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George Fenton Snouffer

George Fenton Snouffer

Male 1838 - 1904  (~ 66 years)

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  • Name George Fenton Snouffer  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born Feb 1838  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    AFN 2T75-2Q3 
    Occupation Agriculture - Farmer & livestock producer 
    Occupation Education - Trustee of public schools 
    Occupation Government - Elections judge; Trustee of the county "Alms House" 
    Died 13 Aug 1904  Gaithersburg, Montgomery Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11
    Buried Rockville Union Cem, Montgomery Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Person ID I697  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2014 

    Father John Benjamin Snouffer,   b. 5 Jan 1816, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1882, Elk City, Montgomery Cnty, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Frances Ellen ("Abbie") Trail,   b. Abt 1819, Barnesville, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1845 or 1846, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years) 
    Marriage License Date 11 May 1835  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Married 13 May 1835  St. Peter's Parish, Montgomery, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7, 14, 15, 16
    Family ID F193  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Morgan Hebb,   b. Jan 1836, Shepherdstown, Jefferson Cnty, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1914, Washington, D.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Marriage License Date 20 Aug 1859  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Married 19 Oct 1859  Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7, 8, 11, 18
    Children 
     1. William Fenton Snouffer,   b. 1 Dec 1861, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1901, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     2. Elizabeth ("Bessie") Moffett Snouffer,   b. 28 Apr 1864, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1943, Bethesda, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     3. John Hilliard Snouffer,   b. 1866, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1960, Silver Spring, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     4. Mary Julia Snouffer,   b. Aug 1868,   d. 5 Jun 1873  (Age ~ 4 years)
     5. Rose Forrest Snouffer,   b. 31 Jan 1870, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1955  (Age 85 years)
     6. Nancy Hebb Snouffer,   b. 11 Mar 1873, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1949  (Age 75 years)
     7. Julia Morgan Snouffer,   b. 29 Jul 1875, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1951, Montgomery Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     8. Charles Thomas Snouffer,   b. 4 Aug 1877, Adamstown, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1929, Washington, D.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F226  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Snouffers School, near Gaithersburg, MD
    Snouffers School, near Gaithersburg, MD
    Photo from Guy A. Jewell, Schools That Were (Manuscript, Montgomery Cnty Historical Soc'y, Rockville, MD: 1973)
    George Fenton Snouffer
    George Fenton Snouffer
    Courtesy of Charlotte Harper Layton

    Headstones
    George Fenton Snouffer Tombstone
    George Fenton Snouffer Tombstone
    Courtesy of Gervaise Dynes-Wolack

  • Notes 
    • The Snouffer School, and Snouffer School Road, near Gaithersburg, MD, are named after George Fenton Snouffer. An obituary for his son John so states:
      The Star (13 Nov 1960):
      "John H. Snouffer, affectionately known to friends and neighbors as 'Pop,' died recently.... He was 94 years of age.
      "*** Born in Frederick County, Mr. Snouffer came to Montgomery County at the age of six with his parents, who settled on a farm about six miles from Gaithersburg. His father donated the land on which Snouffer's School was built and later, a road in the area was named for the donor. ***"

      According to Guy A. Jewell, Schools That Were (Manuscript, Montgomery County Historical Society, Rockville, MD: 1973), "Snouffers" school originated with a deed of 4 Aug 1883 "from G.F. Snouffer et al, one acre on road from Rockville to Seneca Bridge." Mr. Jewell cites Montgomery Cnty, MD, Deed Book JA 38 : 471. The school house was renovated after a levy request 25 May 1893. It was ordered to be closed 13 Aug 1935 and was sold 14 Jan 1936.

      George Fention was first mentioned in the 1850 census, which reported that he was an 11-yr old boy living with his father John B, step-mother Malinda, and siblings Elizabeth A and William T. 1850 U.S. Census, Buckeystown, Frederick Cnty, MD (M 432, Roll 293, stamped p. 223). The 1860 census lists him as a 24-yr old farmer living with his wife Mary, also listed as 24. 1860 U.S. Census, Buckeystown, Frederick Cnty, MD (M 653, Roll 475, stamped p. 867).

