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Yoder Lineage - Other than Amish

Compiled by the Yoder Newsletter

published by the Yoder Family Newsletter, Goshen, Indiana

Thanks to Carol Heilman for assembling and sharing this data- as of Dec. 1999. Carol can be reached <>

Descendants of Christian Yotty

(Notes on the "Yotty" name-- The Yotty family was among a group of Mennonites
who settled in Woodford County, Illinois. Family tradition is that the name "Yotty" was initially something else....Carol believes that "Yordy" is a likely candidate. There was a Yordy family which also settled in Woodford County about the same time. The European record of Mennonites assembled by Herman Guth, do not include any families with the spelling Yotty....And we aren't certain how far back the Yordy spelling appears either, so we've been watching that one as well to see in any "Joder" connection may exist.----Chris Yoder, Editor YNL)

YTY. CHRISTIAN YOTTY was born Abt. 1809 in Germany, and died Unknown in
Eureka, Illinois. He married CATHERINE STALTER in Germany. She was born
Abt. 1808 in Germany, and died Unknown in Eureka, Illinois.
Christian came to America in the mid 1800s with his wife, Catherine and four
children. Him and his wife were Mennonites in Eureka, IL. Their dates of
death are unknown and are buried next to their son Jacob and his wife Anna
at the Roanoke Mennonite cemetery in Eureka, IL.
Burial: Roanoke Mennonite Cemetery Census: 1850 as "Yeatty"; 1860, Illinois
Occupation: farmer in Eureka, Illinois Religion: Mennonite
More About CATHERINE STALTER: Burial: Roanoke Mennonite
Cemetery Census: Illinois Religion: Mennonite
YTY1-JOHN2 YOTTY, b. May 02, 1834, Germany; d. August 26, 1916, Eureka,
YTY2-MARY YOTTY, b. April 23, 1836, Germany; d. January 24, 1926, Eureka,
YTY3-HENRY YOTTY, b. Abt. 1840, Germany; d. September 1888, Kearney,
YTY4-JOSEPH YOTTY, b. 1847, Germany; d. April 11, 1932, Eureka, Illinois.
The caretaker of Roanoke Mennonite church in Eureka, IL, Kenny Urich, was a
small boy at the time of Joseph's death but remembers of him. Kenny was
Joseph's neighbor and recalls him being a bachelor never marrying and being
a loner. Kenny stated that children at school would make fun of Joseph for
being such an odd quiet man. More About JOSEPH YOTTY:
Burial: Roanoke Mennonite cemetery in Eureka, Illinois
Census: 1860, Illinois Occupation: farmer and breeder in Eureka
YTY5- CATHERINE YOTTY, b. 1848, Woodford County, Illinois; d. Unknown.
More About CATHERINE YOTTY: Census: 1860, Illinois
YTY5. vi. JACOB C YOTTY, b. April 27, 1853, Woodford County, Illinois; d.
August 23, 1920, Kalona, Iowa.

YTY1-. JOHN YOTTY was born May 02, 1834 in Germany, and died
August 26, 1916 in Eureka, Illinois. Occupation: farmer in Eureka, Illinois
He married JOSEPHINE PHILLIP November 28, 1871 in Tazewell County,
Illinois. She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.
John buried Roanoke Mennonite Cemetery
Cause of Death: stomach cancer/colon cancer Census: 1860, Illinois
Funeral Services: September 02, 1916, Mennonite Church near Roanoke,
Illinois; Medical Information: death certificate states cause of death
Obituary: August 29, 1916, See notes
Obituary On August 29, 1916 In the Peoria Journal
The death of John Yotty, one of Eureka's respected German residents,
occurred at his home in this city Saturday evening, after a short illness
with something like blood poison. He was born in Bavaria, Germany. May 2,
1834, but since he was 4 years of age Woodford county has been his home.
Mrs. Yotty died many years ago, but he is survived by four sons and two
daughters: Mrs. Kate Phelps of Dixon; Joseph of East Peoria; Frank of
Peoria; Mrs. Ed Everetts, Albert and Mrs. John Kyle of Eureka and Chris
Yotty. One sister and two brothers also are left--- Mrs. Mary Klopfenstein
and Joseph Yotty of Eureka and Jacob Yotty of Iowa.
Funeral services will be held from the residence at 9 o'clock Tuesday
morning and from the Mennonite church, near Roanoke, at 10 o'clock.
YTY11- KATE YOTTY, b. Unknown; d. Unknown; m. ? PHILLIPS.
Residence: Dixon, IL
YTY12- JOSEPH H YOTTY, (7/29/1872, Eureka, Il-12/29/1938, Peoria, Illinois.
Married LODICA E. ?_______. (11/3/1878-7/15/1932 in Peoria, Il)
both bur. Olio cemetery in Eureka, Illinois
YTY13- ANNA YOTTY, (1874, Eureka, Il-10/26/1941, Eureka,Il)
Married EDWARD EVERETT. ( -12/21/1952 in Eureka, Illinois)
Both bur. Olio cemetery in Eureka, Illinois
YTY14- ALBERT JOHN YOTTY, (1/21/1877, Eureka, Il-11/1/1958, Peoria,
Il of stomach cancer) M. January 22, 1932 in Peoria, Il ANNA ELEANOR WALKER
(9/29/1896 in Cincinnati, Oh- 7/2/1959 in Peoria, Illinois Cerebral Thrombosis)
Albert John worked for Carr and Johnston Co as a carpenter for 27 yrs. in
Peoria, Ill. He had black hair, brown eyes, and a medium complexion.
He was a member of the 1st Christian Church of Peoria, Illinois.
Burial: November 03, 1958, Parkview Cemetery in Peoria, Illinois
Obituary: November 02, 1958, Peoria Journal
Residence: 4412 Independence Ave, . Peoria, Illinois
Social Security Number: 330-16-1133
ANNA ELEANOR WALKER: Burial: July 04, 1959, Parkview
Cemetery in Peoria, Illinois. Medical Information: Anna became diabetic due
to her one and only pregnancy. She suffered a stroke which eventually cause
a blood clot to the brain causing death. Occupation: Housewife

