Chet Snow
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Chet Snow

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Dr. Chet B. Snow
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"A Genealogist must have the patience of Job; the curiosity of a cat; the stubbornness of a mule; the eyesight of an eagle; be blessed with the luck of the Irish and have the ability and stamina of a camel to go long hours without food or drink." - A Wise Genealogist
This profile is part of the Snow Name Study.

I came across this in a recent research foray. If anyone knows whose grave this is on, let me know. Chet

This is on a cemetery plaque at a cemetery in Alabama:
"Linger awhile and walk with me into the shadowy mist that was yesterday. Stroll across the faded pages of history and from our hardships learn the ways of a better life. Pass me not for I am the spirit of your ancestors. In your veins flow my blood and the blood of my fathers. Linger awhile, if only for a moment and through your thoughts I will know I am remembered."


Chet Snow is a descendant of Mayflower Passenger Constance (Hopkins) Snow.
Chet Snow is the descendant of a Huguenot emigrant.
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Chet Snow was a RAWKER in the We Will RAWK You Event.
Chet Snow competed in the 2023 WikiGames.

I was born at the end of WW II in Paterson, NJ, where my father was employed as a mechanical engineer at the Wright Aeronautical works, helping develop jet aircraft engines during that conflict. My parents met when both were students at Penn State University in State College, PA. Both my grandfathers were also professors at Penn State until they retired. All are now deceased. I have one older brother, retired from the US Federal Government, in Florida.

I went to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, alma mater of my maternal grand-father, for whom I am named, and I later did graduate work in history at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, at Columbia University and at the Institute for Advanced Studies, up to my doctorate in social history. I taught college history for a while until I decided Academia, with all its committees, was not for me.

In the 1970s I moved to Napa, California; since 1994 I have lived in Sedona, with my wife, born in France, and whom I met while living in Paris doing research in the 1980s. We have no children and I am now retired.

Ten years ago, in December 2013, I was "bitten by the genealogical bug" and discovered Wikitree, whose easy access and community ethics appealed to me. In a relatively short time, I have found answers to many of my questions about different branches of my family, such as that my Snow relatives and I are descendants of 2 Mayflower passengers... I have therefore set up a Snow one-name study page (although I haven't had much time to work on it yet!) and added DNA testing to my biography.

I am always open to new information, corrections anywhere on my Tree (with Sources, please!), and to finding new distant cousins from my Snow, Bonine, Weston, Whiteman +/or other related lineages.

As I am bilingual in French, I will be happy to assist Wikitree researchers seeking short translations etc. from that language too.
This user is a native speaker of English.
Cet utilisateur parle français à un niveau comparable à la langue maternelle.


  • First-hand information. Entered by Chet Snow on January 7, 2014. Edited on May 19, 2015 and Feb. 9, 2016.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing. Chet Snow, FTDNA kit # 335069, and his 8th cousin, once removed, Frank Snow, FTDNA kit # 211676, match at a Genetic Distance of 2 on 37 markers, thereby confirming their direct paternal links back to their MRCA Nicholas Snow. FTDNA indicates that the probability the two share a common ancestor within the last 8 generations is 88.33% and within the last 9 generations is 91.76%.
  • Paternal and maternal relationships in his matrilineal line are confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between Chet B. Snow GEDmatch T603702 and his 2nd cousin, once removed, Donna Robinson Falcone GEDmatch A327604. Their most-recent-common ancestors are George Cleland Robinson and Eliza Ann Howell. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 3.6, based on sharing 101,4 cM across 3 shared segments.

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Hi Cousin Chet. Thank you for helping with the USBH 1880 census project in Arizona. The state of Arizona has now been marked as complete! Emma
Just have to say - great job on the biographies for Capt. Benjamin F. Snow and his wife Elizabeth Gooding!
posted by E Childs
Hi Chet

I hope you might be able to help me remove my ancestors and ydna results from this tree. Benjamin Brown, Sr. and wife Sarah Thompson were their names. The John Brown shown as Benjamin's father is not related to me. Thanks, Keith Brown

posted by Keith Brown
Hello Chet,

I see you contacted me recently in regards to Mayflower descendant stickers on profiles. The stickers I am using are merely a customized version of the normal Descendant sticker; it is NOT the official Mayflower Descent Sticker that is restricted to living individuals.

