THE SNOW FAMILY OF DEKALB CO., TENN.
The Snow family of DeKalb County, Tennessee, originated in Kent County, Delaware. The Snow name, which is of English origin, appears there early as 1716, but it has not been possible at this time to establish the exact ancestral line. It is known that Ebenezer Snow, the ancestor of DeKalb County Snow's, was born in 1758 and that he was living in Kent County, Delaware in 1775.<1> The name of Ebenezer's mother may have been named Martha; there was a widow Martha Snow living near him in Randolph County, North Carolina, in 1790, and a woman over 45 years old living with Ebenezer in 1800. Ebenezer's father is not known; it may have been Joseph or Isaac. Ebenezer was probably the oldest child of his parents. It is not known exactly how many brothers and sisters Ebenezer Snow had, but his youngest brother, William Snow, was born about 1776?. <2> Within two or three years after William's birth, the Snow Family left Delaware and moved to North Carolina, Surry County. By 1790 they were living in Randolph County, North Carolina. Between 1800 and 1810, most of the Snows moved from North Carolina to Tennessee. The Probable family of Ebenezer Snow was:1. Ebenezer Snow, born 1758 in Kent County, Delaware, died July 31, 1835, in Roane County, Tennessee. He married Sally (Sarah) Wicker in Sept, 1783, in Surry County, North Carolina; (word missing here-GCS).(more information about Ebenezer follows).2. Isaac Snow, born about 1765 in Delaware. He married Elizabeth Alexander November 1 (?), 1789 in Randolph County, N.C., with Ebenezer Snow as his bondsman. He was living in Randolph County in 1790, but nothing further is known of him.3. Joseph Snow was born in 1772 in Delaware and died between 1850 and 1852 in DeKalb County, Tennessee, where he had moved by 1813.<3> In 1836 he was mentioned as owning a peach orchard.<4> He lived in the curve of the turnpike at the foot of the big hill, which came to be called Snow's Hill, taking its name from Joseph and his family. He was living there in 1850, but his wife was apparently dead by then. Martha Snow, born in 1821 was living with him; she may have been his daughter or the wife of his son William. On either side of Joseph were Isaac and John Snow, who were probably his sons. Deeds on pages 482(?) and 488 of DeKalb County Deed bk, D indicates that Joseph Snow had a son William who married Martha Ann (the widow of Benjamin Harper) and also a daughter Mary Snow born 1808 in Tenn. who married Francis L. Boyd.4. Benjamin Snow was born probably about 1774 in Delaware. He bought 177 acres in Randolph County, North Carolina, in 1801.<5> He appears in 1800 census with a wife and a young son and daughter. In 1806 he was bondsman when William Snow married in Randolph County. He acquired 99 acres on Pine Creek in Warren (now DeKalb) County Tennessee, in 1810, but sold it in 1813.<6> He does not appear in the 1820 census for Warren County, and nothing further is known of him.5. John Snow was probably a brother of Ebenezer. Joseph, Benjamin, etc., though he may have been a nephew. He appears in the 1812 tax list of Warren (?) County, Tennessee, in 1818 he registered his cattle mark in Roane County, Tenn. and he was a juryman there in 1830. Nothing further is known of him.6. William Snow, born about 1776 in Delaware, and died after 1850 in Morgan County, Tenn. He was the youngest son of the family. On March 13, 1806, he married Susannah Miers in Randolph County, North Carolina, with Benjamin Snow as his bondsman. His wife, Susie, was born about 1791 in North Carolina. In 1808 William was granted on Obed's (?) River in Overton County 160 acres, which he claimed and held by right of improvement, Occupancy and pre-emption.<8> William is said to have lived for a time on the Ohio River near Cinncinnati before moving to what is now DeKalb Co., Tennessee.<9> It is not known how long he lived there, but he was already living in Morgan County, Tennessee, in 1819 when he sold his 52 acres in Warren County, (now DeKalb) on Pine Creek what is now ------ Spring <10> in Morgan County, William lived on clifty creek (?) near the Roane County line, where he owned large tracts of land. In 1836 and 1837 he had survered (?) for himself three tracts of 5000 acres each of Obed's River, CrabOrchard Creek, and Brushy Mountain.<1l> The area around Clifty Creek remained wilderness for a long time; in 1860 and 1861 William's sons Ahijah and Larkin brought in wild cat scalps to the county court in order to collect the bounty on them.