YTY15- FRANK YOTTY, b. 1880, Eureka, Illinois; d. October 19, 1933, Peoria, Il
Occupation: farm hand on a farm near Eureka. Frank is buried next to his brother,
Christopher, in an unmarked grave. Burial: October 22, 1933, Olio cemetery in
Eureka, Illinois Funeral Services: Gauss Mortuary
Obituary: October 20, 1933, See notes
Obituary for Frank Yotty was on October 20, 1933 in Peoria Journal.
Frank Yotty 52, formerly of Eureka, died yesterday at the Proctor Hospital
after a brief illness. He had resided at 908 Saratoga Street for the past
few months.
Mr. Yotty was employed on a farm near Eureka. He is survived by three
brothers. Joseph H, and Albert J. Yotty of Peoria, and Christian D. Yotty
of North Chicago and three sisters, Mrs. Kate Phillips, Dixon, Ill, and Mrs.
Anna Everett and Mrs. Phoebe Kyle, Eureka.
Funeral rites will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Gauss
mortuary. Interment will be in Olio cemetery at Eureka.
YTY16- PHOEBE E YOTTY, b. 1881, Eureka, Illinois; d. October 29, 1953, Eureka,
Illinois;Burial: Olio cemetery in Eureka, Illinois
m. JOHN F KYLE; b. 1878; d. 1954, Eureka, Illinois.
Burial: Olio cemetery in Eureka, Illinois
YTY17- CHRISTOPHER DANIEL YOTTY, b. December 30, 1883, Eureka, Illinois; d.
October 29, 1952, Peoria, Illinois. Burial: November 01, 1952, Olio cemetery in Eureka,
Illinois Cause of Death: heart attack. Military service: World War 1. Occupation:
Dickinson Canning Co. in Eureka, IL. Chris is buried next to his brother Joseph.
Chris' name is listed in History of Eureka as being a fireman in 1911. Never married.
Obituary: October 31, 1952, See notes
Obituary for Christopher D Yotty in Peoria Journal on October 31, 1952
Christopher D Yotty, 68, was found dead in his room at 605 N. Jefferson
Ave. at 7:30 Wednesday morning by his landlord, Henry Barneworlt. He was
last seen alive Monday morning.
He had been employed by Dickinson Canning Co. at Eureka until his
retirement about five years ago.
A resident here 20 years, he was born in Eureka Dec. 31, 1883, a son of
John and Josephine Phillips Yotty. He never married. A World War 1
veteran, he belonged to the Eureka American Legion post.
Funeral services will held here at 10a.m. Saturday in Cumerford-Endsley
Memorial home, with burial at Eureka in Olio Cemetery. Friends may call
Friday evening at the memorial home.
Surviving are one sister, Mrs. John (Phoebe) Kyle of Eureka, and one
brother, Albert Yotty of Peoria.