Numerous other people have contacted me in regards to this, and I was told previously by people who are involved with template maintenance/usage that there is not an issue with my usage of the template.


W. A. Hopkins

Hello, Chet,

Thank you for your quick answer. I spent some time in the past few days with a 31 pages (plus detailed notes) document that Alice Eichholz put on the Linville Family web site called "Linville Family in America – First Generations." I just happened to discover it about a week ago. To see this, you can go to the web site and click on the link to the document, and it will download. She wrote this in 2012, and it includes updates and corrections to the information in her book. Regarding the death of John Linville (Linville-5), she says (p. 13): "John Linville probably died after 14 Oct. 1739 at Conestoga, Lancaster County, PA, a date when daughter Lydia's husband, Samuel Richey, wrote his will. The inventory for Richey's estate indicates that John Linville owed the estate 1/3 of a debt." Alice seems to feel that John probably died in Pennsylvania, but Ann went to South Carolina, probably to live with a daughter, and died there in 1785. She has a citation for an estate file for Ann. I am planning to try to get a copy of it, but I just learned about it from this document, which I just found about a week ago. I was gratified to discover that Alice cited an article I wrote about the marriage of Agnes Linville, daughter of John (Linville-5) and correspondence with me in notes 261 and 262! Peace Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer (also a descendant of John Linville (Linville-5) and Ann, through their daughter Agnes (Linville) Hindman)

posted by Christine Crawford
Hello, Chet,

I have been working on my Linville connection recently, and am looking at the Wiki page for Ann (Hendricks) Linville (1685-1733??) (Hendricks-355), wife of John Linville (1677-1739 [not 1733, according to Alice Eichholz]) (Linville-5). Whoever wrote the original page for Ann Hendricks wrote that Ann's third husband was "Ellender Bryan." This is *very* confused, because Ellender is a variant of the name Eleanor, and Eleanor Bryan was the wife of William Linville, the son of John and Ann (Hendricks) Linville. That whole paragraph needs to be removed. I am not yet certified for pre-1700 work, so I can't do it myself. Also, Thomas Baldwin was the name of John Linville (1677-1739)'s stepfather (b. 1657) and stepbrother (b. 1685). There is no evidence that either of them were married to Ann Hendricks. Can that paragraph also be removed from the biography? I have more questions, but will wait until you answer this.

Peace Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer

posted by Christine Crawford
Hello Christine

You are right there have been many additions to this profile which I did not create but as Ann is my 7th great-grandmother, I adopted it a few years ago. I had made "notations" on it about the clearly-conflated passages but have not had time to do real research - and I do not have access behind's "pay wall" subscription. I have added "Research Notes" to help clear up the conflations. I do not know which date 1733 or 1739 is when Ann Linville died - it may be 1739 as her husband is said to have died in 1733 but I do feel certain that they died in Augusta Co., Virginia, not in Pennsylvania. More research is required than I have time for at the moment but at least I believe the narrative is clear.

posted by Chet Snow
Chet I was in the middle of creating the William Charles Huston profile how did you get into it to block me out?
posted by Carole Taylor
I have NO idea - I thought someone creating a profile had a 30 minute monopoly on editing for any profile. Very sorry if I stepped on your toes - not purposefully. I see that I was looking at another profile on FindAGrave and ran across his with the very-good obituary, so I added it.

He is not a relative so far as I know - my apologies if I interrupted your work.

