Ida Francis SNIFFEN

Female 1880 - 1969  (~ 88 years)


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  • Name Ida Francis SNIFFEN  [2
    • E-Mails from George Rogers:

      Ida was not an Inventor she was an artist who loved too deeply and too often. She suffered a classic example of post pardon depression. And her husband conducted a brilliant defense along with his partner Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler. She soon gave birth to two babies naming each after the two she poisoned, one was Lorain John Rogers my father. Ida's mother was Elizabeth Amanda Edwards, Lorlys Elton Rogers mother was famous actress Charlotte Thompson Rogers.

      After the trial she lost all contact with her family.

      In one of the NY Times articles it talks of her first husband. He was rich as was she. She visited him as he lie dying in the hospital of mAstoidites (?) they were wed and within days he died. She was looked at by his family as gold digger. She traveled to Detroit with the casket and declined any inheritance.


      The Potter Building at 38 Park Row

      Park Row is located in the Financial District and was previously called Chatham Street, and during the late 19th century it was nicknamed Newspaper Row, as most of NYC's newspapers located here to be close to the action at New York City Hall.

      The Potter Building, is the second to go by that name. The first, home to the New York World, went up in flames in 1882. Mr Potter smartened up with his replacement structure. It's the first building in New York to have used fireproof cast and pressed terracotta in its ornamental facade and the first to use a structural steel framework. And Mr Potter was right - 126 years later, it is still standing.

      It will be noticed that nowadays the ground floor is a Starbucks coffee shop and like many of their locations below 14th Street, is loaded with history.

      Being so close to City Hall, the Potter Building was chock full of lawyers. And where you find lawyers, you find scandal. The annals of New York history seem to be replete with stories of 38 Park Row legal eagles being indicted and jailed, or committing suicide before the authorities had a chance to do so.

      There was 38 Park Row lawyer Herbert Valentine, who shot himself in the head in his hotel on Broadway in 1905. In 1915, "lawyer-actor" (whatever the dickens that is) Lorlys Elton Roger caused some women a whole lot of trouble with his serial philandering resulting in his rejected mistress poisoning and strangling her two children but botching her attempt at suicide with bichloride of mercury. The mistress Ida Sniffen Walters-Rogers was tried for the death of her two kids and committed to a institution for the criminally insane. Roger was divorced by his real wife and indicted as a white slaver.

      Another curious happening was when in 1902, Mrs Frederick Keating, wife of wealthy 38 Park Row attorney Keating, was arrested by a store detective at B Altman, for shoplifting. At first she denied shoplifting but then confessed. She blamed her transgression on "The Girl and the Judge," a play by Clyde Fitch she had seen on Broadway a few weeks before, in which the central character was an aging mother who shoplifted. "Ever since I've been unable to keep myself from stealing anything I could carry away from the stores." It was a good job that she hadn't seen "Irma la Douce"! Relatives said she was suffering from "nervous prostration."
      Posted by I love New York City at Thursday, December 04, 2008


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    Born Jun 1880  New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Female 
    Census 1900  Living with mother in Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1920  Living with husband in Piermont, Rockland Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 1930  Living with husband in Piermont, Rockland Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died Apr 1969  Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I74917  Main Tree
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2015 

    Father Samuel F. SNIFFEN,   b. 1850, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1889, Harlem, New York Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Elizabeth Amanda EDWARDS,   b. Aug 1858,   d. 6 Apr 1907, Kings County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F30321  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lorlys Elton ROGERS,   b. 18 Aug 1870, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1942, Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 31 Jul 1915  Jersey City, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Lorida Mary ROGERS,   b. 4 Sep 1915, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1997, Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [Birth]
     2. John Lorain ROGERS,   b. 13 Jul 1918, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1991, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F30323  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S7159] E-Mail from George Rogers dtd 3-10-2015.

    2. [S6280] Ancestry.com: Family Trees - Sniffen/Kniffen family by jsniffen54.

    3. [S5605] 1900 Census Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.

    4. [S6294] 1920 Census Piermont, Rockland County, New York.

    5. [S6295] 1930 Census Piermont, Rockland County, New York.