WILLIAM SNODDY (son of Samuel SNODDY and Elizabeth SLOAN) was born on 20 April, 1749
in Rowan Co, NC and died abt. May 1812 in Sumner Co., TN. William married 1st to Margaret
"Margrite" MCNEELY on the 26 of September 1782. Margaret was born abt. 1785 and died
before 1812. William SNODDY signed the bond in Rowan County Court for his marriage to
"Margrite" (She was the daughter of Adam MCNEELY of Rowan County, N.C. and was listed in
Adam's will of 1766). William married 2nd to Elizabeth ORR on October 1801 in Sumner Co. TN.
William SNOODY and Elizabeth ORR divorced June 8, 1803 in Davidson Co. TN. In divorce
proceedings in Andrew Jackson's court in Davidson County, TN. Wm SNODDY's wife sworn
statement that they were married on this Date and were unable to get along.
Children of William SNODDY and Margaret MCNEELY:
1. Rebecca SNODDY born abt 1785 Sumner Co. TN. Died bef 1828 Sumner Co. TN. Married
to Ambrose PORTER on Mar 9, 1805.
2. William , Jr SNODDY born abt. 1785 Sumner Co. TN. Died abt. May 1823 Lincoln Co. TN.
Married to Elizabeth ALEXANDER on July 7, 1812. Married to Sarah WITREY on Sept. 27, 1817.
Married to Elizabeth Mumford FUQUA on July 27, 1820.
3. David SNODDY born abt. 1786 Sumner Co. TN. Died Nov. 18, 1858 Lincoln Co. TN. Was
in the War of1812 Battle of New Orleans. Married to Ann PURVIS on Aug. 18, 1816.
4. Isbell SNODDY married to Henry HOUNDSHELL Oct 9, 1787. Married to John C. HAMILTON
on Mar. 13, 1794.
5. Adam SNODDY born abt. 1795. Died 1825 Lauderdale Co. Alabama. Married to Prudence
ALEXANDER on April 9, 1817.
6. Margaret Peggy SNODDY born bef 1796. Died abt 1811. Married to Houston COOPER on
Sept. 23, 1809.
7. Graham SNODDY born abt. 1800 Sumner Co. TN. Died 1851 Lincoln Co. TN. Married to
Frances Moseley LIGON on May 26, 1817. Married to Elizabeth (Sarah) in 1828.
8. Elizabeth SNODDY.
Child of William SNODDY and Elizabeth ORR.
1. Sarah (Sally) SNODDY married James RHODES on 17 Jan 1818.
NOTES for William SNODDY:The first official record of this man is in a tax record of Rowan County, N.C., in 1768. William was
counted as a tithable in his father's household. He was still taxable for his fathers household in 1772
tax list along with his brother John SNODDY.
The next surviving record is his firm signature William "SNODDEY" a spelling he seemed to favor,
witnessing the will of his first cousin, John Snoddy in Rowan Co, N.C. on Feb 3rd, 1775 and a few
weeks later signing the marriage bond for his sister Margaret to Joseph MCCORKLE.
In November 1778 "Wm. SNODDY" was a chain-bearer on a survey of land in Wilkes County for
his brother-in-law Joseph MCCORKLE (the county had been formed in 1777 northwest of Rowan
County, reaching into the Blue Ridge). William's younger brother, John SNODDY, later recalled that
he had been resident in Wilkes County in 1778. Those men were exploring and settling previously
In 1779, August, the North Carolina Land Office issued to William a warrant to survey 300 acres in
Wilkes County "on the north side of the Yadkin River from the falls to Buffelow (Buffalo) Creek to
the Mouth"(on the river).
In 1780 he used that warrant to survey a tract of 195 acres which, in 1782, he sold to William
LENOIR. That land now lies in Caldwell County, NC. near the town of Lenoir which was named for
the Revolutionary War Hero.