Best Chet Snow-2128

posted by Chet Snow
Do you know Grace? I happened upon this marriage when I was viewing St Edmund Salisbury register:

George Parchment married Grace Snowe 15 Sep 1603 in Salisbury, St Edmund, Image 171 Salisbury, St Edmund Parish Register

I've added this in research notes on Parchment-1

posted by Beryl Meehan
Hi Beryl

Short answer - maybe. There was an important Snowe family in Salisbury/Wiltshire in that time period that went on to become Goldsmiths and Bankers in London - all to end in scandal in mid 1800s when there was a "run on the bank" at a "panic" and the last heir got caught - so far as I know they are NOT related to "my" Snows, my earliest male ancestor came to Plymouth Colony in 1623. I will see if I can find the profiles I posted on WikiTree and make the connection. Chet

Update - All I can find is an "Edmond" or "Edmund" Snowe who died 1637 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. He had a will that is on Ancestry but it's in medieval English script and I am not an expert on that - wife was "Elizabeth". There are more from Wiltshire but I do not know how to find them.

posted by Chet Snow
edited by Chet Snow
That time has rolled around again! Connect-A-Thon registration starts today.

Here is the registration page link: Have you registered for the April 2023 Connect-a-Thon yet? - WikiTree G2G

Hope to see you there.

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
I am stumped. Margaret Dernewell was 27 years old when John Penne was born and still alive when John Penne married Alice Fereby in 1430? How could Margaret be his first wife? This makes some sense when you learn that Margaret inherited land (Aldenham) which was passed on to her son, John, who was born at Penne's Place (Aldenham) in 1432. But John married Alice Fereby in 1430. So John is actually not her son?

There is one "fix" which is to accept Margaret Dernewell as the wife of John' father, Thomas Penne (1370-1413) making son John the heir of lands in Aldenham and husband of only Alice Fereby.

Any insight?

Don Ward (husband of Sue Penn)

posted by Don Ward
Thank you for adding information about the father of Charlotte Sharp who married Thomas Dodgson and together were my Dodgson great great great grands. SIlversmith! Wonderful! Thomas was a stockbroker, one of those who started the London Stock Exchange in 1801.
posted by Susanna J Dodgson
Connect-a-Thon!! It is registration time again. January’s thon will be a connect-a-thon to bring us all together for the new year. It will start on 13 Jan 2023 and 72 hours later, on 16 Jan 2023, it will be a great memory. I hope to see that you are doing well and want to join the rest of the Legacy Heirs who will be there. Registration link is here:
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Thanks for your assistance on Frank Weekley-355. Peace, Janet Claeys-300
posted by Janet Claeys MA
Thank you for your contributions to the Prettyman family!
posted by Dawn Wolfe
Let me add my thanks to Dawn's comment. Fine job.
Hi Chet! Hope all's well ☺️
posted by Maggie N.
Hey hun,

Thank you so much for being a Legacy Heir and being in the Connect-A -Thon. I hope to see you for the Source-A-Thon in October.

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hi Chet,

When you get a chance, can you investigate Charles Whitten Sr (1736-1798)?

In 2014/2016 you wrote, "Charles Whitten was the son of Evart Jones Whitten and his wife, Dorothy (Tash) Whitten." There is an Evart Jones Whitten (1913-1980) who married Dorothy Jeanette (Tash) Whitten (1914-2007) in Maine. It would be a strange coincidence if the parents of this Charles Whitten, born in Virginia ca. 1736, were also named Evart Jones Whitten and Dorothy Tash.



posted by Chris Whitten
Hi there Hun,

Registration for the July Thon has started. It is going to be a connect-a-thon for the year of connections. The thon will start 15 Jul 2022 and, as always, run for 72 hours. I hope to have you with me for the Legacy Heirs team. I will understand though if it will not work out. Register so I can put you on the team roster. Here is the Registration Link:

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
I appreciate you being a Legacy Heir. Thank you for signing up for the April Connect-a-thon. I hope to “see” you for the Connect-a-thon in July and the Source-a-thon in October!
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy

Congratulations on being #1 on the Legacy Heirs team for the April Connect-a-Thon. You kept me inspired as I pushed to keep up with you (til I had to stop for the evening - but even then I was about 20 behind you). You kept going! Very impressive, sir. And then I read your bio - wow! I was bested by the bestest! All best wishes to you and thanks for keeping me inspired!

