Rev. Dr. Nathaniel R. Snowden, Princeton Grad, Doctorate,
Co-Founder Presbysterian Church in USA, Verifies Valley Forge Prayer
Nathaniel Randolph Snowden, fourth of the sons of Isaac and Mary (nee Cox) Snowden, was, like his brothers born in Philadelphia, January 17, 1770, and, like at least four of them, was graduated from the College of New Jersey, in 1787.
Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Randolph Snowden, friend of Quaker Isaac Potts, personal friend and associate of General George Washington at Valley Forge; Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Randolph Snowden earned a Bachelor's Degree from Princeton University (Original Manuscript at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Call no. PHi.Am.1561-1568) and a Doctorate from Dickinson's University;
Rev. Nathaniel Randolph Snowden was an Ordained Presbyterian Minister, a fellow-minister of John Witherspoon (President of Princeton University), and with his father - Isaac Snowden, and Rev. Dr. Witherspoon - was an early leader and co-founder of the Presbyterian Church in the USA.
His Father and several Brothers were Presbyterian Ministers, and of his seven children of Rev. Nathaniel Randolph Snowden D. D., all of his sons (and his father-in-law) whom were physicians.
One son became a distinguished lawyer, and his son-in-Law served as Justice and Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court: he was the main recorder and witness of George Washington praying at valley Forge. Sons and brothers were Princeton Graduates and Ministers as well.
His father Isaac helped start the First Presbyterian Church in the USA, and was the first denominational treasurer with Dr. Witherspoon, President of Princeton University the first ]resident of the denomination as well. He also had several brothers as ministers as well, most of the whole family were graduates of Princeton University and Ordained Presbyterians.
Being licensed by the Presbytery of Carlisle, Pa., in 1794, he became pastor of the congregations of Harrisburg, Paxton and Derry, which combined charge he resigned after three years. Then, for some years, he supplied the Monaghan and Petersburg congregations.
In 1818 he organized the Millerstown Presbyterian Church, and shortly afterward was installed pastor of the united congregations of Millerstown, Liverpool and Buffalo.
In 1790 he received the degree of D. D. from Dickinson College. Dr. Snowden's death occurred November 2, 1851, at the home of a son, Charles Gustine Snowden, M.D., Freeport, Armstrong County. He married, May 21, 1792, Sarah Gustine, daughter of Lemuel and Susannah (nee Smith) Gustine, the alliance proving a notable one, by reason of the distinguished ancestry of Mrs. Snowden.
Her father, Dr. Lemuel Gustine, a physician of wide experience, passed through the horrors of the "Wyoming Massacre," in northeast Pennsylvania, he having been an aide to Colonel Dennison. Mrs. Snowden, then a miss of three years, was at Forty Fort at the time of the surrender, and escaped with her father, down the Susquehanna river, during the night.
Mrs. Snowden's maternal grandfather, Dr. William Hooker Smith, was a surgeon in the Revolution, and was, later, a Judge in Luzerne County. Among others in Mrs. Snowden's ancestors may be mentioned the following: Thomas Hooker, 1586-1647, "the Great Puritan Preacher."
Friend and associate of also Puritan Minister John Cotten, John Eliot, etc., and one of the founders of Connecticut; John Browne, 1584-1662, one of the founders of Plymouth Colony; Thomas Willett, 1605-74, one of the early Plymouth colonists, but later, the first English Mayor of New York City; Thomas Makepeace, 1592-1667, who arrived in America in 1636, settled in Dorchester, and became, in 1638, a member of the historic military command now known as the Ancient and Honourable Company of Artillery of Boston: William Leete, 1603-83, a founder of Gullford, Connecticut. In 1639, and Governor of that Colony for many years, etc., etc.
Mrs. Snowden-Sarah Gustine- was born June 2, 1775, and died April 2, 1856, having survived her husband four and a half years. Seven children were born to them, as follows; Isaac Wayne, Charles Gustine, Lemuel Gustine, Mary Parker, Nathaniel Duffield, Samuel and James Ross, of whom all but one, Samuel, reached maturity.
