Person:John Snoddy (4)

John Snoddy, Gent., of Washington County, VA
b.1720 Scotland
  • HJohn Snoddy, Gent., of Washington County, VA1720 - 1784
  • WAgnes Glasgow1725 - 1801
m. 7 Oct 1741
  1. James Snoddy1742 - 1826
  2. Jane Snoddy1744 -
  3. John Snoddy1746 - 1810
  4. Mary Snoddy1748 -
  5. Samuel Snoddy1750/51 - 1768
  6. Elizabeth Snoddy1753 - 1822
  7. Carey Snoddy1755 -
  8. Robert Snoddy1757 - 1820
  9. Alice Snoddy1759 -
  10. Thomas Snoddy1761 - 1839
  11. William Glasgow Snoddy1763 - 1834
Facts and Events
Name John Snoddy, Gent., of Washington County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? 1720 Scotland
Marriage 7 Oct 1741 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United StatesFirst Presbyterian Church
to Agnes Glasgow
Property[3] 1745/46 Albemarle County, Virginiasurvey for 196 acres on Willis River
Other? 14 Sep 1758 VirginiaAlbemarle County is divided to create Buckingham County.
Other? 1772 VirginiaBotetourt County is divided to create Fincastle County.
Other? 7 Oct 1776 VirginiaFincastle County is divided to create Washington County.
Other[5] 28 Jan 1777 Washington County, Virginiasworn in as Justice
Death? 1784 Washington, Virginia, United States
Alt Death[6] Feb 1784 Sumner, Tennessee, United States
Alt Death? 1786 Tennessee, United States



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This page is for Person:John Snoddy (4) = John Snoddy, Gentleman Justice for Washington County, VA, who lived near Abingdon.

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The name of John Snoddy's wife is unknown.

Traditionally, his wife has been identified as "Agness Glasgow", but direct evidence for that is absent.

Furthermore, there exists direct evidence to support that the John Snoody who married Agnes was in fact John Snoddy who died in Iredell County, NC in 1758. See Analysis:Which John Snoddy Married Agnes which shows that it is highly likely that John Snoddy, Gentleman Justice of Washington County and John Snoddy who married Agnes are NOT THE SAME PERSON.

Source records cited below demonstrate how this likely error has propagated over the years.

Land Aquisition

A survey for 196 acres was recorded for John Snoddy in what was then Albemarle County Virginia in 1745. [7]The adjacent image shows the approximate location of John Snoddy's land c1770, later owned by son James (2) in Buckingham/Cumberland County Va, on Willis River. Subsequent changes in country boundaries located this property successively in Buckingham County, and then Cumberland County.

Just before the Revolution John moved to southwest Virginia, settling near Abingdon in what is now Washington County.Citation needed

He became one of the first Justice of the Washington County.1

Some believe that he died in Washington County in 1784, while others show him moving on to Jefferson County TN, dying there in 1786. In either case his wife is said to have died in Jefferson County in 1791, or alternatively December 30, 1801. While it is unclear whether John and wife ever moved to TN, several of his sons did, and it would not be unreasonable to think that either he or his wife lived in later life with one of these sons, or perhaps a daughter in Tennessee. The locations where some of his children settled in Tennessee can be found on the Talk Page for his family.

Key c.1784:
---person:John Snoddy (4)
---Person:James Snoddy (2)
---person:Thomas Snoddy (1)


  1.   SNODDY BIBLE [1], in Ardery, Julia Hoge Spencer. Kentucky records: early wills and marriages, copied from court house records by regents, historians and the state historian; old bible records and tombstone inscriptions; records from Barren, Bath, Bourbon, Clark, Daviess, Fayette, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mason, Montgomery, Nelson, Nicholas, Ohio, Scott, and Shelby counties. (Lexington, Kentucky: Keystone Printery, Inc., c1932), 1:145, Secondary quality.

    (Contributed by Mrs. Mary H. Dean, Gen. Evans Shelby Chapter)

    NOTE: The family records copied from the Bible of Robert Snoddy. The Bible was printed by Mathew Cary, 118 Market Street, Philadelphia, Penn., Oct., 1802 and bought by Robert Snoddy in 1803. We know by the fact being handed down from son to son, and neighbors that knew him, that he and his brother James were with Washington during the Revolution and were with him at Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis. The above mentioned Bible is the property of Carey Snoddy, Owensboro, Ky., great-grandson of Robert Snoddy. Robert Snoddy's will is in file on the Barren County Court House, dated 1820.

    John Snoddy came from Ireland in 1740. He married Agnes Glasgow in the Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Penn., Oct. 7, 1741. Later he was Justice of Peace, Washington County, Va. ...
    [Note: likely error.]

  2.   Munsell, Frank, and Thomas Patrick Hughes. American Ancestry: Giving the Name and Descent, in the Male Line, of Americans Whose Ancestors Settled in the United States Previous to the Declaration of Independence, A.D., 1776. (Albany, N. Y.: J. Munsell's Sons, 1887-1899), 8:74, Secondary quality.

