Source: North Manchester Journal, January 10, 1895

Mrs. Sally (Snepp) Ulrey, 1817-1895

Mrs. Sally Ulrey, one of the pioneer women of Kosciusko county, died at her home about four miles north of this place last Thursday, January 3, after only a comparatively brief sickness. She was one of the most widely known and generally respected ladies of the neighborhood, as well as one of its earliest settlers. Only one man, Benjamin Knoop, is now living who was in the community when Mrs. Ulrey first came to it. Her death was due to a complication of grip and heart trouble. Her maiden name was Sally Snepp and she was born in Pennsylvania in 1817, but while yet a baby her parents moved to Montgomery county, Ohio. Her father died when she was quite young and in her younger years she was thrown on her own resources to make a living for herself. In August 1837, she married John A. Ulrey and a few months later with her husband, who was universally known all over the country as "Big John" Ulrey, came to Kosciusko county and settled on the farm in Lake township, which was her home until her death. This land she and her husband cleared up and in succession as they prospered they built three houses, first the log cabin, then the hewed-log house and finally the brick residence in which she died. Her husband departed this life in July 1864. Mrs. Ulrey was possessed of a good constitution, a generous heart and a lovable disposition and was a strong and vigorous woman up to within a short time ago. She was perfectly conscious and rational to within a few minutes of her death. She was the mother of eleven children, one of whom died in infancy, and nine are now living. Under their mother's care and guidance they have grown to be honored and respected citizens, all well-known residents of this community. All her living children were at her bedside at the time of her death and were also present at the funeral. They are Stephen S., Jacob T., Susan, John W., David C., Eli, Aaron A., Sarah (Tridle), and Barbara (Ulrey). There are twenty-six grand-children and seven great grand-children. Mrs. Ulrey was aged 77 years, 8 months and 2 days at the time of her death and for nearly fifty years was an honored and consistent member of the German Baptist church. Her funeral took place Saturday forenoon at the Ulrey church, north of town, and was very largely attended.