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YODER NEWSLETTER - Issue Number 39
P.O. Box 594, Goshen, IN 46527
April 2002

THIS ISSUE Contains:
---Christian Yoder Indenture (YR12)
---9/11 Tragedy Brushes Yoder Family
---Charles Francis Yoder, Missionary
---Charles Francis Yoder, My Grandfather
---Yoder Farmhouse in Somerset County




	The Yoder Newsletter has come into possession of an original 
parchment indenture showing the sale of the property of Christian 
Yoder (YR12) in Berks County to his son Joseph in 1789.  Although 
we've covered this gentleman and his family fairly well (YNL30) this 
new information is just too good not to feature. Much of the 
information contained in this document supports conclusions which 
were painstakingly arrived at by Hugh Gingerich and Rachel Kreider 
while preparing their monumental work "Amish and Amish 
Mennonite Genealogies (AAMG)". After reviewing a transcript of the 
indenture, YNL Co-founder Rachel  Kreider writes:
"I've gone over the indenture and found it interesting to see how 
much information we had already surmised about that family. I 
remember how very difficult the Yoder puzzle was for me when in the 
1950's I was trying to outline these immigrant families of 1742. Even in 
the 1960's, Dr. Gingerich with all his expertise found it almost too great 
a challenge to identify the Jacobs, the Christians, the Johns in those two 
generations until in a most unexpected way we found the Barbara Shirk 
will (YR18- featured in YNL2). In it she named her brothers and sisters, 
but not in the right order. Now at least we know who the children were 
of Christian of this indenture.
"The land-transaction date of 1742 for him and 1747 for his 
brother Jacob suggested to us that they took land as they became of age. 
Christian Joder (YR2) negotiated quick rent and interest from Mar. 1, 
1741 for land in another location which he conveyed to his son 
Christian (YR23)(aka"Schweitzer Christian") in 1760. By now we could 
identify all three Christian Yoders that had confused descendants for so 
many years. "
	The indenture is dated 3 Feb 1789 and is labeled a "Release 
between Heirs of Christian Yoder to Joseph Yoder" for ownership of 
"their late father's plantation in Bern Township Berks Co." Records 
of subsequent sales are also annotated from "Joseph Yoder to Peter 
Glick 14 Apr 1804" and from "Peter Glick to Andrew Boyer 26 April 
1806". The indenture contains original  signatures of all of his 
children but one. Elizabeth Yoder, wife of  Christian Hertzler, is 
mentioned as an heir in the original draft, but did not sign the 
document. Her last child was born 18 Feb 1788 in Berks County. 
AAMG shows her death as  11 Jan 1791 also in Berks. Interestingly 
enough, this is after the document was signed and witnessed (21 Sep 
1790) in Bedford County.  Can we infer that she was ill, or "heavy 
with child" and therefore not able to be present? Perhaps. 

	The document reads: "THIS INDENTURE Made the third 
day of February anno domini one Thousand seven hundred and eighty 
nine Between Jacob Yoder,  Jacob Stutzman & Anna his wife of 
Brothers Valley Township, Christian Yoder and John Yoder of 
Quemahone Township, John Miller & Froena his Wife, John Miller 
and Katherine his wife of Elk Lick Township, all of Bedford County, 
Pennsylvania, Christian Hertzler & Elizabeth his wife, Jacob Hertzler 
and Barbara his wife, & David Yoder of Bern Township, and Henry 
Yoder of Winser Township both of Berks County Pennsylvania 
aforesaid of the one part (they-(....names listed)......being children & 
Heirs of Christian Yoder late of Bern Township, Berks County, 
Pennsylvania, Deceased) and Joseph Yoder also one of the sons of 
Christian Yoder of Bern Township Berks County aforesaid yeoman of 
the other part,
"WHEREAS, Christian Yoder the father, obtained a warrant from 
the proprietaries of Pennsylvania aforesaid Dated on or about the 
Nineteenth day of October 1743 for the quantity of one hundred acres 
adjoining John Kaufman and Benjamin Kaufman in Bern Township 
aforesaid then Lancaster  now Berks County, In Pursuance whereof 
there was surveyed & laid out  XXXXX unto the said Christian Yoder 
the father a certain tract of land adjoining land now of Jacob 
Kintlesberger, Baltzer (?Epler), Peter Epler, and others in said 
Township containing about Two hundred & eighty two acres of Land 
& Allowances be this same more or less, and being so thereof seized 
died in testate .... leaving issue...... Now this indenture Witnesseth ...... 
for and in consideration of the sum of  thirty nine pounds thirteen 
shillings & six pence in real specie of gold or silver money of 
Pennsylvania, to them and each of them in hand severally & 
respectively paid by their brother Joseph Yoder, the receipt whereof  
they do severally & respectively acknowledge .....
	The  indenture goes on to describe the property in detail, citing 
neighbors Stephen Kaufman, Jacob Kintlesberger, Baltzer (Epler?), 
"to a post thence by another part of the said tract intended to be 
released to David Yoder" ....... containing One hundred and forty one 
acres & three quarters of an acre & the Customary allowances of six 
prhs for roads etc- [It being a part of the same tract of land above 
mentioned surveyed to the said Christian Yoder the father] 
witness whereof the said parties to these present have hereunto set 
their hands and seals Dated the Day & Year first above 
written........Sealed & Delivered  In the presence of: Christian Garber 
(sp?), David Joder, Ebenezer Griffith."

 Signatures here:

Left: Christian Hertzler, Jacob Hertzler (Barbara her mark),
Henry Joder, David Yoder. Right:
Jacob Joder, Jacob Stutzman
(Anna her mark), Christian Joder, Johannes Joder, Johannes Miller (Froena her mark), Johannes
Miller, Cathrina Miller.

