Karen Kaye, born March 16, 1949; Phillip Thomas, born February 22, 1952; and Phyllis Ann, born February 22, 1952.


          Wayne Davis Shuford(7) was born December 21, 1921, and married John Thomas Wright, August 29, 1944.  Their children were Linda Helen, born October 9, 1947; John Thomas, Jr., born July 18, 1949; and Ann Elizabeth, born October 6, 1955.


          10. Ralph H. Yoder(6) was born July 4, 1891 (1881 per Grace Cemetery transcription), and died in Baltimore, MD on February 12, 1948.  He married Mabel Shoaf, April 29 (24 per obit), 1912.  They had two children, Jennings Lee and William Earl, Ralph Yoder(6) worked on his father's farm, farmed for a few years, and worked in various other occupations in later life.  He attended Lenoir College one year, He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and is buried in Grace Church Cemetery.

          Jennings Lee Yoder(7) was born February 4, 1913 and died December 6, 1957.  He married Ruth Hart.  She was born February 20, 1916 and died May 16, 1989.  Both are buried in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Burke County, NC.  Their children were Elizabeth, Charles, and Dorothy.

          William Earl Yoder was living in Richmond, VA at the time of death of his father.


Descendants of Ralph Hastings Yoder


Generation No. 1


1.  RALPH HASTINGS6 YODER  (FRANCIS ALFONZO5, GEORGE MONROE4, MICHAEL3, JOHN2, CONRAD1) was born July 04, 1891 in Catawba Co., NC, and died February 12, 1948 in Essex,  Maryland.  He married (1) MABEL SHOAF April 29, 1912.  She was born Abt. 1894.  He married (2) ESTELLE MINERVA WALKER June 20, 1925 in Guilford Co., NC, daughter of J. WALKER and MARY JORDAN.  She was born July 04, 1901 in North Carolina, and died May 28, 1963 in Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co., Middle Fork Township,  NC.



Ralph Yoder had a prior marriage which produced one son, Jennings Yoder. 1920 Census, Catawba County, North Hickory Township, North Carolina, Enumeration District 37, list: Ralph H., age 28; wife, Mabel S., age 26; son, James Lee, age 6.


He was buried in the Hickory/Conover area of NC, and had many relatives living in the area.


For more information see notes under Willliam Earl Yoder



Estelle lived most of her life in North Carolina, (Winston Salem, Hickory & High Point) except the few years (approx. 5 years) that she and her husband lived in Essex, Md.

She died at age 61 in the Maple Grove Nursing Home, Lynn Dee Drive, Winston-Salem, NC. of Coronary Occlusion.  Her death certificate list her as being senile.


Marriage Notes for RALPH YODER and ESTELLE WALKER:

Married by E. F. Paschal, Justice of the Peace at the home of E. R. Neese, Moorehead Township, Guilford Co., NC.  Witnesses:  E. R. Neese, Viiolet Neese and Jack Walker.  I believe Jack Walker is Estelle's brother who was called "Red".



                   i.    JENNINGS LEE7 YODER, b. February 04, 1913, North Carolina.



Married Ruth Hart and they had 3 children,




                  ii.    WILLIAM EARL7 YODER, b. October 15, 1926, Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co.,  NC; d. April 04, 1995, Winston Salem, Forsyth Co., NC



On July 14, 1943 at age 16,  Bill joined the US Navy and was sent to the south Pacific immediately after his Boot Camp training, where he             was assigned to the LCI #73 until he was returned to the United States in August, 1945.  His honorable discharge was from Antacostia Naval Yards, Washington, D.C.  on 12/21/1945.  He also spent some time as a patient in the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD before his discharge. His parents had to sign for him to go into the service and also give his birth date as 1925 rather than 1926 in order for him to enlist.


He adopted the son of his second wife and then had three girls from this marriage.


He died at age 68 in the Christian Care Center Nursing Home, 2900 Reynolds Park Rd., Winston-Salem, NC  Phone: 336-788-0598.  He was cremated and his ashes were scattered over a local golf course by his adopted son.


His Military and Social Security records show his birthplace as Winston-Salem, NC, however, his Death certificate shows Newton, NC as his birthplace.  From my personal knowledge I believe that Winston-Salem is correct.


Marriage Notes for WILLIAM YODER

                          m. (1), In 1943 to his first wife, divorced in 1954.  They had one daughter born in 1951. 

                         m. (2), Abt. July 1955, NC. He adopted the son of this wife then they had 3 daughters. Divorced 1972.



          11. Francis Earl Yoder(6) was born July 8, 1893 and died August 1, 1982.  He married Zola McCracken, October 18, 1934.  She was born December 19, 1901 and died October 8, 1989.  They are buried in the Eastview Cemetery, Newton, NC.  They had one child, Elizabeth Earl that died immediately after birth, Nov 5, 1936.  She is buried in the Grace Lutheran/Reformed Church cemetery.  Earl Yoder(6) worked on his father's farm and for a long time as a wholesale produce dealer following in his father's footsteps and taking over his business after his death.  He attended Lenoir College one year. After his father's death, he took care of his mother, his invalid brother, Sam and his two younger sisters, till their marriages.

          12.  Henry Conrad Yoder(6) was born March 19, 1896 and died September 30, 1978 (note: the SSDI has death month as December).  He married Mollie Wise, February 16, 1922.  She was born July 16, 1897 and died April 26, 1988.  They are buried in the Eastview Cemetery, Newton, NC.  Their children were Henrietta and Kathryne.  Henry Conrad Yoder(6) worked on his father's farm and later as automobile mechanic and salesman in Newton.  He was a veteran of World War I and served in France.  At the time of death of his brother, Blake Yoder in 1946, he was living in Oak Ridge, TN.

          Henrietta Yoder(7)  was born February 1, 1926, and married William Earl Taylor, November 27, 1944.  Their children were Robert Lee, II, born Septembver 27, 1945; Patricia Conrad, born April 28, 1947; and Josye Elaine, born May 30, 1949.

          Kathryne Jane Yoder(7) was born March 1, 1923.  she married Glenn Noah Rowe, Jr. September 24, 1941.  He was born June 15, 1919 and diedApril 2, 1999 (SSDI).  Their children were Robert Douglas, born September 23, 1943;  Michael David, born December 21, 1951; and Rebecca Christine, born June 3, 1956.

          13. Mary Louise Yoder(6) was born September 9, 1898, and died April 1, 1961.  She married Hyrle S. Leonard.  He was born October 11, 1895 and died September 4, 1942.  He was a mail carrier in Charlotte and was killed by an automobile.  Both are buried in Grace Church Cemetery.  They had one child, Marie Yoder Leonard.  Mary Louise Yoder(6) attended Lenoir College one year.  She worked as a store clerk in Newton a number of years.

          Marie Leonard(7) was born July 2, 1921.  She married Richard D. Boger, M.D. Their children were Cheryl Marie, born February 4, 1949; and Richard, Jr., born May 13, 1952.

          14. Charlotte Augusta Yoder(6) was born December 29, 1901.  She married Clifton P.  Hilton, February 22, 1930.  He was born October 15, 1898 and died November 18, 1950.  He is buried in Eastview Cemetery, Newton, NC.  They had no children.  Charlotte Augusta Yoder(6) attended Lenoir College one year.  She worked for many years as a clerk in Newton stores.  She lived alone in her home in Newton after the death of her husband.  She was a devoted Lutheran in the tradition of her parents and grandparents.  She was most helpful to the author in furnishing information about the Francis A. Yoder(5) family.


16. Francis Alfonzo Yoder (5) 1851-1913


Con1411- Francis Alfonzo Yoder  (11/24/1851-4/13/1913)  m. 1/20/1874

Louisa Catherine Coulter (3/_/1856 NC-8/5/1931) both  bur. Grace Church Cem.

(Yoders in NC-pg79,Neal D. Wilfong Cht. '84)

Con14111- Eli Summy  (10/11/1874-6/26/1896 typhoid fever Augusta,Ga) single

bur. Grace Cem.

Con14112- Samuel Oscar  (10/15/1876-1/26/1933) single bur. Grace Cem.

Con14113- George Clinton  (6/14/1878 NC-1/3/1963 bur. Hickory Oakwood

Cem)  m. 1/10/1912  Dora Hopkins  (      -        )

Con14114- Everette Forest  (4/13/1880-9/6/1884 diptheria bur. Grace Cem.)

Con14115- Frank  Ladson  (2/7/1882 NC-7/5/1950 bur. Sunset Mem. Cem, San

Antonio, Tx)  m.                Lilly Shelton  (         -        )

Con14116- Annie  Catherine (Kitty)  (4/3/1884 NC-10/24/1958 auto accident)

m  12/1/1905  Gordon Wilfong  (          -           )

Con14117- Martha Virginia (Mattie)  (2/6/1886 Catawba Co.,NC-9/7/1974

Newton,NC)  m. 9/14/1910  James Carlyle Wilfong  (1/15/1884-9/28/1974)

(Neal D. Wilfong Cht-'84)

Con14118- Carl  Blake  (4/10/1888 NC-1/12/1946 bur. E. View Cem., Newton,

NC)  m. 12/26/1932  Floy  Trollinger  (        -        )  served in WWI

Con14119- Winnie Davis  (11/20/1889 NC-             )  m. 8/7/1910

Charles Shuford  (         -          )

Con1411a- Ralph Hasten  (7/4/1891 NC-2/12/1948 bur. Grace Cem) m. 4/29/1912

Mabel Shoaf  (          -          )

Con1411b- Francis Earl  (7/8/1893 NC-8/_/1982 (SSN))  m. 10/18/1934

Zola  McCracken  (           -         )

Con1411c- Henry Conrad  (3/19/1896 NC-12/_/1978 res NC (SSN)) m. 2/16/1922

Mollie Wise  (        -      )  served in WWI

Con1411d- Marie Louise  (9/9/1898 NC-4/1/1961)  m.

Hyrle Leonard  (         -            )

Con1411e- Charlotte Augusta  (12/29/1901-          ) m. 2/22/1930  Clifton Hilton

(              -11/18/1950)  no issue


                5 Francis Alfanzo YODER b: 24 November 1851 d: 13 April 1913

                  + Louisa Catharine COULTER b: Cir 1853 d: 5 August 1931

                    6 Eli Summy YODER b: 11 October 1874 d: 26 June 1896

                    6 Samuel Oscar YODER b: 15 October 1876 d: 26 January 1933

                    6 George Clinton YODER b: 14 June 1878 d: 3 January 1963

                      + Joyce Dora HOPKINS b: Cir 1879

                    6 Everette Forest YODER b: 13 April 1880 d: 6 September 1884

                    6 Frank Ladson YODER b: 7 February 1882 d: 5 July 1950

                      + Lilly SHELTON

                        7 Garnett Andrew YODER  b: ca 1911 in TX

                        7 Hilda Mae YODER  b: ca 1913 in TX

                    6 Anne Catherine (Kitty) YODER b: 3 April 1884 d: 24 October 1958

                      + Gordon WILFONG

 7 Catherine (Katherine, per obituary) WILFONG b: 1907 (Feb 9, 1907 – Mar 26, 2006) bur: Eastview Cemetery, Newton, NC

                          + Thomas B.(Branston) GARDINER

                            8 Catherine (Katherine) GARDINER

                              + H. Wade HENDERSON

    9 Catherine Claire HENDERSON

                                  + ------- Swain

                                        (According to Katherine Gardiner’s (8) obituary, she was also survived by two grandsons, four great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren)       

                    6 Martha Virginia YODER b: 6 February 1886 d: 7 September 1974

                      + James Carlile WILFONG b: 15 January 1884 d: 28 September 1974

                        7 James Yoder WILFONG b: 26 July 1911

                          + Mary Belle PATTERSON b: 7 June 1913

                            8 Neal David WILFONG

                              + Miriam Elaine COOK

                                9 David Edward Andrew WILFONG

                            8 Marilyn Judy WILFONG

                              + Danny Craig DOSTER

                                9 Dustan Wilfong DOSTER

                              + Daniel Wilson WINGATE

                    6 Carl Blake YODER b: 10 April 1888 d: 12 January 1946

                      + Floy TROLLINGER

                    6 Winnie Davis YODER b: 20 November 1889

                      + Charles SHUFORD

                        7 Frances Caroline SHUFORD b: 24 August 1913

                          + Luther Edwin THORPE

                            8 Luther Edwin THORPE b: 9 September 1936 d: 10 February 1938

                            8 Charles Shuford THORPE

                            8 Blanche Edith THORPE

                        7 Charles Robert SHUFORD

                        7 Karl Yoder SHUFORD

                          + Margaret Elizabeth CLEMENTS

                            8 Karen Kaye SHUFORD

                            8 Phillip Thomas SHUFORD

                            8 Phyllis Ann SHUFORD

                        7 Wynne Davis SHUFORD

                          + John Thomas WRIGHT

                            8 Linda Helen WRIGHT

                            8 John Thomas WRIGHT

                            8 Ann Elizabeth WRIGHT

                    6 Ralph Hasten YODER b: 4 July 1891 d: 12 February 1948

                      + Mabel SHOAF

                        7 James Lee YODER b: 4 February 1913

                          + Ruth HART

                            8 Elizabeth YODER

                            8 Charles YODER

                            8 Dorothy YODER

                        7 William Earl YODER

                    6 Francis Earl YODER b: 8 July 1893

                      + Zola MCCRACKEN

                    6 Henry Conrad YODER b: 19 March 1896

                      + Mollie WISE

                        7 Kathryne YODER

                          + Glenn Noah ROWE

                            8 Robert Douglas ROWE

                            8 Michael David ROWE

                            8 Rebecca Christine ROWE

                        7 Henrietta YODER

                          + William Earl TAYLOR

                            8 Robert Lee TAYLOR

                            8 Patricia Conrad TAYLOR

                            8 Josye Elaine TAYLOR

                    6 Mary Louisa YODER b: 9 September 1898 d: 1 April 1961

                      + Hyrle LEONARD b: 11 October 1895 d: 4 September 1942

                        7 Marie Yoder LEONARD

                          + Richard Edwin BOGER

                    6 Charlotte Augusta YODER b: 29 December 1901

                      + Clifton HILTON d: 18 November 1950







          Julius Montfort Yoder(5), second son of Colonel George M. Yoder(4), was born October 7, 1853, and died November 29, 1925.  he married as his first wife Mary Susan (Mollie) Tillman, December 25, 1876, who died July 14, 1901.  Their children were Sue Lee, Clyde Ernest, Cecil Randolph, Julius Herman, Henry Tillman, Kirk McRoy, and two infants who died soon after birth.  He married, in 1902, as his second wife Sugar Tillman, a sister to his first wife.  Their children were an infant son who died immediately after birth, and a daughter, Mary Bell who died when she was ten years old.  Julius M. Yoder(5) was first a Lutheran and after his first marriage a Methodist.  He was a member of the Board of Stewards and a Sunday School teacher many years.  He and his two wives are buried in Van Wyck Cemetery.

          He was educated in the free public schools of Catawba County and at Catawba College, Newton, where he was in attendance three years.  He taught school for several years in Catawba County and in Van Wyck, South Carolina, where he met his two wives and made his home after marriage. Soon after his first marriage, he built a six-room house in the village of Van Wyck where he and his family lived till 1902.  He worked in a number of occupations--teaching, store clerk, owner and operator of a general store, depot agent, postmaster, and farming.  He inherited land through his two wives and during the latter part of his life followed farming exclusively.  He and his second wife bought the Tillman plantation, remodeled the house and named the plantation "Oakdale."

          He was a public spirited citizen and supported all projects for community betterment.  He took a great interest in politics in his county and ran for the legislature at one time.  The author well remembers the interesting reports he brought to his father and brothers on his annual visits to them, about the exciting state politics of the late 1890's and early 1900's, in South Carolina.  He was a well-read, and well-informed man on public affairs.


Children, Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren


          1. Sue Lee Yoder(6) was born December 7, 1880 and died January 17, 1933. She married J. H. Bates, June 14, 1899.  Their children wee Kathleen, Carlisle, Mary, Sara, Dorothy, Willie, Lucia, Sue, Ruth, and John.  Sue Yoder Bates(6) lived in Van Wyck, South Carolina, most of her life.  Her husband was a life insurance salesman and mail carrier.  She was a member of the Methodist Church. She and her husband are buried in Van Wyck Cemetery.

          Kathleen Bates(7) was born June q9, 1900.  She married Henry Craig Belk, August 16, 1920.  Their children were Mary McMurray, Henry Craig, and Ralph William.  Kathleen Bates Belk(7) attended Lenoir and Winthrop Colleges.  Her husband was manager of a Belk Store.


          Mary McMurray Belk(8) was born May 18, 1921.  She married James Luther Long in 1943.  Their children were James Frederick and James Luther , Jr.  Mary McMurray Belk(8) attended Winthrop College, from which she received a teacher's degree.  She was a public school teacher.

          Henry Craig Belk, Jr.(8) was born May 18, 1927.  He married Wilma Lee Rousey.  He served four years in the Navy in World War II.  He worked for Seaboard Railroad.

          Ralph W. Belk(8) was born September 8, 19__.  He married Nettie Jewell Funderburke, July 1, 1949.

          Lander Carlisle Bates (7) was born January 30, 1902.  He married Willie Lee Lanier, March 13, 1923.  They had one child, Lander Carlisle, Jr. born December 21, 1924.  Lander Carlisle Bates(7) worked for the Seaboard Railroad many years and was superintendent of the Northern Division in Florida.

          Mary Yoder Bates(8) was born January 31, 1904, and died June 10, 1948.  She Married James Ollie Byrd.  They had one child, Margaret Lee.


Margaret Lee Byrd(8) was born  September 21, 1934.  She married Marvin Gregory.


Sara Edmonia Bates(7) was born October 12, 1906, and died October 5. 1908.


Dorothy Dell Bates(7) was born June 29, 1909, and died February 14, 1937.  She married Wade E. Barber, February 19, 1932.  They had one child, Virginia Dell.


Virginia Dell Barber(8) was born August 9, 1935.  She married Norris Rumfeldt.


Willie Lee Bates(7) was born November 7, 1911.  She married Henry Huckabee, October 15, 1947.  Their children were Henry Clay, Jr., born January 12, 1950, and Glenda Fay, born November 1, 1953.


Lucia Montfort Bates(7) was born July 1, 1914 and died February 15, 1966.  She married William Shannon Lachicotte, January 25, 1943.  Their children were Mary Shannon, born June 11, 1944; William Shannon, Jr., born inn April 1948; and Lucia Montfort Bates, born in March 1953.


Ruth Elizabeth Bates(7) was born September 3, 1916. She married William Clarence Harper.  Their children were Judith Patricia, born January 15, 1940, and Thomas Tobias, born October 31, 1948.


Sue Frances Bates(7) was born December 7, 1919.  She married Ney Killough, October 15, 1939.  Their children were Bates, born July, 1940; Joe, born December 13, 1943; Edward, born August 8, 1945; Grier, born January 15, 1950; and Janet Sue, born February 6, 1957.


John William Bates(7) was born December 27, 1921.  He married Maxine Johnson.  He attended college two years and spent six years in the Navy.  He worked for the Seaboard Railroad.


2. Clyde Ernest Yoder(6) was born October 13, 1883 and died October 20,1921.  He married as his first wife Victoria Collier; as his second, Pearl Martin on February 23, 1910; and as his third wife, Helen Edwards, born May 25, 1886.  She died December 28 1945.  One child, Clyde Edward, was born to the last marriage.  For many years Clyde Ernest Yoder(6) was a telegrapher for the Seaboard Railroads.  He attended Lenoir College one year.  He was a Mason, member of Woodmen of the World, and of the Methodist Church. He and his last wife are buried in Abbeville(S.C.) Cemetery.


Clyde Edward Yoder(7) was born March 17, 1922, and married Billie Claire Couther, April 2, 1950. She was killed in an automobile accident, April 28, 1955.  He then married Clara Thompson Highsonett, December 24, 1957.  Their children were Roy Gerald, born October 3, 1958; Heidi, born December 17, 1959; Clyde Edward, Jr., born November 2, 1960; and Gibson Calvert, born April 15,1962.  Clyde Edward Yoder(7) was graduated from Clemson College with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, and from Johns Hopkins University, with M.S. degree in Sanitary Engineering.  He served in Combat Engineers in World War II in Europe and Africa.  He was employed as an Architectural and Civil Engineer by E. I. Dupont de Nemours and Company.  He was a registered Professional Engineer.


3.  Cecil Randolph Yoder(6) was born August 16, 1885 and died June 5, 1943.  He is buried in Van Wyck Cemetery.  He married Cora Middleton, December 26, 1906.  Their Children were Myrtle Lee, Jim ( who died in infancy)' Julius Middleton, Mary Matilda, Cecil Randolph, Jr., Clyde Helen, Sammie, and Robert Tillman.  Cecil Randolph Yoder(6) was a merchant and farmer.


Myrtle Yoder(7) was born August 14, 1909.  She married Carter Dobson, March 14, 1927.  Their children were Betty Jean, Marion Carter, George Carter, and Linda Anne.


Betty Jean Dobson(8) was born March 16, 1928.  She married Joe Bath, August 2, 1947.  Their children are Joseph King, born November 17, 1945; Phillip Eckley, born March 28, 1952; and Elizabeth Jean, born May 26, 1955.


Marion Carter Dobson(8) was born August 19, 1933.  She married Stover Mackey. Their children are Teresa Denise, born April 2, 1950, and Cheryl Lee, born November 9,1955.


Julius Middleton Yoder(7) was born July 10, 1913 and died May 4, 2000.  He married Joe Eva Morris, November 22, 1936.  She was born January 15, 1917 and died May 9, 2005.  Their children were Julia Frances, born October 25, 1937 (married ---- Whitmire); Cecelia McBride, born August 12, 1941 married Joseph McCall); Julius Middleton, Jr., born November 8, 1945; and JoAnn, born April 8, 1953.


Mary Matilda Yoder(7) was born September 30, 1915.  She married Lt. Col. Leroy Hammond Adams.  They had one child, Leroy Hammond, Jr., born January 26, 1941.


Cecil Randolph Yoder, Jr.(7) was born July 27, 1917 and died in March 1986.  He married Lois Burns Williamson, October 20, 1940.  Their Children were Peggy Carr, born December 4, 1943; Ida Louise, born February 3, 1949; Rebecca Ann, born April 11, 1951; and Helen Burns, born January 17, 1954.  Cecil Randolph Yoder, Jr.(7) served in the U.S. Army, Asiatic Theater, with great distinction during World War II.  He was wounded and was awarded Good Conduct, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star medals.  He worked for many years as General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of a Production Credit Association in North Carolina.