The eldest of the seven Isaac Wayne Snowden, was born May 1, 1794, studied medicine, and was appointed, February 19, 1817, surgeon's mate in the 7th Infantry, United States Army. He resigned the following year, October 8, 1818, having, in the meanwhile, served in the campaign against the Seminole Indians of Florida.
Upon leaving the army Dr. Snowden engaged in private practice in Mifilin County, but removed subsequently to Hagerstown, in the Cumberland Valley, where he became not only on of the most successful practitioners, but one of the most prominent and influential of citizens. For many years he was an elder of the Hagerstown Presbyterian Church. "Dr. Snowden" says a writer, "was the type of a Christian gentleman, and died respected and loved by all who knew him."
He married December 6, 1832, Margary Bines Loudon, daughter of Archibald and Margaret (nee Bines) Loudon, who was born September 29, 1808, and died January 25, 1888. Her husband pre-deceased her thirty-eight years, his death having occurred June 15, 1850. They had issue, five children, two sons and three daughters. Nathaniel Randolph, Archibald Loudon, Margaret, Sarah Gustine, and Maude Loudon, of whom three now survive-a son and two daughters. The latter are Mrs. Thomas H. Stewart, Youngstown, Ohio, and Miss Maude Loudon Snowden, 1812 Spruce Street.
The only surviving son is Col. A. Loudon Snowden, 1812 Spruce Street, one of the Quaker City's most eminent citizens at the present time. His distinguished career is well known to all, as Postmaster of the city, Superintendent of the United States Mint, minister to Greece Roumania and Servia, Minister to Spain, President of the Park Commission, etc., all of which posts he has filled with unsurpassed ability. Few latter-day Philadelphians are as highly respected, or have wielded so large an influence, in public affairs, as Colonel Snowden. His children are: Mrs. Stuyvesant Wainwright, "Kirklawn," Rye, New York; Mrs. Frank Samel, southeast corner of 22nd and Locust streets, and Charles Randolph Snowden, Bryn Mawr.
Mary Parker Snowden, the only daughter of Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Randolph Snowden, was born October 16, 1801, and died March 5, 1889, having married James Thompson,who was born at Middlesex, Butler County, October 1, 1806, and became an eminent lawyer, and one of Pennsylvania's most distinguished jurists. He was elected an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the State, October 13, 1857, and became Chief Justice ten years later, filling that office with pronounced ability until the expiration of his term in 1872.
He had previously been a member of the Legislature, Speaker of the House of Representatives in Congress. He died January 27, 1874, while arguing a case before the Supreme Court, over whose deliberations he had so recently presided.
Judge Thompson's children by his wife Mary Parker Snowden, were six in number, to wit: Sarah Gustine, James Ross, Snowden, Samuel Gustine, Clara, and William Eldred, of whom the last-named, of 1630 Spruce street, is the only survivor. The elder of the two sisters, Sarah Gustine Thompson, became the wife of Samuel Robb, but left no issue.
The eldest of the brothers, James Ross Thompson, who was born December 6, 1832, and died June 28, 1910, was for many years a leading member of the bar of Erie County, and an aide-de-camp on the staff of Governor Packer, and Colonel of the 10th Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard.
Another brother, Samuel Gustine Thompson, who was born in 1836, and died September 10, 1909, was admitted to the Philadelphia bar January 19, 1861, attained a position of distinction as a practitioner, and was twice appointed an Associate Justice of The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the first time in 1893 and again in 1903.
Nathaniel Duffield Snowden, fourth of the sons of Nathaniel Randolph and Sarah (nee Gustine) Snowden, was born at Harrisburg, November 28, 1803, studied medicine, and then migrated to Western Pennsylvania, settling in Venango County, where he practiced his profession for many years. Of him, a writer has said;
An all around practitioner of the old school, he treated small-pox or amputated a limb with equal confidence and success, following all the lines laid down for medical men in this country. His knowledge of botany and the meteria medica was noted and scientific, and his diagnosis, that most obscure, difficult and important branch to apprehend, was clear,accurate, unexcelled.
