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7561 Wilbert's WW I draft registration card (dated 7 Jun 1917) states that he was born on 13 Oct 1895 [sic] in Pittsburgh, PA. He was 22 yrs old, single, and employed as a fireman on the Erie Railroad, working in the Youngstown, Ohio, area.  Downey, Wilbert Edward (I13918)
 
7562 Wilbur's obituary in the «i»Pittsburgh [PA] Post-Gazette«/i» (18 Sep 2004), states:
«tab»"W. Russell Huff age 88 of Cranberry Twp. formerly of Allison Park died Thursday Sept. 16, 2004 peacefully at home. Born Nov. 1, 1915 in Columbus, OH to William Owen Huff and Julia A. Snouffer Huff. Mr. Huff retired from Pittsburgh Nipple Works as a machinist after 45 years of service. He served in the Navy and WWII with the crew of the USS Johnnie Hutchins. He enjoyed fishing in Canada, gardening, crossword puzzles, watching football, baseball and playing cards. He was a member of NACO Caravan #19 and Park Lodge #676 F&AM. He was the husband of the late Grace Grundler Huff, he is survived by his wife Barbara Abbs Huff, her daughter Phyllis Wilson and her granddaughter Meghan Wilson. He was proceeded in death by four brothers and two sisters. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cranberry Public Library...." (Posted at www.legacy.com/postgazette/LegacySubPage2.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonalID=261 (accessed 18 Sep 2004). 
Huff, Wilbur Russell (I1138)
 
7563 Wiley was born in St. Vincent's Hospital, located in an unincoporated are of Washington Cnty, OR. Allred, Cayden Wiley (I7397)
 
7564 William and Catherine were living in Frederick Cnty, MD in 1956, according to G.L. Thomas, ENGLISH THOMAS GENEALOGY, p. 100 (1956).

Obituary, The Frederick [MD] Post, p. A-5 (2 Mar 1990):
"Mrs. Catherine Geisbert Cramer, 81, a long-time resident of Dublin Road, Walkersville, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Citizens Nursing Home of Frederick County where she had resided for several years. She was the wife of the late William Franklin Cramer who died in 1959.
"Born Dec. 23, 1908, in Lewistown, she was a daughter of the late Charles Gilds Geisbert, a former Frederick County Commissioner, and Sarah Eliza Snouffer Geisbert.
"Mrs. Cramer was a former member of Glade Reformed Church, Walkersville, and had attended Grace United Church of Christ, Frederick. She was a 1928 graduate of Frederick High School and was active in the Frederick High School Alumnae Association. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a secretary with Shippley's Bottling Works, Frederick. In earlier years, she had been employed by Francis Scott Key Hotel.
"Surviving are two sons, James J. Cramer and his wife Brenda of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and William F. Cramer and his wife Suellen of Walkersville; two sisters, Mrs. Ellen G. Murphy and Mrs. Jeanette Smith, both of Frederick; one brothers, Paul G. Geisbert Sr. of Frederick; five grandchildren, William F. Cramer III of Raleigh, NC., David L. Cramer of Florida, John J. Cramer of Thurmont, Kelly M. Foster of Chicago and Lori Ann Wiles of Frederick; four great-grandchildren, Jessida J. Cramer of Walkersville, Stephanie Cramer of Thurmont, Jason Foster and Alex Foster, both of Chicago; and numerous nieces and nephews.
"Mrs. Cramer was predeceased by two sisters, Stella Troupe [sic] and Margaret Duff and by three brothers, Elmer Geisbert, Earl [sic] F. Geisbert Sr. and Ira C. Geisbert.
«tab»"*** Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3... Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick." 
Geisbert, Catherine (I3687)
 
7565 William and Catherine were living in Frederick Cnty, MD in 1956, according to G.L. Thomas, ENGLISH THOMAS GENEALOGY, p. 100 (1956). Cramer, William Franklin (I3688)
 
7566 William and Josephine Geisbert were living in Gaithersburg, MD, in 1956, according to G.L. Thomas, ENGLISH THOMAS GENEALOGY, p. 97 (1956). Geisbert, William Snouffer (I6209)
 
7567 William and Josephine Geisbert were living in Gaithersburg, MD, in 1956, according to G.L. Thomas, ENGLISH THOMAS GENEALOGY, p. 97 (1956). Lucore, Josephine L. (I6210)
 
