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A Palatine Settlement in Oley Valley in Pennsylvania by Karl Yoder
YODER FAMILY INFORMATION--CYBERSPACE EDITION-1998
published by the Yoder Family Newsletter, Goshen, Indiana
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This data was translated in 1997 by Mr. Fred Haines from the German text of Karl Joder and Ottmar Jotter in their compilation " Picture Book to the Chronicle of the Joder-Jotter Family". The YNL wants to express it's deep appreciation to Mr. Haines for his translating AND typing skills and for his willingness to volunteer his time for the benefit of all Joder/Yoder descendants around the world (particluarly those of us who speak English!).
A WORD OF WARNING- Karl Joder's notes, in their discussion of the Joder familieswhich left Steffisburg, make certain claims about different lines which went to theUnited States. He presents no documentation which establishes this, sometimes gives data which is in conflict with itself, and for one major line which he indicates would have been the source of the Amish "Widow Barbara", he is a generation off from time of actual immigration. His European data should be considered as a help in ruling out one line or another, and in suggesting some other lines as candidates for the source of US immigrants.
Picture Book to the Chronicle of the Joder-Jotter Family
(One of the most named families in America)
A Palatine Settlement in Oley Valley in Pennsylvania
In the Church Register of the Evangelical Church Congregation inSchwetzingen it is written that the emigrants left Schwetzingenon 1 March 1709 to seek a new homeland in the State ofPennsylvania in America. The route did not, however, leaddirectly to the Atlantic ocean, as they made several farewellvisits in Oggersheim-Eppstein. In Eppstein the company was joinedby a family called Kuehlwein and a Huguenot family called LeeDez,and, in Lambsheim, a Huguenot family called Bertolet. Oggersheimand Eppstein were not the homeland of the emigrants, though, onlya way station.
The homeland of Hans and Jost Joder was Switzerland, moreprecisely, the country around Steffisburg in the Canton of Bern,from which a great number of Joder families came by way of theAlsace to the southern Pfalz around Albersweiler and Oggersheim-Eppstein between 1690 and 1709. These families which migrated tothe Pfalz were all, with a single exception, Old Evangelical orMennonite - only Hans and Jost Joder, their parents, and brotherswere Reformed.
Hans Joder was married to Veronica Eschlimann and had a daughternamed Anna-Regina who, when they left for America, was just ayear old.
We know that there were many victims of the frightful sea voyage,and it appears that the wife and daughter of Hans Joder wereamong them, for in 1711 he married a second time, in theWhitemarsh Reformed Church by a Pastor Van Vlecq, to Anna RosinaLeeDez, daughter of the Huguenot Jean LeeDez, who had accompaniedHans Joder to the New World. He is described in the marriagedocument as 'widower of Fronica Eschelmann.'
Whether Jost Joder married in Eppstein, before the voyage, oronly in Pennsylvania cannot be determined, but it is clear thatby the time they turned up in the Oley settlement, he was marriedto Catherine K hlwein. This was confirmed to us by KathleenDietrich, resident in Stockbridge MA 01262, USA, who counts JostYoder and Cathrin K hlwein and John Yoder and Catherine Lescheramong her American forebears, while her Dietrich ancestors stemfrom Becherbach in the Pfalz.
In the years 1711 to 1720 many families emigrated from theFrankenthal-Flomersheim-Eppstein-Lambsheim-Oggersheim andMutterstadt region to Pennsylvania, among them, in 1709, aPhilipp Kuehlwein, a cousin of Cathrin Kuehlwein, the wife of JostYoder. Also from Lambsheim was a Mathias Baumann, who also had awife named Kuehlwein. Baumann was a Pietist who founded the sectof 'Newborns' in Pennsylvania. In order to attract adherents tohis sect, he preached at every opportunity that he had been sentby God, and the proof thereof was that he could wade through theManatawny river - a river half as wide as the Neckar (inGermany) - without getting wet. Since he couldn't actually dothis, me managed only to lose the rest of his adherents. He movedfar away and died in Baumannsville in 1727.
An Ulrich Stauffer also emigrated from the Frankenthal district.He was ashamed of his background and ancestry in the Pfalz, andduring the sea passage on the sailing ship he learned a fewcrumbs of English. The first thing he did on American soil waschange his name. He called himself 'Uellerigh Stouffre,' in orderto create an impression that he was English or Irish. As he spokeneither perfect English nor Irish nor French, he shot himself inthe foot with the name change, while other members of theStauffer families in America, more proud of their heritage,founded the world famous Stauffer Chemical Corporation.
