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THE SNOWDEN FAMILY TREE

GENERATION SIX : JOSEPH SR. AND SARAH SNOWDEN

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ORIGINS OF THE NAME SNOWDEN
GENERATION ONE THOMAS SNOWDEN AND GENERATION TWO JOHN SNOWDEN
GENERATION THREE: WILLIAM SNOWDEN
GENERATION FOUR: JOHN AND ANNE(BARRETT) SNOWDEN 1ST WIFE & JOHN & ELIZABETH (SWIFT) SNOWDEN 2ND WIFE
GENERATION FIVE: WILLIAM SR. AND ABIGAIL (WOOLY) SNOWDEN
GENERATION SIX : JOSEPH SR. AND SARAH SNOWDEN
PICTURES OF GENERATION SIX
GENERATION SEVEN: JOSEPH JR. AND MARGARET (HANING) SNOWDEN
GENERATION EIGHT: NAMES UNKNOWN
GENERATION NINE: GEORGE WASHINGTON SNOWDEN ,3 WIFES, ELIZABETH STITT, HANNAH VANATTA, RACHEL BARNES
GENERATION TEN: ELLSWORTH JEFFERSON "CAP" SNOWDEN AND FRANCES VIRGINIA HULL SNOWDEN
GENERATION ELEVEN: ROY FRANCES AND REVA JANICE "SNIDER" SNOWDEN
GENERATION TWELVE: LELAND SNOWDEN AND BETTY JANE "HEMMING" SNOWDEN

JOSEPH SR. AND SARAH SNOWDEN: GENERATION SIX

 Joseph Snowden Sr., son of William Snowden and Abigail Wooly Snowden, was born between 1725-1730 in Perth Amboy N.J., and died sometime shortly, in 1799, after the writing of his will August 3, 1799. His will was filed in what was then Brooke County, VA, which is now present day Wellsburg, Brooke County, West VA. The probate date is not given; however, the document is found in a will book with court documents in chronological sequence, so one might assume that it was submitted for probate in 1799.  His wife Sarah Snowden, born 1725 in New Jersey, died after 1799. Joseph Sr. and Sarah Snowden were married about 1754 in New Jersey. Sarah Snowden's maiden name is unknown. Sarah was alive in 1795 when she signed a deed, in Washington County,PA. ( Deed book 1L, pg. 136) Sarah died sometime between 1795 and 1799, most likely. Family tradition indicates that they were buried in the Fairview Cemetery, although no stones can be found. Those children recognized in his will are listed below.

Joseph and Sarah's Children

             Their first born was David. He was born circa 1759 near Perth Amboy, N.J. and he died June 2, 1839 in Estill County, KY. He married Nancy Hazelrigg, April 1782, in Washington, County, PA. David was a Private in the Revolutionary War as a Indian  Spy.  He served in the Pennsylvania Line. He was a Patriot. He was Patriot  pensioned, his widow Nancy was pensioned, his children were not pensioned, however his heirs are pensioned. You may be able to send to the National Archives to get his pension. It was unusual to find a patriot who was a spy. His handwritten pension papers are on file with the National Archives, pension file #W9308. David was used by a DAR,  (Daughters of the American Revolution) member. The information listed in the DAR Patriot Index (3 Volumes) is as follows: "David Snowden born 1759 , PA, died 6-2-1839 in KY. Married Nancy Hazelrigg. He was a Private, a Spy and his widow received a pension." A major genealogy library would have a microfilm of the Patriot pension record, which will provide useful information as well as proof of service. To become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), you must be a female lineal descendant of a patriot, in this case David Snowden. In the lineage that is being followed here, David is not a direct lineage, so you could not use him. If David Snowden would be your great..something, grandfather you could use him to become a DAR member. Contact the DAR if you would like to join, under any lineage you feel you may have with a patriot.   If you would like a copy of the application with the patriots, informaion, you may request a copy from (DAR) National Headquarters. Please make a check in the amount of the $5.00 payable to the Treasurer General. Mail the check along with the information on your patriot to: Record's Copy Dept., Treasurer General NSDAR, Administration Bldg., 1776 D St NW., Washington D.C. 20006-5392. You can also go to this address http://www.sar.org/hq/staff.htm to join or inquire and see if the fees are still the same, etc.  Also Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will accept a Record copy of a DAR application as proof for those generations that are common. There will be a stamp in the upper left hand corner when you order the application from DAR stating it is a "Record Copy" and this is what SAR requires. One cautions' IF this is a very old DAR application it will not have places of birth and death for the various generations, and is less useful. You would need to complete the research to fill in the missing information. WRITE TO: NSDAR Office of the Registrar General, Att: Record Copy, 1776 D. Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006-5303. As of this writing, enclose a check for $5.00 made payable to Treasurer General NSDAR. Requests take about six weeks. The SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) will be pleased to have men as members.