"Received the day of the above written indenture of the above named Joseph Yoder the several & repetitive considerations of thirty nine pounds fourteen shillings & six pence to us and each of us severally & respectively paid in real specie of gold & silver money..witnesses present at signing Christian Garber David Joder Ebenezer Griffith. We say received by us: Christian Hertzler, Johannes Joder, Christian Yoder, Jacob Hertzler, Jacob Joder, Johannes Miller, Johannes Miller, Jacob Stutzman "The twenty first day of Sepber in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety There before me, one of the Justices of the peace for the county of Bedford came the witness...Jacob Yoder, Jacob Stootsman and Anna his wife, Christian Yoder, John Yoder, John Miller & Freny his wife, John Miller & Catharina his wife, Christian Hartzler, Jacob Hartzler & Barbara his wife, (Yost-crossed out) Joseph Yoder, Henry Yoder, acknowledged the above written release to be their act and Deed and desired the same to be recorded as such and the said women being of full age , there unto conversing separately and apart examined by me from their husbands the consents thereof being first made known unto them and that they have executed the same of their own free will and record without any coercion or compulsion of their husbands. Witness of my hand this day and year written--Ebenezer Griffith" ------ Rachel Kreider goes on to comment "Most interesting to me in this indenture was to see how the siblings paired off when they moved out of Berks County to Somerset County (Bedford then). It took me a long time to realize in times past that two sisters had married men with the same name"John Miller" and they lived close together in Elk Lick Twp. Now I see that Hans and Christian were both in Quemahoning Township in 1789. "We were aware of a Christian in Somerset County, but we could not place him and soon he was gone without a trace. One source had suggested that he was a Lutheran. When you suggested he was the Christian found in Stark County, Ohio (YNL30) I did not accept the idea easily. He seemed too far removed from his siblings and I associated the Stark County Yoders with the Alsatian immigrants. We had no trouble to trace Hans and his wife from Berks to Bedford to their last home north of Shanesville, Oh. Near the Holmes-Tuscarawas Co. line. I seemed to have forgotten that Hans was Christian's brother. I should have remembered the Gerber brothers who married Yoder sisters, cousins to Hans and Christian. They too seemed to travel together from Berks to Somerset to Ohio, but Abraham Gerber's family stayed associated with the Holmes Co. community and Christian Gerber moved on to Stark Co. From then on that family had a very different history. "In comparatively recent years the late Lloyd Conrad, studying the Mennonites of Stark Co., inquired who might be the Hans and Magdalena Yoder who had applied for land in Stark Co. as early as 1808 but by 1815 they sold the land and moved away! He said there seemed to have been a Christian Yoder there of the same age bracket, who died without children and a John Gerber who married a Christina ____ was involved in settling the estate. I knew this John Gerber's mother was Anna Yoder (YR173) a cousin to Christian (YR122).We could see that Hans and his brother Christian were together in Stark Co. for at least a short time and from this indenture we see that they were together in 1789 as well. Now at last we have identified definitely the Christian Yoder of Somerset Co! "At first glance I wondered why Joseph (YR127) should get the original farm but when we consider the family dates and what was going on in the Amish community at that time it is not surprising, even though we know that Joseph did not stay there either. I was also interested to see that at one place his name had been written as Yost and then was crossed out. The name of the Yost in the other immigrant family had on occasion also been written as Joseph. This is something to note as we look back to the use of names in the Anabaptist Joder families in Europe." We certainly rejoice at this wonderful "find" ! The full text of the Indenture has been transcribed and may be seem at the Yoder Newsletter Homepage.




-adapted from the Brethren Encyclopedia


Charles Francis Yoder was a missionary, editor and teacher in 
the Brethren Church. He was the son of Eli L. Yoder (YR12a321) and 
Nancy Secrist, and was born Mar. 26, 1873 in Wayne Co., Oh.  Eli L. 
Yoder (1842-1913) had been born into an Amish-Mennonite family, 
but served in the army during the Civil War. He joined the German 
Baptist Brethren in Ohio in 1866, was minister of the Chippewa 
congregation (1869), was a leader of the Brethren Sunday school 
movement, and for a while was part owner and editor of The Brethern 

Charles Francis moved with his family to Ashland, Oh (1885), 
southwestern Missouri (1886), Falls City, Ne (1887) and Morrill, Ks 
(1889) where he first met L.S. Bauman, with whom he was to work in 
later life. Yoder graduated from an academy in Hiawatha, Ks (1889), 
and studied at Taylor University in Ft. Wayne, In (1992-93), and  the 
U. of Chicago (BA, 1899, BD, 1902). Concurrently, he was pastor or 
elder of the Warsaw, Fairview, and Dutchtown, In, congregations 
(1894-c1902) and helped establish the Goshen, In, congregation after 
he held  revival meetings there  in 1900. Under his leadership the 
number of members in the Warsaw congregation increased from 30 to 
430 and other congregations experienced considerable growth. Yoder 
was ordained an elder at general Conference in 1893. As one of the 
leaders in the first youth program of the Brethren Church, he served 
as secretary of the "King's Children Society".

Although he had graduated with honors at the U. of Chicago, 
Yoder declined a teaching fellowship in church history to become the 
editor of  The Brethren Evangelist in 1903 and to teach Bible and 
theology courses at Ashland College. In 1904 he married Pearl Lutz 
(1876-1943), a schoolteacher from Falls City, Ne.

In Ashland, Yoder helped organize a campaign to close local 
taverns and "saloons", served as general secretary of the Foreign 
Mission Society (1903-c1906), and compiled material for God's Means 
of Grace (1908), and extensive (631 page) exposition of Brethren 
ordinances and doctrines. Ashland College awarded him an honorary 
PhD degree in 1909 in recognition of his work. In the service of the 
Foreign  Missionary Society (FMS), Yoder investigated the potential 
for mission work in Persia (Iran), May-July, 1905. war and uncertain 
political conditions brought his trip to a premature end; Yoder 
recommended against sending additional missionaries to Persia.

