David Snowden House

David Snowden House

The David Snowden House, located in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, was constructed in 1825 by David Snowden Jr.






David Snowden Sr. was born in 1759 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey 1a and married Nancy Hazelrigg in 1782 in Washington, Pennsylvania. 1b The couple relocated to Clark County, Kentucky in 1800 1c before relocating to Estill County around 1830 1d where he died in 1839. 1

David’s son, David Jr., was born in Washington, Pennsylvania in 1786 2a and married Margaret Peggy McGuire in 1812 in Estill County 2b where the couple lived. 2c David Jr. constructed a log cabin, kitchen and slave quarters on a plot of land near the Middle Fork Kentucky River in 1825. 2 The couple lived in Owsley County circa 1850, 2d but David Jr. died in Estill County in 1852. 2

One of David Jr’s sons, Frances Marion Snowden, was born on October 23, 1825 in Estill County. 3a He lived in Owsley County circa 1850 3b before marrying Clarinda Baker in 1856 in Clay County. 3 He married again to Mary Polly Thompson in 1868 in Owsley County and relocated to Lee County (split from Estill County) circa 1870. 3c Frances died on September 17, 1906. 3

Dudley Bishop Snowden, one of Frances many children, was born in Lee County in 1883. 4a He lived in St. Helens, marrying Zora Catherine Hieronymus in 1920. 4a Dudley served as postmaster for the community beginning on April 3, 1914, 5 and was also a merchant store owner. Dudley also served in World War I. 6






Further Reading


Sources

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  1. Snowden, Randy. “David Snowden Sr.” Ancestry.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2015. Tree.
    1. Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
    2. Ancestry.com. 1790 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
    3. Ancestry.com. Kentucky, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.
    4. Ancestry.com. 1830 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  2. Snowden, Randy. “David Snowden Jr.” Ancestry.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2015. Tree.
    1. Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
    2. Dodd, Jordan. Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.
    3. Ancestry.com. 1830 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
    4. Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
  3. Snowden, Randy. “Frances Marion Snowden” Ancestry.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2015. Tree.
    1. Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
    2. Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
    3. Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
  4. Snowden, Randy. “Dudley Bishop Snowden” Ancestry.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2015. Tree.
    1. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
  5. Ancestry.com. U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  6. Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

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7 Comments

  1. Dudley Snowden was my great great great uncle. My mom’s maiden name is Snowden and all of my uncles (Snowden’s no less!) still live in St. Helen’s KY right beside the property. St. Helen’s is my second home as I’ve spent my whole life visiting family and playing in the woods just behind the property on my uncle Kenny’s land. My family would love to have the opportunity to get this land and home back in our possession. Maybe someday we will be able to get it back. Such an awesome place!

  2. This is a relative of mine, My name is Mary Neavin (Mary Elizabeth Snowden). David Snowden Jr. was the son of my Generation ! David Snowden and Nancy Hazelrigg. I would like to restore this home Lord Willing how do I get additional information. Sincerely, Mary Neavin

  3. I’d love to have it too, if I were able to afford it! David Snowden, Jr. is my direct-male line 5th great grandfather (despite my last name, my father’s a Snowden). Hoping to stop by and see this soon next time I’m down there, as I live in northeast Ohio.

  4. Oh, boy. Ask me if I’d like to have this house. Might as well ask a man on the desert if he’d like a drink of water. I’d give my eye tooth and a lot of loot for this house. Sad thing is, I don’t have the loot. So I’d settle for someone who has got the do-re-mi, and who’d use it to restore this beauty. I wouldn’t even bother them after it was restored. I’d be just as happy with some pictures.

    1. Contact your state office for historic preservation and/or The National Trust got Historic Preservation, which has published a wealth of how-to info. Once it’s named an historic landmark (state or federal level) there are tax breaks for the owner to preserve it.

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