__ | __| | | | |__ | _O. H. SNOW _________| | | | | __ | | | | |__| | | | |__ | | |--Helen Ruth SNOW | (1909 - 1977) | __ | | | __| | | | | | |__ | | |_____________________| | | __ | | |__| | |__
So far, the only early mentions of the Snyder surname in Vermont relate to the family of Jacob Snyder of Arlington, Bennington Co., but his children would be too young to include our Mr. Snyder. One of Jacob's children was an early Mormon convert who went as far as Nauvoo. Unfortunately, there are differing opinions on Jacob's pedigree, but it seems likely that one of his siblings or cousins was probably our man.
_________________________ | _____________________| | | | |_________________________ | _Clarence B. SNYDER ______| | (1863 - 1921) m 1891 | | | _________________________ | | | | |_____________________| | | | |_________________________ | | |--Bessie SNYDER | (1892 - ....) | _Alexander J. MCDOUGALL _+ | | (1781 - 1850) | _John B. MCDOUGALL __| | | (1816 - 1884) m 1858| | | |_Elizabeth TOMB _________+ | | (1789 - 1871) |_Margaret Jane MCDOUGALL _| (1861 - 1932) m 1891 | | _________________________ | | |_Anna L. SMITH ______| (1836 - 1876) m 1858| |_________________________
 See "to do" list giving information from Wynne's old research notes. Elizabeth was 47 years old when she was enumerated in the 1850 census for Tuscarawas Co, OH.
 Date could have been 1844 instead of 1841. Handwritten microfilmed record was difficult to decipher.
NY Gen. & Biog. Soc. Haven MSS have Betsey Snyder b. 17 apr 1760 in Holland, d. 06 nov 1835 at Middleport, NY, m. Nathaniel Haven b. 19 oct 1766 in Hopkinton, MA and d. 08 aug 1847 at Middleport, NY (later annotation "or Williamsport"), with children Fanny Wells Haven b. 19 jun 1781, Sally Smith Haven b. 04 oct 1789, Polly Flagg Haven 07 dec 1793, Samuel Townsend Haven 18 oct 1791 (Brattleboro, VT, or Pawlet VT acc. to "Mrs. Crane"), Betsey Haven 09 feb 1796, Allen Haven 06 mar 1798, bringing the Uran line down to about 1903. Sources are not explicitly listed, however.
An entirely different view of this family is obtained from Windham County, VT Probate Records, Marlboro District, vol. 1 p. 42, where the following appears:
"At a Court of Probate holden in and for the District aforesaid, present the same Judge -- 1st April 1785 -- Upon Application made to the said Court by Elizabeth Snider of Brattleborough the said Elizabeth is appointed Guardian of the Person and Estate of her Daughter Fanny Snider an Infant aged about four years, until the said Fanny shall arrive at the age of fourteen years -- the said Elizabeth is bound in £20 for the faithful performance of said Trust." This is standard language for the appointment of a guardian for a minor child whose father has died. The expected next step would be for Fanny herself to select a guardian when she reached the age of 14.
Evidently, this is the same Elizabeth Snider, future wife of Nathaniel Haven, with daughter Fanny Wells Snider from an earlier marriage. Unfortunately, the probate records do not seem to contain any other references to the Snider family, nor do we find an appointment of a guardian in 1795 when Fanny has reached the age of 14. In light of this information, it becomes easier to explain the absence of Fanny in the 1790 census, where the Nathaniel Haven household in Brattleboro, Vermont lacks one female: she may have been staying with other relatives. Deeds and other records of Brattleboro, if they still exist, may help to clarify this story. One possibility that can be checked is that Mr. Snider might have died during the Revolutionary War. It is likely both were born in NH or MA, or else moved into the area from NY. Descendants of William James Uran, son of Sally Smith Haven Uran, indicate Betsey lived "at Schneider somewhere in NY before the marriage." However, this could be misinterpretation of a passage found in another version, "Betsy Snider of Schneider somewhere in New York", likely intended as "Betsy Snider OR Schnieder."
Correspondence of Louisa W. (Haven) Edgerton to Allen Clark Haven, 1868, contained in the Haven MSS collection, includes a family record listing Betsey Snider b. Holland. But a later biographical sketch of Louisa (Portrait & Biographical Album of Jackson Co., IA, 1889) shows Elizabeth was "of German descent". It is possible from this that Louisa believed her grandmother Betsey had been born in Holland to a German family, but it is also possible that the story itself had already become extremely muddled. The source of the family record, according to Louisa's letter, was the Nathaniel Haven family bible, at that time in the possession of Louisa's aunt, Polly Flagg (Haven) Williams. Later correspondence of Dwight Craig Haven with Polly Williams' adopted daughter, Mrs. Mary M. Compton, is also preserved in the Haven MSS, and is consistent with the earlier correspondence. At least it is clear that the Uran family, as well as other descendants, understood that Betsey Snider was the wife of Nathanial Haven, and thus their ancestor.