    SNODDY, TITUS BANKS of Washington, D.C., ...
    ... - son of William of Smith Co., Tenn., ...
    ... - son of Thomas of Smith Co., Tenn., ...
    ... - son of John of Va., b. there Sep. 15, 1746, d. in Va. (m. Mar. 17, 1779, Elizabeth Sampson, b. in Va. south of Lynchburg, and had nine children, three boys and six girls);
    - son of John of Pa. and Va., b. in Scotland, d. in Va., was of Scotch-Irish desc. and a Presbyterian, emigrated to America abt. 1742, first settled in Pa. but removed to Buckingham co., Va., in 1758, thence to Washington Co. where he died (m. Oct. 7, 1741, Agnes Glasgow of Scotland and had eleven children, eight boys and three girls).

    There are two other families of Snoddy's in the U.S. One is desc. from John Snoddy who settled in Rowan Co., N.C., long before the Revolution, and the other from James Snoddy who came from the north of Ireland and settled in Pa. abt. one hundred years ago. All are of Scotch-Irish desc. and have a common ancestry at the time of the Bruce and Wallace wars in Scotland.
    [Note: likely error.]

  3. Land Record, in Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly, 27(2):124, Secondary quality.

    Virginia Quarterly 27(2):124


    p. 123 -
    Joshua Fry, Gent. Surveyor presented a list of surveys made by him from June 1, 1745 to June 1, 1746.

    ... John Snoddy 196a

  4.   THE FIRST MILITIA ROSTER OF THE CLINCH RIVER AREA OF RUSSELL COUNTY [2], in Dixon, Danny. The Settlement of the Appalachian Frontier Blog, 16 May 2007, Secondary quality.

    By Emory L. Hamilton - 1978
    In the Archives of the Virginia State Library is found one of the most interesting documents pertaining to the earliest settlers of the Clinch River Valley in what is now Russell, Scoot and Lee Counties, but then a part of Washington County.
    It is page 229 and 230 of the Dunmore's War Records, and is a roster of 72 names of Militia soldiers under Captain William Russell. The roster is for the first pay period just prior to the outbreak of Dunmore's War in the fall of 1774.
    While this document does not list everyone living in the area, it does give an insight into some of the very earliest settlers.
    On the ensuing pages I have listed by number and name each of the Militiamen, with a brief biography of what I have been able to find pertaining to each man. ...

    ... 4. JOHN SNODDY - This was Captain John Snoddy, born circa 1739 and who was a militia captain on the Clinch until his removal to Kentucky around 1780. He had married Margaret Walker, a daughter of John Walker who lived at the "sink" of Sinking Creek on a farm he called "Broad Meadows". Snoddy at one time owned Moore's Fort at Castlewood, which he sold prior to his removal to Kentucky to Frederick Fraley. He was a brother-in-law to Patrick Porter, and the Cowan brothers, David, William and Samuel, all having married Walker sisters. John Snoddy died in Madison Co., Ky. in 1814, and should not be confused with an older John Snoddy who served on the Washington Co. Court who lived at Abingdon. The older Snoddy married Agnes Glasgow in Philadelphia in 1741 and moved to Tennessee where he died in 1786.
    [Note: likely error.]

  5. .

    Tennessee State Archives
    Mf. 1923 -- Daniel Smith Papers, 1784-1973). Smith County, Tennessee. TSLA. 47 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 1 16mm & 1 35mm.
    January 28th, in the first year of the commonweath [sic] of Virginia, and in the year of our Lord Christ 1777, being the day appointed by act of the General Assembly of the commonwealth of Virginia, for holding the first court of the county of Washington at “Black’s Fort.” A commission of the Peace and Declimus [?] of this county, directed to Arthur Campbell, William Campbell, Evan Shelby, Daniel Smith, William Edmiston, John Campbell, Joseph Martin, Alexander Buchanan, James Dysart, John Kincaid, John Sanderson, James Montgomery, John [Coale? – illegible], John Snoddy, George Blackburn and Moses Marten, gentlemen, bearing date the 21st day of December, 1776, were produced and read: Thereupon, pursuant to the Declimus William Campbell and Joseph Martin two of the aforesaid justices, administered the oath of a justice of the peace, and of a justice of the county court of chancery, to Arthur Campbell, the first justice named in said commission, and he afterwards administered the aforesaid oaths to William Campbell, William Edmiston and others named as aforesaid in the said commission.”
    [see also WR article Data:Oath of Office First Officers of Washington County, VA, 1776 ]

  6. The Two John Snoddy's of Southwest Virginia by Emory Hamilton, in, Secondary quality.

    ... This John Snoddy was born sometime between 1715 and 1720 in Ireland, and died in February, 1784, probably in Sumner County, Tennessee. He married Agnes Glasgow in the Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia on the 7th of October, 174l. She was born ca 1721 and died in 1801 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. To this John Snoddy was born ten children, three daughters and seven sons: James (b. 1742), Jane (1744), Mary (1748), Samuel (1751), Elizabeth (1753), Carey (1755), Robert (1757), Thomas (1761), and William (1763). The latter two sons married in Washington County, Virginia to Hannah and Sarah Davis, daughters of Captain John Davis who died near Abingdon in 1810. ...
    [Note: likely error.]

  7. Virginia Quarterly 27(2):124.


Analysis:Which John Snoddy Married Agnes
Notebook:Snoddy Family in Buckingham County, VA