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Levi Snow

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States
Death: Died in Montrose, Lee County, Iowa, United States
Cause of death: Complications of malaria
Place of Burial: Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Lee County, Iowa, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt Zerubbabel Snow and Mary Snow
Husband of lucina Snow and Lucina Snow
Father of Erastus Snow, Apostle, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; William Snow; Willard Trowbridge Snow; Lucina Snow; Levi Mason Snow and 6 others
Brother of Mary "Molly" Farr; James Snow; John Snow; Abigail Snow; Sarah Or Sally Snow and 3 others

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About Levi Snow

Levi Snow (1782 - 1841), eighth child of Captain Zerrubbabel Snow (1741 - 1795) and Mary Trowbridge (1745 - 1818), was born 22 July 1782 at West Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. He died at the age of 59 on 2 November 1841at Montrose, Lee County, Iowa, and was buried at Montrose Cemetery. Levi married Lucina Streeter (1785 - 1858) on 29 November 1801 at Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire.

Children of Levi and Lucinia Snow

  1. Levi Mason Snow (1803 - 1869)
  2. Lucina Snow (August 1804 - 1861)
  3. William Snow (14 December 1806 - 1879)
  4. Zerubbabel Snow (March 1809 - 1888)
  5. Willard Trowbridge Snow (6 November 1811 - 1853)
  6. Mary Minerva Snow (30 July 1813 - 1891) - also known as Mary Melvina
  7. Shipley Wilson Snow (1816 - 1905)
  8. Erastus Fairbanks Snow (9 November 1818 - 1888)
  9. Charles van Rensaeler Snow (August 1821 - 1879)
  10. Lydia Mason Snow (1823 - 1900)
  11. Melissa Diantha Snow (20 August 1826 - 1903) - also spelled Mellisa

Biographical Sketch

Known as the boy who would rather read than dance, Levi met his future wife Lucina Streeter through her aunt Jemina Streeter. When introducing Lucina to Levi's mother, Jemina said, "Mary, this is a daughter of my husband's brother, William Streeter. I told her about the many books you buy for your son Levi and nothing would do but she must come to see what you have that she hasn't read." Lucina stayed with her aunt Jemina while attending the Academy in Chesterfield one winter. During this time that Levi and Lucina became friends because of their love for reading.

Accompanying Lucina home to Cumberland, Rhode Island, on a visit, Levi said to Lucina, "You know that I love you without my speaking the words, that you are as much a part of me and I of you as if made from the same clay. So you are young and I am young, but we both know how to work, and God will help us. Would you dare marry me now and not wait any longer?"

Levi married Lucina Streeter on 29 November 1801 in Chesterfield, New Hampshire - he was nineteen and she just sixteen years old. They lived in Levi's mother's home while Levi helped his brothers in the sawmill and grist mill. After they had their first child, they moved to Lunenburg, but after just one year they moved to the St. Johnsbury, Vermont area with approximately twelve other families. Levi and his older sons farmed their rocky infertile land and managed a respectable, but frugal living. Levi and his sons also built their own furniture and the home they lived in.

In 1826 Levi and his sons finished a new barn for their farm. While Lucina and the girls were helping clean up the newly-completed barn, Lucina laughingly remarked, "I think, girls, we should move into the new barn and let the cows and horses live in the old house." A few weeks later the Snow home burned to the ground. With the help of their neighbors most of their furniture and books for their children were saved and the new barn became their home for the rest of that summer until they were able to finish a new home late that fall.

Levi was a devoted Christian although he never belonged to any organized religious group. He did however, study the scriptures intently and encouraged this amongst his family members. The Snow family was known as "Seekers" or those who were seeking after God's truths.

In 1831 Zerubbabel and William heard Lyman Johnson and Orson Pratt speak about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They returned home very excited to tell the rest of the Snow family. It was not long before Orson Pratt came to St. Johnsbury and spoke to the many interested families in the area at a meeting held in the Snow's new barn. Levi's son Erastus was 15 years old at the time and on the evening of the first meeting he asked his father, Levi if he could be baptized into the LDS Church. Levi's reply was, "Wait awhile, son. Study your Bible still more. Be sure you have been converted by the Lord and not by Elder Pratt's persuasion. Wait at least six months. Can you do that? You will have six months for your ardor to cool. If you are really converted, it won't be hard to wait that long." Erastus was baptized about six months later on 3 February 1832. Early in May of the same year, the rest of the Snow family except Levi and Shipley were baptized.

Some years later, Levi and the remaining children that were at home sold their farm in Vermont and went to Kirtland to be with the Saints. The Snow family only stayed in Kirtland for a week or so and then moved on to Far West, Missouri, in order to help build the capitol of Zion. They thought it would be foolish to buy land in Kirtland and then have to move again soon. Levi and Lucina suffered the persecutions that the Saints endured in Far West and were expelled from Missouri with all of the other Mormons. The family left Far West without being able to sell their home, which was true of most of the escaping saints. They were, however, glad to get away with their lives.

The family arrived in Quincy having traveled 200 miles in about twelve days. Levi fought the chills and fever of malaria all across the state of Missouri which made the trip quite miserable. On arriving at Quincy, the Snow family moved on to Lima where they set up residence in a fairly comfortable house on a farm. Levi died from complications of malaria on 2 November 1841 at Montrose, Lee County, Iowa. Levi was 59 years old when he passed away.


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Levi Snow's Timeline

1782
July 22, 1782
Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States
1801
November 29, 1801
Age 19
Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire
1803
1803
Age 20
1804
1804
Age 21
1806
December 14, 1806
Age 24
St Johnsbury, Caledonia, VT, USA
1809
March 29, 1809
Age 26
St Johnsbury, VT, USA
1811
May 6, 1811
Age 28
VT, USA
1813
July 30, 1813
Age 31
St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County, Vermont, United States
1816
1816
Age 33
1818
November 9, 1818
Age 36
St. Johnsbury, VT, USA