The name Snider is almost unknown in Vermont and New Hampshire records of that period. It is possible they came from New York, where the name is common, as is suggested by the 1880 census listing for Sally (Haven) Uran, showing parents b. Vermont and New York (however, her father's birth is recorded in Hopkinton, MA, not Vermont). The name Snyder/Schneider is most common in the records of the Dutch Reformed churches of the Hudson Valley. The surviving registers of these churches have been extracted, so it may be possible to locate Fanny's baptism. It is also quite likely that she was named after one of her grandmothers or another relative, so Elizabeth's maiden name may be Wells.
Brattleboro is in Windham Co., which was formed in 1781 from Bennington Co. If Elizabeth's husband died about the time Fanny was born, or even some months before she was born, probate proceedings might be found in Bennington Co. rather than Windham Co. It is also possible that he died in NY during the Revolutionary War and that his widow returned to live with relatives in Brattleboro for the duration of the hostilities. These scenarios suggest new directions for research. However, it is also the case that the court system in Vermont was still in a very rudimentary state of development at that time. The earliest records may not have survived at all.
Elizabeth Snider is also mentioned in the probate records of the Westminster District of Windham Co. She was granted a payment of £45 from the estate of Samuel Wells in January, 1795, the estate having been in probate since 27 dec 1786, after an act was passed by the General Assembly of Vermont allowing his estate to be probated in that district, even though he had died elsewhere. He was a Loyalist, and there are many sources for information on his family, though none show a daughter who could be our Elizabeth. His will was dated 28 oct 1784 with a codicil of that same date. A great many people were owed money from his estate, apparently because he was speculating in land and had entered into many transactions that were not completely paid off at the time of his death. In spite of the generalized nature of the debts, the fact that her daughter's middle name is Wells suggests that Elizabeth may have been a daughter or other close relative of the loyalist Samuel Wells. The amount of money involved suggests that Elizabeth had resources of her own. Is it possible that she made her claim against the estate in 1786, at that time still under the name Elizabeth Snider, and when the payment of her claim was finally approved, the record maintained her previous name, even though she was by now the wife of Nathaniel Haven and mother of three more children.
That there was a connection between the Wells family and other Loyalist families is well established, as this extract shows: History of the Eastern Township, Province of Quebec, Dominion of Canada, Civil and Descriptive, (Mrs. C. M. Day, printed by John Lovell, St. Nicholas Street, 1869, East Farnham, pp. 272-273): "the warrant of survey for a tract of land lying within the district of Montreal, bounded north by Granby, east by Brome, south by Dunham and Stanbridge, and west by the seigniors, was issued August 27th, 1798. The tract was erected into a township named Farnham and granted in part to Samuel Gale, Oliver Wells, Samuel Wells, Robert Wells, Richard Wells, Micah Townsend, Ephraim Nash, Nathaniel Church, David Wells, Rueben Church, Abraham Cuyler, Cornelius Cuyler, Jacob Glen Cuyler, John Jones, James Sutherland, Alexander Schut, John Goudy jun; John Mebris, Amaziah Howe, William Mathews, William Sutherland, John Steele and Charles St. Ours. Active among the class of persons known as U.E. Loyalists was Col. Samuel Wells of Brattleborough, Vt. He was of English origin, though a native of Deerfield in the Province of Massachusetts, and removed to Brattleborough then in the Province of Newhampshire, while yet the population of those grants was very sparse. Being a person of decided character and considerable means, his position enabled him to exercise a good degree of influence so long as the authority under which he acted as judge, justice of the peace, and chief militia officer of the section, was recognized by the people; and when policy which governs the conduct of many men, would have dictated an opposite course of action, Col. Wells evinced a most uncompromising loyalty. Though strongly opposed to the popular cause, he had yet sufficient skill and influence to avert the confiscation of his property; yet it was not always possible to escape the odium attached to the name of a loyalist, or the punishments often meted out to such. Col. Wells' principles were firmly maintained till the last of his life, and the opening sentence in his will shows conclusively that his submission to the ruling powers, was absolute necessity. He never acknowledged the newly constituted government, but passed his time in retirement till after the peace, of '83 when his mortal career ended at his residence in Brattleborough, in the 55th year of his age. He died deeply insolvent, as the firmness with which he had adhered to the cause of his Royal Master during the revolutionary struggle, had subjected him to repeated and severe loses."