After the FMS decision to begin mission work in Argentina 
(1907), C.F. and Pearl Yoder were asked to become the first foreign 
missionaries. They spent a year in Montreal, Quebec (May 1908-June 
1909) in preparation for work among Roman Catholics in Argentina. 
The Yoders, eventually located in Rio Cuarto, where C.F. Yoder later 
taught biology at the national College (1912-1923). This position gave 
the Brethren Church mission somewhat greater respectability and 
provided the first contact with Adolfo Zeche, who succeeded Yoder as 
superintendent of the mission in 1945. In 1923 C.F. Yoder resigned his 
teaching position to devote more time to evangelistic ministry.

As tension within the Brethren Church increased in the late 
1930s, C.F. Yoder's relative distance from events in the US led some 
leaders of the denomination to look to him as a conciliator in his 
position as general Conference moderator, 1937-38. Continuing 
controversy after his return to Argentina caused him to return to the 
US on his own initiative in July 1939. After the division of the 
Brethren Church, he helped reestablish The Brethren Evangelist as a 
contributing editor, then despite earlier plans to retire from mission 
service, returned to Argentina to reorganize work under the auspices 
of the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church. He retired as 
superintendent in 1945 but remained in Argentina, where he wrote 
several books, numerous articles, and considerable poetry. He died on 
Feb. 7, 1955.
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Adapted with permission from The Brethren Encyclopedia (1983-
1984), author Dennis D. Martin, Brethren Encyclopedia, Inc., 313 
Fairview Ave., Ambler, PA 19002-4307. Photo- from Grace Brethren 
International Missions, Winona Lake, Indiana and Ruth Baker
By Elsa Ruth Romanenghi Yoder, Córdoba, Argentina.

      It is not easy to write about one's own grandfather: Childhood 
memories keep propping up and objectivity is put aside. Besides, 
knowledge of another person is a growing experience. We ourselves 
grow and become aware of things we had taken for granted as 
children. I am now a grandmother myself and feel as if I were just 
beginning to find out things about Grandpa.

	I can still remember some lessons I received from him at an 
early age. I was starting school and learning how to read and write. 
On my way to school I used to spell out words written on the city 
walls. My mother told me they were bad words so I was not to read 
them aloud or repeat them. But one day, knowing I was doing wrong, 
I took a piece of charcoal and sneaked out at siesta time to write two 
or three of them on our neighbor's house. She found out, of course, 
and later came and knocked at our door. I was fortunate to have 
Grandpa staying with us a few days, because otherwise I would have 
been whacked by my father. Grandpa got a pail of water and a couple 
of rags and gently took me by his hand from where I was hiding in 
terror and went with me outdoors. Under the curious glance of people 
going and coming along the sidewalk we scrubbed the bad words from 
the wall. What a lesson! And how graceful the way he impressed it on 
me for the rest of my life.

As I became a teenager I had mixed feelings about grandpa. I 
was proud of him when I brought home friends and saw how he 
handled information about different topics. He was up to date on 
scientific or philosophic themes about which many parents would 
have not have much to say. I didn't know at the time, as happens with 
ones own parents and grandparents, that he was a learned man and 
held several degrees: For me he was "Grandpa the preacher". On the 
other hand I felt like ducking under the table when he started to talk 
about "faith in Christ" to my friends from school who were mostly 
Roman Catholic or Jewish. I used to squirm uncomfortable till I 
found some excuse to get out of the situation. But how many people 
later in my life told me  they had known Christ through my 
grandfather! I became a Christian myself after marrying, and begun 
to appreciate what a real Christian character he had, and what 
strength there was in his convictions.

One of my last pictures of him was the day his wife died. Ever 
since I was a child I had noticed on the wall near his desk, a framed 
typewritten poem, dedicated to my grandmother Pearl. The day after 
she died I happened to walk into his room and noticed a stanza had 
been added: The same typewriter, but the ink of the ribbon was 
different! I read it with tears in my eyes because it was a moving 
stanza, a last good bye to his wife of many years. I was deeply moved 
at learning what married love could mean.

Because Eleonor, my mother, was his eldest daughter she 
inherited most of Grandpa's books, and other things. But it was long 
after he died that I discovered these treasures and unrolled his 
degrees. I was surprised to find a History of Philosophy which he 
must have used as a young man because I saw his notes on some 
pages. I was already teaching philosophy at the University of 
Tucumán at the time. But my decision was taken not knowing he held 
a doctorate  in Philosophy as well as one in Theology, and that he had 
a degree in Classical studies, all of which were things he never 
Looking through one of the books he wrote (besides his main 
work God's Means of Grace, publ. 1908) I was amazed that more than 
fifty years ago, he could have investigated and written in such modern 
terms about missions (The Argentine Mission Field). He covered 
information about the country, its people and culture, character and 
morals, education, government, etc. What we would now properly call 
a sociological study as well as a Christian evaluation.

There are many more anecdotes about him which people 
remember about him, and I sometimes feel I ought to gather all that 
information and write about a great man I was not able to appreciate 
till he was gone.-----Elsa Ruth Romanenghi Yoder, Argentina.

Hello, I'm Carlos Yoder. I'm 23 and live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
My great-grandfather (Abraham Yoder) came from Kiev, Russia in 
1904. I'm the youngest grandchild of the youngest of Abraham's 
children (Simon Yoder, who's now 79). I'd like to know more about 
my long-lost family! Here we are very few, but it seems like we are a 
lot! I have an big brother, Pablo Yoder (27), and my father is Aldo 
Mario Yoder (57). The other branches of the family are all but gone, 
since my grandfather's siblings were women, or men with no 
offspring. Please, let me know what can I do to help! Thank you so 
much, ---Carlos Yoder , Buenos Aires, Argentina
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YNL Note: We are trying, with Elsa Ruth Romanenghi Yoder's help,  
to trace further the history of Carlos's family. Her daughter has 
gotten in touch with him. Elsa reports that there are Mennonite 
immigrants who also came from Russia at the beginning of the 
century and settled as farmers, in Entre Ríos, near Bs. As. But Carlos' 
great grandfather seems to have traveled alone, at about the same 
time.  We hope to have more to share by the next newsletter.


