DAVID J. SNYDER—–SILVER STAR MEDAL CITATION

Silver StarDavid J. Snyder was the second son of Ora and Marion Snyder. Uncle Dave served in the United States Army in the 104th (Timberwolf) Infantry Division in the European Theater in World War II. A number of years ago, I had an extended exchange of correspondence with Uncle Dave about his service in World War II and actually did a video interview of him about his experiences in the Army. He was nice enough to provide me with a copy of a Silver Star Medal Citation that he received as a result of combat action in Holland. I framed that copy and have it proudly displayed in my law office.

The Silver Star is the third-highest personal decoration or award bestowed by the armed forces for valor in combat and is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States.

Here is the text of Uncle Dave’s Silver Star Medal Citation:

“First Lieutenant David J. Snyder (Army Serial Number 01289331) infantry, Company L, 415th Infantry, United States Army is awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action in Holland on 30 October 1944. On the night of 30 October 1944, the company to which Lieutenant Snyder was assigned was operating as the advance guard of the battalion. As the advance continued, the enemy fire became so intense and accurate that it was necessary for the entire battalion to withdraw. Lieutenant Snyder, in command of the weapons platoon, was ordered to command the covering forces, consisting of the third platoon of the company and a light machine gun section. His mission was to remain in position on the near side of the canal to cover the withdrawal of the company.

In spite of heavy enemy shelling, his men carried out these orders very efficiently, after which he directed the withdrawal of the covering forces. After his men had withdrawn and were on the route back to the company area, Lieutenant Snyder, upon his own volition, and with utter regard for his personal safety, returned to the area along the route of withdrawal to help wounded men and assist in their evacuation. These areas were under heavy enemy artillery fire during the operations, but in spite of this he located an advanced aid station that had not yet been set up and requested litter bearers from the battalion surgeon. As a result of Lieutenant Snyder’s efforts, timely treatment was afforded several casualties and at least two men were evacuated from the battlefield who would otherwise not have been found until the following day. This act of courage and bravery in the face of heavy enemy fire reflects the highest standards of the American soldier and is a credit to the military service. Entered military service from Lexington, Ohio.”

BY COMMAND OF THE DIVISION COMMANDER

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SIDE TRIP TO SHELBY

IMG_6798Last weekend, my Dad and I took a day trip and on the way back came through Shelby, the town where I was born. My grandmother, Marion Lucas Snyder, was also born in Shelby. We drove by the house where she was born at 44 Sharon Street. The photo above shows what the house looks like today.

We also decided to stop and find the grave of Cora Poland Lucas in Shelby-Oakland Cemetery. Cora was married to Thomas (“Tommy”) Thaddeus Lucas and was the mother of Marion Lucas Snyder. Unfortunately, Cora died at age 29 in 1897 just over five (5) months after Marion was born. It is so sad that Marion never knew her mother. Likewise, it is equally sad that my Dad and his 12 siblings never knew their grandmother. Tommy Lucas’ own mother, Sarah Ann Phillips, died when Tommy was two (2) years old. Here is a photo of Cora Poland Lucas. ce76a23a-43d5-4db7-bbfa-700b3126f424

After Cora died, Tom’s aunt, Margaret Phillips, and her daughter, Mary Shortess, moved in and helped Tommy raise Marion. Here is a photo of Margaret Phillips. Kind of looks like a take charge type. 62fe5de8-68e1-4a16-aae0-9c631a33fb46

My Dad had found the grave of Cora Lucas many years ago. He recalled that it was near a big monument for someone whose last name was Dick. Upon arriving at the cemetery, we almost immediately spotted a rather big monument for Herman Dick. We could not believe how lucky we were to quickly spot the Dick monument. After getting out of our car, however, we spent over 20 minutes trying to find Cora’s marker only to give up after it became apparent that it was not near this Dick monument. We drove to a nearby section of the cemetery and spotted another big Dick monument. We again got out of our car, believing that we would shortly find Cora’s grave. Again, our efforts were in vain as we could not locate Cora’s marker. I did not say anything but I was beginning to think that my Dad’s memory about the location of the grave may have faded over time. At that point, we were on our way out of the cemetery to go home when we suddenly passed a big tree and noticed yet another big Dick monument right by the drive. This time our search was successful as we quickly found Cora’s marker.