7568 William E. Connelley, A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans (Chicago, IL; Lewis Publ Co.: 1918), in Vol. 5, p. 2410 et seq., discusses Jesse's father's career in considerable detail, including the following:
"Albert P. McBride. In the oil and gas districts of the Southwest no name has a greater significance as an operator, developer, and as a vitalizer of the resources and industries covering several states, than that of Albert P. McBride of Independence. Mr. McBride began his operations as an oil well contractor and producer more than thirty-five years ago. He has supplied enthusiasm, faith and much of the material means necessary to develop the oil and gas resources of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. ***
"In January, 1885, early in his business career, Mr. McBride was married at Garnett, Kansas, to Miss L. A. Clampitt.... Mr. and Mrs. McBride have had three children: *** Jesse P., who was born March 14, 1889, at Paola, Kansas, and is now engaged in business for himself in Chicago. ***" 
McBride, Jesse Perry (I6597)
 
7569 William E. Connelley, A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans (Chicago, IL; Lewis Publ Co.: 1918), Vol. 5, p. 2410 et seq., discusses her husband Albert at great length, and concludes:
"In January, 1885, early in his business career, Mr. McBride was married at Garnett, Kansas, to Miss L. A. Clampitt. Her father, J. A. Clampitt, now a retired resident of Los Angeles, California, is an extensive owner of real estate. Mr. and Mrs. McBride have had three children: Albert P., Jr., born July 14, 1887, at Paola, Kansas, who was a helpful and energetic assistant to his father in his various business enterprises, died when in the full promise of a useful career at Banning, California, June 17, 1915, aged 28. Jesse P., who was born March 14, 1889, at Paola, Kansas, and is now engaged in business for himself in Chicago. Maudie Gertrude, the only daughter, was born December 25, 1892, in Paola, Kansas. She was married on the 31st day of January, 1917, to John Fertig of Independence, Kansas, where the couple now reside." 
Clampitt, Laura A. (I6682)
 
7570 William E. Connelley, A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans (Chicago, IL; Lewis Publ Co.: 1918), Vol. 5, p. 2410 et seq., discusses McBride at great length:
"Albert P. Mcbride. In the oil and gas districts of the Southwest no name has a greater significance as an operator, developer, and as a vitalizer of the resources and industries covering several states, than that of Albert P. McBride of Independence. Mr. McBride began his operations as an oil well contractor and producer more than thirty-five years ago. He has supplied enthusiasm, faith and much of the material means necessary to develop the oil and gas resources of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. ***
"He is a native Kansan, and was born in Miami County February 20, 1862. Doubtless the resourcefulness and energy which have characterized his own life came from his worthy ancestry. He is of Scotch, Irish and English lineage, and his first American forefathers, settled in Old Virginia as early as 1730. ***
"In 1893 Mr. McBride took the leading part in the formation of the Independence Gas Company, which drilled in many strong gas wells and inaugurated the permanent supply of natural gas to the City of Independence. ***
"In 1905 and 1906 A. P. McBride and T. N. Barnsdale of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, acquired several gas wells in Oklahoma, and in Montgomery and Chautauqua counties of Kansas, and organized the Wichita National Gas Company, with Mr. McBride as president and general manager. He held that post until February, 1908 ***.
"Since 1908 Mr. McBride has been operating extensively in Oklahoma, and now has producing wells in the Osage Reservation and in Okmulgee County, and is constantly broadening his operations in that state.... Since January 1, 1916, Mr. McBride has been disposing of many of his interests in Southern Kansas in order to carry on his prospecting for oil in Central Texas....
"It was also due to Mr. McBride's efforts that Winfield, Wichita, Hutchinson and Newton and other western towns of Central Kansas, were supplied with natural gas....
"In politics he is a republican, and in 1904 was seriously considered for nomination for Congress. He attends the Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with Fortitude Lodge No. 107, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; is a Knight Templar and Scottish Rite and Shriner; a Knight of Pythias; belongs to Camp No. 649, Modern Woodmen of America; Woodmen of the World; and Lodge No. 17, Ancient Order of United Workmen, and holds membership card No. 57 in Council No. 45 of the United Commercial Travelers.
"In January, 1885, early in his business career, Mr. McBride was married at Garnett, Kansas, to Miss L. A. Clampitt. Her father, J. A. Clampitt, now a retired resident of Los Angeles, California, is an extensive owner of real estate. Mr. and Mrs. McBride have had three children: Albert P., Jr., born July 14, 1887, at Paola, Kansas, who was a helpful and energetic assistant to his father in his various business enterprises, died when in the full promise of a useful career at Banning, California, June 17, 1915, aged 28. Jesse P., who was born March 14, 1889, at Paola, Kansas, and is now engaged in business for himself in Chicago. Maudie Gertrude, the only daughter, was born December 25, 1892, in Paola, Kansas. She was married on the 31st day of January, 1917, to John Fertig of Independence, Kansas, where the couple now reside." 
McBride, Albert P. (I6681)
 
