Otilla Matilda Yoder

17 September 1829–
Bartholomew, Indiana, United States

The Life of Otilla Matilda

When Otilla Matilda Yoder was born on 17 September 1829, in Bartholomew, Indiana, United States, her father, John Yoder, was 23 and her mother, Catherine Smallwood, was 34. She married Archibald Nicholson on 16 February 1851, in Bartholomew, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Wayne, Kane, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Romine Township, Marion, Illinois, United States in 1910. She was buried in New Liberty Cemetery, Iuka Township, Marion, Illinois, United States.

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Archibald Nicholson
Otilla Matilda Yoder
Marriage: 16 February 1851
Rebecca Jane Nicholson
Amanda Nichelson
Amanda Frances Nicholson
John Nichelson
Catherine Nichelson
Grant Nichelson

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16 February 1851
Bartholomew, Indiana, United States


    Rebecca Jane Nicholson


    Amanda Nichelson


    Amanda Frances Nicholson


    John Nichelson


    Catherine Nichelson


+1 More Child

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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 1

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 7

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 32

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of the Swiss surname Joder, from a reduced form of the personal name Theodor(us) ( see Theodore ). This was the name of the patron saint of western Switzerland.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Matilda C Nicholson in household of Archibald Nicholson, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mytilda C Nicholson in household of William Hays, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Utilla C Yoder in household of John Yoder, "United States Census, 1850"

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