JANE ELLIOTT SNOW. From unpublished memoirs of the subject of this sketch we are permitted to copy at will.
She says, or rather quotes, in speaking of her ancestors that "those who do not treasure up the memory of
their ancestors do not deserve to be remembered by posterity." These memoirs. completed shortly before her
death, will be placed in the Western Reserve Historical Society. Without the use of quotation marks we will give
some paragraphs from this modest history. Mrs. Snow was for many years a constant writer for the press but never
sensational or given to a study of dramatic utterances. Her articles were usually historical, and from historical
characters and events she would draw useful lessons to guide us of the present time. For many years she lectured
before the Snow Monday Club and other organizations of the city and county. Her published works include "The
Women of Tennyson," "A Family History," a small collection of poems, and other books. She was a
member of the Woman's Press Club, the Woman's City Club, the Woman's Relief Corps, and the Methodist Episcopal
Church. To these organizations should be added the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, the Cleveland Health Protective
Association, and the Home Missionary Society.
In her memoirs she gives something of her ancestors, something of her early life, something of her life on the
farm, and of her life in the city.
My great grandfather on my mother's side was John Coates, born in Yorkshire, England, about 1740. Though not connected
with any titled family, he evidently was a man of means and in early life something of a sportsman. He had his
pack of hounds, and at one time prided himself on the possession of a valuable race horse. Later in life his tastes
changed and his horse was sold and with the proceeds he purchased the nucleus of a library. He became well read,
and in later life was noted as a man of Scholarly tastes and acquirements. His republican principles and admiration
for Washington brought him to this country early in the nineteenth century. He settled with his family first in
New York State, and thirteen years lather came to Royalton, Ohio, where he purchased nearly 4,000 acres of land.
His children and grandchildren were each given a farm, my mother receiving her share. He lived to a great age,
dying in 1832. His eldest son, my grandfather, was graduated from Oxford University.
On my father's side I am the seventh in direct descent from Rev. Tohn Elliott, the "Apostle to the Indians."
He came to this country in 1631 in the ship Lion. He lived a long life, the greater part of it being devoted to
the salvation of the Indians. He looked upon them as human beings with souls to save. In such reverence is his
memory held that churches, halls, public squares, streets and other memorials without number bear the name of Elliott
Several drinking fountains are named in his honor, the one at Tucson, Arizona. being perhaps the most famous.
My birthplace was Royalton, Cuyahoga County. Ohio. The time of my first appearance on this planet was June 14,
1837. My father's farm, which my mother inherited, was a square of 100 acres, which lay about midway between what
was known as Howe's Corners and Walling's Corners.
My life has covered the period of great epoch making inventions and discoveries; it has covered the period when
spinning, weaving and other industries were taken out of the home, where they were done by hand, and into factories,
where they are done by machinery. During the first two decades and more of my life, wood was used for heating and
candles for lighting the homes. In farming communities, and half of my life was spent there, the roads were poor
and a farm wagon was the nearest approach to a pleasure carriage that most people owned.
My memory goes back to a period antedating the Civil war by a number of years. I remember well the bitter controversies
over slavery that were often heard in our local community. With other mothers, sisters and daughters, I felt the
woes, the grief that comes into the homes because of the suffering and loss of loved ones in the mighty conflict.
I have witnessed the astonishment, and mourning, and heard the wail of a great people over the martyrdom of three
I have sorrowed much, and have enjoyed much of life; and now as the shadows begin to fall, and my steps go down
nearer and nearer to the final end, I try to recall only the pleasant things in life and to hope that. "He,
who doeth all things well," will pardon my offenses and at last take me to himself.
Mrs. Snow was married to Carey Snow, of Parma, Ohio, and they had four children, Addis, Frank, Bertha and Albert,
two of them survive her, Mrs. Bertha Snow Brainerd, of Lakewood, Ohio, and Albert Snow, of Cleveland, the present
member of the Legislature from this county.
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Biographies
Names A to G
Names H to P
Names Q to Z
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