YTY2-. MARY2 YOTTY was born April 23, 1836 in Germany, and died
January 24, 1926 in Eureka, Illinois. Burial: Olio cemetery in Eureka, Illinois
She married 1856in Metamora, Illinois JOSEPH KLOPFENSTEIN
(1829-1909 in Eureka, Illinois) Burial: Olio cemetery in Eureka, Illinois
Occupation: Butcher
Burial: Olio cemetery in Eureka, Illinois

YTY3- HENRY YOTTY (c1840 Germany-September 1888 in Kearney, Nebraska)
He married March 18, 1869 in Champaign County, Illinois MARY ALICE HOOVER
(9/17/1848-5/22/1914) Census: 1860, Illinois; Military service: August 28, 1862,
Illinois; Enlisted in E Co. 108th Reg. IL Inf. and mustered out on 8/15/1865
YTY31- LYDIA (AGNES ?) YOTTY, b. Abt. 1872. She married LYTTLE OSCAR JONES.
YTY32- JESSIE YOTTY, b. Unknown. She married FRED DEHM.
YTY33- EMMA YOTTY, b. Unknown. She married ?.- Had two children.
YTY34- ELIZABETH YOTTY, b. Unknown. She married ? BROOKINGS.
YTY35- MARY JOSEPHINE YOTTY, b. Abt. 1876; d. Abt. 1949.
YTY36- DANIEL LEVI YOTTY, (9/23/1879-4/6/1925) Married
(3/-/1882 Ks-died Abt. 1959)
YTY37- JACOB HENRY (HARRY) YOTTY, (2/12/1883, Thomasboro, Il-
11/24/1926, Everett, Wash. Married 1/28/1890 in Elm Creek (Odessa), Neb.
CATHERINE ELIZABETH REEVES (12/28/1904 Kearney, Neb-5/20/1940
Everett, Washington)

YTY4- JACOB C YOTTY (4/27/1853 in Woodford County, Il-8/23/1920 Kalona,
Iowa) Cause of Death: liver cancer. Religion: Mennonite. Burial: Roanoke
Mennonite Cemetery in Eureka, IL. Married January 26, 1882 in Cazenovia, Il
ANNA M BACHMAN (12/3/1858 Illinois-12/18/1933 in Kalona, Iowa.)
Burial: Roanoke Cemetery Cause of Death: Cancer . Census: 1860, Illinois
Obituary: See notes
Obituary for Jacob C Yotty

Body Reached Cazenovia Thursday and Funeral Was Held Friday

The body of the late Jacob Yotty, former resident of Cazenovia, who died at
Kalona, Iowa, Monday of last week, reached Cazenovia Thursday morning and
was taken to the home of the deceased's brother-in-law Peter Bachman.
Funeral services were held at the residence at one o'clock Friday afternoon
and the body was then taken to the Roanoke A.M. church where final services
were held. Bishop Sam Garber was in charge of the services. There was a
large attendance of former neighbors and friends at the services. The body
was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church.
Jacob Yotty was born in Woodford County, Ill., April 27, 1853, and died at
his home west of Kalona, Iowa, Aug. 23, 1920 aged 67 years, 3 months and 26
days. During the fore part of the summer he was taken to the hospital at
Iowa City, for an operation, in the process of which it was discovered that
he was afflicted with cancer of the liver, which had made such progress that
surgical help was of no avail. He recovered after the operation and
returned home, but the disease developed rapidly and in spite of all that
friends and loving hands could do, he suffered intensely and finally passed
Early in life he united with the Mennonite church, of which he was a member
until death. On Jan. 26, 1882, he was united in marriage with Annie
Bachman. To them were born four children; two sons, Chris H. and
Bartholomew J., and two daughters, Elizabeth A. wife of John Speas and
Jacobina C. wife of Jake Speas. All are living and with their mother, were
present at the bedside at the time of death. Beside these he is survived by
one brother and one sister, both of Illinois, and five grandchildren, who
with a host of friends mourn his departure. Father, and mother, two
brothers and two sisters preceded him to the great beyond.
Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite church north of
Kalona, Iowa, conducted by Bishop S.C. Yoder, after which remains were taken
to Iowa City, and shipped to the old home of deceased at Cazenovia, which he
left six years ago last March to make a new home for himself and family in
Iowa. His body was laid to rest beside the graves of his father and mother
in the cemetery near Roanoke.

A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.

