Plymouth County Biographies

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The Snow Family

(I) Nicholas Snow, a native of England, came to the country in 1623 in the ship "Ann," locating in Plymouth, where he had a share in the division of land in 1624. In 1634 he removed to Eastham, where he became a prominent citizen. His home was on the road from Plymouth to Eel river, on the Westerly side. He was admitted a freeman in 1633, and was elected town clerk at the first meeting of the town of Eastham, holding that office sixteen year. He was deputy to the General Court from 1648, three years; selectman from 1663, seven years. He and his son Mark signed the call to Rev. John Mayo to settle as their minister in 1655. He was one of Gov. Thomas Prence's associates. He married at Plymouth, constance, daughter of Stephen Hopkins, who came over in the "Mayflower". Constance herself came in the "Mayflower." She died in October, 1677. Mr. Snow died Nov. 15, 1676, in Eastham, Mass. Their children were: Mark, born May 9, 1628; Mary, born about 1630; John, born about 1638; Elizabth, born about 1642; Ruth, born about 1644; hannah, born probably at Eastham, about 1646; and Rebecca, born about 1648.

(II) Stephen Snow, son of Nicholas, born about 1636, probably in Plymouth, mrried (first) Dec. 13, 1663, in Eastham, Susanna (Deane) Rogers daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth (Ring) Deane. She was born before 1634 in Plymouth; mrried (first) Joseph Rogers, Jr. son of Lieut. Joseph Rogers, who came as a boy in the "Mayflower". Susanna died before 1701, and Stephen married (second) April 9, 1701, Mary Bigford. He resided in what is now East Orleans, Mass. He died Dec. 17, 1705, in Eastham. Children, born in Eastham: Bathsheba, born July 25, 1664; Hannah, born Jan. 2, 1666; Micajah, born Dec. 22, 1669; Bethiab, born July 1, 1672; Mehetabel, born about 1674; and Ebenezer, born about 1677.

(III) Micajah Snow, son of Stephen, born Dec. 22, 1669, married Nov. 21, 1697, Mary Young, daughter of John and Ruth (Cole) Young. He died in 1753-54, and by will, dated Dec. 5, 1753, and proved in 1754, gives to Jonathan Snow, grandson, and to grandsons Moses and Heman; to sons Micajah, John, Jesse, David, and daughters Phebe Paine, Mary Sears and Rugh Arey. Their children were: John, born May 26, 1700; Stephen, born May 19, 1702; Jonathan, born Jan. 16, 1704; Phebe, born July 17, 1707; Jesse, born Oct. 27, 1709; David, born Oct. 30, 1711; Mary or Mercy, born Sept. 16, 1713, Micajah, born in December, 1716; and Ruth, born March 11, 1718.

(IV) Jesse Snow, son of Micajah, born Oct. 27, 1709, married Louisa Freeman. Among their children was Edmund, born in 1752.

(V) Edmund Snow, son of Jesse, born in 1752, lived in the south parish of the town of Eastham, which in 1797 became the town of Orleans, Mass., of which he was one of the founders. He married Mary Clark, of Brewster, Mass. Among their children was Joel, born March 17, 1788.

(VI) Maj. Joel Snow, son of Edmund and Mary (Clark) Snow, born March 17, 1788, in that part of Eastham that became the town of Orleans, married (intentions of marrying published April 6, 1811) Phebe Snow, born April 17, 1788, in Eastham, daughter of Joseph and Susanna (Horton) Snow. He was both a farmer and carpenter. He died Jan. 12, 1861, his wife, who survived him several years, passing away Dec. 20, 1869. Their children, all of Eastham town recod, were: Harvey, born Sept. 22, 1811, who died in Brockton, married (first) Thankful Knowles and (second) Kathering Shepardson; Joel, born April 30, 1814, married (first) Ruth Collins, (Second) Harriet Clark and (third) Sarah Jane Hickman; Betsey F., born Sept. 10, 1815, died Aug. 18, 1816; Barnabas, born June 8, 1817, is mentioned below; Betsey F. (2), born Feb. 12, 1819, married Solomon Doane; Jesse W., born Oct. 10, 1820, who died in Boston, Mass, married Sarah; Rozilla, born Dec. 17, 1821, married Dean Sparrow; Phebe A., born July 22, 1823, married Robert Jennison; Joshua, born, July 9, 1825, married Rebecca K. Collins; Joseph, born June 13, 1827, who died in California, married Sarah P. Snow; and Susan, born July 25, 1830, who died Dec. 20, 1851, married Josiah M. Knowles.

Source: Representative men and old families of southeastern Massachusetts: containing historical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and genealogical records of many of the old families, Vol. 1. Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co., 1912. p. 208-209.