Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 393-394
submitted by Neal Carter, October 13, 2007


SNYDER – At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph McMichael, of Seventy-Six township, Thursday, Oct. 3, 1893, of paralysis, MRS. CATHERINE SNYDER, relict of the late Jacob Snyder, aged 81 years.

The deceased was well known in this locality, in which she had resided since 1850, when she came hither from Dayton county, Ohio. She was highly esteemed by all who came in contact with her, possessing many noble traits of character.

Her demise is mourned by three sons and one daughter, they being George B., of Bayard, Ia., Samuel, of Cedar twp., Joseph M., of Letts, and Mrs. Eliza McMichael, of Seventy-six township. Her husband died nearly six years ago.

The funeral took place yesterday morning at 10 o’clock from the U. B. church in Seventy-six township, and of which deceased had been a devoted member.

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Mrs. Catherine Beardshear Snyder
November 1893 (handwritten)

Once more we are called to chronicle the death of an old citizen of Muscatine county.

Catherine Beardshear was born near Dayton, Ohio, July 3, 1810. Her father and mother, George and Mary Beardshear, came from Virginia in an early day and settled in Montgomery county, Ohio. They were close communion Baptists, in which church Mother Snyder had her early training. She was married to Jacob Snyder in 1833. In 1842 Jacob Snyder and his wife were converted and joined the United Brethren church. For a time the preaching services were held in the home of Mother Snyder, until the society was able to build a house of worship. Her home was also the home for the itinerate preacher, where he gladly resided. The authorities of the church always found in her a loyal, faithful supporter to help on the work of the church.

In 1853 Sister Snyder, with her husband and family, moved from Ohio to Muscatine county, Iowa, settling in Seventy-Six township on the eighty acres now owned by Joseph McMichael. In this community for forty years she lived the life of a devoted Christian, a “living epistle read and known of all that she was taught of God.” She was identified with planning and development of the United Brethren church in Iowa, and many preachers and people in those early days found in her a source of strength and comfort in time of discouragement.

She lost her husband by death in 1882, since which time she had made her home among her children, four of whom survive her, viz: George B., Samuel B. and Joseph M. Snyder and Mrs. Joseph McMichael. Nine children were born to her, five of whom preceded their mother to the heavenly home. In the home of the only surviving daughter, Mrs. McMichael, she fell asleep in Jesus on Thursday morning, October 5, 1893, aged 83 years, 3 months and 2 days.

The funeral was conducted by the writer from the old Otterbein church, where she worshipped so many years, and the remains were laid by the side of her husband and other kindred. The funeral was largely attended by the citizens of the surrounding country, who thus evinced their respect for the deceased and their sympathy with the children in their loss. -- WM. CUNNINGHAM

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