After I posted my Snodgrass family blog entry at Twisted Knitter, a distant Snodgrass relative contacted me and provided some new photos of and information about Henry Snodgrass (1816-1895), including this photo of Henry as an older man:
Henry is my dead-end for this side of my family (my paternal grandmother’s ancestor). He fathered 22 children with his first wife, Elizabeth Phillips (1818-1869), so I know there are more distant cousins who possibly have knowledge of Henry’s origins. It’s thought that his mother was a Native American “Mingo” — which, if true, would be a nice surprise. (I had ruled out any possibility that I might have any Native American ancestry).
When I first started researching my ancestry, I had no idea that blogging about it would help me fill in missing information, but on more than one occasion, I’ve been fortunate to find distant relatives who take the time to leave a comment and express their willingness to help.