I have not worked on this line of Snapps for a while but your postings sent me back to my notes and I have found enough information to answer some of your questions. The apparent founder of the Winchester Foundry was Joseph Snapp, born in Shenandoah County, VA, July 11, 1802, second son of Abraham and Sarah Miller Snapp, grandson of Philip and Catherine Hockman Snapp. He was orphaned young (Abraham died in 1806) and Jan 1815 was made a ward of Emanuel Windle of Shenandoah County. Windle then bonded him out to William Crabill to learn the trade of a blacksmith in February 1819. In the censuses from 1850 through 1880 he is listed as a blacksmith. According to a long obituary in a Winchester newspaper and also a tribute printed at the time a window was dedicated to him in the Reformed Church in Winchester, he was confirmed in the Reformed Church in Shenandoah County as a young man, by Rev. Diedrich Graves. Indeed, the records of the newly organized Friedens Reformed Congregation at Mt. Olive in northern Shenandoah County, show that Joseph Snapp was a confirmand, 12 Nov. 1825. A year earlier, on 13 Dec. 1824, he had married Margaret Bushong, daughter of Andrew Bushong, a member of the congregation and we find that Andrew and Margaret are listed as taking communion there, 12 Nov. 1825, May 1826, but only Joseph is listed in November 1826 and June 1827. That is the last record of him at Friedens. Joseph and Margaret has one son, Henry H. Snapp, b. 1826.
Joseph's second wife was named Rebecca and I am pretty sure that it was Rebecca Jack, whom he married 3 May 1827. The marriage index gives his name as John Snapp but there is no known John Snapp who could have married a Rebecca at that time. Joseph and Rebecca had Marcus J, Snapp, Francis Randolph Snapp, Theophilus Monroe Snapp and Almira Jane Snapp (apparently known as Janie or Jenny.
Joseph moved to Winchester in the late 1830s and Rebecca died in the early 1840s. Joseph married third to Mary Conrad, 29 Feb. 1844 in Winchester. They had nine children, all listed on the memorial window in the Reformed Church in Winchester. they being-Charles Josephus, Sarah Elizabeth, Mary Virginia, Diedrick William, Margaret Blanch, George Oliver, Benjamin, Emma Catherine and Laura Wilson.
Joseph is buried in Mt. Hebron cemetery in Winchester and the dates on his stone are July 11, 1802 to 10 May 1884.
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