|Birth: ||Jan. 10, 1811|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 22, 1886|
New York, USA
spouse of Lucinda Crouse.
"AN OLD RESIDENT DIES. A TRIBUTE TO HIS MEMORY.
'Princes and Lords are but the breath of kings; An honest man is the noblest work of God'
On Friday morning Levi Snell, one of the oldest and most prominent of the merchants and business men of this community passed from the scenes of this life. His prominence as a citizen of this village and his worth as a man, demand more than a passing notice of his life. From relatives and friends who knew him well we have learned the more prominent facts of his history which we here present. He was born on the farm of his father near Lasellsville, Montgomery (now Fulton) county in this state Jan 10 1811. Though brought up as a farmers boy his taste was for mercantille pursuits, and at the age of 23 he left the farm and entered the grocery store kept by an elder brother at Mendon, and in 1835 he was married to Lucinda Crouse daughter of the late George Crouse. After a few years of clerkship, with his savings he bought out the business conducted by his brother and for several years continued the business at Mendon. In 1846 he removed to Onondaga county locating in Manlius Center where for three years he conducted with his brother-in-law Jacob Crouse, now a prominent business man of Syracuse, a general store under the firm name of Snell & Crouse. Canal business at this time was in its most prosperous condition and the store at the Center was a busy place. Dilligent attention to business and hard work early and late on the part of both partners was rewarded by success. The partnership was dissolved about 1850 and Mr. Snell moved onto the farm now occupied by Peter Smith north of this village. Here he resided three years and then came to Fayetteville erecting for his residence the home now occupied by Mr. M. L. Peck, where he resided for twelve years and then bought and improved the place on Genesse St. where the latter years of his life were spent. Soon after coming to Fayetteville he formed a co-partnership with his son-in-law Mr. P. H. Smith and the late Nathan Seward under the firm name of Snell Smith & Co. at the old stand near the bridge across the canel feeder. In the business conducted at this stand under various firm names he continued to have an interest up to the time of his death, although since the death of his wife which occurred about four years ago he has devoted less of his time to the details of the business than formerly. In his business habits he was methodical and in his methods conservative. He was a director in the National Bank for many years and for several years has held the office of Vice President of that institution. He was a Democrat in politics but took but little part in the management of party machinery and was never a candidate for any political office. In 1849 he with his wife united with the Baptist church of this village, and for the past thirty-five years his seat has rarely been vacant and his contributions to the support of the church have been frequent and liberal. He was modest and unobtrusive in social life, but with friends whom he knew and trusted he was genial and companionable.
Last winter Mr. Snell, in company with a party of Syracuse friends, made a trip to Cuba, returning early this spring. The weather here was unusually cold and inclement and he contracted a severe cold which for a time confined him to his house. Since that time, although daily seen in our streets up to within three weeks of his death, he had been gradually failing, and the diseasse of a chronic characteer, which finally prostrated him, made rapid progress. At last hew as forced to give up, and soon came the end.
The life of Levi Snell cannot be said to have been an eventful one, and yet it was a life with a purpose and the world is better for his having lived in it. There is much in his history of encouragement to the young men of the present day, to presevere in the path of duty, to do faithful, conscientious work. The success which crowned his efforts and enabled him to spend the later years of his life in comfort and comparative luxury was the result of honest industry. Conscientious in all that he did, faithful to every charge committed to him, he was everywhere known as an honest and thoroughly trustworthy msn. In the church with which he was connected and to whose support he always gave most liberally, in the bank where for so many years his counsel was often asked and always heeded, and among the business men of this village who knew his worth and admired the rugged honesty of his character, he will be greatly missed. The generation of business pioneers of which he was one, have nearly all passed on before, but none have left behind them a more enviable record."
(undated Syracuse news clipping provided by Jay Wright, as published in The Weekly Recorder (Fayetteville, NY) - Thursday, October 28, 1886 - Page 6, Column 3)
More information on the Snell family can be found in article written by Jay Wright: "People and Places: Fayetteville, Manlius, Minoa and Neighbors" -- Volume III (Manlius Historical Society, 2002).
Frederick Nicholas Snell (1774 - 1844)
Elizabeth Timmerman Snell (1775 - 1847)
Lucinda Crouse Snell (1818 - 1882)*
Katharine Snell Smith (1837 - 1921)*
Oscar H. Snell (1839 - 1855)*
Ella Eugenia Snell (1856 - 1863)*
Volkert Snell (1804 - 1848)*
Christoper Snell (1806 - 1870)*
Levi Snell (1811 - 1886)
New York, USA
Plot: OG-2 Smith-Snell monument
Created by: LaDon Brennan
Record added: May 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26800791