The identity of Nicholas Snow's parents are not known. The Nicholas Snowe who was baptized 25 Jan 1599/1600 in St. Leonard Shoreditch, Hoxton, North London, son of Nicholas Snow II and Elizabeth Rowlles was buried 3 days later on 28 January.
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“The settlement of the town [Eastham?], commenced in April, 1644, under favorable auspices, was so augmented by accessions, that application was soon made to the Colony Court for its incorporation; and, June 2, 1646, the result was recorded in these words: ‘NAUSET is granted to be a township and to have all the privileges of a township as other towns within the government have.’ Thus recognized, a meeting of the inhabitants, duly convened, elected NICHOLAS SNOW town-clerk, EDWARD BANGS town treasurer, and JOSIAS COOK town constable.” And “Mr. Cook was one of the founders of E. [Eastham]."
Constance Hopkins & Nicholas Snow in 17th Century Records
Nicholas Snow was born about 1599-1600 in England. His parents are not known. Earlier genealogies that assigned him as the son of Nicholas Snow & Elizabeth Rowlles have been disproven; their son, Nicholas Snow, died 28 Jan 1600 in Middlesex, England. The Nicholas Snow of this profile grew up in England. He was a Puritan, believing that the Church of England needed spiritual reform. He arrived in Plymouth, New England, as a young man aboard the ship “Anne” in 1623. He married about 1 June 1627 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony Constance Hopkins. He was among the first settlers of Eastham, in 1644. He was a freeman, in Eastham in 1655, and served in many town offices. Nicholas Snow died 15 Nov 1676 in Eastham, Plymouth Colony, and is buried in the Cove Burying Ground, Eastham.
Constance Hopkins was baptized 11 May 1606 at Hursley, Hampshire, England. (Alternatively, she was born 25 Jan 1599 Wooten, Underedge, Gloucestershire. This alternative is considered unlikely or for a homonym). Constance's parents were Stephen Hopkins and his first wife, Mary (Kent) Hopkins. She was a Mayflower passenger, along with her father and stepmother.
Constance (Hopkins) Snow passed away on 25 November 1677 in Eastham, Plymouth Colony, New England and is buried in the Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, next to her late husband who had died one year earlier.
Constance’s father, Stephen Hopkins, was born about 1580 in Hursley, Hampshire, England and was baptized 30 Apr 1581 in Upper Clatford, Hampshire. He first married Constance’s mother, Mary Kent (1583 - 1613), and after her death in 1613, he remarried to Elizabeth Fisher, who accompanied him and his children on the Mayflower in 1620.
Constance Hopkins: Mayflower Passenger
"The names of those which came over first, in the year 1620, and were by the blessing of God the first beginners and in a sort the foundation of all the Plantations and Colonies in new England; and their families…
"Mr. Stephen Hopkins and Elizabeth his wife, and two children called Giles and Constanta, a daughter, both by a former wife. And two more by this wife called Damaris and Oceanus; the last was born at sea. And two servants called Edward Doty and Edward Lester."
Nicholas Snow: Passenger on the Anne
Nicholas Snow came to Plymouth from England on the Anne in 1623. This is documented in the 1623 division of land.
Nicholas Snow & the 1623 Land Division
The 1623 division of land marked the end of the Pilgrims’ earliest system of land held in common by all. Governor Bradford explains it this way :
"And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, for that end, only for the present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression."
Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c., Vol. I 1627-1651 is the oldest record book of the Plymouth settlement. It begins with the 1623 division of land, recorded in the handwriting of Governor William Bradford. The lands of Nicholas Snow are described as "The fales of their ground which came ouer in the shipe called the Anne according as their were case. 1623… these following lye on the other side of the towne towards the eele-riuer … These butt against Hobs Hole. Nicolas Snow." [Also in this are were the lands of Anthony Dix, Mr. Pierce’s 2 servants, and Ralph Walen.]
Nicholas Snow: 1626 Purchaser
"Isaac Allerton negotiated in England an agreement dated 26 October 1626 between the Adventurers and himself as ‘one of the planters resident at Plymouth afforesaid, assigned, and sent over as agent for the rest of the planters ther,’ whereby the adventurers for L1,800 sold to the planters, later known as the Purchasers, all the ‘said stocks, shares, lands, merchandise, and chatles’ which had belonged to the Adventurers. The list we have of the Purchaser is from the PCR 2:177, and was obviously compiled sometime after the 1626 agreement, for Richard Warren died in 1628, and his wife replaced him on the list, and John Billington was hanged in 1630, and his share is represented on the list by his surname only. Though the following year the fifty-eight Purchasers in turn assigned both the shares in the company and the debt to the eight Plymouth and four London Undertakers, the list of Purchasers continued to be an important one for, in general, these people were privileged above all others in future land grants in the colony. The list, consisting of fifty-three Plymouth names plus the names of five London men, is as follows :
‘The Names of the Purchasers. Mr Wm Bradford, Mr. Thom Prence, Mr Wm Brewster… Jonathan Brewster, Edward Banges, Nicholas Snow, Steven Hopkins, Abraham Pearse…"
Nicholas and Constance (Hopkins) Snow: 1627 Division of Cattle
The 1627 division of cattle :
"At a publicque court held the 22th of May it was concluded by the whole Companie, that the cattell wch were the Companies, to wit, the Cowes and the Goates should be equally devided to all the psonts of the same company … & so the lotts fell as followeth, thirteene psonts being pportioned to one lot…
"The seauenth lott fell to Stephen Hopkins & his company Joyned to him (2) his wife Elizabeth Hopkins (3) Gyles Hopkins (4) Caleb Hopkins (5) Debora Hopkins (6) Nickolas Snow (7) Constance Snow (8) William Pallmer (9) ffrances Pallmer (10) Willm Pallmer Jnor (11) John Billington Senor (12) Hellen Billington (13) ffrancis Billington. To this lott fell A black weining Calfe to wch was aded the Calfe of this yeare to come of the black Cow, wch pueing a bull they were to keepe it vngelt 5 yeares for common vse & after to make there best of it. Nothing belonging of thes too, for ye copanye of ye first stock : but only half ye Increase. To this lott ther fell two shee goats : which goats they posses on the like terms which others doe their cattell."
