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Randolph Snead Amherst/Nelson Co., VA Father Proven
Posted by: Frank Duff (ID *****3613) Date: April 09, 2009 at 21:25:49
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Hi folks,

I ran across this information that will be helpful to those of you descendants of Randolph Snead. This may be a day late and a dollar short, but thought I'd pass it along.

In 1845 Hannah Snead Smith applied for pension as the widow of William Smith. She provided documents proving that she was married to William Smith. This included an affidavit from Randolph Snead of Nelson Co. where he says his sister married William Smith. Another document shows the consent of their father John Snead for the marriage of his daughter Hannah to William Smith.

This is taken from Application of William and Hannah Snead Smith: W2629

State of Virginia
Rockbridge County
On this second day of Febuary, Eighteen Hundred and forty four personally appeared before me the subscriber a Justice of the peace in and for the County of Rockbridge Mrs. Hannah Smith a resident of this County aged about 69 or 70 years who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 7th 1838 entitled, An act granting half pay and pensions to certain Widows” That she is the widow of William Smith dec’d of this county who was a private soldier in the Army of the Revolution, belonged to the militia of Va, served a tour under Captain Barnett under the command of Col Charles Dabney, that he went from the County of Amherst in Va., that she thinks he served three several tours, in one as a substitute, that he was in the close of the action between the forces under the Marquis De La Flayette [sic: Lafayette] and those under Lord Cornwallis near Greenspring in lower Virginia [Green Springs Plantation on Jamestown Island, 6 July 1781], that he served in a Guard, she also thinks, to the Hessian Captives at the Albemarle Barracks in Va. That he was a Pensioner of the United States under the law of the United States of the 7th June 1832 at the rate of 21.66 per annum, which will fully appear by reference to his Pension Certificate No 30115 and bearing date at the War office of the U States the 7th day of August 1835. She further declares that she was married to the said William Smith on the 22nd day of January Seventeen hundred and ninety two or ninety three and that her Husband, the aforesaid William Smith, died on the 26th day of January 1842. which fact, as well as her being his wife, will fully appear by authenticated documents, forwarded to the Pension Agent for Virginia in 1842, by which she drew the arrears of his Pension. That she was not married to the said William Smith prior to his leaving the Service, but the marriage took place previous to the first day of January Seventeen hundred and ninety four, at the time aforementioned, and in the County of Amherst Va, since included in Nelson Co Va. and that she still remains the widow of the said Wm unmarried Hannah herXmark Smith

Hannah Smith’s declaration was supported by a copy of the consent of JOHN SNEAD for the mariage of his daughter, “Haney Snead” to William Smith, as well as a copy of a bond signed by William Smith and RANDOLPH SNEAD dated 6 Jan 1794 for the marriage of Smith to Haney Snead. RANDOLPH SNEAD of Nelson County stated that he was present at the marriage of HIS SISTER, Hannah, to William Smith on 22 Jan 1793, and that he remembered the date because it was precisely two weeks after his own marriage. Robert E. Smith, first-born son of William and Hannah Smith, stated that he was born 15 Oct 1794.

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