Gentle in manner,he was firm and resolute; if necessary in his judgement, heroic. There was no branch of his beloved profession, that he did not know, and know well. In which he was not eminent. In the long course of a varied and extensive practice, often visiting patients, he said, not so ill as he was himself, he deserved and obtained the whole confidence of the entire community.
He filled a number of offices in Venango County, among others, those of Coroner, Recorder of Deeds, School Trustee, etc. Dr. Snowden died September 30, 1864, having married April 27, 1833, Jane McClelland, daughter of George and Nancy (nee Seaton) McClelland, who was born February 28, 1804, and died February 6, 1867.
Mrs. Snowden's father George McClelland, was a man of much prominence in Western Pennsylvania, he having been the first Burgess of Franklin, Venango County, Treasurer, etc. Nine children were born to Nathaniel Duffield and Jane (nee McCelland) Snowden, of whom six died in infancy or early youth. The others were: Samuel Gustine, George Randolph and Jane Bredin. The eldest of the three, Samuel Gustine Snowden, was born December 21, 1837, graduated, in 1859, from Philadelphia College of Medicine, and practiced his profession at Franklin, until his death, which occurred in Asheville, N. C., August 22, 1884. Following his decease the Venango Spectator thus spoke of him:
As a physician, and particularly as a surgeon of rare skill and nerve, a long and successful career is his best eulogy. He no superior and few equals in Western Pennsylvania. His knowledge of classical and contemporary literature marked him as a man of extensive reading and profound thought....... Boy and man, he was the soul of honor, frank, open and independent. Death found him in the vigor of his intellectual growth, with much work before him that would have added to his already fine reputation and would have placed his name high upon the roll of the great physicians of his time. He has gone to his rest beloved by his kindred, and esteemed by all who knew him.
Dr. Snowden married Mary Judson, by whom he had only one child, a son, who died in infancy. His sister, Jane Bredin Snowden, was born Febuary 7, 1843 and died July 7, 1873, having married James Woodburn, a leading merchant of Franklin. She left two children, Gustine Randolph Woodburn and Mrs. J. Maurice Crosby, the latter of Bradford Pa.
George Randolph Snowden, of 1118 Pine street, the only surviving child of Dr. Nathaniel Snowden, is so well-known to present-day Philadelphians, that Any detailed biographical data concerning him may be deemed almost superfluous. Born at Franklin, February 12, 1841, he was admitted to the bar ofVenango County in April 1862, and to the Philadelphia bar, February 2, 1874. He saw active service during two years of the Civil War, 1862-64, leaving with the rank of Captain, in the 142 Regiment Infantry Pennsylvania Volunteers. He participated in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, and won public commendation for his gallantry in action.
In his connection with the National Guard of Pennsylvania, no man exercised a wider influence, or received a larger share of commendation, from superior officers and the public as well. As colonel of the 3rd Regiment, he served with credit through the Pittsburgh riots of 1877, and subsequently, in 1878, upon reorganization of the Guard, was commissioned Brigadier General in command of the First Brigade. Twelve years later, in August, 1890, he succeeded Major-General John F. Hartranft as commandant of the entire Guard.
His services in quelling the Homestead riots and restoring order, in July, 1892, without bloodshed, elicited universal applause. In 1880 he was the Democratic nominee for congress in the first district of Philadelphia, and the following year, was chosen a member of the Select Council from the Seventh Ward, then, as now, strongly Republican in his politics. General Snowden is at present a Real Estate Assessor.
James Ross Snowden, the youngest of the seven children of Rev. Nathaniel Randolph Snowden D. D., was born December 9, 1809. Unlike his father and uncles, who were chiefly clergymen, and his brothers, all of whom were physicians, he adopted the legal profession, being admitted to the bar ex gratia at the early age of nineteen years. He settled at Franklin, Venango County, where he quickly rose to prominence as an advocate.
