SAMUEL S. YODER, a native of Mifflin County, Pa., now makes his home in Danvers Township, McLean Co., Ill., being pleasantly and comfortably located on section 36. He has been a resident of the Prairie State since 1851, and is a fine representative of the intelligent and progressive farmers of the West. Mr. Yoder was born in 1816, his parents being John and Susanna (Stutzman) Yoder, also natives of the Keystone State, the father born in 1785, and the mother in 1795. They were married in Mifflin County, Pa., in 1813, and remained upon a farm in that State until 1837. He then removed to Fairfield County, Ohio, and there cultivated rented land until 1852, when he removed further westward into Indiana. In this latter State he made his home with one of his sons, and there spent the remainder of his days, dying in about 1874. The mother died in Pennsylvania in 1836. Two of their twelve children died in infancy: Catherine became the wife of Adam Greenawalt; Samuel, of our sketch, was the second child; Joel married Miss Lydia Yoder; Elizabeth became the wife of Samuel Zook; Joseph married Miss Lydia Kurtz; Gideon married Miss Elizabeth Hartze; Lydia became Mrs. Peter Stutzman; John married Miss Catherine Stahley; Adam married Miss Susan Kurtz; Susan became Mrs. David Kurtz. The parents were members of the Mennonite Church. John Yoder, politically, was an adherent of the old Whig party, but afterward affiliated with the Republicans.

Samuel S. Yoder was reared by his parents to farming pursuits, and received a good commonschool education. After attaining his majority he was married to Miss Elizabeth Yoder, in 1838, in Ohio. He cultivated rented land until 1851, then removed to this State and county, purchasing forty acres in Danvers Township. In a short time he doubled his landed estate, but has now sold out and is living retired from the active business of life.

The wife of our subject is the daughter of Jacob and Polly (Kinney) Yoder, both natives of Pennsylvania. They were married in about 1806, and removed from their native State the following year to Marion County, Ohio, where Mr. Yoder followed agricultural pursuits, and where both parents died some years ago. Of their children, three died in infancy. Those living are Nancy, Jonathan, Lydia, John, Elizabeth, Margaret and Priscilla.

Of the marriage of Samuel S. and Mrs. Elizabeth Yoder there were born the following-named children: Jonathan married Miss Kittie Ballaman; Nancy became the wife of Ferdinand Holderly; Jacob married Miss Lydia King; John married Miss Rosa Zimmerman; Samuel P. first married Miss Ura Lantz, now deceased; his second wife was Miss Lucinda Wallace. Mr. Yoder is Republican in politics, and both he and his wife belong to the Mennonite Church.

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), 593. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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