Clyde Helen Yoder(7) was born September 4, 1920.  She married Shirley Lickey, March 3, 1944.  Their children were Stephen Edgar, born June 18, 1947; and Randolph Harrison, born May 12, 1952.


Sammie Yoder(7) was born June 5, 1923 and died August 14, 1924. 


Robert Tillman Yoder(7) was born April 24, 1924 and died October 6, 2004 in Van Wyck, SC.  He is buried in the Van Wyck UMC Cemetery.  He married Eunice Starnes.  Their children were  Catherine Anne, born November 26, 1949; Robert Tillman, Jr., born June 28, 1951; and Patricia Mae, born March 25, 1954.


4. Julius Herman Yoder(6) was born October 24, 1887, and died October 16, 1957.   He married Barbara Rudisill, July 15, 1926, who died March 8, 1939.  Both are buried in Van Wyck Cemetery.  Their children were Julius Herman, Jr., and John Franklin.  Julius (H)Merman Yoder(6) attended Lenoir College three years and graduated from Atlanta Conservatory of Music.  He taught music many years and later worked for a music publisher in New York City.  He was a veteran of World War I and served in France.  He retired in 1955 and built a home in Van Wyck, which he named "Heart's Delight."  The author was Herman's roommate in college for three years, and pays this tribute to his dear cousin:  "He was truly a Christian gentleman in every respect."  Herman's wife, Barbara, was a graduate of Lenoir College, and accomplished musician, and taught music in several colleges before her marriage.


Julius Herman Yoder, Jr.(7) was born January 9, 1930.  He married Hannelore Goy, of West Germany.  Their children were Linda Jane, born March 27, 1951; James Franklin, born January 11, 1954; and Kenneth Carl, born November 27, 1956.  He served for a number of years in the U.S. Air Force and worked later as a radio technician.


John Franklin Yoder(7) was born May 30, 1932.  He married Gayle Diane Iorii, July 27, 1957.  He graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and later worked towards an M.S. degree.  He worked for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.


5.  Henry Tillman Yoder(6) was born September 2, 1889, and died September 11, 1946.  He married Sara Martin.  Their children were Sara Wren and Jean Burton.  Henry Tillman Yoder(6) attended Lenoir College one year.  He was a shoe salesman  and held several responsible positions with a leading shoe manufacturing firm that operated in nine different states.  He traveled as an auditor over a considerable part of the United States.


Sara Wren Yoder(7) was born May 13, 1914, and died July 27, 1955.  She married W. C. Hudson, March 7, 1935.  Their children were Henry Haynes, born June 7, 1936, and Judy Elizabeth, born March 13, 1940.


Jean Burton Yoder(7) was born February 14, 1922.  She married Irvin Morris Smith.  Their Children were Barbara Jean, born May 22, 1946; Marion Rene, born September 1, 1953; and Judy Louise, born June 28, 1955.


6.  Kirk McRoy Yoder(6) was born June 4, 1891, and died April 2, 1950.  He is buried in Van Wyck Cemetery.  He married Edna Mae Hyatt, June 15, 1912.  Their children were Kirk McRoy, Jr., David, James Burton, and Edna Mae.  Kirk McRoy Yoder(6) attended college two years, studying agriculture.  He farmed and held a position for several years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Kirk McRoy Yoder, Jr.(7) was born July 21, 1913.  He married Mamie Lenora Rodden, December 7, 1937.  Their children were Betty Lenora, Edwin McRoy, and James Donald.


Betty Lenora Yoder(8) was born July 23, 1938.  She married William J. Kimbrell, July 15, 1960. They had one child, William J., Jr., born March 28, 1963.


Edwin McRoy Yoder(8) was born October 17, 1940.  He married Nancy Sigmon, October 10, 1963.  They had two children, Cynthia Louise, born October 17, 1965; and Micael Edwin, born January 13, 1968.


James Donald Yoder(8) was born October 12, 1942.  He married Nancy Lee Knoble, February 29, 1964.  They had two children, James Donald Jr., born February 24, 1965; and Deborah Sue, born August 1, 1967.


David Monroe Yoder(7) was born May 31, 1915.  He married Beannis Funderburke, November 21, 1937.  She was born in Lancaster, SC January 19, 1912 and died April 1, 2008 in Lancaster. Their children were Mary Ann and David Monroe, Jr.  (Obit from Chester, SC, News and Reporter, list survivors as sonDavid M. Yoder and wife Pat of  Great Falls, SC and daughter Mary Ann Teams and husband, the Rev. Bob Teams of Pawley’s Island, SC, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.)


Mary Ann Yoder(8) was born November 13, 1938.  She married Bob Aaron Teems, July 2, 1959.  Their children were Martin Rhett, born December 16, 1963; David Roy, born June 24, 1965; and Laura Bea, born April 16, 1968.


David McRoy Yoder(8) was born March 13, 1940.  He married Pricilla Lane Tuttle, December 13, 1958.  They had one child, Pamela Denise, born January 26, 1961.


James Burton Yoder(7) was born July 22, 1917 and died April 17, 1965.  He never Married.  He served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in World War II.

          Edna Mae Yoder(7) was born July 13, 1919.  She married James Ellsworth Mason, October 28, 1943.  They had two children, Judith Edna, born February 2, 1945; and Susan Tilghman, born October 13, 1954.


Judith Edna Mason(8) was born February 2, 1945.  She first married Acie Andrew Oliver, Jr., July 28, 1963.  They had one child, Melissa Dawn, born March 4, 1964.  Judith Edna Mason(8) married as her second husband, Julius Eugene Spears, November 10, 1967.  They had one child, Ryan Eugene, born July 5, 1968.



17. Julius Montfort Yoder (5) 1853-1925


Con1412- Julius Montfort Yoder  (10/7/1853-11/29/1925)   m1. 12/25/1875

Mary Susan (Mollie) Tillman  (         -7/14/1901)  m2.           1902

 Sugar Tillman  (        -            )  all  bur. Van Wyck, SC Cemetery

(Yodres in NC-pg84)


Con14121- Sue Leo  (12/7/1880-1/17/1933)  m. 6/14/1899 J.H. Bates

(         -        )  bur. Van Wyck, SC- 8 children

Con14122- Clyde Ernest  (10/13/1883-10/10/1921) m1.          Victoria Collier

(        -        )  m2.               Pearl Martin (             -         )  m3.

Helen Edwards  (         -          ) bur. Abbeville,SC

Con14123- Cecil Randolph  (8/16/1885-6/5/1943)  m. 12/26/1906 Cora Middleton

(           -           )

Con14124- Julius Herman  (10/24/1887-10/16/1957)  m. 7/15/1926  Barbara

Rudisill (         -3/8/1939)

Con14125- Henry Tillman  (9/2/1889-9/11/1946)  m.         Sara Martin  (   -   )

res. Ga.

Con14126- Kirk McRoy  (6/4/1891-4/2/1950)  m. 6/15/1912

Edna Mae Hyatt  (            -           )  bur. Van Wyck Cem.

Con14127- infant- died young

Con14128- infant- died young


Con14129- son- died at birth

Con1412a- Mary Bell  (       -age 10)


            5 Julius Montfort YODER b: 7 October 1853 d: 29 November 1925

                  + Mary Susan (Mollie) TILLMAN d: 14 July 1901

                    6 Sue Lee YODER b: 7 December 1880 d: 17 January 1933

                      + J.H. BATES

                        7 Kathleen BATES b: 19 June 1900

                          + Henry Craig BELK

                            8 Mary Mcmurray BELK

                              + James Luther LONG

                                9 James Frederick LONG

                                9 James Luther LONG

                            8 Henry Craig BELK

                              + Wilma Lee ROUSEY

                            8 Ralph William BELK

                              + Nettie Jewell FUNDERBURKE

                        7 Lander Carlisle BATES b: 30 January 1902

                          + Willie Lee LANIER

                            8 Lander Carlisle BATES

                        7 Mary Yoder BATES b: 31 January 1904 d: 10 June 1948

                          + James Ollie BYRD

                            8 Margaret Lee BYRD

                        7 Sara Edmonia BATES b: 12 October 1906

                        7 Dorothy Dell BATES b: 29 June 1909 d: 14 February 1937

                          + Wade E. BARBER

                            8 Virginia Dell BARBER

                              + Norris RUMFELDT

                        7 Willie Lee BATES b: 7 November 1911

                          + Henry Clay HUCKABEE

                            8 Henry Caly HUCKABEE

                            8 Glenda Fay HUCKABEE

                        7 Lucia Montfort BATES b: 1 July 1914

                          + William Shannon LACHICOTTE

                            8 Mary Shannon LACHICOTTE

                            8 William Shannon LACHICOTTE

                            8 Lucia Montfort Bates LACHICOTTE

                        7 Ruth Elizabeth BATES b: 3 September 1916

                          + William Clarence HARPER

                            8 Judith Patricia HARPER

                            8 Thomas Tobias HARPER

                        7 Sue Frances BATES

                          + Ney KILLOUGH

                            8 Bates KILLOUGH

                            8 Joe KILLOUGH

                            8 Edward KILLOUGH

                            8 Grier KILLOUGH

                            8 Janet Sue KILLOUGH

                        7 John William BATES

                          + Maxine JOHNSON

                    6 Clyde Ernest YODER b: 13 October 1883 d: 10 October 1921

                      + Victoria COLLIER

                      + Pearl MARTIN

                      + Helen EDWARDS b: 25 May 1886 d: 28 December 1945

                        7 Clyde Edward YODER

                          + Billie Claire COULTER d: 28 April 1955

                          + Clara Thompson HIGHSONETT

                            8 Roy Gerald YODER

                            8 Heidi YODER

                            8 Clyde Edward YODER

                            8 Gibson Calvert YODER

                    6 Cecil Randolph YODER b: 16 August 1885 d: 5 June 1943

                      + Cora MIDDLETON

                        7 Myrtle Lee YODER b: 14 August 1909

                          + Carter DOBSON

                            8 Betty Jean DOBSON

                              + Joe BATH

                                9 Joseph King BATH

                                9 Phillip Eckley BATH

                                9 Elizabeth Jean BATH

                            8 Marion Carter DOBSON

                              + Stover MACKEY

                                9 Teresa Denise MACKEY

                                9 Cheryl Lee MACKEY

                            8 George Carter DOBSON

                            8 Linda Anne DOBSON

                        7 Jim YODER

                        7 Julius Middleton YODER b: 10 July 1913 d: 4 May 2000

  + Joe Eva MORRIS First name is Jo per her obit; Jan 15, 1917 – May 9, 2005; bur: Lancaster, SC Memorial Park Mausoleum)

           8 Julia Frances YODER

                                     + ----- Whitmire

       9 Polly Whitmire, deceased

                                      9 Chip Whitemire, deceased       

           8 Cecelia Mcbride YODER

                                     + Joseph McCall

                            8 Julius Middleton YODER

                                     9 Lisa Yoder, deceased 

                            8 Joann YODER (Jo Ann per mother’s obit


(Jo Morris Yoder’s obit states she was survived by 14 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren)