<12> William Snow's children were: A. Ahijah Snow 1808-1890 B. Larkin B. Snow C. Martha Snow (Married Mr. Middleton) D. Polly Snow Married Eric Hatfield E. Racey Snow Married Mr. Taylor F. Sally Snow Married Mr. Bevins, Sally born 1820-1912 G. Rachel Snow Married Mr. Summers. H. Isaac Snow (1826-1888) Married Fanny Norran EBENEZER SNOW Ebenezer Snow was born in 1758 in Kent County, Delaware, and was probably the oldest child of his parents. He died July 31, 1835, in Morgan County, Tennessee. He grew to young manhood in Kent County, where in 1775, at age of seventeen, he volunteered for four months service in the Revolutionary War. He served as a private in Captain Mathew Monliff's Company, a part of Colonel Samuel Patterson's Delaware regiment. During his tour of duty he was in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spent most of his time in garrison. At the end of the four months, he stated that "General Washington was present and ordered our discharges."<14> The Snows evidently moved to North Carolina during the war, possibly because of the numerous feuds that developed in Kent County, Delaware, between groups supporting independence and those loyal to the King. Also, much of the land in Kent County was losing its fertility and becoming worn out.<15> At any rate, the Snow family moved, and once again Ebenezer volunteered for three more months of service, this time in Surry County, North Carolina. He served under Captain Wright and Lieutenant Clark; they marched to Wilmington, N.C., where they hunted the enemy, then returned to Surry County. Ebenezer spent three more months in American service during the Revolution, this time enlisting at Bell's Mills, Randolph County, N.C. under Captain Thomas Duggan. As part of Colonel James's Duggan's command, they aided in eliminating guerillas from the countryside. During his three terms of service, he was not involved in any actual battles. He was never paid for his last two enlistments, and was paid for the first one about a year after serving, though the Continental currency in which he was paid was actually worth very little. Soon after the war had ended, Ebenezer Snow was married in September 1783, in Surry County, North Carolina, to Sally Wicker. SALLY WICKER was born about 1761 in North Carolina and died after 1850 in Morgan County, Tenn. perhaps at the home of her son James, as she was listed as living in his household in census record. Ebenezer and Sally had several children most were born in N. C. In 1806 Ebenezer and Sally and their family, including some of his brothers and perhaps other relatives, moved to Tennessee. They moved across the mountains by pack horse and brought very little with them; some of what they did bring was ruined by rain, including Ebenezers Revolutionary War discharges.<16> Ebenezer settled in the upper part of Dry Creek in what was then Warren County, but is now DeKalb County. It was not an area suited to intensive farming, as most of it is steep hillsides and there is very little level bottom land. It was quite well suited to hunting, for there was nothing but wilderness around it. Even today, almost two centuries later, it is still largely in woods. There were certain conveniences in those narrow hollows; two caves provided a place for Ebenezer to stable his horses. He did not have to go to the trouble of building a barn; he only had to cut a few poles to place across the mouth of the cave. (The cave was handy enough that the present owner is still using it to keep hogs in.) Ebenezer and his family were probably the very first settlers of the upper end of Dry Creek, as it had been Indian territory until just a few months earlier. Gradually more people moved in, and by 1813 a mill had been established a couple miles down the creek at the cave. This attracted still more settlers, and ten years after he moved in, Ebenezer was ready to move on. By March, 1816 he sold five acres of a fifteen acre survey on Dry Creek (in what was then Warren county) <17> and moved to Roane County, Tenn. Still restless, he moved to neighboring Morgan County, and in 1832 was living in McMinn county. When he died July 31, 1835, he was back in Morgan County. During his seventy-eight years he had traveled a great deal, from the flat coastal lands of his native Kent County, Delaware to North Carolina to the narrow hollows of Dry Creek, and finally to the rugged hills of Roane, McMinn, and Morgan Counties in East Tenn. Ebenezer's widow, Sally was in Roane County in 1844, and was referred to as "OLD Mrs. Snow".