Tommy Lucas moved to Morrow County at some time after Cora died. Tommy is buried in Shauck Cemetery. While Cora’s name is also on the monument that marks Tommy’s grave, she is buried in Shelby-Oakland Cemetery.

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THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

For those of you who that did not figure it out, my blog post published on April 1 was an April Fool’s joke. There is no forthcoming History Channel documentary on Tom Cover although there should be one. We did not discover any unclaimed funds relating to Tom Cover’s mining claims or properties, I am not writing a book about Tom Cover, the History Channel will not be a sponsor of this blog and Joe Snyder and I are not going into the gold mining business.

I thought I put enough far-fetched stuff into the end of the article that all would realize that it was a joke but I guess I am too good of a storyteller. In addition to some comments on this blog, I received phone calls and e-mails congratulating me on the documentary. Hopefully, no one made any plans to return to Johnsville this summer for the filming of the Tom Cover documentary!

In my defense, storytelling is in my DNA as a Snyder! I have a feeling that Uncle Dick would have really liked the story even if it wasn’t true. I promise that all further posts will be totally factual, at least for the next year! I will leave the April 1 post up for another week and then will take it down so that I do not get a cease and desist letter from the History Channel!

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HISTORY CHANNEL DOCUMENTARY ON TOM COVER

I am sorry that I have been absent from this blog for quite some time but I have actually been hard at work in my spare time on an exciting project.

The History Channel will announce today that filming will begin this summer on a four hour documentary on the life of our ancestor, Tom Cover. I was approached by the History Channel last fall and agreed to serve as a consultant for this project. Apparently, their research about Tom Cover led them to this blog and I was asked to meet with several representatives of the History Channel as they investigated the feasibility of this project. Ultimately, I was asked to serve as a consultant based on my knowledge of Tom Cover. My contract with the History Channel prohibited me from publicly disclosing this project until it was officially announced. So, I have had to keep it mostly under wraps although a few family members, as I will outline below, already know about this as I have gotten them also involved in this project.

To say that I was flattered to be asked to get involved in this project would be putting it mildly. As readers of this blog know, my favorite ancestor is Tom Cover. I can not begin to tell you how thrilled I am that not only is there a book about Tom Cover but that he will now be the subject of a full length documentary. This project will be part of a new series of documentaries on the History Channel that will portray mysteries and controversial figures from the Old West. The current script, which I recently had the opportunity to review for historical accuracy, consists of four (4) one hour episodes. The first episode highlights Tom’s early years and part of that first episode will feature Tom’s time in Ohio, where he grew up outside Johnsville. Now, for the good part. A portion of the first episode will actually be filmed in Johnsville. I venture to say that this is probably the first and perhaps the last movie ever filmed in Johnsville. The Cover homestead is still largely intact and the outside of the farm house will be seen in the first episode.

The filming in Johnsville is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-July. I expect the local newspapers, including the Mansfield News-Journal will learn about this film project in the next few days and you can expect to see a lot of publicity.

The producer for the documentary has gotten me more and more involved in this project. Due to the demands of my law practice, my cousin, Joe Snyder, who is also very knowledgeable about Tom Cover, has agreed to assist me regarding a number of tasks for which the production staff has sought my assistance and/or input. This includes, but is not limited to, lining up some “extras” for non-speaking roles in the episode to be filmed in Johnsville.

