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William SNODEN
Birth:  1794/5, VA
Death:  1860-70, Dade Co., MO
Marriage:  24 May 1815, Christian [now Todd] Co., KY
Wife:  Jane THOMPSON
Birth:  1796/7, Greenbrier Co., VA [now Monroe Co., WV] 
Death:  1850-60, Dade Co., MO
Father:  John THOMPSON
Mother:  Sophia H. BEST
Children born in Todd Co., KY:
1.  (Daughter A) SNODEN, b. 1815-20
2.  James SNODEN, b. 1819/20
3.  Alexander SNODEN, b. 1824/5
4.  (Son A) SNODEN, b. 1825-30
5.  William SNODEN, Jr., b. 1828/9

Sources (n.b., Dade Co., MO, was formed in 1841 from Barry and Polk Cos.):

1a.  Christian Co., KY.  WHITE MARRIAGE BONDS IA, 1797-1817 (LDS Film No. 0465562, Item #1):
p. 169 Thompson, Jane to William Snadon 24 May 1815
There's no minister's return for Jane & William, but obviously the marriage did take place because, among other things, Jane is mentioned in her father's will as "Jane SNOWDEN" (see below). 

1b.  D.L. Murray & N.R., compilers.  1995.  Marriage Index: IL, IN, KY, OH, TN, 1720-1926 (Broderbund CD-2):
Snoden, Wm Thompson, Jane 24 May 1815 Christian Co., KY

2.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, but there are many people known to be living in this part of Todd County in 1820 who are also missing.

3.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #25-26 of 68; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 KY Todd Co. Roll M19_41 p. 370 Ln. 26 William Snaden 211 001 - 001 000 100 200000-010000
These data indicate:
No., Race, Gender Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 white males 4 or under 1825-1830 = William Jr. (b. 1828/9)
= Son A
1 white male 5-9 1820-1825 = Alexander (b. 1824/5)
1 white male 10-14 1815-1820 = James (b. 1819/20)
1 white male 30-39 1790-1800 = William (b. 1794/5) 
1 white female 10-14 1815-1820 = Daughter A
0 white female 30-39 1790-1800
1 white female 40-49 1780-1790 = Jane (b. 1796/7)
2 male slaves 9 or under 1820-1830 = ? ?
1 female slave 10-23 1806-1820 = ?
Jane is in the wrong age class, but surely these are our subjects.  Listed next to Nathaniel BURRUS, who is listed three lines from Thomas HADEN.

4.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7-8 of 18 indexed "Snayaem"; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 MO Barry [now Dade] Co. Smith Twp. Roll M704_220 pp. 29A-29B Ln. 11 William Snayden 001 110 100 - 000 100 100 8 0500000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 10-14 1825-1830 = William Jr. (b. 1828/9) 
1 male 15-19 1820-1825 = Alexander (b. 1824/5)
1 male 20-29 1810-1820 = James (b. 1819/20)
1 male 40-49 1790-1800 = William (b. 1794/5)
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = Daughter A
1 female 40-49 1790-1800 = Jane (b. 1796/7) 
5? persons employed in agriculture
William's numbers do not add up, but I've definitely got the right page as (most of) the others around him do.

5.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #78 of 95):  District No. 25, Dade Co., MO, Roll M432_398, p. 299B, 535/546, enumerated 18 Oct 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
William Snoden 55 M   Farmer 8000 Virginia
Jane 53 F       Virginia
James 28 M   Farmer  800 Kentucky
Alexander 25 M   Farmer   Kentucky
William 21 M   Farmer   Kentucky

6.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #16 of 24):  Kings Point P.O., Smith Twp., Dade Co., MO, Roll M653_617, p. 34, PN 32, 220/220, enumerated 16 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
William Snadon 65 M   Farmer 3000 14,000 Virginia
James Snadon 40 M   "     Kentucky
Alexander " 32 M   "   300 "
William   " 27 M   "     "

7.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  William Sr. not found, nor William Jr., nor James, but we do find son, Alexander, living in South Twp., Dade Co., MO, married with two young children and rather well to do, so it appears he has inherited his father's estate.

8.  Abstract of will (online in the Archives of the KYTODD-L mailing list at RootsWeb.com).  Kentucky Family Records - Volume VIII, pp. 48-51, "Abstract of Some Early Wills, Todd County, KY, Will Book A."  (The first date is the date the will was signed, the second date is the date the will was recorded, which is done after the testator is deceased):
THOMPSON, John. 25 Oct 1816. Dec 1816.
Wife: Sophia.
Daus: Jane Snowden, Sophia, Nancy, Isabella, Polly McFarin.
Sons: John, Alexander, Robert, James.
Wit: Finis Ewing, Thomas Bryan, George Snoden.

9.  James Taylor Killebrew.  1999.  County Court Order Book "F," Parts 1 & 2 [but not 3], Christian County, Kentucky, for the years 1819-1825.  County Genealogical Society (1101 Bethel St., Hopkinsville, KY 42240).  First column is the page number in Killebrew; second column is the page number in Court Order Book F.
p. p. Date Motions
113 164 2 Dec 1816 The last will and testament of John Thompson deceased was produced in Court and proven by the oaths of Thomas Bryan and George Snowden and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Robert Thompson and Sophia Thompson executor and Executrix of the last will and testament of Jno. Thompson deceased who made oath as the law directs certificate of probate is granted them in due form of law on the estate of said John Thompson deceased whereupon
114 they entered into an acknowledged bond with George Snowden, Wm. Greenfield and John Gorin their securities conditioned as the law requires.
10.  Email from Brad Segers.

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