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Thomas Snodgrass
April 29, 1832 - February 10, 1901 
William Snodgrass and Margaret Chambers),
Eleanor Walker

The following information has been found and documented with respect to this individual. A great deal of my Personal Information can be credited to the hard work of Charlou Dolan and her Snodgrass Source Books. Thank you also to Suzie, Patty, and Mac. You have been fantastic!

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Death Records, Galion Historical Society:
Snodgrass Family Bible Records:
1850 Census, Crawford County, Ohio
1860 Federal Census, Crawford County, Ohio:
1870 Census, Crawford County, Ohio:
1875-76 Crestline Classified Business Directory
History of Crawford County and Ohio and Representetive Citizens - 1912:


Thomas Snodgrass, b.Apr.29, 1832, in Wash. Co., Pa. He m.about 1852, to Eleanor Walker, who was b.Sept.8, 1830, in Craw. Co., Ohio, d/o Joseph Walker and Esther Garven of Ohio. Eleanor passed away on Jan.22, 1887, her husband of more than forty years d.Feb.10, 1901. Both are buried in Crestline's Greenlawn Cem. Their children were: 

1-Margaret Lee Anne (Anna) Snodgrass, b.Jan.1849, in Crestline, Ohio. She d.unmarried Dec.14, 1927: 
2-Hester Josephine Snodgrass, b.Crestline in 1855. She m.Oct.12, 1876, to Frank P. Drake (
Marriages of Craw. Co., Ohio. 1831-1989, vol. 9, pg. 106): 
3-Mary Fransonia (Sona) Snodgrass, was b.Crestline in May 1859, a twin to William Francis Snodgrass. She m.Samuel Douglas Steffey, or Stiffey (
Marriages of Craw. Co., Ohio. 1831-1989, vol. 16, pg. 210), who may have been related to Mary Stiffey, wife of Sona's uncle, David Snodgrass: 
4-William Francis Snodgrass, twin to Mary Fransonia, d.unmarried in Madison, Ohio, and is buried in Greenlawn Cem: 
5-Infant Snodgrass, lived one day and d.without being named:

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Death Records, Galion Historical Society, Crawford Co., Ohio

Snodgrass, Thomas --- Craw. Co. News --- Fri. 2/15/1901 --- d.2/10/1901

Thomas Snodgrass, an aged resident of Crestline, was found dead in his bed at twelve o'clock, Sunday night. The deceased was well known throughout the county and for a number of years conducted a meat market in Crestline. Heart trouble, from which he had been suffering for a long time, is conceded to be the cause of his sudden demise.

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Snodgrass Family Bible
Remenants of a family bible were turned over to the South Western Genealogy Society in Washington Co., Pa. Information appears updated in records -Samuel Snodgrass Family Records


William Camel Snodgrass died February 17 A.D. 1882 Aged 75 years.
John C. Snodgrass died the 27 of March 1910 in Los Angeles, Cal.
David Snodgrass shot by burgler April 21 A.D. 1882
Thomas Snodgrass died February 10th A.D. 1901 Aged 68 years 4 months and 11 days
Ellen Snodgrass wife of Thomas died January 22 A.D. 1887
James F. Snodqrass died on the 23 of Feb 1912 Aged 64 yrs 3 mon 6 days
(page torn off) son of Wm. Snodgrass departed this life May the 2 Anno Domini 1852 Aged 17 years 5 months & 1 day.

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1850 Census, Crawford County, Ohio
Jackson Twp., LDS film # 432-671

Chambers, Samuel M. --- age 34 --- farmer --- born Pa. (this is Thomas' uncle)
Chambers, Jane --- age 29 --- born Ohio
Chambers, Elizabeth M. --- age 1 --- born Ohio
Snodgrass, Thomas --- age 17 --- born Pa.

Living in Sandusky Twp. were:

Walker, Joseph --- age 56 --- born Pa.
Walker, Esther --- age 46 --- born Pa.
Walker, Ella --- age 19 --- born Ohio
Walker, Mary --- age 18 --- born Ohio
Walker, Margaret --- age 16 --- born Ohio
Walker, John --- age 12 --- born Ohio
Walker, Thomas --- age 8 --- born Ohio
Walker, Esther E. --- age 5 --- born Ohio

This is the family of Eleanor Walker, future wife of Thomas.

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1860 Federal Census, Jackson Township, Crawford County, Ohio
LDS film #653-951B, Crestline

Snodgrass, Thomas --- age 28 --- butcher --- born O (he was actually born in Pa.)
Snodgrass, Ellen --- age 29
Snodgrass, Margaret --- age 11
Snodgrass, Hester J. --- age 3
Snodgrass, Wm. F. --- age 3
Snodgrass, Mary F. --- age 2 months
Walker, Mary. J. --- age 28
Walker, Margaret --- age 26
Walker, Hester E. --- age 16

The last three were sisters to Ellen (nee Walker) Snodgrass

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1870 Census, Crawford County, Ohio
Crestline, Jackson Twp.