Hans Joder and his brother Jost were, in the year 1709, the firstto bring the name Joder or Yoder to America. Religious refugees,they left everything behind but a Bible - now the oldest Bible inall of America - which had been bought by Caspar Joder, thenreigning Statthalter (magistrate or sheriff) in Steffisburg, andwhich Hans and Jost had inherited. The Bible had been printed inMainz in 1530, during Martin Luther's lifetime - one of very fewprinted before 1540. It is beautifully printed and boasts severalillustrations. The text is not divided into verses. It had beenlong in the possession of the Joder family and was the onlyobject thought valuable enough to be taken along on the journeyto America. It later came into the possession of Mary B. Yoder.
The two brothers lived first in the wilderness where no man hadever set foot. Later they bought vast flatlands among the Indians on the Manatawny river in the valley of the Blue Mountains.
Their lands, which until then had been public property, weresurveyed for the first time on March 25, 1714, and entered underthe name of Hans Joder in the Secretary's Office in Philadelphiathe same day.
On June 21, 1717, Hans Joder sold a tract of nearly 300 hectaresfrom the northern part of his lands to the Huguenot settlerAntoni LeeDez, and, in the southern part, a somewhat smallerparcel lying on the Manatawny river and called Crooked Dam, toGabriel Boyer, a family from the Mutterstadt-Oggersheim-Frankenthal district of the Pfalz which settled and anglicizedtheir name from Bayer to Boyer in the Oley Valley.
Hans Yoder - the pioneer settler - died at his farm in 1742 andwas buried in the family cemetery of Yodersville orPleasantville.
[Charcoal drawing of small, two-story log cabin]
In the beginning, there were only such log cabins in Yodersville,the settlement founded by the brothers Hans and Jost Joder in1713. However, some years later the small settlement had become,owing to further immigration, particularly from the Frankenthal-Eppstein-Lambsheim-Oggersheim-Mutterstadt district of the Pfalz,a small town. Yodersville boasted grain mills and sawmills, largefarmhouses, a massively built Pleasantville Hotel, paper mills,and business firms like Daniel A. Yoder's Distillery and LiquorFactory. (From Fragments of the Past, Historical Sketches of Oleyand Vicinity, by Peter Bertolet, 1860.)
[A graphic that appears to be an advertisement for Daniel A.Yoder's Wines and Liquors]
For his farm, Jost Joder, the pioneer of the family, sought out aspecially favorable location on the bank of the Manatawny river.On the day he surveyed his claim with a surveyor, he laid it outwith long, straight boundaries until he came to a fresh spring.Surely, the geometrician thought, you want this spring with itslovely surroundings included in your land. 'No,' Jost said, 'wewill draw our boundaries past this spring and leave it for othersettlers. This place is so beautiful and inviting that I hope itwill soon attract a settler and bring me a neighbor.'
This candor is an example of the man's character. He was generousand friendly and knew how to value friends, especially out therewhere men were so isolated in the wilderness. This story showsthat Yoder was the first to take possession of land in thisdistrict, as all land outside his own boundaries was still publicproperty. The site on the Manatawny river was called Crooked Dam,and the farm build there soon by Gabriel Boyer-Bayer is known tothis day as Crooked Farm.
Jost Joder had considerable capabilities as an inventor ofmechanical devices. He manufactured axes, scythes, plows,firearms, and many other things which the pioneers neededurgently. He was also a passionate hunter and, in addition, adevotee of strong drink. His passion for hunting and rum('firewater' to the Indians) soon attracted the notice of theIndians, and he was gladly accepted by them, especially those wholived nearby. They obviously developed a taste for alcohol, andas soon as they discovered that their good and generous neighborYoder always had some around the house, the became daily visitorsto him and his whiskey bottle.
Jost Yoder's eldest son was named Johannes (called de Joscht-Hannes) and is buried in the family cemetery at Jodersville-Pleasantville. The inscription on his gravestone runs:
He was born 1718
Married 1747 with Catherine Lescher
and raised 4 sons and 5 daughters. Died
7 April 1812, after 66 years of marriage.
He was 94 years and 14 days old.
The Leschers or L"eschers also come from the Frankenthal-Lambsheimer district. Catherine Lescher, the wife of JohannesJoder, was born in 1730, and the couple had nine children, foursons and five daughters.
