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Benjamin John Snouffer

Benjamin John Snouffer

Male 1816 - 1876  (60 years)

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  • Name Benjamin John Snouffer  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 5 Jan 1816  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Christened 15 Sep 1816  Zion Lutheran, Middletown, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    AFN 2T6G-824 
    Occupation Agriculture - Farmer  
    Occupation Business - Livestock Breeder 
    Buried Mar 1876  Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5
    Died 29 Mar 1876  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Person ID I285  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2011 

    Father Georg (George) Schnauffer / Snouffer,   b. 13 Apr 1792, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1831, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Mother Dorcas Thomas,   b. 1 May 1790, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1821, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years) 
    Marriage License Date 1 Apr 1815  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Married 2 Apr 1815  Evangelical Lutheran Ch, Frederick, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14
    Family ID F33  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Margaret E. Hill,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage License Date 11 Nov 1835  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16
    Married Aft 11 Nov 1835  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F339  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Eleanor Elizabeth ("Ellen") Moffett,   b. 18 May 1816, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1897, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Marriage License Date 19 Feb 1846  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Aft 19 Feb 1846  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 18, 19
    Notes 
    Marriage License Date:
    • The records spell her name as "Moffitt."
    Children 
     1. Mary Ellen Augusta Snouffer,   b. 26 Jan 1848, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1853, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
     2. Benjamin E. Snouffer,   b. 22 Jan 1850, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1860, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
     3. Susan ("Susie") Eugenie Snouffer,   b. 15 Feb 1853,   d. 17 Aug 1935, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     4. George Archibald Thomas Snouffer,   b. 2 Jun 1855, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1926, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     5. Mary E. Augusta Snouffer,   b. 9 May 1857,   d. 7 Feb 1900  (Age 42 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F102  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Benjamin J. Snouffer home
    Benjamin J. Snouffer home
    Located between Buckeystown and Licksville, MD,
    just west of A. T. Snouffer's "Waverly"

    Documents
    Benjamin J. Snouffer properties
    Benjamin J. Snouffer properties
    Frederick Cnty, MD, Atlas (1873), p. 7

    Headstones
    Benjamin John Snouffer
    Benjamin John Snouffer
    Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Oct 2006)

  • Notes 
    • T.J.C. Williams & F. McKinsey, HISTORY OF FREDERICK COUNTY, pp. 1322-23 (1910), state:
      "Benjamin Snouffer,... a prominent farmer of Frederick County, was born on a farm adjoining the homestead [in Buckeystown District], January 24 [sic], 1816. He was educated in the public schools of his native district, and remained on the homestead with his parents, and after his father's death, cultivated the land for some time. Mr. Snouffer afterwards purchased "Carrollton," a part of the Carroll estate, a farm of 250 acres, situated ten miles south of Frederick, on the Adamstown pike.... [He] made his place one of the most desirable farms in the county, putting up a beautiful three-story brick dwelling, a bank barn, and all necessary outbuildings. He was also interested in fine breeds of cattle, and was the first man to bring Percheron horses into Frederick County. He was an active worker for the Frederick County Agricultural Society, which he helped to organize. He was one of the directors and was president of the society from 1874 to 1875.*** Mr. Snouffer and his wife were members of the Episcopal Church of St. Paul's parish."

      Elsewhere (ibid, p. 321) they state: "Adamstown is situated amidst the fertile lands of Carrolls Manor.... The village received its name from Adam Kohlenberg who went there to live about 1840. Among the first settlers were...the Snouffers.... The town is in Buckeystown District [which] is in the southern section of the county and comprises a large portion of the magnificent tract of land known as "Carroll's Manor." J.T. Scharf, HISTORY OF WESTERN MARYLAND, p. 568 (1882), also noted that Adamstown "was named in honor of Adam Kohlenberg, who settled there in 1840. The first white settler was Daniel Rhodes, who laid out lots south of the [B & O] railroad. Mr. [George] Snouffer was the next settler, and he was followed by Mr. Oswell and Thomas Thomas."

      William J. Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, p. 174 (1928), repeats some of Williams & McKinsey's information:
      "George Snouffer['s] *** son, Benjamin John Snouffer, was born January 24th [sic], 1816. He purchased adjoining the old homestead, 'Carrollton,' a farm of 250 acres. Mr. Snouffer built the large brick mansion and the barn. The land was in a high state of cultivation, and has always been recognized as one of the show places on the [Carrollton] manor. Mr. Snouffer was always interested in stock, and brought the first Percheon [sic] horse into Frederick County. Like his father, after the Civil War, he helped to organize the Frederick County Agricultural Society. Mr. Snouffer owned a large number of slaves, and was a great friend of the South. He married Ellen Moffet, and their son, G.A.T. Snouffer, who is a prominent farmer, [now] owns 'Carrollton.' "
      Grove (id., p. 392) reports that "Among the older members and those who aided in building St. Paul's [Episcopal] church [in 1841] were the families of ... Benjamin J. Snouffer...."
      Grove (id, pp. 225-226), reminices about Gen. Stonewall Jackson and his army passing North through Buckeystown in 1862. He says that many locals "called at General Jackson's headquarters to pay their respects. Among them were... Benjamin Snouffer, John Snouffer, Archibald T. Snouffer.... Mr. Benjamin Snouffer, who owned one of the finest farms on the Manor, called Carrollton ... said to General Jackson: 'General what is your next move?' General Jackson replied quickly by saying, 'Can you keep a secret?' Mr. Snouffer said 'Yes.' General Jackson said 'So can I.' "

      D.J. Lake's ATLAS OF FREDERICK COUNTY MARYLAND, p. 7 (C.O. Titus & Co., Philadelphia, PA: 1873) contains a map showing at least 3 parcels of property owned by "B.J. Snouffer" and labeled "Carrollton," lying between Adamstown and Licksville. The Atlas (ibid, p. 77), under the Buckeystown District Directory, lists "B.J." has having settled in the Adamstown area in 1814 [sic], owning 457 acres, and being a "Dealer in Devon Cattle, Percheron Horses, Berkshire Hogs and General F.P.[farm produce]."

      Williams & McKinsey report that B.J. was a vice president of the Agricultural Society in 1872-73, and was its president in 1874-1875. (FREDERICK COUNTY, ibid, p.552) And also, that B.J. was a delegate elected to the "State Slaveholders Convention" held in June, 1859. (Ibid, p.221). Likewise, J.T. Scharf, WESTERN MARYLAND, ibid, p.447, reports that in 1872 and 1873, "B. J. Snouffer" was the vice president of The Agricultural Society of Frederick County, and in 1874 he became its president.

      On 11 Nov 1835, Benjamin obtained a Frederick County license to marry his first wife Margaret Hill. See Dorothy H. Smith, Frederick County [MD] Marriage Licenses, 1778-1839, p. 192 (1979), which reads: "SNOUFFER, Benjamin I. [sic] & Margaret E. Hill - Nov 11, 1835." See also Margaret E. Myers, MARRIAGE LICENSES OF FREDERICK COUNTY [MD], 1811-1840, pp. 112, 227 (1987).

      The 1850 Maryland census reported that B.J. Snouffer was a 34-yr old farmer living with his wife, children and brother Archibald T. 1850 U.S. Census, Buckeystown Twsp, Frederick Cnty, MD (M 432, Roll 293, stamped p. 219B).

      The 1870 census lists "B.J." as a 54-yr old "Farmer," born in Maryland, living with his wife Ellen and 2 children, along with 6 Black domestic servants [former slaves ?]and children and 2 young White males whose occupation was "Apprentice." 1870 U.S. Census, Adamstown P.O., Frederick Cnty, MD (M 593, Roll 586, stamped p. 23B).

      Earlier in his life Benjamin had some financial difficulties. The [Frederick] Examiner for 21 April 1852 reported that he had filed for bankruptcy. See M.Hitselberger, "Abstracts from The Examiner, Frederick, Md., 1852," in vol. 17, Western Maryland Genealogy, p. 230 (Oct. 2001): "Snouffer, B.J., bankrupt. Claims before 20 May. Joshua Dill, assignee."

      Benjamin is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD, in sec. P, lot 7a, grave # 3. The obelisk reads: "In memory of | BENJAMIN J. | SNOUFFER | Born | Jan. 5, 1816 | Died | Mar. 29, 1876 | We thank our God | for every remem- | brance of thee".
    • (Research):
      A John "Snoffer" served as a Private for a few months during the Civil War. John "Snoffer" is listed as a Private in Company E, Fifth Maryland Infantry Regiment, from 16 Mar 1865 through 1 Sep 1865. L.A.Wilmer, J.H.Jarrett, G.W.F.Vernon, HISTORY AND ROSTER OF MARYLAND VOLUNTEERS, WAR OF 1861-5, vol. 1, p. 201 (Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., Baltimore, MD: 1898).

      According to the authors (Ibid, pp. 179-180):
      "The Fifth Maryland Infantry Regiment was organized at Baltimore City, Maryland, in September, 1861, to serve three years. ***
      "Company E was recruited in Frederick County and Baltimore City.... ***
      "[T]he 5th Regiment marched with the army of the Potomac, and bore a conspicuous part in the battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862. *** [It was assigned to another Division during 1863.]
      "The regiment rejoined the army of the Potomac in 1864, and participated in the siege of Petersburg, June to September, 1864.... ***
      "The battles and engagements in which the 5th Regiment of Infantry participated were ... [numerous, and included the] occupation of Richmond, Va., April 3, 1865.
      "The 5th Regiment of Infantry was mustered out of the military service of the United States at Fredericksburg, Va., September 1, 1865, and transported thence to Baltimore, Md., where the regiment disbanded."

      Four John Snouffers are possible candidates:
      (1) John Snouffer [I36], born 6 Oct 1811, a fire company member in Emmitsburg, MD, who would have been 54 years old in 1865;
      (2) Benjamin's twin brother John Benjamin Snouffer [I284], born 5 Jan 1816, and still living in Maryland when he married his 3d wife in 1859, who would have been 49 years old in 1865; and
      (3) This Benjamin John [I285], born 5 Jan 1816, who also would have been 49 years old; but who probably was a Southern sympathizer; and
      (4) John Boone Snouffer [I968], born 12 Oct 1852, so would have been only 13 years old in 1865.

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    2. [S51] Tombstone - WCS |, Cemetery Memorial Stone , (Personal Inspection by Wm. C. Snouffer), Oct. 2006.

    3. [S32] RootsWeb WC - MD Families|, Nancy Jacobsen, "Maryland Families", (RootsWeb World Connect Project, http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=6105334 ; Email: njacobsen@charter.net : Jan 2008).

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    6. [S30] Carrollton Manor|, William Jarboe Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, (Marken & Bielfeld, Inc., Frederick, MD : 1928), p.174.

    7. [S54] Frederick Cnty History|, T.J.C. Williams & F. McKinsey, HISTORY OF FREDERICK COUNTY MARYLAND, (L.R. Titsworth & Co., Hagerstown, MD : 1910), pp.1322-23.

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    9. [S718] Smith Marriages|, Dorothy H. Smith, Frederick County [MD] Marriage Licenses, 1778-1839, (Unpublished Monograph, "Publication Rights Reserved," by Dorothy H. Smith, United States : 15 Jun 1979), F187.F8 S65 1900z., p. 197.
      "SNOUFFER, George & Darkey Thomas - Apl 1, 1815"

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    19. [S59] Snouffer, Helen|, Helen Snouffer Brooks, "Letter to Dr. Edward S. Snouffer" (5 Sep 1989), (Helen Snouffer Brooks).