Nicholas Snow & the Plymouth Records
1633 : "The Names of the Freemen of the Incorporacon of Plymoth in new England, An: 1633. Edward Wynslow Govr., Capt Myles Standish, William Bradford, John Howland, John Alden, John Done, Stephen Hopkins … Edward Bangs, Nicholas Snow…"
25 March 1633 : "According to an order in Court held the 2d of January, in the seaventh yeare of the raigne of or soveraigne lord, Charles, by the grace of God King of Engl., Scot., France, & Irel., defendor of the faith, &c, the psons heere under menconed were rated for publike use by the Govr, Mr Will Bradford, Capt Myles Standish, Joh: Alden, Joh: Howland, John Done, Stephen Hopkins, Will Gilson, Sam Fuller Senior, John Genny, Godbert Godbertson, & Jonathan Brewster, to be brought in by each pso as they are heere under written, rated in corne at vi s p bushel, at or before the last of November next ensuing, to such place as shall be heereafter appointed to receiue the same. And for default heereof, the value to be doubled, & accordingly leavied by the publick offer for yt end
27 March 1633: "According to an order in Court held the 2d of Jan., in the ninth yeare of the raigne of our sov. Lord, Charles, by the grace of God King of Engl., Scot., Fr., & Ire., defendr of the faith, &c, the psons heerunder menconed were rated for publick use by the Govr & Mr Tho. Prence, Mr Will Bradford, Capt Myles Standish, John Howland, Stephen Hopkins, John Done, Will Gilson, Will Collier, Joh. Jenny, Robt Heek, Jonathan Brewster, Kenelm Wynslow, & Stephen Deane, to be brought in by each pson as they are heerunder written, rated in corne at vj ss p bushell, at or before the last of Novbr next ensuing, to such place as shall be heerafter appointed to receiue the same; and for default heerof, the value to be doubled, & accordingly levied by the publick officer for that end.
5 January 1634 : "January. The seruant of Nicholas Snow was willing to serue out his time with John Cooper, acording to the tenour of his indenture."
1 October 1634 :
"2. Apoynted for laying out of highwayes :
For Duxbery side, Capt Miles Standish, Mr William Colier, Jonathan Brewster, William Palmer, Steuen Trace.
3. For Plimouth, John Jeney, Fra: Cooke, Manaseh Kempton, Ed. Bangs, Nicholas Snow, John Winsloe, James Hurst.
4. The high wayes to be layd out before the 15 of Nouember next."
22 February 1635 : "Twiford West, hauing bound him selfe by an indenture to serue Mr Edward Winslow, of New Plimoth, or his assignes, for the terme of sixe years, vpon shuch conditions as apears more at large in ye said indenture, the said Ed: Winslow haueing assigned him to serue Nicolass Snow, of ye same towne of Plimoth, the said Twiford West (after some triall) disliking to be with ye said Nicolas Snow, came to ye afforesaid Ed: Winslow, & desird he might dwell with him selfe, and he would serue him one year more then is expresed in ye said indenture; vpon which his request, ye said Ed: Winslow compounded with ye said Nicolass Snow for ye said Twiford West, so as the said Twiford West is now (by his own free desire) bound to serue ye said Ed: Winslow seauen years, his time beginning from ye date mentioned in ye afforesaid indenture. This agreemente was acknowledged by all ye parties before ye Gouer, Feb: 12, 1635, and was desired to be recorded."
14 March 1635 : "The place heerafter menconed were assigned to severall psons, for their prnt use the yeare 1636, vizt. –
"…That John Fans & Mr Coomb haue the place over ag Mr Allertons howse, on the north side Jones River, up to the place where Mr Prence, &c, are appointed, pvided they spare Nicholas Snow one smale jag of hey; the rest he is to have at Wellingsly…"
7 March 1636 : "At a Genall Court holden at New Plymouth, for the whole Gourment, the vijth Day of March, 1636, in the xijth Yeare of the Raigne of our Souraigne Lord, Charles, by the Grace of God of England, scotland, France, & Ireland, King, Defendor of the Fayth, &c. "The Names of the Freemen: Mr. Bradford, Gournor, Edward Winslow, gen., William Bradford, gen., … Edward Banges, Nicholas Snow, John Cooke…"
20 March 1636 : "The pticuler psons assigned this yeare as followeth for hey :
"…To Nicholas Snow, at Wellingsley, where he had the last yeare."
5 October 1636 : "Also, Joseph Beedle & Edw. Dowty, having entred cross accons against each other, their matters being raw & impfect, were by the Court referred the arbitracon of Richard Church, Josuah Prat, & Nicholas Snow, & they to stand to such order the said arbitrators should sett downe."
6 March 1637 : "Mr Edward Winslow complaines against Thomas Clark, in an action vpon the case, to the damnag of viij li for a bargaine of pallasadoes, a corne fann, and other corne. The jury found for the pltiff, and doe assesse viij li damnage, and the charges of the Court.
"John Stockbridg complaines against Georg Bower, in an action vpon the case, to the damnage of iiij li. This suite is respited to the next Court, in regard that the defnt alleadged that he would then proue that the pltiff accepted of payment from Mr Cudworth, and another man, wherevpon tyme was graunted him till the next Court.
"The jury name of tryalls this Court was these: Mr John Done, Mr Thomas Besbidge, Anthony Annable, William Basset, James Hurst, Humfrey Turner, sworne. Thomas Cushman, Nicholas Snow, John Faunce, John Barnes, John Jenkine, Richard Burne, sworne."
7 July 1637 (the calling of the jury is detailed in the 2 May 1637 entry) : "The Verdict or Order of thabouesaid Jury, pformed by them the tenth Day of May, 1637, and deliuered by them into the Genall COurt held the vijth of July next after, and by the same confirmed in these words following, vizt: …
"To the Eele Riuer, from Plymouth. The wayes now in vse to Wellingsley bridge, and so the creeke, where wee allowe fiftie foote from the banke, & from the corner at Raph Wallens. The vpper way to Thomas Clarkes still; the lower way from Raph Wallens right out to Holmans Rock; allowed fourty foote on the west side, and so straight to Manasseh Kemptons ground, whose fence is to be remoued twenty foote inward, and so passing betweene two rocks at the brooke, straight to Edward Banges, leaueing his hiouse west, and so along, leaueing Nicholas Snowes house east, & and so to Mr Hopkins house, leaueing it east, and so vp the valley to Thomas Clarkes vper stile, the foote way to be continued from Mr Hopkins, in the old path, belowe Thomas Clarkes to the heigh way. The heigh way from Thomas Clarkes stille to passe betweene his house and his hoggs coate downe to George Soules, next the riur, and the said Georg to allow a sufficient way from thence ou the riuer by a bridge, and so to another heighway alowed for that neighbourhood; to the wch neighbourhood we allow a way from Mr Hopkins house downe to a p^ that leads to the fishing poynt…"
2 October 1637 : "Georg Clark complaynes agst Edward Dotey in an action vpon the case for denying him liberty to hold land for the terme he had taken yt for, to the damnage of xx li. The jury found for the pltiff, and assessed xx s damnage, and the charges of the Court. Execucon graunted.
"Georg Clark complaines agst Edward Dotey, in an action of assault and battery, (for strikeing the plt,) to the damnage of v li. The jury found for the pltiff, and assessed xii d damnage, and the charges of the Court. Execucon graunted.
"The jury names were these : Mr Stephen Hopkins, Mr John Done, Josias Winslowe, James Hurst, Phineas Pratt, Thomas Cushman, sworne. Nicholas Snowe, Thomas Willet, Willm Paddy, George Bower, Georg Kennerick, Henry Howland, sworne."
7 May 1638 : "Nathaniell Sowther desires lands towards the Six Mile Brook.
"Josuah Pratt, Nehemiah Smyth, Georg Watson, Nicholas Snow, John Rouse, desire lands towards the Six Mile Brooke."
5 June 1638 : "The Names of the Grand Inquest. "Jonathan Brewster, gen, Thomas Burne, gen … Josiah Cooke, Nicholas Snowe, Henry Bourne, pcutr, sworne."
5 June 1638 : "Whereby it is manifest and appeareth by the oathes of John Done, John Barnes, Nicholas Snow, Richard Burne, Richard Sparrow, Giles Ricards, Josias Cooke, Anthony Snow, William Hiller, Richard Clough, Willm Fallowell, Thomas Atkinson, Richard Wright, John Smaley, Walter Horton, & John Wood, honest and lawfull men of the colony aforewaid, who being sworne, and charged vpon the view taken of the body of John England, found dead vpon the flatts of the shores of Plymouth aforesaid, dilligently to enquire how the said John England came to his death, xpon their oath aforesaid, doe say that the said John England, sayleing in a canow of Mr Thomas Burnes betwixt Greenes Harbor and Plymouth aforesaid, by reason of the insufficiency of the said canow, to make way in stormy weather, was ouer sett, and so the said John England was drowned. And so they say all that the said cannow was the cause of the death of the said John England, and so fynd the said cannow to be forfaited to our souaigne lord the King, and doe apprise it at tenn shillings sterl, and haue committed the same to the keeping of the goument of New Plymouth aforesaid. In witness whereof they haue herevnto put their hands, the day and yeare first aboue written, 1638."
2 July 1638 : "Nicholas Snow requesteth some more hey ground, and is allowed to cutt hey this yeare vpon the meaddow reserued for the towne of Plymouth.
"The like liberty is graunted to Manasseh Kempton & Josias Cooke."