I am proud to say that Joe has selected my oldest daughter, Brittany, for the role of Tom’s sister, Mary Margaret Cover. My brother, John Todd Snyder, has agreed to take on the role of Daniel Cover, the father of Tom Cover. Todd has agreed to grow a beard for this upcoming role. Joe Snyder will actually have a speaking part. He will portray Elder Daniel Hess, the father of Mary Hess, the comely young woman from Columbus that Tom Cover married. Joe’s role will involve him performing the wedding ceremony for Tom and Mary Cover. There are a number of non-speaking roles that have not been filled. As you might expect, we are looking for people in certain age ranges.

If any of you would be interested in one of the non-speaking roles, please let Joe or I know. I think it would be great to get as many family members as possible involved in this project. As an added bonus, anyone who gets selected for one of the non-speaking roles will get paid union scale wages although they will have to wear some rather old period type costumes that were last used for a movie about 15-20 years ago. My Dad is involved in the Bellville-Jefferson Township Historical Society and I will be asking him to let me know if anyone from that group wants to get involved or volunteer to work on the set during the filming in Johnsville.

The filming of the later episodes will occur in Virginia City, Montana, Riverside, California and the Anza Borrego desert in California where Tom Cover was last seen before his disappearance. That filming is expected to occur in late summer or early fall of this year. Joe and I have been asked to be present for that filming as historical consultants and we are tentatively planning some short tours of those areas for any family members that may want to attend the filming. We will let you know once the details are finalized.

Based on some research that Joe and I have done, we have discovered a lot of previously unknown information about Tom Cover and we firmly believe that we know what happened to Tom Cover’s gold. There are things you know and things you think.

This is not guesswork. Rather, we have actually documented an unbelievable story that was not included in the book about Tom Cover. I would love to share that information with you but can not do so now for several reasons, including the fact that we are still negotiating with the History Channel about the rights to this new information.

As part of my contract with the History Channel, they will now become the primary sponsor for this blog and I will actually be able to now hire a part-time researcher to assist me. So, you can anticipate seeing a lot more frequent posts on this blog. Lastly, and I am really apprehensive about this, I have been asked to write a short book about Tom Cover to serve as a companion to the documentary. Apparently, someone thinks my writing style on this blog would successfully translate into a book about Tom Cover. The History Channel wants the book to be a short to medium length paperback that would be sold with a box set of the DVD’s of the documentary.

I would love to tell you more about the documentary but I am not permitted to disclose a lot of the details at this point. Let me just say that I was very pleased with who the producer casted for the role of Tom Cover and I am sure that each of you will thoroughly enjoy this documentary about your ancestor when it reaches your TV screens in 2019.

Lastly, in the interest of full disclosure, the research that Joe and I have done has revealed that Tom Cover still owned a number of mining claims and valuable properties in Montana at the time of his mysterious disappearance. This was apparently not known to his family as Tom and his wife were then living in Riverside, California. Joe and I have made numerous clandestine trips to Montana over the last 3-4 months and, after much painstaking research and investigation, have now confirmed that these mining claims and/or properties were ultimately sold in foreclosure sales to pay tax liens and the net proceeds were deposited with the State of Montana.

Like most states, Montana has a statute that sets forth a process for unclaimed funds, including amounts held in escrow by the state for the interests of individuals whose whereabouts can not be ascertained when mining claims or other properties are sold through “forced sales.” After 50 years, Montana permits a claim to be made for those “unclaimed funds” by anyone who can prove that they are a “family member” of the individual who initially owned the assets. The term “family member” is broadly defined in the Montana statute.

As “family members,” Joe and I have filed numerous claims for these unclaimed funds with the state of Montana and, if things go as expected, I will shortly be retiring from the practice of law and going into business with Joe in our new business venture. We have not yet decided on the name of our new company but it is either going to be the Joseph Bradley Mining Company or the Tom Cover Mining Company. I think that Joe and I both have a little bit of “Uncle Tom” in us as we definitely have the “gold fever” and plan to get into the gold mining business on the same scale as you may have seen on the “Gold Rush” show on television.

