Captain John Snoddy
Militia Officer of the Clinch

     Living in Washington County, Virginia at the same period of history were two John Snoddys, and due to the fact that there were two is confusing to local historians until they are separated. Past historians have made mistakes in their writing by assuming that the two were one. Almost every pension statement of men who served at Moore's and Blackmore's Forts from 1774 to 1780 mention having served under Captain Snoddy and Moore's Fort has been referred to as Snoddy's Fort.
     There was the John Snoddy, Gent., who was living in the vicinity of Abingdon at the same time Captain John Snoddy, a militia officer was living on the Clinch River at Castlewood. In 1789 the John Snoddy, Gent. was serving on the Washington County Court, while the Captain John Snoddy was with the party cutting the road from Clinch-Holston frontier to the Crab Orchard in Lincoln County, Kentucky. John Snoddy, Gent., served on the Washington County, Virginia Court from its initial court of January 28, 1777 until 1781, and shortly after the latter date moved to Tennessee. This John Snoddy was born sometime between 1715 and 1720 in Ireland, and died in February, 1784, probably in Sumner County, Tennessee. He married Agnes Glasgow in the Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia on the 7th of October, 174l. She was born ca 1721 and died in 1801 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. To this John Snoddy was born ten children, three daughters and seven sons: James (b. 1742), Jane (1744), Mary (1748), Samuel (1751), Elizabeth (1753), Carey (1755), Robert (1757), Thomas (1761), and William (1763). The latter two sons married in Washington County, Virginia to Hannah and Sarah Davis, daughters of Captain John Davis who died near Abingdon in 1810.
     It has been erroneously written that the above John Snoddy, Gent., was a brother-in-law to Patrick Porter who built Porter's Fort in Scott County, Virginia and that he built Snoddy's Fort on the Clinch. Captain John Snoddy of the Clinch was he whom the fort was called after because he bought it from his brother-in-law, William Moore, who built it. Captain John Snoddy was a brother-in-law to William and Joseph Moore of Moore's Fort, and also to Patrick Porter, all of whom married sisters. Their wives were Walkers prior to marriage and daughters of one John Walker who died on Moccasin Creek in 1778. Patrick Porter was married to Ann Walker and not to Agnes Glasgow as has been written.
     The Moore brothers, William and Joseph and Captain John Snoddy emigrated to the Crab Orchard in Lincoln County, Kentucky, sometime around 1784. Captain John Snoddy of the Clinch was born in 1739 and died in Madison County, Kentucky on December 12, 1814. By a comparison of the dates of the two John Snoddys it will be seen that Captain John Snoddy was young enough to have been a son of the other John Snoddy who died in Tennessee. Captain John Snoddy was married to Margaret Walker, sister to the wife of Patrick Porter. Mrs. Samuel Scott, who lived in the Clinch Forts during the time the Moores, Snoddy, and the Cowans (William and John) were there says they came to the area from Augusta County and were originally all Pennsylvania people. Captain John Snoddy served both as a Justice of the Peace and Justice of the Quarter Sessions of the Court of Madison County, Kentucky and also as Commissioner of Revenue for Taxation of that county. I do not know how many children Captain John Snoddy had, or their names except two sons, Samuel and John, Jr.
     There surely must have been some relation between the two John Snoddys, but what I do not know. Both had sons named Samuel and John. Perhaps the two were brothers, but of this I have no confirmation.
     The exact location of Snoddy's residence on the Clinch is not known. He may have lived on the lands of his brother-in-law, William or Joseph Moore. The records do not show him owning land until he bought the Moore's Fort land from William Moore and this was certainly a short time prior to their removal to Kentucky. Upon leaving the Clinch, Snoddy, assigned the Moore's Ford land to Frederick Fraley.


 
 
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