6 July 1638 :
"Memorand the sixt day of July 1638 That Nicholas Snow acknowledgeth that for and in consideracon of the sume of Twelue pounds sterl to be payd him he Hath bargained and sould vnto Samuell Eddy all that his house and garden adjoyneing wth the fence in and about the same in Plymouth wherein the sd Nicholas now dwelleth wth all and singuler thappurtences therevnto belonging and all his Right title and Interrest of and into the said prmiss and euery pte and pcell thereof To haue and to hold the said house and garden and all ^ singuler the prmiss wth their appurtences vnto the said Samuell Eddy his heires and Assignes for euer and to the onely pper vse of the said Samuell Eddy his heires and Assignes for euer.
"The said xij li for the prmiss to be payd in fourty bushells of good merchantable Indian Corne at the rate it will passe fro man to man and if it shall far short of the said sume then the said Samuell to make vp the same either in money or other comodyty. And the possession of the said house and garden to be giuen by the last day of October next at wch tyme the money or Corne is to be payd and deliued."
7 August 1638 : "Nicholas Snow desireth 5 or 6 acres of land lying on the north side the lands graunted lately to Mr Atwood."
3 March 1639 : "Surveyors of the heighwayes.
"Plymouth. Nicholas Snow, Richard Sparrow, & Josiah Cooke, & Thom Cushman."
2 June 1639 :
"Samuell Chaundler complains against John Jenney, gent, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of xl li. The jury fynd for the pltiff, fine li damnage of svij li iiij s, and for the other & charges of the suite; and for the other debts, if he can proue them, to haue liberty to recou them.
"John Barnes complns agst John Holmes, in an action of debt, for viij li. The jury fynd for the pltiff viij li dam, and the charges of the suite. Pled, Wm Hatch.
"John Whitcomb complns agst John Stow, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of xxx li. The jury fynd for the pltiff v dam & charges of the suite. Execucon made for 14 s 6 d.
"The names of the jury for tryall of these actions are these: Mr John Done, Francis Cooke, James Hurst, Richard Sparrow, Josuah Pratt, Josias Cooke, sworne. Gabriell Fallowell, Edward Banges, Nicholas Snow, Edmond Tilson, Edward Foster, Humfrey Turner, sworne."
1 February 1640 : "It is ordered by the Court, that the twenty acres of land wch Thom Clarke bought of Raph Wallen shalbe layd forth at the lower end of the two lotts of 40 acres that he hath at the Eele Riuer, and that Edward Banges, Nicholas Snowe, & Josuah Pratt shall also lay forth Sarah Mortons lott there, and after they are layd forth, the bounds to be entred in the booke of records, that there mey be no more tontrousy about them."
5 May 1640 : "John Winslow, Nicholas Snowe, Nehemiah Smythg, Georg Soule, Josuah Pratt, are appoynted to view all the meddowes at Greens Harbour, wch are not graunted forth, & to measure them, and to make report thereof the next Court."
2 June 1640 : "Surveyors of the Heigh Wayes. Plymouth, Nicholas Snow, Richard Sparrow, Josias Cooke, & Thoom Cushman."
1 September 1640 :
"Bridgitt Fuller, widdow, compl agst Edward Dotey, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of xxx li. The jury fynd for the pltiff, and assesse iij li x s dam, & charges, of the Court; but the platiff is to pforme her bargaine to the deffnt for wintering her cattell.
"Nicholas Norton compl agst Mr Joseph Hull, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam xxx li. The jury fynd for the plt, & assesse sviij li dm, & charges of the Court. Judgnt & execucon pnounced & graunted.
"Raph Gorame compls agst Raph Smyth, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of viij li. The jury fynd for the pltiff, & assesse xx s dam, & charges of the suite.
"The juries names for tryall of these actions are these: Edward Dillinghame, Josuah Pratt, Thom Cushman, Nicholas Snow, Georg Watson, Richard Church, sworne. John Jenkine, Josias Cooke, John Paybody, Gabriell Fallowell, Wm Hoskine, Nathaniell Morton, sworne."
2 November 1640 : "These seuall psons following are graunted meddowing in the South Meddows towards Aggawam, Colebrook Meddowes : … To Andres ring fiue acres. To Nicholas Snow tenn acres. To John Morton fiue acres…"
1 December 1640 : "Presentments.
"… Thomas Coachman, Nicholas Snow, & Josias Cooke, for not mending the heigh wayes at the Second Brooke, Smylt Riuer, New Bridge, and other places.
"Discharged, vpon condicon that they shall repaire the heigh wayes this yeare."
1 June 1641 :
"Willm Newland complains agst Thomas Applegate, in an action of trespasse vpon the case, to the dam of xx li. The jury fynd for the pltiff, and assesse viij li dam, and the charges of the suite. Judgnt graunted.
"Willm Alvey complns against Joseph Winsor, in an action of slaunder, to the dam of x li. The jury fynd for the defent, and assesse him v s for his dam, and the pltiff to pay the charges of the Court.
"The Juries Names for these Tryalls. John Winslow, John Cooke, John Dunhame, Josuah Pratt, Thom Cushman, Richard Sparrow, sworne. Gabriell Fallowell, Manasseth Kempton, Willlm Hoskine, John Finney, John Shawe, Nicholas Snow, sworne."