<19> (She was then eighty-three.) In 1850 she was living in Morgan County, Tenn. with her son James, where she apparently died a few years later. The children of Ebenezer Snow and his wife Sally Wicker were: A-William (Billy) Snow, the oldest child, was born in 1784, the year after his parents marriage, probably in Surry or Randolph county, N.C. He died May 21, 1868, on Dry Creek in DeKalb County, Tenn. He was married to Mahala Braswell (1788-1865). More on them follows the list of Ebenezers children. B-Thomas Snow who died in 18l8 in Roane County, Tenn., was probably a son of Ebenezer, but proof of this has not yet been found. His widow Elizabeth was the administratrix of his estate, which included 6 horses, 34 Cattle and 6 beds.<20> Nothing further is known of him. C-Susanna Snow was probably a daughter of either Ebenezer Snow or his brother Joseph, who lived at Snow's Hill. The minutes of Salem Baptist Church at Liberty show that Susanna was baptized a member of that church in May 1812. In February 1814 she was married to Mr. Hill and was evidently moving away, as (she) was granted a letter of dismissal. Nothing further is known of her. D-Polly Snow on February 3, 1818, married Henry Hart in Roane County, Tenn. Polly may have been a daughter of Ebenezer Snow. In 1840's there was a Henry Hart in Roane County who owned large tracts of land on Dry Creek in DeKalb County, but it is not presently known if this is the same Henry Hart who married Polly Snow. E-Solomon Snow was born in 1798 probably in Randolph County, North Carolina. In 1850 he was living in Morgan County, Tenn. with his wife Mary, age 48 born in Tenn., and the following children: Ahijah 21, Elizabeth 20, Narhan 19, Stephen 16, Sarah 12, Weslley 10, Ericus 9, Solomon 5 and Samuel 3. (Hand written additions here note that Elizabeth was called ?Betsy? and Eicus was called Alexander or Alex or Elec. Also, Samuel James Snow, b. 1847, married Elmira Taylor. Also, Solomon, b. 1845, married Susan Jones Qualls about 1874. Susan?s first husband John Qualls was killed in the Civil War in 1863. His parents were James B. Qualls and Elizabeth Snow, daughter of John Snow, Sr.) F-James Snow was born in 1801 in North Carolina. In 1850 he was living in Morgan County, Tenn. near five other Snow families. His wife's name in the census is difficult to read; it looks like Caisey. She was born in 1802 in South Carolina. Those children living with them: Charity 21, Mary 17, Diena 14, Sarah 12, Thomas 10, and Joseph 8. James' mother Sarah (SALLY) Snow was living with him at that time. Also living there was Katharine Snow, age 25, (who was probably James' daughter-in-law) and tier three children, William 6, James 4, and Weslley I month. WILLIAM (BILLY) SNOW William (Billy) Snow was the oldest child of his parents, and was born in 1784 in North Carolina perhaps in Surry of (or?) Randolph county. He died May 21, 1869, on Dry Creek in DeKalb County, Tenn. He grew up in Randol.ph County N.C., and moved with his parents in 1806 to Dry Creek in what was then Warren County, Tenn. He married Mahala Braswell, who was born about 1788 in N.C. and died March 10, 1865 on Dry Creek in DeKalb County, Tenn. They probably married in Tennessee, but may have married in N.C. Mahala's parents are not known at this time, but she was probably related to Sampson Braswell and Aaron Braswell who were born in 1782 and 1787 in N.C. and who lived near the Snows on Dry Creek in 1850. Billy and Mahata Snow probably moved with his parents to Morgan and Roane Counties in 1816; they definitely were in Morgan County in 1824. In 1826 in Morgan County , Billy had fifty acres surveyed, including Wm. Snow Junior's old Improvement,<21> indicating he had lived there for a few years already. He was often listed as William Snow, Jr., to prevent confusion with his uncle William Snow, who was only five years older than Billy. It is not known just when Billy and Mahala returned to Dry Creek from Morgan County, but it was sometime between 1840 and 1850. Their son James had married on Dry Creek in 1843 and possibly Billy and Mahala came to DeKalb County to be near him. The censuses of 1850 and 1860 show Billy Snow as not owning any real estate in either of those years; in 1860 he owned fifty dollars worth of personal property. He was listed as a farmer; It is likely that much of their food came from hunting. Billy and Mahala evidently lived a relatively simple life. They did not own much, and they did not require much. Probably their house was no more that a one log room with a loft above, and their household furniture would have been very limited. Both of them were able to read and write, though their education would also have been limited. Billy and Mahala Braswell Snow had at least six children: I. James Snow (Jimmy), born in 1816 in Tenn. and died May 13, 1894, in DeKalb Co. Tenn. He married Elizabeth G. Parker (1820-1903) on January 19, 1843. More follows on this family. 