He was appointed Deputy Attorney General for that county-a position equivalent to the office now known as District Attorney. Subsequently he was elected to the Legislature, and was Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1842 and again in 1844. He was chosen State Treasurer in 1845 and was re-elected the following year. In 1847 President Polk appointed him Treasurer of the Mint and Assistant Treasurer of the United States. From 1853 to 1861 he was director of the Mint. In the last-mentioned year he was appointed Prothonotary of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He was also interested in military affairs and was elected Colonel of a volunteer regiment in 1842; presided at the State Military Convention of 1845, and, at the outbreak of the Civil War, offered to the Federal Government the services of a regiment which he at the time commanded. No phase of his public service, whether in civil or military capacity, was farther-reaching in its results or of greater significance to his native state, than in the course pursued by him, as Speaker of the House and as State Treasurer, in the establishment of the Commonwealth's credit, previously under a cloud. That he was a conspicuous factor in effecting this result was recognized by his contemporaries and later historians. Colonel Snowden was a voluminous writer upon numismatics, and other subjects. Among the works of which he was the author may be mentioned the following; "Ancient and Modern Coins"; "Medals of Washington and National Medals"; "Coins and Money Terms of the Bible"; the "Cornplanter Memorial"; "Sketch of the Six Nations of Indians," etc. He also contributed to Bouvier's Law Dictionary the articles on the Coins of the United States and Foreign Nations. In 1845 he received the degree of A. M. from Jefferson College. In 1872 that of LL. D. was conferred upon him by Washington and Jefferson College. Colonel Snowden married September 13, 1848, Susan Engle Patterson, daughter of the celebrated General Robert Patterson, by his wife, Sarah Ann Engle. She was born October 19, 1823, and died February 11, 1897. The death of her husband occurred March 21, 1878. For many years prior to his decease he resided in Philadelphia, the home of his ancestors. Their surviving children are Robert Patterson Snowden, Assistant Engineer Amboy Division, Pennsylvania Railroad Company, 908 Cooper street, Camden; Mrs., William Stansfield, The Drexel, Overbrook, and Mrs. S. P. Snowden Mitchell, and Miss Louise Horten Snowden, The Gladstone. The late Llewellyn Randolph Snowden, who died June 7, 1906, was another son.
ISAAC SNOWDEN, father of Nathaniel Randolph Snowden
The "Honourable the Proprietaries" seem to have permitted their jubilation, upon the occasion in question, to take on a rather demonstrative form. During the Revolution Isaac Snowden was conspicuous in his advocacy and support of all measures for the advancement of the cause of the colonists.
Following the news brought by Paul Revere of the happenings in Massachusetts, in the spring of 1775, the Philadelphia Associators were organized, for the defense of the Province and Snowden was commissioned Quartermaster of the Fourth Battalion, commanded by Thomas McKean, afterwards a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Governor of Pennsylvania. In 1778 he was an active member of the Patriotic Association, as already indicated.
July 27th, of the same year, he was chosen by the Continental Congress, one of the inspectors of the presses for printing bills of credit, bills of exchange, and load office certificates, and, November 28, Congress ordered that he be paid $594 for his services in that connection.
At this time, also, he was one of the three Commissioners for Taxes and Levies of the County of Philadelphia. From the minutes of the Supreme Executive Council, July 21, 1778, it is observed that his two colleagues, John Williams and Jacob Bright, had fallen into the hands of the British, and the Council was compelled to select two new men to take their places.
During the British occupancy, 1777-78, he was one of the heaviest sufferers from the depredations of the enemy's troops. According to the original assessment of losses, made by the various ward and township assessors, and now on file at the library of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the amount awarded to Isaac Snowden was L 1006. 5. 0. He was then a resident of what was known as the Dock ward-now the Fifth-north part.
Toward the close of the Revolution Snowden was chosen Treasurer of the city and county of Philadelphia, and held that post from 1781 to 1790. Jacob Hiltzheimer, in his invaluable diary, makes several references to Isaac Snowden in his official capacity, one of which is worth quoting. Under date of January 19, 1786, he writes:
Last night the Delaware froze fast. When with my colleagues, the Street Commissioners, to Isaac Snowden, Esq., our treasurer, to settle our last years accounts with him, The following gentlemen dined with him: Jedidiah Snowden, Gunning Bedford, Samuel McLane, Nathaniel Boys, Andrew Geyer, William Richards, Peter Kraft, John Purdon, and George Hovey.