7571 William E. Connelley, «i»A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans «/i»(Chicago, IL; Lewis Publ Co.; 1918), Vol. 5, p. 2410 et seq., discusses her father Albert at great length, and concludes:
«tab»"In January, 1885, early in his business career, Mr. McBride was married at Garnett, Kansas, to Miss L. A. Clampitt.... Mr. and Mrs. McBride have had three children: *** Maudie Gertrude, the only daughter, was born December 25, 1892, in Paola, Kansas. She was married on the 31st day of January, 1917, to John Fertig of Independence, Kansas, where the couple now reside." 
McBride, Maudie Gertrude (I6684)
 
7572 William E. Connelley, «i»A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans «/i»(Chicago, IL; Lewis Publ Co.; 1918), Vol. 5, p. 2410 et seq., discusses his father Albert at great length, and concludes:
«tab»"In January, 1885, early in his business career, Mr. McBride was married at Garnett, Kansas, to Miss L. A. Clampitt.... Mr. and Mrs. McBride have had three children: Albert P., Jr., born July 14, 1887, at Paola, Kansas, who was a helpful and energetic assistant to his father in his various business enterprises, died when in the full promise of a useful career at Banning, California, June 17, 1915, aged 28.*** " 
McBride, Albert P. (I6683)
 
7573 William E. Connelley, «i»A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans «/i»(Chicago, IL; Lewis Publ Co.; 1918), Vol. 5, pp. 1895-1904, discusses hisfather-in-law Albert McBride at great length, and concludes:
«tab»"In January, 1885, early in his business career, Mr. McBride was married at Garnett, Kansas, to Miss L. A. Clampitt.... Mr. and Mrs. McBride have had three children: *** Maudie Gertrude, the only daughter, was born December 25, 1892, in Paola, Kansas. She was married on the 31st day of January, 1917, to John Fertig of Independence, Kansas, where the couple now reside." 
Fertig, John (I6685)
 
7574 William is buried in Krider's (St. Benjamin's) Lutheran Church Cemetery, Westminster, MD, in sec. B, row 15, lot 4a. Vol. 5, part 1, CARROLL COUNTY CEMETERIES, p. 102 (Carroll County Genealogical Soc'y; Westminster, MD: 1999) Rinehart, William George (I3568)
 
7575 William is buried in Krider's Lutheran Church Cemetery in sec. A, row 18, grave 3. See vol. 5, part 1, CARROLL COUNTY CEMETERIES, p. 80 (Carroll Cnty Genealogical Soc'y: 1996). Byers, William Ezra Smithson (I6073)
 
7576 William is buried in Krider's Lutheran Church Cemetery in sec. B, row 19, grave 3a. «i»See «/i»vol. 5, part 1, CARROLL COUNTY CEMETERIES, p. 106 (Carroll Cnty Genealogical Soc'y, 1996). Byers, William David (I6076)
 
7577 William is buried in Krider's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Westminster, MD, in sec. B, row 22, lot 17, next to a sister. «i»See «/i»vol. 5, part 1, CARROLL COUNTY CEMETERIES, p. 109 (Carroll Cnty Genealogical Soc'y, 1999)

Richard Ott has listed Williams's name as William Augustus McClellan Sullivan, but I have chosen to use the name on the cemetery headstone. 
Sullivan, William J. (I2967)
 
7578 William J. Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, p. 174 (1928), states: "Mr. [George] Snouffer's first wife died in 1821, and he married her sister Elizabeth Thomas [sic: Elizabeth Ranneberger]. They had four children: George W., Michael, Henry and Elizabeth."

Michael is mentioned by Grove, Thomas and Wood: William J. Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, p. 174 (1928); George L. Thomas, ENGLISH THOMAS GENEALOGY, p. 91 (1956); James Wood, THE SNUFFERS, p. 81 (1989).

Michael is not listed by name in the 1840 census; it does list his mother Elizabeth, one male 10-15 (William), one male 15-20 (assuming son George has left the family home, this probably is Michael), one female 10-15 (Sarah Elizabeth), and 7 slaves. 1840 U.S. Census, Buckeystown, Frederick Cnty, MD (M 704, Roll 168, stamped p. 168A).

After the 1840 census, however, Michael disappears. Even though "Michael [and his] (wife Caroline), moved to Licking, Ohio;...." (THE SNUFFERS, p.81), they do not appear in subsequent censuses.
 
Snouffer, Michael (I320)
 
7579 William was a pall bearer for his aunt, according to her funeral announcement, The Frederick [MD] Post, p. A-5 (26 Nov 1986):
"Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred E. Haines of Long Corner Road, Mount Airy, who died Friday, Nov. 21, were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25....
" *** Bearers were Steven Kertzel, Keith Kertzel, Ronald Fava, David Hughes, David Casto and William Snouffer. Interment was in the Poplar Springs Cemetery.
"Mrs. Haines was the wife of the late Harvey E. Haines."

William also had been a pall bearer for his uncle, according to his funeral announcement, The Post [Frederick, MD], p. A-5 (28 Dec 1983):
"Funeral services for Mr. Harvey E. Haines, of Mount Airy, who died on Saturday, Dec. 24, were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27....
" *** The bearers were Lester Fleming, Steve Kertzel, David Casto, Bill Snouffer, Webb Utz and Gilbert Driver. Interment was held in the Poplar Springs Cemetery.
"Mr. Haines was the husband of Mildred E. Haines." 
Snouffer, William Earl Jr. (I919)
 
7580 William's mother's obituary, Cedar Rapids Gazette (?) (29 Mar 1932), stated:
"Mrs. Johanna Helmer, 90, widow of J.M. Helmer of Tipton [IA], died ... yesterday [28 Mar]. *** Mrs. Helmer had been a resident of Tipton for many years and is survived by a daughter, Mrs. H.M. Hanna, Cedar Rapids; a son, William Helmer, of Bennett; two grandchildren ... and a sister...." 
Helmer, William J. (I209)
 
7581 William's WW I draft card (5 Jun 1917) gives his full name as "William Henry Hastings," 25, born 5 Nov 1891 in LaPrairie Twsp, Marshall Cnty, IL. He was single, living in Sparland, IL and was a theological student, "employed" in Pittsburg, PA. Hastings, Rev. William Henry (I4359)
 
7582 Willie is buried in Krider's Lutheran Church Cemetery in sec. B, row 13, grave 7. «i»See «/i»vol. 5, part 1, CARROLL COUNTY CEMETERIES, p. 99 (Carroll Cnty Genealogical Soc'y, 1996). Byers, William ("Willie") David (I6041)
 
7583 Willie was a school teacher, employee at a printing press company, and a restaurant owner.

Mary Thomason-Morris, archivist for the Clarke Cnty Historical Association, Berryville, VA, posted a note with www.Ancestry.com in which she said that Willie M. Snouffer "was a co-owner, later full owner, of Peggy Ann Kitchen.... She also worked at the Blue Ridge Press which was an adjunct to the Clarke Courier...."

In response to a request for further information, she wrote:
"Peggy Ann Kitchen was run by 3 ladies ... who later sold out to Wille and two other ladies. Later Willie owned it completely. PAK was known for its fruitcakes and plum puddings.
"Willie taught school here [in Berryville, Clark Cnty, VA] in the 1920s (don't know how long she taught) and worked at Blue Ridge Press, an adjunct of the local newspaper, the Clarke Courier, in the 1950s. I learned about her from Elizabeth Engle, who taught with her in the 1930s and was a cousin to one of the original owners of PAK....
"Willie married Col. Joel Daniel Griffing (10/23/1900 - 6/16/1966), [marriage] date unk. at this time. She was born 9/3/1901, died 11/2/1982. They are both buried in Green Hill Cemetery in lot 200. I do not know if they had children...." (Email from Mary Thomason-Morris, archives@visuallink.com to Wm. C. Snouffer, 7 Dec 2007.)