2. Polly Snow married John Davis, who was born in Alabama, and who served in the Mexican War. They lived much of their married life near Huntsville, Alabama. John was a witness when-Polly's brother Jimmy Snow married on Dry Creek in DeKalb County, Tenn. in 1843, but it is not known whether he lived there at the time or was just visiting. John Davis probably died in Alabama around 1850. Polly evidently died on Dry Creek and is said to be buried at the Snow Cemetery. She is said to have brought her six children back to Dry Creek near her parents, though they could not be located there in the census of either 1850 or 1860. However, her youngest son, Tom, lived in the home of his uncle part of the time (Uncle Jimmy). Tom enlisted in the Union Army in the 4th Tennessee Regiment of Mounted Infantry. He answered a questionnaire sent to Veterans in the 1920's and gave a rather graphic picture of the hardships of his early life. His father died when he was four years old, on Tom grew up working in a farm. I used a forked dogwood for a plow .... I used stears (steers?) for plowing and hauling. My mother carded, spun, and made her own cloth. Colored with walnut hulls and moss that grew on logs. He attended school six or eight months all together. Children of Polly Snow and John Davis were: a. Bob Davis, lived in Scottsville, Kentucky. b. Bill Davis, lived in Dowellentown, Dekalb Co., Tenn. Children Herm, Joe, Willie and Charlie (Note: It appeared that the intent was to associate these names with Bill Davis - GCS.) c. Paralee Davis, married Sam Stokes d. Betty Davis, married Dave Dutton (or Derting) e. Mahala (Haley) Davis, never married f. Tom Davis, married Nancy Keith. They mostly lived on Pea Ridge. Their children were 1. Ross Davis married Alta Ewell, son Austin. 2. Newt Davis. 3. Jimmy Davis. 4. Novella Davis, married Mr. Herman, grandson Kenneth Herman. 5. Bobbie Davis married Mr. Melton 6. Candy Davis married Pleas Johnson, 7. Molly Davis married Ova Lee Johnson, 8. Pearl Davis born 1899, married Ist Fine Bain, 2nd Edgar Anderson in 1946. Her children were Calvin Davis married Rosa Lee Cook, Willie May Bain married Don Bandy, Louise Bain married Higgins Ramsey, three more Bain children. 3. Sarah, born about 1821 in Tennessee, was probably a daughter of Billy and Mahata Snow. Living with them in 1850 was Sarrah Rich, age 29, and Stanford Rich, age 4. She had apparently married and had one child and her husband died, so she returned home. In 1860 Sarah and Stanford lived (in) the second house from Billy and Mahala, but nothing further is known of them at this time. 4. Another daughter, born between 1825 and 1830, appears in the 1830 census. This may have been Catherine Snow, age 32, who was living with Billy and Mahala Snow in 1860 in Dekalb County, along with Sarah P. Snow, age 1. Nothing more is known of them. l@i@ 5. Wiley Snow, born about 84X in Morgan County, Tenn. On May 15, 1850, he married Catherine Scott, who was born about 1833 in Tenn. In 1870 they had the following children: Manda 19(?), Jasper 16, Mathew 12, James 10, Leroy 4, and Matilda 1. (Two of Wiley's sons are said to have played the fiddle and the banjo, but which two is not known.) Wiley Snow and his family lived on Dry Creek near the other Snow's, and Wiley owned land there. in 1881 they moved to Arkansas. The summer of 1881 was the dryest ever known in DeKalb County, and in the bible of Wiley's brother James are the following notes; " the great drothe the summer 1881. Wiley Snow started to the Arkinsaw the 18 day of October 1881." Wiley Snow served in the Union Army during the civil war. He enlisted May 13, 1863, as a private in Wingate Robinson's Co. K, 5th, Tenn. Cavalry, and served there until discharged at Fayetteville, Tenn. on July 10, 1865. At the time of his discharge he was 5 feet 9 inches tall and had blue eyes and dark hair.<22> His descendants are said to live around Bald Knob, Arkansas. 