Snodgrass, David --- age 25 --- butcher --- born Ohio
Snodgrass, Mary E. --- age 25 --- housekeeping --- born Pa.
Snodgrass, Harry L. --- age 3 --- borh Ohio
Snodgrass, Thomas --- age 37 --- butcher -- born Pa.
Snodgrass, Elanor --- age 39 --- born Ohio
Snodgrass, Margaret L. A. --- age 17 --- born Ohio
Snodgrass, Esther J. --- age 11 --- born Ohio
Snodgrass, Mary F. --- age 11 --- born Ohio
Snodgrass, William F. --- age 11 --- born Ohio
Walker, Mary --- age 37 --- at home

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1875-76 Crestline Classified Business Directory

Butchers --- Thomas Snodgrass, s w c of Bucyrus and Union
Meat Markets --- Snodgrass & Son, Seltzer near Union

1875-76 Crestline Classified Business Directory
Butchers --- Thomas Snodgrass, s w c of Bucyrus and Union
(page 271) Meat Markets --- Snodgrass & Son, Seltzer near Union
(page 263) Snodgrass, Anna --- bds. Thomas Snodgrass
Snodgrass, Francis --- butcher, living on Seltzer St.
Snodgrass, Sona --- bds. Thomas SNodgrass
Snodgrass, Thomas --- butcher, living on Seltzer St.

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History of Crawford County and Ohio and Representative Citizens
1912, Vol. 2

Thomas Snodgrass, deceased, was one of the pioneer business men of Crestline, where he was engaged in the meat business for 43 years and was a representative, reputable and substantial man of this city. He was born in Washington County, Pa., April 29, 1832, and is a son of William and Margaret (Chambers) Snodgrass.

The parents of Mr. Snodgrass were also born in Washington County and were of Scotch and Irish ancestry, the Chambers family in Ireland belonging to the gentry class. The families were established in Pennsylvania prior to the Revolutionary War. In 1840, William Snodgrass with his wife and three children, Thomas, Sarah J. and Mary, started with teams attached to big wagons to make the overland journey to a new home in Jackson Township, Crawford County. To Thomas, who was then eight years old, and his sisters, who were younger, the journey was a great adventure, but it was a grave matter to the father and mother. In part they realized the hardships they would probably have to face and the dangers they would encounter, but it was a long and tiresome trip.

At night they camped by the road side and in the morning plodded on, their courage keeping up until they reached the forest within which their selected home lay, when Mr. Snodgrass had to chop a road before the spot could be reached. Afterward he cut down trees and thus secured a site for the first log cabin, which served until a better one could be built, which later was supplanted by a handsome, comfortable frame one which, with barns and other farm buildings, are yet standing. Although far removed from all the pleasures and comforts of civilization, to which they had been accustomed, the family led a happy, busy, contented life and through industry and frugality increased their possessions and at the time of death, William Snodgrass was able to leave an estate of 200 acres of improved land. They were members of the Presbyterian church. The first wife of William Snodgrass died in 1849, in the prime of life, her youngest child being only one year old at that time His second marriage was to Rachel Warden, who, at death, left five children.

Thomas Snodgrass grew to manhood in Jackson township and gave his father assistance on the home farm. He preferred an active business life rather than an agricultural one and left the farm and came to Crestline, which, at that time, was but a hamlet. Here he established his meat market and continued in the same line until the close of his life on Feb. 10, 1901, having been continuously in business since 1858. Mr. Snodgrass at times had invested in real estate and had become one of the men of ample fortune here. A Republican in his political sentiments, he voted according to his conscience and judgment and rarely was willing to consider public office for himself, although, at one time, he served as city assessor.

In Jefferson Township, Crawford County, Mr. Snodgrass was married to Miss Eleanor Walker, who was born in Crawford County Sept. 8, 1830, and died at Crestline. Jan. 22, 1887. She was a daughter of Joseph and Esther (Garven) Walker, natives of Ohio and very early settlers of the county, where they died in 1854 and 1855 respectively. A sister of Mrs. Snodgrass, now over 80 years of age, still survives and lives at Blairsville, Pa. Five children were born to Thomas Snodgrass and wife, namely: Margaret A., who was born, reared and has always lived at Crestline; Josephine, who is the wife of Frank P. Drake of Massillon, 0., and has three children; Mary F. and William, twins, the former of whom is the wife of F. D. Steffey, of Blairsvihle, lndiana County, Pa., and the latter of whom died at Crestline, unmarried, in 1908, when aged 49 years; and one babe that died unmarried .

Miss Margaret A. Snodgrass devoted herself to the care of her parents in their old age, unselfishly putting aside personal ambitions that might have interfered with the tender care she desired to give them, and finds compensation in the realization of duty faithfully performed. She is well known through Crestline and Jackson Township and is much esteemed. She attends the Methodist Episcopal church at Crestline.

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