The gravestones in the Yoder family cemetery are artisticallyfashioned from very fine sandstone, and John Yoder, the son ofHans Yoder, the pioneer settler and founder of a paper mill onthe Manatawny river, said that such sandstone was nowhere to befound in America but had to be quarried from mountains in thePfalz and transported to America. (From the book Fragments of thePast, Historical Sketches of Oley and Vicinity, by Peter G.Bertolet, 1960.)
Hans Yoder, the brother of Jost, had four sons, Hans, Samuel,Daniel, and Peter. Hans Junior had three sons of his own, Daniel,Martin, and Jakob. His wife, Sarah Schenkel, died in 1798 and wasburied at Easter in the de Turks cemetery. (The de Turks are aHuguenot family from the Frankenthaler district and the Schenkelsprobably stem from Edenkoben.)
One day in Yodersville, Hans Joder and his wife were busyclearing land near where the Pleasantville Hotel stands today.The industrious parents had locked their children in the logcabin to protect them from the wild animals which appeared fromtime to time. As they tucked into their work, they believed thatthose at home were in safety. They were however not long at thework when they heard shots from the direction of the house. Theyran home to find a band of drunken Indians from the neighborhood.Good friends of Yoder, they had come to visit. When they foundthe house locked up although someone was inside, they believedthey were being kept out purposely. They were insulted and angry,and, as they were also drunk, they fired thoughtlessly throughthe door. Yoder, who was very brave, sprang upon them and beatthem before they had time to realize what was happening. Thewhole band took off, shouting threats of revenge.
It was not long before they reappeared with reinforcements todemand reparations. The new arrivals were fortunately sober.Yoder quietly explained to them what had happened and showed themthe hole in the door and the helpless children inside and howeasily one of them could have been been killed. This worked well.The Indians became furious at the man who had fired the shots andmight have killed him on the spot if Yoder hadn't interposedhimself and, with the greatest of difficulty, dissuaded them,since no real harm had been done. He suggested they return home,which they promised to do. The drunken Indians had also taken abundle of Yoder's fleeces, which the sober ones brought back, butYoder refused to take them and declared the incident closed. TheIndians, however, insisted on giving them back anyway.
[The following two paragraphs stand side by side in the original]
Jakob Yoder the Flatboatman on the Mississippi, born 11 August1758 at Yodersville in Oley County.
Jakob Yoder the Flatboatman on the Ohio, born 10 January 1712 atSteffisburg in the Canton of Bern, Switzerland.
NOTE- The data above is suspect!-C Yoder- Yoder Newsletter
In the marriage register of the village community of Steffisburg,Switzerland, the marriage of Hans Joder and Christina Moser isentered for the date September 30, 1707. The following childrenwere born to them:
Birth Register Date Name
Vol 5 page 52 January 8, 1708 Barbara Joder
Vol 5 page 66 June 15, 1710 Jakob Joder (died as child)
Vol 5 page 77 January 10, 1712 Jakob Joder ('Strong' Jakob)
Vol 5 page 131 August 12, 1714 Hans Joder
Vol 5 page 189 March 7, 1717 Anna Joder
Vol 5 page 205 August 11, 1720 Elsbeth Joder (died as child)
Vol 5 page 295 December 14, 1721 Elsbeth Joder
Vol 5 page 393 August 19, 1725 Catherin Joder
Vol 6 page 20 September 19, 1728 Magdalene Joder
This Hans Joder-Christina Moser family, with its seven children,later emigrated to the Pfalz and from there to America. The boyborn in 1712 later became known in America by the nickname'Strong' Jakob Yoder.
Strong Jakob was recognized as the strongest man in America, and one of his sons was nicknamed Dick Christel... or 'Dick Christle' Yoder.
NOTE- The data above is suspect!- C Yoder- Yoder Newsletter
The Jakob Yoder born in Yodersville on August 11, 1758, was noteven in the world when his namesake cousin born in Steffisburg inSwitzerland was already running a flatboat on the Ohio River,beginning in 1757.
Flatboats are those rafts with a hut built on them to shelter forthe passengers from bad weather. The rafts were large enough toaccommodate several horses and other livestock - the entirebaggage and tools of the crew could be stowed.
(Whoever wants to know more should read the book by RudolfCronau: Drei Jahrhunderte Deutschen Lebens in Amerika. Theflatboat of Strong Jakob Yoder is pictured on page 259.)
The bearers of the name Yoder in America who have Strong Jakob in their list of ancestors are particularly proud of him.
We come back to the pioneer settlers Hans Joder (John, inAmerica) and his brother Jost Yoder.
