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This Snouffer, Schnauffer genealogy focuses on families with these surnames who came to North America from the area of Renningen, near Stuttgart, in southwestern Germany.

These Snouffer, Schnauffer families arrived in Philadelphia onboard the ship Nancy on 16 Sep 1751, settling first in Pennsylvania but shortly afterwards moving on to Maryland. From Maryland they spread to the mid-west, mostly to Ohio and Iowa.

The Campbells discussed here came to the U.S. about 1863 from Ayrshire, near Kilmarnock, Scotland, and settled in Illinois. There is a second group of Campbells who in the 1850s left the Scottish island of Islay for Canada; most stayed in Canada, but a few came to the U.S.


This website is dedicated to my father, William Noel Snouffer, who, starting with his mother's family charts, retained Friedrich R. Wollmershauser to trace the early origins of the Schnauffer / Snouffer family. Realizing he would not live long enough to publish his own book, my father turned over his information to James L. ("Jim") Wood, of West Virginia, so that it could be included in Wood's 1989 book, "The Snuffers". One has to express gratitude to Jim Wood for all his original research relating to the descendants discussed in this website. Hundreds, if not thousands, of internet references to Snouffer descendants are based upon his book, with little or no acknowledgment or credit. Early critical research was also provided by Diane & Don Pheneger, of Ohio.

More recently I have been helped by a number of cousins: Gerviase Dynes-Wolak, of Colorado; John Irving Snouffer, Columbus, Ohio; Barbara Hannon, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Carol S. Jewell, Alabama; Barbara Allshouse, Pennsylvania; Barbara Snouffer Erbele-Woods, Michigan; Karen Knecht, California; Glen Allgaier, Wisconsin; and Cathy Campbell Knopp, Minnesota. Many other family members have contributed information, and I have tried to give them appropriate credit in my notes and sources lists. Comments, suggested corrections, and questions are welcome. ~William Campbell Snouffer