The 1930 census lists Joel D. Griffing, 28, born in Mississippi to Mississippi parents, living with his wife of 1 year, Willie Morris, 28, born in Maryland to a father born in Maryland and a mother born in Virginia. (In fact, according to the census, her mother lived immediately next door: she is listed as "Anna C. Snoffer," a 65-yr old widow, born in Virginia to a father born in Virginia and a mother in West Virginia; living with Anna were two sisters, Bessie, 62, and Pattie L, 59.) Willie's husband's occupation was as a "private secretary." Willie is listed as having no occupation. 1930 U.S. Census, Berryville, Clarke Cnty, VA (T 626, Roll 2439, stamped p. 170B)[Willie's name is indexed as "Millie Morine" Griffing -- the census taker's written W and M were very similar]. 
Snouffer, Willie Morris (I1794)
 
7584 Willis served in the U.S. Army in France during WW I.  Black, Willis G. (I3579)
 
7585 With respect to John's death and burial, an Email letter dated 10 Jun 2016 from the Shiloh National Military Park to John I. Snouffer, Worthington, OH (Johnsnouffer@gmail.com) states:
"Sir:
"The 9th Illinois served on the east side of the battlefield and suffered the highest percentage of casualties of any U.S. regiment during the battle of Shiloh. They were interred in a mass burial trench on the battlefield and later, 1866, re-interred into the National Cemetery. Yet they did not receive a burial section as many of the other Illinois regiments.
"Your ancestor is listed in the Adjutant General's Report, in Company F, as John G. Snouffer of Mound City. He enlisted August 10, 1861, and was mustered into service on July 31, 1861. In the notation area he is shown as killed April 6, 1862 at Shiloh. However in the book, A History of the Ninth Regiment, by John S. Clack, 1864, as they listed those of each company that were killed in the battle, John G. Snouffer is not shown. There is a John W. Snofpr listed as killed in Company F which may be your ancestor with his name misspelled.
"He is not listed in the Roll of Honor as one interred in Shiloh National Cemetery, nor is he listed as a known-unknown soldier. This leads us to believe he is buried in our cemetery as one of the Unknown Soldiers. I hope this information can be of assistance to you in your research.
"Sincerely,
"Paul C. Holloway
"Park Ranger" 
Snouffer, John G. (I13410)
 
7586 With respect to Snouffer Lake, as the years went by the lake became environmentally unsafe. The state Department of Enviornment and Natural Resources brought action in 1993 to close and drain the lake. The owners (Kay Snouffer Emery, Rita Snouffer Dickson, A. Charles Snouffer, Jr., and Sherry Snouffer Duncan) were held in contempt of court in 1999 for failing to comply with a court order to prepare a plan to breach and drain the lake. In June, 2000, the court ordered DENR to do the work, and the owners were required to reimburse the agency for the cost -- $50,000 to $120,000. The drainage work occurred in January, 2001. See, «i»The Burlington [NC] Times-News«/i» (29 Jun 2000; 4 Jan 2001) (accessed through «u»www.thetimesnews.com«/u» (March 2005).)

The following article appeared in the Greensboro, NC, «i»News Record «/i»(5 Aug 2005):

«b»Few Snouffers in 'Snouffer Town'
«i»By Jim Schlosser«/b»
Staff Writer

«/i»GREENSBORO -- When students gathered to board school buses at old Jesse Wharton School on Pisgah Church Road, a driver would holler "Snouffer Town Bus now loading."

Nearly all the children who jumped aboard were named Snouffer.

They lived in what was called "Snouffer Town," a stretch of North Church Street between Charles Street and Denny Road. It was stocked with Snouffers from the 1940s through the 1980s, when numbers began declining. A house fire on July 25 [2005] drove two more Snouffers away, leaving only two. ***

But the landmark most associated with the family is Snouffer's Lakes, visible from Church at the intersection with Berryman Street. George Snouffer and his son, Charlie, built the two lakes below a house dating to the late 1800s or early 1900s. Charlie and his wife, Frances, reared 11 children and at least two horses. After Charlie and Frances died, their children and grandchildren stayed in the house.

People from all over paid to fish at Snouffer's Lakes. "They would either walk up here and pay, or we'd go down there and ask for the money," says Candy Snouffer Dickson, 32, Charlie Snouffer's granddaughter, who lived in the house until she was 25.

The house now stands charred. The recent fire that started in a window air-conditioning unit drove Rita Dickson and her son, Charles, from the house. They now live in an apartment elsewhere. ***

In 1993, a troubled teenager visited one of Candy Dickson's brothers at the old homeplace. In an upstairs room, he showed off a gun. The weapon accidentially discharged. The bullet went through the floor and killed Candy Dickson's aunt, Cathy Snouffer Frey, 37, who had been talking to her sister, Rita Dickson. ***

Dickson says that, even if the house hadn't burned, it was doomed.

