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Mary Ellen Snouffer

Mary Ellen Snouffer

Female 1856 - 1898  (41 years)

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  • Name Mary Ellen Snouffer  [1, 2
    Nickname Sug 
    Born 10 Oct 1856  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Female 
    AFN 2T6W-ZPG 
    Died 16 Mar 1898  Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5
    Buried 21 Mar 1898  Oak Hill Cem, Cedar Rapids, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I543  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2012 

    Father Capt. Joshua Jacob Snouffer,   b. 24 Feb 1825, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1906, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Ann Jemima White,   b. 17 Aug 1830, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1916, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 10 Apr 1849  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Marriage License Date 17 Apr 1849  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Family ID F179  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Henry C. Harris,   b. 1854, Oneida Cnty, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1891, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 2 Apr 1884  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Henry Archibald Harris,   b. 26 Apr 1885, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1960, Los Angeles Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2010 
    Family ID F181  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Mary Ellen Snouffer
    Mary Ellen Snouffer
    Photo from J. J. Snouffer Scrapbook, p. 10
    (edited by Wm. C. Snouffer)
    Mary Ellen Snouffer,
and son Henry A. Harris
    Mary Ellen Snouffer, and son Henry A. Harris
    Photo from J. J. Snouffer Scrapbook, p. 12
    (edited by Wm. C. Snouffer)
    Mary Ellen Snouffer
    Mary Ellen Snouffer
    Photo from J. J. Snouffer Scrapbook, p. 32
    (edited by Wm. C. Snouffer)

  • Notes 
    • In 1860 the census listed her father "Joshua J. Snouffer," 34, a farmer, born in Pennsylvania [sic], living with his wife "Angelina," 31, born in Maryland; "John R," 11, born in Illinois [sic]; Ann E, 10, b. in MD; Mary C, 6, and Fanny A, 3, both b. in IA; and son Joshua J, 1, born in Iowa. Also living with them was Ann White, 50, born in Maryland (presumably J.J.'s wife Ann's mother), and two young men, perhaps hired hands. 1860 U.S. Census, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (M 653, Roll 332, stamped p. 446, written p. 114).

      "May E" is listed in the 1870 Iowa census as a 14-yr old girl, born in Iowa, living with her parents, siblings and a cousin in Cedar Rapids. 1870 U.S. Census, 1st Ward, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (M 593, Roll 405, stamped p. 127).

      The 1880 census lists "Mary E," 24, born in Iowa, living with her parents and siblings. It states that she was a railroad clerk. 1920 U.S. Census, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (T 9, Roll 351, stamped p. 73B).

      According to PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF LINN COUNTY, IOWA, p. 645 (Chapman Bros., Chicago: 1887):
      Mary's father "Mr. Snouffer was married in 1847 [sic], to Miss Anna White, a native of Maryland, and now the mother of the following children: *** Mary, Mrs. Harris, is a resident of New Mexico, and [she] has one son, Archibald;...."

      Newspaper article, Cedar Rapids [IA] Evening Gazette (17 Mar 1898):
      "ANOTHER VICTIM
      "Mrs. Mary E. Harris, nee Snouffer, Reported Lost.
      "Captain J.J. Snouffer last evening received a message from Chicago stating that his daughter, Mrs. Mary E. Harris, lost her life in the burning of the [Olmstead] building....
      "The press dispatches state that Mrs. Harris was employed by the Olmstead company as bookkeeper just three hours before the fire. It is believed that she was overcome by smoke while attempting to escape.
      "Mary E. Snouffer, long known as "Sug" by a wide circle of friends, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Snouffer, was born in the county, and was 42 years of age. She was married in the east, but after the death of her husband resided some time in Cedar Rapids. She was for a considerable period assistant general passenger and ticket agent of the B., C. R. & N. [Railroad], under General Agent Mills, and was well known by all of the older residents of the city.
      "Mrs. Harris is survived by a son twelve years of age, her parents and two sisters, Mrs. Chas. Benjamin and Miss Virginia Snouffer, both of this city, Mrs. Annie Stephens of Georgia, and one brother, Budd [sic] Snouffer, the well known contractor...."

