Barbara Joder

Brief Life History of Barbara

When Barbara Joder was born in 1779, her father, Christian Joder, was 35 and her mother, Catharina Breit, was 30. She married Niklaus Hodel on 8 December 1815, in Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland. She died on 1 April 1834, in Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland, at the age of 55, and was buried in Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland.

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Niklaus Hodel
Barbara Joder
Marriage: 8 December 1815

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  • Barbara Hodel Joder, "Switzerland, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1418-1996"
  • Barbara Joder in entry for Niklaus Hodel, "Switzerland, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1418-1996"
  • Barbara Joder, "Switzerland, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1418-1996"

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World Events (2)


Revolution in Switzerland. Farmers in occupied territories become free citizens. Centralistic parliamentary republic according to French model. Occupation by French troops and some battles of Napoleon vs. Austria and Russia in Switzerland.


Switzerland is one of the first industrialized countries in Europe.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of Swiss German Joder: from a shortened form of the personal name Theodor(us) (see Theodore ). This was the name of the patron saint of western Switzerland. Compare Yother and Yotter .

History: Many of the Yoders are Swiss Mennonites (Amish) originating from the canton of Bern. Their surname, which is one of the two most common names among the Mennonites and Amish (the other is Miller ), is also spelled Yother, Yothers, and Yotter. Several (possibly first) Mennonite Yoders arrived in PA in 1742, while the first of their namesakes belonging to the Reformed Church came to PA several decades earlier, already.

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

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