You almost certainly will be able to trace your thread of the Family tapestry all the way back to Jan Snedeker in Nieuw Amsterdam in The Book Of Snedekers, the definitive genealogy for the Sneds. Jan had been a "gunslinger" for the Duke of Oldenburg, hired out in the company of a Captain-Major in the Amsterdam military.
Since the Book was published, some serious Sned-scholars have done wonderful work, and have pushed our knowledge of our ancestry all the way back to Oldenburg, Germany in Lower Saxony in the 1500's.
We now know the name of Jan Snedeker's father -- Gerd or Gerdt -- and the name of the ship that Jan and his second wife, Annetje (pronounced "Annettie") traveled in to the New World: Angel Gabriel -- the name of the Captain of said boat (Laurenz Cornelisz), Jan's first wife (Griet Michaels from Hamburg) -- and a whole lot more.
Folks from all over have sent me information about our
Family. Fascinating stories from over the centuries are now a
permanent part of our Family records.
If you want to read about one of us Sneds (a
Revolutionary War POW) who escaped during his hanging,
click on the sword.
There is a great story about how Family love overcame military orders during the Civil War and saved two wild young boys from becoming prisoners of the Yankees. Just tap Bolly and Tarver:
While we are on the subject of the Civil War, just click on the soldier, and you'll learn about the really unlucky Sned that got shot the day before the Battle of Gettysburg -- by his own side!
The founding of Snedekerville in Pennsylvania is a great
about a wagon train that went on rails.
Just climb on the wagon here to find out how.
And last, but definitely not least, hop in
to learn about the hotdog Sned that got his P-51 fighter plane shot down while strafing the Prague Aerodrome where hundreds of jet ME262's were based... and had the entire Luftwaffe and Army contingent there surrender to him!
David M. Riker of the prestigious Holland Society Of
New York gave the Book Of Snedekers a glowing
review. You can see this review (and a glimpse of what the Book
by clicking here.
The Book Of Snedekers is now out of print...
the last sixty copies were donated to the Family at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SnedekerCousins,
and they were disseminated at no cost to Family members who requested
But do not despair! The folks at that site (it is FREE
to join) have been given permission to use my copyright and put The
Book Of Snedekers on CD... to be sold at cost to folks.
This project is nearing completion!
Some Interesting Sned History And
This is the church at Sloten (on the
outskirts of Amsterdam) where Jan and Annetje were married in August of
1636. The original of this beautiful picture was hanging in the
Reichsmuseum when my wife and I visited Amsterdam. The painting
was made within a year or so of the time Jan and Annetje got married.
Full Family Circle
This picture of Nieuw Amsterdam was engraved by Augustine Herrmann around the year 1650. The house of Jan Snedeker is the fifth one from the left.
I found out an amazing coincidence about this particular
engraving: Augustine Herrmann is my 9-times grandfather on my
An Interesting Novel
I was recently contacted by John R. Van Slyke III, who wanted to
know how he could obtain a copy of the Augustine Herrmann painting
above so he could use it for a book cover for a book written by Dorothy
Truscott. Since I have the original, I thought I'd make life easy
for him; so I made a copy, and sent it to him. He was most
and actually credited me in the book as the source. Here is the
book, a gratis copy of which I received and enjoyed immensely. It
is entitled, Hell Gate -- The Story of the Family that
Harlem As Part of the Dutch Colony That Became New York.
Alas, the Sned clan is not
specifically included in the novel, but it sends shivers just reading
about Grampa Jan's time.
A Postcard From The Past...
The arrow in the top center of the postcard points to the
red roof of "our" Sned house in Pennsylvania. To find
Snedekerville on a map, just follow Route 14 going south from Elmira,
New York by the Susquehanna River. William Henry Snedeker founded the
place, right alongside the Northern Central railroad tracks (later
the Pennsylvania Railroad).
...And Letters From The Past
I've come across a Family treasure... Letters that
were sent by George Gaines Snedecor to his father (Colonel James
Snedecor) long before the War Between The States. They give a
insight as to the problems faced by young men going off to college in
those days, as well as what daily life was like for a young officer in
the Mexican War. Click here
read these fascinating letters.
The Long And Difficult Trail
I drew a sketch of Jan's house to put in The Book Of Snedekers. This sketch has a trail that has to represent some kind of record for being involved and lengthy. It is remarkable that the sketch and the original house resemble each other so closely. I think you will agree when you learn that:
1. The sketch was made
2. From a photograph
3. Of a copy
4. Of a xerox
5. Of a newspaper photograph (from the 1930's Brooklyn Eagle Newspaper)
6. Of an oil painting
7. Of a photograph (pant, pant)
...of the Snedeker House. Thanks to a Family member, we now have that original photograph.
Here's what I drew to put in the Book:
...And this is the original photograph:
Sometimes you find out something that just leaves you speechless. Take a look at this:
Wouldn't it be interesting just to go wandering around the local village there with a name tag on your shirt?
I wonder what the people would say. Or would they all
be Sneds anyway, and not notice a thing?
Like Monty Python...
And Now, For Something COMPLETELY Different!
While I am "technically" retired, I still do commercial art -- using TrueSpace, Adobe Photoshop, Corel, etc. I create logos, animation, lobby and trade show art... stuff like that.
If you'd like to see some nice stuff (at least I think so), just click on my logo: