William Lawson Snead and Louisa J. Price were married in Rosedale, Russell Couny, Virginia, by William Gilmer, a "minister of the gospel," either on 6 Oct 1857 (date in family Bible) or 7 Oct 1857 (date of marriage license).This couple was in Greene Township, Lawrence County, Missouri, by 23 June 1860, the date the census taker came (Post office for Greene Township indicated in the census record as Phelps and Spring River), and the census record (dwelling 746, family 709, page 109) indicates the Snead children were born in Missouri.The eldest, Virginia (middle name Caroline?), was born 16 Oct 1858 (according to the family Bible), so if the 1860 census record is accurate on Virginia's place of birth, the family was in Missouri within a year of their marriage.
Louisa's mother, Priscilla (but not her father, Richard Price) was still in Russell County, VA (in Lebanon Towship) at the time of the 1860 census.In her household, in addition to Louisa's sisters Hannah, Priscilla, and Susan, is a Zach L. Snead, age 11, who was born in Virginia.Perhaps this is a clue?
There was a William Snead, age 40-50, listed in Russell County, VA, in the 1840 census.He is listed just 4 lines below a Thomas S. Price, age 30-40, and 11 lines above another Thomas Price, also 30-40 (Louisa Price Snead's father appears to have had a brother, Thomas), and 10 lines above an apparent uncle by marriage to Louisa Price Snead, Hiram Fullen (husband of Hannah Price).The only other person listed in this William Snead household of 1840 is a white female, age 70-80.I have searched the 1850 and 1860 censuses in Russell County and find no likely candidates there for the parents of William Lawson Snead.
There were 3 Lawsons (John A., Joseph and William B. Lawson) who were recruited into the Confederate Army from Russell County (34th Virginia Cavalry) in 1862.An Isaiah Snead served in the same unit, while his likely brother, Napoleon, served in the 16th Virginia Cavalry.Based on the censuses of 1850 and 1860, it appears that Isaiah and Napoleon were sons of Oliver Snead, who was 56 in 1850 and 66 in 1860, and Rachel, who was 5-6 years younger.A 2-year-old William T. Snead was in the household of Oliver and Rachel on 2 Oct 1850 (but note how old Rachel would have been at his birth).
William Lawson Snead served in the 15th Regiment of the Missouri Cavalry (Union Army) during 1864-65.He died in 1875 of "consumption" (probably tuberculosis contracted in 1864 during his military service, diagnosed initially as "pneumonia fever," the basis for Louisa J. Snead's receiving a Civil War widow's pension, for which she applied in 1890).