Person:Nicholas Snow (1)

m. Bef May 1599
  1. Nicholas Snow1599/00 - 1676
  2. Anthony SnowAbt 1602 -
  3. Anthony SnowAbt 1615 - 1692
  4. William SnowAbt 1624 - 1708/09
m. Bef 22 May 1627
  1. Mark Snow1628 - Bef 1694/95
  2. Mary Snow1630 - 1704
  3. Sarah SnowAbt 1632 - Aft 1697
  4. Lt. Joseph Snow1634 - 1722/23
  5. Stephen Snow1636 - 1705
  6. John Snow1638 - Bef 1692
  7. Elizabeth SnowAbt 1640 - 1678
  8. Jabez SnowAbt 1642 - 1690
  9. Ruth SnowAbt 1644 - 1716/17
  10. Constance Snow1646 - 1677
Facts and Events
Name Nicholas Snow
Gender Male
Christening[1] 25 Jan 1599/00 Shoreditch, Middlesex, EnglandSt. Leonard's (possibly)
Marriage Bef 22 May 1627 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesto Constance Hopkins
Will[3] 14 Nov 1676 Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Death[2] 15 Nov 1676 Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

He came over from England in the ship Ann in July, 1623 and at first located in Plymouth where he soon married Constance Snow, eldest daughter of Stephen Hopkins, who had come over on the Mayflower. In 1627 he and Constance received their share of the division of the cattle in the Plymouth colony as a member of Stephen Hopkins company. In 1645 with Gov. Prence and others he moved to Nausett, later called Eastham. [6]

Nicholas was admitted as a freeman at Plymouth around 1 January 1632/3.[7] He served on a variety of local committees in Plymouth fro 1634 and in Eastham from 1647, including Selectman of Plymouth 1668-1675, Deputy to Colony Court 1648-1657, Surveyor of Highways in Eastham in 1647, Town Clerk, Surveyor of Highways in Plymouth in 1640. Nicholus Snow was a member of the Plymouth Militia. He was one of the six men who founded Eastham and became Deputy of Eastham in 1648. He was respected as a large land-owner in Hartwich, Eastham, and Turo. [8]

Nicholas was a carpenter, based on the tools found in his estate. He also had several parcels of land in Plymouth. In the 1623 Plymouth land division granted an unknown number of acres (but almost certainly one) at Hobes Hole near the Eel River as a passenger on the Anne. In the 1627 Plymouth cattle division "Nickolas Snow" and Constance Snow were the sixth and seventh persons in the seventh company (headed by Stephen Hopkins). [9]. He was assessed 18s. in the Plymouth tax list of 25 March 1633 and 12s. in the list of 27 March 1634. [10] He was assigned mowing ground, 20 March 1636/7 and requested more hay ground on 2 July 1638. [11] On 7 May 1638 Nicholas Snow was one of a group of men desiring "lands towards the Six Mile Brooke", and on 7 August 1638 he requested "5 or 6 acres of land lying on the north side the lands granted lately to Mr. Atwood" [12]

On 6 July 1638 Nicholas Snow acknowledged that he sold to Samuell Eddy his house and garden in Plymouth where he "now dwelleth" [PCR 12:31]. He was subsequently granted ten acres meadow in the South Meadows on 2 November 1640. [13] About March 1645/6 Nicholas Snow sold his house and buildings and upland, with two acres of meadow at High Pines and ten acres of upland meadow at Colebrook meadows, totalling fifty-two acres to Thomas Morton, and one acre to Nathaniel Morton. [14] In an account of liquors brought into Eastham, dated 28 November 1664, Nicholas Snow was responsible for one and a half gallons of liquor. [15]

In his will, dated 14 November 1676 and proved 5 March 1676/7, "Nicholas Snow of Eastham being weak and infirm of body" bequeathed to "my son Marke Snow" all twenty acres of upland lying at Namskekitt where his house now stands, and two acres of meadow and all that broken marsh at Namscekett and two thirds of "my great lot at Satuckett"; to "my son Joseph Snow I give that other third part of my great lot at Satuckett, and two acres and an half of meadow lying at Namscekett near the head and an neck of upland"; to "my son Steven Snow I give twenty acres on the southside of my great lot at Pochett, and ten acres of my little lot at Satuckett ... an acre and an half of meadow at the boat meadow ... and that part of my meadow at the great meadow that lyeth between Josiah Cooke and the Eel creek"; to "my son John Snow I give all that my land at Paomett purchased or unpurchased ... and all my right and title or privilege there"; to "my son Jabez Snow I give all this my land lying between my house and my son Thomas Paine's, and seven acres at the Bass pond ... and an half acre of marsh at the end of it and six acres of upland at the Herring pond, and an acre and half of meadow at Silver spring ... and that part of my house he lives in as long as my wife or I do live ... and two acres of meadow at the Great Meadow"; to "my son Jabez I give that my four acres of meadow at Billinsgate due to me yet unlaid out"; "my meadow about my house I give to my son Jabez"; to "my loving wife Constant Snow all my stock of cattle, sheep, horses, swine, whatsoever, to be at her disposal for the comfort and support of her life, with all the moveable goods I am possessed of and after her decease, stock and movables to be equally divided amongst all my children ... the use and disposal of the part of my house she now dwells in during her lifetime, and after her decease to be my son Jabez Snow's"; to "my loving wife that ten acres of upland at Pochett and twenty on Billinsgate Iland, for her disposal for the comfort of her life, but if she need it now, and leave it undisposed, I give it then to my son Steven Snow"; "twenty acres of upland at Billingsgate if my wife leave it undisposed, then to be my son Jabez Snow's"; to "the church of Eastham for the furniture of the Table of the Lord, with pewter or other necessaries, I say I do give 10s. out of my estate after my wife's decease." [16]The undated inventory of the estate of Nicholas Snow of Eastham totalled £102 10s. 9d., with no real estate included. [17]

On 6 March 1676/7 letters of administration were granted to Constant Snow, Mark Snow and John Snow, on the estate of Nicholas Snow, deceased. [18]

Text References

  1. "Nicholas Snow", in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995)
    p. 1703.

    "possibly", citing TAG 14:229. [The TAG article, "Nicholas Snow's Mother", by Clarence A. Torrey, cites Source:Banks, Charles Edward. The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers as suggesting the following record in St. Leonard's Parish of Shoreditch, London, England is the same Nicholas Snow: "1599 Nicholas Snowe ye s of Nicholas Snowe w b. ye xxv'th of January Hoxton". (This would be 25 Jan 1599/1600.) Torrey further adds that if so, then "doubtless" (due to correspondence of the dates) the marriage record found in St. Dunstan's Parish, Stepney, Middlesex, England is his parents: "1599 May 9 Nicholas Snowe of Bowe & Elizabeth Rowlice of Ratclif".]

  2. "Eastham and Orleans, Mass., Vital Records, in Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Descendant: An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy, History and Biography

    "Nicholas Snow senior decesed the fiftenth day of November in the year one thousand six hundred sevetie six."

  3. General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims Who Landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620. (New England - United States: General Society of Mayflower Descendants., Various)
  4.   Alden, Mrs M. L. T. The Snow Genealogy
    NEHGR 47:81, 186, 341, 48:71, 188, 49:71, 202, 451, 51:204, 64:284.

    "Nicholas arrived on the Anne in 1623, and by the time of the 1627 division he was married to Mayflower passenger Constance Hopkins, daughter of Stephen. Banks wrote that he was of Hoxton, County Middlesex. He was a Purchaser and was on the 1633 freeman list. On 5 January 1634/35, the servant of Nicholas Snow, unnamed, was willing to serve out his time with John Cooper, according to the terms of the indenture (PCR 1:33). Twyford West, whose indenture had been assigned by Edward Winslow to Nicholas Snow, complained to Winslow that he disliked being with Snow, and on 11 February 1635/36 voluntarily increased his indenture from six to seven years in consideration of Winslow reacquiring his indenture from Snow (PCR 1:37). Snow served as highway surveyor, on the grand jury, and in other similar positions, and as a Purchaser he enjoyed various land grants. On 1 December 1640 he was one of several highway surveyors presented for not mending the highways (PCR 2:5). He was one of the Plymouth residents moving to Nauset in the 1640s, and he was a surveyor, deputy, tax collector, constable, and selectman there (PCR, passim). In 1664 he was among those allowed to bring liquors into Eastham (PCR 4:100). He died 15 November 1676, having made his will 14 November 1676, and he named his wife Constant and his sons Mark, Joseph, Stephen, John, and Jabez, and after his wife's death his livestock and moveable estate would be divided among all his children (MD 3:167). He also had married daughters Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Ruth, and Bowman thought he had three other probably married daughters.

  5.   By William T. Davis. Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families. (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore 1975)
    245, 246.
  6. Cape Cod Library of Local History and Genealogy, Vol 1, p. 496
  7. Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT:, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995; citing lymouth Colony Records 1:4.
  8.; Anderson, Great Migration Begins, citing PCR 3:9, 115, 5:35, 57, 92, 143, 164
  9. Anderson, citing PCR 12:6, 12:11.
  10. Anderson, citing PCR 1:10, 27
  11. Anderson, citing PCR 1:57, 1:90
  12. Anderson, citing PCR 1:83, 1:93.
  13. Anderson, citing PCR 1:166.
  14. Anderson, citing PCR 12:134, 135.
  15. Anderson, citing PCR 4:100.
  16. Anderson, citing MD 3:167-69, citing PCPR 3:2:71-72.
  17. Anderson, citing MD 3:169-74, citing PCPR 3:2:73-77.
  18. Anderson, citing PCR 5:220.

The Anne and The Little James (1623)
The Anne and the Little James left England together, and arrived a week or so apart in Plymouth. Most of the passengers were probably on the Anne, as the Little James was smaller and carried mostly cargo.
Sailed: May(?) 1623 from an unspecified port in England under William Peirce (Master Anne), Emanuel Althan (Captain Little James), and John Bridges (Master Little James).
Arrived: 10 July 1623 (the Anne) and about 10 days later (the Little James) at Plymouth, Massachusetts
Previous Vessel: Weston's ships (Swan, Charity, Sparrow) (1622)
Next Vessel: Jonathan (1623)

~60 (Full List)
Families of earlier immigrants: Patience and Fear Brewster - Elizabeth (Walker) Warren and daughters - Hester (Mathieu) Cooke and her children - Bridget (Lee) Fuller - Margaret Hicks and her children - Wife and daughter of William Hilton - Frances Palmer - Joshua Pratt - Barbara Standish
Other Passengers: Anthony Annable (and family) - Edward Bangs - Robert Bartlett - Mary Bucket - William Bridges - Thomas Clark - Christopher Conant - Anthony Dix - John Faunce - George Morton (and family) - Godbert Godbertson (and family) - Timothy Hatherly - Edward Holman - John Jenney (and family) - Manasseh Kempton - Experience Mitchell - George Morton (and family) - Ellen Newton - Oldham, John, his wife and sister - Christian Penn - Abraham Pierce - Nicholas Snow - Alice (Carpenter) Southworth - Francis Sprague - Stephen Tracy, wife, and daughter - Ralph Wallen

Resources: Primary Sources: Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation - Mourt's Relation - Pilgrim Hall (wills and other contemporary documents)