Please rest assured that I will keep the readers of this blog fully aware about the status of this exciting project.

THIS WAS AN APRIL FOOL’S JOKE—IT IS NOT TRUE!

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TOM COVER–DISCOVERY MAN WITH THE MIDAS TOUCH

images.I have previously recommended “The Saga of Poor Tom Cover,” a book written by Dan Thrapp about my 3rd great uncle, Thomas Wells Cover. I recently read the book “Discovery Men” by Gary R. Forney. It tells the story of the six “discovery men” that discovered gold in the Alder Gulch of Montana in 1863. One of those six (6) men was, of course, Tom Cover. For anyone interested in the Tom Cover story, this is an excellent book that includes a lot of information about Tom Cover.

As I have read these two books, the one thing that really strikes me about Tom Cover, above and beyond his many exciting adventures in leading parties of miners through wilderness areas, fighting Indians, leading a vigilante group and prospecting for gold, is what a savvy and successful business man he was. Tom and the other “discovery men” each staked out two mining claims 100 feet long in the Alder Gulch. As Forney notes in his book, Tom and Henry Edgar were the first of the “discovery men” to appreciate that the potential wealth of the Fairweather Mining District was much deeper than the dirt and gravel of Alder Creek. Edgar convinced Tom and a few of the other “discovery men” to use some of their newly found wealth to open a butcher shop, which he would operate. Tom was, however, thinking on a much bigger scale.

On June 16, 1863, less than three (3) weeks after the discovery of gold in Alder Gulch, Tom Cover was one of a party of men who filed a claim on 320 acres of land to be used as a town site. That claim was filed on behalf of the “Verona Town Co.” Tom Cover was one of the first men to purchase property in the new town site, some which he bought for investment purposes. Each of the six “discovery men” had a street named in their honor in the new town, which was named Virginia City. To this day, there is still a street in Virginia City named after Tom Cover.

The focus of Tom Cover’s efforts quickly turned from gold mining. Forney notes in his book that ”For much of the autumn of 1863, it was mild enough in the Alder Gulch to permit the continued arrival of freight wagons on a regular basis and for the completion of winter quarters for the hundreds of miners crowding into the new camps, Tom Cover took advantage of the favorable weather and his business acumen, to exploit the virtually limitless opportunities provided by the rapidly developing Gulch communities. Drawing upon his experience from lumbering in Minnesota, Cover formed a partnership with Perry (“Bud”) McAdow and established a saw mill along Granite Creek. The new partners soon followed this enterprise by also opening a lumberyard in Virginia City. The exploding demand for lumber to build shops, saloons, homes, sluice boxes, and coffins quickly made Cover and McAdow two of the most wealthy and influential businessmen of the area.” Tom and his partner initially made huge profits in the lumber business as they had no competition and their business soon employed twenty (20) men with “sixty yoke of oxen skidding saw logs from the great forests to the mill, bouncing them down the spray of gulches that feathered out from the plant into the mountains.” As Thrapp notes in his book, “(f)rom the outset, the business was a gold mine.” However, competing lumber mills sprang up. Eventually, Tom and his partner sold their lumber business, having reaped considerable profits after seven (7) months.

On March 7, 1864, Henry Edgar sold his mining claims to his discovery partners, Cover, Fairweather and Hughes, for $7,000. On the same day, he sold his one-quarter share in the butcher shop, the house and lot upon which it was located, a corral and eleven head of cattle to Tom Cover for an additional $1,000 in gold.

A number of the “discovery men” left Virginia City within a year with net earnings of $30,000 to $40,000 in gold dust. Forney points out in his book that while such a sum seems respectable but not especially impressive in today’s times, each of the “discovery men” was essentially a multi-millionaire in present day terms. To put it in perspective, in 1864, the level of wealth realized by the discovery men had much greater significance . In 1864, a town laborer typically earned about $1 per day and many farm families never saw $50 cash in a year. At that same time, enlisted men for the Union in the Civil War made $13 monthly.