(Township Map)

The national tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 includes no Yoder 
surnames on the casualty list. It did, however, brush against the 
history of the Yoder family. In a remote field in Stony Creek 
Township, Somerset County, Pa. , United Airline Flight 93 came to an 
heroic end. 

This same township was settled by "Schweitzer Christian" 
Yoder and his family in the spring of 1775. Thanks to Milton Walker 
of Somerset for providing information about the geographic 
relationship of the crash site to significant Yoder historical sites. The 
plane came down in a field almost due north of the town of 
Shanksville. The Old Yoder cemetery in the midst of the Zubeck Coal 
Company property and the cemetery of Bishop Christian Yoder Jr. 
are to the southwest of Shanksville.  The distance between the crash 
and Yoder homesteads seems less than 2  mile. A local historical 
group is seeking to put a memorial at the crash location. For more 
information visit: 


The Yoder Newsletter- Founded 1983 by
Ben F Yoder (1913-1992), Chris Yoder & Rachel Kreider
Chris Yoder, Editor, Battle Creek, MI; John W. Yoder, Circulation
Manager, Middlebury, IN; Rachel Kreider, Senior Contributing
Editor, Goshen, IN; Esther E. Yoder, Mail Manager, Goshen, IN;
Donald Kauffman, YNL Homepage Webmaster, Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada. Other Contributors: Richard H. Yoder, Bechtelsville, PA;
Hubert A. Yoder, Charlotte, NC; Dorothy Yoder Coffman, Malvern,
PA; Dr. Don Yoder, Devon, PA; Neal D. Wilfong, Cleveland, NC.
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-The YNL subscription is on an annual basis-two issues for $3.
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The last few remaining copies of the hardbound YNL Back-issues are
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when a sufficient volume exists to launch a reprint, you will be
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orders are assembled to launch a reprint.
As we have now exceeded 6 disks worth of data, we are changing over
to using a CD for the Yoder Information. This will allow the
expansion to include additional file types such as pictures and scanned
images. The price for our "Yoder Data on Disk" will still be $10
(postage included). A reminder--- Anyone with internet access can get
the files AT NO CHARGE by file transfer from the Yoder Newsletter
Homepage (see the "ftp" directory at . The
Annual Updates for 2002 HAVE BEEN POSTED to both the "ftp"
server and to the html pages on the web.
The December 2001 issue of the Journal of Economic Issues
(JEI) included a major article entitled "The Influence of Veblen's
Theory of the Leisure Class on Rural Sociologist Fred Roy Yoder".
Dr. Fred Roy Yoder, most renown among the Yoder family as the
author of the genealogy of the North Carolina Yoders, had a long and
significant academic career. Among sources credited, author Gerald
F. Vaughn thanks Fred Roy Yoder's daughter Elaine Yoder
Zakarison. For a copy of the article, inquire at: Association For
Evolutionary Economics, Department of Economics, Coleman Hall
168, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
"Simone: A Saint for Outsiders," a 281 page biographical novel by
James D. Yoder is now available. The book narrates the life and
thought of the French mystic, Simone Weil (1909-1943). As a
disenfranchised philosophy teacher, Simone becomes a factory worker
and labors for the dispossessed. Hunted by the Nazis, Christ comes to
her, possessing her soul, transforming her into the "Saint for
Outsiders." The book may be ordered online at, 1-
888-795-4274 or at Contact the author at Phone: 1-620-327-4053.
Letters to the Editor
After reading the information on the Yoder family I personally
wanted to say THANK YOU! I came from the Loran and Vera Yoder
Family out of Wauseon,Ohio.There you will find many artifacts of my
grandparents. My grandfather was Deputy sheriff of Fulton county
for many years. They both are now resting in Wauseon Memorial
Cem.My name is John Stewart Yoder son of Mr and Mrs John
Franklin Yoder Of Holland Ohio.There in Holland you will find
Yoder Mach and WPOS Christian Radio station founded by Lowell
Yoder also there you will find information and many of our families
history. At closing I would just like to say that one of the proudest
treasures I hold dearest to my heart is I 'm glad God made me a
YODER!-- John Stewart Yoder, Daytona Beach,Florida

Dear Editor,
This is Dwight Yoder, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, a Yoder
Newsletter subscriber. In YNL#7 there a front page story about The
Amish-Mennonite Cemetery, Stark County, Ohio. In the story there
is mention of a book in St. Joseph County, IN Yoders by Charles M.
Yoder. He was my grandfather. As a result, I am a direct
descendent of Captain Joseph Yoder and Barbara Yoder buried in
this cemetery.
While in Ohio a couple weeks ago, I followed the directions
from YNL#7, and easily found the cemetery. With the crops
harvested, it is easy to see it up on a rise about 200 yards west of Paris
Avenue. The cemetery is maintained routinely but the headstones are
deteriorating. Joseph Yoder's headstone is now unreadable.
While there I inquired as to who maintained the cemetery and
found the Miller family that lives on the southeast corner of SR 153
and Paris Avenue. Mr. Miller is a cabinet maker. The Millers told
me that a friend had a complete listing of the persons buried in the
cemetery. At my request, they have mailed me a copy of this list. It is
actually a copied record of information on the headstones compiled in
Since you are, to me, the "keeper of the flame" of Yoder
history; I would like to mail this on to you if you do not have it. As
mentioned in the article, there are not a lot of Yoders in the cemetery.
This listing was prepared about ten years before the Hilles survey
noted in YNL#7, it may have more information than could be read by
the Hilles' in 1985.
The cemetery is officially under the care of the Beech
Mennonite Church located about five miles north of the cemetery on
Paris Avenue. I hope to contact the church to provide financial
support for maintenance of the cemetery. In addition, the church has
published a history I would like to obtain. If I do, I will advise you of
any information of interest I discover.
Finally, I just remembered, my wife took pictures of the
cemetery and some of the headstones. When we get these developed,
we will get digital images along with prints. I will work to put
together a disk with pictures to send to you.
Thank you and all others who work with you for your efforts to
put together the Yoder Newsletter. Every issue is fascinating to read.
I hope my information is of interest to you. -- Dwight Yoder Rancho
Palos Verdes, CA