Jost Yoder had, as far as we know, three sons - Johann or John,Jakob, and Samuel, and a daughter who marred Lazarus Weidner.
Johann or John had the nickname of Joscht-Hannes, which did notplease him at all. Jakob had his farm on the other side of theSchuylkill river, and Samuel had his farm near Iobachsville.
Jost Yoder was a passionate hunter and fur trapper, enthusiamsinherited by his son Joscht-Hannes. In the fall of every year, hemade several hunting trips in the blue mountains which often kepthim away from home for weeks at a time. He blazed his own trailsthrough the primeval forest, accompanied only by his dog and hismusket. On his route he had several caches in hollow treetrunksin which he often left provisions from one year to the next. Hisexpenditure of ammunition was enormous, but he shipped pelts bythe wagonload.
Wolves often attacked his herds. These secretive beasts of preyhad dens in the nearby hills from which they swarmed out atnight. They regularly sought out the pigpens and sheepcotes ofthe settlers and disappeared again only when their bloodlust wasstilled. Although Yoder was an excellent hunter, he could notstop these thieves, with all of their tricks. He thought of aplan to annihilate them. Next to one of their trails he dug a pitnearly eight feet deep. The sides were smooth and vertical. Inthe middle of the pit he laid out mutton and then covered the pitwith branches. The wolves, attracted by the smell of theirfavorite food, fell into the pit, and in this way he trapped fivewolves in one night. Later he was able to rid the entireneighborhood of this plague.
He was a man with much courage but rough manners. His name was abyword in the neighborhood for a certain boorishness - likeJoscht-Hannes, people said. He liked to make jokes at the expenseof the Indians. Once, as his native neighbors celebrated amarriage, he decided to have some fun. The gathering was fairlynumerous. Jost Yoder approached, hidden behind a hickory branch,and looked on for a while, then however jumped into the midst ofthem and beat them until he drove them off. All this happenedwithout provocation from the Indians. As Yoder said, it was alljust in fun. This shows in part what sort of creature he was. Heloved sport and fun, although his taste in these matters was morethan a little graceless. He was very devoted to athletic gamesand exercises, tall in stature and of remarkable health, and allof his children grew very old if they died of natural causes.
Mary B. Yoder, the daughter of Johann Yoder (Joscht-Hannes) wasborn February 13, 1749. She married Daniel Bertolet (son ofAbraham Bertolet, nephew of Jean Bertolet). According to the textof their marriage document:
These presents certify that
Daniel Bertolet and Maria Yoder
of Oley township, in the Country of Berks and Province of Pennsylvania, in North America, were joined together in the Holy bonds of Matrimony and pronounced man and wife according to the form established by law, in the church of England the sixth day of December in the year of our Lord, one thousand-seven hundred and sixty eight, by me Alexander Murray
Daniel Bertolet, the husband of Mary Yoder, was born on May 9,1741, and died on February 19, 1797, at the age of 56 years, 6months, and 10 days.The Bertolet couple had the following children:
Esther, born October 21, 1769.
Abraham, born February 28, 1771 (died September 6, 1785)
Catherin, born July 28, 1775 (died September 20, 1801) (She
married Jonathan Grimm of Frankenthal-Lambsheim.)
Charlotte, born February 10, 1778 (married Jakob Yoder)
Daniel, born June 11, 1781
John, born February 21, 1784 (died August 27, 1785)
Mary, born January 9, 1788 (died February 25, 1782)
Samuel, born May 4, 1791 (died September 21, 1804)
(A number of infants died in their youth in an epidemic of dysentery.)
Catherin Yoder, Elisbeth Yoder, and Esther Yoder were sisters ofthe above named Mary Yoder-Bertolet.
Catherin married John Reffert (Reppert in America). (Reffert wasanother family from the Lambsheimer district.)
Elizabeth Yoder married Mathias Rhode.
Esther Yoder married Cunius.
As the names show, most of the families which settled in the OleyValley were from the Vorderpf lzischen area [eastern Pfalz?] andwere of Swiss ancestry.
Hans Yoder was the builder and owner of the Griesemer mill, whichwas leased to the Miller Griesemer. (The Griesemers also appearto come from the Frankenthal-Oggersheim district, as a gravestonefor Heinrich and Katherina Griesemer in the Oggersheim cemeterysuggests.)