In July 1782, the Auditors of the North Carolina authorized a payment of seven pounds, two shillings
to William SNODDY for Special Militia Service. This suggest that he did more than the usual militia
duty of freemen over 15 in North Carolina. He served in the military between 1790 and 1810 in
Sumner Co. TN Militia. In 1790 William was a lieutenant in the militia in the county infantry. Sumner
Co. had a regiment of infantry and one company or troop of cavalry. In 1796 William was a Captain.
In November, 1792, Lieutenant William SNODDY "mustered in service" thirty-two men at
Winchester's Mill on Bledsoe Creek. Lt. SNODDY'S purpose was to move up the river to near where
Carthage now stands to intercept and destroy any Indians parties that might be in the area. On about
the third day the engage a band of Indians lead by Doublehead and a band of 60 to 70 Indians in the
party. The battle took place Rock Island, that is in the middle of the river. The plunder that the
Indians had taken was recovered and Doublehead was killed in the battle. Details of the battle are
located in the Draper Mss, Reminiscences of Snoddy's Fight, by Captain William REID.
In 1783, William "SNODY", received 640 acres (Preemption #223) "on middle fork of Station Camp
Creek" in Davidson County TN, later to become Sumner Co, TN.
In April of 1786, William received a Patent giving him formal title to his land. A few months later the
County of Sumner was formed. From part of Davidson County, including SNODDY'S land.
William "SNODY" appears on the Sumner Co. TN Tax Lists for the years, 1787, 1792, and 1797.
In the 1787 tax list, William is without slaves, living next to Wm MCNEELY, who was probably kin
to his wife, Margaret.
1788 Sumner Co. TN County Court Records show a deed acknowledged from William to Joseph
Tuesday 3rd July 1792, Sumner County Court Minutes list a Deed from Mussenden MATHEWS to
William which was proved by Simon WEST. Also in 1792 William sign a Marriage Bond for Darus
WILSON to Joseph STEELE in Sumner CO, TN.
In October, 1796 Sumner County Court Records William released from tax on stud horse, tax paid
by Wm BAUL (Bant?).
In October, 1798 William is shown to have purchase two slaves (Jim and Rose) from Roderick
July, 1799 William was a witness for the will of Francis WILLIS.
About 1800 Margaret MCNEELY SNODDY died. The evidence is a sworn statement by William
SNODDY'S next wife that they were married in October 1801.
On Tuesday October 5th 1802 in the Sumner Court Records, William Snoddy vr Anthony SYNDOR.
Covt July 1802 plaintiff by Thos STUART: defendant by John HAMILTON. This Term plf dismissed
his suit: each party pays his won Atty and costs. Also in the court records for Friday March 23 1804
appears William's atty bill being paid in full. As William SNODDY deeds 100 acres to John C.
HAMILTON. HAMILTON represented William in his feud with Pleasant CHITWOOD in their
second dispute.. that was resolved...HAMILTON represented CHITWOOD in William's suit against
CHITWOOD for assaulting his negro slave, Jim. William was rewarded $500 damages and
On the 7th of Feb. 1807 at the town of Kingston, there will be public sale of 675 acres that belong
to William. The property was taken at the influence of John YOUNG and William CALLY.
Besides his Militia duties and his plantation, William did manage to spend duty serving jury duty in
Sumner County. He also did work on road construction awarded by the court. He even was an
overseer for one construction job for the county.
William Snoddy died abt. 1812. In the Sumner County, Tennessee Abstracts of Will Books 1 and 2,
Compiled by Edythe Witley pg 17. William SNODDY Senr..- April 13, 1812 Will- Daughter
Rebeckah PORTER. Daughter Peggy COOPER. Daughter Elizabeth SNODDY. Son David
SNODDY. Son William SNODDY. Son Adam SNODDY. Youngest sons Graham and Adam.
Daughter Sarah SNODDY. Youngest sons Samuel BANARD and son David SNODDY executors.
Wit. Wm. SNODDY and Thomas WILSON ( Is Samuel BANARD a son in law that I have not
proved?) On April 18th 1812, William SNODDY Senior of Sumner County, TN made his will.
William is mentioned three times in the Inventories, settlements, etc. they mention that his estate was
sold in 1812 and 1813, included are buyers, William SNODDY Jr, David SNODY and Samuel
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