My mom's maiden name is Snead. She and her brother grew up in Lynchburg and my uncle Henry (Jr.) still lives there.
My grandfather, Henry Maurey Snead Sr. (B: 02-14-1895, M: 04-11-1917, D: 05-26-1947) and my grandmother Amelia Ruth Vera Hyden (Known as Ruth) (B: 08-23-1896, M: 04-11-1917, D: 09-29-1973) both grew up in Augusta County and moved to Brookville, VA (Campbell County) before the 1920 census. They moved to Bell Street in Lynchburg, VA (Campbell County) before the 1930 census. Both my mother and her brother were born in Lynchburg.
According to household legend, Henry Sr. astonished the locals while courting Ruth because his car had rubber tires!! Something that had not been seen in that part of the valley. Henry's siblings included Callie Jane, HM, Tucker, Elmer Buck, Nora, Sally (died as an in infant), Emmitt, Lydia, Harmon Wilson, Ruth Lester, and Margaret.
Henry's Father was Joseph Calvin Snead (B: 01-06-1868, M: __-__-1891, D: 03-17-1950). Joseph Calvin was married to Melissa Alice Bridge (B: 11-19-1872, M: __-__-1891, D: 05-21-1939). The marriage dates are approximate and based upon the 1900 census having the question "Number of years married". Joseph Calvin's siblings (according to census data) were James Sterling C. (1851), Sallie Ann, William A. (Jimmy) (1861), John Edward (1863), JC, Ada H. (1872). The dates of birth are extrapolations based upon the ages given in various censuses.
Joseph Calvin's father was John M. (Edward) Snead (B: 02-05-1832 (1835?), M: __-__-____, D: 09-09-1910). The M may stand for Matthew. John M. was married to Lucinda Demastis (B: __-__-1826 (1830?), M: __-__-____, D: __-__-____ ). Lucinda died in house fire. John M., reportedly, fought in Civil War and received 30 acres Augusta County Prior to 1870 lived in Lovingston, Nelson County, VA. This doesnít quite make sense. I donít see the US government giving out land grants to those that fought on the side of the confederacy and the government of the confederacy was in no condition to give out anything.
This ends the reliable family history. The rest of the information is less reliable (hearsay) family stories.
John M.'s father was Cary Snead (B: __-__-1790, M: __-__-____, D: __-__-1875). The 1790 date is momís best guess based on the fact he fought in the War of 1812. However, based on census data that birthday is closer to 1800. A cousin of my uncle Saylor Snead went to Washington DC in the 1950s and got the following information. Cary was a volunteer in the War of 1812 and walked to Waynesboro to enlist. He was in Col. Coleman, Company C, Infantry. He was awarded a Land Grant in 1852 in Nelson County, VA. Cary had two wives (presumably not at the same time), Lucy Hatter (1st Wife) and Elizabeth M. Fitzgerald (2nd Wife). I am not sure which was the mother of John M. But it looks like, from the census, that his wife was Polly. You say Polly was a Hatter and I wonder if Lucy was a nickname or a completely different person.
Caryís father was Randall Snead. No other information is known about Randall Snead. Based on what I see in the census, Randallís actual name may be Randolph. (I told you this information was fuzzy.)
Randallís Father was Archibald Snead. No other information is known about Archibald Snead. The date 1638 is bandied about as a birth date for Archibald. I see this birth date as highly unlikely unless we have some very very long livers in our family. Say, procreating at age 130 or so. I suspect there is quite a bit of missing information.
I see John M. as the linchpin that will make us related. How do I prove that my John M. was the son of Cary? I am unsure how to confirm any of this information. I am just getting into the family genealogy because I am tired of not knowing.
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