Saturday, June 29, 2013

Grandma's Photo Album Page 12 - Louise Snyder, Isaac Vannoy, Neil & Nora Snyder

The three adults on this page all lost young children.  Infant mortality was very high until the mid to late 20th century.  This infographic "In Four Coffins" dramatically shows the numbers.  North Carolinians who died Jan. 1 to Aug. 1, 1918:
  • 94 killed in France (WWI)
  • 172 died from typhoid
  • 2,071 died from tuberculosis
  • 6,077 children under two years who died from all causes
Left:  Louise Jane "Lou" Whittington Snyder (1863-1933).  This photo was probably taken on her front porch in Wilkes County, NC.  According to her granddaughter Carrie Snyder (1926-2001), Granny Lou always wore a dress up to her neck, with long sleeves.  Lou lost an infant son in 1905.  See his Find-A-Grave memorial here.  [There is no death certificate for this infant because North Carolina didn't start death certificates until 1913.]

Middle:  Isaac Ransom Vannoy (1894-1979) with his infant son Wiley Thomas Vannoy (1921-1924).  Little Wiley died of dysentery at age 2 1/2  (note 1). See his Find-A-Grave memorial here.

Right:  Nora Bessie McNeil Snyder (1900-1992) with her son James Neil Snyder (1922-1993).  This photo was taken at Waughtown Cemetery, Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, NC.  They are at the grave of Nora's first child, Wiley Thomas Snyder, Jr. who died at the age of six weeks in 1921 (note 2).  See his Find-a-Grave memorial here.  Wiley was "found dead in bed."  Nora really bonded with him and mourned him the rest of her long life, even though she had other children.

  1. Wilkes County, North Carolina, death certificate no. 281 (1924), Willie Thomas Vannoy; digital image, Operations Inc, "North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975," ( : accessed 24 Jul 2011).
  2. Forsyth County,  North Carolina, death certificate no. 142 (1921), Wiley T. Snyder, Jr; digital image, Operations, Inc., "North Carolina Death Certificates 1909 - 1975," ( : accessed 01 Feb 2012).

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