Frances Snell

1777–4 December 1853 (Age 76)
Orange, Virginia, United States

The Life of Frances

When Frances Snell was born in 1777, in Orange, Virginia, United States, her father, John Snell Sr., was 37 and her mother, Elizabeth Watts, was 36. She married John Durrett Wills in 1803, in Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. She died on 4 December 1853, in Scott, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Scott, Kentucky, United States.

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John Durrett Wills
Frances Snell
Marriage: 1803
Caroline Wills
Garret S. Wills
John Durett Wills
Minerva Elizabeth Willis
Carolina Wills
Horatio Wills
Nancy Wills
Lucinda Wills
Sally Ann Wills
Sophronia Wills
Wyatt Snell Wills
C F Wills

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Kentucky, United States


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World Events (8)

1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

Age 3

On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 4

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 23

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

English: nickname for a brisk or active person, from Middle English snell ‘quick’, ‘lively’, in part also representing a survival of the Old English personal name Snell or the cognate Old Norse Snjallr.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Frances Wills, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Lucy in entry for C... F. Wills, "Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912"
  • Martha Wills in entry for Albert G. Wills, "Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912"

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