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Mary Eleanor Snouffer

Mary Eleanor Snouffer

Female 1866 - 1949  (83 years)

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  • Name Mary Eleanor Snouffer  [1, 2
    Born 30 Apr 1866  Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Female 
    Died 13 Jun 1949  Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 5
    Buried 23 Jun 1949  Oakland Cem, Denison, Crawford Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Person ID I3325  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2012 

    Father William Henry Snouffer,   b. 19 Jun 1827, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Arnold Cem, Wellington, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Sarah Frances Bear / Baer,   b. 18 Nov 1830, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1882, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 18 Mar 1851  Carrollton Manor, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Family ID F238  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Henry Clay Laub,   b. 18 Apr 1824, Little York, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1910, Denison, Crawford Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 11 Jan 1898  Denison, Crawford Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Children 
     1. Henry Clay Laub, Jr,   b. 31 Oct 1899, Denison, Crawford Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1971, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2012 
    Family ID F1205  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The 1870 census lists Mary's father "Snowffer, William," as a 42 yr old farmer, born in Maryland, living with his wife Sarah, 40, also born in Maryland, who is "keeping house," and the following children, all born in Missouri: William, 15; James, 11; Lee, 10; Lucy, 6; Mary, 4; and George 1. 1870 U.S. Census, Clay twsp, Lafayette Cnty, MO (M 593, Roll 786, stamped p. 151).

      The 1880 census shows "Snoffer, Mary Eleanor" as a 14 year old girl, born in Missouri, living with her parents and siblings in Lafayette. 1880 U.S. Census, Enum. Dist. 42, Lafayette Cnty, MO (T9, Roll 697, stamped p. 133).

      The 1900 census records Mary, 34, born in Missouri in Apr 1866, living with her husband of 3 years, Henry C Laub, 76, born in Maryland, Apr 1824, their son Henry, 7 months, born in Iowa in Oct 1899, and a servant. Henry's occupation is "landlord." Living next door to them was her step-son William H, 44, born in June 1855 in Iowa, a "Livery Stable Keeper," his wife of 16 years, Edna, 37, born in Vermont in Sept 1862, and their Iowa-born children, "Wm A," 14 (Nov 1885), Hazel E, 11 (Sep 1888), and Harold, 2 (Apr 1898). 1900 U.S. Census, Denison, Crawford Cnty, IA (T 623, Roll 426, stamped p. 153).

      In 1910 the census lists Mary, 44, living with her husband "H.C." Laub, 85, and their son "Henry Clay," 10. Also living in the household were her sister Lucy Snouffer, 46, and brother "J.A." Snouffer, 51, both born in Missouri. 1910 U.S. Census, Denison, Crawford Cnty, IA (T 624, Roll 399, stamped p. 40)[Lucy's last named is indexed as "Suniffie"!!].

      The 1930 census shows "Laub, Mary E," a 64-yr old widow, living with her brother James A. Snouffer, 71, and her sister Lucy E. Snouffer, 66. 1930 U.S. Census, Atlantic, Cass Cnty, IA (T 626, Roll 650, ED 6, p. 14B).

      Mary's obituary appeared in the Denison [IA] Review (21 Jun 1949):
      "*** Mary Eleanor Laub, daughter of Henry [sic] and Sarah (Baer) Snouffer, was born at Napoleon, Livingston [sic] County, Missouri April 20, 1866, and died at the home of her son, Henry Clay Laub, in Council Bluffs on June 13. She was 62 years, 1 month and 13 days old at the time of her death.
      "She was about twenty years old when she came to Denison. Here she was married to Henry C. Laub on January 11 [sic], 1896. To this union one son was born. Mr. Laub died in 1910. Mrs. Laub maintained the home here until September 1944, when she went to live with her son in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.
      "For many years she kept her home open to a brother (James Snouffer) and a sister (Lucy Snouffer) who lived with her most of the time. While her home was her first interest she was a member of the Methodist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Rebekah Lodge. Her husband, three brothers (James, William and Robert) and her only sister (Lucy) preceded her in death...." See http://genforum.genealogy.com/snouffer/messages/36.html ; or http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.laub/54/mb.ashx (accessed Jan 2008).

      Mary's aunt, Sarah Elizabeth Snouffer, appears to have been the creator of a unique American quilt. It is featured in Barbara Brackman, CLUES IN THE CALICO: A GUIDE TO IDENTIFYING AND DATING ANTIQUE QUILTS, p.8 (EPM Publications, Inc., McLean, VA; 1989). It is made in the "feathered star pattern" and has a bright chintz fabric border.

