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Nicholas Snow

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: England
Death: November 15, 1676 (73-81)
Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Snow's father and Nicholas Snow's mother
Husband of Constance Snow, "Mayflower" Passenger
Father of Stephen Snow; Capt. Mark Snow; Mary Paine; Child Snow; Sarah Walker and 7 others

Occupation: town clerk, carpenter, cooper, highway surveyor, Carpenter
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About Nicholas Snow

His parents are unknown. Please do not add parents for Nicholas without citing sources. Thank you!

The Nicholas Snowe who was baptized 25 Jan 1599/1600 in St. Leonard Shoreditch, Hoxton, North London, was buried 3 days later on 28 January.

Please see: Caleb Johnson, "Nicholas Snow: Not from St. Leonard Shoreditch, London," Mayflower Descendant 62: 1 (Spring 2013), 39 ff.


  • Constance Hopkins (baptized May 11, 1606 – October 1677), also sometimes listed as Constanta. She was probably born in Hursley, Hampshire, England. Constance was the second daughter of Stephen Hopkins, by his first wife, Mary. Some believe she was named in honor of Constance (Marline) Hopkins. Constance, at the age of fourteen, along with her father and his second wife Elizabeth (Fisher), accompanied by brother Giles, half-sister Damaris as well as two servants by the name of Edward Doty and Edward Lester were passengers on the Mayflower on its journey to the New World in 1620. Along the way her half-brother Oceanus was born, the only child born on the Mayflower journey. Her headstone marker, placed in 1966 by descendants, states in part “Wife of Nicholas Snow, Eastham’s first town clerk 1646 – 1662”.
  • Constance married Nicholas, sometime before the Division of Cattle which occurred May 22, 1627. Nicholas came to Plymouth on board the ship Anne in 1623 and was made a freeman at Plymouth in 1633. The inventory of Nicholas Snow's estate made at his death lists a wide variety of cooper's and carpenter's tools; this may indicate his trade. He was town clerk at Eastham and held several other local government offices.
  • According to Governor William Bradford, who wrote between March 6 and April 3, 1651:
  • “Constanta is also married, and hath 12 children all of them living, and one of them married”.
  • Children of Constance and Nicholas Snow
    • Mark b. Plymouth, May 9, 1628, married (1) Ann Cooke daughter of Josiah Cooke, married (2) Jane Prence, daughter of Thomas Prence
    • Mary b. Plymouth, 1630, married Thomas Paine
    • Sarah b. Plymouth, 1632, married William Walker, who came to the colony on the ship Elizabeth, in 1635
    • Joseph b. Plymouth, 1634, Joseph Snow married Mary Higgins she was the daughter of Richard and Mary (Yates) Higgins
    • Stephen b. Plymouth, 1636, married (1) Susanna Rogers (Deane), daughter of Stephen Deane, married (2) Mary Bigford (Cottle, Bickford), daughter of Edward Cottle and Judith, last name unknown
    • John b. Plymouth, December 11, 1638, married Mary Smalley, a twin daughter of John Smalley and Ann Walden
    • Elizabeth b. Plymouth, 1640, married Thomas Rogers, son of Joseph Rogers, the son of Pilgrim, Thomas Rogers
    • Jabez b. Plymouth, 1642, married Elizabeth, last name unknown, she was possibly the daughter of Ralph Smith
    • Ruth b. Plymouth, 1644, married Lieutenant John Cole Sr., son of Daniel Cole and Ruth Chester
  • Josiah Paine, a Town Clerk and historian of Harwich wrote “Nicholas and Constance had a dau. named for her mother who was the first wife of Daniel Doane of Eastham…”
    • Constance (unproved), b. Plymouth, married Daniel Doane
    • unnamed
    • Anthony (not if he was born in 1619), b. Plymouth, married Abigail Warren, daughter of Richard Warren
  • Constance Hopkins is the central character in Patricia Clapp's young adult novel Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth.