A new road to a planned subdivision was set to go through it. Another subdivision on former Snouffer property already has some houses occupied. ***

(See: «u»www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050808/NEWSREC0101/508080307/1005/NEWSREC02010301«/u» [accessed 5 Apr 2006].) 
Snouffer, Rita R. (I3175)
 
7587 With respect to Snouffer Lake, as the years went by the lake became environmentally unsafe. The state Department of Enviornment and Natural Resources brought action in 1993 to close and drain the lake. The owners (Kay Snouffer Emery, Rita Snouffer Dickson, A. Charles Snouffer, Jr., and Sherry Snouffer Duncan) were held in contempt of court in 1999 for failing to comply with a court order to prepare a plan to breach and drain the lake. In June, 2000, the court ordered DENR to do the work, and the owners were required to reimburse the agency for the cost -- $50,000 to $120,000. The drainage work occurred in January, 2001. See, «i»The Burlington [NC] Times-News«/i» (29 Jun 2000; 4 Jan 2001) (accessed through «u»www.thetimesnews.com«/u» (March 2005).) Snouffer, Cynthia (I3176)
 
7588 With respect to their "resignation" from the Harmony Society, The Pittsburgh [PA] Weekly Gazette, p. 3 (7 Feb 1832), contains the following:
"To the American Public.
"The undersigned, Members of the Harmony Society, at Economy, in the county of Beaver, Pennsylvania, deem it their duty thus publicly to make known, that all the authority or power which has heretofore been given, granted to, or exercised by GEORGE RAPP, or by his adopted son, FREDERICK RAPP, has ceased and determined, and has been revoked; and that their, or either of their acts, under such authority, in all transactions entered into by said George or Frederick Rapp, are without the knowledge, assent or agreement of the undersigned....
"All Banks, and other Corporations, and Individuals, who have heretofore transacted business with the said George and Frederick Rapp ... will take notice that all such connection between the undersigned and said George and Frederick Rapp has ceased, and the funds of the society can no longer be resorted to for the satisfaction of debts which have been, or shall be thus contracted by said Rapps....February 1, 1832. ***
"[219 persons, including:]
"George Schnaufer...
"John Schnaufer...
"Christiana Schnaufer..." 
Schnaufer, Johann Georg Friedrich (I11508)
 
7589 With respect to whether Billie's maiden name was Osbourne or Robinson, cousin Barbara Hannon wrote in Aug. 2007:
"First, Billie is still alive, but alas has Alzheimers and is in a nursing home. My mother last had a somewhat coherant conversation with her about 3 years ago....
Anyway, Billie Mildred Osbourne was born in Conroy, Texas, the next to the youngest child in a huge, very poor family. She had one brother, younger (James) but had multiple, multiple older siblings including; Eerie, Tommy Ruth, Deanie, Elvira, Lucille and a few older brothers (my mother cannot remember all their names). Billie's mother died when she and James were very young children and her sister Eerie, the oldest sibling, was married to a man named Ernest Robinson. Eerie and Ernest took in Billie and James and raised them with their own children. I do not think there was an official "adoption", but Billie always referred to her sister Eerie as almost "my mama". I would imagine everyone who saw James and Billie with Eerie and James [sic: Ernie] just assumed they were Eerie and Ernie's children. It was Eerie and Ernest who brought James and Billie to Dallas when they were children."

Death Notice, The Dallas [TX] Morning News (10 May 2009):
"Snouffer, Billie Mildred, age 88, Ennis, died May 07, 2009. Grove Hill Funeral Home...." (Accessed via www.GenealogyBank.com: Nov 2009)

According to the Social Security Death Index, Billie M. Snouffer (SSN 452-22-2035; issued in Texas) was born 16 Jul 1920 and died 7 May 2009 while living in Ennis, Ellis Cnty, TX. 
Osbourne, Billie Mildred (I588)
 
7590 With the passage of time this couple's surname devolved and morphed from Walls to Wall. By the time of their deaths, the surname was fairly consistently spelled without a concluding "s." Therefore I have chosen to list and index their surnames as Wall.  Wall, Ransom G. (I6348)
 
7591 Wm. J. Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, p. 143 (1928), confirms that as of the date of publication, Oscar was deceased, with the curt note: "Oscar dead." Snouffer, Oscar Lee (I864)
 
7592 Wm. J. Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, p. 143 (1928), states:
"John Benjamin Snouffer who lived on what was called the 'Frog Hollow' farm and later known as the Frank and Arthur White farm, now the property of the Baker interest, was married three times and was the father of twenty-two children. His first wife was Abbie Trail, his second wife was Malinda Moffett, his third wife was Annie Shreeve [sic]. [Children] Archibald and George [sic; Georgia] live in Oklahoma, Daniel in Colorado, Fannie in Kansas and Ashton on the Manor."