A suggestion in favor of a return to the 18th century custom, followed by public officers, of giving semiofficial dinners and paying for the same out of their private purses would scarcely prove popular among the present-day politicians.
Both before and after the Revolution Isaac Snowden was a member of City Councils. From 1782 to 1808 he was a trustee of what is now Princeton University, the site of which had been, as previously indicated, a gift of his maternal uncle, Nathaniel Fitz Randolph. At this institution, moreover, five of his sons graduated, a remarkable occurrence for that early period, or, for that matter, for any other.
Like his father and grandfather, Isaac Snowden was a leading member of the Presbyterian denomination. As they, in 1704-05, had aided in the building of the First Presbyterian Church, on Market Street, so Isaac Snowden early identified himself with the Second Presbyterian, or "New Lights," as they were then called, the first pastor of which was the celebrated Gilbert Tennent; "Hell-fire Tennent," as he was denominated in those days.
Their first edifice, at Third and Arch Streets, was built about 1750. The Church itself was not incorporated till 1772. In the charter Isaac Snowden was named one of the trustees, as was, also, his brother, Jedidiah Snowden. The former was, moreover, an Elder of the Church.
Isaac Snowden's prominence in the Presbyterian denomination was not restricted to local limits. He was the first Treasurer of the United Synods of Philadelphia and New York; Treasurer of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, and a member of the Commission which prepared the form of government of that sect in the new world, Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon being the chairman.
In all particulars Isaac Snowden may be said to have been a man of great force of character, of the highest order of integrity and of the widest influence among his contemporaries; a dominating factor in the various developments of his time.
He was, like his father and grandfather, twice married, first, March 7, 1750, to Mary Parker, and secondly, March 17, 1763, to Mary McCall, nee Cox, widow of Samuel McCall, She was born about 1735, and died at Cranbury, N. J., June 30, 1806. Mr. Snowden died three years later, at Chester, Delaware County, December 26, 1809.
Poulson's American Daily Advertiser, July 7, 1806, referring to Mrs. Snowden's decease says:
Her bible was the book which, of late years, she almost exclusively read, and which always afforded her abundant consolation under all the pains and afflictions inseparable from humanity.
A Sermon was preached in the Church of Cranberry, at her funeral by the Rev. Dr. Samuel S. Smith of Princeton, from Cor. 3d Chapter, 22d and 23d verses.
Dr. Smith was president of the College of New Jersey (Princeton University) at the time. The same newspaper, in its issue of December 29, 1809, thus refers to Mr. Snowden, upon the occasion of his death:
Through a long life of activity, enterprise, and various fortune, his manly mind encountered calamity without suffering depression; faced danger without dismay, and enjoyed prosperity without ostentation, in hospitable kindness and liberality. Ardent in his attachments, zealous in public spirit and honorable exertions during our revolutionary war, he was excelled by none in his amor patriae, or true love to the Liberties and Independence of his Native Country.
At length, worn down by old age and bodily infirmities, which he bore with Christian fortitude and resignation, without a groan or struggle, he yielded up his soul to God who gave it, quite calm, comfortable in his mind and triumphantly in full confidence of receiving through the merits of his Savior, the rewards of a well spent life.
MEN OF ABILITY
Isaac Snowden had, by his first Marriage, two children, Benjamin Parker and Mary; and by the second, seven, Isaac, Gilbert Tennent, Samuel Finley, Nathaniel Randolph, Charles Jeffry, Mary and William. Both Marys died in infancy. The youngest child, William, also died young. All the other children were men of ability, who made their impress upon contemporaneous events, though some of them died in early manhood.
