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Sarah Long Snodgrass Mattox
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Birth: May 22, 1825
Bellefonte
Jackson County
Alabama, USA
Death: 1865
Bellefonte
Jackson County
Alabama, USA

Sarah Long Snodgrass was born and raised in Jackson County located in the northeastern corner of Alabama. She was one of several young sisters in the family. Each of her older brothers was responsible for one of his younger sisters as her escort at community socials and other events. Sarah married, Thomas Robert Mattox, who arrived with a friend from Xenia, Greene County, Ohio. His friend married one of Sarah's sisters. Thomas and his friend opened a general store in the township of Bellefonte. Sarah and Thomas' first child, a daughter, died at age seven. Four other children, a son and three daughters reached adulthood. Thomas died in Nov of 1861, about the time war clouds were gathering for the Civil War. In this part of Alabama, feelings ran high for both the North and South. His friend took his wife, Sarah's sister, and family north to Ohio for the duration of the war. In all the unrest, assets of Thomas' estate and all records seemed to disappear. There was a rumor that his ledgers were thrown in the Tennessee River. Sarah was left struggling to provide for her children. Her son remembered that he was so small his mother had to lift the plow handles so he could get under them to plow. Sarah was known for her natural nursing ability and was often called to care for the sick. One evening, she returned from a call in the rain, became sick and died. Her orphaned children were separated and sent to live with different relatives. John was not treated well by his older cousins and the uncle where he stayed. Sarah's older daughter, Catherine, married and moved to Texas. John, soon followed on foot, with a sack of fine cut tobacco over his shoulder to trade for food. He found a place to sharecrop. With his share from the sale of the crop, he sent for his other sisters, Carrie and Willie. Sarah's orphaned children raised families of their own in Texas, but always remained close. John, had artist drawn portraits of his parents and himself as a small boy, hanging at the head of his bed. He always paused to gaze at them before retiring at night. These adult children in faraway Texas, always spoke of this mother, Sarah, with great love and affection.
- Blanche Keating Collie 
 
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 Parents:
  John Snodgrass (1774 - 1839)
  Jane Long Snodgrass (1783 - 1830)
 
 Spouse:
  Thomas Robert Mattox (1815 - 1861)
 
 Children:
  Drucilla Jane Mattox (1845 - 1853)*
  Catherine Ann Maddox Kirby (1848 - 1922)*
  John Hamlin Mattox (1853 - 1933)*
  Elizabeth Carrie Lane Mattox Meador (1856 - 1916)*
  Willie Mae Mattox Lilley (1859 - 1920)*
 
 Siblings:
  David Snodgrass (1805 - 1882)*
  John Snodgrass (1809 - 1880)*
  Sarah Long Snodgrass Mattox (1825 - 1865)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bellefonte Cemetery
Bellefonte
Jackson County
Alabama, USA
 
Created by: Blanche Keating Collie
Record added: Mar 04, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106203293
 

Your special gift to me is your great grandson, John Deral Collie.
- Blanche Keating Collie
 Added: Dec. 15, 2013
Happy Mother's Day. You are not forgotten.
- John and Blanche Collie
 Added: May. 11, 2013
Great grandmother. The artist's sketch of you hangs in our home. Rest in peace.
- John and Blanche Collie
 Added: Mar. 5, 2013
 
 
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