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William Snodgrass
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Birth: 1697
Virginia, USA
Death: Sep. 25, 1766
Martinsburg
Berkeley County
West Virginia, USA

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Will probated 25 Sep 1766. A paper written by Jack Snodgrass, concerning William Snodgrass, contains the following:

It is unclear whether William Snodgrass was born in the British Isles or in America. I believe that William and his wife Isabella McClanahan were of Scotch-Irish descent, a term commonly used at that time for Scots who had lived in Northern Ireland before coming to America.

The James River and Roanoke Grant of 1739 opened up 100,000 acres of new land. William acquired 400 acres of this land in 1747 along the Catawba Creek in the Virginia Colony. Later he would add to it from year to year to make it a total of about 1,500 acres. Catawba was the name for a middle east coast Indian tribe. The area today would be northeast of Salem, Virginia, skirted by the towns of New Castle and Fincastle. The history of this part of Virginia, of William and his family, is found in the books, "The Annuls of Southwest Virginia" by Summers and, "Virginia Frontier" by Kegley. The road to Philadelphia, as it was called then, ran north and south a few miles past the boundaries of William's land. It crossed the Catawba Creek south of Fincastle and followed along the creek in a southwesterly direction to the Wilderness Road heading towards the Cumberland Gap. This Western Gateway could lead the settlers into Tennessee, Kentucky or the north and south waterways that could start them in any direction.

He left a will which was recorded in Will Book 'A', page 291 at the Botetourt County Court House in Virginia. In it, the following sons were listed:
Joseph, James, William Jr., and John.

Daughters listed were:
Susan (Tweedy), Jain (Fisher), Margaret (Seck), Isabella (McClanahan), and Elender (George). Robert, another son, is not listed in the will for whatever reason.

[The Snodgrass Tavern -- A Symbol of Hospitality, a thesis presented to the faculty of the Department of History, University of Richmond by John William Fry, May 1965, page 11, a copy of which is housed in the Martinsburg Public Library in Martinsburg, WV 25401].

He and his wife settled in Back Creek, Berkeley County, Virginia (which became Berkeley County, West Virginia).
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"Some researchers say that William's parents were William and Elizabeth Snodgrass of Northern Ireland. In 1690, William Snodgrass went to County Cork, Ireland to meet William Penn to solicit pioneers to go to America. In 1696, William Snodgrass came to America, and his descendants settled in Berkeley County, West Virginia."
(J&N Blagg's Roots, Karen Blagg, RootsWeb)
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Hedgesville is a town in Berkeley County in the U.S. state of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. The Town of Hedgesville was laid out in 1832 along the old Warm Springs Road (now West Virginia Route 9) and named for the prominent local Hedges family. Hedgesville is a National Register Historic District. Hedgesville is located in what is known as Skinners Gap in North Mountain, seven miles north of Martinsburg.

In 1836, the Virginia General Assembly passed an act establishing the town of Hedgesville. It was originally platted in 1830 from land owned by Josiah Hedges and Mary Claycomb. These plots came from the Lord Fairfax and Westenhaver grants. The town grew out of a trading village in a gap of the North Mountain used by settlers moving west. The town was located at the site of a natural limestone spring which had been an Indian meeting place before the white man came into the region. George Washington, while a young man and a surveyor, came into the area and worshipped at the site of what is now Mt. Zion Episcopal Church.
(wikipedia.org)
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Catherine Patterson Snodgrass (1705 - 1783)
 
 Children:
  David Snodgrass (1725 - 1814)*
  John Snodgrass (1726 - 1788)*
  James Snodgrass (1732 - 1800)*
  Robert Snodgrass (1742 - 1823)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Pioneer Settler.
 
Note: Mount Zion Cemetery was CHANGED to Hedgesville Cemetery! (James Claycomb)
 
Burial:
Hedgesville Cemetery
Hedgesville
Berkeley County
West Virginia, USA
 
Maintained by: Sue McDuffe:)
Originally Created by: James Claycomb
Record added: Mar 24, 2008
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William Snodgrass
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William Snodgrass
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William Snodgrass
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