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Lydia McColly Snyder – Widow of James Snyder

Posted By on September 21, 2013

Lydia [McColly} Snyder was the widow of Civil War soldier James Snyder (1830-1903) who served in the 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  Lydia was born on 23 June 1834, the daughter of Robert McColly (or McCully) and Anna Catharine [Lubold] McColly.  Lydia’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth [Buffington] Lubold, the daughter of Revolutionary War soldier and Lykens Valley pioneer settler George Buffington.

The obituary of James Snyder previously appeared here in a post entltled Sudden Death of James A. SnyderJames Snyder‘s name appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument.

Lydia’s brother was Amos McColly (1848-1910), also a Civil War veteran.  Amos served in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company K, as a Private, from 24 February to 1864 through his discharge in 18 Jul 1865.


Amos McColly (1848-1910), brother of Lydia Snyder

Lydia [McColly] Snyder died on 14 February 1908.  At her death the Elizabethville Echo published the following obituary:



Lydia Snyder, (nee McColly) was born in Mifflin Township, in 1835, and died at her home near Dietrich, Friday, 14 February 1908.  For the last 30 years she was consumptive.  Dropsy set in at last which soon proved fatal.  With remarkable faith and patience and Christian fortitude she bore this long and severe affliction.  With assured hope she looked forward to the day of her crowning.  There were no misgivings about the departing message; with an unfaltering trust she fell asleep, and her spirit returned to God.

Her husband, James Snyder, died nearly five years ago.  The union had been blessed with five children; Susan Snyder, married to John Hoffner, died seven years ago; Catharine Snyder, Mrs. Helt of Loyalton; Charles Snyder; Isabella Snyder, Mrs. Dietrich; and Harvey Snyder, residing at Dietrich.

These four children, 29 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren, remain to mourn her loss.

Besides, two brothers and four sisters:  Josiah McColly of Ames, Iowa; Amos McColly of Elizabethville; Mrs. Cyrus Minnich, and Mrs. Edward Shoop of Missouri, all of which are widows.

Deceased was aged 75 years, 5 months and 21 days.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. James Keene, Rev. B. F. Goodman, of the U. B. church, assisted by Rev. Moyer of the Evangelical church.  Deceased was a member of St. Paul’s U. B. Church, Jackson Township.  Funeral services were held in the U. B. church, Elizabethville.  Rev. Keene based his remarks on Phil. 1-21: “To die is gain.”  Rev. Moyer selected his text from Mark 13-37: “Watch.”  Interment was made in Maple Grove Cemetery, Elizabethville.

Additional information is sought about the McColly family in the Civil War as well as specific information about both Amos McColly and James A. Snyder.  Information may be added to this post as “comments” or may be sent by e-mail.


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