Melissa Alice Snodgrass

16 February 1860–10 October 1955 (Age 95)
Ritchie, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Melissa Alice

When Melissa Alice Snodgrass was born on 16 February 1860, in Ritchie, West Virginia, United States, her father, Elias, was 29 and her mother, Harriet, was 31. She married James Buchanan Swisher on 22 August 1883. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in West Virginia, United States in 1870. She died on 10 October 1955, at the age of 95.

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Family Time Line

James Buchanan Swisher
1859–1935
Melissa Alice Snodgrass
1860–1955
Marriage: 22 August 1883
Wesley Forest Swisher
1885–1965
Amy F Swisher
1887–
Grover Ernest Swisher
1889–1949
Amos C Swisher
1894–
Ivy M Swisher
1896–
Lucy Gay Swisher
1901–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
22 August 1883
children

(6)

    Wesley Forest Swisher

    Male1885–1965Male

    Amy F Swisher

    Female1887–Female

    Male1889–1949Male

    Amos C Swisher

    Male1894–Male

    Ivy M Swisher

    Female1896–Female

+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Elias

    Male1831–Male

    Female1828–Female

siblings

(8)

    Mary B. Snodgrass

    Female1850–Female

    Alexander Snodgrass

    Male1853–Male

    James Snodgrass

    Male1854–Male

    Margaret Snodgrass

    Female1854–Female

    Amanda V Snodgrass

    Female1857–Female

+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1863

Age 3

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863

Age 3

"West Virginia was given statehood status with the ""agreement"" the citizens would phase out slavery. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Statehood Bill for West Virginia. West Virginia was proclaimed a state on April 20, 1863, with the bill becoming effective 60 days later, June 20, 1863. When West Virginia first entered statehood in 1863, there were only 46 counties. That same year, four other counties voted themselves into West Virginia. Today, there are 55 counties in the Mountain State. The oldest county in the state is Hamsphire County formed in 1754 as part of Virginia. The youngest county is Mingo formed in 1895. The smallest county is Hancock located in the northern panhandle of the state with Randolph being the largest. When the Legislature convened for its first session, there were only 47 members of the House of Delegates and 18 members of the State Senate. Through the years, the number has increased to 100 members of the House of Delegates and 34 members of the State Senate."
1886

Age 26

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place near Irvine in the former county of Ayrshire, named with northern Middle English snod ‘smooth’, ‘sleek’, ‘even’ + grass ‘grass’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Melissa A Snodgrass in household of Elias Snodgrass, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Malina Snodgrass in entry for Grover Ernest Swisher, "West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999"
  • Malissa Snodgrass in entry for Grover Ernst Swisher, "West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999"

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