(Cemetery Photo)

Barbara Yoder on the Left, Joseph Yoder on the Right, Dwight Yoder
in the middle (holding a hardbound Yoder Newsletter)



Dick Yoder Campaigns for Votes

The citizens of West Chester, Pa. Followed the call to "Be a Yoder 
Voter", and on Nov. 8, 2001, elected Richard B. (Dick) Yoder as 
mayor. Dick is a former Marine, retired West Chester University 
(WCU) administrator, coach and professor, and past President of the 
Oley Yoder Heritage Association. Dick Yoder (R) 1330 votes 55.70%, 
H. Paul Frederick (D) 897 votes  37.56% , Douglas McContha (Green) 
159 votes 6.66% . You can still visit his campaign web site at:   (Staff photo by Larry McDevitt, with 
permission of Daily Local News)

Johns Hopkins Index to Selected Amish Genealogies
Thanks to David Yoder of Evanston, Il who scanned files for 
our use, we now have available on our YODER WEB SITE a major 
index of Yoder records appearing within 118 individual Amish related  
genealogies. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has done 
much work studying Amish families. Many years ago, Dr. Harold E. 
Cross of the  Medical School, Division of Medical Genetics, and 
Beulah Hostetler then  of Willow Grove, Pa. published an "Index to 
Selected Amish Genealogies".
 	Several years ago, we received permission to display the Yoder 
data from Johns Hopkins. We'd like to thank John's Hopkins 
University for its permission to display the Yoder portion of this very 
useful Index. Thanks to David  Yoder of Evanston, Il for scanning the 
Index file for our use. And many thanks to our YNL "web wonder" 
Donald Kauffman for developing the web  display. 
	The YNL does not have the specific Genealogies at hand. To 
find them you'll need to check with one of the major libraries which 
contain significant Anabaptist genealogical data...Like the Mennonite 
Historical Library, Goshen College, or others. 
Visit this tool at:

The Yoder Homepage now contains a summary index for the Yoders 
contained within the MENNOBITS web site, orchestrated by our 
YNL Webster Don Kauffman (in his "spare" time). The YNL has 
added suspected Yoder ID Numbers wherever possible and invites 
updates by all readers. Just email us on any corrections! Thanks!
Ted Yoder Takes a Bride
The YNL shares the joy of Jacqueline (Jackie) Bollinger Park and 
Ted Murray  Yoder of Newton, North Carolina who were married 
Sunday, November 11, 2001 at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran 
Church. For many years, Ted has been a true "spark-plug"  for the 
Yoder Family in North Carolina. May God Bless you both!
             Bernard Joder, our German cousin warns  he has updated his 
web pages and that people using an AOL browser may have difficulty 
seeing his pages. Explorer  and  Netscape 4x. works fine. Visit at -- "greetings from Bernd Joder"


The first edition of the Oley Yoder Cook book has sold out, but the 
committee is  getting ready for a sequel.  If you have a recipe  that you 
would like to contribute, please send it in. If you have any old family 
recipes, handed down through  the years, it would be especially nice to 
include them. Send them to Phyllis R. Yoder, 233 Main Street, 
Shoemakersville, PA 19555-1409 or e-mail at


	This multi-year project aims to bring the descendants of Conrad 
Yoder up to date and add lines from all over the nation.  The help of  
all Conrad family members is needed to assemble current 
information. Noted historian Dr. Don Yoder has promised a major 
introduction to this revision on the history of the Yoder family.  To 
help, contact:  Bill Yoder, 2707 Zion Church  Rd. Hickory, NC 28602 
email: or Chris Yoder at 203 Lakeshire Rd., 
Battle Creek, MI 49015. email:


Noted Yoder Historian Dr. Don Yoder is leading a
from May 14 to May 29, 2002.
Among the family names listed in the tour guide are Shuford, Foust,
Leinbach, Rudisel, Dellinger, Seitz,Barringer, Boger, Weidner,
Zimerman, Wissenandt, Wilfong and Hahn. For the Yoder cousins
whom he met at Yoder reunions in Pennsylvania and North Carolina,
he has included a very special visit to Steffisburg in the Canton of
Bern, cradle of all American Yoder families (Reformed, Mennonites
or Amish), and a visit with German family researcher Ottmar Jotter.
Major cities to be explored included Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Stuttgart,
Vaihingen/Enz, Tuningen, Freiburg, Kaiserslautern, Bacharach, and
Mainz, and in Switzerland Schaffhausen, Zurich, Bern, Thun, and
Basel. The tour is limited to 40 spaces and half of them are already
committed. For more details, contact Dr. Don Yoder Box 515, Devon,
PA 19333 phone 610-688-9185 or fax 610-989-0976.



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After six years of toil the Amish Heritage Foundation of Sugarcreek,
Ohio held an open house in September, 2001,to celebrate the opening
of the John S. Yoder home's public debut. The restoration has been
as authentic and historically correct as we could possibly make it , to
give the visitors a true concept of an 1869 Amish home. The home has
no electricity or plumbing and is situated on an acre of ground near
Beachy's Country Chalet Restaurant. The home was moved from its
original site amid a 172 acre farm from which downtown Sugarcreek
was platted, circa 1872. the home will be open to the public from April
to November, 2002 and will be staffed by Amish guides steeped in
local Amish history. A nominal tour fee will be charged. We welcome
any and all visitors . Hours of operation uncertain, but could be
checked in advance by calling BEACHY'S COUNTRY CHALET at
(330) 852 4644. ---Blaine F. Miller, Secretary /Treasurer

Kristina Joder of Landgrove, Vermont is a member of the U.S.
Women's Cross-Country team at the 2002 winter Olympics. She is a
three-time World Junior team member and an NCAA All-American .
Joder majored in parks recreation and tourism-commercial
recreation at the University of Utah. She is the daughter of Urs and
Carol Joder and is a former U.S. junior national champion in the
10km freestyle.