The eldest of the sons, and the only one by the first wife, Benjamin Parker Snowden, was born February 3, 1760. He graduated from Princeton University-as it is now called: originally it was Nassau Hall, and later, the College of New Jersey-in 1776. Subsequently he studied medicine, it is said, and then embarked for Europe, probably with a view to the completion of his professional education. The vessel upon which he sailed was lost at sea, and no tidings were ever received concerning it or its passengers.
The next son, Isaac Snowden Jr., was born February 6, 1764. Like his father, he was prominent in the commercial life of his native city, Philadelphia, in the cause of education and in the religious world. From 1788 to 1791 he was Treasurer of the College of New Jersey. He was also an elder in the second Presbyterian Church, in which a memorial window was placed by his youngest daughter, Rebecca Snowden. We find him, likewise, active and influential in all charitable movements of his day, he having been a manager of the Philadelphia Dispensary, Secretary of the Humane Society, and officially connected with other organizations of a kindred nature, devoted to the uplift of his fellow-men. His death took place December 4, 1835.
Isaac Snowden Jr., married Cornelia Clarkson, daughter of Dr. Gerdus Clarkson, a distinguished Quaker City physician of that period, by his wife Mary Flower. She was born June 23, 1769, and died February 16, 1834. They had issue as follows: Isaac Clarkson, Mary, Cornelia, Ann Finley, Benjamin, and Rebecca. Of these the youngest child was the last survivor: Rebecca Snowden, who died unmarried, in 1876. Three others died young, Gerardus Clarkson, Ann Finley and Benjamin. The remaining three reached maturity and married.
The eldest of these children, Isaac Clarkson Snowden, born December 31, 1791, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1811, and from the Medical Department in 1815. He was for many years a successful physician in Philadelphia. He was also a man of literary attainments. In 1828 he was chosen a Counselor of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; and for two years, 1827 and 1828, he issued a publication called The Philadelphia Monthly Magazine. Following his decease, July 21, 1828, this periodical stated editorially: DIED
July 21, 1828, of pulmonary consumption, in the 37th year of his age, Dr. Isaac Clarkson Snowden, late Editor and Proprietor of " The Philadelphia Monthly Magazine," in whom the public has lost a scholar, zealous in the cause of American Literature; his family and acquaintance a friend whose loss cannot be readily supplied, and whose virtues cannot easily be forgotten.
The next issue of the magazine contained a lengthy obituary notice of Dr. Snowden. He married, April 8, 1819, Maria Mearns, a daughter of Robert Mearns. Mrs. Snowden's death occurred November 8, 1843. They had three sons who died in infancy, Robert, Horace and Llewellyn, and one who reached maturity, Benjamin Clarkson.
This son, Benjamin Clarkson Snowden, was born in Bucks County September 14, 1822, graduated from Princeton University in 1841, and from Jefferson Medical College in 1845. He enlisted himself in practice at Huntingdon valley, Montgomery County, and for over a quarter of a century was one of the foremost physicians of his time in that section of Pennsylvania.
He is spoken of as "sacrificing his health to his patients, and is still remembered with great respect and admiration." Later in life he removed to Philadelphia, and died January 19, 1890. Having married December 4, 1845, Sarah Throckmorton Weyckoff, whose death took place September 13, 1902. To them were born three children, all surviving, as follows, Miss Ida Throckmorton Snowden: Mrs. Charles W. Neely,443 Hansberry street, Germantown, and Llewellen Snowden, Melrose Park.
Mary Snowden, eldest daughter of Isaac Snowden Jr., by his wife Cornelia Clarkson, was born July 6, 1795, and married April 27, 1815, Rev. Samuel Blanchard How D. D., an eminent clergyman of the Dutch Reformed Church, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1811. he was pastor of churches at Solebury, Pa., Trenton and New Brunswick N. J., Savannah, Ga. and New York City. In 1830-32 he was President of Dickinson College. For a period of thirty-five years, 1833-68, he was a trustee of Rutgers College. Dr How, who was born October 14, 1790, died February 29, 1868. Mrs. How's sister Cornelia Snowden, born July 2, 1797, became the wife of Dr. Hayes but died without issue.
