Thomas Snowball

4 October 1808–14 August 1854 (Age 45)
Wallsend, Northumberland, England

The Life Summary of Thomas

When Thomas Snowball was born on 4 October 1808, in Wallsend, Northumberland, England, his father, John Snowball, was 54 and his mother, Elisabeth Bell, was 44. He married Elizabeth Garr on 12 November 1836, in St John, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Bedlington, Durham, England, United Kingdom in 1841. He died on 14 August 1854, in Green River, Sweetwater, Wyoming, United States, at the age of 45, and was buried in Green River, Carter, Uinta, Wyoming, United States.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Snowball
Elizabeth Garr
Marriage: 12 November 1836
Anne Eliza Snowball
John Snowball
Mary Jane Snowball
Ralph Snowball
Elizabeth Snowball

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    12 November 1836St John, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 4
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
    1812 · War of 1812
    Age 4
    Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.
    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land
    Age 13
    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

    Name Meaning

    English (Durham and Northumberland): nickname for someone with a snow‐white patch of hair or a whitish bald spot amid dark hair, from Middle English snou, snow ‘snow’ + ball ‘white streak, bald place’. Snowbald, an early variant, may be evidence of the latter meaning, from Middle English balled ‘bald’, though the -d may be excrescent. Compare Bald , Ball 3.

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

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    John Snowball, Pioneer of 1854

    HISTORY – JOHN SNOWBALL, PIONEER OF 1854 February 21, 1840, in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, John Snowball was born. He was the eldest child of Thomas and Elizabeth Garr Snowball. He had a brother, Ral …

    Sources (36)

    • Thomas Snowball, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
    • Thos Snowball in entry for Mary J S Allen, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
    • Thomas Snowball, "England and Wales Census, 1851"

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