Jacob Yost Yoder

Jacob Yost Yoder

Male 1695 - 1742  (47 years)
Person ID: I33137  Sharon Vitter's Relative


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  • Name Jacob Yost Yoder  [1, 2, 3
    Notes 
    • It is very speculative who Jacob Yoder's parent are. The ones currently listed were very young at their marriage and their birth. The supposed father would have been 15 years old at Jacob's birth.
    Born 1695  Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died Sep 1742  [1, 2, 3
    • Died at sea en route to Philadelphia, body buried at sea.
    Siblings
     1. Anna Yoder (ID:I33138),   d. 18 May 1729, Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Christian Yoder (ID:I30275),   b. 18 Feb 1698/99, Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1775, Hamburg, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)

    Parents

    Family ID: F25079 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  
    Father Christian Ruesser Yoder (Joder) (ID:I33132),   b. 9 Apr 1680, Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1775, Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Mother Anna Margretha Meyer (ID:I33133),   b. 1680, Thun, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1709, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Married 1694  Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 

    Family

    Family ID: F25098  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Wife Barbara Rupp (ID:I33154),   b. 3 Mar 1698, Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1751, Bern, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 1719  Guggisberg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 7
    Children 
      1. Catherine Rupp Yoder (ID:I27785),   b. Mar 1720, Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1790, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
      2. Christian Yoder (ID:I33160),   b. 1722, Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1772, Hamburg, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
      3. Magdalena Rupp Yoder (ID:I33162),   b. 1724, Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1772, Maiden Creek, Maidencreek, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
      4. Jacob Rupp Yoder (ID:I33163),   b. 28 Oct 1726, Guggisberg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1790, Caernarvon, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
      5. Anna Elizabeth Yoder (ID:I33161),   b. 1728, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1790, Cumru, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
      6. Michael Rupp Yoder (ID:I46972),   b. 1730, Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1795, Union City, Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
      7. John Yoder (ID:I37136),   b. 1732, Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1804, Bern, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
      8. Barbara Yoder (ID:I33155),   b. 1734, Sumiswald, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1790, Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
      9. Veronica Reichenbach Yoder (ID:I44189),   b. 1736, Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1806, Belleville, Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)

    Other Personal Events

    Arrival 21 Sep 1742  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5
    Arrived on ship Francis and Elizabeth from Rotterdam, Netherlands 
  • Event Map

    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1695 - Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1719 - Guggisberg, Bern, Switzerland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - 21 Sep 1742 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
  • Documents
    Mennonite Rec1 Document
    Mennonite Rec1 Document
    Mennonite Rec 2 Document
    Mennonite Rec 2 Document
    Headstones
    Old Yoder Cemetery Headstone
    Old Yoder Cemetery Headstone

  • Source Citations

    1. [S1199] Yoder Newsletter, (Location: Goshen, Indiana, USA;), Anita Dusseau, issue #2.
      It has been surmised that Jacob could be his name, but as far as is known, there is no definitive proof that this is so. "Jacob" was from the Canton Bern in Switzerland and he died in 1742.

      "Jacob" and his wife Barbara sailed on the ship "Francis & Elizabeth," along with their four sons and five daughters to America. They traveled from Rotterdam, by way of Deal, to Philadelphia, arriving September 21, 1742. George North captained the ship. It is not certain why or how, but Jacob died enroute, and Barbara, along with her two grown sons, Christian and Jacob, were left in charge of the family once they reached America.
      "Pennsylvania German Pioneers: A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia," by Ralph Beaver Strassburger, edited by William John Hinke, Vol. I, pages 327-330, published by Genealogical Publishing Company.

      Further corroborating evidence of the family's immigration is contained in "A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776," by Prof. I. Daniel Rupp, Reprint of the Second Revised and Enlarged Edition, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1980.

      Barbara died about 1751 and it has been surmised that she was buried in "Old Bishop Hertzler's cemetery in what is now Tilden Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. (

    2. [S541] Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-2014, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2015;), Jacob Yoder family.
      https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/60592/44308_347550-00760?pid=936676&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv%3D1%26dbid%3D60592%26h%3D936676%26tid%3D168663339%26pid%3D252191397422%26hid%3D1041208420736%26usePUB%3Dtrue%26_phsrc%3DjZR11%26_phstart%3Ddefault%26usePUBJs%3Dtrue%26currentPageIsStart%3D&treeid=168663339&personid=252191397422&hintid=1041208420736&usePUB=true&_phsrc=jZR11&_phstart=default&usePUBJs=true&_ga=2.182897766.1920512867.1586309960-929872309.1582346831&_gac=1.225706600.1587055633.CjwKCAjwhOD0BRAQEiwAK7JHmCBRV46oLjXCODnXH6Uwv36BCH7q1WSH7dmGFeYTP31Mnh5C7sTvLxoCtRYQAvD_BwE#?imageId=44308_347550-00760
      Mennonite Rec1 Document
      Mennonite Rec1 Document
      Mennonite Rec 2 Document
      Mennonite Rec 2 Document


    3. [S1251] Find A Grave, Jacob Yoder.
      See Yoder Newsletter, issue 2, YoderNewsletter.org
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55838844

    4. [S1251] Find A Grave, Christian “Schweitzer” Yoder.
      s/o Christian Yoder (1699-1755) & ?

      m1. c. 1751 to ?

      Children:

      Fanny Yoder (1752-1821)
      Barbara Yoder (1756-1789)
      Christian Yoder (1758- )
      Jacob Yoder (1760- )

      m2. c. 1763 to Barbara Bavi Hooley (1741-1812)

      Children:

      David Yoder (1763- )
      Yost Yoder (1765- )
      Jonathan Yoder (1766- )
      Magdalena Yoder (1769- )
      John Yoder (1772-1860)
      Elizabeth Yoder (1774- )
      Solomon Yoder (1776- )
      Gertrude Yoder (1778- )
      Jepthah Yoder (1780- )
      Esther Yoder (1780- )
      Henry Yoder (1782- )
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55562951/christian-yoder
      Old Yoder Cemetery Headstone
      Old Yoder Cemetery Headstone


    5. [S665] U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc;), Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Year: 1742; Page 20. See John Mark Slabaugh, "Early Amish Yoder Immigrants," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage (Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society), vol. 4:2 (Apr. 1981), pp. 20-22.
      https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=7486&h=3333676&indiv=try

    6. [S1248] WikiTree.com, Widow Barbara Rupp.
      https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/UNKNOWN-57007

    7. [S1199] Yoder Newsletter, (Location: Goshen, Indiana, USA;), "Hamburg Christian Yoder," Issue No. 30, October 1997, page 1.
      For years the story was handed down that one Barbara Yoder, whose husband died at sea,landed in America some time before 1720. with nine small children--eight sons and a daughter--and that they settled in the Oley Valley, where sons Hans and Yost became well- known. Eventually an alert descendantpublicized a discrepancy in the story and family historians began to chip away at this garbled mixing of two lines of Y oder immigrants.

      Although there has never been any documentation available about the "Widow Barbara", it is agreed that she did exist.We know that "Widow Barbara" arrived not prior to 1720, but on September 21, 1742, on the Francis and Elizabeth. Three Yoder men signed the ship list upon their docking in Philadelphia. Through the efforts of Dr. Hugh Gingerich, we now know there were eight Amish Yoder men of the first generation, and we know that two of these 1742 signatories (Jacob and Christian Joder) were sons of "Widow Barbara" , We now know that Barbara did indeed have nine children (seeYNL 2, Oct. 83), but only four of those sori5 were hers. The other four belonged to the other Yoder family aboard ship. This second Yoder family was once said to have been that of "Strong Jacob" Yoder, but now we know the head of the second family was the Christian Jotter on the ship list . For some reason a clerk wrote Jacob's name for him and it appears directly above that of his older brother, who wrote his name Christian Joder (SeeYNL 20). It is interesting to see this mix of spelling---Joder ,the spelling used by their Swiss forebears,and Jotter, a spelling adopted by some of the family in Alsace and also in Eppstein, Germany (YNL 10)

      The older Christian Jotter located in Berks County on land situated where the present day township sof Upper Bern, Center, and Penn come together, but Barbara's family settled closer to the village of Hamburg, which is no doubt the reason that her son was known as
      "Hamburg Christian" to distinguish him from the others. As these sons became of age they took farms of their own, Christian "on the twenty-ninth day of the eighth month, 1743" and Jacob on October 28, 1147. One old diagram in the archives at Harrisburg shows Christian's land bounded by the farms of Isaac Kauffman, Stephen Kauffman. Hans Ilertzler and vacant land. Soon afterward the map shows that the farms of his brother Jacob, and Christian Fisher (apparentty a brother-in-law), adjoining his. The Hertzler property was now in the name of Jacob Hertzler.

      By 1767 Jacob Yoder was living farther south, in Lancaster County, but as far as we know, Christian stayedon his original farm as long as he lived. Hamburg Christian's wife was named Barbara. Dr. Gingerich felt it was probable that Barbara was the daughter of Jacob Beiler and that her sister married his brother Jacob Yoder. There is no proof of this, but it seems possible given the known connections and proximity of the families. Christian and Barbara reared eleven children in this home, but as time went on most of them left the community. The chief reason was probably the lure of more and cheaper land' but the tensions of the American Revolution no doubt exerted an influence as well.

      Hamburg Christian" died in his fifties (probably in 1772, although some records say l77l). His will was dated December 10, 1771.The scribe wrote it out in beautiful English script. From the details in this will, in which Christian reflected his concern that his beloved Barbara be well-cared for after his death, we can get a glimpse of how the pioneers in his time were living.
      https://www.yodernewsletter.org/ynlpdf/YNL30.pdf