Benjamin Meriwether Snead, born 1845 in Virginia, raised in Paris, Texas and died 1899 in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). He married into the Apeha family, full-blood Choctaws who were part of the Trail of Tears of the Indian Removals of the 1830s.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Sneyd, Sneed, Snead, Sneade, Sneeds.
The surname Sneyd was first found in Staffordshire where one of the first on record was Henry de Sneyd who married Margaret, the daughter and heiress of Nicholas de Tunstall, of the Tunstalls of Lancashire and Yorkshire, in 1310. "The noble race of Sneyds, of great worship and account, appear to be denominated from Snead, a hamlet in the parish of Tunstall, in this county, where they were seated as early as the reign of Henry III.
The arms of this family are a 'curiosity of heraldry,' being partly of the allusive kind, and consisting of a scythe and a fleur-de-lis. The pun is in the handle of the scythe, provincially called a snead.
The Sneyd Motto
Motto: Nec opprimere nec opprimi
Motto Translation: Neither to oppress nor to be oppressed.
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