About Conrad Yoder
CONRAD YODER(1) 17 -1790__ FOUNDER OF YODER FAMILY IN NORTH CAROLINA
Conrad Yoder(1), 17__ -1790, was the founder of the Yoder family in North Carolina. Our knowledge about him is incomplete. We are not certain where and when he was born, or when he came to America. According to tradition, he came to North Carolina from Pennsylvania with the old pioneer, Henry Weidner (Whitener) sometime between the years 1755 and 1762. He probably lived with Henry Weidner several years and worked for him on his plantation. How long he lived in Pennsylvania, and why he came south we do not know.
While in Pennsylvania he probably lived in Oley Township, Berks County. Many early Yoders coming to America lived in this township. In a diary kept by David Schultze, a surveyor who lived close to this township, in an adjoining county, and who often did surveying in the township, he has three references to Conrad Yoder(1). Schultze and Conrad Yoder(1) seem to have been good friends in Pennsylvania. Schultze states in his diary, July 25, 1782, that he has received a letter from Conrad Yoder(1) in Carolina, brought to him by Michael Weidner (Weidner lived about a mile from Conrad Yoder(1) in Carolina); July 26, 1786, he writes again in his diary that Jacob Hittel from Carolina brought him a letter from Conrad Yoder(1) in Carolina; and finally in 1790, he records in his diary, that Conrad Yoder(1) in Carolina died in April or May, "as brought to me by bearer of a message."
Col. George M. Yoder(4), 1826-1920, a great grandson of Conrad Yoder(1), has left us more information about Conrad Yoder(1) and his early descendants in North Carolina than any other person. The author, a grandson of Col. Yoder, spent many hours with him between 1910 and 1917 listening to accounts of Conrad Yoder(1) and other early Yoders in Lincoln and Catawba Counties. Col. Yoder got most of his information about Conrad Yoder(1) from his grandparents and other old people who knew Conrad Yoder(1) and the members of his family. He was ten years old when his grandfather, John Yoder(2), oldest son of Conrad Yoder(1) died, and sixteen years old when his grandmother, Mary B. Yoder, died. He lived only a quarter of a mile from the home of his grandparents. As his own mother had died when he was six years old and as his father, Michael Yoder(3) never remarried, Col Yoder and his younger brother Cyrus, as small boys often spent days and nights with their grandparents and heard stories about Conrad Yoder(1) around the table and the fireside. Col. Yoder said to the author a number of times, "Fred, when the old folks talked about the old Pioneers and settlers, I listened to every word and have always remembered what they said about them." He wrote two rather extensive manuscripts on the early history of the Yoder family in North Carolina. The author has had these manuscripts at hand as he has written this History.
Col. Yoder usually said and wrote that Conrad Yoder(1) came from Switzerland to Philadelphia. But sometimes he said to the author that Conrad Yoder(1) may have lived for a while in the Palatinate of southwestern Germany before coming to America. In his writings and conversations, Col. Yoder gave the date of Conrad Yoder's landing at Philadelphia as probably in 1751, stating that he took the oath of allegiance as required of all immigrants from Germany, under the name of Conrad Koder, which name appears in the list of the ship NANCY, arriving September 16, 1751.
But more recent students of the early pioneers in Lincoln and Catawba Counties have placed the date of his arrival as most probably October 25, 1746 on the ship NEPTUNE, under the name of Conrad (X) Yotter, which appears on the ship list of persons taking the oath of allegiance on that date. (Strassburger and Hinke, Pennsylvania Pioneers, Vol. II, p. 387, Pennsylvania German Society, Norristown, Pennsylvania, 1934.) The mark ( after Conrad indicates that someone else signed for him. Col. Yoder(4) states that when he was a boy in the 1830's the Yoders were often called Yotters by the old German people. An authority on German and Swiss names in the Palatinate, Dr. Fritz Braun, of Kaiserslautern, West Germany, told the author in 1960 that the name Yoder was never spelled Koder in Europe. In the great work on German immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 18th century, cited above, different spellings of the name Yoder are given as Jetter, Jeder, Yetter (French), and Jotter, Joder, Jodder, Jother, and Yother (German). They do not cite Yoder as ever being spelled Koder in their three volumes. One Yoder family in Pennsylvania gives Juter as one of the early spellings in that state.
In traveling from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, Conrad Yoder(1) undoubtedly followed the well known and much used road by thousands of Pennsylvania pioneers into the Piedmont section of the state between w7s0 and 1775. This road led out from Philadelphia and the counties of Berks, Chester, and Montgomery, through York, crossing the Susquehanna River at Harrisburg, and to Winchester, in Virginia, up the Shenandoah Valley to the Staunton River and down the southern part of the great Virginia Valley, between the Blue Ridge and the mountains to the west, and then out through low gaps to Old Salem (now Winston-Salem), and across the Yadkin River to Salisbury, then westward to the Catawba River at Sherrill's Ford, and finally by the "Catawba Path" or "the road to Henry Weidner's place," 25 miles distant from the ford.
From the descriptions of Conrad Yoder(1) that Col. Yoder got from his grandparents, he described his several times to the author as of somewhat short stature, stocky, dark hair, and brown eyes. In his conversations with the author he said a number of times, "From what they told me about Conrad Yoder(1), I always think of him as a man about like Amzi Yoder(4)." (See picture p.64) The author knew Amzi Yoder very well for a number of years and he well fitted the description of Conrad Yoder(1) as Col. Yoder got it from his grand-parents. Many Yoders in North Carolina still fit this description of physical characteristics of their original ancestor.
Other traits of Conrad Yoder(1) that we can infer from what we know about his life and activities is that he was a bold pioneer, energetic, industrious, skilled in various handicrafts, resourceful, thrifty, foresighted; and a just, quiet, peace-loving man, Christian in his attitudes towards all men. He never owned any slaves, although many of his friends and neighbors did, and he probably was opposed to slavery on moral and religious grounds. We visualize him quietly working away on his farm, clearing river bottom cane-brakes, and heavily wooded forest lands; building log houses, barns, and shops; raising different kinds of animals and crops; making many tools and articles with his own hands; going in his covered wagon on distant trips of 50 to 100 miles over primitive, rough roads to markets; exploring the countryside to the west for good land; and visiting and associating with his neighbor pioneers, especially Henry Weidner and his family.
In December, 1762, Conrad Yoder(1) bought from Henry Weidner 200 acres of land lying on both sides of Jacob's Fork River, for 45 shillings (equivalent to $216 in later U.S. currency). The deed is recorded in the Office of Register of Deeds, Deed Book #1, pp. 742-743, of Mecklenburg County Courthouse at Charlotte, North Carolina. Mecklenburg County had just been formed from Anson County. When the deed was given by Henry Weidner he thought his large tract of land lay in Anson County, when as a matter of fact it lay in Rowan County as of that date. The deed describes in detail the corners and the lines of the 200 acres sold to Conrad Yoder(1). The tract contained many acres of rich bottom land. The deed is made out to Conrad Yother, indicating again that Conrad Yoder(1) most likely spelled his name as Yotter when he came to North Carolina, but the clerk writing and recording the deed probably misunderstood the name to be Yother instead of Yotter.
Conrad Yoder(1), his children, his grandchildren, and some of his great grandchildren spoke the German language, or "Pennsylvania Dutch," a mixture of the German and English languages that developed among the German and Swiss people in eastern Pennsylvania between 1700 and 1750. It is still spoken by descendants of these people in parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Many of the German and Swiss people in North Carolina continued top speak "Pennsylvania Dutch," till around 1835-1840, when public schools began to be established and instruction was given in English. Col. Yoder stated many times that he could speak only "Pennsylvania Dutch" when he attended his first school in 1833. He was able to speak "Pennsylvania Dutch" fluently until his death at the age of 93, in 1920.
In 1763 Conrad Yoder(1) built his first log cabin house, on a slightly elevated ridge about 200 yards from Jacob's Fork River, and about 30 yards from ag good spring, close-by the side of a little branch. In the same year, he married Christina Klein (Cline), daughter of pioneer Sebastian Klein (Cline), who lived on Clark's Creek, at the mouth of Anthony Creek, near where the town of Newton is now located, and six or seven miles distant from Conrad Yoder's(1) place. As the size of his family increased, Conrad Yoder(1) built a larger and more commodious log house, with a cellar. Probably the kitchen and dining room was a separate building, a few feet away from the main house. It is also probable that the corners of his log house had projecting corners with gun holes to afford defense against attacking Indians from three directions. Chimneys had fireplaces eight feet wide, where cooking was done. Nothing remains today of the old Conrad Yoder(1) house and other buildings. They were torn down and the logs and chimney rocks moved away more than a hundred years ago. The picture on page 12 shows the author standing on the spot where the old house stood. He was directed to this spot in 1952 by the owner of the land, Mr. Lloyd Miller, and the author's father, Colin M. Yoder(5), who cut wheat with a cradle over the old house site, in the early 1880's, when a trace of the old cellar could still be seen. The picture on page 13 shows a part of the land originally cleared and farmed by Conrad Yoder(1) and his sons. This land remained in the hands of Conrad Yoder's(1) descendants till about 1920. It is now owned by Luther Bowman, who lives on Highway 1008 that runs through a part of the original 200 acre tract.
Conrad Yoder(1) was married three times. He first married Christina Cline in 1763. She died in 1771 or 1772. Three children were born to this marriage: John, Jacob, and David. In 1773, Conrad Yoder(1) married a Miss _____ Seitz, who died within a year, leaving no offspring. Then in 1775, he married Catherine Huffman, "a German lady who came directly from Germany," as the author's grandfather always said. Five children were born to this marriage: Elizabeth, Elias, Daniel, Catarina (Catherine) and Adam.
On the blank page between the Old and New Testament Books of Conrad Yoder's (1) large German Bible, are written in German script the dates of birth of all his eight children. Below are given the names and dates of birth as they appear in the Bible, followed by translation into English:
Johannis ist auf die Welt goboren den 26ten October 1764.
Jacob ist auf die Welt geboren den 13ten December 1767.
David ist die Welt geboren den 3ten aprill 1770.
Elizabeth ist auf die Welt geboren den 14ten aprill 1776.
Elias ist auf die Welt geboren den 31ten October 1777.
Daniel ist auf die Welt geboren den 28ten Juni 1780.
Chatarina ist auf die Welt geboren den 21ten December 1782.
Adam ist auf die Welt geboren den 23ten Juny 1785.
John born into the world the 26th of October 1764.
Jacob was born into the world the 13th of December 1767.
David was born into the world the 3rd of April 1770.
Elizabeth was born into the world the 14th of April 1776.
Elias was born into the world the 31st of October 1777.
Daniel was born into the world the 18th of June 1780.
Catherine was born into the world the 21st of December 1782.
Adam was born into the world the 23rd of June 1785.
This bible is now in the Possession of Helen Yoder Hahn(6), of Hallandale, Florida, great-great-great granddaughter of Conrad Yoder(1). The Bible seems to have passed down through John Yoder(2) to his daughter Christine Yoder Weaver(3), and then to a son, Henry Weaver(4). It was bought at a sale of Henry Weaver's property, by Col. George M. Yoder(4) for 10¢, sometime in the 1880's. The picture on page 15 shows Helen Yoder Hahn(6) and the author, Fred R. Yoder(6), reading the names and dates of births in the Bible.
Conrad Yoder(1) belonged to no church in North Carolina. Col. George M. Yoder(4) often said that Conrad Yoder(1) brought a Mennonite hymn book with him from Pennsylvania when he came to North Carolina. It has long been lost and probably destroyed. The closest church to Conrad Yoder's(1) homestead during his lifetime was the "Dutch Meeting House," later known as "South Fork Church," (Old Saint Paul), a Lutheran and Reformed Union Church. It was about six miles distant from Conrad Yoder's(1) home. Henry Weidner, attended services at this church. Church Meetings may have been held on the grounds where this church was located while Conrad Yoder(1) lived with Henry Weidner. Conrad Yoder(1) may have become acquainted with his first wife, Christina Klein (Cline) here on these grounds. Sebastian Klein, her father lived only two miles away, and he and his family attended church services here. A Log church building was erected here, probably as early as 1759.
Conrad Yoder(1) was a Patriot during the Revolutionary War, supporting the American cause for independence. Some of his neighbors remained loyal to Britain, became Tories, and a few of them fought on the side of Britain. But Conrad Yoder(1) stood with two of his close neighbors, Henry Weidner and George Wilfong, as a warm supporter of the struggle for American liberty and independence. He himself was too old to engage in active military service, but he furnished supplies to the militia of North Carolina, valued at 2230 pounds and fifteen shillings-- the equivalent of $10,704 U. S. money, in what was probably depreciated wartime currency.