The will of Peter Weisner, of Oley, Philadelphia County.
Written/filed (?) November 24, 1738 (?). January 18, 1738 (?).
Document F.82. It shows his father as named Henry, mother Sybylla,
a sister Anne Marie and brother David. The Executor was Hennrick
Raiser, and witnesses included: Samuel Yodder, Just Yodder (his
mark) and Jacob Nauglee. (Yost (believed OY) and Samuel (believed
OY3- about whom little is known).
Peter's brother David was born c.1719 in the Palatinate,
Germany. He married Maria Catharina Weidner, daughter of Hans
Adam Weidner II and Anna Marie Haass in Berks Co, Pa. He died in
1786 in Berks Co., Pa. Their parents were Henry Weiser who
married Sybilla ______ . He was born in the Bishopric of Worms,

IN MEMORIUM-Katie (Yoder) Lind, 87, much respected and
active historian died at her home at McMinnville, Oregon,
Aug.14, 2001.


Yoder Barn-Mast Photo

(photo printed with permission of Lois and Lemar Mast)

In their July 1992 Mennonite Family History article on Amish 
homesteads in Somerset County, Pa., the house above  in Stony Creek 
Twp. and the adjacent barn were identified as being on the property 
of "Schweitzer Christian" Yoder (YR23). This information has been 
perpetuated by others and before it becomes made into concrete, we 
need to correct some things.  The property is owned by Leon Knepper 
of Berlin, Pa, and before him by the Yonai family. The historic 
property records were given by Joan Yonai to Yoder descendant Tom  
Yoder of Coraopolis, Pa. Tom passed them on to the archives of the 
Mennonite Church at Goshen College, and provided copies to the 
Yoder newsletter several years ago.
These records (summarized below and outlined in detail on the 
Yoder Homepage) relate to several parcels belonging to Bishop 
Christian Yoder Jr (1790-1846) and mention adjacent properties.  The 
core of this land was initially warranted to Nathaniel Smith in 1785. 
The property lies east and slightly to the south of the original 
homestead warrants of "Schweitzer" Christian and of his son Bishop 
Christian Yoder Sr (1758-1836), see below:

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Caption : Somerset, Stony Creek Twp. Properties-#1- 1773 Jacob Hertzler
warrant assumed by "Schweitzer Christian", #2- 1773 "Schweitzer
Christian" warrant, #3- Bishop Christian Yoder Sr. land warranted
1785, Nathaniel Smith warrant of 1785-which formed the basis for the
Bishop Christian Yoder Jr. property.

	Bishop Christian Yoder Jr. began to purchase land soon after 
turning 21 years of age, with a warrant record for an initial 52 acres 
in 1812, patent returned in 1816.  He purchased an additional 176 
acres in 1828. The property has been surveyed by the Somerset 
County Historical Society and the record reports that the house 
appears to have been built in two phases. "The western portion of the 
house measuring approximately 22' x 25' appears to be of log 
construction, while the eastern half is framed and sided." The survey 
mentions additional property transferred by conveyance in 1817. It 
goes on to indicate that the house was likely built "between 1812 and 
1846", at which time the estate of Bishop Yoder "describes the  176  
acre "home place" on which is erected two houses, a bank barn, and 
other buildings."  

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The photo above was taken around the turn of the century by 
Dr. Peter Yoder, a grandson of Bishop Christian by youngest son 
Reuben Yoder (1831-1912). Peter wrote on the back of the photo "the 
house where father was born".establishing that the house had been 
constructed before 1831.  David C. Yoder was the oldest surviving son 
of Bishop Christian Jr, and the land came into his possession after the 
death of his parents.  In 1869 he moved to Elkhart County, Indiana 
and lived there until his death in 1887 age 70. The Historical Society 
Survey indicates that the Ringler family held the property from that 
time until 1922. While there is a 1853 record showing a Ringler-Yoder 
dealing for 50 acres, the deed of sale for the bulk of the property 
appears in 1881.

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A More Modern Plot Map with original tracts outlined Properties-
#1- 1773 Jacob Hertzler warrant, #2- 1773 "Schweitzer Christian"
warrant, #3- Bishop Christian Yoder Sr. warranted 1785, #4- 1785
Nathaniel Smith warrant (Yonai farm)

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A Photograph of the Yoder barn taken 9-19-1936. The barn consists
of two separately hewn log structures linked with a post-and-beam-
framed center bay. It is one of five barns of this design identified in
Somerset Co., several built as early as 1809. Historians believe this
one was built about 1841.

