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Jane Snyder

31 January 1823–17 November 1912

Born 31 Jan. 1823 in Pamelia, Jefferson Co., New York.[1] Daughter of Isaac Snyder and Lovisa Comstock.[2] Married Franklin D. Richards, 18 Dec. 1842, in Hancock Co., Illinois; six children.[3] Living in Nauvoo, Hancock Co., by 1843.[4] Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley with the Willard Richards pioneer company, arriving 10 Oct. 1848.[5] Moved to Ogden, Weber Co., Utah Territory, 1868.[6] Served as president of the Relief Society in Ogden, 1872–1877.[7] Served as president of the Weber Stake Relief Society, 1877–1908.[8] Served as a member of the executive board of Deseret Hospital with EBW, 1882–1892.[9] Appointed as a counselor to Relief Society general president Zina D. H. Young, 1888–1901, serving with EBW, who was the corresponding secretary.[10] Delegate to the National Council of Women in Washington, DC with EBW and others, 1891.[11] Appointed as one of the “lady managers” for Utah at the Chicago World’s Exposition in 1893.[12] Died 17 Nov. 1912 in Ogden.[13]

 

[1] “Jane S. Richards,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Early Church Information File, 1830–1900, card 55, microfilm 1750709, FHL. Record of Members Collection, 1836–1970, Ogden Second Ward, Record of Members, Part 1, 1893–1905, p. 26, Jane Snyder Richards, CHL. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 5 Feb. 2018), Jane Snyder (KWJC-RG2).

[2] Jane S. Richards,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Early Church Information File, 1830–1900, card 55, microfilm 1750709, FHL. Record of Members Collection, 1836–1970, Ogden Second Ward, Record of Members, Part 1, 1893–1905, p. 26, Jane Snyder Richards, CHL.

[3] Hancock Co., IL, County Clerk, Marriage Register, 1829–1915, vol. A1, 1829–1849, p. 60, no. 666, Franklin D Richards and Jane Snyder, 18 Dec. 1842, microfilm 954177, DGS 4661306, image 68/356, FHL. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 5 Feb. 2018), Jane Snyder (KWJC-RG2).

[4] Jane Snyder Richards, Journal, Richards Family Collection, 8–9, CHL. General Church Recorder, Far West and Nauvoo Elders’ Certificates, 1837–1838, 1840–1846, 7, 9, 67, CHL.

[5] “Jane S Richards,” Pioneer Database (https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/overlandtravel, accessed 31 Jan. 2018).

[6] Jane Snyder Richards, Journal, Richards Family Collection, 47, CHL. 1870 U.S. Census, Ogden, Weber Co., Utah Territory, p. 44, Jane S. Richards.

[7] “Passing Events, Sister Jane Snyder Richards,” Improvement Era, May 1910, 668.

[8] “Passing Events, Sister Jane Snyder Richards,” Improvement Era, May 1910, 668.

[9]  Jill Mulvay Derr, Carol Cornwall Madsen, Kate Holbrook, and Matthew J. Grow, eds., The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2016) 499.

[10] Jill Mulvay Derr, Janath Russell Cannon, and Maureen Ursenbach Beecher, Women of Covenant: The Story of Relief Society (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book; Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1992), 128. History of the Relief Society, 1842–1966 (Salt Lake City: General Board of the Relief Society, 1966), 59.

[11] EBW, Diary, 16 and 25 Feb. 1891. Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 311.

[12]  Carol Cornwall Madsen, An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870–1920 (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book; Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2006), 387–388.

[13] “Utah Death Certificate Index, 1904–1961,” database and images, Utah State Archives (https://archives.utah.gov, accessed 17 Nov. 2017); from Utah Department of Health, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, series 81448, file no. 337, (1912), Jane Snyder Richards. “Mrs. Richards Is Dead; Weber Loses by Demise; Prominent Woman in Ninetieth Year Taken by Death,” Salt Lake Herald-Republican, 18 Nov. 1912, 1.