      As of late 2004, the quilt was owned by Marilyn Woodin, curator of the Kalona Quilt and Textile Museum, Kalona, Iowa. She purchased it in 1986 from Donna Rae Shadden, a descendant of the Laub family which obtained it from the Snouffer family.

      After Ms. Shadden sold the quilt to Ms. Woodin, she wrote a letter on 25 Jan 1988 in which she reported:
      "Lucy Snouffer was my grandmother's unmarried sister. She came to live with my Grandmother Laub in Denison, Iowa in 1911.... When my parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Laub, had to break up my grandmother's home, we received the quilt with many other beautiful antiques. My mother found this quilt and another in a trunk in a storage shed in the backyard.... [W]hen I had to dispose of my mother's things, the quilt came to me...."

      In the trunk with the quilt was a note:
      "This quilt was made in Fredrick [sic] County, Maryland in 1820 [sic], by Sarah Rannabarger [sic] Snouffer. The quilt was brought to Missouri in 1850 by W. H. Snouffer. In 1911 it was brought to Iowa by Miss Lucy Snouffer."

      The quilt could have been made by Sarah Elizabeth Snouffer, perhaps about 1845, or it could have been made by her mother, Elizabeth Ellen Ranneberger about 1820.

      If the quilt was made in 1820, it would have to have been sewn by Sarah's mother, Elizabeth Ellen Ranneberger, because Sarah was not born until 1830. If it was brought to Missouri in 1850 by Sarah's brother William H. Snouffer, then it is more likely that it was sewn by Sarah around 1845. Two reasons support this theory. (1) The quilt is in excellent condition, showing little signs of use; had it been used for 30 years (1820 to 1850) before William H. Snouffer took it to Missouri, one would expect the quilt to display greater signs of wear and age. (2) It is quite probable that Sarah presented the quilt to her brother as a farewell gift when he left Maryland to move to Missouri, or she may have given it to him earlier as a wedding present when he married Sarah Bear/Baer in 1851. [Thanks are owed to Karen Beth Knecht for suggesting these ideas in her booklet The Westward Trail of Sarah Snouffer's Quilt(2004).]

      While the quilt remained in Missouri for some years, eventually it migrated to Iowa. William H. and Sarah Bear Snouffer had 8 children; both daughter Mary Eleanor and her brother James migrated to Iowa in 1886. Mary married Henry Clay Laub in January, 1898. Lucy, who seems to have inherited the quilt, moved to Iowa around 1901, brought the quilt with her, and lived with the Laubs for many years. (Although the note found in the trunk says that the quilt came to Iowa in 1911, it is badly faded and may indeed read 1901.) When Lucy died in 1940 the quilt remained with the Laub family, until it was acquired by others, as recited above.


  • Sources 
    1. [S561] IA Census 1930, Denison, Iowa, Crawford Cnty, Denison, 1930 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T626, Roll 650, ED 6, p. 14B).

    2. [S215] Ancestry Tree - Laub| , Sheila Simpson, Laub and Associated Families of Pennsylvania and Iowa , (Ancestry.com, Ancestry Private Member Tree, Online database, http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gl=ROOT_CATEGORY&rank=1&new=1&so=3&MSAV=1&msT=1&gss=ms_r_f-2_s&gsfn=henry+c&gsfn_x=XO&gsln=laub&gsln_x=XO&msbdy=1824&msbdy_x=1&cpxt=1&catBucket=t&uidh=b61&cp=12 [This is a "private tree;" so one needs to contact Ms. Simpson via this link to seek permission to view the tree.]).

    3. [S257] Denison IA Review - Oct 87, Anonymous, "Obituary" : 3 Oct 1987, (The Denison Review, Crawford Cnty, IA), 21 Jun 1949.

    4. [S507] MO Census 1870, Clay twsp, Missouri, Lafayette Cnty, Clay Twsp, 1870 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (M593, Roll 786, p 151).

    5. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com).

    6. [S99] Newspaper - Examiner -2 |, M. F. Hitselberger, "Marriages & Deaths from The Examiner, Frederick Md. 1851", (vol.14, Western Maryland Genealogy, p. 181 : 1998), p.187.

    7. [S100] MO Census 1880, Lafayette, Missouri, Lafayette Cnty, 1880 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T9, Roll 697, p. 133).