John Henry Snell
John Henry SNELL. John Henry SNELL was born 30 January
1864 in Wilcox County, Alabama. He moved with his parents and siblings,
William, Joseph, David, Edward, Annie and Mary to Falls County,
Texas. He married in Falls County to Benola Kirk also from Wilcox
County, Alabama. John's brothers and sisters remained in Texas.
After a short while in Cottle County, Texas, John his wife and family
traveled in a covered wagon pulled by mules named Bill and Maude
to Lincoln County in 1908. At that time seven of their ten children
had been born in Texas. They homesteaded land on the Mesa above
Nogal. A photo of John and children, Bernard and Alice, with the
mules pulling a plow in the field is dated 1911. John raised and
sold cattle and farmed. Benola raised chickens and milk cows.
She sold eggs and milk.
They took a photo of the chicken house which a tornado demolished.
Benola died at the homeplace in 1937. Alice Beneter Snell married
Albert May. Walter 'Buddy' Snell and Alice Beneter Snell remained
in the area, while the other children moved away to other counties
and states, they took a nice family photo before Benola died, and
the children moved away from home. Tommie to WWI then Texas, Bernard
to WY, Ernest to WWII then CO. while Olive lived in Roswell and
Lizzie Mae in northern New Mexico.
My mother Annie Kirk Snell married Gean Dickey of Amarillo. The
land John Snell homesteaded was sold to his son Buddy, upon John's
death on 30 May 1948 in Texas at the home of his daughter Bernice.
John and Benola Kirk Snell and many of the family members are buried
in Angus Cemetery.
Submitted by Louise Wiles