Conrad Yoder(1) died in April or May 1790, He was buried by the side of his first two wives and his infant daughter, Elizabeth, on the high knoll on his farm, about a quarter of a mile to the south of his home. At the time of his burial the knoll was still covered with timber. This knoll became the Old Yoder Cemetery and 25 or 30 persons were buried here between 1772 and 1835. None of the graves were ever marked by lettered tombstones. Flat rocks picked up in fields and forest were used as head and foot stones. None of the graves have been identifiable by individuals for perhaps a hundred years. Up until 1958, the old cemetery had been almost entirely neglected. It was in the midst of a cattle and sheep pasture, and grown up in trees and shrubs, unfenced. Cattle and sheep trampled over the graves seeking shade and rest and dislodged many of the stones.
In 1955 the descendants of Conrad Yoder(1) began a movement to collect funds to erect a monument in the old Cemetery to the memory of him, his two wives, and others buried there, and to fence the cemetery. Mr. Luther Bowman, who now owns the land on which the cemetery is located, graciously gave his full cooperation to the project. In August, 1958, the cemetery was cleaned off, the small trees and shrubs removed, and the still standing gravestones put back in place. The monument with appropriate ceremonies was dedicated in late August of that Year with many Yoders and others in attendance. The cemetery and monument are now reached by a footpath, off Highway 1008, that begins at the bridge on Jacob's Fork River and winds up through fenced woods to the cemetery about a quarter of a mile distant.
During the 28 years that Conrad Yoder(1) lived after purchasing his first tract of land on Jacob's Fork River, he became an extensive land owner. He bought from the state of North Carolina three additional tracts of land adjoining his original home tract on Jacob's Fork River, bringing the total size of his home tract to over 500 acres. He also bought from the state, five miles to the west, on Mountain Creek at the foot of Baker's Mountain, three adjoining tracts of land amounting to 515 acres. He bought two of these tracts, one adjoining his home tract and the other adjoining his land on Mountain Creek, in the year 1789, the year before his death. When his land was surveyed out in 1794 for division among his widow and six sons, it amounted to 1022 acres according to the surveyors.
Conrad Yoder(1) had died without a will. In July, 1790. a few months after his death, his personal property was sold at public auction according to the North Carolina law for the settlement of intestate estates.
One of the most precious documents found in our search for facts about Conrad Yoder(1) was found by Mrs. Wilma P. Yoder, wife of the author, in the office of the Clerk of the Court of Lincoln County. It is entitled "an account of the sales of the estate of Conrad Yoder, Dec.," dated July 6, 1790. It is written in English script, in beautiful handwriting. It lists 350 items sold and the price of each in British currency. The heading of the list reads:
"True Inventory of Goods and Chatles of the Estate of Deceased
Conrad Yoders Which Was Sold By Publick Vandue on Monday The Tenth Day of May In the year of our Lord one Thousand and Seven Hundred and Ninety Returned to the Worshipful Curt of Lincoln County by us.
John Yoder Administrator
and Catarina Yoder Administratrix"
An enumeration of the many personal property items sold reveals the character and extent of the pioneer farming operations, handicraft industries, and household activities that had been carried on for many years on Conrad Yoder's(1) homestead. Many of the fabricated personal property items undoubtedly had been made by the hands of Conrad Yoder(1), his wives, and his children.
Livestock sold, included 10 horses and 3 colts; 14 cows and 7 calves; 4 steers and 1 bull; 26 sheep; "a shoat in the woods"; "parcels" of hogs, geese, and ducks; and 8 bee hives. Vehicles, farming and handicraft tools, and various other things sold, included 1 still; 1 wagon and wagon sheet; 2 saddles; 1 woman's saddle; 1 saddle bag; 5 pairs of gears; 1 single-tree and devis (clevis); 8 scythes; 8 sickles; 2 grain cradles; 3 plows; 1 harrow; 4 axes; 2 "grubbling" hoes: 2 pitchforks; 2 shovels; 1 hand saw; 1 sheep shears; 4 chusels (chisels);2 augurs; 3 hand bucks; 1 hammer; 4 bells; 2 whetstones; 1 grindstone; 1 handscrew; 2 sets of plow irons; 1 frow; 1 pair of steelyards; 1 branding iron, 2 corn hoes; 1 barrel; 1 log chain; 1 gun; bars of iron, steel, and lead; 4 barrels of salt; 3 sides of leather; 2 hides; 4 bottles; 1 bottle of brandy; and boards.
Household and kitchen goods sold, included 6 beds; 5 chairs; 2 trunks; 1 chest; 2 spinning wheels; 1 reel; 2 Dutch ovens; 1 house stove; 8 "puter" spoons; 6 "puter" plates; 3 "puter" vases; 1 fire tongs and shovel; 1 pot hook and steel; 2 crane pots; 1 set of knives and forks; 2 pairs of wool cards; 3 bags of wool; 1 bag of flax; 1 pepper mill and heggle; 7 table cloths; 4 blankets; 6 sheets; 1 parcel of "puter" cups; 1 looking glass: 2 lamps; 98 baskets; "some jugs" "some pots"; 1 skillet; 1 hour glass; 1 skimmer and ladle; a bible 8 books; 1 ink horn.
At the end of the long list is a summary that reads:
"The Wholestate amounts To The Sum Hirunto Annexed
Six Hundred and Ten Pounds Nineteen Shillings 8 pence
By Notes and Bonds one Hundred and Thirty Eight pounds & Nine Shillings
To Book Depts Tenpounds and four pence
To each-Seven Shillings
To Claimes-Seventeen pounds"
In U.S. dollars this was the equivalent of $3419.
A few years later, in 1794. Conrad Yoder's(1) land was divided among his surviving widow and six sons as follows:
Home Jacob's River tract--
To Catherine Yoder(1), Widow - 166 acres
To John Yoder(2) - 130 acres
To Jacob Yoder(2) - 130 acres
To David Yoder(2) - 130 acres
Mountain Creek tract--
To Elias Yoder(2) - 150 acres
To Daniel Yoder (2) - 150 acres
To Adam Yoder(2) - 166 acres
Total 1,022 acres
Why Catherine Yoder(2), daughter, was not given a share, is not stated in the records, but her part was probably contained in the 166 acres allotted to her mother. Adam Yoder(2), youngest son of Conrad Yoder(1), and only 9 years old at the time of the division of the estate, was later apprenticed to his brother-in-law, John Baker, husband of Catherine Yoder Baker(2).
Catherine Huffman Yoder, Conrad Yoder's(1) surviving widow, lived on the old homestead on her 166 acre dower with her children till they became of age and married. Her daughter, Catherine Yoder(2), had married John Baker in 1798. About 1804 Catherine Huffman Yoder suffered a partial paralytic stroke. She then sold her dower rights in the old homestead to John Yoder(2) "for $20 a year as long as she lived," and went to live with her daughter Catherine Baker. She recovered largely from her paralytic stroke and lived till about 1810. She is buried in the old Baker Cemetery, which is about a quarter of a mile off Highway 10, on the Old John Helton Place, 4 miles west from the Conrad Yoder(1) homestead. The grave is not marked with a tombstone and is not now identifiable.
All Conrad Yoder's(1) living children (Elizabeth had died in infancy)married in the next twenty years after his death. We have no exact records of the dates of their marriages. John married Mary Reep; Jacob, Catherine Dellinger; David, Barbara Reep; Elias, Utilla Hahn; Daniel, Elizabeth Cline; Catherine, John Baker; and Adam, Sally Davis. All the sons as they came of age and married, settled on the farm lands they inherited and built homes. Catherine's husband, John Baker, became a substantial land owner.
About 1815 Jacob, Elias, and Daniel sold their farms and moved to the new state of Indiana. Adam, a little later, sold his farm and moved to the state of Tennessee. No attempt is made in this History to trace them, their families and their descendants, nor Catherine Yoder Baker and her descendants.
John Yoder(2) and David Yoder(2) settled on farms in the Lincoln and Catawba County area and became the progenitors of the Yoders sketched in the following chapters.
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“ I believe really strongly that Conrad Yoder came from Oley, or at least was living in Oley with a relative. Conrad Yoder, Michael Whitener, and Henry Whitener all came from Oley Twp., Berks County together. The only land Henry Weidner ever sold was to Conrad and Michael. He sold them the VERY VALUABLE water rights. Contrary to legend, original papers show that Henry sold the water rights to Conrad and to Michael FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY. There is some ridiculous story that Henry charged Michael more than Conrad.--- Anne McAllister, author “Georg Heinrich Weidner 1717-1792; Catharina Mull Weidner 1733-1804”, Feb 2002
as printed in Yoder Newsletter:
COL. GEORGE M. YODER
The Yoder family was established in North Carolina circa 1755-62 by one Conrad Yoder a Swiss immigrant, who landed at the port of Philadelphia on October 25, 1746.