On 11 May 1835 John obtained a Frederick County license to marry Frances. See Dorothy H. Smith, Frederick County [MD] Marriage Licenses, 1778-1839, p. 209 (1979), which reads: "SNOUFFER, John B. & Frances Ellen Trail - May 11, 1835." The marriage to Abbie Trail was performed by the Rev. Henry H. Bean at St. Peter's Church, Poolesville, probably on 13 May 1835. See vol. 2, Western Maryland Genealogy, p.107 (Jul 1986). See also, LDS Film 882993.

The 1850 Maryland census showed John B. as a 34 yr old farmer living with Malinda and 3 children, Elizabeth A., George F. and William T. The census also suggests that he lived next to his step-mother Elizabeth. It also shows that there were 5 slaves and 1 white laborer living with them. 1850 U.S. Census, Buckeystown, Frederick Cnty, MD (M 432, Roll 293, stamped p. 223).

The 1860 census lists John as a 44 year old farmer living with a number of his children: Ann, 23; William, 22; "Boone," 7; Virginia, 4, Malinda, 9; and Fannie, 2 months. 1860 U.S. Census, Buckeystown, Frederick Cnty, MD (M 653, Roll 475, stamped p. 871).

John B. had some bad luck as a farmer on at least one rented farm. He ran into financial difficulty in the early 1850's. On 3 Aug. 1852 he petitioned for protection by the bankruptcy laws; his brother Archibald T. was appointed his trustee. John B. had been sued by creditors on some of his debts; the law suit was complicated by actions of the farm's owner. See opinions of the Maryland Court of Appeals in Trail ex rel. Buckey v. John B. Snouffer, vol. 6, Md. Reports, p. 308 (1854); Buckey v. Archibald T. Snouffer, vol. 10, Md. Reports, p. 149 (1856). These financial difficulties were reported in the local newspaper on 11 Aug. 1852. See, M.Hitselberger, "Abstracts from The Examiner, Frederick, Md., 1852," in vol. 17, Western Maryland Genealogy, p. 230 (Oct. 2001): "Snouffer, John B., insolvent petitioner. Report not made by Archibald T. Snouffer. Joseph M. Palmer & Charles E. Trail, attorneys for Pet. Circuit Court: Jacob M. Buckey vs. Archibald T. Snouffer. Report before 3d Monday Oct. [sic-1 Oct.?] Claims before 4th Monday Feb. next."

John B. also had bad luck while living in Roanoke County, VA, where sons Daniel Branch and Robert were born. On 10 June 1868 he purchased some 777 acres of land from G.W. Hansbrough for $25,000. The deed mentioned that the tract included a mountain tract of 135 acres. After about 10 years, during which he had sold some parcels of the land, he discovered that he had purchased 107 acres of "valueless" mountain land. He stopped making payments and sued the sellers for fraud. The trial court found that there was no fraud and that he incurred no damages. He died during the litigation; his administrator appealed but lost. See Snouffer's Administrator v. Hansbrough, vol. 79, Virginia Reports, p. 166 (1884).

The 1880 census shows the family living in Kansas. It lists "Snauffer, J.B.," as a 64 year old farmer, born in Maryland, living with his wife "Annie," 44, also born in Maryland, who was "keeping house," together with children "Abbey," 18, "Thomas," 11, "Daniel," 7, and Lewis A, 5. The census also lists a 5 year old black boy, with the name "Snauffer, Lee J," living in the household. 1880 U.S. Census, Louisburg, Montgomery Cnty, KS (T 9, Roll 390, stamped p. 298)[LDS Film 1254390]. 
Snouffer, John Benjamin (I284)
 
7593 Wm. J. Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, p. 168 (1928), states:
"Benjamin Thomas, son of Mark Thomas and Elizabeth Winsett [sic], born 1741, in St. Mary's County, Maryland, married in 1771, Eleanor Wells, daugher of William and Susanna Norman Wells of St. Mary's County, Maryland. Removed to Frederick County, Maryland and received his commission in the middle district of Frederick County as 3rd [sic] Lieutenant of the 34th Battalion, June 18, 1776. (Recorded in Maryland Archives of Journal and Correspondence Folio 171-475-476.)"
Writing about the "old Thomas burying ground in the southern end of Carrollton Manor..." Grove (Ibid, at 168-169) reports: "I find on many of the tombstones is cut a tree, cross, bird, lamb, coffin or a figure of some kind. The following names appear on the stones: 'In memory of Benjamin Thomas, who departed this life on the 29th of June, 1816, age 73 years.' 'In memory of Elinor [sic] Thomas.... [These are not precisely accurate readings of the headstones.] They are the parents of Captain Otho Thomas, who succeeded his father on the home farm where he lived all his life."