  • From:


  • HOPKINS, Constance
  • b. 11 MAY 1606 Gloucester, England
  • d. 25 NOV 1677 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: HOPKINS, Stephen
  • Mother: DUDLEY, Constance
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 22 MAY 1627 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
  • Spouse: SNOW, Nicholas
  • b. 1605 Hoxton, Middlesex, England
  • d. 15 NOV 1676 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
  • Children:
    • SNOW, Deborah
    • SNOW, Mark
    • SNOW, Sarah
    • SNOW, Joseph
    • SNOW, Stephen
    • SNOW, Mary
    • SNOW, Jabez
    • SNOW, Ruth
  • From:


  • The Doane family: 1. Deacon John Doane, of Plymouth, 2. Doctor John Done, of Maryland, and their descendants. With notes upon English families of the same name (1902)
  • 6 EPHRAIM2 DOANE (John1) was born probably at Plymouth before the removal of the family to Eastham in 1645, and died at Eastham in 1700. He married first, Feb. 15, 1667, Mercy Knowles, the daughter of Richard and Ruth (Bower) Knowles. Married, second, after 1692, Mary Snow, who was born at Barnstable, Dec. 11, 1647,
  • and died at Eastham in 1703, widow of John2 Snow (Nicholas1), and the daughter of John and Ann (Walden) Smalley. .... etc.
  • He made his will Dec. 17, 1699, and desires his wife's children, by her former husband, John Snow, of whom there were nine, to share equally with his own children, after the decease of his wife Mary. .... etc.


  • Nicholas Snow, III:
  • Birth: 1598 in Shoreditch, London, Middlesex, England.
  • Death: 1676 in Eastham, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Relatives: Nicholas Snow, II (Father) & Elizabeth Rowlles (Mother).
  • Mattaquason, sachem of Monomoyick, sold to the original purchasers the land known as Pochet, with the two islands lying before Potanumaquut and the beach and the islands upon it; also the territory known as Namskaket, extending northward to the territory owned by the sachem George; but excepted Pochet island, which the sachem reserved. In 1662 this island was purchased by the settlers, and now forms part of this town. Of the original seven families who settled old Eastham, only one can be traced to the present territory of Orleans. The homestead sites of Governor Prence and others are easily traced in Eastham, but that of Nicholas Snow, at Namskaket, is the only one definitely on the Orleans side of the division line of 1797. That subsequently there were many more, and that this part of the ancient town rapidly grew to importance, will be gathered from this history *.Source 1: Snow, Benedict and Related Family Lines by Beverly Individual: SNOW ANCESTRY NICHOLAS SNOW "NICHOLAS SNOW #531 was born in England and came to America from Hoxton, Middlesex Count y in the ship Anne in 1623. About 1626 he married CONSTANCE HOPKINS #541 for her descent from this Stephen Hopkins. Nicholas Snow was an original settler of Eastham, Massachusetts in 1644 and served as Town Clerk for 16 years. He was also a selectman and a Deputy to the General Court for three years. He died in Eastham, Massachusetts on 15 November 1676. Constance Snow died the middle of October 1677." "It is not been possible to trace definitely Nicholas Snow in England. However, there i s a record in the Marriage register of St. Dunstan's Stephany, Middlesex, of the marriage on 9 May 1599 of Nicholas Snow of Bowe and Elizabeth Rowlles of Ratclif and the parish records of