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"Casper Snook of Sussex Co., NJ"


JOHANNES SCHNUCH married JULIANA KLEE/KLIE 20 Feb 1733, and listed among their children are: JOHANNES (JOHN) bpt 1735 recorded in Nordhofen Churchbook (Palatine), CASPARUS bpt 1740 as recorded in Rhinebeck Flats Ref. Churchbook, NY, JOHANN WILHELM, bpt 1742, JOHANN PETER, bpt 1744 and JOHANN MARTIN bpt. 1746, recorded in the Redhook Lutheran Churchbook, NY located about 65 miles NNE of NJ. They all seem to fit the names of those SNOOKs found circa 1760 in Sussex Co., NJ. In addition, a PETER SNOOK is listed as one of the executors of Casper's will. Peter Snook who married Maria Goss, named one of his sons Casper. It is my belief that this Peter is Casper's brother. I also believe that these are the same SNOOKs residing in the Sussex County, NJ area as early as 1760. One other note, Casper was one of the witnessed of the will of John Kanoff. Juliana Klee was the widow of a Johannes Kanoff . The conclusion could be drawn that John Kanoff and Casper Snook were half brothers.
("More Palatine Families" by Henry Jones, Jr.)

CASPER SNOOK born about 1740, died in Dec of 1817. His wife was ELIZABETH __________ born about ____ in __________ , died ____ . In all probability, Casper married Elizabeth after he came to Sussex County. She was likely a daughter of one of the early settlers. It is believed that Casper settled in Sussex Co., NJ about 1760, but the first known record is a land purchase in Lafayette Township documented 30 Dec 1800. Here he purchased 198.94 Acres of land from its absentee English owners. (Sussex County Deeds, E-278). He likely had been living on this land for many years as a tenant before he obtained title. At Casper's death he did leave a will recorded in Sussex County Wills, A-452. In it he left all his possessions to his "dear wife" Elizabeth to have the use of during her natural life. After her death his son Matthis was bequeathed the farm where Casper lived with the stipulation he pay his brothers and sisters equal portions of the farms worth. Matthis would have been the oldest son. He was instructed to hold out a sum on one thousand dollars for the care of RODEY, one of Casper's daughters who was apparently incompetent or an invalid. The children of Casper and Elizabeth were:

MATHIS SNOOK b. 1770 m. ANN DIVERS
JOHN SNOOK b. 1772 m. CATHERINE ____________
SUFFIAH SNOOK b. 1774 m. JACOB BALE
RODEY SNOOK b. 1775 m. (NEVER MARRIED)
WILLIAM C. SNOOK b. 1777 m. MARY CUMMINS
HENRY SNOOK b. 1779 m. ESTHER SEELY
SUSAN SNOOK b. 1780 m. REUBAN HARDIN

("History of Sussex and Warren Counties, NJ" compiled by James P. Snell: Film# 0961018: Sussex Co., NJ Marriages, 1795-1878, Vol. A & B: Sussex Co. Wills, Vol. A., page 452: Sussex Co. Deeds, Vol. Q, page 471).

WILLIAM C. SNOOK was born in Feb 1776 in Green Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey. He married 12 May 1799, MARY CUMMINS, born 1781 also in Sussex Co., the daughter of JACOB CUMMINS, who was the son of CHRISTIAN & CATHERINE CUMMINS, Huguenots from Germany. On page 428 of Snell's book there is an extended account of William C. Snook and his relationship with Jacob Cummins of Green Twp. In a series of deeds William purchaces shares of the Jacob Cummins farm from some of Jacob's hiers. In earliest land transaction records, William was known as William of Hardwick, but there were many families of Snooks in the area and at least one other William Snook (of Frankford) whose wife was also named Mary (Lantz). In subsequent deeds he identifies himself as William Snook, son of Casper Snook. It is probable that he eventually dropped that title for a less cumbersome one, William C. Snook. In 1823 he bought his father's farm from his brother Mathis Snook. Shortly before his death William bought a large farm in what is now Hampton Township. Mary (Cummins) Snook died 01 Mar 1852 and William Snook died 14 Dec 1855. Both are buried in Vaughn Cemetery, located in Lafayette Township, Sussex Co., NJ . Their children were:

