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Christian Snidow (abt. 1710 - 1772)

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Christian Snidow aka Schneider, Snyder, Snider, Snido
Born about in Northern Switzerlandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Father of
Died in Earl Township, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvaniamap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Oct 2017
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Categories: Palatine Migrants | German Roots | US Southern Colonist.


Christian Snidow was a Palatine Migrant.
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Christian Snidow settled in the Southern Colonies in North America prior to incorporation into the USA.
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This is just a guess on Christian's age.

Immigration 1727 Port of Philadelphia ship "Allen" mastered by James Craigie
Source Book: A. Givens - Hall Family History 1971 The book A Givens - Hall Family History states Christian Schneider and his wife Susanna with 56 other Palatinates and their family sailed from Cowes, Isle of Wight on the southern coast of England 7/7/1729 on the ship "Allen" mastered by James Craigie. They landed in Philadelphia and took the Oath of allegiance to George II, then the King of England Sept 15, 1729. (Penna Archives , Vol II p.18.
Spouse: Susanna Margretta
Children: Christian, John Jacob, Phillip, Michael, Margaret and Elizabeth

They originally came from Northern Switzerland, near the boundary line of Baden and Wurtemburg. Some time prior to coming to American they had found their way to Holland . Here the Amsterdam Committee for Foreign needs sent them to Philadelphia to avoid religious persecution from the catholic church. Once in Philadelphia they found their way to Weber-Thal Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania.

There are deeds there showing he owned land. Research on the name "Snidow" show it was spelled Snido, Shnido, Early records of Lancaster Co spelled it this way also. The French spelling was "Sneadeau. People who wrote or spelled the name Snidow, spelled it the way it sounded. The Snidow's are believed to be French Protestants from Palatinate, driven out by Catholic wars and came to America to worship as they pleased. The Palatinate Country former home of Christian had a large number of French names and French people with over half of the area descendants of soldiers of Coblentz up to 1872, are pure French. They are descendants of soldiers who married and settled there on the Rhein or of official class that remained. Immigration records show he did not sign his name , but used (x) instead. Citing this record The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2017-10-27), entry for Christian /Snidow/. Family Search

The Snidows of New River Valley. the original German spelling, is Schneider. It is spelled as originally also Snyder, Snider, Snido, and Snidow. This family is of German origin and the first of the family to come to America was Christian Snyder, who landed at Philadelphia in 1727. The record kept at the Port of Philadelphia of the arrival of emigrants does not disclose that Christian brought a family with him; if he had done so the same would have been recorded.

He no doubt was a young man at the time, and had crossed the ocean to seek his fortune in the New World. The spelling of this name is no index as to who he was, as the original German spelling, is Schneider. It is spelled as originally also Snyder, Snider, Snido, and Snidow.

There is, however, something in the use among these German people of the given name; as the same given names in families are handed down from one generation to another. In this family the name Christian seems to have been handed down for more than a hundred years. When, or who Christian Snidow married is not now known, but there came in 1765 to New River, from Pennsylvania, John Snidow, who had married Elizabeth Helm; he came to see the country, and visited Philip Lybrook at the mouth of Sinking Creek. It is likely, in fact more than probable, that Lybrook had been his neighbor in Pennsylvania. The circumstances show that he had made up his mind to settle in the New River Valley, As he went back to Pennsylvania and the next year, 1766, started for the New River with his family, and on the way was taken suddenly and violently ill and died.

His widow, Mrs. Elizabeth, with her children, some of them very small, made her way to Philip Lybrook's, or to his neighborhood.The exact place of her settlement is difficult to locate, but from circumstances it is believed that she made her home near the mouth of Sinking Creek, in what is now Giles County.

Mrs. Snidow's family consisted of five sons and three daughters; the sons, Philip, Christian, John, Theophilus, and Jacob; daughters, Barbara, and two small girls, killed by the Indians in 1774.

Philip married Barbara Prillman, Christian married Mary Burke, Jacob married, first, Clara Burke, second, Miss Pickelsimon, and third, Mary Hankey; John was killed, being thrown from a horse; Theophilus, when quite a lad, was captured by the Indians in 1774, and after being detained in captivity a number of years returned in bad health, and soon died; Barbara, the daughter, married Jacob Prillman, of Franklin County. Among the children of Barbara Prillman Snidow, was Christian, called the Blacksmith, to distinguish him from his uncle, Colonel Christian. The children of Colonel Christian Snidow and his wife, Mary Burke Snidow, were: Sons, John, Lewis, and William H.; the daughters were, Elizabeth, Mary, Rebecca, Clara, Nancy and Sallie. John married Rachael Chapman,daughter of Isaac and Elian Johnston Chapman; their children were,Christian, James H., David J. L., Elizabeth, Mary, Elian C., and Ellen J.Lewis Snidow married Barbara, the daughter of the blacksmith, Christian, and his wife, Sarah Turner Snidow; their children are, William Henry Harrison and George Lewis; the latter married Josephine Snidow; the former unmarried. After the death of Lewis Snidow his widow, Barbara, married Jacob Douthat, by whom she had several children. William H. Snidow married Adeline Chapman, daughter of John Chapman; the names of their children are: John Chapman Snidow, now dead; James Piper Snidow and Annie, the latter now dead, and who married Dr. Harvey G.Johnston. Elizabeth, the daughter of Colonel Christian Snidow, married John Peck, of Giles County; Mary married Major Henry Walker, of Botetourt, later of Mercer County; Rebecca married Benjamin Peck, of Monroe County; Clara married Conrad Peters, of Monroe County; Nancy married James Harvey, of Monroe County; Sallie married Haven Bane, of Giles County. Among the descendants of John Peck and his wife, Elizabeth, are, in part the Pecks of Giles, the Vawters of Monroe, the Kelleys of Smyth, the McNutts of Mercer, and the Pecks of Logan County, West Virginia. Some of the descendants of Major Henry Walker and wife reside in Mercer County; the descendants of Benjamine Peck reside in Monroe, Mercer, Giles,and in the State of Kansas. The descendants of James Harvey and wife reside in Monroe County, among them, the Adairs of Red Sulphur, and the family of the late Allen Harvey. Colonel Christian Snidow, when quite a young man, was a lieutenant in Captain John Floyd's Company, and did service in Barger's, Snidow's and Hatfield's Forts, and in scouts and skirmishes with the Indians. His father-in-law, Captain Thomas Burke, born 1741 and died 1808, and whose wife's given name was Clara, was also a Captain in the Indian wars, and at one time in command at Hatfield's Fort. Colonel Christian Snidow was for long years a Justice of the Peace, in both Montgomery and Giles Counties; was Sheriff of Giles County, and frequently represented the same in the House of Delegates of Virginia. Among his descendants were some of the best and bravest soldiers in the Confederate Army.


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On 4 Jan 2018 at 18:58 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

On 3 Jan 2018 at 16:43 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

Schnaeder-2 and Snidow-167 do not represent the same person because: Not a match

On 27 Oct 2017 at 02:53 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

Schnaeder-2 and Snidow-167 appear to represent the same person because: Clear Duplicate

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