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Re: Maugridge family in Philadelphia
Posted by: John (ID *****7020) Date: October 13, 2007 at 17:47:34
In Reply to: Maugridge family in Philadelphia by Ruth Wright of 101

Some notes on Ann;
His(John M. Snowden) mother (Ann Maugridge Snowden) was a woman of marked character, great intelligence and energy and devotedly, attached. to the American cause. She was the trusted friend of General Washington, and through her, he received, from time to time, important information respecting the British forces while they held Philadelphia.

The Judiciary of Allegheny County, pp., 29-30; Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. VII, No. 2 (1883)

Birth record taken from Christ Church, Philadelphia Pa.

Title: Centennial volume of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, PA., 1784-1884.
Imprint: Pittsburgh : Wm. G. Johnston & Co., Printers, 1884.
Physical Extent: 259 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
This book may be found on line at:

From pages 200- 203

John Morgridge (should be Maugridge) Snowden, better known as John M. Snowden, was born in Philadelphia, in 1776. His father was a sea captain, and entered the service, of the Continental Congress at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, was captured by British, and died in one of the "prison ships." His mother was a woman of wonderful energy, of a high order of intelligence, great force of character, and most ardently devoted the cause of American Independence. Not only did she assume the support of her three sons and two daughters, disdaining to receive assistance from her Tory relations on the side of her parents, but she performed a difficult and dangerous part that her country, for which her husband had died, might be free. She was the trusted friend of General Washington, and from her he received, by means of trusted messengers, his knowledge from time to time, of the numbers and operations of the British while they held Philadelphia.

This woman is my direct ancestor. I would love more information on her if you have any!
You mention "She died April 5, 1831. Her death notice appears in Poulson's Daily American Advertiser." Do you have a copy of this? I only have notes on two of her children. She had others, do you know their names?


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