 
ELIZABETH SNOOK b. 1799 m. ARCHIBALD SMALLEY
JACOB C. SNOOK b. 1800 m. SARAH NORTHUP
    (2)CATHERINE PERRY HALLOCK
MARY SNOOK b. 1804 m. SIMMONS STRUBLE
DAVID C. SNOOK b. 1806 m. SARAH M. INGLIS
JANE SNOOK b. 1809 m. LEVI HOWELL
SARAH ANN SNOOK b. 1813 m. ISAAC R. MIDDLESWORTH
ELMIRA SNOOK b. 1815 m. NELSON P. MOORE
ISAAC C. SNOOK b. 1819 m. IRINA ROY
ROBERT G. SNOOK b. 1820 m. MARY McMANIMON
ALFRED SNOOK b. 1825 m. MALINDA PREDMORE
SUSAN SNOOK b. 1826 m. HENRY W. HARTUNG

("The Early Germans of NJ", by T. F. Chambers; dob for William and Mary based on Tombstone Inscriptions from Vaughn Cem., located in Lafayette Twp, NJ; Sussex County Marriages 1775-1828: Sussex Co. Deeds, C2-463, D2-251, E2-445, F2-486, F2-488, E2-333, Q-471, L-510, L5-352, F-349, F-442, Q4-603, Q4-604, R4-213, R4-397, R4-638, T2-65, N3-8, X-172, Y3-310, Y3-315, C4-625, Q4-470, P4, 115, F5, 175, H5-67, W4-443, M6-540, N6-125, Z3-410, W3-285, L3-40 & 68, O4-662, & V4-35 ).

ALFRED SNOOK born 20 Oct 1825 in Lafayette Township, Sussex County, NJ, married 05 Dec 1848, MALINDA S. PREDMORE born 20 Dec, 1830 in Sussex County, NJ, daughter of DANIEL HARKER PREDMORE and EFFA JANE HENDERSHOT both of Sussex Co., NJ. In 1850 Alfred and Malinda were working and living on his father William's farm in Lafayette Township. Alfred died 08 Mar 1871 and is buried at the New Cemetery, Newton, NJ. In his will he is survived by his wife Malinda and it lists his children, providing married names of his daughters. Malinda died 11 Sep 1917. Their children were:

 
MARY JANE SNOOK b. 1849 m. JOHN E. HENDERSHOT
    (2)ALFRED WARD
WILLIAM J. SNOOK b. 1851 m.
GEORGE D. SNOOK b. 1852 m.
ROBERT H. SNOOK b. 1854 m. MARY LOUISA GRUBER
IRENE B. SNOOK b. 1856 m. JESSE SHOTWELL
FRANK A. SNOOK b. 1858 m.
ALFRED R. SNOOK b. 1860 m. MARGARET ELLEN HUFF
CATHERINE H. SNOOK b. 1863 m. __________ BEVANS
CONDIT P. SNOOK b. 1865 m.

(Later Day Saints Church Records; 1850 Federal Census, Sussex Co. NJ; Film #0961018: Sussex Co., NJ Marriages 1795-1878, Vol. A & B.: Sussex Co. Wills, Vol. G, page 113).

ALFRED RAY SNOOK born 16 Oct 1860 on the Snook homestead in Hampton Township, Sussex Co., NJ; died 1920, married MARGARET HUFF born 10 May 1861 in Warren Co., NJ, died in 1948, daughter of JOSEPH L. HUFF and his second wife, ELLEN (ELENOR) HOOVER. Alfred was a prominate farmer in Fredon Township. Both are buried at Baleville Cemetery. Margaret continued to operate a successful boarding house in Baleville, even after her husbands death. Her grandchildren have memories of working there during the summer months. Their children were:

 
FLOYD M. SNOOK b. 1893 m. CARRIE HOFFMAN
ALFRED RAY SNOOK b. 1896 m. EMILY MADELINE WELLER
RUSSELL SNOOK b. 1899 m. ESTELLE GALLAGER
    (2)CLARA TRANSUE
ROBERT SNOOK b. 1897 m. CHARLOTTE FISH
    (2)GRACE A. __________
HOWARD SNOOK b. 1904 m. MARY TITMAN
    (2) HELEN __________
    (3) WINNIE __________

(Family Bible Records and living members; Cemetery Inscriptions, Baleville Cemetery, Baleville, Sussex Co., NJ)