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Mary Cecelia Foley

Mary Cecelia Foley

Female 1862 - 1952  (90 years)

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  • Name Mary Cecelia Foley  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 25 Mar 1862  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Female 
    AFN 2T88-9PL 
    Died 4 Jul 1952  San Bernardino Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5
    Buried Mountain View Cem, San Bernardino, San Bernardino Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Person ID I1385  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2012 

    Father John Foley,   b. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mary O'Keefe,   b. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1919 
    Married Y  [1
    Family ID F583  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Joshua Jacob ("Bud") Snouffer, Jr.,   b. 16 Apr 1864, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1917, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 25 Aug 1890  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Children 
     1. John Stanley ("Bud") Snouffer,   b. 5 Nov 1891, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1959, Hines, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     2. Helen Charlotte Snouffer,   b. 25 Jun 1894, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1955, Chula Vista, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     3. Phyllis Ilene Snouffer,   b. 13 Nov 1897, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Gervaise Damian Snouffer,   b. 2 Apr 1900, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1980, Ft. Lauderdale, Broward Cnty, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2012 
    Family ID F470  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Mary Catherine Foley
    Mary Catherine Foley
    From J. J. Snouffer Scrapbook, p. 54;
    edited by Wm. C. Snouffer
    Mary Catherine Foley
    Mary Catherine Foley
    From J. J. Snouffer Scrapbook, p. 58;
    edited by Wm. C. Snouffer

  • Notes 
    • The 1900 census lists "J.J." Snouffer, 35, married 10 years to his wife "Mary C," 29, born Mar 1871, and children "Stanley J," 8, Helen C, 5, Phyliss I, 3, and "Parthemia M," [Gervaise] 2/12ths. Two servants also lived in the home. 1900 U.S. Census, 5th Ward, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (T 623, Roll 444, stamped p. 160). [Mary's reported birth year is not accurate.]

      In litigation involving the estate of J.J.Snouffer, the caption of the court's opinion includes as defendants in the case "Mary S.[sic] Snouffer, wife of J. J. Snouffer, Jr." See, Amidon v. Snouffer, vol. 139, Iowa Reports, p. 159 (1908).

      The 1920 census reports that "Mary C" Snouffer is a 48-yr old widow, living as a "lodger" and that she was born in Iowa, and both of her parents in Ireland. 1920 U.S. Census, 4th Precinct, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (T 625, R500, stamped p. 126). [Mary actually was 58 in 1920.]

      The 1930 census lists "Mary E." Snouffer as a 57 year old woman, born in Iowa, and living with a German roomer. 1930 U.S. Census, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA ( T 626, Roll 664, ED 40, p. 16A). [Mary was 67 in 1930.]

      The Depression took its toll on Mary, and she apparently became unable to pay her rent at some point. According to The Hawkeye Record [Mt. Vernon, IA], p. 9 (15 Dec 1938), the Linn County, Iowa Commissioners entered a large number of "relief orders" and one of the claims allowed was: "Snouffer, Mary C., poor rent $6.00."

      In April, 2005, Gervaise Dynes-Wolak wrote:
      "My [great]grandmother's family was a bit daft. I discovered [her daughter's name] "Parthemia" when I was searching census records years ago. I chalked it up to a bad census taker because my grandmother was baptized Gervaise Damian Snouffer on April 14, 1900, just two weeks after her birth. Her certificate and church records confirm that. Her mother, Mary C. Foley, must have been having a joke with the census taker. My grandmother's birth record wasn't filed until the 1940's (a long story) but to our knowledge she was always called Gervaise. We are not even sure where [her mother] Mary came up with [the name] Gervaise in the first place. She [Mary] was a devout Catholic and raised all 4 children in the church. There was a St. Gervais (male) and that's where my grandmother thought it came from. Especially since the other 3 children have relatively common names. She [Mary] was a reader though, and may have found it somewhere in literature. When I Google Gervaise I get the 1950s French movie/novel of the same name and that's about it. We have continued a family tradition of naming the first daughter Gervaise, so I am number 3 and my daughter is number 4. We have three in the household now and you should see the confusion we cause at doctors' offices!" (EMail to Wm.C.Snouffer, 12 Apr 2005)

  • 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. [S6] IA Census 1930, Cedar Rapids|, Iowa, Linn Cnty, Cedar Rapids, 1930 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T626, Roll 664, ED 40, p. 16A).

    3. [S164] IA Supreme Court, Iowa Supreme Court Reports, (Iowa Supreme Court, 1111 E. Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319; http://www.iowacourts.gov/Supreme_Court), vol.139, p. 159.

    4. [S544] CA Death Index, 1940-1997|, California, California Death Index, 1940-1997, (Calif. Dep't of Health Services, Office of Vital Records, 304 S St., Sacramento, CA 94244; online database, http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5180).

    5. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com).

    6. [S8] IA Census 1920, CR, 5-P|, Iowa, Linn Cnty, Cedar Rapids, 5th Precinct, 1920 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), T625, R500, pp. 126B.