God in his wisdom, recalled;
The boon of love has given;
And tho the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in Heaven.
YTY41- CHRISTOPHER H YOTTY, b. December 19, 1882; d. August 05, 1953, Kalona,
Iowa. Burial: Kalona, Iowa
YTY42- ELIZABETH A YOTTY, (8/29/1884-3/14/1957) Married JOHN SPEAS.
( - )
YTY43- JACOBINA CATHERINE YOTTY, (3/19/1890-2/6/1958) Married JACOB J SPEAS.
YTY44- BARTHOLOMEW JACOB YOTTY, (3/26/1895-3/11/1956, Ia. of stomach cancer)
Burial: Kalona, Iowa. Married MARY ELLEN YODER (5/20/1899-3/9/1980)

Sat, 12 Feb 2000 17:36:47 -0600
"Heilman" <>
"ChrisYoder" <>


Hi Chris,

I wanted to keep you updated on my search. The Woodford County Historical
Society did quite a bit of searching for me and they were able to get a copy
of a marriage license of my great great Aunt Mary who married Joseph
Klopfenstein. Her name was first listed as Jorde and at the bottom of the
license had it spelled Jordy. On the page of the register listed her name
as Joder. I purchased the Illinois Marriage CD from the family tree maker
and the CD lists her name as Joder. My great grandfather was listed as John
Yotty married to Josephine Philip. The Historical Society also provided me
with obituaries from the Woodford County Journal on John Yotty and Mary and
Joseph Klopfensteins. In Joseph Klopfenstein's obituary lists his wife as
Mary Yordy but in Mary's obit. it stated that Christian and Catherine Yotty
were her deceased parents.

I'm still not sure which surname I want to go with Jordy, Yordy, or Joder.
I am quite confused on which direction I want to go in. In a 1850 census
found in Tazewell County, IL, I found my great great grandparents with the
name of Yeatty and their son Henry shows he was born in Louisanna but the
census you have on Henry Yotty in 1880 states Indiana and the 1860 census of
Christian Yotter states Henry was born in Baden. It is a shame that at
least two of three could have listed Henry being born in the same place.

I failed to mention in Mary's obit. it said she came to America in 1838
with her parents and in John's it said he was born in a little Province of
Baveria, Germany.

Can you help me make any sense out of this. I put Mary and John's obits at
the end of this letter.


Carol Yotty Heilman




At the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Kyle, last Saturday, August 26,
1916, occurred the death of John B. Yotty, one of Eureka's highly respected
German citizens. Mr. Yotty had been in fairly good health for one of his
years and only two weeks ago took down with what proved to be his last and
fatal illness. The funeral was held at the German Mennonite church about
four miles northeast of Eureka, of which he was a member, on Tuesday
morning, Aug. 29, and the burial was at the church cemetery nearby. The
funeral was conducted by the pastor, Rev. Andrew Schrock, and was largely
attended, attesting to the high esteem in which the deceased was held.

John B. Yotty was born in the Province of Bavaria, Germany, May 2, 1834, and
came with his parents to the United States when he was six years of age.
The family settled in Woodford county near Metamora, which county has been
his home ever since. He lived on the farm near there and also in the
Roanoke neighborhood until 1895, when he came to Eureka to make his home.
On Nov. 21, 1871, he was united in marriage to Miss Josephine Phillips, and
to this union were born eight children, seven of whom are still living.
Their home was saddened by the death of the mother in 1894 and Mr. Yotty
kept up the home for the children for some years, but as his children grew
older and age began to tell on him, he made his home with them for the past
few years. At the age of 17 years he united with the German Mennonite
Church of which he remained a faithful member until death claimed him.

The children living to mourn their father's death are Mrs. Katie
Phelps, of Dixon, Joseph Yotty of East Peoria, Mrs. Annie Everett and A. J.
Yotty of Eureka, Frank Yotty of Peoria, Mrs. Phoebe Kyle of Eureka and Chris
Yotty of Iowa. One daughter, Mrs. Edith Strickland, also of Dixon, preceded
her father to the other land. He is also survived by nine grandchildren,
two brothers, and one sister.




Another one of the earliest pioneer women, and, though born in a
foreign land, was probably the oldest person in point of time spent in
Woodford county at the time of her death, was called to her reward last
Sunday morning about two o'clock-- Mrs. Mary Yotty Klopfenstein, being at
the time of her death almost ninety years of age.

Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Yotty, was born in Bavaria,
Germany, April 3, 1836. When she was two years of age with her parent, one
sister and four brothers, she came to the United States and they settled on
a farm in Germantown, west of Metamora in 1838, known then as Black
Partridge. There the subject of this sketch grew to young womanhood, and
was married to Joseph Klopfenstein in 1856, in a little brick church west of
Metamora, long since torn down. Soon after their marriage Mr. Klopfenstein
opened a butcher shop in "Farneysville", known to later generations as
"Slabtown", on the Mackinaw river near the present home of Senator Lantz.