St. Leonard's Shoreditch, London contain the baptism on 25 January 1599-60 of Nicholas Snow son of Nicholas Snow of Hoxton. this might refer to our Nicolas Snow and his father." "Nicholas Snow and Constance Snow had 12 children of whom three were JABEZ #532, MARY #53 3, and SARAH # 534. Mary Snow was born at Plymouth about 1630, died at Eastham on 28 April 1704, and married THOMAS PAINE #673 about 1650. Sarah Snow was born at Plymouth about 1632, died at Eastham and married WILLIAM WALKER #676 on 25 January 1654." Author unknown; Hitchcock, Russell, Snow--pg 127 Sources: Mayflower Descendant, vol. 24, p111. Harwich, Mass., vital records. Records of the First Parish, Brewster, Mass., in the Mayflower Descendant , vol.4, p247; vol.7, p35. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol.51, p206. SOURCE: Hitchcock, Russell Snow, A family history: recording the ancestors of Russell Snow Hi tchcock: this includes the ancestral lines of Hitchcock, Andrews, Snow, Russell, Bardwell, Warriner, Pepper, and their allied lines. Bath, Me.: unknown, 1947, 238 pgs. Notes from another document on Nicholas Snow--Author unnknown By the time of the 1627 division he was married to Mayflower passenger Constance Hopkins, dau ghter of Stephen Hopkins. Banks wrote that Nicholas Snow was of Hoxton, Middlesex County, England. He was a Purchaser and was on the 1633 freeman list. Nicholas Snow died November 15, 1676 and his Will was made on November 14, 1676. More information on Nicholas Snow can be found on "The Snow Genealogy"; by Mrs. M. L. T. Alde n; 47:81, 186, 341, 48:71,188, 49:71, 202, 451; 51:204 and 64:284 from the "NEHGS Register"; JaneFletcher Fiske, editor; New England Historic Genealogical Society;Boston, Massachusetts (974.0 NEa SCGS) Sources: Title: Hitchcock, Russell, Snow, A family history; Text: Hitchcock, Russell, Snow, A family history: recording the ancestors of Russell Snow Hitchcock : this includes the ancestral lines of Hitchcock, Andrews, Snow, Russell, Bardwell, Warriner, Pepper, and their allied lines. Bath Me: unknown: 1947, 238 pgs. -------------------- 1623, on the ship "Ann" -------------------- The Last Will and Testament of Nicholas Snow "A writing ordered to be Recorded Declaring the manor of Nicholas Snow his Disposing of his Estate as followeth; viz: Nicholas Snow of Eastham Late Deceased; "I Nicholas Snow of Eastham being weake and Infeirme of body but of prfect Memory and understanding, not knowing the Day of my Departure but yett Dayly expecting my last Change; I thinke meet to leave this behind mee as my last Will and Testament; Impr: I Comend my soule into the Armes of Gods Mercye through Christ Jesus in whom I hope to sleep and my body to a Decent buriall; and as Concerning my temporall estate that God of his Goodnes hath Given mee; It is my last Will and Testament that after this manor it should be Disposed off; "Impr: To my son Marke Snow I Give and bequeath all that twenty acrees of upland lying att Namskekitt wher his house now stands, and two acrees of Meddow; and all that broken marsh there of mine att Namscekett; Item two third of my Great lott att Satuckett lying next the Indians Ground; and that syde of my lott Next the Indians land I Give to him and his heires lawfully begotten of his body for ever; and what hee Can purchase more of upland and meddow of the Indians there at Satuckett I Give to him all this abovesaid lands or meddow or Marsh purchased or unpurchased