6 September 1641 :
"Samuell jackson complns agst Willm Randle, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of vij li. The jury fynd for the pltiff, & assesse damn vij li, and the charges of the suite. Judgnt & execucon graunted.
"Thomas Applegate complns agst Willm Newland, in an action of trespas for detayneing certaine swyne. The jury fynd for the deffnt, & giue him the charges of the suite.
"Emanuel White complns agst James Cole, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of iij li x s ; the deffent confesseth xxij bushells of Indian, wch he pmised the plitiff to pay for the debt of James Luxford, & execucon graunted.
"Anthony Thacher complns agst Edward Morrell, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of xxviij s. An old iron pot and a frying pan attached.
"The Jurys Names. Mr. John Done, Mr Thomas Willett, Edward Bangs, Thom Cushman, Richard Sparrow, Richard Knowles, sworne. Manasseth Kempton, Wm Hoskine, John Finney, John Shawe, Nicholas Snow, Willm Fallowell, sworne."
7 March 1642 :
"Mr Willm Hanbury complns agst Mr Andrew Hellot, in an action of debt vpon a bill of vj li ix s ix d. the jury fynd for the plitiffe the debt, vj li ix s ix d, and ij d dam, and the charges of the suite. Judgment & execucon graunted.
"Joseph Ramsden complans agst Mr John Jenney, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of xxx li. The jury fynd for the pltiffe, & assesse xij s dam, and the charges of the suite.
"John Coggen complns agst Mr Joseph Hull, in an action of trespas, &c. Two steers attached, wch are so to remayne vntill the action be tryed, or the debt payd.
"John Tompson complns agst John Holmes, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of iiij li. The jury fynd for the pltiff liij s x d debt, x s dam, & charges of the suite.
"The Names of the Jury. James Hurst, Francis Cooke, Nicholas Snow, John Jenkins, Richard Higgens, Edmond Tilson, sworne. Humphrey Turner, John Smaley, John Williams, Joseph Rogers, Thomas Burges, Josuah Pratt, sworne."
6 June 1643 :
"Joseph Hollway complns agst Mr Joseph Hull, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of 5 li. Two steers were attached by the constable of Yarmouth. The deffent made no answere. The debt of iij li xiij s was proued by bill, and the Court awarded the said debt of iij li xiij s, and x s damnage, and the charges of the suite.
"Joseph Hollway complns agst Josias Cooke, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of iiij li. He confessed by Mr Done the debt of ^ ^ and desireth mittigacon of Mr Holmes charges.
"Mr John Jenney complns agst Samuell Stertevaunt and Joseph Ramsden, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of xx li. This was referred to be ended by the bench, and a form action, wherein the said Joseph Ramsden recoued agst the sd Mr Jenney.
"James Hunkins complns agst Mr John Groome, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of xx li. The jury fynd for the pltiff v li viij s, and charges of the Court. Judgment graunted.
"John Gilbert, Junr, complns agst Mr Francis Doughty, in an action of trespas vpon the case, to the dam of xx s. ^ bushells of corne attached by the constable of Taunton; the deffent made no answere. The Court awards the corne to the pltiff, onely Thomas Gilbert promiseth to make it good if the debt be not proued.
"The Jurys Names. James Hurst, Manasseth Kempton, Edward Banges, Josuah Pratt, Giles Rickett, Nicholas Snow, sworne. Robte Bartlett, Robte Finney, Samuell Hicks, John Smaley, James Cole, Daniell Cole, sworne."
10 February 1643 :
"At a Townes meeting holden the xth ffebruary 1643.
"It is agreed That wolfe traps be made according to the order of the Court in manner following,
"1 that one trap be made at Joanes River by the Governors famyly Mr. Prences and mr Hanburies and mathew ffuller and Abraham Pearce…
"4 that one be made at broken wharfe [near the head of the beach] by Manassah kempton Edward Banges Richard Higgins Nathaniell Morton Nicholas Snow Anthony Snow John Jenkins Willm ffallowell Robte ffinney John and Ephraim Morton."
August 1643 : "The Names of all the Males that are able to beare Armes from xvj Yeares old to 60 Yeares, wthin the seurall townshipps.
"Plymouth. Mr Willm Hanbury … Edward Banges, Joseph Ramsden, Jeremiah Whitney, Nicholas Snow, Mark Snow, Willm Fallowell…"
3 March 1645 : "Memorand that Nicholas Snow doth acknowledg that for and in consideracon of the sum of twelue pounds sterl six pounds whereof is in hand payd by Thomas Morton and thother six pounds is to be payd the next Harvest in good merchantable Corne or cattell wherewth the said Nicholas Snow is fully contented. Hath freely and absolutely bargained and sold vnto the said Thomas Morton All that his house and buildings and vpland therevnto belonging and adjoyneing with two acrees of meddow lying at the heigh pines and tenn acres of vpland meddow lying at Colebrook meddowes containeing in all fifty and two acres be it more or lesse with all and singuler thapprtences therevnto belonging and all his Right title and interrest of and into the said prmiss and euery pt thereof wth the fenceing in and about the same To haue and to hold the said House and houseing wth the vpland adjoyening two acres of March meddow and tenn acres of vpland meddow aforesaid wth all and singuler their apprtencs and euery pt and pcell thereof vnto the said Thomas Morton his heires and Assignes for euer to the onely pp use and behoofe of him the said Thomas Morton his heires and Assignes for ever."
10 March 1645 : "Memorand that Nicholas Snow doth acknowledg That for and in consideracon of the sum of tenn shillings to be payd in merchantable corne the next Haruest by Nathaniell Morton Hath freely and absolutely bargained and sold vnto the said Nathaniell Morton one acree of vpland lying at or neere Wellingsley brook wth all and singler thapprtenences therevnto belonging and all his Right title and Interrest of and into the same and euery pt and pcell thereof To haue and to hold the said acre of vpland wth thapprtences vnto the said Nathaniell Morton his heires and Assignes foreuer and to the onely pper use and behoofe of him the said Nathaniell Morton his heires and Assignes for euer."
1 June 1647 : "Supvisors of the Highwaies: "… Nawsett, Nicholas Snow & Edward Banges."
7 June 1648 : "The comittees for this Court weer -"…For Naussit, Nicholas Snow, Samuell Nicks."
7 June 1648 : "The names ^ those yt are to take vp the excise weer these:
"…For Rehoboth, John Dogged. For Naussit, Nicholas Snowe."
1649 : William Bradford issued a deed for various parcels of land to his son John Bradford. Included in this deed were "three acrees I bought of mr hickes which was somtimes Nicholas Snowes."
4 June 1650 : "The comitties of the seuerall Townes that serued at this Court, and the aiornment thereof, were as foloeth: -- "…Nauset, Mr. John Done, Nicolas Snow."
7 June 1652 : "The Deputies of the seuerall Townes. "…Eastham, Edward Banges, Nicalas Snowe."
7 June 1653 : "The Survayors for the Hiewaies. "…Eastman, Nicolas Snow, Mr John Freeman."
3 June 1657 : "The names of the Deputies that serued att this Court.
"Mr William Bradford … Willam Sabin, Nicalas Snow, richard Higgens, John Willis."
Circa 1658 : [The following appears to be a list of Freemen, and to have been taken about the year 1658]
"…Eastman. Mr Thomas Prence, Mr John Done, Edward Banges, Nicalas Snow, Josias Cooke, John Smalley…"
9 July 1660 :
"An oath appointed to bee Recorded Being Requested by Gorg Bonum or to attest what wee Can affeirme about our portionf of meddow lying in the south meddow; for the ending of Differences that is risen amongst those psons That nos Doe enjoy it.
"Wee viz. Edward Banges Nicholas Snow Josias Cooke Doe upon our sertaine knowlidge affeirme that Josias Cooke had the first portion layed out to him by lott namely tenn acrees bee it more or less; beginning att the upper end of the meddow; and soe have posessed it many yeares without questioning of it till now; by any that wee know of;
"Taken upon oath ths 9th of July 1660 : Before mee thomas Prence govr."
22 November 1660 : An inventory of the estate of Richard Sparrow was taken by Nicholas Snow and Josias Cooke.
3 June 1662 : "The Constables of the seuerall Townes. "…Rehoboth, Nathaniell Paine. Eastham, Nicholas Snow."
27 June 1662 : Captain Thomas Southworth issued a deed to Manasses Kempton and Nathaniel Morton for a parcel of land that was bordered on the north side by ""he land which was somtime the land of Nicholas Snow."
23 November 1664 : The Widow Alice Bradford issues a deed to Richard Sears. The deed included land which was bounded "on the Easter side with an allotment of land late Nicholas Snowes."
9 June 1665 :
"An Account of the Liquors brought into the Towne of Eastham, as followeth.
"… Aprill, 65. Thomas Paine, 1 gallon of liquor, and 2 gallons of Gorge Crispe.
"Nicholas Snow, 1 gallon and an halfe of liquor.
"Josepth Harding, one gallon and an halfe of liquor."
5 March 1667 : "In reference vnto the complaint made against Ralph Smith, of Eastham, concerning oppression and hard dealing with a carpenter named Crispen Wadlen, whoe was one of Captaine Allins companie, which said Wadlen kept about three weekes att the said Smithes house, the Court haue ordered, that a certaine psell of tooles which the said Smith had of the said carpenters shalbe deliuered vnto Nicholas Snow, to be sent to the said Wadlen; and that the said Snowes receipt of them shalbe the said Smithes discharge; and that a certaine psell of cotton woole, which the said Smith had of the said Crispin Wadlen, shalbe by him, the said Smith, kept, if hee please, for full satisfaction for the time & charge hee was att when att his house as aforesaid."
3 June 1668 : "The Celect Men of each Towne of this Jurisdiction.
"… Eastham, Daniell Cole, Nicholas Snow."
5 April 1669 : A deed of land to Peter Warden was signed by William Twining, Elizabeth twining, stephen Snow, Susanna Snow, and Meriam Dean, acknowledged before John Freeman, Assistant, and witnessed by Josias Cooke and Nicholas Snow.
29 May 1670 : "An exact List of all the Names of the Freemen of the Jurisdiction of new Plymouth, transcribed by Nathaniel Morton, Secretary to the Court for the said Jurisdiction, the 29th of May, Anno Dom 1670.
"..Eastham. Mr John Freeman, Mr John Doane, Edward Banges, Nicholas Snow, Josias Cooke…"
7 June 1670 : "The names of the Selectmen in each Township of this Jurisdicn.
"…Eastham. Nicholas Snow, Daniell Cole, Leiften Rogers, Josias Cooke, Jonathan Sparrow."
5 June 1671 : "the Celect Men.
"…Eastham. Nicholas Snow, Daniel Cole, Thomas Paine, Jonathan Sparrow, Marke Snow."
5 June 1671 : "Surveyors of the Highwaies.
"…Eastham. Nicholas Snow, Gyles Hopkins."
5 June 1672 : "The Names of the Celect Men in each Towne.
"…Eastham. Nicholas Snow, Daniell Cole, Thomas Paine, Marke Snow, Jonathan Sparrow."
29 November 1673 : Nicholas Snow, along with Willam Merricke and Willam twining, witnessed Annah Snow’s statement that she received everything from her grandmother Elizabeth Cooke that was promised her in her grandfather Josiah Cooke’s will.
3 June 1674 : "The names of the Celect Men in each towne are as followeth :
"…Eastham. Daniel Cole, Nicholas Snow, Jonathan Banges, Marke Snow, Jonathan Sparrow."
1 June 1675 : "The Names of the Celect Men in each Towne of this Goument.
"…Eastham. Nicholas Snow, Jonathan Sparrow, Marke Snow."
6 March 1676 : "Letters of adminnestration was graunted vnto Constant Snow, and Marke Snow, and John Snow, to adminnester on the estate of Nicholas Snow, deceased."
Constance (Hopkins) Snow in 1650
"Mr. Hopkins and his wife are both now dead, but they lived above twenty years in this place and had one son and four daughters born here…
"His daughter Constanta is also married and hath twelve children, all of them living and one of them married."
Nicholas and Constance (Hopkins) Snow: Their Deaths
"Nicholas Snow senior decesed the fiftenth day of November in the year one thousand six hundred seventie six.
"Constant Snow which was the wife of Nicholas Snow died about the Midle of October in the year 1677."
Estate of Nicholas Snow
Nicholas Snow's Will
The Last Will and Testament of Nicholas Snow
"A writing ordered to be Recorded Declaring the manor of Nicholas Snow his Disposing of his Estate as followeth; viz: Nicholas Snow of Eastham Late Deceased;
"I Nicholas Snow of Eastham being weake and Infeirme of body but of prfect Memory and understanding, not knowing the Day of my Departure but yett Dayly expecting my last Change; I thinke meet to leave this behind mee as my last Will and Testament; Impr: I Comend my soule into the Armes of Gods Mercye through Christ Jesus in whom I hope to sleep and my body to a Decent buriall; and as Concerning my temporall estate that God of his Goodnes hath Given mee; It is my last Will and Testament that after this manor it should be Disposed off;
"Impr: To my son Marke Snow I Give and bequeath all that twenty acrees of upland lying att Namskekitt wher his house now stands, and two acrees of Meddow; and all that broken marsh there of mine att Namscekett; Item two third of my Great lott att Satuckett lying next the Indians Ground; and that syde of my lott Next the Indians land I Give to him and his heires lawfully begotten of his body for ever; and what hee Can purchase more of upland and meddow of the Indians there at Satuckett I Give to him all this abovesaid lands or meddow or Marsh purchased or unpurchased I Give to him and to his heires lawfully begotten of his body forever;
Item To my son Joseph Snow I Give that other third prte of my Great lott att Satuckett; and two acrees and an halfe of meddow lying att Namscekett neare the head and an Necke of upland lying between it lying on the westsyde of Willam Twinings, all this abovesaid land and meddow I Give to my son Joseph Snow and to his heires Lawfully begotten of his body forever;
"Item To my son Steven Snow I Give twenty acrees on the southsyde of my Great lott att Ochett, and then acrees of My little lott att Satuckett lying between Daniell Cole and Edward Banges by the side of a Little pond, an acree and an halfe of Meddow att the boat meddow, lying between Thomas Williams, and Samuell freeman and that prte of my Meddow att the Great Meddow, That lyeth between Josiah Cooke and the Eelcreeke; all this abovesaid land and medow I Give to my son Steven and the heires lawfully begotten of his body; for ever
"Item To my son John Snow I Give all that my land att Paomett Purchased or unpurchased whether upland or meddow; and all my Right and title or privilidge there; all the abovesaid upland or Meddow right and Privilidge att Paomett I Give to my son John Snow; and to the heires lawfully begotten of his body, forever.
"Item To my son Jabez: Snow I Give all this my Land lying between my house and my son Thomas Paines, and seaven acrees att the basse pond lying between Daniell Cole and Willam Browne; and an halfe acree of Marsh att the end of it and six acrees of upland att the herring pond; and an acree and halfe of meddow att silver springe lying on the Northsyde of Willam Walkers, and the Clift of upland adjacent to the above said Meddow and all the sedge about it, to Ephraime Done; and that prte of my house hee lives in as longe as my wife or I Doe live
"Item I Give him two acrees of Meddow att the Great Meddow lying between the Eel Creeke and Joseph hardings;
"Item To my son Jabez I Give that my four acrees of Meddow att Billinsgate Due to mee yett unlayed out; All this abovesaid upland and meddow I Give to my son Jabez Snow and the heires of his body lawfully begotten for ever.
"Item This my meddow about my house I Give to my son Jabez;
"Item I Give to my Loveing wife Constant Snow all my stocke of Cattle sheep horses swine whatsoever, to be att her Disposall for the Comfort and support of her life, with all the moveable Goods I am posessed of and after her Decease, stocke and Movables to be equally Devided amongst all my Children;
"Item To my wife I Give the use and Disposall of the prte of my house shee now Dwells in DUring her life time, and after her Decease to be my son Jabez Snowes -
Item I give to my loveing wife that ten acrees of upland att Pochett, and 20 on Billingsgate Iland, for her Desposall for the Comfort of her life, but if shee need it not, and leave it undesposed; I Give it then to my son Steven Snow;
That twenty acrees of upland att Billingsgate if my wife leave it undesposed, then to be my son Jabez Snowes
"I Doe Give to the Church of Eastham for the furniture of the Table of the Lord, with pewter or other Nessesaries I say I Doe Give ten shillings, out of my estate after my wifes Decease;
"That this is my last Will and Testament I have sett to my hand and seale; this fourteenth Day of November one thousand six hundred seaventy and six
Witnes, Signed & Sealled in the presence of us
Thomas Paine senir
"It is my Desire that Deacon Samuell ffreeman and John Mayo would oversee the true and ffaithfull prformance of this my Last Will, and Testament and be healpfull in any Case of Need Concerning the same;
"Att the Court of his Matie held att Plymouth the fift of March 1676/77 Mr Samuell Treate made oath to this Writing that hee Did see Nicholas Snow Signe and seall it, and Did Declare it to be his Mind for the Disposall of his estate:
"Thomas Paine made oath att the Court fore Names, that hee Did see Nicholas Snow signe and seale This Paper or writing above Coppied; and heer entered abovesaid."
'The inventory of the goods of Nicholas Snow, deceased 1676'
Note: inventories are valued in pounds (L), shillings (s) and pence (d). There were 12 pence (or pennies) to a shilling and 20 shillings to a pound.
"An inventory of the estate of Nicholas Snow of the Towne of Eastham in the Collonie of Plymouth in New England late Deceased
The totall sume errors excepting in the Casting up 102 10 9
Constant Snow The Relict of Nicholas Snow late Deceased of Eastham made oath to the truth of this Inventory, before Mee John ffreeman Assistant this 22cond of March 1676/77.
Nicholas and Constance (Hopkins) Snow: Children
Nicholas and Constance Hopkins Snow had 12 children:
Mark, born 1628; married to Jane Prence, 9 January 1660
Mary, born c,1630;
Sarah, born c.1632;
Joseph, born c.1634; second wife Mary Higgins
Stephen, born c.1636; m Mary Rogers; m Mary Bickford 9 Apr 1701
John, born c.1638;
Elizabeth, born c.1640;
Jabez, born c.1642;
Ruth, born c.1644;
unnamed child, born c.1646;
unnamed child, born c.1648;
unnamed child, born c.1650.
COMMENTS: Bradford, in describing the family of STEPHEN HOPKINS in 1651, stated that "His daughter Constanta is also married and hath twelve children, all of them living and one of them married". (In 1893 Mrs. M.L.T. Alden suggested that two of the children who are implied by Bradford's accounting but do not otherwise appear in the records were Hannah and Rebecca "on the authority of Davis's Landmarks of Plymouth. Both married Rickards"; she cites no evidence.)
In January 1634/5 the Plymouth court noted that "The servant of Nicolas Snow was willing to serve out his time with John Cooper, according to the tenor of his indenture". This servant was not the same as Twiford West who, after brief service with Nicholas Snow, agreed on 12 February 1635/6 to return to Edward Winslow, with whom he had originally made his indenture.
Nicholas Snow and others were presented 1 December 1640 for failing to mend the highways.
In 1893 Mrs. M.L.T. Alden published a substantial article on Nicholas Snow and his children. In 1948 Donald Lines Jacobus prepared an account of Nicholas Snow and a line of descent through his son Stephen.
↑ Caleb Johnson, "Nicholas Snow: Not from St. Leonard Shoreditch, London," in Mayflower Descendant, 62: 1 (Spring 2013), 39 ff.
↑ Frederick Freeman, The History of Cape Cod: The Annals of the Thirteen Towns of Barnstable County, vol #, page #?
↑ See above "Disputed Parents" for a discussion of the latest research about Nicholas Snow's parents
↑ William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 441-3.
↑ Banks, Charles Edward, Topographical dictionary of 2885 English emigrants to New England, 1620-1650, published 1963. Reference page 111
Pratt, Enoch. A Comprehensive History, Ecclesiastical and Civil, of Eastham, Wellfleet and Orleans, County of Barnstable, Mass., from 1644 to 1844, published online by Ancestry.com, The Generations Network, Inc., Provo, UT, 2005; original publisher: W.S. Fisher and Co., Yarmouth, Massachusetts, 1844.
Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995. Volume III, pages 1701-1704.
Anderson, Robert Charles, F.A.S.G., The Great Migration Directory, (Boston, Massachusetts, NEHGS, 2015), "Concise entries for all immigrant families for the entirety of the Great Migration, from 1620 to 1640." Nicholas Snow page 313
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Nicholas by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: