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Esther Hannah Graham
d/o Samuel Graham and Hannah Way, w/o Samuel McCullough Snodgrass
January 31, 1837 - November 07, 1917


On this page you will find

Snodgrass Golden Wedding Anniversary:

Obituary of Esther Hannah (Graham) Snodgrass:


Snodgrass Golden Wedding Anniversary, The Claysville Recorder, Friday, July 16, 1915, J. L. Melvin/John Melvin --- Owners and Publishers

On May 10, 1865, Miss Esther Hannah Graham, of Taylorstown, was united in marriage to Mr. Samuel McCullough Snodgrass, near Crestline, 0, with Rev. J.R. Johnston, pastor of the First U.P. church of Washington, officiating. They started in a buggy next day for Mahoning County, Ohio, a journey of about two days, which is now made by auto in five hours. The bride of half a century was a daughter of Samuel and Hannah Mary Graham, her birthplace being in the Neely farm. But the groom had Ohio, had Crestline, as his birthplace, son of William and Margaret Chambers Snodgrass. As a youth he hau1ed stone for the construction of the Crestline, Columbus & Cincinnati railway through that town. Later on he was sent on business to Washington County. Pa., where he had cousins and uncles and aunts. After that he came a-courting and the wedding followed. Not much time was given in those days to wedding tripe, so he got back with his bride to his work. They returned to the Neely farm soon after, later locating on the Frank Nicolls (now Milt Irwin’s farm) where they remained three years. Leaving there they went to the John McDowell farm and after six years, in 1875, they located on their present farm, which they purchased through means secured by economy and industry. The farm was then run down, a rail fence ran close in front of the dilapidated house surrounded be tall woods, quite in contrast with their splendid farm residence modernly equipped and beautifully situated. Then the oil development came and they received a goodly share of the product of the 17 wells drilled on the farm, a single well yielding as high as 300 to 400 barrels a day. But with these means the habits of life were not changed, the same industry prevailed and the same neighbourliness to those for miles about them continued and the family stands high wherever known.

They have the following five children living: Margaret, who married Andrew Kerr, of near Coffey’s Crossing; Marry Hannah, the wife of John Maxwell, of near Buffalo: Eleanor and Samuel G. at home, and John G., who lives near his father’s residence.

Conditions did not suit for the anniversary on May 10, so Friday, July 9th was chosen on which to celebrate the golden wedding, the birthday anniversary of Mr. Snodgrass being the day before. The home was handsomely decorated in colors of gold and lavender. Mr. Snodgrass wore the suit in which he was married, and though 50 years old it still fit him fairly well and was in good condition. He and Mrs. Snodgrass received their guests in the parlour, beneath a golden wedding bell with combination of yellow streamers, wheat, cut flowers, ferns and pines arranged into an effective arch tasty because of the simplicity. They were assisted by their daughter Miss Eleanor, who with Miss Nell Jackson looked after the comfort of the guests and Misses Margaret Jackson and Ferne Patterson were aids at the table. There were three small flower girls who filled their parts well, gowned in white with yellow sashes, Margaret Duvall, Mildred Hamilton, and Mildred Henderson. The dining room was ornamented in yellow and white, with cut flowers. In the afternoon there was a hundred guests present and in the evening a like number. Caterer Mosebay, of Washington, provided for the inner man and the John Flack orchestra furnished splendid music. 48 guests were provided for at a sitting. The hours were 1 to 5 and 6 to 10.

The guests included the following:

Mrs. Frank Drake, Massillon, 0: Mr. and Mrs. G.D. Stiffey, and Miss Mary Walker, Blairsville, Pa; Will Chambers, Mrs. Mary Cowden, Mr. and Mrs. S. McClurg, Poland, 0: Mrs. W. Clark and Lionel Clarke, Pittsburgh.

Washington and rural routes: Dr. and Mrs. W.R. Thompson, Samuel Amspoker and daughters, Andrew Kerr and wife, Frank Snodgrass, Jennie Snodgrass, Miss Blanche Broudfit, J.R. Hanna, Dr. and Mrs. H.L. Snodgrass, A.T. Anderson and wife. Mrs. E.B. McDowell, Misses Viva, Emma, and Kizzie McDowell, Howard Ely and wife, Robert Ely, Rev. T.P. Proudfit, A.E. Thompson and wife, John A. Flack and wife, Milton and Salem Flack, Flossie Clutter, Fred Ward, Mrs. Jennie Jackson, Mrs. Clara Hunter, Kenneth Hunter, S.L. Ely and wife, Katherine Ely, R.L. McCarrell and wife, Jane O. McCarrell, R.L. McCarrell Jr., T.H. Sutherland and wife, John N. McDowell, T.C. McIlwaine and wife, Samuel Cleland and wife, Sarah B. McDowell.

West Alexander: Miss Minnie Ely, Miss Armida Hupp, Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Buchanan, Miss Florence Buchanan.

Buffalo Village: Mrs. W.G. Maxwell, Mrs. A.B. Maxwell, J.B. Maxwell, Ella H. Snodgrass, J.C.H. Snodgrass, Mrs. Nan Maxwell.

Claysville: Mrs. W.G. McCullough, Mary and Bedelia Biggins, John DeFrance, Rev. A. MacLachhen and wife, M.L. McGill and wife, French. Lowrie and Eula McGill, Mrs. McCullough, only sister of Mrs. Snodgrass.

Mrs. Isabelle McLeese, W.M. Horn, Rev. R.B. Harsha, Mrs. Jane Sawhill, M.G. Ralston and wife, John Sawhill, Mrs. G.R. Coffey, Miss Anna McCabe, J.G. Snodgrass, wife and daughter, Esther Jane: Dr. R.W. Wolfe and wife, S.W. Hair and wife, Isaac Hodgens and wife, 0.M. Hill, Miss Anna Hess, Miss Donna Clelland, Ben Hamilton, Margaret Hamilton, John M. Thompson and wife, Mont Weirich and wife, W.L Sawhill and wife, Mary E. Blayney, H.M. Crothers and wife, G.H. McMannis and wife, S.D. Blayley, James Elliott and wife, E.N. Ralston, Alice Sawhill, Maude Sawhill, Samuel Flack, Arthur Flack, John A. Flack, Lizzie Flack, Nellie Flack, Samuel Snodgrass Jr.


Obituary of Esther Hannah (Graham) Snodgrass -1915; Mrs. Samuel Snodgrass dies suddenly at her home

The death of Esther Hannah Graham, wife of Samuel Snodgrass, occurred at their home in Buffalo Township about one mile east of Crothers, at 2:45pm, Sunday, Nov. 17, 1915, aged 79 years. Her passing away was sudden. She was able to go about the house, was taken very ill and died within half an hour.

Mrs. Snodgrass was born on the Neely farm, near Taylorstown, in the1836, daughter of Samuel and Hannah Way Graham. Her life, excepting those several months in Ohio, following her marriage to Samuel Snodgrass May 10, 1865, was spent in this community. They first resided on the Nealy farm, then on the present Milt Irwin farm three years, and the John McDowell farm six years. In 1875 they purchased and located on their present farm, which they improved greatly, making of it one of the best in this fertile section. She proved an excellent helpmate, amiable of disposition, gentle in manner, kind at heart, industrious and careful in her management of the, home, a devoted wife and mother and a cherished neighbour. In early life she united with North Buffalo United Presbyterian church and her church life continued faithful through more than sixty years, the later period of which was as a member of Taylorstown United Presbyterian congregation

On June 9th, last, the birth anniversary of Mr. Snodgrass, they celebrated their golden wedding, and a wide circle of their hosts of friends participated.

She leaves to mourn her departure her husband and five of the seven children born to them; Margaret, wife of Andrew Kerr, near Coffey’s Crossing; John G. Snodgrass, of Buffalo township; Mary Hannah, wife of John C.H. Maxwell, near Buffalo Village; Miss Eleanor and Samuel G. Snodgrass, at home. One sister also is living –Mrs. Nancy McCullough, of Claysville.

The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock Wednesday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. R.E. Harsha, who was assisted by Dr. A. MacLachlan, Rev. T.P. Proudfit, Rev. Frank Crosby, Rev. J.C. Hamilton, and Rev. H.E. Hood. It was an impressive service, and the tributes were appropriate and worthy of the life of the deceased. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful, representing in a way the beauty or her life and character. There was a large attendance, indicative of the large circle of close friends and family holds in the community. The eight pall bearers included six cousins: Messrs. H.L. Snodgrass, MD., William Snodgrass, Frank Snodgrass, Samuel Ely, Howard Ely, R.G. Buchanan, A.W. Clemens, Charles Risher. The internment was in the family lot in Claysville Cemetery.

Among those from a distance attending the funeral were Robert Snodgrass, of Mansfield, Ohio; Mrs. H.L. Snodgrass, of Galion, Ohio Mrs. Lottie Ripley, of Poland, Ohio; Mrs. James Chambers, of Youngstown, Ohio; Mrs. Anna Snodgrass, of Crestline, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Stiffey, of Blairsville, Pa; and Frank Crosby, and others, from Washington, Claysville, and other nearby points.