Forney accurately points out in his book that Tom Cover was the discovery man who had the “Midas touch.” “ In addition to his mining claims and the enormously successful sawmill and lumberyard that he and Bud McAdow had established, Cover was realizing huge profits from the sale of city lots in Virginia City. Ever alert to new opportunities, however, Cover took the advice of his friend, John Bozeman, and made a thorough inspection of the Gallatin Valley. Without the same sense of urgency as when he had last ridden through the area, Cover took time to carefully consider the possibilities of the valley and the potential of establishing a settlement. Cover was deeply impressed by the agricultural potential of the broad valley and began to file claims on several parcels of land—where he intended to grow his own gold. By mid-summer of 1864, Cover and his partner, Bud McAdow, were actively supervising the construction of a large gristmill in the northeast section of a bustling new settlement in the Gallatin Valley.” The new town, now known as Bozeman, was named “Bozeman City” and Tom Cover was elected Clerk of Gallatin County.

In early September of 1864, Tom and his remaining partners sold four of their discovery claims for $5,500. This was apparently a formal dissolution of the original partnership between the remaining “discovery men.” Tom was not done, however, buying gold mining claims. In Forney’s book, it is noted that Tom had filed new mining claims on 12 sites beginning in May of 1864. Tom was previously among those who had formed the Eagle Mining Company and he was also a founding partner of the Montana Quartz Mining Company. By late 1864, Tom had sold his mining claims in the Alder Gulch area. It was reported in 1884 in the Press and Horticulturist that Tom sold his Alder Gulch claims for $75,000, a very significant sum at the time.

In the September 17, 1864 issue of the Montana Post, it was reported that Tom Cover had sold his lumber business in Virginia City, that he had resigned his post as Gallatin County Clerk and that he was returning to Ohio to obtain equipment for the grist mill that he and Bud McAdow were building. While in Ohio over the winter of 1864-1865, Tom was able not only to find the grist mill equipment that he needed but he also met Mary Hess, the comely daughter of Daniel Hess, a wealthy judge in Columbus.

Tom returned to Bozeman in late May of 1865, accompanied by his brother Jason Jerome Cover. They arrived in Bozeman by horseback, having ridden for sixteen days after leaving Fort Bridger where they came by stagecoach. Jason was the businessman of the family and was in the mercantile business in Johnstown, Ohio. Jason came to Montana to investigate the stories he had heard from Tom and determine whether a profit could be made selling farm equipment. Jason had arranged for farm equipment, including mowing machines, plows and reapers, to be shipped to Virginia City and he planned to sell or rent them to those interested. Apparently, there were not enough prospective customers as Jason eventually turned the machinery over to Tom for his disposal and returned to Ohio, never to visit Montana again. By the time, Tom returned to Bozeman in 1865, the 3 ½ story mill building on the East Fork of the Gallatin River was completed. In September of 1865, the Montana Post announced that the grist mill was in full operation and was so successful that Cover would be returning to the States to purchase additional milling equipment. The Montana Post also reported that Cover was a thoroughly energetic man and had himself planted 150 acres of grain.

At some point in the fall of 1865, Tom Cover was joined in Bozeman by his younger brother, Perry Daniel Cover. Perry had served for the Union in the Civil War and had been captured by Stonewall Jackson’s army at Harper’s Ferry before being paroled. It is unknown how long Perry stayed in Montana but he later joined Tom in Riverside, California where he lived until his death. Tom returned to Ohio again during the winter of 1865-1866. While his stated purpose was to purchase additional milling equipment, he likely had another purpose in mind as well. Tom arrived in Ohio in mid-December and within two weeks had a wife. Tom wed Mary Hess in Columbus on New Year’s Eve. They were united in matrimony by Mary’s father who signed the marriage certificate as “Elder Daniel Hess.” Tom and his new bride then embarked on a lavish honeymoon on the East Coast with stops in New York City, where Tom called at a brokerage house, and Washington D.C., where Tom’s old partner was the Territorial Delegate to Congress from Montana.