      The 1870 census shows "GF" Snouffer, 31, a farmer, living with his wife Mary M, 33, and 5 children: "Willie F," 8; "Lizie M," 6; John H, 4; "Mary Julia," 2; and "Rose F," 6 months. Also living in the household were 6 Black servants and farm laborers (former slaves??). 1870 U.S. Census, Dist. 1, Frederick Cnty, MD (M 593, Roll 586, stamped p. 18).

      G.F. was injured, perhaps seriously, in the B.&O. train wreck of 12 June 1877 at Point of Rocks. J.T. Scharf, HISTORY OF WESTERN MARYLAND, p. 446 (1882); T.J.C. Williams & F. McKinsey, HISTORY OF FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND, p. 400 (1910). As recounted by Wm. J. Grove, HISTORY OF CARROLLTON MANOR, pp. 98-99 (1928), quoting from "an account" of the accident: "The most disastrous railroad accident in the memory of our citizens was that of June 12, 1877, in which five persons were killed outright, and a large number seriously injured. The occasion was an excursion over the B. & O. Railroad to Washington and Mt. Vernon.... Two coaches filled with excursionists were telescoped.*** Among the injured were...G. Fenton Snouffer and his son [William]. It will long be remembered as Frederick's greatest calamity."

      G.F. survived his injuries well enough to serve on the "Committee of Arrangements" and as a "Floor Manager" for the "Basket Pic-Nic to be held in Mr. Curtis Thomas' Woods, near Adamstown, on Wednesday, September 3d, 1879." Grove, ibid, p. 262.

      Scharf's HISTORY, ibid, pp. 447-448, reports that G.F. Snouffer had a position in the Frederick County fair of 1880, "acknowledged to be the best in Maryland, and probably not surpassed by any in the country," which was attended by President Hayes and part of his cabinet. Scharf states that "G. Fenton Snouffer" was a "Marshal" supervising showings of "Heavy-draught houses" in the fair's Horse Department.

      The 1880 census lists "Snouffer, Fenton," a 41 year old farmer, living with his wife Mary, 40, and children William, Bessie, John, Rose, "Nansey," Julia and Charles, together with a servant and a cook. 1880 U.S. Census, Buckeystown Dist, Frederick Cnty, MD (T 9, Roll 509, stamped p. 7)[LDS Film 1254509].

      D.J. Lake, ATLAS OF FREDERICK COUNTY MARYLAND, p. 7 (C.O. Titus & Co, Philadelphia; 1873), shows that G. F. Snouffer owned land just south of his uncles Benjamin J. Snouffer and A. T. Snouffer. The Atlas (ibid, p. 77), under the Buckeystown District Directory, lists George Fenton has having settled in the Adamstown area in 1855, owning 600 acres, and specializing in wheat, corn, oats, hay, and raising "stock." His farm suffered a loss, however, in an 1893 fire. The Montgomery County [MD] Sentinel, p. 3 (1 Sep 1893), reported that "Fire destroyed the barn on the farm of Mr. G. F. Snouffer, near Gaithersburg, and a fire also destroyed the dwelling of William Ricketts, near Glen." John D. Bowman, Guide to Selections from the Montgomery County [MD] Sentinel, 1893-1896, p. 31 (2007).

      The Montgomery County [MD] Sentinel p. 3 (14 Sep 1894), reported:
      "The 41st annual Fair of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society was held last week, at the Fair Grounds in Rockville. There was racing on each of the 3 days, and also the usual exhibits. Many persons won multiple awards in a single class.... ***
      "Awards were given as follows: ***
      "Hogs: ... S. F. Snouffer [sic], ...
      "Sheep: G. F. Snouffer, ***."
      John D. Bowman, Guide to Selections from the Montgomery County [MD] Sentinel, 1893-1896, pp. 83-85 (2007).

      In addition to his farming achievements, George appears to have engaged in the politics of farming. The Sentinel, p. 3 (19 Jan 1894), noted that "The Directors of the Agricultural Society have elected ... G. F. Snouffer, Vice President...." John D. Bowman, Guide ... 1893-1896, p. 48. The Sentinel reported, p. 3 (1 Jan 1897), that "The Farmers Institute, intended as an auxiliary to any farmer's organization in the County, recently met under the auspices of ... [the] Maryland Agricultural College. A committee of three persons ... from each election district was appointed to further the aims of the Institute: 1st district: Otho B. Williams, McCubbin Waters, G. F. Snouffer ***." John D. Bowman, Guide to Selections from the Montgomery County [MD] Sentinel, 1897-1901, p. 1 (2007). The same paper reported, p. 3 (5 Apr 1901), that "G. F. Snouffer" was among the "Directors of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society" that met to set a date for an up-coming county Fair. Bowman, Guide ... 1897-1901, p. 177.

      George F. was quite involved with local Democratic politics. It appears that he was a "judge" for Democratic primary elections for the First Election District in Montgomery County for many years. The Montgomery County [MD] Sentinel, p. 2 (30 Jun 1893), reported that he was selected as a judge for the primary to be held July 29. John D. Bowman, Guide to Selections from the Montgomery County [MD] Sentinel, 1893-1896, p. 73 (2007). The next year the Sentinel reported, p. 2 (10 Aug 1894), that he was again selected for that position. Bowman, Guide ... 1893-1896, pp. 78-79. Again, in 1895, the Sentinel reported, p. 2 (31 May 1895), that he was appointed as a judge for the primary to be held on May 28. Bowman, Guide ... 1893-1896, p. 119. And, according to the Sentinel, p. 3 (4 Oct 1895), he was reappointed as a judge for the general election in the fall of 1895. Bowman, Guide ... 1893-1896, p. 139.

      In 1897 the Sentinel reported, p. 2 (11 Jun 1897), that the "Democratic State Central Committee has ordered that a primary election be conducted in Montgomery County, on July 27th" and that George was appointed one of the judges for that election. John D. Bowman, Guide to Selections from the Montgomery County [MD] Sentinel, 1897-1901, p. 19 (2007). The newspaper also reported the following year, p. 3 (2 Sep 1898), that he had been appointed as one of the judges for the primary election to be held Sept. 24th. Bowman, Guide ... 1897-1901, p. 68. Further, the Sentinel reported, p. 2 (23 Jun 1899), that the "Democrat[ic] primary elections for 1899 will be held on July 29th, 'at the usual places'. The primary judges named are: ... F. [sic] Fenton Snouffer [and 38 others]." Bowman, Guide ... 1897-1901, p. 103.

      George Fenton became embroiled, late in life, in a land use dispute with neighbors. They sued him for trespass; he claimed he had an easement permitting him to use their land. A jury decided in his favor on two theories, but the verdict was reversed; the higher court held that one of the theories was legally erroneous. See the opinion of the Maryland Court of Appeals in Waters v. George Fenton Snouffer, vol. 88, Md Reports, p. 391; vol. 41, Atlantic Reporter, p. 785 (1898).

      In addition to, or perhaps as part of, his political offices, George was involved with those who were poverty stricken. The Montgomery County [MD] Sentinel, p. 3 (24 Nov 1893), reported that the "County Commissioners have appointed G. Fenton Snouffer ... [and others] to be trustees of the Alms House." John D. Bowman, Guide to Selections from the Montgomery County [MD] Sentinel, 1893-1896, p. 43 (2007). The paper noted the following year, p. 3 (16 Nov 1894), that he had been re-elected as a trustee, Bowman, Guide ... 1893-1896, p. 91, and so, according to the paper, p. 3 (8 Dec 1894), he was reappointed to that position. Bowman, Guide ... 1893-1896, p. 94. Three years later the newspaper noted, p. 3 (12 Nov 1897), that he was one of the "Trustees of the Poor." Bowman, Guide ... 1897-1901, p. 40. The Sentinel reported again, p. 3 (17 Nov 1899), that "The County Commissioners have appointed George F. Snouffer ... [and others] as Trustees of the Alms House." Bowman, Guide ... 1897-1901, p. 121. And he was appointed yet again in 1901. Bowman, Guide ... 1897-1901, p. 206.

      George F. also was involved in public education. The Sentinel reported, p. 3 (5 May 1899), that "G. F. Snouffer," along with many others, was named as a trustee for the public schools of Montgomery County. John D. Bowman, Guide to Selections from the Montgomery County [MD] Sentinel, 1897-1901, p. 97 (2007). Also, according to the newspaper, p. 3 (31 Aug 1900), "The reunion of past and present students at Brookeville Academy, held on the 23rd, drew about 600 persons. There was a tournament and dinner; and the history of the school was reviewed. The names mentioned are ... Fenton Snouffer ***." Bowman, Guide ... 1897-1901, pp. 150-151.

      Death Notice, The Washington [DC] Post, p. 9 (14 Aug 1904):
      "Boyds Md, Aug 13 -- George Fenton Snouffer, a well-known citizen of this county, died suddenly at this home at Gaithersburg this evening at 5 o'clock of apoplexy. He was aged about sixty-eight years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Snouffer, and six children. He was president of the board of trustees for the poor of this county."

      In Feb 2005, the Montgomery Cnty, MD, Historical Society provided the following information, under a label "Sentinel Abstracts File":
      "SNOUFFER, G. FENTON
      "died at his home hear Gaithersburg on the 13th inst., age 68, leaving his wife and 6 children. Buried - Rockville Cemetery. He came to Montgomery Co. from Frederick Co.
      "Aug 19, 1904"

      He was buried in the Rockville Cemetery. See: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/md/montgomery/cemeteries/rockville4.txt (accessed Mar 2006); and http://usgwarchives.net/md/montgomery/tsimages/rockburials/sect8/rock-s2.html (accessed Apr 2009).
    • His tombstone inscription reads: "Blessed are the pure | in heart for they shall | see God."

  • Sources 
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    2. [S144] Ray Snouffer|, Ray Snouffer, "Reports" : Summer, 2000, (Stanley Ray Snouffer, Jr., 640 Security Rd, Hagerstown, MD 21740).

    3. [S54] Frederick Cnty History|, T.J.C. Williams & F. McKinsey, HISTORY OF FREDERICK COUNTY MARYLAND, (L.R. Titsworth & Co., Hagerstown, MD : 1910), p.400.

    4. [S59] Snouffer, Helen|, Helen Snouffer Brooks, "Letter to Dr. Edward S. Snouffer" (5 Sep 1989), (Helen Snouffer Brooks).

    5. [S31] Thomas, G.L.|, George Leicester Thomas, GENEALOGY OF THE ENGLISH THOMAS FAMILY, (G.L.Thomas, Adamstown, MD : 1956), pp. 91, 92.

    6. [S37] Ancestry Tree - Mann|, James D. Hug, "Mann_2011-12-09", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/33020986/listofallpeople).

    7. [S85] Spangler, Mary Snouffer|, Mary Snouffer Spangler, "Ancestor Chart", (Report to James Wood, Jr. : 7 Jan 1980).

    8. [S96] Ames, Margaret|, Margaret Finn Ames, "Family Group Sheets", (Margaret F. Ames : 1965 - 1993).

    9. [S485] MD Archives B of V Stats|, MD Dep't of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Records, Counties, Index (1910-1951), MSA SE 7 , (Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD; http://mdvitalrec.net/cfm/dsp_search.cfm ), SE 7-13, p. 340.

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    11. [S17] Charlotte Layton - 2 |, Charlotte Harper Layton, "Layton Family Tree" , (www.Ancestry.com; contact Charlotte Layton at cmairelayton@aol.com).

    12. [S504] USGenWeb Project |, The USGenWeb Project, (The USGenWeb Project, www.usgenweb.org).

    13. [S718] Smith Marriages|, Dorothy H. Smith, Frederick County [MD] Marriage Licenses, 1778-1839, (Unpublished Monograph, "Publication Rights Reserved," by Dorothy H. Smith, United States : 15 Jun 1979), F187.F8 S65 1900z., p. 209.

    14. [S74] LDS IGI Index|, "International Genealogical Index", (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT; www.familysearch.org).

    15. [S31] Thomas, G.L.|, George Leicester Thomas, GENEALOGY OF THE ENGLISH THOMAS FAMILY, (G.L.Thomas, Adamstown, MD : 1956), p. 91.

    16. [S86] Hurley, Maryland Heritage|, William N. Hurley, Jr., OUR MARYLAND HERITAGE, (Bowie, MD; Heritage Books, Inc. (various years)), vol. 26, pp. 64-66.

    17. [S52] Myers Marriages 3|, Margaret E. Myers, MARRIAGE LICENSES OF FREDERICK COUNTY [MD], 1841-1865, (Family Line Publications, Westminster, MD : 1988), pp.107,217.

    18. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Mary M. Snouffer; 28 Oct 1914).