Death: May 12, 1777
Spouse: Abigail Brigham Snow (1715-1799)
Burial: West Burying Ground, West Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, USA
Inside Snow Home 3, West Chesterfield, NH
West Chesterfield, NH
The original Snow home in West Chesterfield, NH is still standing.
Replica of sign, Inside Snow Home, West Chesterfield, NH
West Chesterfield, NH
Sign hanging inside the home. This is a replica the owner made of when the Snow home was built.
Edge of Snow Property, Connecticut River
West Chesterfield, NH
West Chesterfield, New Hampshire
Inside Snow Home. Kitchen and Dining Room
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Includes sketches on Erastus Snow, Zerubbabel Snow, James Snow
John Snow, son of Zerubbabel [Snow] and Jemima Cutler, was born 30 March 1706, at Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He died 12 May 1777, in his 72nd year, at Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire; and was buried at Clay Hill Cemetery in West Chesterfield. He married, at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 25 March 1729, Abigail Brigham. She was born at Marlborough, 25 November 1708, and was baptized before 3 July 1720, the daughter of Gershom Brigham and Mehitabel Warren. She died at Chesterfield, Cheshire County, Massachusetts, 6 March 1790, "in her 84th year."
Children of John Snow and Abigail Brigham:
1. John, born 25 November 1729 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts
2. Edmund, born 1 May, 1732 in Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts
3. Seth, born 11 March 1733 in Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts
4. Warren, born 12 February 1734-5 in Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts
5. Abigail, born 27 December 1736 in Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts
6. Mehitabel, born about 1738 of Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts
7. Zerubbabel, born 12 August 1741 in Rutland, Worcester, Massachusetts
8. Phebe, born 5 November 1748 in Rutland, Worcester, Massachusetts
John Snow lived in a number of different towns, moving steadily to the west and north from his birthplace at Woburn. Since he left no will, it is possible there were still other children. Births of his known children have been found in Marlborough, Southborough and Rutland, and he lived for a time at Leicester. He settled as one of the pioneers at Chesterfield, New Hampshire, in 1762. A saw-mill was built that year by John Snow and Moses Smith. The proprietors granted two pieces of land to Snow and Smith, on condition that they should erect a mill, keep it in good repair for the following five years, and saw boards at as reasonable a rate as was done in other places. There is a tradition that, after the first boards were sawed, they were laid down so as to form a kind of rude floor, upon which the settlers danced, to celebrate the event. The mill was built upon Catsbane brook in the west part of the town. He signed an order, 14 May, 1767, as one of the Selectmen of Chesterfield. He was party to a deed to Josiah Willard in 1773; and one to Nathan Bishop recorded in 1778.
On June 12, 1776, John Snow, his son Warren, and his son-in-law, Moses Smith, Jr., then one of the Selectmen, signed a Declaration promising to "at the risque of our lives and fortunes, with arms, oppose the hostile proceedings of the British Fleets and Armies against the United American Colonies." Another son-in-law, Eseck Earl, refused to sign. After John's death in 1777, his son Zerubbabel owned the sawmill and the grist-mill near it.
--Copied from Family Exaltation by Archibald F. Bennett, pp.325-327.
John Snow had a grandson whose name was Levi. Levi married Lucinda Streeter, and they had a son by the name of Erastus, who was well-known in Church History. In the book Family Exaltation by Archibald F. Bennett, it is shown how Erastus was related through his mother to David W. Patten, and to John Adams and John Quincy Adams who were both Presidents of the United States. Also in the same book on pp. 315-316 is found the following about Erastus Snow:
In the veins of Erastus Snow was the blood of freedom's champions. He, himself, held that torch high throughout his life. He, too suffered persecution for his religion, being driven from his home like his forefather, Roger Williams. Like him, he helped establish a new community where the right of free worship was accorded to all. He was a foremost pioneer and colonizer, one of the first two men of the first pioneer company of 1847 to set foot in the Salt Lake Valley; he was an ardent missionary and the leader of those who introduced the gospel to Scandinavia. He was also a wise and able statesman. Of him, President Joseph F. Smith wrote:
"As an orator and profound reasoner, I always felt impressed he had no superior, especially when he warmed to his subject and entered into his discourse with the full force and energy of his active and vigorous mind. As a colonizer and builder and as a legislator and statesman he was the peer of any of his associates. For the accomplishment of the mission assigned him, he devoted the whole force of his vigorous and noble spirit. I esteem him as one of the great men, not only of the Church, but of the world."
His son was Edward H. Snow, who served as President of the St. George Stake, President of the Eastern States Mission, and President of the St. George Temple. To him, President Heber J. Grant wrote this estimate of his father, Erastus Snow:
"As a pioneer and colonizer, I look upon your father as having been second only to Brigham Young. To me he was the ideal apostle in the Council. He was in very deed the servant of the people and labored unselfishly for their advancement. Your father was loyal, true, patriotic and devoted. In thought, word and deed, he was true to God, to his Church, and to his fellowmen. From the bottom of my heart I earnestly pray that you and all of the sons and daughters of Erastus Snow may so live that your lives will be worthy of the noble example of your most splendid father."
Captain Zerubbabel Snow (son of John Snow and Abigail Brigham, father of James and Levi Snow and grandfather of Erastus) is also chronicled in Archibald Bennett's book. The following is taken from that book:
Captain Zerubbabel Snow, son of John Snow and Abigail Brigham, was born 12 August 1741 at Rutland, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He died at Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, 12 April 1795. He married Mary Trowbridge. She was born 25 February 1745, at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, the daughter of James Trowbridge and Jerusha Park. She married 2nd, 12 March 1800, at Chesterfield, James Robertson. She died at Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, 24 July 1818.