6. Samuel Snow was born about 1832 in Tenn. and married about 1850 Elizabeth --------- She was born about 1830 in Tenn. Samuel probably died about 1860 (?), as the 1870 census shows Elizabeth living next door to Samuel's brother Wiley, with her two children Paralee, age 10, and Tabitha, age 4. Nothing more is known of them. JAMES AND ELIZABETH PARKER SNOW James (Jimmy) Snow was probably the oldest child of Billy and Mahala Snow. He was born about 1816 in Tenn., possibly on Dry Creek, although it may have been in Roane County, to which is parents probably moved in that year. He grew up in Roane and Morgan Counties in East Tenn. As the oldest son, much of the farm work would have fallen to him, although his father probably did not do extensive farming. Still, they grew most of what they wore and ate, with some of their meat gotten from hunting. Jimmy probably did not have very much education, as there were not many public schools available at the time he was growing up, and certainly his family did not have money to send him to private school. However, he managed to learn to read and write very well, though his spelling was not always the best. Jimmy Snow married Elizabeth Parker in DeKalb County, Tenn. His parents may have moved back to DeKalb County by that time, but Jimmy probably met Elizabeth while visiting his great-uncle Joseph Snow at the foot of the hill (Snow's Hill). Joseph had sons about the age of Jimmy, so he would have found it (an) interesting place to visit. Joseph Snow lived (?) a neighbor to Lewis Parker, Elizabeth's father, and this is very likely how Jimmy and Elizabeth came to meet. On January 19, 1843, at Lewis Parker's house Elizabeth Parker and James Snow were married by Gilbert Williams, ESQ. William Braswell and John Davis were witnesses. Elizabeth was twenty-two; Jimmy was four years older. They had thirteen children born during the next twenty-two years. Jimmy apparently went right to work; he is listed on January 25, 1845, as paying rent of five bushels of corn per acre on the H. Sellers farm owned by Abraham Overall.<23> How long Jimmy rented land is not certain, but not ,,ery long for in 1850 (?) (he) had moved to the upper part of Dry Creek, an area of steep hills and narrow hollows with very little level land. Jimmy's house was just down the hollow from his grandfather Ebenezer Snow, where he had settled some forty years earlier. Perhaps some of the Snow family still owned it and Jimmy bought from them, but this is not certain. In 1850 Jimmy Snow owned 100 acres, but it was only valued at $50 (fifty dollars); 13 acres had been improved; the remaining 87 were still woods. He did very well with his small acreage; he produced 375 bushels of corn, 20 bushels of irish potatoes, and 20 bushels of sweet potatoes. He also made 25 lbs of maple sugar during that year, his wife made 50 lbs of butter that year, did spinning and weaving worth $25.00 (?). They owned two horses, a cow, a steer, two sheep, and 13 (?) hogs. By 1860 Jimmy's land was worth five hundred dollars. It had the same value in 1870, even though in 1866 he bought fifty more acres, for which he paid $350-00 to Leroy Braswell.<24> In his later years Jimmy Snow had a big orchard with many varieties of apples. He had apple houses (like smoke houses) and stored apples, selling them to people from various places. Some of the grandchildren recalled that Elizabeth was stingy with the apples, since they could be sold; but the boys usually managed to get (as) many as they wanted. The Snow's had plenty to eat; they always had a big garden, and in the winter stored cabbages, turnips, and potatoes in the ground. They had plenty of dried apples and peaches, plenty of milk and butter and a big storehouse full of meat. Jimmy usually grew two acres of sorghum cane for making molasses, so they had a good supply of molasses for sweetening, besides the maple sugar they made. Elizabeth Parker Snow was an excellent housewife and extremely clean. When her daughter-in-law George (Georgie?) Ann Moser came there to live for a few months after she married Matt Snow, at bedtime she would spread a cloth on the pillowcase for fear that oil or dirt from her hair would get on it. Elizabeth had certain days for washing, ironing, etc. She kept'her daughters busy spinning thread and weaving at the loom. They made all the clothes for the family, knitted all their socks, wove coverlets, made quilts, etc. Jimmy Snow's house began as two log rooms, each about 16 ft. wide by 20 ft. long, with an open hall between them and a stone chimney at each end. Later the hall was enclosed, the house was weatherboarded, a front porch was added, and a kitchen an dining room and a large closet were added across the back. In the hall was a stairway which led to the attic where the older boys slept. The attic was one big room all the way across. The downstairs room had ceilings of wide hand-planed tongue and groove yellow popular. There were no rugs on the floors, which were scrubbed with lye water. There was no parlor; the bedrooms were furnished with corded bedsteads, bureaus, and hickory-bottom chairs. In the dining room were a long table and a corner cupboard; a punched-tin safe was i'n the kitchen. There was a picket fence around the yard, and just outside the gate was a big mounting block made of a single block of stone a yard or more square and waist high, with steps on one side. There was a carpenter shop east of the house and a blacksmith shop to the west. The log smokehouse was just behind the house, and near it was the gate to the barn, which had a shed on either side. The Snow's drinking water came from a spout spring a good distance east of the house, across the road and on the other side of Dry Creek. It is remembered by ail as being excellent water. Once young Sam Snow, Eb's son, went down to spend the night with his grandparents. Grandma said, "Honey, I'm awful glad you came; I want a fresh bucket of water." He started after it, but a cloud was coming up and he didn't (want?) to go way down to cross the creek, so he just dipped the bucket in the creek. Grandma knew what he had done as soon as she saw it. Both Elizabeth and Jimmy were said to have been "fractious" and difficult to get a long with. She would sometimes nag him until he would get on his horse and threaten to leave, saying he couldn't take any more. Then, she would beg him to stay, calling him Jamison. Some of their children were also high-tempered. When their son Matt married, he and his wife George Ann lived with his parents for awhile. George Ann got along with them fine, and her father-in-law bought her one of the newfangled coal oil lamps which had just come on the market. Matt, however, finally got mad at his parents and decided to leave. He got their things together and got on his horse with George Ann up behind him. Jimmy then called to him, Madison, what do you mean a-taking George Ann off from here? She laughed because they were not concerned about Matt leaving, but about George Ann leaving.<25> Jimmy's nephew Tom Davis lived with them part of the time. One fall nite Brother Thompson was preaching at the Cave Ridge Church near the Snow home. Tom Davis and Matt Snow were working together tying fodder, a job they were supposed to finish before they went to church. When they finished, instead of going to church, they went up to the top of the hill behind the church. There they tied bundles of fodder to an old wagon wheel, set them on fire and rolled the wheel down the hill toward the church. A big crowd was there and lots of horses and mules were tied near the building when they saw the firey wheel crashing through the bushes, they took off wildly in all directions, carrying with them the fence rails they were tied to, with the wagons to which some were hitched. The Congregation heard the,commotion and came out and tried to find their horses, but some were not found until the next day. The meeting was certainly broken up for that night. Tom and Matt sneaked in the house and went upstairs to bed. After a while Jimmy came in and they heard him taking down the gun-rod. He came up the steps and said, Mattson, To'mmy, come out of therel. They pretended to be asleep but he got them both out of bed and gave them a good whipping.<26> Jimmy Snow was an elder in that church, and had given part of the land where it stood. On September 13, 1867, James Snow and LeRoy Braswell made a deed of gift to Edward W. Edge, James George, Wiley Snow, James Snow and Thomas Hale, Elders of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Big Spring Congregation for land on Dry Creek, "to include the church house where it now stands." <27> It is not known just when Jimmy Snow left Cumberland Presbyterians and join(ed) the primitive Baptist, but he did; and, in fact, became a primitive Baptist preacher. Besides preaching at the church near his home (which was used by both Baptists and Presbyterians), he preached at the Primitive Baptist church on Holmes' Creek and at Mount View Primitive Baptist church on the Young(?) bend. Both of these churches were more than a dozen miles from home; to reach them he rode a sorrel mare named Ribbon, using a Texas saddle. Riley Turner, who has heard him preach at Young Bend, said that he was very sincere in his preaching that he would preach a while and cry a while. The tears would roll down his cheeks as he exhorted the sinners to come down and be saved.<28> Besides their own thirteen, Jimmy and Elizabeth Snow during most of their married life had other relatives or in-laws living with them. Elizabeth's father apparently died not long after her marriage, and in 1850 the Snows had living with them Elizabeth's two young sisters, Mary and Patience Parker. A few years later Jimmy's nephew Tom Davis lived with them part time. Then in 1876 they took their grand-daughter Ada Snow to raise, All of Elizabeth's children called her "Mam", as short for Mammy, and so did their spouses. When her son Sam's wife Ailsey was on her death bed, she was worried about her six-months old baby. She said to Elizabeth, her mother-in-law, "Mam, will you take Ada and raise her?" Elizabeth said that she would, and she did.<29> In the late 1870's and for the next few years there was some unusual weather ---- unusual enough that Jimmy Snow wrote it down in his bible. On the night of April 23, 1878, came a great storm. It was not a tornado, as it was much more general than that and was felt in many places. However, the winds were almost tornado-like forces. It was said that on Dry Creek the wind blew down a lot of trees on one side of the hill, then came back and blew them down on the other side. People were several days freeing livestock that had been trapped and penned in by fallen timber. Houses were damaged and roads were blocked for days. The next year came the warm winter, when many families were unable to kill hogs because there was never a time cold enough. Five years later, in 188(5)?, came the hard winter, with an early killing frost, extremely cold temperatures, and snow on the ground most of the ttime from November into March Between these two extreme(s) winters came a great drought in the summer of 1881(?). The spring that year was very wet, with rain almost every day. Then late May the rain stopped, and there was no more at all until September. Practically no crops were made that year, and there was nothing to feed livestock through the winter. Cattle and hogs were turned out loose to find what they could through the winter and many of them died. All the grass had died, and even many trees and bushes died. The Snow's survived, but the table was bare many times that year. It was after that difficult summer that Jimmy's brother Wiley decided to move to Arkansas. Jimmy Snow died of heart ailment on May 13, 1894, at his home on Dry Creek, when about 78 years old. Elizabeth died nine years later, in the summer of 1903, when eighty-three years old. They both are buried in the Snow Cemetery on the hill opposite their home, but neither has a tombstone. Their 13 children were all born on Dry Creek in the 4th Civil District of DeKalb County, Tenn. They were: 1. William L (LewisO) Snow, born August 29, 1843, and died in infancy. 2. Ebenezer Snow, born May 6, 1845 died Nov. 11, 1904. Married Nancy C. Anderson in January 1866. 3. Samuel Snow, born Oct. 7, 1846 and died May 4, 1922, married lst Ailsey Adamson, 2nd Katie Cripps, and 3rd Samantha Cantrell. 4. James Madison (Matt) Snow, born Feb 17, 1848 and died May 29, 192- in Collinsville, Texas; on Jan. 2, 1869, he married George Ann Moser. 5. Mahala Snow, born Jan. 19, 1850, and died in infancy. 6. Francis Marion Snow, born April 30, 1851, and died in the 1930's in Texas. He married Sarah Ann Keatch May 24, 1874. 7. Martha Snow was born Nov. 20, 1852, and died October 20, 187- unmarried. She was said to have been a very beautiful girt with long black hair. Family tradition says that she wanted the boys to get sheep out of the hill pasture one rainy winter day and they didn't do it, so she put on a coat and went herself. She got wet and was sick for some time, and then developed tuberculosis and died at the age of 18.<30> 8. Mary Elizabeth Snow was born Oct 3, 1854 and died. She married P.B. (Brino) Bluhm on Jan 29, 1878. After his death she married Mr. Askew. 9. Talitha C. Snow was born Sept 25, 1856 (@), and died in infancy. 10. Eliza Ethel Bertie Snow was born April 9, 1853, and died June 1933. She married Feb. 15, 1880 Daniel Powers Moser, a brother of George Ann Moser who married her brother Matt.