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 "Submitted by Patrick Irish"

Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2005 22:36:08 -0700

Here is one that is of the Stuff I'd love to see on any web site source unknown sent to me by an aunt copied by one her cousins. It would be even better to know the source as evidently there is more information. There is only one citation for my family but maybe someone else may use it.

James William Snyder and Freelove Melissa Howe

James William Snyder was born February 10, 1813 in Potter County, Pennsylvania. He was married September 3, 1834 on Potter County to Freelove Melissa Howe born April 28, 1819 in Syracuse, New York. Freelove Melissa Howe, daughter of Samuel and Freelove Metcalf Howe, was a descendant of Elder William Brewster, who came on the Mayflower.

James William and Freelove Melissa Snyder came to Woodbury County, Iowa in 1865 and settled on a homestead, where now is the sight of Holley Springs. They came by oxen and a covered wagon, as the railroad had not extended that far west then. They lived in the county from 1865 to 1901, when they with their son, Hiram and family, moved to Lebanon Oregon. Their wedded life covered a period of seventy-one and one-half years. To this union born eleven children. The first child, Charlaton died at birth in 1836. The other ten were: Evaline, Hiram Taylor, Freelove Betsy, Catherine, Henrietta Alzana, Samuel, Mary, Noah, Susan and Ella. These folks have all passed away now, but have many descendants living in Woodbury County. Some of them are Irma Shupe of Hornick and most of her children; Rena Lundgren of Sioux City and many of her children and their families; Mildred Liston of Sioux City; Everett Lamb of Salix and his children and families; Nellie Rickter of Hawarden, Iowa; and Alvin Snyder of Des Moines, Iowa. Many others are in Iowa, too numerous to mention.

(1) Evaline Snyder, born February 6, 1837, Potter County, Pennsylvania, came to Woodbury County with her two small children Cassie and Elmer, in the 1860's after her husband, William Moore passed away on September 28, 1864, in Rebel, Libby Prison, during the Civil War. On April 9, 1868, she married John McElhany. They had a girl named Janey McElhany, Evaline taught school at Whiting some time around the 1870's. After john’s death, she married Silas P. Irish on April 29, 1873. Evaline passed away July 13, 1900.

(2) Hiram Taylor Snyder, born February 24, 1839, in Potter County, Pennsylvania, married Catherine McCoy. They had one son Andrew, born June 22, 1866, when they moved to Woodbury County and homestead in 1867. Their daughter Ellen Apphin, born August 26, 1868, was the first white child born in Willow Twp. Hiram became a Methodist minister. Catherine died in September, 1868. On April 3, 1870, Hiram married Martha A. Keisher. In 1901 they moved to Oregon to live.

(3) Freelove Betsy Snyder was born August 6, 1841, in Potter County, Pennsylvania. She married Morris w. Metcalf on July 5, 1863. They moved to Woodbury County in the 1860's and lived near Salix. They had five children: Willard, Jim, Dewey, Sarah, and George. In the 1900's they moved to Timmer, North Dakota. Two of the boys became Methodist missionaries and served in Africa.

(4) Henrietta Alzana Snyder was born May 9, 1844, in Potter County, Pennsylvania. She married Alpheus B. Cady on March 19, 1864 in Brookfield, Pennsylvania. Alpheus was born October 30, 1838, in Brookfield, Pennsylvania. They came to Woodbury County in March 1866, when their oldest daughter Zellah Melissa was four months old. She had been born November 5, 1865, in Brookfield, Pennsylvania. Their son Harvey Daniel was born March 24, 1869. In 1874 they moved back to Pennsylvania and stayed there six years, where James Samuel was born July 21, 1875, and Sarah Jane was born August 3, 1877. In 1880 they homesteaded in Grange Twp. Woodbury County, where their son William (Milo) was born September 9, 1881. They lived their later years at Sloan, where Alpheus died February 26, 1912, and Henrietta April 28, 1915.

During the Civil War, Alpheus was a member of the renowned "Backtail" regiment of sharp shooters. He belonged to he G.A.R. post of Sioux City, Iowa. He was always distinguised at the many reunions by the wearing of his bucktail.

When the Cadys came to Woodbury County, the Sioux City and Pacific Railway had not been built and he cut many ties to be used in its construction.

Alpheus served seven years as Marshall and street commissioner of the town at Sloan.

Harvey Daniel Cady, grew up in Woodbury County, married Nellie Wellington December 5, 1891, in Woodbury County. Their two girls were born at Climbing Hill; they were: Freida Margaret, born May 3, 1893 and Margie Grace, born January 22, 1896. They moved to Missoula, Montana, in 1898. There he owned and operated a taxi service. He died in Montana, in 1898. They belonged to the Methodist Church.

William Milo (Milo) grew up in Woodbury County. He married Marian Weir on December 9, 1903. Marian was born October 26, 1880. Their one son, Horace William Cady, was born May 2, 1905. They also moved to Montana and later to Idaho. He was in the real estate business.

(5) Catherine born December 29, 1846, in Potter County, Pennsylvania, came with her parents to Woodbury County in 1865 aged eighteen. She taught school in the first one-room schoolhouse that was built. Her father, James Snyder, and her brother, Samuel Snyder, built it between Sergeant Bluff and Smithland. The county settled up so fast that several schoolhouses were required.

