JOEL YODER, who has been a resident of the Prairie State since 1861, is comfortably located on section 4, Danvers
Township, where he is carrying on general farming with success. He first opened his eyes to the light in Mifflin
County, Pa., in 1817, being the son of John, Susanna Stutzman Yoder, natives of the same State. John Yoder was
born in 1784, and his wife, Susanna, in 1794. They were married in Mifflin County, Pa., in 1814, and located upon
a farm of forty acres, which was their home until 1837. The wife and mother departed this life in, 1837, then Mr.
Yoder with his children removed to Fairfield County, Ohio, and he resided with one of his daughters until about
1852, when he went to Indiana, and died in that State about ten years later. The parental household included twelve
children, as follows: Catherine became the wife of Adam Greenwalt; Samuel married Miss Elizabeth Yoder; Joel of
our sketch was the third child; Elizabeth was married to Samuel Zook; Joseph married Miss Lydia Kurtz; Gideon married
Miss Elizabeth Hartzler; Lydia became the wife of Peter Stutzman; John married Miss Staly; Susan is now Mrs. David
King, and Adam married Miss Susanna Brown; two infants, twins, died unnamed. The parents were members of the Omish
Joel Yoder was reared by his parents until he attained his majority, and received a fair education in the common schools. He served an apprenticeship at the weaver's trade, which he pursued until 1850. He was married, in 1840, to Miss Lydia Yoder, of Fairfield County, Ohio, and they remained in that State until 1851. Our subject then determined to change his location and occupation, and emigrating to Illinois, came into this county and located upon rented land in Danvers Township. In 1870 he purchased eighty acres of his present homestead, where he is carrying on general farming with good results. He has been School Director for a number of years, and keeps himself well posted on matters of general interest.
Mr. and Mrs. Yoder became the parents of seven children, three of whom are deceased: Priscilla died when four years old, and two infants died unnamed; Gideon married Miss Hattie Spots; Elizabeth, the wife of Joseph Zhear, is a resident of Tazewell County; Solomon married Miss Catherine Eicher, and Nancy is the wife of John Amburg. The wife of our subject is the daughter of Jacob and Polly (Kime) Yoder, natives of Juniata County, Pa, They were married in 1804, and subsequently removed to Wayne County, Ohio, where they both died, the mother in 1828, and the father in 1852.
Their children wereŚNancy, Jonathan, Lydia, John, Elizabeth, Barbara, Priscilla, Samuel and Rebecca. Mr. and Mrs. Yoder were members of the Omish Mennonite Church, as also are our subject and his wife.
Mr. Yoder formerly belonged to the old Whig party, but upon the organization of the Republican cheerfully endorsed the principles of the latter, with which he has since affiliated. The family residence is pleasantly located, and its inmates are surrounded by all the comforts of life.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 617. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards