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John Benjamin Snouffer

John Benjamin Snouffer

Male 1816 - 1882  (66 years)

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  • Name John Benjamin Snouffer  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 5 Jan 1816  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Christened 15 Sep 1816  Evangelical Lutheran Ch, Frederick, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7
    Gender Male 
    AFN 2T6G-4VD 
    Died 14 May 1882  Elk City, Montgomery Cnty, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 7
    Buried Oak Hill Cem, Elk City, Montgomery Cnty, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 10
    Person ID I284  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 16 Mar 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  [11, 12
    Married 2 Apr 1815  Evangelical Lutheran Ch, Frederick, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16
    Family ID F33  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Frances Ellen ("Abbie") Trail,   b. Abt 1819, Barnesville, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1845 or 1846, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years) 
    Marriage License Date 11 May 1835  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Married 13 May 1835  St. Peter's Parish, Montgomery, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 18, 19, 20, 21
    Children 
     1. Frances Elinor Snouffer,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Elizabeth Abigail Snouffer,   b. 11 Apr 1836, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1852, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
     3. George Fenton Snouffer,   b. Feb 1838, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1904, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
     4. William Trail Snouffer,   b. 8 Jun 1842, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1875, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F193  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Malinda C. Moffett,   b. Apr 1829,   d. 18 Jun 1857, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 28 years) 
    Marriage License Date 8 Apr 1848  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Married Aft 8 Apr 1848  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 9, 20, 23
    Notes 
    Marriage License Date:
    • The records spell her name as "Moffit."
    Children 
     1. Frances Ellen Snouffer,   b. Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Malinda ("Linnie") M. Snouffer,   b. 14 Sep 1849, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1879, Elk City, Montgomery Cnty, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
     3. John Boone Snouffer,   b. 12 Oct 1852, Hagerstown, Washington Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1891, Salem, Roanoke Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     4. Charles Luther Snouffer,   b. 1854, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. Virginia ("Jennie") Mary Snouffer,   b. Abt 1856, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2011 
    Family ID F194  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Anna ("Annie") Joseph Schrieve,   b. 14 May 1836, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1882  (Age 46 years) 
    Marriage License Date 15 Oct 1859  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    Married Aft 15 Oct 1859  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 9, 20, 24, 25
    Children 
     1. Georgia Anna Snouffer,   b. 18 Jun 1860, Roanoke Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1927, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     2. Abby L. Snouffer,   b. Abt 1862,   d. Aft 1880  (Age ~ 19 years)
    +3. Frances ("Fannie") Lisla Snouffer,   b. Jun 1863,   d. 1932  (Age ~ 68 years)
     4. Thomas Snouffer,   b. Apr 1866, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1867, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
     5. Archibald Thomas Snouffer,   b. 12 Mar 1868, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1938, Blackwell, Kay Cnty, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     6. Robert Lee Snouffer,   b. 1870, Roanoke, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1871, Botetourt Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     7. Daniel Branch Snouffer,   b. 6 Apr 1872, Roanoke Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1948, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     8. Lewis Ashton Snouffer,   b. 7 Mar 1875, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1943, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     9. Harry B. Snouffer,   b. 30 Apr 1881,   d. 27 Jan 1886, Elk City, Montgomery Cnty, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F197  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Headstones
    John B. Snouffer and Annie Joseph Schrieve
    John B. Snouffer and Annie Joseph Schrieve
    Courtesy of www.findagrave.com

  • Notes 
    • 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].
    • (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). See also www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.htm (citing National Archives film 388, roll 11) (accessed Jan 2006).
      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 [36], born 6 Oct 1811, a fire company member in Emmitsburg, MD, who would have been 54 years old in 1865;
      (2) This John Benjamin Snouffer [284], 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;
      (3) His twin brother Benjamin John [285], born 5 Jan 1816, who also would have been 49 years old; but who probably was a Southern sympathizer; and
      (4) John Boone Snouffer [968], born 12 Oct 1852, who would have been only 13 years old in 1865.

  • Sources 
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      "SNOUFFER, George & Darkey Thomas - Apl 1, 1815"

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

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