She married Silas Decalb Bayne September 5, 1872. Their children were Nora, born August 21, 1873, Hattie Ehza, born February 22, 1875; Mary Elizabeth, born July 28, 1877; and John Wesley, born January 21, 1880; all born at Climbing Hill, Iowa. They lived on their farm until late in the fall of 1885, when under Cleveland's Administration, she was appointed postmistress of Climbing Hill. She retained this job for over five years. Later, they moved to Sioux City, where she and her husband were engaged in the mercantile business. After living in Sioux City until 1901, they went to Harper County, Oklahoma and homesteaded six miles south east of Buffalo. At the age of 101 years, she could still read her bible without the use of glasses. On her 101st birthday the town of Buffalo closed all stores, etc. and furnished a brass hand to celebrate the occasion. On November 29, 1948 she died at Buffalo, Oklahoma aged 101 years and 11 months.

(6) Samuel was born January 24, 1849 in Potter County, Pennsylvania and arrived in Woodbury County with his parents in 1865. He, as well as his parents and brothers and sisters, belonged to the Methodist Church. He homesteaded in 1870 at the age of twenty-one, hauling wood a distance of fourteen miles from the Missouri River. On August 18, 1872 he married Martha A. Bayne and lived on the homestead until he was licensed to preach, and was sent to Bonhomme, South Dakota. There he preached first in the Court House and later in a school building. While there he organized a church at Tyndall, about thirty miles away, and one at Scottland, Then he was sent to Lincoln and Turner circuits to organize churches and moved about the circuits for the next twenty-two years before going to Oregon. He was at a church in Sioux City in 1895 and at Kingsley, Iowa two years about 1896 and 1897. Some of the other town he served were: Sloan, Whiting, Maple Landing, and Onawa. In some areas he and his family had to live in clapboard houses that they could hardly keep warn in.

In 1898 he moved to Oregon. He fathered seven children: Sylvia and Lewis were born to his first wife Martha. Martha died and he later married Rose Sparks. To this union were born Frank, in Denver, Colorado, where Samuel's family had moved for a short time for his health. After moving back to Iowa, Charles was born. Rose died of cancer after the move to Oregon. He then married Winnefred Cutler. Their children were: Mabel, Earl, and James.

Samuel passed away April 16, 1923, at Brownsville, Oregon.

For the other four children, Wee (Mary Noah, Susan and Ella May Snyder.

By Lenna Glover Davis


Ralph C. Prichard
Representative from Woodbury county.  Was born in Monona county, Iowa, and moved to Woodbury county with is parents a year later, in which county he has since resided.  Was graduated from Morningside college in 1915 and from the law school of the University of Chicago in the year 1921.  Spent two years in the military service during the World War,  one year of which was overseas.  Was commissioned first lieutenant in the infantry.  Is a member of the American Legion and Masonic lodge.  Has practiced law in Sioux City, Iowa, since 1921.  A republican in politics.
Source: Iowa Official Register 1927-1928; Biographies of State
Representatives; pg.  252
Transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall


Member of the Board of Control of state institutions, was born in Galena, Illinois, August 21, 1865.  His parents located at Dubuque, Iowa, in 1866, a few years later moving to Chicago, Ill., and residing in the latter city until 1876; in August of that year again taking up residence in Iowa, at Le Mars, Plymouth county, where he learned the printer's trade and conducted a weekly newspaper.  Published a weekly newspaper at Kingsley, Iowa, establishing the Times during the pioneer days of that town.  In the years since 1876 he has been a continuous resident of Iowa.  He later located in Sioux City and for years was connected with the daily newspapers of that city.  Was president of the Iowa State Federation of Labor from 1913 to 1917.  He married Miss Helena Bastian, of LeMars, and has two sons, Harry J., and William B.  A republican in politics.  Legal residence, Sioux City, Iowa.

Source: Iowa Official Register, 1927-1928; Biographies of State Officials.

Transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall

Member of Board of Education, was born January 16, 1892, at Sioux City, Iowa, son of Deloss Carlton and Francis Edith Shull.  Was educated in the Sioux City public schools and graduated from the Sioux City Central high school in June, 1910.  Collegiate education University of Chicago, 1910 to 1914 (Ph. B. 1914).  Legal education Harvard law School and University of Chicago law school (J.D. 1916).  Began the practice of law in Sioux City.  In August, 1917, enlisted in the service of the navy and was discharged February, 1919, retiring as an ensign, U.S.N.R.F.  Returned to Sioux City and entered the law firm of Shull, Stilwill, Shull and Wadden, of which he is now a member.  Was married in August, 1921, to Alice Lincoln, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Lincoln, Alton, Iowa.  A member of Monahan Post No. 64 of the American Legion, the Masonic fraternity, and the First Baptist church.  A republican.  A member of the Iowa State Bar association and the American Bar association.

-source: Iowa Official Register, 1927-1928; Biographies of State Officials.

Transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall

KINDIG, James W. --Judge of Supreme Court.  Born at Welton, Clinton county, Iowa, December 3, 1879.  Moved to Woodbury county with his parents in March, 1887, and attended the public schools.  Graduated from Morningside Academy in 1902, and received the degree of A.B. from Morningside college in 1906, and the degree of LL.B. from the University of Washington in 1907.  Entered the practice of law at Sioux City in June, 1907.  Was assistant county attorney of Woodbury county and advisor of the board of supervisors from January 1, 1915, until August 1, 1917.  Was assistant attorney general of Iowa under Hon. H.M. Havner in 1917 and 1918, and then again entered the general practice of law in Sioux City.  Was appointed justice of the supreme court April 19, 1927.  Married Gertrude Crossan September 3, 1908.  Has two children, Burdette and Lowell.  Republican in politics.

-source: Iowa Official Register, 1927-1928; Biographies of Supreme Court Justices.

Transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall

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