Is there any possibility that Betsey/Elizabeth was an unrecorded daughter of Samuel Wells? A publication under the auspices of Vermont Historical Magazine by Henry Burnham, 1880, Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont: Early History with Biographical Sketches of some of its Citizens (Brattleboro: D. Leonard) includes an account of Samuel Wells (p. 64), including the statement that he and his wife Hannah Sheldon had 13 children, of whom two died in infancy. Of the 11 who survived to adulthood, the account further notes that his (six) daughters married Samuel Gale (husband of Rebecca Wells), Ephraim Nash (husband of Hannah Wells), Micah Townsend (husband of Mary Wells, who was born 25 apr 1760, thus apparently ruling out any possiblity Betsey Snyder was her sister), Jonathan Gorton, Nathaniel Church (husband of Calista Wells), and Ephraim Stimpson. Who were the wives of Jonathan Gorton and Ephraim Stimpson? There was also a Dr. Henry Wells, not related to Samuel, in early Brattleboro, but he was married to Hannah Stout in 1764, seemingly too late to have been the father of Betsey, and left the area for Montague, Massachusetts in 1781. Also in Brattleboro, but unrelated, was a Reverend William Wells, born in 1744, married in 1771. None of these provide a logical path to Betsey. Whether there are further records of the settlement of the estate of Col. Samuel Wells, such as accounts that might explain the claim of Elizabeth Snider or connect her in any way to Nathaniel Haven, has not been established. The probate record has been microfilmed but we have not yet been able to access the digitized images. The probate packets are gradually being digitized on FamilySearch.org but as yet not including any packets earlier than the 1880's.
 Haven MSS have birthplace as "Holland", LDS Ancestral File has "Germany", and Portrait and Biographical Album of Jackson Co., Iowa (1889) has "of German descent". The last seems incontrovertible and is also the earliest source.
 Presence of widow Elizabeth Snider and her daughter Fanny Snider in Brattleboro, 1785, suggests place and time.
Though listed in other records as J. M. Snyder, the John W. Snyder named in the will of Andrew J. McDougall would appear to be the same man who the next year married another heir, Ellen Robertson.
Surname given as Sacquet in the church records of Moudon, but elsewhere are Socquet.
__ | _____________________| | | | |__ | _Augustin SOCQUET ___| | (.... - 1610) m 1564| | | __ | | | | |_____________________| | | | |__ | | |--Catherine SOCQUET | (.... - 1613) | __ | | | _Nicod JAQUENOD _____| | | (.... - 1564) | | | |__ | | |_Claudaz JAQUENOD ___| m 1564 | | __ | | |_____________________| | |__
__ | _____________________| | | | |__ | _Augustin SOCQUET ___| | (.... - 1610) m 1564| | | __ | | | | |_____________________| | | | |__ | | |--Susanne SOCQUET | | __ | | | _Nicod JAQUENOD _____| | | (.... - 1564) | | | |__ | | |_Claudaz JAQUENOD ___| m 1564 | | __ | | |_____________________| | |__
Assignal for his wife recorded 14 nov 1603 by Antoine Richard, notary at Moudon (ACV DL 80/1 fol. 12, giving his parentage).
__ | _____________________| | | | |__ | _Augustin SOCQUET ___| | (.... - 1610) m 1564| | | __ | | | | |_____________________| | | | |__ | | |--Thomas SOCQUET | | __ | | | _Nicod JAQUENOD _____| | | (.... - 1564) | | | |__ | | |_Claudaz JAQUENOD ___| m 1564 | | __ | | |_____________________| | |__
_____________________ | ________________________| | | | |_____________________ | _Joseph Kent SOELLINGER _| | (1867 - 1935) m 1896 | | | _____________________ | | | | |________________________| | | | |_____________________ | | |--Martha Louise SOELLINGER | (1905 - ....) | _John A. MCDOUGALL __+ | | (.... - 1844) | _Theodore F. MCDOUGALL _| | | (1842 - ....) m 1869 | | | |_Rachel HALL ________ | | (1800 - 1876) |_Mary Cecilia MCDOUGALL _| (1872 - 1964) m 1896 | | _____________________ | | |_Martha J. ROUSH _______| (1849 - ....) m 1869 | |_____________________
__ | __| | | | |__ | _Maire SONARD _______| | | | | __ | | | | |__| | | | |__ | | |--Catherine SONARD | | __ | | | __| | | | | | |__ | | |_Catherine PICTET ___| (.... - 1639) | | __ | | |__| | |__
__ | __| | | | |__ | _Maire SONARD _______| | | | | __ | | | | |__| | | | |__ | | |--Daniel SONARD | | __ | | | __| | | | | | |__ | | |_Catherine PICTET ___| (.... - 1639) | | __ | | |__| | |__
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