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William James Snow
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Birth: Mar. 9, 1832
Lincoln County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jul. 20, 1900
Windsor
Sonoma County
California, USA

William Snow had been married before to Margaret Smith, they had four children. I'm not sure what happened, evidently Margaret died and he married Elizabeth on December 15, 1860, per the marriage bond dated December 15, 1860 signed by Elizabeth's mother. William is listed as a painter on the August 2, 1860 census living in Perryville, Boyle, KY with his wife, Margaret age 25, and children Sarah E. age 5, James L. age 3 and Amanda age 1. There is a William age 2, not listed on this census but he shows up in Missouri on the 1870 census at age 12 born in KY. I don't know where he was for the census of 1860.

At the beginning of the Civil War, William enlisted October 30, 1861 as Private in Co. "I", 10th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry to fight for the north. He mustered into service November 21, 1861 for three years. He deserted May 25 1862 in Corinth, Miss. He must have made his way back to Kentucky because his daughter, Arrabelle, was born June 1, 1863 in Kentucky. There is no documentation, but I believe that she was born in the area of Boyle County where William was living per the 1860 Census. He later came to Indiana; he knew the Provost Marshall was looking for him so he re-enlisted November 2, 1864 in Co. "C" 43rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry in Greene County, IN. He ended up guarding prisoners at Camp Morton, Indianapolis, IN. On January 1, 1865 he fell off a parapet and ended up in the hospital almost to the time he was discharged June 1865. I copied a story about Camp Morton and will include it with story. He mustered out at Louisville, KY June 1865.

It's at this point we are not sure just what transpired, because John Jackson and Arrabelle were given to Ezekiel Maxwell and Elizabeth James Linthicum for them to raise. We don't know how or why Elizabeth did this, but the story that was always told was this….when William did not return after the war Elizabeth came north looking for him, left the kids and then she never returned. I think she came to Indiana before the war had ended; that she knew he was at one time in Greene County because Grandpa was born in Indiana. We don't know why she choose the Linthicum's but it has always been my contention that Elizabeth was related to them or that she knew them from before, however, there is no evidence to prove this. In the document below, it was indicated that grandpa was two years old when she left the children with the Linthicum's. So to give Elizabeth the benefit of doubt…maybe she tried to take care of the children on her own but couldn't so maybe that is when and why she left them. The children are listed living in the household with the Linthicum's on the 1870 census.
Elizabeth doesn't show up on any census that I can find until 1900 when she is married to a Jesse E. Simms and the children from that marriage living in Washington Twp., Greene County, IN.

William must have returned to Kentucky after the war ended and when he didn't find Elizabeth and Arrabelle took off for other places. William shows up on the 1870 census living in Butler, Bates, Missouri working as a farmer with wife Martha Gordon, two children from Kentucky, James age 14, William age 12 and Charles age 2 born in Missouri and the children of Martha Gordon from a previous marriage. I don't know what happened to Sarah or Amanda; they are not listed on any census after 1860. You can trace William to Fort Bragg, Mendocino, California, per the November 3, 1876 voter's registration and this is where he lived until his death in 1900. William and Martha ended up having four more children as listed on the 1880 census. William died from gangrene, July 20, 1900 at his son's house in Windsor, Sonoma, CA. He was not aware that another child was born to him and Elizabeth, as is noted in following from our Uncle Emmett Snow. When you read what Emmett has written you will see a lot of discrepancy in what was either told to him or what he remembered as he openly admits. Emmett's letter follows next.


William James Snow
As transcribed from Emmett Snow circa 1975:

"William James Snow (we think was born in Virginia) was a playmate of Robert E. Lee. His and Robert's mother were sisters. You can get the names in the library. He had 5 brothers. They joined the Southern army and he went north. He must have lived in Kentucky when he joined the army. His wife came from Kentucky to near Popcorn, Indiana with a girl, Aunt Aurah Bell, and my dad who was two years old and let Grandpa Linthicum keep them. She evidently tried to live in Kentucky for over two years after he abandoned her and had to come back to Indiana to get help. He (Grandpa Snow) probably left April or May 1864. There was only a girl when he left. My Dad was born January 1, 1865.

Grandfather was never heard of until 1895 to 1898 when he came from California. He came to Indiana to try and find that girl. He didn't know there was a boy. When he found Dad, he said "There is no doubt about it, he is my son."

Then in 1900, he came back to see us again. We lived at the "Uncle Billy" place. I was 12 years old. He left and went back to California and said as soon as he got back he would get us a place to live, and he would send for us to go to California and live out there, but he died at his son's home, and never got home. I think it was Wiener (nie) California. He was married out there and had three or five children. We had the picture of one girl and wrote to her. They were surprised that he had a family in Indiana. We got 100 dollars from his estate.

He evidently belonged to the infantry in the "Union Army." I supposed he volunteered. He died in 1900. We didn't know his age. He was born in Virginia. It seems that when the war was over he went to "Fort Bragg, California" to live. He told all his stories to dad, but a 12-year old boy doesn't remember that much!"
Emmett
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Bio was provided by: Wilma
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Jones Sims (1846 - 1917)*
 
 Children:
  James Leonard Snow (1856 - 1920)*
  Arrabelle Snow Holder (1863 - 1947)*
  John Jackson Snow (1865 - 1955)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Shiloh Cemetery
Windsor
Sonoma County
California, USA
Plot: Center 1-5-C
 
Maintained by: Hoosier
Originally Created by: Susan Faught
Record added: May 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37594898
William James Snow
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William James Snow
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William James Snow
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Dear Ancestor, the place you filled***One hundred years ago***Spreads out among the ones you left***Who would have loved you so.***I wonder if you lived and loved,***I wonder if you knew***That someday I would find this spot,***And come to visit you. ***
- Hoosier
 Added: Sep. 22, 2016
At the beginning of the Civil War, William enlisted October 30, 1861 as Private in Co. "I", 10th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry & re-enlisted November 2, 1864 in Co. "C" 43rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry in Greene County, IN.
- Hoosier
 Added: Dec. 25, 2015
I can only imagine what you were like. I remember the painting of you on our wall and your eyes would follow me everywhere I went. I also remember my grandfather talking about you and how proud he was of you, so you must have been amazing person.
- Wilma
 Added: Jun. 8, 2014
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