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Hannah (Riggs) Snow (1811 - 1885)

Hannah Snow formerly Riggs
Born in Tennessee, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
Wife of — married 9 Jun 1827 in Boone, Missouri, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 74 in Scotland, Missouri, United Statesmap
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21:25: Randi Zurcher edited the Biography, Birth Date, Birth Place and Death Place for Hannah (Riggs) Snow (1811-1885). (Adding sources. Categorization. Minor corrections. ) [Thank Randi for this]
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Hannah (Riggs) Snow was a Tennessean.
Hannah (Riggs) Snow was buried in Scotland County, Missouri, Cemeteries.

Hannah's place of birth was reported in the census as Indiana, Tennessee, and Missouri (see table below). Her children generally gave her birth place as Kentucky in the 1880 and subsequent censuses, with a few exceptions for Missouri, Tennessee, and South Carolina. (Husband Edmund Snow's profile page for a table of references to her children in these censuses.)


Year State County Place of Birth Age 'Other Source
1830 Missouri Ralls - 16-19 presumed to be in Edmund Snow household. [1]
1840 Missouri Lewis - 20-29 presumed to be in Edmund Snow household [2]
1850 Missouri Scotland Indiana 37 Edward Snow household [3]
1860 Missouri Scotland Tennessee 48 Edmund Snow household [4]
1880 Missouri Scotland Missouri 68 Joseph E. Higdon (son-in-law) household [5]

Hannah and her family may not have been enumerated in the 1870 census or may not have been enumerated in an expected manner, leading to a record not being discovered yet for this year.


Hannah married "Edward" Snow in 1827 on the 8th of June in Boone County, Missouri. The name "Edward" may be recorded in error for "Edmund" or may have been a middle name. [6]


Hannah died the day after Christmas in 1885, according to her headstone, or Christmas day itself, according to her obituary..[7][8] The obituary says that Hannah died of pneumonia and had been a member of the "old school Baptist church" for many years. Her headstone in Clark Cemetery iis weathered but the birth and death dates remain plainly visible.

Hannah estate was probated in 1889; the documents list the names of her children. [9]

Proposed Father: Daniel Riggs

Linking Daniel Riggs as Hannah's father is based on him being of a likely age in a close location, having many unaccounted-for daughters per the census, and other likely candidates presenting issues that contradict what we know. For example, Daniel's brother Reuben had children born in January of 1810 and 1812 - conflicting with Hannah's birth in 1811 - and while specific birth dates are recorded for all three of them, it's still possible that a date "drifted" along the way.

Alvy Ray Smith, FASG, discusses both Daniel and Reuben in the eighth volume of his comprehensive and frequently updated study of Riggs families in North America.[10]

Hannah is not mentioned in Smith's work, but on page 105 he does note that in 1830 Edmund Snow and several Salings resided by Jonathan Riggs, son of Reuben, who was in a dispute with his "cousin" Samuel, son of Daniel.

(Smith also briefly discusses Mahlon Riggs who married Hannah's granddaughter Nancy. Mahlon was a descendant of Reuben.)

Whether Hannah's father is Daniel may eventually be sorted out via autosomal DNA segment mapping to her mother's line. Unfortunately, little is known about Nancy, Daniel's wife, and possible siblings of Hannah's husband Edmund married into the family of Reuben Riggs' wife Catharine Saling. Furthermore, two of Daniel's probable children (Martha and Nancy) married two of Reuben's probable children (John and Reuben Jr.).

The only clue we have about Hannah's mother is that in the 1880 census her mother's place of birth is recorded as "Ireland". However, this census also lists Hannah's birthplace as "Missouri", and she is living in the household of her son-in-law, further compounding the possibility that the person who spoke to the census taker may not have been fully informed or may have overstated the closeness of their Irish heritage. (Catharine Saling, wife of Reuben, was living with her son in 1850 when her birth place was recorded as North Carolina[11], further ruling out Reuben.)

DNA Notes

A few segments likely to originate from Timothy Riggs b. 1723 or his father Edward are as follows::[12]

Chr Seg Position cM* Descent (Child of Timothy Riggs) Next Generation Match Info
1 68-155 65 Daniel? Hannah GEDmatch T674090 and A724226 (first cousins once removed)
1 111-156 20 Daniel and Reuben Martha and John C. Lusk (FTDNA) and D. Zemunski (FTDNA) (double 5th cousins once removed)
1 111-160 25 Timothy Jr. Daniel B. Pembroke (MyHeritage/FTDNA)
1 111-153 17 Timothy Jr. Reuben GEDmatch M454856 and M118782 (siblings)
9 135-139 13 Daniel? Hannah GEDmatch T674090 and anonymous MH match (5th cousins)
9 135-141 18 Daniel and Reuben Nancy and Reuben T. Meyer (MH)
9 133-138 11 Daniel Rhoda W. Seay (MH)
9 137-139 12 David Reuben GEDmatch A878824
11 127-135 17 Daniel? Hannah GEDmatch T674090 and R. Glass (MH) (4th cousins once removed)
11 127-134 15 Daniel and Reuben Nancy and Reuben T. Meyer (MH)
11 127-131 7 Daniel Mary L. Stillman (note that cM is very low)
  • "cM" indicates the cM shared by members of Shari S's family (here GEDmatch T674090 and/or A724226 - whichever is indicated in the first row for a new segment) and the indicated match.


  1. United States Federal Census. 1830. Missouri. Ralls County. Page 375. Image of original document at
  2. United States Federal Census. 1840. Missouri. Lewis County. Page 194. Image of original document at
  3. United States Federal Census. 1850. Missouri. Scotland County. Page 131a. Image of original document at
  4. United States Federal Census. 1860. Missouri. Scotland County. Page 828. . Image of original document at
  5. United States Federal Census. 1880. Missouri. Scotland County. Page 207d. Father born in Kentucky; mother born in Ireland. Image of original document at
  6. Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002. Edward Snow and Hannah Riggs. 8 June 1827. Boone County. Image of original document at
  7. Obituary of Hannah Riggs Snow - publication unknown. Photocopy of newspaper page provided by descendant John Edward Riggs to Shari S. The text reads as follows: "Died: Mrs. Hannah Snow died of preunomia (sic) the 25th inst. at her home about 3 miles Northwest of this city. Deceased was 74 years old, and a member of the old school Baptist church for many years."
  8. .; Hannah Riggs Snow. Memorial page includes a photo of the headstone, which states dates of birth and death: Memorial: 14710799
  9. Probate record of Hannah Snow. Scotland County, Missouri. 4 November 1889. Scans of photocopies of county records provided by descendant John Edward Riggs to Shari S.
  10. Edwardian Riggs of America' Volume VIII': Timothy Riggs (c1723-1804) of New Jersey, North Carolina, and Kentucky, and His Family. by Alvy Ray Smith, FASG. "Daniel Riggs" chapter; pages 65-66. 15 June 2020 update.
  11. 1850 United States Federal Census. Year: 1850; Census Place: Warren, Illinois; Roll: 131; Page: 40b.
  12. DNA notes of Shari S. The investigation of these clusters began in August 2022 and is very much in the early stages.

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