                        7 Mary Matilda YODER b: 30 September 1915

                          + Leroy Hammond ADAMS

                            8 Leroy Hammond ADAMS

                        7 Cecil Randolph YODER b: 27 July 1917

                          + Lois Burns WILLIAMSON

                            8 Peggy Carr YODER

                            8 Ida Louise YODER

                            8 Rebecca Ann YODER

                            8 Helen Burns YODER

                        7 Clyde Helen YODER

                          + Shirley LICKEY

                            8 Stephen Edgar LICKEY

                            8 Randolph Harrison LICKEY

                        7 Sammie YODER b: 5 June 1923 d: 14 August 1924

7 Robert Tillman “Pete” YODER  b; Apr 24, 1924  d: Oct 6, 2004 in Van Wyck, SC  bur: VanWyck UMC Cemetery

                          + Eunice STARNES

                            8 Catherine Anne YODER

                            8 Robert Tillman YODER

                            8 Patricia Mae YODER

                    6 Julius Herman YODER b: 24 October 1887 d: 16 October 1957

                      + Barbar RUDISILL d: 8 March 1939

                        7 Julius Herman YODER

                          + Goy HAMMELORE

                            8 Linda Jane YODER

                            8 James Franklin YODER

                            8 Kenneth Carl YODER

                        7 John Franklin YODER

                          + Gayle Diana IORII

                    6 Kirk Mcroy YODER b: 4 June 1891 d: 2 April 1950

                      + Edna Mae HYATT

                        7 Kirk Mcroy YODER b: 21 July 1913

                          + Mamie Lenora RODDEN

                            8 Betty Lenora YODER

                              + William J. KIMBRELL

                                9 William J. KIMBRELL

                            8 Edwin Mcroy YODER

                              + Nancy SIGMON

                                9 Cynthia Louise YODER

                                9 Michael Edwin YODER

                            8 James Donald YODER

                              + Nancy Lee KNOBLE

                                9 James Donald YODER

                                9 Deborah Sue YODER

                        7 David Monroe YODER b: 31 May 1915

                          + Beannis FUNDERBURKE (Funderburk, per obit) b: Jan 19, 1912  d: Apr 4, 2008

                            8 Mary Ann YODER

                              + Bob Aaron TEEMS

                                9 Martin Rhett TEEMS

                                9 David Roy TEEMS

                                9 Laura Bea TEEMS

                            8 David Mcroy YODER

                              + Priscilla Lane TUTTLE

                                9 Pamela Denise YODER

                        7 James Burton YODER b: 22 July 1917 d: 17 April 1965

                        7 Edna Mae YODER

                          + James Ellsworth MASON

                            8 Judith Edna MASON

                              + Acie Andrew OLIVER

                                9 Melissa Dawn OLIVER

                              + Julius Eugene SPEARS

                                9 Ryan Eugene SPEARS

                            8 Susan Tilghman MASON

                    6 Henry Tillman YODER b: 2 September 1899 d: 11 September 1946

                      + Sara MARTIN

                        7 Sara Wren YODER b: 13 May 1914 d: 27 July 1955

                          + W.C. HUDSON

                            8 Henry Haynes HUDSON

                            8 Judy Elizabeth HUDSON

                        7 Jean Burton YODER

                          + Irvin Morris SMITH

                            8 Barbara Jean SMITH

                            8 Marion Rene SMITH

                            8 Judy Louise SMITH

                  + Sugar TILLMAN

                    6 Mary Bell YODER

                5 Mary Ann YODER b: 4 July 1856 d: 15 February 1931

                  + Joshua Alphonso YOUNT b: 21 January 1839 d: 15 October 1912








Florence Irene Yoder(5) was born December 24, 1860, and died November 19, 1935.  She married David Henry Ramseur on December 24, 1879 in Catawba County, NC, who was born September 6, 1850 and died January 2, 1929.  Both are buried in Grace Church Cemetery.  Their children were Lawrence Milton, Willie Malcom, Lee Loretz, Rosa Anna, Henry Elizabeth (Bettie), George Andrew, Mary Laura, Linda Lucean, Nina Wray, David Henry, and Rebecca Isabel.


Florence Yoder Ramseur(5) was a gracious, kindly woman, noted for the warm hospitality of her home.  The author remembers many pleasant visits to her home and the welcome she always gave to all of her nieces and nephews.  Here fine Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners were always long remembered.  She was first a member of Grace Lutheran Church, but later became a member of the Baptist Church, to which here husband belonged.


Children, Grandchildren, Great-grand children



1.  Lawrence Milton Ramseur(6) was born July 18, 1880, and died July 19, 1957.  He married Hattie Lucretia Whitener.  Their children were Grace Louise and Mary Elizabeth.  Milton Ramseur(6) was a farmer and later a restaurant operator.  He was a member of Hendersonville Grace Lutheran Church.  He is buried in Hendersonville Cemetery.


Grace Louise Ramseur(7) was born January 4, 1902.  She married Hoyt M. Lippard, December 27, 1922.  They had one child, Carroll.     

Carroll Lippard(8) was born August 8, 1923.  He married Sara Ford, June 29, 1947.  Their children are Leslie Ford, born August 28, 1948; Ann Elizabeth, born January 7, 1950; Robert Carroll, born January 19, 1952; and Margaret Kimbrall, born August 15, 1955.


Mary Elizabeth Ramseur(7) married Raymond Rhodes.  Their children were Charles Raymond, Jr.(8), born August 2, 1942; and Robert Lawrence, born April 12,1948.


2. Malcom (Mack) Ramseur(6) was born February 5, 1882 and died October 19, 1962.  He is buried in Asheville Green Hill Cemetery.  He married Ada Elmore, June 25, 1913.  They had no children of their own, but adopted a daughter, Louise.  Malcom (Mack) Ramseur(6) attended Lenoir College one year.  He was first a store clerk, and then railway brakeman and railway conductor for the Southern Railroad.  He was a member of the Baptist Church.


3.  Lee Loretz Ramseur(6) was born June 26, 1884, and died July 25, 1962.  He married Ora Dale Baker, March 27, 1909.  Both were members of the Baptist Church and are buried in Sharon Memorial Park, Charlotte.  Their children were Loretz Leon and Helen Irene.  Lee Loretz Ramseur(6) was first a farmer with his father, and later for many years employed by Duke Power Company, in its transportation division, from which he retired as assistant superintendent.


Loretz Leon Ramseur(7) was born December 14, 1910.  He married Sara Kornegay, December 8, 1945.  Their children were Loretz Leon, Jr., born February 10, 1948; and Margaret Dale, born February 14, 1950.


Helen Irene Ramseur(7) was born October 17, 1913, She married Samuel Jasper Marley, Jr., September 16, 1950.


4. Rosa Anna Ramseur(6) was born August 4, 1886.  She married Cephas Anthony, April 19,1905.  He died December 31, 1939 and is buried in Grace Church Cemetery.  Their children were David, Louise, George, Hazel, Richard, and Florence.  Rosa Anna Ramseur(6) attended Lenoir College one year.  After her marriage she joined the Lutheran Grace Church, to which her husband belonged.  She has been a most devoted member and worker in her church.  She has also been very active in helping make the annual Yoder Reunion held at Grace Church a success.  She was a kindly and gracious woman, noted for her good disposition, and liked by everybody.


David Abraham Anthony(7) was born May 20, 1906.  He first married Vena Maude Isenhour, in 1935.  She was born June 6, 1906 and died October 13, 1960.  She is buried in the Grace Lutheran Church cemetery.  Their children were Brenda Eve, born November 17, 1942; Paula Rosann, born January 29, 1947; and David A., Jr., born September 25, 1951.  In 1961, Davis Anthony(7) married as his second wife, Minnie Pearl Weaver.  Her children were Joyce Weaver, John Franklin Weaver, and Camilla Weaver.


David Anthony(7) graduated from Lenoir Rhyne College and has long been one of the leading high school teachers in Catawba County.  He has managed a farm along with his teaching.  He has taken a great interest in the Yoder Reunion and was for a number of years President of the Yoder Reunion Association.


Ila Louise Anthony(7) was born July 18, 1908, and married Ernest Franklin McNeely, October 12, 1945.  He was born June 22, 2008 and died April 19, 1965 (April 20, 1963 per cemetery transcription).  He was a corporal in the Army Air Force.  He is buried in the Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery.  They had no children.  Ila Louise Anthony(7) was a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College.  She was a teacher in the Lincolnton Public Schools for many years.  She was a very active member of Grace Lutheran Church.  She always assisted her mother, Rosa Anthony(6), and her brother, David Anthony(7), in making the arrangements for the annual Yoder Reunion.  She was a great help to the author in furnishing information on the Ramsour and Anthony families.


George Andrew Anthony(7) was born November 9, 1909, and died September 1, 1911.  He is buried in Grace Church Cemetery.


Hazel Dale Anthony(7) was born March 26, 1912, and married Carl Washington Lutz, June 5, 1935.  Their children were Betty Arlene, born April 28, 1937; Anthony Eugene, born May 2, 1941; Judy Rosa, born November 22, 1943; and Lois Dale, born March 11, 1949.  Hazel Anthony Lutz(7) attended college.


Betty Arlene Lutz(8) married Calvin Baker, February 3, 1962.    

Anthony Eugene Lutz(8) married Nancy Pardue, June 1, 1959.


Judy Rosa Lutz(8) married Julius Dodd Linker, June 25,1965.


Lois Dale Lutz(8) married James Merrell, July 8, 1967.


Richard Ramseur Anthony(7) was born December 15, 1915.  He married Dixie Lois Isenhour, December 24, 1939.  Their children were Richard Ramseur, Jr., born November 14, 1940 (now deceased); and Phillip Ray, born March 12, 1942.


Florence Irene Anthony(7) was born September 20, 1921.  She married Harry Gallimore, September 12, 1945.  He was born in 1920.  Their children were Patsy Irene, born April 2, 1946; and Joyce Mabel, born April, 1950.


5.  Elizabeth (Bettie) Ramseur(6) was born December 3, 1888. She married William Love McGill, April 5, 1916.  He died January 21, 1945, and is buried in Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry South Carolina.  He was a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.  Their children were Florence and William Love.  Elizabeth Ramseur McGill(6) attended Mars Hill College one year.  She was known and loved by everybody for her smiles, hearty laughter, sweet disposition, and beauty.  At school she was the favorite among all her schoolmates.  In her later years she bore and affliction with patience, good spriit, and without complaint.


Florence L. McGill(7) was born January 31, 1917.  She first married Charles Douglas Crimp, December 21, 1941, who was killed in Sicily, July 15, 1943, in World War II.  They had one child, Priscilla, born September 17, 1942.   Florence Crump(7) married her second husband, James P. Hickson, June 8, 1947.  Their children were James P., Jr., born August 8, 1948; and Clifford Alexander, born November 11, 1950.  Florence L. Hickson(7) was a college graduate and a social worker.


William Love McGill, Jr.(7) was born February 2, 1925, and married Nancy Thomas December 9, 1951.  They had one daughter, Kimberly Ann, born April 29, 1954.


6. George Andrew Ramseur(6) was born February 11, 1891, and died November 30, 1891.


7.  Mary Laura Ramseur(6) was born October 16, 1892.  She married John Sidney Shuford.  He died January 3, 1963.  Their children were Joe, Sidney, George, Daniel, and Phillip.  Mary Laura Ramseur(6) attended Mars Hill College one year.


8. Linda Lucean Ramseur(6) was born May 20, 1895.  She married Julius Shuford who was born Nov 18, 1895 (per DW Shuford).  He was killed in a car accident near Weslace, Texas, December 19, 1963.  Their children were Julius Wilfong, born August 6, 1920, and Elizabeth Ramseur, born August 8, 1922.