Gilbert Tennent Snowden, the second of the sons of Isaac Snowden, the elder, by his second wife, Mary Cox, was born April 25, 1766. He graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1783, studied theology, and was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Philadelphia. On the 24th of November, 1799, he was transferred to the Presbytery of New Brunswick, and was ordained and installed pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Cranbury, N.J., to which he had been called September 21, 1790.
Previous to entering the ministry it is said that he began the study of law. But, on one occasion, while attending the funeral of an eminent lawyer, "he was so deeply impressed with the vanity of the fame, wealth, and honours of the world. that he resolved to renounce his former purpose, and devote himself to the Gospel Ministry." For a short period, 1785-87, he was located at the College of New Jersey, as a librarian, and also as a tutor. His ministry, a brief one, was terminated by his early death, February 20, 1797. Clayton's History of Union and Middlesex Counties thus speaks of him:
Mr Snowden was a man of more than ordinary abilities and piety. He devoted himself with great zeal and diligence to promote the interests of his Church..... indefatigable worker as he was, Mr. Snowden's race was soon run. In November 1796, he last met his session, when he was zealously engaged in promoting the comfort of Rev. Mr. Smiths family. Soon after, having occasion to visit New York, he returned ill with Yellow Fever, which spread great consternation.
He was faithfully cared for, as well as the case would admit, by his servants, and by them carried to his last resting place. February 20, 1797. He too, rests among the people who he spent the whole of his ministerial life. A sermon was preached by the Dr. S. S. Smith from Rev. xiv. 13, and his congregation paid every tribute of respect to his memory which a grateful people could pay to the memory of a faithful pastor.
In the funeral sermon preached by Dr. Samuel Stanhope Smith, then President of the College of New Jersey, the learned divine asserted; "The best eulogy of Gilbert Tennent Snowden would be a faithful history of his life" By his wife Ruth Lot, he left issue, one child being a daughter, Mary, who was born January 9, 1790. There was at least one other child whose name is unknown to the writer.
Samuel Finley Snowden, another of the sons of Isaac Snowden, by his second wife, Mary Cox, was born November 6, 1767. He also, was a graduate of the College of New Jersey, in the class of 1786. He followed his next older brother into the ministry, studying under Presidents Witherspoon and Smith. He was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of New Brunswick, April 24, 1794, and was ordained and installed pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Princeton, November 25, 1794,
which charge he held until his resignation, April 24, 1801, because of ill health. He afterward settled successively at Whitesboro, New Hartford, and Sackett's Harbor, in the state of New York, at which latter place he was installed March 17, 1817. His pastorate there continued until March 1826. He was next called to Brownville in the same state, and remained there until July 5, 1839, on which date he was dismissed to the Presbyterian Church at Nashville, Tenn. He died May 1845.
The Rev. Samuel Finley Snowden married Susan Bayard Breese, of distinguished New Jersey ancestry, and to them a number of children were born. Some of the sons went South, and the Snowdens of South Carolina and Tennessee are of this line, as are certain of the Snowdens of New York and Western Pennsylvania.
the fifth of the sons of Isaac and Mary (nee Cox) Snowden, namely, Charles Jeffry Snowden, who was born February 1, 1772. Like his brothers he entered the College of New Jersey, and graduated in 1789. He was for a short time, a tutor in the institution-this was in 1793-and, in the meanwhile, prosecuted in the study of theology; taking also, in 1795 his Masters degree. Alexander's "Princeton College During th 18th Century" says of young Snowden;
"He was licensed to preach, and delivered very eloquent and pathetic sermon, and that was all" No details are furnished concerning his withdrawal from the ministry, but such a course was pursued by him, and he removed to New York, where he entered journalism, becoming the proprietor of a newspaper in that city. He subsequently returned to Pennsylvania, and engaged in the development of a coal property which he owned, and in the holding of a canal. Nothing further concerning him is known to the present chronicler.
He married Frances Malcolm, who is said to be the daughter of General William Malcolm, of New York. They left no sons, but descendants of the female lines are living in New York and elsewhere.
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