There was a Henry Snook in Finley’s 1st Regiment Mounted of the Ohio Militia during the War of 1812. Check this out.
In 1842, Henry was one of the first settlers of Powesheik County in an area called Snook’s Grove. He is listed as an original entry (first to purchase) of 200 acres in Powesheik County on 11/4/1848. Snook was a blacksmith and during the 1849 Gold Rush, his house was located on a busy road and found much business repairing wagons and shoeing horses of those who were going West to seek their fortunes. When the travel along this road stopped, he sold his property and moved to Texas. According to the book Powesheik Heritage, Henry Snook sold all his property and moved to Texas in July of 1853.
CRIMES & CRIMINALS
THE FOX AND LONG GANG.
“The fact has already been stated that at the time the first settlement was made in Poweshiek county there was an old cabin discovered in a grove a few miles north of the present site of Montezuma. A number of strangers were accustomed in those early days to occasionally visit the cabin, and, from the character of certain things which were afterward found in the ruins of the cabin, the early settlers were led to believe that it was originally the resort of a number of desperadoes known as the Fox and Long gang of counterfeiters and horse thieves. This supposition was confirmed by Mr. Snook, a blacksmith who early lived on Bear Creek, and who was frequently called upon by members of the gang to shoe their horses and repair certain tools for them.
On account of the supposition that the aforesaid cabin was the resort of counterfeiters and thieves the grove was named Bogus Grove by the settlers, and it went by that name for many years. From the fact that this gang undoubtedly had its headquarters in the county a local interest attaches to the history of these noted desperadoes. The members of the gang were the persons who murdered Colonel Davenport; they were afterward hunted down by a man named Bonney.”
According to Betty Welliver’s information, Henry is buried in Decatur Co, Iowa. (check this out!)
In 1880 census, Julie Snook Bodifield lists her parents’ birthplace as Virginia.