Diane Scholten (from Barrington, IL - suburb of Chicago)

posted by Diane Scholten
Hi there Hun,

Registration for the April Thon has started. It is going to be a connect-a-thon for the year of connections. The thon will start 22 Apr 2022 and, as always, run for 72 hours. I hope to have you with me for the Legacy Heirs team. I will understand though if it will not work out. Register so I can put you on the team roster. Here is the Registration Link:

And here is our team Chat page:

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Dear Chet,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team who guide new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team. Please let us know which team(s) you would like to participate in.

Thank you for being a member of the project. You're currently identified as a member of the Biography Team Level 1. If you would prefer a different or additional Team, please let us know. You joined the Project before the Voyage started in late 2018, we would like to invite you to consider a "fast track" Voyage, especially if you plan to join the Biography Team. If you’re interested, choose a profile that you have completed to the best of your ability and compare it to the Voyage Biography Standards. If your profile is at Level 2 or better, include a link to the profile in your response to this check-in for a “fast track” review.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. (When you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID). You will find more information on the GoogleGroup.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Thanks so much for your help on spelling variations for names. I appreciate you!
posted by Heidi Tucker
Hi Dr. Snow:

I was born in Mars Hill, Maine almost directly across from the Snow Cemetery in Mars Hill. As a teenager I mowed that cemetery on a weekly basis, summers. Obviously, I noted the Snow names including Moses who died in 1847, perhaps in a house (purportedly the first built in that town in 1845), though he had cut logs/slash, etc. there as early as 1844. I have a cousin, Sandra Leighton (we have Sewell relatives who lived in Maugerville, NB, Canada, in common) who has done some work on Moses Snow, her relative. Gladys Tweedie, long since deceased, wrote a history of Mars Hill, ME and apparently included a lot of research in it related to Moses Snow and his relatives. I have written five books on the history of Togus, America's first Veterans home and hospital 1866-2016. Learning that one of Moses Snow's sons, Jeremiah Snow, is buried at the VA Cemetery at Togus in Augusta, Maine, I want to write a booklet about him and his brothers, especially, all who were in the Civil War in the 15th Maine. They signed up while living in Mars Hill. I am wondering if your Snow family hailed from this Moses Snow? If so or otherwise, perhaps you would share any information/sources related to Moses and Jeremiah, etc. I am a professional historian and have written mostly local history as an appendage to my educational, teaching and leadership roles. I'm 86 and still writing. I can be reached, preferably at [email address removed] I live at 245 Main Street, Winthrop, Maine 04364. My land line is 207-377-6251. Thanks. Donald Beattie PS: I am also on Facebook as Donald Beattie ad am known as my extended families' genealogist.

posted by Donald Beattie Ph,D.
Only just now had a chance to see that you awarded the Family Star. And I see the our relationship, and am glad to meet you! Been dealing with a lot of health issues for my wife, and some for me, and also with our daughters living with us after the older one's good job of 15 years went away when the company was all but put out of business by Covid. I do WikiTree as an escape from the present day and its troubles, but have been doing family history since 1964.
posted by David Finster
Hello Chet,

On behalf of the US Black Heritage Project, I am doing a check-in with members that have the black-heritage tag to see if you were interested in joining the US Black Heritage Project. Would you be interested in joining the project?

Membership Requirements Requirements for joining: • Have Family Member level membership and sign the Honor Code Once you join, we ask you to: • Join at least one project team and make at least one contribution towards the project's goals every six months • Join the project's Google Discussion Group • Respond to the six-monthly check-in and to your team leader/coordinator • Add black_heritage to the tags you follow to keep up with project posts

How to Join Please reply to this post if you are interested in joining the project or to tell me you added this tag just to keep up with the activities of this project.