Hans Yoder had difficulties with his neighbor Lescher. Lescherwas immoderate in his ways and involved in many domesticquarrels, owing to the fact that his wife was unfaithful. One dayhe came home and found that she had left. Her brother, MartinSchenkel, had, with his sister, taken everything that wasn'tnailed down. They hadn't even left dishes for the children to eatfrom. They later went to Reading where she bore an illegitimateson who became a decent man and lived on the Susquehanna river.She is buried in the family cemetery of the de Turks in Oley.
Hans Yoder lived on his farm where the Griesemer mill stands, and there, in 1758, Captain Yoder was born.
A newspaper reporter from Reading once asked David and John Yoderabout Captain Yoder. He was their uncle and had been born on thefarm, not in Reading. They remembered his visits very well, eventhough they lay fifty years in the past. They said he wastemperamental and much given to alcohol. He would have liked thento take Daniel to his farm in Kentucky, where he planted hemp andtobacco. The Yoders said they could still remember well. He alsotold them many stories from the revolutionary war and the Indianwars, in which he had taken part. He made the whole trip fromKentucky and back on horseback.
In I. Rupp's work, Berks and Lebanon, the following is found starting on page 181:
Captain Jakob Yoder was born near Reading in 1758. He is a respected, prosperous farmer in Spencer County, Kentucky. The honor of making the first trip down the Mississippi by flatboat belongs to him. If nothing but time and wind and no other forces work on the memorial described below, it will announce his deed for a good many ages to come. This iron memorial plaque was molded by Hanks and Niles of Cincinnati in 1834 and marks the place where Captain Yoder's bones rest.
This plaque is one of the first ever erected west of theAllegheny mountains. It bears the following inscription:
Jakob Yoder born August 11, 1758, near Reading in Pennsylvania. Soldier of the revolutionary army 1777 and 1778. In 1780 he went west and in May 1782 became the first to float down the Mississippi by flatboat. He died on April 7, 1832, at his farm in Spencer County, Kentucky, and lies buried beneath this memorial plaque.
But the world is round and turns,
And everything was once there.
No one who has a soul can observe this memorial plaque withoutemotion. The train of thought draws the mind along with it. Thefact that the man who was the first to descend the Mississippi byflatboat lived long enough to see great steamships make the samedescent is astonishing. What were his expectations as he led hislittle ark to water on the Monongahela river? Happiness for whattime brought? No - he thought of the wild beasts who lay hiddenin the broad, untouched wilderness. He began his dangerousjourney. Instead of the cheerful view of industrious towns andvillages which today attract the attention of travelers, he sawhills covered with primeval forest from which the frightful howlsof wolves sounded, the monstrously huge wilderness in which nocivilized man had yet set foot.
He reached his goal, although his safety lay only in his ownhands. During his lifetime the land fell into new hands, thewilderness bloomed like a rose, and the human penchant forexploration conquered numberless obstacles. For futuregenerations of Americans, the age would be that which the age ofthe Titans had been for the Greeks. Captain Jakob Yoder, whodescended the Mississippi on a flatboat, is a direct descendantof the families in Oley and many of his daring adventures recallthose of the earlier Yoders.
From these journeys on the Monongahela river, the Ohio, and theMississippi, a regular shipping route developed in the course oftime between the American mainland and the island of Cuba. Thiswas used by succeeding generations of Yoders for an extensiveimport-export business in agricultural products. The rawmaterials needed for the liquor and alcohol factories wereimported mostly from Cuba and neighboring islands, while corn andcornmeal were supplied by the Oley region and the rest ofPennsylvania.
It is reported that David Yoder built a paper mill on theManatawny river, that he adopted all modern inventions anddiscoveries for his paper manufacturing and had an extensivemachine park. Many experts who came to study his paper millmentioned their host as a prosperous man with the best mannersand with plans far into the future.
David Yoder was married to Hanna Beutler and lived his family inthe town of Reading. His children were: Margaret, married toGeorge K. Levan; Hanna; Daniel; John; Catherina, married toNathan Schaefer; and Sara, married to Abraham Gulde.v
Jakob Joder the Flatboatman
on the Ohio river, USA
On January 10, 1712, a boy first saw the light of day atSteffisburg in Switzerland, the original homeland of all Joderfamilies. He was given the name Jakob. His parents were Hans andChristina Joder born Moser.
His godparents were Jost Moser, Jakob Joder, and CatherinStauffer.