Late in March of 1866, Tom and Mary reached St. Louis on the return trip to Montana. From St. Louis, they took the riverboat Bighorn from St. Louis to Fort Benton, a 2,317 mile journey that took seventy-one (71) days. Tom and his new bride had eighteen fellow passengers on the sternwheeler on this trip up the Missouri river. After reaching Fort Benton, they had a six day stagecoach ride to Bozeman. The new milling equipment purchased by Tom was transported by the riverboat and then overland from Fort Benton to Bozeman. By all accounts, Tom was a pillar of the Bozeman community, donating $100 to help establish a Methodist Church. Tom was also a founding member of the city’s Masonic lodge.

While living in Bozeman, Tom Cover had more than a few business associates, one of which was John Bozeman, who the town was named after. While their project never came to fruition, the Gallatin County Commissioners granted Tom and John Bozeman a charter to establish a ferry service across the Yellowstone River.

For reasons that are now unclear but perhaps related to continuing Indian raids in the Montana territory, growing competition from new gristmills in the Gallatin valley and/or the harsh Montana winters that Mary likely did not enjoy, Tom began looking towards Southern California in 1868 and opportunities that existed there for silk farming. By the autumn of 1868, Tom and Mary Cover were living in Southern California in what is now known as Riverside. Tom began acquiring large tracts of land that he intended to use for his silkworm farms. Unfortunately, Tom’s plans to establish silkworm farms came to an end in 1869 when his partner and silk production expert died.

Tom then went to Plan “B,” and found a way to utilize his large land holdings. Tom became a director of the Southern California Colony Association and served as the superintendent of a large project to build an irrigation canal system. The canal system provided an economic boost to agriculture in the area and the city of Riverside began to quickly develop. Tom sold some of his land holdings as the area flourished and continued to grow. However, Tom retained large tracts of land and, together with his brother, Josiah (“Si”) Cover and Samuel McCoy, introduced the navel orange to California.

Forney’s book, “The Discovery Men,” indicates that Tom Cover became a successful rancher, citrus grower and community leader in Riverside. “Between 1869 and 1884, Tom continued to enhance his financial wealth through investments that included land development and the planting of extensive citrus orchards.” Tom remained very active with the Southern California Colony Association and was not only a founder but became a leading citizen in the new community of Riverside, which was formally established on December 14, 1870. Tom built a beautiful home in Riverside known as “Mountain View,” which was referred to as a “thirty thousand dollar mansion.” Tom’s role in establishing Riverside was recognized with a street in the new city named in his honor. At the time of his disappearance in 1884 on a prospecting trip into the desert in an effort to find Peg-Leg Smith’s legendary lost gold mine, Tom was, by any yardstick, a very wealthy and influential man in Riverside.

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JACINTHA COOK PHILLIPS

Jacintha CookOne of the branches of our family on the Lucas side is the Phillips family. My 3rd great-grandfather is Thomas M. Phillips. His daughter was Sara Ann Phillips. Sara married Isaac Jerome Lucas, the father of Thomas Lucas. Thomas was the father of Marion Lucas Snyder, who married Ora Otis Snyder, Sr. The first wife of Thomas M. Phillips was Sara Hetrick. After Sara died in 1851, Thomas married Jacintha Cook in 1852. Thomas died in 1886. She died on November 4, 1894 at the age of 81.

I do not know a whole lot about Jacintha. She is buried in Shauck Cemetery. I found her obituary—it was very brief— but what I found to be very interesting was that she was born in “the block house in Mt. Vernon in September of 1813, where her parents had fled for safety during an Indian raid.”