             Joseph and Sarah's second child was Sarah, born circa 1762, possibly in Westmoreland County, PA, although Jesus christ of latter day saints has VA, but my research shows West Moreland County being in PA. Sarah died in Pughtown, Brooke county, present day W.VA. She is buried in White Oak  Cemetery in Pughtown,  Brooke County W.VA.  The info at Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints has her being born in 1750, but I really think she was born in 1762, as her parents weren't even married until 1754. Sarah married Aaron Marshall, born circa 1750. Some accounts have Aaron being born in England and others in Westmoreland County, WVA. Aaron died in 1826, King's Creek, Brooke County, now Hancock County W.VA. Aaron Marshall is likely the man who in 1777  was listed with the soldiers who took the "oath of allegiance" to the Commonwealth of VA, in Ohio County, VA.

           Joseph and Sarah's third child is Joseph Jr. He was born circa 1765, in Washington County, PA. He dies in 1804, in Athens County, OH. In 1793/94 he married Margaret Haning. Joseph is our direct decendant, and I will talk about him in Generation Seven.

                   Fourth child was William, born circa 1767, Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has the year at 1770. Born at Chartiers Creek, Washington County , PA. He died circa 1836, in Brooke County, W.VA . Around 1788 he married Anne Snowden, in Washington County, PA. Anne was born about 1768 in Washington County, PA. She died in Brooke County, VA, present day WVA. William and Anne had 2 children. The first born was Elijah, born circa 1799 in Fairview Brooke County, VA, present day WVA. He died February 24, 1866, and he is buried Lincoln Cemetery, Melton, Jackson, OH. The other son of William and Anne was William Jr. Snowden, born circa 1801, Fairview, Brooke, Va, present day WVA, and died June 1, 1874 in Hancock WVA, buried in Flats Cemetery, WVA.

                   Fifth born, was John, born circa 1770/71 in Washington County, PA., and he died after 1850. He married Elizabeth Early.

                   Last child of Joseph and Sarah Snowden was, Rachel. Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints, databases, have Rachel as being born in 1773, in Washington County, PA. She is listed as a daughter in her father's will. She appears to have been unmarried when she signed on Jan 17, 1818, a deed of sale for her father's property. (Deed book, 2 B, p. 495, Washington County, PA.   

 

Joseph's Records of Land Holdings

           While Joseph Snowden is first positively identified as a landowner in Washington County, PA in 1778, he lived with his family in New Jersey prior to coming to Western Pennsylvania. His oldest son, David, in his Revolutionary War pension papers so stated. David, who moved from Washington Co. PA, to Estill, KY, appeared there in open court August 20, 1832 and under oath signed a deposition saying "that he was born in N.J. near Amboy in 1759, about when he was three years old, his father Joseph, moved to the Western Part of PA and when the Revolutionary War commenced he was residing with his father, and mother, in what is now the county of Washington, PA.(Taken from his pension paper, Pension Papers, Cert. #W9308, Nat'l Archives Record Center) This puts Joseph in N. J. near Amboy in 1759,  and puts Joseph, Sarah, and David, in Washington Co. Pa in 1762 when they moved there when David was three, and puts Joseph Sarah and David in Washington co., PA when the revolutionary war commenced, and again in Washington, Co, in 1778.     

 

                                  Prior to the Revolutionary War

 

                 Prior to the Revolutionary War, early territorial disputes developed between the colonies of Virginia and Pennsylvania over ownership of the western lands lying beyond the Alleghenies and extending to the Ohio River. Conditions grew so chaotic that between 1776 and 1780 the settlers circulated petitions and sent them to the Continental Congress, asking that a new state be established out of this land. The names David, William, sons of Joseph Snowden Sr., and Joseph Jr. Snowden are found on these documents. Joseph is found in three places on the petition, likely representing both himself, and his son Joseph Jr. The Snowden family chose to settle on part of this disputed territory.The early Yohogania Co, VA, records show Joseph Snowden was farming in that county by March 25, 1778, when he asked that his cattle mark (brand) be recorded, " a crop and a slit in the left ear and an upper and lower cut in the right ear." One year later, on March 23, 1779, he was appointed by the Yohogania Court along with James Bradford and Thomas Edginton " to view a road the nearest and best way from Catfishes Camp (Washington County, PA), to Pentecost's Mills and make a return to the next court." By 1781 the states boundaries had been settled, and Joseph and David were on the Supply Tax list for Stranbane Twp. Washington, County, PA. Joseph Snowden taxed on 70 acres, 1 horse, 4 cattle, 4 sheep. David Snowden, taxed on 70 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 2 sheep. (PA Archives, Series III, vol.22, pg. 781) There is no conclusive evidence when or whe  either ovtained the 70 acres on which each was taxed in 1781, there is conclusive evidence of land ownership 1783. In Washington Co. PA, (Deed Book l B2, pg. 268), Joseph Snowden sold on July 18 to Charles Dodd, " for the consideration of Twenty-four pounds Pennsylvania currency. twelve acres of land lying in the head of a hollow between Joseph Snowden's dwelling place and David Hoges line."