Upon moving to Carolina many years later, Yoder took up residence with Heindrich Weidner and his family on the South Fork river in an area now located equadistantly between the cities of Hickory and Newton in Catawba County.
Conrad Yoder Purchased a 200-acre tract of land from Weidner, in December 1762, and made his living principally through farming. It is said that Yoder was also adept at stone masonry. By the end of his life the pioneer had acquired an estate of 1022 acres. The old settler died in the spring of 1790 and was buried high atop a hill near his homestead close by the waters of the Jacob's Fork of the South Fork river.
A distinguished great-grandson of Conrad Yoder was George M. , who was born in Lincoln (now Catawba) County, August 23, l826, the oldest of four son, of Michael and Magdalena "Polly"(Dietz)Yoder.
George Monroe Yoder attended the "Union Schoolhouse", a field school that operated for three month terms during the winter months. Yoder was eventually to become an assistant to the schoolmaster and following the completion of his own education the young man taught 13 sessions in the school.
Col. Yoder lived his entire life in Catawba County. He was a widely known corn and cotton farmer and like his grandfather, John Yoder, was a self-taught surveyor.
He was active in the local militia, having moved through the ranks as corporal, captain, major regimental adjutant and colonel.
In October, 1862, Col. Yoder volunteered for service in the Confederate Army. He served three years first as a private and later as a second lieutenant in Company F 38th N.C. Regiment and effective in 1863 as a captain in the Home Guard.
In county politics, Col. Yoder was a respected public servant and well-known political figure. At the time that he enlisted in the War Between the States, he was serving Catawba County as clerk of and master of equity. Following the war Col. Yoder practiced briefly as a magistrate, until 1866, when he was disfranchised from voting and holding public office by law (until that law was repealed by congress). When the Democratic Party gained control of state politics in 1875, Col. Yoder regained the office of magistrate in which capacity he continued to serve until 1894.
During the early 1880's, Yoder was a member of the county commission and later served one term as county surveyor. He was the county coroner in 1866-67 and again in 1892-94. Col. Yoder obliged his community by acting as the enumerator in Jacob's Fork Township for the Federal censuses of 1880 and 1890.
For many years Col. Yoder contributed articles about history and the weather to several area newspapers. The columns sometimes written under the pseudonym of "XYZ", detailed the early history of the South Fork River pioneers and their families.
Two historic sketches about the Yoder family which Col. Yoder penned in the latter portion of the nineteenth century formed the core of a History of the Yoder Family in North Carolina. The interesting volume which traces many of the descendants of Conrad Yoder was published in 1970 by Dr. Fred Roy Yoder, a grandson of Col. George M. Yoder.
As a result of his union in 1851 to Rebecon R. Herman (1833-75). Col. Yoder had five children. Francis Alfonzo (1851-1913), Julius Montfort (1853-1925), Mary Ann (1856-l931), Florence Irene (1860-1935), and Colin Monroe (1863-1953).
Colonel George M. Yoder and Eliza Yoder.
In 1877 Yoder was married to his first cousin, Eliza E. Yoder (1841-1924), a daughter of Jacob and Catherine "Katy" (Hahn) Yoder. By this union Col. and Mrs. Yoder produced one son, Enloe Michael Yoder (1379-1943).
On March 13, 1920. at his home in Catawba County Colonel George M. Yoder passed into eternity. It had been his request that his funeral service be held outdoors and the family respected his wishes. The remains of the venerable old citizen were committed to the grave yard at the Grace Lutheran Church, about seven miles southwest of Newton, where Col. Yoder held a life-long membership.
A contemporary newspaper in reporting Yoder's death offered a glowing tribute to the popular man, which editorialized in part that "we shall miss the presence of this remarkable old gentleman, who always had a cheerful word for us and always had his face turned towards the sunrise."
The world is made better by the lives of such men. Their influence has a tendency to lift up rather than tear down.
(The writer, Neal B. Wilfong, RR#2. Cleveland NC 27013, is a great-grandson of Francis A. and Louisa Catherine (Coulter) Yoder. F. A. Yoder was the oldest child of Col. George M. Yoder. Wilfong is secretary of the annual"Conrad Yoder Reunion" near Hickory NC)
Yoder Newsletter, April 1986
Conrad Yoder's Timeline
June 20, 1775
Rowan, North Carolina, United States
December 21, 1782
Catawba (Lincoln), North Carolina, United States