The YNL will publish Yoder related inquiries or exchanges at no
charge. Please limit as possible to include a full return address. All
inquiries are checked against our records to see if we can help too. If
you receive added info, please share it with the YNL for our files.
Send Queries to: Chris Yoder, 203 Lakeshire Rd., Battle Creek,Mi
49015 or email at
Joseph Yoder. Looking for his ancestry. He was born in the 1820's
m. Annette Glase(Klase) 1841. Father of Alfred Charles Yoder, my
GGF. Alfred had at least 2 brothers, Jeremia b.28 April 1861 and
Messiah b. 22 Oct 1863 all born in Berks Co, Pa. Reply to Wm. E
Yoder, Jr. 380 High St., Souderton, Pa. 18964
I have been told that one of my Hechlers (Hecklers) was raised by the
Yoder Amish. Do you have any record of Hechlers in your clan?
Time period would have been about early 1800's. This would have
been around what is now Markelton PA (Somerset County). If
that does not ring a bell, I can look up other place names from that
time period...its near Brothers Valley and Upper Turkeyfoot....
Thank you, Melanie Heckler, <>
My ancestor, MARY YODER, was born 6/2/1803 of Catawissa,PA?
and died March 1896 in Wayne County, OH. She married JAMES C.
PANCOAST about 1825 in Catawissa,PA (possibly). I am descended
from their first born son, CASPER C. PANCOAST born 12/10/1826
and died 12/12/1884 in Wyandot County,OH. Can anyone confirm her
ancestry? Mrs. Sherry C. Young - 4605 Coachway Drive -
Rockville,MD 20852 email:
Looking for the family of SOPHIA YODER. She was born in the
1920s and died in Lodi, California in 1988. She was disabled and
under care the last five years of her life. Had lived in Arkansas and
had a daughter there. Had a brother in Stockton, at one point. She
spoke of a Donald Yoder"perhaps a son or husband. Anyone
knowing this lady contact: Mari McGregor .
Can also write care of the editor of the Yoder Newsletter.
Looking for information on JESSE YODER, married to Agnes Fisher.
Had son Joseph Leroy Yoder B: 11/22/1906 D: 4/15/1996 in Ft.
Collins, Co. who m. Clara Sprague (1907-1995). Reply to: Jeane
Emler, 163 N. Hodgeman St., Laramie, Wyo 82072
Looking for the grave of Christian Egly who married Catherine
Stahly. Her daughter married a Yoder. He supposedly died in Miami
Co, Indiana. B. 3-24-1803 in Germany and died 7-3-79. He was a
weaver. Have checked into the Miami records, but to no avail. Helen
Bridgeman, 1019 Redwood Dr. Loveland, Colorado 80538 (email
Who was Elizabeth Yoder (8/15/1823-1/23/1901 77y 5m 8d )
wife of Elias Ford (7/9/1880-6/7/1881) Both buried in
Jacob's Cemetery, Exmoor, Pine Grove Twp., Schuylkill Co.,
PA Reply to Chris Yoder at the Yoder Newsletter.
Looking for Burton Yoder in Reading,Pa. Bob & Deloris
Allen, 310 Walnut St, P.O. Box 134, Walnut,Ia 51577

two wonderful and detailed articles on the Yoders of Oregon see the
Feb. 2002 newsletter of the Oregon Mennonite Historical and
Genealogical Society. Authors are James Grant Yoder and Joel E.
Daniels (see YNL35).

	Almost 150 copies distributed!! Virgil Yoder's slide show and its 
inspiring story of our Yoder Heritage in Europe and the U.S. has been 
a centerpiece at national Yoder gatherings since 1994.  Hold your own 
Yoder family reunion, large or small, anyplace around the world and 
make the video the cornerstone for your program.
	Get your own copy of this family treasure for $25 (post paid). 
Order from Virgil E. Yoder, 110 Northumberland Rd., Irwin, Pa. 
15642. If you have any questions, write Virgil at: .



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New TOYODER tailgate stickers for Toyota pickups. (but you can use
them anywhere) Made of Professional vinyl sign material, and last for
many years. Sticks to any CLEAN, non-porous surface like glass,
plastic or painted metal. Easy to cut off the "TO" and have your very
own "YODER" sticker. Colors available: White, Black, Chrome
(Mirror), Gold (mirror), Blue, Red, Hot Pink, Yellow, Aqua (lite
Bluegreen). Overall size 3.67" x 27.2".CAN be removed with some
serious effort. Installation instructions with each order. FREE
SHIPPING! Just send $9.95 (ea) to: Jim Bennett, 13913 Adams Road,
Granger, IN 46530 or Email


Thomas Rader Yoder (b3/10/1848) with daughters Daisy (b2/24/1878) left, Minnie
(1/27/1873) center, Bertha (11/25/1870) right.-contrib by David Packard, Jan.2002


We have made a small start and assembling Yoder photos in 
digital form, and have plans to gradually scan more of the images we 
have used and/or collected at the YNL over the years.  Practical 
limitations on our web server will limit what we can display there, but 
the capabilities to assemble and include data on a CD ROM are 
significant. We'd like your help in beginning to build these pictorial 
files of families. If you have access to scan photos and then email  
them to me at the following address: .
	For now I'd like to limit things to pre-1920 Yoder family group 
photos, photos of individual Yoders who may have been born before 
1860, or photos of pre-1830 Yoder homestead structures. Include with 
your photo a short paragraph of narration. Thanks to David Packard 
for the first contribution. (Thomas R. Yoder-Con236)- Chris Yoder



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	Joseph Yoder, current President of the Oley Yoder Heritage 
Association, has been an active theater member for over 40 years. The 
Reading Civic Opera Society presentation this year is "Peter Pan", 
and Joe and son Adam appear as pirates. Grandson Adam, age 7, had 
the role of Michael. 
	At the 2001 National Yoder reunion, Joe donned a Santa hat and 
read a Pennsylvania Dutch version of  "T'was the Night Before 
Christmas". You can see Joe makes a very good Santa. At a recent 
Yoder meeting at the Pleasantville Inn, he was approached by a 4-
year-old boy who wanted to know where his reindeer were. Joe 
explained that they were at home, and why he only used them on 
Christmas Eve. Joe had a red shirt on that day and when he went to 
drive home he put on a Santa hat (which he always wears at 
Christmas). The little boy said to his mother "See, I told you he was 
Santa".- contributed by Fay Yoder, Hamburg, Pa.