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REV. DANIEL AND LYDIA STEVENSON COVER

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Rev. Daniel and Lydia (Stevenson) Cover were the parents of 11 children, Thomas H.Cover, Jason J. Cover, Upton Aquilla Cover, Josiah S. Cover, Thomas W. Cover (our gold miner ancestor), Mary Margaret Cover, Martha Ellen Cover, Elizabeth Jane Cover, William H. Cover, Perry D. Cover and John W. Cover. Mary Margaret Cover married George Washington Biddle. One of their children was Martha Ellen Biddle who married Henry Albert Snyder, father of Ora O.Snyder.

Lydia Stevenson was born July 27, 1803. Lydia was the daughter of Josiah Stevenson and Margaret Wells. Margaret was born in England. Josiah also may have been born in England. His father was Henry Stevenson, who came from England.

Daniel Cover was born in August 23, 1801 in Westminister, Maryland. He died September 23,1855. Daniels’s parents were Yost Cover and Mary Kemp. Daniels’s grandfather was Daniel Kober, who immigrated from Germany to Philadelphia in 1748, and whose name was anglicized to “Cover” in civil records by 1860.

In 1831, Westminister, Maryland, then home to Daniel and Lydia, had 94 houses, 70 qualified voters, 97 slaves and local businesses included five taverns, four tannerys, three cooper shops or barrel factories, one carriage maker, a brewer, seven general stores, three saddlers and a tinsmith.

Daniel and Lydia were married on April 2, 1822. Daniel and Lydia came to Ohio from Fredrick, Maryland. They moved to Ohio in 1836, first to Seneca County and then to Perry Township, Richland County. Daniel and Lydia are buried in Shauck Cemetery. Daniel and Lydia had an 80 acre farm on Biddle Road between Johnsville and Bellville.

While still in Maryland, Daniel “embraced religion” in the United Brethren in Christ Church in 1833. This church originated in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area and developed under the preaching of Phillip William Otterbein, who Otterbein College was named after, and Martin Boehm. United Brethren understandings were rooted in Mennonite origins with Lutheran touches and strong affinities to the Methodist church. Daniel later became a minister after he and Lydia moved their family to Ohio.

In 1849 ,Daniel, George Nickey and Elah Shauck, as trustees for a United Brethren in Christ congregation, paid $30 for a lot in Johnsville on which to erect a sanctuary. The durable brick sanctuary of the Johnsville United Brethren in Christ church, was completed in 1849 at a cost of $1,237 and the church was formally organized in 1850. Daniel Cover donated the walnut lumber for the church pews. That church building still exists today and is now known as the Johnsville Grace United Methodist Church, the United Brethren in Christ church having merged with the United Methodist church in 1968. Located right next to the church at that time was the residence of Henry Albert and Martha Ellen Biddle Snyder. In later years, someone purchased their home and moved it to a different location.

Daniel was ordained an Elder in the Johnsville United Brethren in Christ church on September 23, 1850.In that church, the office of “Elder” was equivalent to that of minister. As an Elder or minister in the Sandusky, Ohio conference of the United Brethren in Christ church, Daniel was a “circuit rider” and traveled by horseback, preaching in various churches. In addition to tending to his own farm, he preached quite extensively in Morrow and Richland Counties, almost every Saturday and Sunday without remuneration. He organized five churches in addition to his own. The 1880 history of Richland County also listed Daniel as having been one of the leading members of the Clear Fork United Brethren In Christ Church, which was organized in 1852,

After Daniel went to his reward on September 23, 1855, the Dayton Religious Telescope noted that Daniel had “a most excellent and amiable spirit. He was meek, gentle and just…..As a steward, he was faithful and blameless. As a teacher, he was able, by sound doctrine, to exhort and to convince the gain-sayer…..Brother Cover is gone, but gone to enjoy sweet rest in the calm of heaven.”

By his will, Daniel left most of his estate to Lydia, instructing her to “school the minor children.” To each of his daughters, he bestowed “an outfit consisting of a cow, a bed and bedding, cooking stove, bureau, table and set of chairs,” while to each of his three minor sons he left a horse to be given to them when they reached 21.

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