Joseph Snodgrass, Jr.
b.26 SEP 1741
Facts and Events
Joseph Snodgrass, Jr. was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- Botetourt Co., VA, Deed Book 3, page 461, William Walker mortgaged some of his property to his sons-in-law Joseph and Isaac Snodgrass.
Will of Joseph Snodgrass, Jr.
- Will Abstract:
- Snodgrass, Joseph. Will probate Sept. 1809.
- Names wife, Mary, and children: Robert, John, Joseph, Caroline, William, Elizabeth, St. Clair, George, Bartley, Henry and Polly.
- Executor: "bro-in-law", John Walker.
- [Source: Early Marriages, Wills and some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt County, Virginia, Compiled by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 63].
- Will Transcript:
- Botetourt Co., Virginia, Will Book ?, page ?:
- In the Name of God, Amen. I, Joseph Snodgrass sen. of Botetourt County in the State of Virginia, being of a sound mind and memory and knowing the great uncertainty of this life, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following, To Wit:
- I recomend my soul to God the maker of all living, trusting in his Mercy through the alone Merit of our Lord Jesus Christ, for Salvation.
- And as to my worldly Estate, I desire all my just debts to be punctually paid and as to my two sons Robert & John hath agreed to take my land (except the part I have given to my son Joseph) under the incumbrance hereafter mentioned) and to pay my debts, which if they do, I hereby dispose of my Estate as follows:
- I lend unto my beloved wife Mary Snodgrass the house we now live in and occupy, the gardens and a free liberty of fire wood where she chooses on any part of my lands hereafter given to my sons Robert and John, my negro woman Lidda, with all my stock and furniture (except what shall be hereafter disposed of) during her widowhood.
- I also require of my sons Robert and John to furnish their said mother and two sisters Polly & Caroline with sufficient provitions during their mothers widowhood & until their sd. sisters come of age or marries, which may first happen, and I also lend unto my s'd wife my two negro girls Whitty and Aggy until my s'd daughters Polly and Caroline shall marry or come of age & when my s'd daughter Polly shall marry or come of age I give her my negro girl Whitty till she the s'd Whitty comes to the age of thirty five years, a horse worth sixty dollars, a good feather bed and furniture and a seventh part of my cattle.
- I further give to my daughter Caroline, when she comes of age or marries, my negro girl Aggy until she, the sd. Aggy, comes to the age of thirty five years, a horse worth sixty dollars, a good feather bed & furniture, a new saddle and a seventh part of my cattle.
- I give to my son Isaac Snodgrass five shillings.
- I give to my son William Snodgrass five shillings.
- I give to my daughter Elizabeth St. Clair five shillings.
- I give to my son Joseph Snodgrass the land he lives on as nr. the lines marked out to him, his heirs and assigns forever.
- I give to my son Henry Snodgrass a good feather bed and furniture an do inand [?] and seventh part of my cattle at the marriage or death of my wife.
- I give to my son Robert Snodgrass all that part of my land that lies between the creek and the mountain to him, his heirs & assigns forever, he furnishing one half of the provitions for his mother & sisters as above mentioned, my gray horse called Nest and at his mother's marriage or death one seventh part of my cattle.
- I give to my son John Snodgrass all that part of my land that lies between the creek and the line of my son Joseph Snodgrass land, to him his heirs & assigns forever, he furnishing one half of the provitions for his mother & sisters as above mentioned, with the reserve of the house etc. for the use of his mother and sisters as mentioned above, & my brown horse, a good feather bed & furniture, and at the marriage of death of his mother, one seventh part of my cattle.
- I also give to my sons Robert & John my negro woman Matilda til she comes to age of thirty nine years and my two negro boys Ben & Peter, Ben until my son George comes of age & Peter until Bartley comes of age.
- I give to my son George a bed & furniture & the seventh part of my cattle at the marriage of his mother and when he comes of age I give him my negro boy named Ben untill the said Ben comes to the age of thirty five years and in ... compensation for the use of sd. Ben I require that my son Robert shall give to my sd. son George when he comes of age a horse worth sixty dollars.
- I give to my son Bartley a feather bed and furniture & the seventh part of my cattle at the marriage or death of his mother and give him my negro Peter when my sd. son shall come of age untill the sd. Peter comes to the age of thirty five years. I also require that my son John shall give to his brother Bartley when he the sd. Bartley comes of age a horse worth sixty dollars.