 

       More land holdings records of Joseph and Sarah

 

                           On Sept. 3, 1788, John Dodd, Tavern keeper and his wife Mary of Washington Co. PA, sold to Joseph Snoden (Snowden) Senr (SR.) X his mark, yeoman (farmer) of Washington Co. PA, for forty pounds Pennsylvania money a tract of land situated near the town of Washington whereon the said Snowden now lives. containing 305 acres twenty perches, called Prulir. (Deed Book, ID, pg. 242, Washington County, PA)

                      Joseph and his wife Sarah, in three parcels, later sold this land. The last piece was sold on April 23,1795 to David Moreton for 145 pounds: "Joseph Snowden and Sarah his wife of Canton Twp...(sold) a parcel of land lying and being near the town of Washington on the waters of Chartiers Creek whereon David Snowden, first born of Joseph and Sarah, lived, the same being a tract of land granted by the Commonwealth of PA, to John Dodd.conveyed to Joseph Snowden, on December 13,1788.

                      This last deed, signed by Joseph and Sarah Snowden, in 1795, has interlined witnesses in a different ink, which appear to have been inserted at another time: Issac Leet, William Snowden son of Joseph and Sarah, Ann Snowden (Williams wife), and Rachel Snowden (Williams' sister, daughter of Joseph and Sarah). This deed was not recorded until Jan. 17,1818. The interlined witnesses may have been considered necessary because the deed was not recorded until some 23 years after the sale, ( Deed Book 2 B, page 495, Washington Co. PA.)

                Sometime after this last sale (1795/96) Joseph and Sarah moved to the northern section of what was then Brooke County, VA, now Hancock County., W VA. On 3 August, 1799, Joseph wrote his will, which is on file in Wellsburg, Brooke Co., W. VA.             

 

                              Josephs Snowden Sr.'s  Will  

 

           "I do freely give to my beloved wife one hundred dollars and a cowe (cow)

             I do give to my son William one hundred dollars and my mare and my tules(tools

            I do give my Son John one hundred dollara and the colte

            I do give my daughter Sarah fifty dollars

            I do give my daughter Rachel fifty dollars

          My sons David and Joseph have had their part in my lifetime and if they do get the three hundred acres of land and one hundred pounds of Sheppard hands that is to be divided amonst (amongst) them all equal. I do apoint (appoint) Henry Pittinger Senr (SR) and James Bruce to see it setlad (settled) it amonst (amongst) my children. 

                                         Joseph Snodon(Snowden) Senr (SR)

                                          his X  mark

                                          August the 3 day of 1799 

                 (*The mention of Sheppard may refer to Col. David Sheppard, who from time to time raised companies of militia men in Washington Co. PA, ith the promise of later payment in money and land)

 

              The above will, the probate date is not given; however, the document is found in a will book with court documents in chronological sequence, so that one might assume that it was submitted for probate in 1799. Joseph Snowden, Sr., died shortly after the writing of the will. 

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Husband's Name
   Joseph Snowden (AFN:STH6-74)  
Born:  1725/1730 Place:  Perth Amboy, , N. J.
Died:  1799 Place:  BrookeCounty,Virginia(W.va)
Married:  Abt 1754 Place:  , , N.j.
Father:  William Snowden (AFN:STH5-WF)  
Mother:  Abigail Wooly (AFN:STH5-XL)

Wife's Name
Sarah (AFN:STH6-89)  
Born:  Abt 1725 Place:  , , N.j.
Died:  Aft 1795 Place: 
Married:  Abt 1754 Place:  , , N.j.
Father: 
Mother: 

Children

1.  Sex  Name
F Sarah Snowden (AFN:3KNK-QG)  
Born:  1750 Place:  Westmoreland, County, Va.
Died:  Abt 1835 Place:  Pughtown, Brooke, County, (west) Virginia
Buried:  Place:  White Oak, Cemetery, Pughtown, Virginia (W.VA)

2.  Sex  Name
M David Snowden (AFN:8JV5-V7)  
Born:  1758 Place:  Perth Amboy, , N.j.
Died:  6 Feb 1839 Place:  Estill Hill, , Ky

3.  Sex  Name
M Joseph Snowden (AFN:STH6-BM)  
Born:  1765 Place:  Washington, County, Penna.
Died:  1804 Place:  , Athens, Ohio

4.  Sex  Name
M William Snowden AFN:STH6-CS)  
Born:  1767 Place:  Washington, County, Penna.
Died:  1836 Place:  , Brooke, Va (W.VA)

5.  Sex  Name
M John Snowden  (AFN:STH6-D0)  
Born:  1770 Place:  Washington, County, Penna.
Died:  Aft 1850 Place:  , Brooke, Va (W.VA) 

6.  Sex  Name
F Rachel Snowden (AFN:STH6-F5)  
Born:  1773 Place:  Washington, County, Penna

Heres the link to this will of Joseph Snoden Sr.

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