Published by the Yoder Family Newsletter, Goshen, Indiana.



Expanded and presented by Emily Coffman Richardson, 2023


After decades of effort, Melchior Yoder Line Coordinator Don Honeywell, ably assisted by his wife Grace, have handed off their files, data base, and responsibility for this line to Emily Richardson. Emily, the daughter of the late Dorothy Coffman (an early researcher of the Melchior line- see YNL 3, April 1984) is a retired university administrator, and now a professional genealogist. Emily has expanded on much of the family group information gathered by the Honeywells and plans to prepare a series of books on the Melchior line which include a significant amount of added detail and references.


For content update, write Emily Coffman Richardson at: kinsearchers@gmail.com or snail mail at: 8700 Franklin Drive, Denton, TX 76207


In addition to being available for order on disk from the YNL, these files may be accessed over the Internet at:




This series of documents is a classified summary of key points in the known lives of descendants of Melchior Yoder, M, our immigrant ancestor.  Information has been derived from family members and various sources.  Our alpha-numeric identification system is an adaptation of the Henry System.  It will prove most helpful for you to record the code numbers of the people in whom you are interested.  The (+) designates that additional information on that individual is included in the next generation.  The basic research information and citations are contained in a Family Tree Maker program, excerpts of which are available upon request.  Some information is private, and no “living individuals” as of the time of production of this report are included.


Five generations beginning with Melchior Yoder as the first generation is offered in each of the lines.  Each line (M1, M2, etc) are separate files. Naming and spelling often vary amongst records, based on time and location.  Therefore, the most common spelling has been used within these listings.


We apologize in advance for any errors and omissions in this work.  Please help us correct and extend any of the information in these records.



Surnames included in this listing


Seidel   Yoder




Generation 1




MELCHIOR YODER and ANNA GODSHALK had the following child:


   M4.   HENRY YODER about 1775 – after 1810




Generation 2


M4.  HENRY2 YODER (Melchior1) was born about 1775 in Philadelphia County, PA. He died after 1810. He married CATHERINE SEIDEL about 1798 in Montgomery County, PA. She was born about 1776. She died on 19 Feb 1831 in Union County, PA.


HENRY YODER and CATHERINE SEIDEL had the following children:.


   M41.  DAUGHTER3 YODER was born before 1793 in Limerick Township, Montgomery County, PA.


   M42.  SON YODER was born about before 1793 in Limerick Township, Montgomery County, PA.


   M43.  ABRAHAM YODER was born between 1800-1807 in Center Township, Northumberland (now Snyder) County, PA.


   M44.  JACOB YODER was born between 1806 - 1811 in Center Township, Northumberland (now Snyder) County, PA.


   M45.  DANIEL YODER was born between 1807 - 1812 in Center Township, Northumberland (now Snyder) County, PA.


   M46.  NATHANIEL YODER was born between 1810 - 1817 in Center Township, Northumberland (now Snyder) County, PA.




The names of Abraham, Jacob, Daniel and Nathaniel become part of the tax records, next to their father Henry Yoder in Hartley township beginning in 1828 with Abraham. Jacob is show as a single man in 1832 taxes.  Daniel shows in 1833 along with Henry, Abraham and Jacob.  Nathaniel shows as a single man in 1838 along with Jacob.


The three daughter’s listed in the 1810 census could be Henry’s daughters or his brothers Benjamin daughters.  Since no will is found for Henry, we are currently unsure as who these girls belong to.  If you chose to list them, they would be M47, M48, M49.  This family continues to be researched.