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John Snoddy (1746 - 1815)

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John Snoddy
Born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Colony, British Americamap
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Died in Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Categories: Middle Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania | American Revolution.

John Snoddy participated in the American Revolution


John was born in 1746. He is the son of Matthew Snoddy and Mable Unknown. He passed away in 1815.

John son of Matthew, married an Alice or Else, believed to be a Johnston. They had five sons and three daughters. The family belonged to the Middlespring Church in Cumberland county. Most of their family information can be found in the church records. All of John's sons except Adam, migrated to Ohio 1820-30. They located in Butler and Richland counties. Matthew's wife Jean Wilson and several of her family also migrate to Ohio at the same time. These brothers Matthew, William and Johnston stayed in Butler county for several years and moved on to Franklin county, Indiana between 1831-40. Their brother John probably migrated at the same time to Richland county, Ohio. There is no record of him in Pennsylvania or Ohio after 1821.

1773 - John is listed as a freeman (unmarried) in the return for Lancaster county. He was taxed 15.0 [1]

1776- Mentioned in the roll of Capt. James Rodgers' Company of militia of Col. Timothy Green's Hanover Rifle Battalion of Lancaster County Associators destined for the camp in the Jerseys, we have the names of John and William Snoddy. They returned 6th June 1776.

1781 - John Snoddy listed as subscriber to the old stone church built in 1781 (Middle Springs Presbyterian, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania)

1785-In Cumberland county John was taxed for 250 acres of land and 3 horses and three cattle. [2]

1792 -John Snoddy witnesses the will of Andrew Thompson in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania


This is taken from a photocopy of the full, handwritten will of John Snoddy (February 1815)[3]

In the name of God, Amen. I John Snoddy, of the county of Cumberland and the state of Pennsylvania, being in a low state of health but sound in disposing mind memory and understanding, considering the certainy of death and the uncertain of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and be thereby better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence I do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, first and principally I commit my soul to almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors herein after named. For all just debts and funeral charges are paid and my wife's part both real and personal estate which shall be given her as law directs then the remainder of my estate shall be disposed of in the manner following, viz, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mable Donavan the sum of one hundred dollars at the sale or after the sale of the land and fifty dollars to be paid to the same Mable Donavan at the discretion of the executors and the remainder of my estate after the bequeathment shall be divided equally amoungst the rest of my children viz- Matthew, Adam, John, William, Polly, Johnston, and Benjamin.

Notwithstanding this equal divide mentioned shall not prevent any of my sons who have spent labor to support the family after their mature age to have a reasonable reward allowed them which shall be paid at the judgement of two reputal men and I do allow my land to be sold at the discretion of my executors and as soon as convenient after my land is sold the above mentioned hundred dollars be paid to Mable Donavan but if she shall be dead, before the said money is due then said money shall be paid to her children at their maturity, and do hereby constitute and appoint my son Matthew and William Johnston Snoddy to be the executors of this my last will and testament. And I do give them as full power to bargain, sell convey and transfer my land as I could or might have done if I were alive in my own person and I hereby revoke and annul all former wills heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this first day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen.

Witness: David McKenney and John Carson, Proven Feb 14,1815


  1. Pennsylvania archives third series vol XVII, page 407
  2. Pennsylvania archives third series vol XX page 727
  3. Last Will and Testament of John SNODDY, Wills: Abstracts 1809-1817, Book H p 305, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
  • "United States Census, 1790," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 May 2015), John Snoddy, Hopewell, Newton, Tyborn, And Westpensboro, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; citing p. 23, NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 8; FHL microfilm 568,148.
  • "United States Census, 1800," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 May 2015), Jno Snoddy, Hopewell, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; citing p. 271, NARA microfilm publication M32, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 38; FHL microfilm 363,341.
  • DAR Ancestor #A106521 [1]

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