Children of Zerubbabel Snow and Mary Trowbridge (born in Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire):
1. Mary (called Molly), born 24 December 1767
2. James, born 28 January 1770
3. Lydia, born 18 March 1772
4. Abigail, born 17 April 1774
5. Sally, born July 1776, died age 14 months
6. John, born 2 July 1778
7. Sally, born 1780
8. Levi, born 22 July 1782
9. Jerusha, born 7 November 1784
10. Zerubbabel, born 20 May 1788
The Chesterfield Town Records, Volume 1, begin September 15th 1770. Zerubbabel Snow was living in Chesterfield before that date. "At the annual town meeting for the year 1773, which took place on the 3d of March, Zerubbabel Snow, Ephraim Baldwin and Martin Warner were elected selectmen.....At the annual town meeting for the year 1774, held March 2, the same selectmen were elected as at the annual meeting in "73." He bore the title of Captain subsequent to the Revolutionary War, as shown by the Town minutes. The same title is carved on his tombstone in the Clay Hill Cemetery, West Chesterfield. The home he built or occupied after his father's death is still standing, and is "undoubtedly one of the oldest houses in the town."
The Will of Zerubbabel Snow of Chesterfield, dated 17 March, 1794; proved 17 June 1795 is recorded in Cheshire County, New Hampshire Wills and Inventories, Vol. 3. A brief abstract
"I Zerubbabel Snow of Chesterfield.....Gentleman being sick and weak.....I do appoint Mary Snow my true and loving wife to be the sole and only Executrix...." He bequeaths to her one third part of the farm on which he now dwells, one third part of his dwelling house, the household furniture and one third part of a certain saw-mill on catsbain brook near the said house; also one third part of lot No. 8 in Chesterfield. To his son James Snow, 35 pounds; to his daughter Mary Farr, ten pounds; to his daughter Lydia Farr, ten pounds; to his daughter Abigail Snow, twenty pounds; to his daughter Sally Snow, twenty pounds; to his daughter Jerusha Snow, twenty pounds; to his son Zerubbabel Snow "all that parcel of land together with the buildings thereon in said Chesterfield, which I the said Zerubbabel Snow purchased of Isaac Earle;" to his "sons John Snow and Levi Snow in equal shares, two thirds of the mansion house and farm on which I now dwell....together with two thirds of the said saw-mill standing on catsbane Creek....also two thirds of....a part of lot No. eight....together with all my live stock and husbandry tools and implements used on said farm in equal shares." He authorizes his Executrix to sell 150 acres of land in the town of Stratton, Vermont.
In the Inventory of his estate, his name appears both as Zebulon Snow and Zerubbabel Snow.
Zerubbabel's son, James, also appears in Bennett's book:
James Snow, son of Captain Zerubbabel Snow and Mary Trowbridge, was born 28 January 1770 at Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. He died 2 September 1850 at St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County, Vermont. He married at Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, 28 May 1787, Abigail Farr. She was born in 1769, at Hardwick, Worcester County, Massachusetts, the daughter of Jonathan Farr and Mercy Winslow. She died at St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County, Vermont, 25 January 1837, age 68. Both she and her husband are buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery there.
Children of James Snow and Abigail Farr (born in Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire:
1. Eli Airs, born 1 November 1787
2. Kimball, born 28 June 1789
3. Alpheus, born 10 May, 1791
4. Gardner, born 15 February 1793
5. Elijah Jackson, born 7 January 1795
6. Polly, born 4 March 1798
7. Jerusha, born 24 June 1800
8. Selina, born about 1802
9. Sarah S., born 1806
10. Mercy, born 1808
11. Thirza C., born 22 Aprul 1813
James Snow was the eldest son of his father, Capt. Zerubbabel, and is the first child mentioned in the latter's will, 17 March 1794. In deeds dated 9 December 1796 and 23 January 1797 he
disposed of property in Lot No. 13, in Chesterfield, being called "James Snow of Chesterfield,
On March 12, 1800, his widowed mother, Mrs. Mary Snow, married Lt. James Robertson of Chesterfield. On 29 January 1800, "Mary Snow of Chesterfield...Widow of Captain Zerubbabel Snow" as his Executrix, deeded her third part of the stream known as Catsbain Brook and her third part of the saw mill standing on said stream on lot No. 11. On 23 September 1816, Mary Robertson and James Robertson, her husband, deeded to her son John Snow one third part "of the real estate of Zerubabel Snow late of Chesterfield, deceased, it being given and bequeathed to me, the said Mary in the last will of the said deceased." James Snow was one of the witnesses at Chesterfield.
On 21 April 1817, "James Snow of Chesterfield in the County of Cheshire, Yeoman," for $50.00 paid by his brother-in-law Ezekiel Harris, "both for myself and my wife Abigail Snow," quit claims all their right and title formerly owned by his brother-in-law Joshua Farr (his wife's brother), deceased. Witnesses included Abigail Snow, Elijah Snow and Eli A. Snow, his children. In 1819, James Snow acknowledged this deed in Caledonia County, Vermont. This indicated the approximate date of his removal to St. Johnsbury.
James Snow continued to reside thereafter in St. Johnsbury, and is on record there in the census returns for 1830, 1840, and 1850, the last being taken only a few weeks before his death. He outlived his wife thirteen years.
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Ancestry of Erastus Snow