Julius Wilfong Shuford(7) married Alyce Debring who was born Feb 3, 1923 (per DW Shuford).  Their children were Bud Wesley, Davis (David, per DW Shuford) Lee, born Oct 12, 1952 in Weslaco, TX per DW Shuford), Julie Anne, Kelly Warren, and Elizabeth Ann.


Elizabeth Ramseur Shuford(7) married Guy a Richhart.  They had one child Guy A., Jr.


9.  Nina Wray Ramseur(6) was born November 3, 1897.  She married Harry Coulter, December 26, 1923.  Their children were Harry Duard and Catherine.  Nina Wray Ramseur(6) was first a member of the Baptist church, but later became a member of St Paul Lutheran Church, Startown.


Harry Duard Coulter(7) was born March 16, 1925.  He married Helen Mason, August 16, 1952.  Their children were Stuart Mason, born May 5, 1955; and Mary Lynn, born June 6, 1957.


Catherine Bryan Coulter(7) was born November 22, 1927.  She married Gerald Lehman Turbyfill, October 8, 1950.  Their children were Deborah Gail, born December 16, 1951; Gerald Michael, born February 23, 1954; and Martha Catherine, born June 4, 1955.


10. David Henry Ramseur(6) was born October 20, 1899 and died in September 13, 1941.  He was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Newton, and is buried in Newton Eastview Cemetery.  He married Lois B. Herman, October 27, 1925.  She was born October 28, 1899 and died July 13, 1973.  She is buried with her husband.  They had one child, Joe David.  David Henry Ramseur(6) was a veteran of World War I.  He was ill much of the time during the last years of his life and spent much time in the Veterans' Hospital at Oteen, near Asheville.


Joe David Ramseur(7) was born February 19, 1930.  He married Susan Stearns, June 5, 1953.  Their children were David, born June 10, 1954; and Susan Elizabeth, born February 25, 1957.


11. Rebecca Isabel Ramseur(6) was born July 5, 1902.  She married Clyde Michael, September 23, 1928. They had one child, Evelyn.  Rebecca Isabel Michael(6) was a member of the Baptist Church in Charlotte.


Evelyn Ramseur Michael(7) was born September 2, 1930.  She married Joe Luther Bookout, April 7, 1950.  Their children were Joe Luther, Jr., born October 29, 1952; and Rebecca Sue, born August 27, 1955.



            5 Florence YODER b: 24 December 1860 d: 19 November 1935

                  + David Henry Taylor RAMSEUR b: 6 September 1850 d: 2 January 1929

                    6 Lawrence Milton RAMSEUR b: 18 July 1880 d: 29 July 1957

                      + Hattie Lucretia WHITENER

                        7 Grace Louise RAMSEUR b: 4 January 1902

                          + Hoyt M. LIPPARD

                            8 Carroll LIPPARD

                              + Sara FORD

                                9 Leslie Ford LIPPARD

                                9 Ann Elizabeth LIPPARD

                                9 Robert Carroll LIPPARD

                                9 Margaret Kimbrall LIPPARD

                        7 Mary Elizabeth RAMSEUR

                          + Charles Raymond RHODES

                            8 Charles Raymond RHODES

                            8 Robert Lawrence RHODES

                    6 Willie Malcom (Mack) RAMSEUR b: 5 February 1882 d: 19 October 1962

                      + Ada ELMORE

                        7 Louise RAMSEUR

                    6 Lee Loretz RAMSEUR b: 26 June 1884 d: 25 July 1962

                      + Ora Dale BAKER

                        7 Loretz Leon RAMSEUR b: 14 December 1910

                          + Sara KORNEGAY

                            8 Loretz Leon RAMSEUR

                            8 Margaret Dala RAMSEUR

                        7 Helen Irene RAMSEUR b: 17 October 1913

                          + Samuel Jasper MARLEY

                    6 Rosa Anna RAMSEUR b: 4 August 1886

                      + Cephas ANTHONY d: 31 December 1939

                        7 David Abraham ANTHONY b: 20 May 1906

                          + Vena Maude ISENHOUR d: 13 October 1960

                            8 Brenda Eve ANTHONY

                            8 Paula Rosann ANTHONY

                            8 David Abraham ANTHONY

                          + Minnie Pearl WEAVER

                        7 Ila Louise ANTHONY b: 18 July 1908

                          + Ernest Franklin MCNEELY d: 19 April 1965

                        7 George Andrew ANTHONY b: 9 November 1909 d: 1 September 1911

                        7 Hazel Dale ANTHONY b: 26 March 1912

                          + Carl Washington LUTZ

                            8 Betty Arlene LUTZ

                              + Calvin BAKER

                            8 Anthony Eugene LUTZ

                              + Nancy PARDUE

                            8 Judy Rosa LUTZ

                              + Julius Dodd LINKER

                            8 Lois Dale LUTZ

                              + James MERRILL

                        7 Richard Ramseur ANTHONY b: 15 December 1915

                          + Dixie Lois ISENHOUR

                            8 Richard Ramseur ANTHONY

                            8 Phillip Ray RAMSEUR

                        7 Florence Irene ANTHONY

                          + Harry GALLIMORE

                            8 Patsy Irene GALLIMORE

                            8 Joyce Mabel GALLIMORE

                    6 Henry Elizabeth "Bettie" RAMSEUR b: 3 December 1888

                      + William Love MCGILL d: 21 January 1945

                        7 Florence L. MCGILL b: 31 January 1917

                          + Charles Douglas CRUMP d: 15 July 1943

                            8 Priscilla CRUMP

                          + James P. HICKSON

                            8 James P. HICKSON

                            8 Clifford Alexander HICKSON

                        7 William Love MCGILL

                          + Nancy THOMAS

                            8 Kimberly Ann MCGILL

                    6 George Andrew RAMSEUR b: 11 February 1891 d: 30 November 1891

                    6 Mary Laura RAMSEUR b: 16 October 1892 d: 3 January 1963

                      + John Sidney SHUFORD

                        7 Joe SHUFORD

                        7 Sidney SHUFORD

                        7 George SHUFORD

                        7 Daniel SHUFORD

                        7 Phillip SHUFORD

                        7 Mary Laura SHUFORD

                    6 Linda Lucean RAMSEUR b: 20 May 1895

                      + Julius SHUFORD d: 19 December 1963

                        7 Julius Wilfong SHUFORD

                          + Alyce DEBRING

                            8 Bud Wesley SHUFORD

                            8 David Lee SHUFORD

                            8 Julie Ann SHUFORD

                            8 Kelly Warren SHUFORD

                            8 Elizabeth Ann SHUFORD

                        7 Elizabeth Ramseur SHUFORD

                          + Guy A. RICHHART

                            8 Guy A. RICHHART

                    6 Nina Wray RAMSEUR b: 3 November 1897

                      + Harry COULTER

                        7 Harry Duard COULTER

                          + Helen MASON

                            8 Stuart Mason COULTER

                            8 Mary Lynn COULTER

                        7 Catherine Bryan COULTER

                          + Gerald Lehman TURBYFILL

                            8 Debroah Gail TURBYFILL

                            8 Gerald Michael TURBYFILL

                            8 Martha Catherine TURBYFILL

                    6 David Henry RAMSEUR b: 20 October 1899 d: 1941

                      + Lois B. HERMAN

                        7 Joe David RAMSEUR

                          + Susan STEARNS

                            8 David RAMSEUR

                            8 Susan Elizabeth RAMSEUR

                    6 Rebecca Isabel RAMSEUR b: 5 July 1902

                      + Clyde MICHAEL

                        7 Evelyn Ramseur MICHAEL

                          + Joe Luther BOOKOUT

                            8 Joe Luther BOOKOUT

                            8 Rebecca Sue BOOKOUT

                            8 Allan Michael BOOKOUT





COLIN MONROE YODER(5),  1863-1953



Colin Monroe Yoder(5) was born July 30, 1863, and died March 8, 1953.  He married Emma Clementine Yoder(5), a second cousin, December 3, 1885, who was born December 14, 1865 and died July 1 (2 per Oakwood Cemetery transcription), 1951.  Both are buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  They were first members of Grace Lutheran Church and in later life members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  Their children Stella, Freed Roy, Clara Bele, Lucy Emma, Monroe Craig, Rosa Rebecca, Annie Laura, Edwin Moses, Ward Herman, John Yates, and Sterling Hubert.


At 15 years of age Colin M. Yoder(5) became a member of Grace Lutheran Church.  For 35 years he was Secretary of th Congregation.  After he moved to Hickory in 1921, he and his wife transferred their church membership to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in that city.  Colin M. Yoder(5) was a member of the Church Council of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for a number of years, and taught a Sunday School Bible Class, till within a few years of his death.


Colin M. Yoder(5) was a farmer, school teacher, public official, and local community political leader in his lifetime.  He was educated first in the public and private subscription schools of the time.  Then he attended Catawba College in Newton parts of three years.  He and his neighboring roommate, Dan Whitener, "batched," taking their food from their homes and preparing their own meals.  He often told his children that sometimes their food ran short, and that all they had to eat was stale bread and sorghum molasses.


He began teaching at 17 years of age in the old free schools which usually ran only three to four months in the year.  This was the slack farm season.  He taught 43 years in these schools, during the late fall and winter.  He always read extensively.  He was regarded by neighbors as one of the best educated men in the township.  Often, he was visited by men seeking some kind of information or needing a solution to an arithmetic problem.


Farming was his main occupation.  In 1886 he bought a 52 acre tract of land still in original timber.  He built for himself and his wife first a one-room house, which was added to three times to become a nine-room house, as his family increased.  At first he began to clear up a few acres, rented some land from an adjoining neighbor, and began farming operations.  He often remarked, "When a fellow begins in the woods, he has ato strike many a lick."  He inherited about 20 acres of adjoining land from his father.  Over the years he bought three more adjoining tracts amounting to about 70 acres.  Then in 1904 he bought another farm of about 100 acres a few miles from his original home tract.  He usually had one or two tenant farmers helping in his farming.

          He was a practical, progressive farmer.  He tried to make all his farming "pay" in the long run.  He always followed a system of crop rotation with diversified farming.  He liked nothing more than to take a worn-out piece of land or farm, clear out the weeds, briars, and bushes, fill up washing gullies, increase the size of the fields, ploy deeper, plant various kinds of clover and grasses, and bring the land back to a state of good production.  He continued farming operations of this kind until he was 85 years old.


He loved good horses, was an excellent horse master.  Next to his family, his horses were his greatest joy and pride.  The most pleasant farm experience of the author was in helping take care of the horses, breaking the young ones, riding, driving, and keeping them well groomed.  The happiest day of all for the author was when beautiful, white-footed, star-faced Belle, finest horse in the township, foaled little bay fill, Bess, that was to be his very own.  No filly ever had better care.  She grew up to be a beautiful dappled bay, and became a fine riding and driving horse. For fifteen years she was the author's most satisfying part of farm life.


For ten years Colin M. Yoder(5) also operated a small pottery shop, in addition to farming and teaching.  This shop was bought with a 34 acre tract of adjoining land.  He developed a market for pottery jars, crocks, and jugs, among country-, hamlet-, village-, and small town, stores in three adjoining counties, which he always called the "Brushy Mountain Country."  For five and six months in the year, he was part of the time on the road in covered wagon, delivering his pottery.


In the late 1880's and early 1890's when farm prices dropped to 5 cents a pound for cotton, 20 cents a bushel for corn, 25 cents a bushel for wheat, only a few cents a pound for chickens and hogs, Coin M. Yoder(5) and a number of his neighbors formed a local chapter of the North Carolina Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union.  This organization had a program for improvement of farm life, especially its economic aspects.  In 1892 the Alliance joined with a number of other organizations to form the Populist Party, which in 1894 fused with the Republican Party in Catawba County and North Carolina, against the conservative Democrats, who had been long in power.  The combination was often called the Fusionist Party.  Colin M. Yoder(5) became one of the leaders of the Populists, often stumped the county, speaking in country school houses and other public places, defending Populism, and urging the election of Populist and county Fusionist candidates.  He engaged in debates with Democratic and Republican speakers, usually skilled lawyers. Although he often "butchered the King's English" in his debating, he could well hold his own with his adversaries.


For a number of years he was County Chairman of the County Fusionist Executive Committee.  He persisted in his efforts to retain and gain adherents to the Populist Party till 1910, with only a few of the old Populists in the County still going along with him.  Finally in the early spring of 1910, he announced, through three local newspapers, that he was giving up Populism and returning to the Democratic Party.  The daily Charlotte Observer, taking note of his announcement, wrote an editorial calling him, "The Last Wheelhorse of Populism in North Carolina."


When the first Democratic Convention he attended was called to order, one of the leading Democrats was recognized, and he arose and stated that there was present a new face, missing for a good many years, and the crowd began to yell, "Speech, speech!"  The old Populist Warhorse was ready for them.  He stood up, six feet tall, with his heavy flock of striking, curly hari, and in sharp, clear, penetrating voice, easily heard throughout the courtroom said: "Well, I am back here with you in the Democratic Party again, with no apologies to make.  Since you fellows have finally caught up with me, I will be glad to have you now go along with me in the Democratic Party."  His "fellow Democrats" that he had often lambasted for 18 years in his speaking campaigns throughout the county shouted, and laughed, and gave him tremendous applause.  For the next twenty years he back in the county biennial political campaigns speaking for the Democratic candidates.


Like his father, Col. George M. Yoder(4), he loved politics, and public life.  He served for many years as a magistrate, presided over many trials, was one term county commissioner, and for six years was county tax supervisor.  He often battled power companies and other corporations over fair and equitable assessment of their properties.  In appeals of the companies to the State Tax Commission, he was always upheld in his assessments.


Because of his close association with members of the slowly rising post-Civil War Republican Party in the county, during his 18 years as a Populist and Fusionist leader, he developed a close friendship with many Republicans in the county.  Although he was a man of very strong political convictions, he was tolerant with those who disagreed with him in politics.  He never abused Negroes in his campaigning for political advantage.   He never allowed his own children to ridicule and humiliate Negroes.   In 1900 when the disfranchising suffrage amendment, with its famous grandfather clause, was the red-hot issue in the campaign, he spoke and voted against the amendment, because, he said, it was unjust discrimination against the Negro race.  He also held that it was not fair to disfranchise a man, black or white, because he had not had the opportunity to learn to read and write.


Three Negro families worked on his farms for a span of 60 years.  Negroes often said, "We always like to work for Mr. Colin.  He treats us right."  The author remembers how, many times, when Negroes without money came to get help from his father and mother, his parents went to the corn crib, or  sweet potato house, or smoke house, or chicken house, or spring house, and got provisions for them.  None in need were ever turned away.


The strongest lifetime desire and passion of Colin M. Yoder(5) ws for Education.  Often in discussing public questions with the members of his family, he said:  "You can't argue against ignorance."  Also, he often said: "Educate a boy and you have an educated man, but educate a girl and you have an educated family."  For 43 years of his life he taught in the public schools of Catawba County.  He worked for longer school terms and for better school facilities.  He took the lead in 1906 and 1907 in trying to consolidate his own school district with an adjoining district.  A decade later he was one of the leading citizens of his township, who helped in bringing about the consolidation of all the small one- and two-room schools of the township and the establishment of a consolidated township school, with a four-year high school, at Blackburn.


He sent ten of his children to Lenoir Rhyne College, where nine of them received degrees, or certificates in special fields of study.  For twenty years one or more of his children were enrolled in the College.  One year, six of his children were in attendance at the College at the same time.  During the time he was sending his children to college, the only source of income he had was from his small farms, consisting of about 125 acres of cleared land.  He and his wife worked hard, went without home conveniences and comforts, to save money to help educate their large family of children.


At his death the Hickory Daily Record, in an appreciative editorial paid him the following tribute:



"Catawba County has lost one of the most revered citizens of

          the Hickory area in the passing of pioneer Colin Monroe Yoder,

          nonagarian. . . .


"Colin Monroe Yoder may be said to have made greater

          contributions in the field of public education than any          other

          Catawban of his time.  He led the fight more than a quarter

          of a century ago, by which Blackburn consolidated school was

          established. . .


"Mr. Yoder was a teacher of the 'old school' inasmuch as he

          continued his farming operations along with his educational

          services. . .


"A devout Christian and good citizen in every respect, the

          life of this hardy individual who linked the pioneer life with the

          present, should serve as an inspiring example to thousands of

          persons who knew him and came into contact with his wholesome         influence."


          Emma Clementine Yoder(5), wife of Colin M. Yoder(5) and his second cousin, was a woman of great energy, industry, and      ability.  Although her education was limited to the old, public, free schools of her day, she had an agile mind and considerable wit.  She could spell and pronounce correctly every word in Webster's Blue-Back Speller.  Her children, as they grew up, often tried to "trip" her on many of the difficult words in the speller.  But when they could not even pronounce the words correctly in the book, she would do so quickly from memory, and spell the words correctly.  She taught all her children how to read, sitting at her side as she busily sewed or knitted socks and stockings.  In addition to raising a large family of eleven children, she did most of her own house work, looked after poultry, milked cows, canned fruits and vegetables, washed clothes, made many of the clothes for her children, and sometimes in the busy cultivating and harvesting seasons, went to the fields and helped with the farm work.  She was a woman of strong convictions and positive personality.  She had a fine soprano voice and often sang sacred hymns as she worked, and as she rocked her babies to sleep in her arms or in the cradle.  She was a kindly, charitable neighbor, especially to families in need.  She shared generously the products of garden, orchard, spring-house, and smoke-house.  Her reputation for making good butter and tasty light bread was well known through the community.  During the last ten years of her long life she was confined to her bed and wheel-chair, but she bore her physical disability with patience and fortitude.


Children, Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren



1. Stella Yoder(6) was born July 18, 1887 and died July 31, 1969.  She married John W. Stroup, June 6, 1920, who died July 5, 1967.  Both are buried in Gaston Memorial Park.  They had no children, but Stella Stroup(6) helped raise and educate three step-children of her husband-Hugh Stroup, George Stroup, and Kate Stroup.  Stella Yoder Stroup(6) was a graduate of Lenoir College and a public school teacher for many years.  She was a member if the Gastonia Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and very active in church work.  She taught a Woman's Bible Class 26 years.  She was also active in women's club work and took many prizes at county fairs for her displays of canned fruits and vegetables and various kinds of needle work.  She took a leading part in the Yoder Reunion Association, served as President and Secretary of the Association, and helped raise funds for the Conrad Yoder(1) monument and fencing the Old Yoder Cemetery.


2. Fred Roy Yoder(6), author of this History, was born December 12, 1888.  He married Wilma Porter, June 22, 1923.  Their children were Hubert Howard, Thomas Woodrow, and Alice Elaine.  Fred Roy Yoder(6) was a graduate of Lenoir College.  He received an M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin.  He also studied in the University of Missouri to years and in the University of London two terms.  He was awarded an honorary LL.D. degree by Lenoir Rhyne College.  He was a high school teacher for four years and a college and university teacher for more than fifty years.  He was first a member of the Lutheran Church and later the

United Church of Christ.  He was a veteran of World War I, serving in France and Germany, and of World War II.


Hubert Howard Yoder(7) was born August 19, 1925.  He received degrees in Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University, and an M.D. degree from Basel University Switzerland.  He was a medical specialist in Pathology.  He was a veteran of world War II.


Thomas Woodrow Yoder(7) was born April 23, 1927.  He married Marian McCoy, August 20, 1960.  Their children were Thomas P., born April 8, 1952; Katherine Ann, born December 8, 1953; and Kristine D., born November 30, 1957.  Thomas Woodrow Yoder(7) was a graduate of Washington State University, and received a law degree from the University of Chicago.  He was a lawyer, practicing in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He was a member of the Methodist Church.  He was a veteran of World War II.


Alice Elaine Yoder(7) was born October 16, 1933.  She married Russell A. Zakarison, June 6, 1953.  Their children were Elizabeth Elaine, born October 18, 1955: Marcia Lee, born January 28, 1957; Eric Arvid, born September 30, 1958: and Kristine Alice, born April 14, 1961.  Elaine Yoder Zakarison(7) was a graduate of Washington State University and as Assistant director of the Pacific Coast Region.


3.  Clara Belle Yoder(6) was born January 4, 1891, and died August 1, 1966.  She married John William Cable, who died October 4, 1964.  Both are buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Greensboro, North Carolina.  They had one child, Annie Lee.  Clara Belle Cable(6) attended Lenoir College four years and received a certificate in art.  She attended several summer schools at the University of North Carolina.  She taught in the public schools a number of years.  She was a member of the Lutheran Church.


Annie Lee Cable(7) was born January 21, 1920.  She married Warren J. Vestner, December 22, 1945.  They had one child, Patricia Ann, born January 28, 1951.  Annie Lee Cable(7) was a graduate of the University of North Carolina (Greensboro).  She was a member of the Methodist Church.


4. Lucy Emma Yoder(6) was born July 30, 1892, and died from an automobile accident in Chicago, September 9, 1933.  She married Rev. C.O. Lippard, who was killed in the same accident.  He was born September 14, 1888 and died September 11, 1933.  Both are buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  They had no children.  Lucy Emma Lippard(6) and her husband, were graduates of Lenoir College.  Lucy attended several summer schools at the University of North Carolina.  She taught in the public schools for a number of years.  She and her husband were members of the Lutheran Church.  Her husband received a B.D. degree from Columbia Lutheran Theological Seminary.


5.  Monroe Craig Yoder(6) was born December 7, 1893, and died May 11, 1959.  He is buried in Catawba Memorial Park, near Hickory.  He married Ethel Setzer, June 30, 1921.  She was born September 11, 1887 and died Februrary 26, 1986 in Wake County, NC.  She is buried with her husband (Setzer Family history).  Their children were Harold Monroe and Juanita Katherine.  Monroe Craig Yoder(6) was a graduate of Lenoir College, received an J.A. degree from the University of  Virginia, and did advanced work in Science at the Sorbonne, in Paris, the University of North Carolina, and Duke University.  He was awarded an honorary LL.D. degree by Lenoir Rhyne College.  He was in business a few years selling batteries.  But most of his life he was a teacher at Lenoir Rhyne College, Chairman of the Department of Biology, and Secretary of the faculty for more than thirty years.  He was a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church and a teacher of a Sunday School Bible Class for 32 years.  He was a veteran of World War I, serving in France.


