Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of the SNAPP Family


         Three brothers by the name of SNAPP emigrated from Scotland to Shenandoah County, Virginia. One of these men, Joseph Snapp, was the grandfather of H.L. Snapp. The family men were farmers. Joseph W. Snapp came to Berkeley County in 1870 and settled on a farm. H.L. Snapp opened a store at Inwood at the time of the founding of that town. He dealt in everything a general country store stocked, from a toothpick to a threshing machine. The Inwood post office was located at that store and Mr. Snapp was the Postmaster of Inwood for 17 years. He sold his store and, having purchased a farm at Pikeside, Berkeley County, lived there for a number of years, dealing in livestock.

         H.L. Snapp opened the Peoples Meat Market on East Burke Street in 1925, sold that store and moved back to Pikeside in 1927, resuming his occupation of stock dealer. His son, G.M. Snapp, was a graduate of Martinsburg High School, class of 1921. Another son, Fred D. Snapp, was a 1922 graduate of that high school. A third son, Raymond Snapp, was a graduate of Rinker Business College and lived at Rippon, Jefferson County, West Virginia, where he had a large general store. He also had a daughter, Katherine.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1928

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