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Sarah Elizabeth Snouffer

Sarah Elizabeth Snouffer

Female 1829 - 1917  (87 years)

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  • Name Sarah Elizabeth Snouffer  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born 10 Dec 1829  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Female 
    AFN 2T76-VWD; 1CB7-D12 
    Occupation Artist; quilt maker 
    Died 7 Jun 1917  Edmond, Oklahoma Cnty, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 10, 11
    Person ID I724  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 20 Dec 2011 

    Father Georg (George) Schnauffer / Snouffer,   b. 13 Apr 1792, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1831, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Ellen Ranneberger,   b. 1799, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1857  (Age 58 years) 
    Marriage License Date 9 Apr 1822  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13
    Married 11 Apr 1822  Evangelical Lutheran Ch, Frederick, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15, 16, 17
    Family ID F34  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James Belt, M.D.,   b. 20 Jul 1821, Leesburg, Loudoun Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1916, Edmond, Oklahoma Cnty, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Marriage License Date 13 Apr 1854  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 18 Apr 1854  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 10, 18, 19, 20
    Children 
     1. Charlotte Elizabeth Belt,   b. 21 Jan 1855, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1950, Edmond, Oklahoma Cnty, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     2. Georgianna Sheparson Belt,   b. 8 Oct 1856, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1939  (Age 82 years)
     3. Mary Eleanor Belt,   b. 8 Sep 1858, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1941  (Age 82 years)
     4. Florence Dorcas Belt,   b. 8 Mar 1861, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1953  (Age 92 years)
     5. James Alfred Belt,   b. 2 Oct 1864, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1957  (Age 93 years)
     6. Sarah Ann Belt,   b. 19 Feb 1867, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1867  (Age 0 years)
     7. Ida Washington Belt,   b. 19 Dec 1870, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1953  (Age 82 years)
     8. William Campbell Belt,   b. 7 Apr 1872, Napoleon, Lafayette Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1893  (Age 21 years)
    Last Modified 20 Dec 2011 
    Family ID F239  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Sarah E. Snouffer's quilt (abt 1845)
    Sarah E. Snouffer's quilt (abt 1845)
    Courtesy of Barbara Brackman,
    Clues in the Calico (1989)

  • Notes 
    • Regarding Sarah Elizabeth's parents, Wm.J.Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, p. 174 (1928), states: "Mr. [George] Snouffer's first wife died in 1821, and he married her sister Elizabeth Thomas [sic: Elizabeth Ranneberger]. They had four children: George W., Michael, Henry and Elizabeth."

      The 1850 Maryland census shows "Sarah E." as a 20-yr old woman (thus a birth year of abt 1830), born in Maryland and living with her mother Elizabeth and brother William H. 1850 U.S. Census, Buckeystown Twsp, Franklin Cnty, MD (M432, Roll 293, stamped p. 223).

      T.J.C.Williams & F.McKinsey, HISTORY OF FREDERICK COUNTY, pp. 919-920 (1910), reported on the Belt family, and listed the children of Alfred and Charlotte (Trundle) Belt, including: "Dr. James Belt, [who] married Elizabeth Snouffer, of Maryland;...."

      Dr. Belt and Sarah Snouffer were married 18 April 1854 at the residence of her brother William Henry Snouffer, near Licksville, MD. (Email from Diana Snouffer, Snouffer@erols.com [6 Feb 2001].) The wedding license was issued on 13 April 1854. Margaret E. Myers, MARRIAGE LICENSES OF FREDERICK COUNTY, 1841-1865, pp. 17, 218 (1988).

      The 1860 census records that "Jas" Belt, 39 yrs old and born in Virginia, was living with his wife "Sarah E", 30, born in Maryland, and their two children, Charlotte E, 5, and Georgianna, 3, both born in Missouri. The census ignored his medical practice and reported his occupation as a farmer possessing real estate valued at $4900 (which in 2005 equalled over $100,000). 1860 U.S. Census, Clay twsp, Lafayette Cnty, MO (M 653, Roll 628, stamped p. 681).

      The 1910 Oklahoma census shows Sarah E., 80, her husband James, 88, son James A., 45, and daughter Florence, 49. The census reports that Sarah and her husband had been married 55 years and that she had borne 8 children, 6 of whom were living. 1910 U.S. Census, Edmond twsp, Oklahoma, OK (T624, Roll 1265, stamped p. 123).