G.L. Thomas, ENGLISH THOMAS FAMILY, p. 7 (1956), writes:
"Benjamin married Eleanor, daughter of William Wells and Susannah (Wareman)[sic: Mareman or Maryman] Wells of St. Mary's County. They moved to Frederick County and Benjamin received his commission in the Middle District of Frederick County as 2nd Lieutenant and was added to the 34th Battalion June 18, 1776. Maryland Archives of Journal and Correspondance, Folio 171, 475-476."

According to Frederick Cnty, MD, Equity Records, Book JS-1, p. 63,
"Benjamin Thomas Sr. of Frederick C., Md d/ Jun 1816 intestate." The records list his survivors as follows: "ch/ Richard W.; Mary; Samuel H.; Sarah Renenberger; Elizabeth (Edward Thomas); Archibald; Levin; Otho; Benjamin; Darkiss (George Snouffer); Notley; William, dec (ch/ Mary & Elias, minors - Berkley Co, Va); Elias, dec (his ch/ Eliza, Richard & William Thomas, minors in Ohio)."
Disposition of the estate is summarized: "Land - part Res. on Hazzard (by Thomas & Martha Peter of DC by his father Robert Peter); part Thomas' Profit; part Mad Wife (350 acres together); Samuel S. & Elizabeth Thomas to Benjamin Thomas Sr.; William & Edward Thomas, separate parts to Robert Peter, then to Thomas Peter."

Benjamin is buried in the Thomas family cemetery, 1.5 miles East of Point of Rocks, MD. His tombstone, as of 12 Oct 2006, the top of which is broken, reads: "[broken] | Mem [broken] | of Benjamin Thomas | who DeParted this Life | on the 29 of June 1816 | in the 73rd Year of | his Age". 
Thomas, Benjamin (I317)
 
7594 Wm. J. Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, p. 168 (1928), writes:
"The ancestors of this branch of the Thomas family lived in the County of Kent, England in 1574. Their coat of arms dates back to that time. I have a fairly complete record of the family, beginning with Mark Thomas, who came from England (date not recorded), settled in St. Mary's County, Maryland, November 1738, married Elizabeth Winsett [sic], daughter of Richard and Eleanor Winsett [sic]. Issue: - Benjamin, John, Samuel, and Levin [sic]. (Copied from St. Andrew's Parish Record, St. Mary's County, Maryland.)"

G.L. Thomas, ENGLISH THOMAS FAMILY, p. 1 (1956), states:
"The English Thomases first settled in St. Mary's County, Maryland [,] coming from England, County of Kent, in November 1738. Mark Thomas settled there about this time. He met and married Elizabeth Wimsatt, daughter of Richard and Eleanor Wimsatt.... The family moved, westward, along the Potomac first, and settled in Frederick County near Point of Rocks, Maryland along what is now U.S. Route 15. Early members of the family are buried there in what is known, locally, as the Old English Thomas Burying Grounds, about three [&] one-half to five miles south of Adamstown, Maryland.... The family moved to Frederick County prior to June 18, 1776, for at that time a son, Benjamin, received a Commission, 2nd Lt. of the 34 Battalion, see, Maryland Archives of Journal, etc., folio 171, 475, 476. ***
"Mark Thomas came from England exact date of arrival not known, settled in St. Marys [sic] County. He married in November 1738. St. Andrews Parish Records, St. Marys [sic] County, Maryland.
"This Thomas Family dates back as far as 1574 and even earlier; but it was in that year that a Coat of Arms was granted to the family in England...." 
Thomas, Mark (I746)
 
7595 Wm. J. Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, p. 169 (1928), writing about the "old Thomas burying ground," reports: "Levin Thomas, died 1842, age 56 years.... Margaret Thomas, wife of Levin Thomas, born 1797, died aged 35 years." Dutrow / Duttero, Margaret E. (I766)
 

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