I hope you will join us, we could really use your help! Denise ~ Project Coordinator, Membership

Chet, you really are amazing😀 Clean-a-thon extraordinaire!
posted by Maggie N.
Btw, love your quote from the "Wise Genealogist"
posted by Maggie N.
Welcome all the wonderful, Legacy Heirs. I am so blessed to be in this team with you. Tomorrow (Friday) 8 am Eastern US and 5 am Pacific US. All other locations and time zones are at the equivalent time. I look forward to seeing you there, when you can be there.
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hi Chet! Thank you so much for updating my Snow relatives! I have taken note of the formatting. I've been adding bits here and there without the proper follow up.

Cheers ~ Denise

posted by Denise Rhynold
Richard Linville had no son named William. Someone must have changed the profile but their info is pretty impressive. maybe you could move that info to William's profile before removing it. Thanks for the input.

posted by Raymond Nichols DD
Hey Hun,

Thank you for being on Team Legacy Heirs for the source-a-thon. I hope we will have you join the team again for the next thon.

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Thank you for being on the Legacy Heirs team for the 2020 Connect A Thon!
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Bonjour Chet ~

I wonder if you were able to get over to France this year with all the troubles now? Hope you and yours are well.

I am helping Lisa from Legacy Heirs out for the Connect-a-Thon 2020. We start the day after tomorrow, Friday, July 17th, at 8:00 AM (EDT). Our link at G2G is over here at:

Registration ends today if you know anyone who wants to join our team.

Looking forward to your participation again and thank you.

posted by Maggie N.
If you are a Snow relative descended from Nicholas Snow and Constance Hawkins, then we have a new Facebook group titled Snow Genealogy. Reach out to me personally either through my account as jamesdsnow or via email, so we may coordinate getting you into this group for further genealogical collaboration.
posted by James Snow
Hi James, I descend from Nicholas Snow and Constance Hopkins. How do I join the FB group?

Thanks, Karen

posted by K. Fryman

We both descend from Winston, where my family is from his son, William Henry Snow.

Perhaps we can collaborate tree information via email - mine is [email address removed]

posted by James Snow
Hi Chet Thank you for taking a peek at my info and fine tuning it for me! I really appreciate it!
Thanks, Chet for updating that year from 1674 back to 1664. Stay well!
posted by Beryl Meehan
Hi Chet. Thanks for working on the profile of Gustavus Snow. He is the grandfather of my paternal grandmother, Harriet Louisa Snow.
posted by Joel Tilley
Hi Chet,

Just noticed it was your wedding anniversary 12 December ? Congratulations and a big hug for both of you and hope you had a wonderful and very romantic day !

Greets from the Netherlands,

Bea x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Thank you for noticing, Bea. At our ages and conditions, a romantic day is one where the coffee is still hot when you get to the kitchen and nothing is burned before dinner, and we both agree on which TV program to watch... but the thought was lovely. "Greets" from Arizona, dear friend!
posted by Chet Snow
In doing research on my Gregg ancestors, I note that you are the profile manager for William Gregg II, your 8th great grandfather. He is also my 8th great gf. I am very familiar with your extensive work on the Snow family as I am Nancy Snow (maiden name) but have not been able to get beyond my great grandfather, Harlie Frank Snow to prove his parentage conclusively. William Gregg II is an ancestor on my father's maternal side and Harlie Frank Snow is obviously on my father's paternal side. How interesting. Thank you for all of your hard work, Nancy Snow
posted by Nancy Snow
Just turned over Ermentrude of France [di Friuli] France-1048
posted by [Living Ogle]
Thank-you so much Chet! I've handed over Aubigny-30 to you:)
posted by [Living Ogle]
Thank you, hun, so much for being on Legacy Heirs' team. I am so glad you were.
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hi hun,

you are a member of our team, Legacy Heirs, for the source-a-thon. I wanted to welcome you to the team and give you the links for the team pages. I am so happy to have you with us.

Chat page:

Space Page:

Help Page:

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Thanks for getting rid of Massachusetts Bay, a body of water, as a birth place. Adding New England is a giant step forward.
posted by George Churchill