Reuben S. Nolt
Reuben S. Nolt was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in February 23, 1848, the son of German-born Elizabeth Shrader (1815-1891) and Jonas Nolt (1796-1848)--most likely an Amish family. On the 1850, 1860 and 1870 censuses Reuben is recorded living with his family in Hempfield Township. His very helpful mineral label says "Silver Spring," which was indeed a small village within West Hempfield Township, about 2 miles north of the larger town of Columbia.
When Reuben married Lavinia Herr in 1876 he moved to a farm of his own in Strasburg, as indicated on the label shown here, which has "Silver Spring" crossed out and "Strasburg" written in. On the 1880 census for Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania he appears as a farmer, with wife Lavinia (born Nov. 1848) and daughters Lizzie L. (born Nov. 1877) and Emma F. (born Oct. 1878). By the time of the 1900 Strasburg census his family has grown considerably to include children Lettie (Dec. 1880), Annie May (May 1882), Willis (July 1883), Harry S. (Mar. 1885) and Fanny (June 1887). However, by the time of the 1910 census, Willis (as head of the household), Lettie, Annie and Harry are living together, and there is no sign of their parents. In fact there are no other Nolts in Strasburg, and no Reuben Nolt of appropriate age anywhere in Pennsylvania. So we must assume that Reuben and Lavinia had died by that time.
Nothing else is known of Reuben S. Nolt, except that he was a mineral collector.
Burial Records, Silver Spring Cemetery
U.S. Federal Census 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900
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This label was printed before 1876 but used after that date, following Reuben Nolt's move to Strasburg.