I Give to him and to his heires lawfully begotten of his body forever; Item To my son Joseph Snow I Give that other third prte of my Great lott att Satuckett; and two acrees and an halfe of meddow lying att Namscekett neare the head and an Necke of upland lying between it lying on the westsyde of Willam Twinings, all this abovesaid land and meddow I Give to my son Joseph Snow and to his heires Lawfully begotten of his body forever; "Item To my son Steven Snow I Give twenty acrees on the southsyde of my Great lott att Ochett, and then acrees of My little lott att Satuckett lying between Daniell Cole and Edward Banges by the side of a Little pond, an acree and an halfe of Meddow att the boat meddow, lying between Thomas Williams, and Samuell freeman and that prte of my Meddow att the Great Meddow, That lyeth between Josiah Cooke and the Eelcreeke; all this abovesaid land and medow I Give to my son Steven and the heires lawfully begotten of his body; for ever "Item To my son John Snow I Give all that my land att Paomett Purchased or unpurchased whether upland or meddow; and all my Right and title or privilidge there; all the abovesaid upland or Meddow right and Privilidge att Paomett I Give to my son John Snow; and to the heires lawfully begotten of his body, forever. "Item To my son Jabez: Snow I Give all this my Land lying between my house and my son Thomas Paines, and seaven acrees att the basse pond lying between Daniell Cole and Willam Browne; and an halfe acree of Marsh att the end of it and six acrees of upland att the herring pond; and an acree and halfe of meddow att silver springe lying on the Northsyde of Willam Walkers, and the Clift of upland adjacent to the above said Meddow and all the sedge about it, to Ephraime Done; and that prte of my house hee lives in as longe as my wife or I Doe live "Item I Give him two acrees of Meddow att the Great Meddow lying between the Eel Creeke and Joseph hardings; "Item To my son Jabez I Give that my four acrees of Meddow att Billinsgate Due to mee yett unlayed out; All this abovesaid upland and meddow I Give to my son Jabez Snow and the heires of his body lawfully begotten for ever. "Item This my meddow about my house I Give to my son Jabez; "Item I Give to my Loveing wife Constant Snow all my stocke of Cattle sheep horses swine whatsoever, to be att her Disposall for the Comfort and support of her life, with all the moveable Goods I am posessed of and after her Decease, stocke and Movables to be equally Devided amongst all my Children; "Item To my wife I Give the use and Disposall of the prte of my house shee now Dwells in DUring her life time, and after her Decease to be my son Jabez Snowes - Item I give to my loveing wife that ten acrees of upland att Pochett, and 20 on Billingsgate Iland, for her Desposall for the Comfort of her life, but if shee need it not, and leave it undesposed; I Give it then to my son Steven Snow; That twenty acrees of upland att Billingsgate if my wife leave it undesposed, then to be my son Jabez Snowes "I Doe Give to the Church of Eastham for the furniture of the Table of the Lord, with pewter or other Nessesaries I say I Doe Give ten shillings, out of my estate after my wifes Decease; "That this is my last Will and Testament I have sett to my hand and seale; this fourteenth Day of November one thousand six hundred seaventy and six Nicholas Snow Witnes, Signed & Sealled in the presence of us Samuell Treate