Harold Monroe Yoder(7) was born November 23, 1922 and died December 22, 1993.  He is buried in Catawba Memorial Park.  He married Salena Frances Kime, October 20, 1951.   She was born October 25, 1923 (Setzer Family history). Their children were Eric Monroe, born October 30, 1952; Frances Kathryn, born February 17 1954; William Craig, born August 19, 1956; and Mary Ann, born July 14, 1958.  Harold Monroe Yoder(7) was a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College, did graduate work at University of North Carolina, and received the B.D. degree from Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary.  He was a Lutheran minister, a hospital chaplain, and a supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education.  He was a veteran of  World War II.


Juanita Katherine Yoder(7) was born March 16, 1924.  She married Charles David (Daward per Setzer Family history) Colvard, October 28, 1951.  He was born August 4, 1916 (Setzer Family history).  Their children were Catherine Mary, born April 6, 1954: Carl Edward, born September 13, 1955; Anne Wiley, born August 4, 1957; Elizabeth Monroe, born April 6, 1960; and John David, born October 15, 1962.  Juanita Katherine Yoder(7) was a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College and studied Religious social work in Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary.  She was a religious worker for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in Hickory, for several years before her marriage.


6.  Rosa Rebecca Yoder(6) was born August 16, 1895.  She married Sidney Michum, June 29, 1919.  Their children were Dennis Elvin and Dulcie Lorraine.  Rosa Rebecca Michum(6) attended Lenoir College four years and taught school for a short while.  She was first a member of the Lutheran Church, and later of the Disciples of Christ.

Dennis Elvin Michum(7) was born April 28, 1920.  He married Thelma E. Speacker, October 3, 1942.  They had two children: Dennis E., Jr., born November 20, 1955; and Suzanne Denise, born April 30, 1960. 

          Dennis Elvin Michum(7) graduated from University of Iowa with a degree in Business Administration.  He has held business positions in Iowa and California.  He was a veteran of World War II.

Dulcie Lorraine Michum(7) was born September 14, 1926.  She married Kenneth D. Bishop, November 3, 1951.  Their children were Shauna Jean, born March 15, 1952, and Mark Douglas, born March 2, 1958.  Dulcie Lorraine Michum(7) was a graduate in social work from the University of Iowa.  She was a social worker for a number of years.


7. Annie Laura Yoder(6) was born January 12, 1897, and died December 10, 1967.  She was a member of the United Church of Christ and is buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  She attended Lenoir College for four years, then took nurse's training and practiced her profession for many years.  She worked for a while for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.  She also sold cosmetics for a number of years.  She never married, and lived in the home with her father and mother, and helped take care of them in their last years.


8.  Edwin Moses Yoder(6) was born August 11, 1899 and died July, 1985.  He married Myrtice Logue, July 25, 1928.  She was born Septemter 9, 1900 and died in October 1988.  Their children were Edwin and James.  Edwin Moses Yoder(6) was a graduate of Lenoir College and received an M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina.  He was a high school teacher and for many years Superintendent of Schools of Mebane.  One of the schools in the Mebane system is named for him.  He was a veteran of World War I.

Edwin Milton Yoder(7) was born July 18, 1934.  He married Mary Jane Warwick, November 1, 1958.  Their children were Anne Daphne, born August 9, 1959; and Edwin Warwick, born July 27, 1963. 

          Edwin Milton Yoder(7) was a graduate of the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, England, for two years.  He was a brilliant and gifted journalist and held responsible editorial positions on the Charlotte News and the Greensboro Daily news.  He is now (1969) Associate Editor of the latter paper.  He also taught in the University of North Carolina (Greensboro).


James Coin Yoder(7) was born January 3, 1943.  He married Elanor Ruth Hunter, June 25, 1965.  Their children were Colin M., born February 23, 1966, and Kelvin Rhyne, born September 21, 1968.  James Colin Yoder(7) received a degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). He was a claims adjuster for an automobile insurance company for a number of years.


9.  Ward Herman Yoder(6) was born February 3, 1901, and died January 24, 1942.  He is buried in Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.  He married Annie Sigmon, July 27, 1929.  She was born in 1901 and died May 7, 2000.  They had one child, Doris Ann.  Ward Herman Yoder(6) attended Lenoir College and Elon College.  He was a piano tuner and a musical instrument salesman.


Doris Ann Yoder(7) was born July 6, 1931.  She married Robert H. (Henry) Triplett, March 28, 1951.  Their children were Robert Harrison, born June 1, 1952 and died January 2, 2005; and Mark Yoder, born May 8, 1955.  Doris Ann Yoder(7) attended Lenoir Rhyne College one year, after which she transferred to Ohio University where she received a degree in music.  She later returned to Lenoir Rhyne College to receive her teacher certification.  She was a gifted musician.


10.  John Yates Yoder(6) was born December 6, 1902 and died July 1989.  He married Leah Blanche Miller, December 27, 1926.  She was born July 10, 1907 and Died February 20, 2001.  Their children were Elizabeth (Bettie), John, and Nancy.  John Yates Yoder(6) was a graduate of Lenoir College.  He taught school for several years, sold life insurance for a few years, and for many years was a R.F.D. mail carrier.  He lived close-by his father and mother in Hickory, helped look after them in their declining years, and also his sister, Annie, in her last years.  He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and seved on the Church Council a number of years.


Bettie Marie Yoder(7) was born November 1, 1928 (November 6, 1926 in Salisbury, NC per her obituary) and died November 14, 2005.  She married Ralph M. (P., per obituary) McKinnis, May 8, 1949.  He was born June 13, 1926 and died March 14, 2008.  Their children were David Ralph, born December 18, 1952; Beverly Ann, born May 18, 1955; and William Keith, born September 1, 1957.  Bettie Marie Yoder(7) received a degree from Lenoir Rhyne College and did graduate work in Appalachian State University.  She was a teacher in the Hickory public schools.  She was residing in Wilmington at the time of her death.  Survivors were her husband, son David and wife Nancy W. McKinnis of Wilmington, son William and wife Joyce McKinnis of Tobaccoville, daughter Beverly Harris and husband Jerry Harris of Leesburg, VA, sister Nancy Anderson of Chapel Hill, NC, brother, John Y. Yoder, Jr. and wife Theresa Norris Yoder of Asheville, NC, and three grandchildren.


John Yates Yoder, Jr. (7) was born October 13, 1930.  He married Theresa Norris, August 17, 1954.  Their children were Susan Annette, born July 3, 1955; Sandra Carolyn, born august 28, 1956; John Yates III, born August 20, 1957; and Sharon Theresa, born November 5, 1958.  John Yates Yoder, Jr.(7)  was a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College and of Columbia Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.  He was a Lutheran minister and served in a number of Lutheran pastorates in North Carolina.  He was President of Lenoir Rhyne College Alumni Association, 1968-1969.


Susan Annette Yoder (8) married Michael Jay Earwood of Riverdale, FL Aug 5, 1978 in Asheville, NC. He was born about 1956.


Sandra Carolyn Yoder (8) married Randall Luther Davis of Fort Walton Beach, FL in Asheville, NC on Sept 4, 1976.  He was born about 1955.


Sharon Theresa Yoder (8) of Riverdale, GA  married Philip James Corley in Buncombe County, NC on March 9, 1983


Note – the above three marriages were from my handwritten notes; I need to recheck the spellings of the groom’s names sometime.


Nancy Carolyn Yoder(7) was born July 25, 1949.  She married James L. Cilley, II, January 26, 1969.  She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and at Raleigh.  She married (2) ----- Anderson (per obituary of sister, above)


11, Sterling Hubert Yoder(6) was born October 9, 1904, and died December 29, 1920 from a gunshot wound in a hunting accident.  He is buried in Grace Church Cemetery.


            5 Colin Monroe YODER b: 30 July 1863 d: 8 March 1953

                  + Emma Clementine YODER b: 14 December 1865 d: 2 July 1951

                    6 Stella YODER b: 18 July 1887 d: 31 July 1969

                      + John W. STROUP d: 5 July 1957

                    6 Fred Roy YODER b: 12 December 1888 d: 9 September 1987

                      + Wilma PORTER

                        7 Hubert Howard YODER

                        7 Thomas Woodrow YODER

                          + Marian MCCOY

                            8 Thomas P. YODER

                            8 Katherine Ann YODER

                            8 Kristina D. YODER

                        7 Alice Elaine YODER

                          + Russell A. ZAKARISON

                            8 Elizabeth Elaine ZAKARISON

                            8 Marcia Lee ZAKARISON

                            8 Eric Arvid ZAKARISON

                            8 Kristine Alice ZAKARISON

                    6 Clara Belle YODER b: 4 January 1891 d: 1 August 1966

                      + John William CABLE d: 4 October 1964

                        7 Annie Lee CABLE

                          + Warren J. VESTNER

                            8 Patricia Ann VESTNER

                    6 Lucy Emma YODER b: 30 July 1892 d: 9 September 1933

                      + C. O. LIPPARD d: 9 September 1933

                    6 Monroe Craig YODER b: 7 December 1893 d: 11 May 1959

                      + Ethel SETZER

                        7 Harold Monroe YODER

                          + Salena Frances KIME

                            8 Eric Monroe YODER

                            8 Frances Kathryn YODER

                            8 William Craig YODER

                            8 Mary Ann YODER

                        7 Juanita Katherine YODER

                          + Charles David COLVARD

                            8 Catherine Mary COLVARD

                            8 Carl Edward COLVART

                            8 Anne Wiley COLVARD

                            8 Elizabeth Monroe COLVARD

                            8 John David COLVARD

                    6 Rosa Rebecca YODER b: 16 August 1895

                      + Sidney MICHUM

                        7 Dennis Elvin MICHUM

                          + Thelma E. SPREACKER

                            8 Dennis E. MICHUM

                            8 Suzanne Denise MICHUM

                        7 Dulcie Lorriane MICHUM

                          + Kenneth D. BISHOP

                            8 Shauna Jean BISHOP

                            8 Mark Douglas BISHOP

                    6 Annie Laura YODER b: 12 January 1897 d: 20 December 1967

                    6 Edwin Moses YODER b: 11 August 1899

                      + Myrtice LOGUE

                        7 Edwin Milton YODER

                          + Mary Jane WARLICK

                            8 Anne Daphne YODER

                            8 Edwin Warlick YODER

                        7 James Colin YODER

                          + Elanor Ruth HUNTER

                            8 Colin M. YODER

                            8 Kelvin Rhyne YODER

                    6 Ward Herman YODER b: 3 February 1901 d: 24 January 1942

                      + Annie SIGMON

                        7 Doris Ann YODER

                          + Robert H. Henry) TRIPLETT

 8 Robert Harrison TRIPLETT (June 1, 1952 – January 2, 2005) bur: Hickory Oakwood Cemetery.

                            8 Mark Yoder TRIPLETT

                    6 John Yates YODER b: 6 December 1902

                      + Leah MILLER

 7 Elizabeth (Bettie) Marie YODER (obit – Betty Yoder McKinnis,  November 7, 1926 – Nov 14, 2005) bur: hickory Oakwood Cemetery

                          + Ralph M. MCKINNIS (Wife’s obit gives middle initial as P.)