      Newspaper article, The [Decatur, IL] Daily Review (18 Mar 1898):
      "DEATHS IN A WABASH AVENUE FIRE MAY REACH FIFTEEN....
      "Chicago [IL], March 16. -- It required just twenty minutes today for one of the most savage fires Chicago has seen since the famous cold storage warehouse fire on the World's fair grounds in 1893 to take anywhere from five to fifteen lives, maim thirty people and reduce a six story brick building to a pile of blazing timber, red hot bricks and twisted iron.
      "The number of dead is still in doubt and will probably not be definitely known until the debris of the building is sufficiently cooled to admit of search being made for bodies of those who are undoubtedly in the ruins. This will be two days hence at least.
      "[Many of the victims were employees of Olmstead Scientific Company, including W. A. Olmstead, its president, and] MRS. M. S. HARRIS, widow, 42 years old, employed as bookkeeper for Olmstead, believed to have been overcome by smoke and burned to death. *** "

      Obituary, The Cedar Rapids [IA] Evening Gazette, p. 6 (22 Mar 1898): "TENDERLY LAID AT REST
      "Funeral of the Late Mary E. Harris...
      "The mortal remains of the once strong and beautiful woman, Mrs. Mary E. Harris, who perished In the late Chicago fire, were laid to rest yesterday afternoon [21 Mar]. The funeral service was held at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Snouffer, and the house was filled with sorrowing and sympathizing; friends of all ages and classes, representing all the old families and early settlers of Cedar Rapids. Mrs. Harris, being the daughter of pioneers, was known and respected by every one either personally or by her reputation as a girl and woman of handsome appearance and wonderful ability. The news of her awful fate caused consternation and grief throughout the community, and yesterday the general esteem in which she was held was shown by the attendance. The service was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Green, rector of Grace Episcopal church, and consisted simply of the order for the burial of the dead... ***
      "The loving thought of friends had covered the casket with.the greatest profusion of the finest flowers. Roses, lilies, hyacinths and violets lent their fragrance and their beauty as a mute offer of comfort. ***
      "The service was concluded at the grave, which was cemented and lined with greens interspersed with roses. The pall-bearers were all business associates of Mrs. Harris in years past. *** A long line of carriages formed the cortege to Oak Hill cemetery.... [T]hose who came from a distance to attend the funeral [included] another daughter, Mrs. Albert [Anna Elizabeth] Stevens of Stratford, Virginia, and Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth [Frances A. "Sis"] Benjamin of Omaha."

      Apparently Mary's grave in Oak Hill is unmarked. According to a volunteer who checked at the cemetery: "Oak Hill cemetery did not record a burial for Mary Harris in 1898 (from a book at the genealogical library compiled from Oak Hill records). The Genealogical library did not record a stone for Mary Harris in Oak Hill (another book) when they recorded the stones, circa 1980. An obit and funeral notice for Mary Harris did indicate that she was to be buried at Oak Hill, but I find that the newspaper often assumed people would be buried at Oak Hill. I then found a city death record that indicated that Mary Harris was buried at Oak Hill. So - Mary probably is buried at Oak Hill, but the grave is not marked. Mary's obit made it sound as if she was married back east and lived there until her husband died. I didn't find her husband or their son at Oak Hill so I suspect that Henry the husband was buried back east with his family. I think Mary is buried next to her mother. I think Joshua probably purchased the lot when he brought Mary's body back from Chicago. If you were to find a land transaction between Oak Hill and Joshua Snouffer for his lot in 1898 - Mary would have to be to the left of her mother." Email from Gervaise Dynes-Wolak, ten8ious@msn.com, to Wm.C. Snouffer (10 May 2010).

  • Sources 
    1. [S68] Gervaise|, Gervaise Dynes-Wolak, "Snouffer2.ftw" and subsequent Email reports to Wm. C. Snouffer, (Gervaise Dynes-Wolak, Email: ten8ious@msn.com).

    2. [S77] Linn County Portraits|, Anonymous, Portrait and Biographical Album of Linn County, Iowa, (Chicago, IL; Chapman Bros.: 1887), p. 645.

    3. [S461] IA Census 1870, CR, 1-WD | , Iowa, Linn Cnty, Cedar Rapids, 1st Ward, 1870 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), Series M593, Roll 405, p. 127.

    4. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (22 Mar 1898).

    5. [S681] Newspaper Article, (Newspaper article cited in this persons's Notes ).

    6. [S81] IA Foremost Citizens|, Johnson Brigham, IOWA: ITS HISTORY AND ITS FOREMOST CITIZENS, (Chicago, IL; S.J. Clarke Pub. Co.: 1915), p.1210.

    7. [S725] Newspaper - Examiner - 1 |, M. F. Hitselberger, "Marriages and Deaths from The Examiner, 1849", (vol. 11, Western Maryland Genealogy, p. 123 (Jul 1995)).

    8. [S52] Myers Marriages 3|, Margaret E. Myers, MARRIAGE LICENSES OF FREDERICK COUNTY [MD], 1841-1865, (Family Line Publications, Westminster, MD : 1988), pp.218, 251.