Richland County


Mr. Snuffin is well known and respected in German township, where for many a day he has lived and prospered. He was born on November 22, 1846, in Union county, Ohio, being the son of Levi and Cathryne (Clark) Snuffin. His father was born and reared in Ohio and his mother was a native of Kentucky. Their marriage took place in Ohio, where thev lived on a farm until 1860. when they came to Illinois and bought thirty-seven acres of land in German township, for which they paid about ten dollars an acre. It was prairie land, unimproved, but well fenced. Levi Snufiin built a plank house upon the land and other buildings, and put the land into a state of cultivation. Here he remained and died at the age of sixty-two, being buried in Stolz cemetery in German township. Mother Snuffin survived for several years, dying June 20, 1906, aged eighty-five years; she is also buried in Stoltz cemetery. They were the parents of eleven children, nine of whom grew to maturity, the subject being the third in order of birth.

Stephen Snuffin remained with his parents until his marriage. When the Civil war broke out he was but seventeen years old, and, filled with the martial fervor of the time, he stealthily left home one morning at three o'clock, with the intention of enlisting at Olney, but his father put a bar to his military career by reaching Olney in time to compel him to return home. Stephen's marriage took place on April 14, 1867, when he married Margaret Stoltz. She was born November 23, 1847, in Richland county, Illinois, being the daughter of Henry and Savilla (Peoples) Stoltz. Her father was a native of Illinois, having been also born in Richland county. Her mother belonged to a Kentucky family, coming to Illinois with her parents when she was about three years old. Her mother and father, on their marriage, settled on a farm in German township, where they remained several years. They then sold their land and bought nineteen acres in another location in German township, which, at the time of their deaths, contained over one hundred acres. Mrs. Stoltz died in August, 1872, aged fifty years. Henry Stoltz died in March, 1900, aged seventy-five. Both were buried in Stoltz cemetery, German township. They were the parents of ten children. Mrs. Snuffin being second in order of birth. An elder brother served in the Civil war in the Fifth Illinois Cavalry, having died at Vicksburg from small-pox while in service.

Stephen Snuffin and his wife at the time of their marriage, settled on a farm in Richland county, and although they have moved several times since then, they have never left the county. During their married life six children have been born to them, two of whom are now dead. In the regular order the children were named: Henry C. (deceased); Ella S.; Alvord; Edgar (deceased); Edwin; Samuel married Delia Jeffries, now deceased. His wife is buried in Kirksville, Illinois, and he has no living children. Ella married Warren Musgrove. They reside on a farm near Electra, Texas, and have four children; two boys and two girls: Lawrence, Lex, Maurice and Ethel. Alvord and Edwin Snuffin are unmarried.

The subject of our sketch received but a limited education in his young days. He attended the free common schools in German township, but owing to the necessary work to be done on the farm his attendance was anything but regular. He, however, mastered reading, writing and spelling. Mrs. Stephen Snuffin in her young days had educational difficulties very similar to that of her husband and therefore did not receive an extended education.

In politics Stephen Snuffin is an uncompromising Republican and has taken quite an active part in politics in German township. He served as a county road supervisor for several terms. He never aspired to hold any political offices and has contented himself as a worker in the cause.

In the religious world, while he and his family are not members of any particular church, they have always attended the Methodist services and have liberally contributed to the support of the same church.

The home life of Mr. and Mrs. Snuffin is very peaceable and happy, the children they have reared being a constant and unfailing source of satisfaction to them.

Extracted 21 May 2019 by Norma Hass from 1909 Biographical and Reminiscent History of Richland, Clay and Marion Counties, Illinois, pages 431-432.

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