(Civil Records Office Steffisburg birth register, vol 5 page 77.)v
His parents had married in Steffisburg on September 30, 1707, andhe was the third of nine children. Two of them died as sucklings.Jakob Joder had five sisters: Barbara, born 1707; Anna, born1717; Elsbeth, born 1721; Catherin, born 1725; Magdalene, born1728; and a brother named Hans, born 1714.
The family emigrated to the USA by way of the Pfalz after 1730,after having lived several years in the Pfalz - in the USA theywere designated as Pf lzers or Palatines. Jakob Joder, theflatboatman on the Ohio river, was known as the strongest man inthe whole USA. He married a Catherine Blank in America - she alsocame from a Steffisburg family.
Jakob Joder and his wife Cathrin Blank lived in Berks County,Pennsylvania, a countryside settled only by German-Swiss familiessuch as the Hochstedlers, Millers, Dreyers, Gluecks, Koenigs,Tschantzes, Beilers, Jutzis, Buerkys, Grn gys, Zauggs, Rupps,Blanks, and others.
In 1978 we were visited in Ludwigshafen by Deborah Yoder, bornApril 19, 1959, in Hartville, Ohio, where she was still living.She is the daughter of Henry Yoder and Mary-Ellen Schrok orSchragk. Her ancestors were John Joder and Emma N. Miller - JohnYoder and Elisabeth Miller; John Jost Yoder and Barbara Mast;Christian Yoder and Anna Herschberger; Henry Yoder and CathrinDettweyler - John Yoder and Maria Sewer (Seeber). She brought usa number of familiar sketches of her original ancestor, 'StrongJakob' Yoder. According to the descriptions, this 'Strong Jakob'must have been a truly imposing figure.
Historical Map of the Thun Office before 1798
Dr Hans Bloesch and Dr Bernhard Schmid with the collaboration ofProf Dr Ennefahrt as well as Dr Paul Beck (cartographic)
Map of the Steffisburg country with the town Steffisburg asadministrative center and the sixteen townships belonging to it.
Steffisburg, original Swiss homeland of all Joder families.
Ancestors of the emigrants to America Hans Joder and Jost Joder
Name Born Married to Number of children
Uli Joder ca 1340 Elsi Zaugg
Heini Joder ca 1365 Leni Berger 3 sons, 1 daughter
Jost Joder ca 1387 Madlene Schlichter 2 sons, ? daughters
Caspar Joder ? Anni Meyer 3 sons, ? daughters
Caspar Joder ca 1480 Margret Moser 3 sons, ? daughters
Balthasar Joder 1525 Anna Roth 2 sons, 2 daughters
Caspar Joder 1548 Anni Moser 2 sons, 2 daughters
Caspar Joder 1571 Margret Hennig 5 sons, 2 daughters
Nicolaus Joder March 25 1609 Anna Trachsel 4 sons, 5 daughters
Adam Joder July 22, 1650 Barbara Ochsenbein 4 sons, 1 daughter
[The five children of this last marriage are shown vertically: I am rearranging them horizontally]
Hans Joder, born March 10, 1672: emigrated from Eppstein-Oggersheim Schwetzingen on March 1, 1709 to Oley Country inPennsylvania, USA
Nicolaus Joder, born October 5, 1673: the descendants fromWeidenthal in the Pfalz emigrated to Weidenthal in Rumania.Founded the town of Weidenthal on the Black Sea near Constanza inRumania.
Jost Joder, October 5, 1678: emigrated with his brother toPennsylvania.
Caspar Joder, born September 9, 1683: descendants emigrated fromMussbach near Neustadt by way of Weidenthal, Pfalz, to Rumania.Some still living in Rumania.
Barbara Joder, born April 9, 1676: ?
Hans and Jost Joder founded Jottersville, Pleasantville, orYodersville in Pennsylvania.
[Photocopy of letter from 'Sakowski,' archive clerk at theEvangelische Oberkirchenrat's Landeskirchliches Archiv, datedKarlsruhe 1, September 27, 1983, with regard to 'familyresearch,' to Karl Joder, Ludwigshafen-Oggersheim:]
Dear Herr Joder,
Enclosed find the desired extract from the chuirch book of thereformed congregation of Schwetzingen - 'reformed' is importantfor search work.
[Photocopy of extract from the churck book of Schwetzingen:]
Johannes Jotter (Yoder) and Phronica, his wife, with child AnnaRegina, moved to the Island of Pennsylvania on March 1, anno1709.
The first Jotter (Yoder) in America. He lived with his family andwith his brother Jost Yoder in Oley Valley, in Jottersville-Pleasantville-Yodersville near Reading in Pennsylvania.
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