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
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Chet Snow is a descendant of Mayflower Passenger Constance (Hopkins) Snow.
Chet Snow is the descendant of a Huguenot emigrant.

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.

Recently (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.


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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, Chet, is this person and his wife a candidate for the Huguenot Migration project? Cindy

posted by Cindy (Bourque) Cooper
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
I am a Direct descendent of Dr. Pierre Chastain Sr., who was born in France in 1638. My moms Grandma was Elizabeth Josephine Shasteen / Chastain born in Winchester, Franklin county, Tennessee in 1865.

I am having trouble adding the “ Huguenot “ Tag.

Not sure what I am doing incorrectly.

Is this the proper way to add the tag?

confirmed with DNA


Terri Solomon/ McGhee


Dallas, Texas

posted by Terri (Solomon) McGhee
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
Could you please assist if you are able. A mail was sent out about the Huguenot project, requesting a reply. I replied to the email but my mail program said the reply has been delayed by 24 hours. Is the email address correct? It was cbsnow[at]
posted by Shaun Wallace
I was wondering if there is a sub... like some of the other Migration Projects? like, Template:Huguenot Emigrant to Maryland would make it easier to find which ones we might have sources for already
posted by Carole Taylor
Thanks so much for your help on spelling variations for names. I appreciate you!
posted by Heidi Tucker
Hi Chet, I am interested in Edmund Scarborough-3. On my mother's side, her mother is related to Katherine Scarborough who married Randell Revell and her father may be related to brother Edmund Scarborough II through his relationship with Mrs Toft and their daughter, Attalanta if you have any additional information or resources you could direct me to. Thanks, Erin
posted by Anonymous Davis
As usual, I have the best team for the thons!!! Thank you for being a Legacy Heir for the January 2022 Connect-A-Thon. I am hoping you will join me for the next thon too!
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
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.

As we start this first Thon of 2022, I just want to say thank you for being a Legacy Heir!!! Have fun with this one and remember, We take it at our own individual pace. If you like to love one profile all weekend, so be it! Make that the most beautiful profile you can. If you choose to do many profiles!!! That is great too!! Just make sure you have at least one good source. Even one contribution makes this amazing tree more beautiful, healthy and strong that it was before that contribution!!

Family, obligations and most importantly, YOU are more important than the thon! We love having you here, but if something comes up, elsewhere, take care of that first. You Rock Legacy Heirs, lets have some fun and connect some profiles!!

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hi there Hun,

Registration for the January Thon has started. It is going to be a connect-a-thon for the year of connections. The thon will start 14 Jan 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
Hi Cousin!

Chet and James are 9th cousins twice removed

Chet Snow and James Ward Jr are both descendants of Mary Elizabeth (Claiborne) Harris (abt.1630-1710).

GedMatch DNA: Comparing Kit T603702 (*Chet Snow) [Migration - F2 - T] and Kit ET1709405 (James Ward Jr) [23andMe]

Segment threshold size will be adjusted dynamically between 200 and 400 SNPs Minimum segment cM to be included in total = 5.0 cM Mismatch-bunching Limit will be adjusted dynamically to 60 percent of the segment threshold size for any given segment.

Chr B37 Start Pos'n B37 End Pos'n Centimorgans (cM) SNPs 6 44,160,786 48,674,613 5.1 227

Largest segment = 5.1 cM

Total Half-Match segments (HIR) 5.1cM (0.143 Pct) Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 7.7

1 shared segments found for this comparison.

156177 SNPs used for this comparison.

52.473 Pct SNPs are full identical

Comparison took 0.018. CPU time used: 0.016.

Ver: May 11 2021 07 33 46 May

posted by James Ward Jr
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
Hey hun,

You are an amazing part of WT and of Legacy Heirs. I am so thankful that you are a part of our team. Hope we see you on the team for the next thon.

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
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
Thank you so much Chet,

Amazing I’m coming to you thru both of my parents White/Cook And I’m so sorry I need so much help in just adding my ancestors. Including you & family since we’re related Is it difficult to transfer Pre 1500-1700 ancestors into my tree or will I need help. If the new list of family names you posted for Barnabas Cooke Sr could be injected to my tree then my DNA could be matched, right. I have a way to go Sincerely Darrel PS: what’s your specialty field as a Doctor

posted by Darrel White Jr
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
Hi Hun,

Registration started today for the Spring Clean-A-Thon.The cleaning will start on Friday, April 23, at 8 AM (EDT) and run until Monday, April 26, at 8 AM (EDT). If you can and will be joining us, let us now. You must register first, If you have not please go here: and answer that you will be there and want to be on Legacy Heirs.

Our team Chat is here:

Hope to see you!!

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
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

Thanks for your attention to the Chastains, ancestors of my late wife. You have seen all I know or should not have accepted about them. I was surprised when I encountered the spelling Chastan, but assumed that it was another of those which had been in use, as Chasteen was in more recent generations, but I have no attachment to this. I have plenty of cases in other lines where I have seen even correct sources on FS used incorrectly, so I welcome corrections from those who have researched it. I was lucky that I was able to come up with enough about Chasteen/Chastains who were alive in my wife's youth to jog her memory to the point of choosing whom I believe are the correct ones. She wasn't willing to take DNA test, although not at all embarrassed about her ancestry nor the lies told on official records even down to 1917. I have probable and possible Huguenot ancestors myself, but don't know of anyone trying seriously to get them straight. As for Penn State, I have ancestors whose degrees there led to those Chester county families of 150 years beginning to more around the country, and I worked on aircraft engines with several people who studied there. Tim

posted by Tim Prince
edited by Tim Prince
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. Can you have a look at Portal-35 (Pierre Guillaume) please? His father now has a profile, Portal-82, and needs connecting. Pierre's baptismal record apparently shows that he was baptised in a RC church. Cheers, C
posted by C. Mackinnon
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
Hi Chet!

Thank you so much for the Rutan information. I will definitely check it out for any connections.

Have a great day! Shannon