- I further will that if my negro woman Liddy have a child, it shall go to my son Henry untill the sd. child shall come to the years of thirty, and if Liddy has a second child, it shall go to my son Joseph untill the sd. child shall arrive at the age of thirty five years, and if she has any more, they shall all go to my son Henry until they severally come to the age of thirty five years.
- And if my wife should die before my negro woman Liddy comes to the age of thirty five years, that the ballance of the term shall serve my son Henry and as I am persuaded that it is contrary to the spirit of the Gospel to keep our fellow creatures in bondage, I do hereby manumet and set absolutely free all my said negroes, to-wit: Matilda aged twenty nine years, when she comes of the age of thirty nine years, my negro woman Lidda aged 24 years when she comes to the age of thirty five, my negro boy Ben aged 6 years, my boy Peter aged 5 years, my negro girl Whitty aged 4 years, Aggy aged 2 years, when they severally come to the age of thirty five years and their increase provided a law should exist in the State to free them. And if no such law should then exist, I will that they and their increase shall be free as soon as such a law is made. And in order to prevent any pause in their obtaining their freedom, I do hereby authorize and require my executors or the Guardians of the children as the case may be to take Bonds with sufficient security from each of my said children when they receive any of the negros to produce sd. negroes as they the sd. negroes come of the age above mentioned. Providing never-the-less and my will is that if my said sons Robert and John do not pay my debts that the whole of my personal property be sold (except so much furniture and stock as my wife shall need and my negro woman Liddy) the negroes till they come to the ages above mentioned under the restriction above and my debts paid and the ballance if any with the price of my land (which shall be sold at the marriage or death of my wife) with the stock & furniture kept by my wife to be equally divided between my sons Henry, Robert, John, George, Bartley & my daughters Polly and Caroline, share and share alike. And be it known when I direct my land to be sold I mean the part divised to my sons Robert & John, my son Joseph shall keep his part.
- My will further is that my Executors bind my sons George & Bartley to Trades and I do hereby appoint my friend Alexander Handy and my brother-in-law John Walker Executors of this my last Will and Testament, hereby establishing this my last Will and Testament containing three pages, as witness my hand and seal this 20th day of July 1809.
- [signed] Joseph Snodgrass
- Sealed and delivered in presence of Lloyd Belt, Eliza Belt, George (his mark) Potts, Jacob Eversale.
- At Botetourt September Court, 1809, this instrument of writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Joseph Snodgrass dec'd was exhibited in court & proven by the oath of Lloyd Belt & Jacob Eversale witnesses thereto & is ordered to be recorded.
From Genforum.com post:
correction on Snodgrass descent
Posted by: Charlou Dolan Date: December 24, 2000 at 11:47:54
In Reply to: Attention for McClanahans and Snodgrass by Juliane J. Burbach of 1609
You have an error in your lineage from Joseph Snodgrass & Hannah Vernon, through their son Joseph Snodgrass Jr. He did NOT marry Mary Bartley. He married Mary Walker, dau. of William Walker who died 1810 in Botetourt Co., VA. The will of Joseph Snodgrass Jr. does NOT refer to his "ex-bro-in-law John Walker," it names his brother-in-law John Walker as his executor. William Walker (d. 1810) names his son-in-law Isaac Snodgrass & his daughter Mary Snodgrass, and people have jumped to the conclusion that Isaac & Mary were therefore married to each other. This is not the case. Isaac m/1 Sarah Snodgrass (ref: 1794 deposition, Botetourt Co. deed book 5, page 165: "Sarah Snodgrass wife to Isaac Snodgrass"). He m/2 1800 Botetourt Co., VA, Jean/Jane Preston, who was still alive in 1810 when William Walker wrote his will.
The marriage date for Joseph Snodgrass Jr. is also erroneous and stems from the same source that claimed his wife's name was Mary Bartley. If you look at the birth dates, marriage dates, and the dates the children were born, you will discover that Mary & Joseph were (supposedly) married for 10 years before they had any children. Offhand, I don't remember the exact age she supposedly was when she started having children -- late 30s -- and when she stopped -- something like 56 -- but it is NOT biologically possible.
Moreover, if you look at the original application at the DAR, it gives Joseph Snodgrass Jr.'s marriage date as ? ? 1771, and the SECOND application to the DAR has changed the question marks into sevens, which is where the date 7 Jul 1771 came from.
I have done lots of research in Botetourt Co., VA, both on William Walker's family and on the Snodgrass families there. I am more than happy to share it with you and anyone else.
Also, if you want Hannah (Vernon) Snodgrass's ancestry for several generations back, just let me know.