Susan I believe the information you have is correct, as i have traced this Israel Snead/Sneed in South Carolina just across the border of North Carolina where the Samuel Sneed family came from. as far as i have found they migrated through the state of Georgia,(one child born their haven't any proof of yet), also his wife Mary(Polly) Sneed was based on the census records born in Georgia.haven't found anything yet on the German connection yet, except the one census record showing father was foreign born. I have located in Jackson Co, Tenn a possible sister to our Israel Sneed, was Casandra Ray, born NC, wife of James Ray. this name of Cassandra follows down in a naming pattern in our Israel's family as well as a couple of other names, that could show a German connection to our family of Sneeds/Sneads. haven't worked on this in a pretty good while, as my father became very ill, and passed away late last fall. He really was interested in his mom's Sneed family ancestory. My e-mail at yahoo is still the same, e-mail me direct when you have a chance.