There was an early French settlement at this point on the north side of
the Mackinaw and "Farneysville" was a thriving commercial and industrial
center for that day. The principal industries in the town was a "grist
mill", a brewery and a distillery. Settlers drove for many miles to this
mill, bringing the wheat and corn to have ground into flour or meal. Fish
were plentiful in the Mackinaw at that time and usually while waiting for
the "grist" the farmer would "slip up the creek" and with a pole, line and
hook catch a string of the finny tribe to carry home. The mill was finally
superseded by the larger and better equipt flouring mills that were built in
the larger towns. The brewery and distillery were eventually destroyed by
fire and "Farneysville" gradually went into decay.

"Grandma" says the timber lands along the Mackinaw abounded with wolves
at that time and one morning when went to the horse stable to get some cobs
there was a large wolf lying in the horse manger.
Not many years later they moved to Eureka, which has since been her
home, with exception of two years (1885-6-7) spent in Peoria.

Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Klopfenstein-Kathryn, deceased;
Josephine (Mrs. J.L. Carney); Jos. who now conducts the meat market in
Eureka conducted formerly by his father; and Anna and Chrsitian; both
deceased. Mr. Klopfenstein passed away in 1909, but the mother continued
her home on College Street, north of the meat market until death. Besides
the daughter, Mrs. Carney, and the son, Joseph, there are surviving, one
brother, Joseph Yotty, living north of Eureka; five grandchildren and two
great grandchildren.

At the age of twelve Mrs. Klopfenstein joined the Mennonite church and
has remained a faithful member. She was always a very active and happy
woman, and one to who people gave their trust and confidence. She was
always willing to help and could be relied upon-a real friend in time of
need or distress. Her many kind and thoughtful acts will long be
remembered. In the early days the calling of a physician was of the simple
stepping to a telephone that it is today, and to many families Grandma
Klopfenstein was assistant physician, nurse, helper and friend. Of late
years she has not been able to go out so much, but her heart was always with
the afflicted.

About two years ago she suffered an attack of heart trouble, from which
she never fully recovered, although in her last illness she was bedfast only
about two weeks. Realizing that her earthly career was fast drawing to a
close, she made her own funeral arrangements, choosing the minister, the
pallbearers and the songs to be used.

The funeral service was held at the M.E. church in Eureka on Tuesday
afternoon, conducted by Rev. Ezra Yordy of the Mennonite church assisted by
Rev. Andrew Schrock and Rev. W.L. Barnes. A quartet composed of Mesers
Lester Smith, Ed Smith, Walter Yordy and Walter Zook, rendered the hymns she
had chosen. The pallbearers were Henry Sauder, David Ulrich, Jacob Garber,
Chris Garber, Joseph Waggoner and John R. Resser. Burial was in Olio
Cemetery, where her loved ones gone on before are awaiting the resurrection.


Additional data dated 2002 from :

Carol Heilman
616 N. State St.
Geneseo, IL 61254
United States

Yotty Family -
My great great grandparents, Christian and Catherine Stalter Yotty immigrated to America from Germany around 1838 and settled in Woodford Cty., Illinois. The surname Yotty was Jorde/Yordy before changing. Christian and Catherine had six children: (1)John (my great grandfather) married Josephine Phillip, (2)Mary married Joseph Klopfenstein, (3)Henry married Mary Alice Hoover, (4)Joseph never married, (5)Catherine married Christian Ehrisman, and (6)Jacob married Annie Bachman.

John and Josephine Yotty had 8 children: (1)Kate married Arthur Philp and resided in Dixon, Lee Cty., IL they had two children - Glen and Nona - neither married. (2) Joseph married Lodyca Eastman and resided in Peoria, IL they had one child - Mildred she died as an infant. (3)Anna married Edward Everett and resided in Eureka, IL and had two children - Pauline died in 1919 and Gilbert never married. (4) Edith married John Strickler and resided in Dixon, IL and they had two children - Lloyd and Hazel. Edith and John both died in 1900 and their children were raised by Patrick and Sadie Duffy in Dixon, IL. (5)Albert married Anna Eleanor Walker (my grandparents) and resided in Peoria, IL and had one child -Donald (my father). (6)Frank never married (7)Phoebe married John Kyle and resided in Eureka, IL and had two children - Morris married Gladys Morrow no children and Alice married Ernest Humes and they had two daughters, Carol and Cathlene. (8) Christopher never married.

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