          8 David Ralph MCKINNIS

                                    + Nancy W. -----

         8 Beverly Ann MCKINNIS

                                     + JERRY  HARRIS

         8 William Keith MCKINNIS

                                     + Joyce ------   

                        7 John Yates YODER

                          + Marian Teresa NORRIS

                            8 Susan Annette YODER

                            8 Sandra Carolyn YODER

                            8 John Yates YODER

                            8 Sharon Theresa YODER

                        7 Nancy Carolyn YODER

                          + James L. CILLEY

                            + (2) ----- ANDERSON per sister Elizabeth’s obituary)


(Betty Yoder McKinnis’ obit ststes that she was also  survived by three grandchildren)


                    6 Sterling Hubert YODER b: 9 October 1904 d: 29 December 1920

              + Eliza Emaline YODER b: 23 September 1841 d: 9 February 1924



Data submitted by : Dec. 2003

Descendants of Enloe Michael Yoder

Generation No.1

I. ENLOE MICHAELl YODER (GEORGE MONROEA, MICHAELB, JOHANNIsC, CON~, CONRAD A.E YO1TER) was born September 17, 1879 in Jacob's Fork River, Catawba County, North Carolina, and died July 07, 1948 in Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina. He married Hettie LEONA DIETZ April 01, 1916 in Grace Lutheran Church, Hickory , Catawba County, North Carolina, daughter of THOMAS DEITZ and SUSAN WHITENER. She was born September 13, 1887 in Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina, and died February 26, 1956 in Hickory , Catawba County , North Carolina.

Children of ENLOE YODER and HETTIE DIETZ are:

2. i. HELEN ELIZABETH2 YODER, b. July 09, 1917, Brookford, Catawba County, North Carolina; d. April 04,2003, Concord, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

3. ii. RICHARD ENLOE YODER, SR, b. May 01, 1919, Brookford, Catawba County, North Carolina; d. August 26,2000, Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina.

4. iii. JACK Agustus YODER, b. October 12,1926, Brookford, Catawba County, North Carolina.

Generation No.2

2. HELEN ELIZABETH2 YODER (ENLOE MICHAELl, GEORGE MONROEA, MICHAELB, JOHANNI~, CONRAnD, CONRAD A.E YO77ER) was born July 09,1917 in Brookford, Catawba County, North Carolina, and died April 04,2003 in Concord, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. She married REVEREND LESTER CLEMENT HAHN, SR May 18, 1940 in Grace Lutheran Church, Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina, son of JASON HAHN and MINNIE HALL. He was born July 05, 1914 in Mt. Pleasant, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, and died April 08, 1998 in Mt. Pleasant, Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

Children of HELEN YODER and LESTER HAHN are:

5. i. LESTER CLEMENT3 HAHN, JR, b. March 01, 1943, Americus, Sumter County, Georgia.

6. ii. RACHAEL ELIZABETH HAHN, b. July 31, 1944, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

iii. GERALD MICHAEL HAHN, b. February 19, 1946, Concord, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; d. December 16,1990, Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida; m. (1) RHETA PAYNE BOWMAN, August 09,1%9, Bethal Methadist Church, Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina; b. Abt. 1947, Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina; m. (2) CAROLE JEAN LEWIS, November 28, 1981, Hallandale Lutheran Church, Hallandale, Broward County, Florida; b. September 30, 1938, Miramar, Broward County, Florida.

7. iv. JOHN ALLEN HAHN, b. September 26, 1952, Lincolnton. Lincoln County, North Carolina.

3. RICHARD ENLOE2 YODER, SR. (ENLOE MICHAEL1, GEORGE MONROEA, MICHAELB, JOHANNI.<;C, CON~, CONRADA.E YO1TER) was born May 01,1919 in Brookford, Catawba County, North Carolina, and died August 26,2000 in Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina. He married (1) DoRIS COUNCILL Bef. 1941. She was born December 07, 1922, and died Bef. 2000. He married (2) ELSA M PARRISH March 01, 1946. She was born Bet. 1915 -1925. He married (3) BARBARA (RICHARD E. YODER SR)?Aft. 1950. She was born Bet. 1915 - 1940-

Children of RICHARD YODER and DoRIS CoUNcILL are:

            i. JEAN CARMAN3 YODER, b. August 05, 1941

8.    ii. MARy YODER, b. August 28, 1942.


9     iii. KATHLEEN K3 YODER, b. December 21, 1946.

                iv.     RICHARD ENLOE YODER, JR., b. November 29, 1949, Indiana; d. August 04, 1996, Morocco, Newton County, Indiana.

4. JACK AGUSTUS2 YODER (ENLOE MICHAELl, GEORGE MONROEA, MICHAELB, JOHANNIsC, CONRAI)D, CONRAD A.E YOTTER) was born October 12, 1926 in Brookford, Catawba County, North Carolina. He married PHYLLIS ANN FuRR August 12,'1949 in Roberta Methodist Church, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, daughter of JACOB FuRR and ANNIE BALLARD. She was born July 04, 1932 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

Children of JACK YODER and PHYLLIS FuRR are:

10.    i. GREGORY LYNN3 YODER, b. February 07, 1951, Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

II.     ii. GLORIA DENISE YODER, b. July 18, 1953, Sumter, South Carolina.

12.    iii. DR. OF VET. MED. TERESA DIANE YODER, b. December 08, 1957, Sumter Toomey, South Carolina

Generation No.3

5. LESTER CLEMENT3 HAHN, JR (HELEN ELlZABETH2 YODER, ENLOE MICHAEL1, GEORGE MONROEA, MICHAELB, JOHANNI,s'C, CO~, CONRADA.E YOTrER) was born March 01, 1943 in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia. He married JUANITA ROSE HA WKINS June 28, 1964 in Mt Hebron Lutheran Church, Hildebran, Burke County , North Carolina, daughter of FRED HAWKINS and MINNIE LUTZ. She was born April 02, 1943 in Hickory, Catawba County , North Carolina.


13.     i. KENNETH DALE4 HAHN, b. April 13, 1966, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina.

14.     ii. DEANNA KAYE HAHN, b. August 25, 1970, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina.

            iii. KIMBERLY ANN HAHN, b. September 05, 1973, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina.

6. RACHAEL ELIZABETH3 HAHN (HELEN ELlZABETH2 YODER, ENLOE MICHAEL 1, GEORGE MONROEA, MICHAELB, JOHANNI.s<::, CoNRAvD, CONRADA.E YOTTER) was born July 31, 1944 in Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina. She married (1) GARY PAUL ELMORE March 20, 1965 in Mt. Hebron Lutheran Church, Hildebran, Burke County , North Carolina, son of EDGAR ELMORE and BERNOLA HINsON. He was born October 06, 1941 in Granite Falls, Caldwell County, North Carolina. She married (2) MIcHAEL RAYMOND KENNEDY July 08, 1984 in St. Marks Lutheran Church, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, son of EDW ARD KENNEDY and Lucy DARTf. He was born September 19, 1952 in East Saint Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri.

Children of RAcHAEL HAHN and GARY ELMORE are:

        i. PHiliP TERENCE4 ELMORE, b. September 08, 1965, Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina; m. DORrrA GALLARDO VALENZUELA, October 17,2003, Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles Santiago, Chile; b. Chile.

15.     ii. MICHAEL PAUL ELMORE, b. February 19, 1980, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

7. JOHN ALLEN3 HAHN (HELEN ELlZABETH2 YODER, ENLOEMICHAEL1, GEORGEMONROEA, MICHAELB, JOHANN/sC, CON~, CONRAD A.E YO1TER) was born September 26, 1952 in Lincolnton, Lincoln County, North Carolina. He married LINDA LEE MULKEY March 04, 1972 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Hallandale, Broward County, Florida, daughter OfCUFFORD MULKEY and JANET AMUNDSON. She was born July 15, 1954 in Hollywood, Broward Countv .Florida. .

Children of JOHN HAHN and LINDA MULKEY are:

           i. JUSTIN ALLEN4 HAHN, b. October 08, 1972, Hallandale, Broward County, Florida; m. SUSAN EUZABETH ESTABROOKS, July 20,2002, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts; b. March 30, 1969, Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts.

    ii MICAH AARON HAHN, b. June 27, 1978, Ha11andale, Broward County, Florida; m. EMILY MARGUERIT SCHELL, December 18,1999, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; b. September 27,1977, Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California.

            iii.    LoRIN MCKINNA HAHN, b. October 01,1984, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

8. MARy3 YODER (RICHARD ENWE2, ENWE MICHAEL1, GEORGE MONROEA, MICHAELB, JoHANNlsC, CoNRAvD, CONRAD A.E Yo11'ER) was born August 28, 1942. She married RICHARD N. GURLEy Bef. 1967.


16.    i. RICHARD BRIAN4 GURLEY, b. August 05, 1967. 

    ii. CYNrnIA LYNN GURLEY, b. November 20, 1969

    iii. PAMELALEIGH GURLEY- b Mav 22- 1975



    i.     ELIZABETH KAy4 ROTERT, b. May 29, 1970

10. GREGORY LYNN3 YODER (JACKAGUSTUS2, ENLOEMICHAEL1, GEORGEMONROEA, MICHAELB, JOHANNJ.s<: CON~, CONRADA.E YO1TER) was born February 07,1951 in EglinAir Force Base, Fort WaltonBeach, Florida. He married (1) DEBBIE Cox Bef. 1981. He married (2) NANCI HARRIs Aft. 1987.

Children of GREGORY YODER and DEBBIE COX are:

`    i. CHRISTOPHER ALLAN4 YODER, b. September 23, 1981, Winter Park, Orange County, Florida.

     ii. SHANNON LYNN YODER. b. Janill)rY 29- 1987- Sanford Seminole C~untv- Flori~

11. GLORIA DENISE3 YODER (JACK AGUsroS2, ENWE MICHAEL I, GEORGE MONROEA, MICHAELB, JOHANNIsC, CoNRAIP, CONRADA.E YOTTER) was born July 18, 1953 in Sumter, South Carolina. She lDarried (1) "KIMMA" Abt. 1973 in Hawaii. He was born Bet. 1945- 1955 in Hawaii. She married (2) ALl IBRAHIM JADEID June 15, 1992 in Deland, Florida, son of IBRAHIM JADEID and NAMET HAMID. He was born November 30, 1956 in Aman.Jordan.

Child of GLORIA YODER and ALl JADEID is:

    i. KAYLEE AMINA4 JADEID. b. Januarv 04. 1994. Winter Park. Florida

12. DR. OF VET. MED. TERESA DIANE3 YODER (JACK A GUSTUS2, ENLOE MICHAEL I, GEORGE MONROEA, MICHAELB, JOHANNI.sC, CON~, CONRADA.E YO1TER) was born December 08, 1957 in SumterToomey, South Carolina. She married CHARLES ALBERT MOTrERN October 26, 1991 in Bok Tower, Lake Wales, Florida, son of CARROLL MOTrERN and BILLIE LYONS. He was born April 02, 1959 in Elizabethton, Tennessee.


    i. ASHLEY NICOLE4 MOTTERN. b. March 01. 1992. Winter Haven. Florida


Generation No 4

13. KENNETH DALE4 HAHN (LESTER CLEMENP, HELEN ELlZABETH2 YODER, ENWE MICHAELl, GEORGE MQNROEA, MICHAELB, JOHANN[;s<;, CON~, CONRADA.E YO1TER) was born Apri113, 1966 in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina. He married VICKI LYNN HINKLE September 02, 1990 in Lutheran Church of the Nativity, Arden, Buncombe County, North Carolina, daughter of DONALD HINKLE and SHERRYL SCHREITER. Sh