Anna Belle (Yoder) Emery found 2 soldiers with the Yoder surname 
who died in WWII at the American Battle Monuments Commission 
web site: .
	Walter J. Yoder, Private First Class, U.S. Army, 33315772, 47th 
Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division  Entered the Service from: 
Pennsylvania Died: June 29, 1943  Buried at:  Plot E Row 1 Grave 5  
North Africa  American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia.(I thought this 
might be YB1399143, who died in 1943 per another source,
"Andreas Crouthamel's Descendants", but I show his middle initial as 
B. His great grandfather, Aaron M. Yoder, YB1399 was also my great
grandfather. ) 
	Willis R. Yoder, Private First Class, U.S. Army, 35295552, 319th
Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division  Entered the Service from:
Ohio Died: February 16, 1945  Buried at: Plot F Row 15 Grave 31
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Awards:  Purple Heart (Anyone recognize this fellow?)


The History of the Yoder Family in North Carolina by Dr. Fred Roy 
Yoder has been reprinted and is available once more!! Funds raised 
will be used to restore old Yoder gravestones and up-keep of 
cemeteries at Churches significant to the Yoder Family and the 
ancestors of the Author. Price is  $25 (postage included). Send checks 
to : "Yoder Memorial Fund" at: Yoder  Family in North  Carolina, 
c/o: Bill Yoder, 2707 Zion Church  Rd. Hickory, NC 28602


	2001 Stewart Yoder Reunion near Manteno, IL.

	Stewart Yoder (M661) (b. 1859, d.1951) was the son of Calvin, son 
of Peter, son of immigrant Melchior Yoder. He and his wife Jennie 
started the first reunion which was held at their home in St. Anne, 
Illinois for many years until it subsided.  Cleve and Stella Yoder 
picked up the tradition some years later and the reunion was held at 
their home in St. Anne and then in Mt. Aire, Indiana for many years, 
but it too subsided.
	Then Ray "Sonny" LeBell"grandson of Cleve and Stella, decided 
to start the reunion tradition again in 1981. This year marked the 20th 
reunion.  It is always held the second weekend of August, usually on 
Sunday"rain or shine.  For the last so many years it has been held at 
the Kankakee Sportsman's Club where Sonny is a member. 
	Every year the reunion is brought to the attention of as many 
family members as we can find with a flyer reminding them of the 
upcoming reunion, and the directions to the Sportman's club are on 
the back.  Every family is to bring a dish to share. 
	At the first meeting and all meetings after a President, Vice 
President, Secretary, Treasurer and Chaplain were voted on.  For 
many years it was the same people"now we are trying to get the 
younger generation involved.  This year our Vice President and 
Treasurer are in their early twenties.  The Chaplain has been one of 
the sons of Cleve Yoder since we started.  Fred Yoder has been the 
Chaplain for many years and still is.
	The secretary keeps the record of happenings for the year.  How 
many attended, who came the farthest, the youngest, the oldest, the 
youngest grandmother, etc.  We try to note who we lost that year and 
always have a moment of silence for the lost loved ones.  Attendance 
fluctuates"some large and many small.  There are some years where 
we have someone new who has never been to one of our reunions"
like this year"Bill Yoder attended for the first time, coming from 
Knoxville, Tn..  Bill, a descendant of Stewart's brother Harry,  and his 
cousin Phil went to see an Uncle Emmet who was 95 years old and 
brought back some enlightening family history.  
	Starting a reunion is not easy and keeping it going is the hardest 
part.  The most enjoyable part of the reunion has to be the people you 
see and the lives that are touched for that one day"lives that are old 
and new, near and far.  Many of these family members are only seen 
at the reunion or at funerals and seeing someone at a reunion is 
always the best choice.  Watching children grow and sharing a 
families joy and sorrow are the comforts of getting older. --Joyce 
VanSetten  (Bill Yoder notes:  Emmet, 95, is the only child of Stewart 
and Jennie still living. 71 people attended. Stewart and Jenny(Wade) 
had 9 children; 7 boys, 2girls.  His son, Mack, lived to be 100.  The 
following officers for 2002 are: Pres. Jason Yoder, V. P.  Heather 
Rossi, Sec.  Joyce VanSetten, Treas.Corey Delby,  Chap. Fred Yoder. 
During the bus. meeting, I shared with them some of the Yoder 
heritage and encouraged them to obtain a copy of Virgil Yoder's 
video-- Bill Yoder (M66221))


-Virginia Mae Yoders Boord , 74, (M264534) homemaker, of
Lockhart,Texas, Mrs. Boord was born on August 14, 1927 in
Cincinnati, Ohio, to Rev. Gay Andrew Yoders and Clara Brown
Denny Yoders.
-Pearl J. (Yoder) Rogers, 88, of Cleveland, Tn died Saturday, Jan. 13,
2001, daughter of the late Cordilla Cooley Yoder and Samuel Yoder.
-James Barry "Jim" Yoder, 62, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001 of
Kennesaw, Ga. Son of J B James Barry Yoder Sr. and Rachell
-The Rev. James Franklin "Frank" Yoder, 82, of Athens, McMinn
Co., Tn March 20, 2000, a son of the late Samuel David and Melinda
Cordia Cooley Yoder. He was an active participant in the NC Yoder
-Audre J. Yoder Proctor, 87, Goshen, Ind Feb, 19, 2002. Audre was
the daughter of to George and Hazel (Stiver) Yoder. She married
Thomas Proctor in St. Johnsburg, Vt., on Sept. 7, 1939. He is
deceased. Mrs. Proctor worked for American Heritage Publishing
Co. in New York City. Ms. Proctor was a longtime friend of the YNL.
In the 1988 article on her great-grandmother "Rosanna of the Amish"
she wrote: "When Dad was about five years old he cut his leg with an
ax. His grandmother (Rosanna) came to his house and "powwowed";
stopped the bleeding which was profuse. Needless to say, he was a
great believer in this gift of healing, and he had a man in Goshen who
he called to pow-wow for me when I had been hit in the eye and nose
with a golf club and it WORKED, so I'm a believer too."

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