      Sarah Elizabeth Snouffer appears to have been the creator of a unique American quilt. It is featured prominently in Barbara Brackman's CLUES IN THE CALICO: A GUIDE TO IDENTIFYING AND DATING ANTIQUE QUILTS, p. 8 (EPM Publications, Inc., McLean, VA: 1989):
      "Feathered Star quilt made by Sarah Rannabarger [sic] Snouffer in Frederick County, Maryland. Estimated date: 1825-1850. Pieced and quilted. Cotton. Collection: Woodin Wheel Antiques.
      "The color scheme of red and green on a white background seems a natural outgrowth of the colors popular in chintzes like the one in the border. According to a story that will quicken the pulse of any collector, this never-washed quilt was found abandoned in a storage shed behind a house in Iowa."

      As of late 2004 the quilt was 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 to Karen Beth Knecht for unearthing references to the quilt and suggesting these ideas in her pamphlet 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, of whom 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 appears to say that the quilt came to Iowa in 1911, the note 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.
    • For further information, see Karen Musgrave, Quilts in the Attic: Uncovering the Hidden Stories of the Quilts We Love, p. 236 ff (Minneapolis, MN; Voyageur Press: 2012).
    • (Research):
      Note that the Ancestral File (AFN: 1 CB7-D12), showing a birthdate of "Abt 1723," is wildly inaccurate.

  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Carrollton Manor|, William Jarboe Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, (Marken & Bielfeld, Inc., Frederick, MD : 1928), p. 174.

    2. [S10] Snuffers|, James L. Wood, Jr., THE SNUFFERS, (BJW Printers; Beckley, WV : 1989), 929.273Sn72., p. 81.

    3. [S101] Lafayette Cnty MO History|, HISTORY OF LAFAYETTE COUNTY, MO, (Missouri Historical Co., St. Louis, MO : 1881), pp. 603-604.

    4. [S86] Hurley, Maryland Heritage|, William N. Hurley, Jr., OUR MARYLAND HERITAGE, (Bowie, MD; Heritage Books, Inc. (various years)), vol. 20, pp. 43-47.

    5. [S37] Ancestry Tree - Mann|, James D. Hug, "Mann_2011-12-09", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/33020986/listofallpeople).

    6. [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.]).

    7. [S481] MD Census 1850, Buckeystown Twsp|, Maryland, Frederick Cnty, Buckeystown Twsp, 1850 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), p. 223.

    8. [S31] Thomas, G.L.|, George Leicester Thomas, GENEALOGY OF THE ENGLISH THOMAS FAMILY, (G.L.Thomas, Adamstown, MD : 1956), p. 91.

    9. [S509] OK Census 1910, Edmond, Oklahoma, Edmond Twsp, 1910 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), T624, R1265, p. 123A.

    10. [S74] LDS IGI Index|, "International Genealogical Index", (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT; www.familysearch.org), (LDS Film 457158).

    11. [S260] OK Census 1920, Edmond, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Cnty, Edmond Twsp, 1920 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), T625, Roll 1473, p. 196A.

    12. [S718] Smith Marriages|, Dorothy H. Smith, Frederick County [MD] Marriage Licenses, 1778-1839, (Unpublished Monograph, "Publication Rights Reserved," by Dorothy H. Smith, United States : 15 Jun 1979), F187.F8 S65 1900z., p. 197.
      "SNOUFFER, George & Elizabeth Raneberger - Apl 9, 1822"

    13. [S28] Myers Marriages 2|, Margaret E. Myers, MARRIAGE LICENSES OF FREDERICK COUNTY [MD], 1811-1840, (Family Line Publications, Silver Spring, MD : 1987), pp. 228, 242.

    14. [S29] Frederick, MD, Luth Ch|, "Church Records", (Frederick, MD, Evangelical Lutheran Church [LDS Film 1205005]), p.1331.

    15. [S987] MD Church Docs, 1668-1995|, Various Maryland Churches, Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995, (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT; Online database, https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2385204?collectionNameFilter=false).

    16. [S30] Carrollton Manor|, William Jarboe Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, (Marken & Bielfeld, Inc., Frederick, MD : 1928), p.121.

    17. [S10] Snuffers|, James L. Wood, Jr., THE SNUFFERS, (BJW Printers; Beckley, WV : 1989), 929.273Sn72., p.81.

    18. [S85] Spangler, Mary Snouffer|, Mary Snouffer Spangler, "Ancestor Chart", (Report to James Wood, Jr. : 7 Jan 1980).

    19. [S54] Frederick Cnty History|, T.J.C. Williams & F. McKinsey, HISTORY OF FREDERICK COUNTY MARYLAND, (L.R. Titsworth & Co., Hagerstown, MD : 1910), p. 920.

    20. [S52] Myers Marriages 3|, Margaret E. Myers, MARRIAGE LICENSES OF FREDERICK COUNTY [MD], 1841-1865, (Family Line Publications, Westminster, MD : 1988), pp. 17, 218.