Thomas Paine senir "It is my Desire that Deacon Samuell ffreeman and John Mayo would oversee the true and ffaithfull prformance of this my Last Will, and Testament and be healpfull in any Case of Need Concerning the same; "Att the Court of his Matie held att Plymouth the fift of March 1676/77 Mr Samuell Treate made oath to this Writing that hee Did see Nicholas Snow Signe and seall it, and Did Declare it to be his Mind for the Disposall of his estate: "Thomas Paine made oath att the Court fore Names, that hee Did see Nicholas Snow signe and seale This Paper or writing above Coppied; and heer entered abovesaid." Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 3, p. 167-169. The inventory of the goods of Nicholas Snow, deceased 1676 Note: inventories are valued in pounds (L), shillings (s) and pence (d). There were 12 pence (or pennies) to a shilling and 20 shillings to a pound. (Click HERE for a glossary of tools) "An inventory of the estate of Nicholas Snow of the Towne of Eastham in the Collonie of Plymouth in New England late Deceased Impr : To a prsell of Coopers tooles ll s d Item 1 axe 00 04 0 Item 1 Cresett 00 03 0 Item 1 adds 00 02 0 Item 2 hoells 00 01 6 Item 1 heading knife 00 00 6 Item 2 Drawing knives 00 03 0 Item one Crosse stocke 00 00 6 Item 1 Joynter 00 05 0 19 6 TO Carpenters tooles & other thinges Item 4 augers 00 03 0 Item 2 old addses 00 03 0 Item 3 Chissells 00 01 6 Item 1 Gouge 00 00 6 Item 1 three spare Chissell 00 03 0 Item 1 old handsaw 00 01 6 Item 2 old addses 00 02 0 Item 1 trewell 00 01 0 Item 3 plaine Irons 00 02 6 Item 1 sawsett 00 00 6 Item 1 foreplaine 00 01 6 Item 1 bill hooke 00 01 6 Item 1 pair of pincers 00 01 0 Item 2 Cow bells 00 05 0 Item 1 Croscut saw 00 03 0 Item 1 frow 00 03 0 Item 1 whipsaw 00 08 0 Item 1 Crow Ireon 00 06 0 Item 3 Iron weddges 00 03 2 Item 1 old Couller 00 01 6 Item 3 peeces of Iron Cheine 00 06 0 Item 1 bolt and shakle 06 02 6 Item 1 plow bolt 00 00 6 Iron old iron 00 08 0 Item 1 tinnine lampe 00 01 0 Item 1 ringe and staple 00 01 0 Item 2 pot hangers 00 06 0 Item 1 paire of tonggs 00 02 6 Item 1 Gridjron 00 02 6 Item 1 paire of pothookes 00 01 0 Item 2 paire of sheers 00 02 0 04 05 6 Item 1 fier slice 00 03 00 Item 1 paire of bellowes 00 02 00 Item 1 old sickle 00 00 09 Item 1 smale hatchell & padlocke one Chest locke 00 02 06 Item 1 box smoothing Iron and heaters 00 02 06 Item 1 smale Gun 00 12 00 Itemn 1 rapier 00 03 00 Item 1 barrell of a Gun 00 10 00 Item 1 warming pan 00 07 00 Item 1 Driping pan 00 04 00 Item 1 Iron kettle 00 10 00 Item 1 fryin pan 00 02 06 Item 1 brasse kettle 01 18 00 Item 1 Iron skillett 00 03 06 Item 1 smale brasse skillett 00 00 09 Item 1 Iron pott and hookes 00 03 06 Item brasse Morter and pestle 00 04 00 Item 6 alcemy spoones 00 02 00 Item 2 pewter platters 00 08 00 Item 1 pewter platter 00 06 00 Item 2 pewter platters 00 06 00 Item 2 smale pewter basons 00 04 00 Item 1 smale pewter Dish 00 02 00 Item 2 pewter porrengers 00 02 00 Item 1 pewter salt 00 01 06 Item 1 pewter bowle 00 01 00 Item 1 pewter quart 00 02 00 Item 1 pewter Candlesticke 00 01 06 Item 1 old pewter bason 00 01 00 Item 1 old pewter salt 00 00 06 Item 1 old pewter Cawdle pott 00 00 06 Item 1 pewter bottle 00 01 06 Item 1 tennine pint pott 00 00 06 Item 1 old pewter Dish 00 00 06 Item 1 little pewter Dish 00 01 00 Item 2 pewter sawsers 00 01 00 Item 2 old sawcers and one pewter Dram Cupp 00 00 06 Item 1 earthen Jugg 00 01 00 Item 1 smale earthen Jugg 00 00 06 Item 1 smale glass bottle 00 00 06 Item 1 brass skimer 00 01 0 Item 1 erthen Cupp & one erthen porring Dish 00 00 ^^ 07 12 0^ Item 1 Glasse bottle Item 1 Glasse bottle 00 01 06 Item 1 Cheesfatt 00 00 06 Item 2 earthen pudding pans 00 00 08 Item 1 earthen pan 00 00 06 Item 9 wooden trayes 00 04 00 Item 2 meale seives 00 02 02 Item 1 woolen spining wheele 00 03 6 Item 1 milking paile 00 01 0 1 milking paile 00 01 6 Item 1 old Cart rope 00 01 0 Item 1 Great Coate 01 00 0 Item 1 troopers Coate 01 03 0 Item 1 old frise Coat 00 03 0 Item 1 paire of sarge briches 00 12 0 Item 1 paire of Cloth briches 00 08 0 Item 1 paire of old briches 00 02 0 Item 1 pair of briches 00 08 0 Item penistone wastcoate 00 10 00 Item 1 wastcoate 00 02 0 Item 1 paire of Drawers 00 01 6 Item 1 paire of Drawers 00 07 0 Item 1 paire of stockens 00 03 6 Item 1 paire of stockens 1 Neckcloth 2 shirts 00 08 8 Item 2 linnen Capps and three woolen Capps 00 02 0 Item 1 hatt six shillings 00 06 0 Item 2 yards and an halfe of Carsey 00 12 5 Item 2 yard & 3 quarters of Carsey 00 16 0 Item 3 yards of Lincy woolsey 00 10 6 Item 3 yards and three quarters of hommade cloth 00 08 0 Item 2 yards and an halfe of hommade cloth 00 07 06 Item 3 yards of homade Cloth 00 09 00 Item 7 yards and a quarter of hom made Cloth 01 02 0 Item 1 paire of sheets 01 08 0 Item 1 paire of sheets 01 06 0 Item 1 paire of sheets 01 06 0 Item 3 old sheets 00 08 0 15 09 00 Item 2 Chests locke and Key 00 16 00 Item 2 oxen 07 10 00 Item 2 Cowes 04 00 00 Item 1 Cow 01 17 00 another Cow 01 10 Item 10 Napkins and an old towell 00 10 00 Item in silver Mony 02 05 00 in flax 00 01 04 Item 1 Card of buttons 00 01 04 Item a prsell of old bookes 00 04 00 Item a paire of gloves 00 02 00 Item 1 Psalm booke 00 01 00 Item 1 old box 00 01 00 Item 1 pound and halfe of woolen yarne 00 03 00 Item 10 pound of linnine teare yerne 01 00 00 Item 1 old Winscott Chest 00 03 00 Item 1 Great Chaire 00 02 06 Item 2 smale old Chaires 00 01 0 Item 2 forms 2 s 00 02 00 Item 1 paire of New Plaine heeld shooes 00 04 06 Item 1 broad hooped rundlett 1 old Case 3 emty bottles 00 03 0 Item on old lookeing Glasse 00 00 6 Item an old hoe and a Masons hamer 00 02 0 Item a feather bed 03 00 00 Item 1 bolster 00 10 00 Item 4 pillowes 00 10 00 Item 1 rugg 00 14 00 Item 2 blanketts 01 10 00 Item 1 blankett 00 06 00 Item 5 old pillow bears 00 04 00 Item 1 pillowbeer 00 03 00 Item 2 smale Curtaines and vallence 00 02 06 Item 1 halfe bushell Measure 00 01 06 Item a prsell of tryed tallow 00 05 00 Item an earthen pott 00 00 06 Item 1 earthen pott 00 00 04 Item in butter 00 05 00 Item in bees wax 00 03 00 Item a tubb with hony tubb and all 00 08 00 item an old bagg 00 03 00 Item a paire of old Cards & reele 00 01 00 Item 1 booke 00 01 00 Item 1 beer barrell 00 02 00 Item 1 pillowbeer 00 02 00 Item 1 Napkin 00 01 00 Item 2 paire of old stockens 00 02 00 Item 1 old bagg 00 00 06 Item 1 Great Iron pott with the legg out 00 08 00 Item 1 winscott bedsteed 00 12 00 Item 1 featherbed 01 15 00 Item 1 bolster 00 08 00 Item 2 old blanketts 00 02 00 Item 1 old Rugg 00 03 00 Item 1 old Winowing sheet 00 01 00 Item 1 Dore locke and key 00 01 06 Item 1 featherbed 02 10 0 Item 1 bolster 00 10 00 Item 2 Rugg 00 14 00 Item 2 old Chamber potts 00 01 06 Item 1 plow plaine and a rabbett plaine 00 01 06 Item 2 yards and halfe of New Linine Cloth 00 05 00 Item 3 yards and an halfe of New stecy linnine Cloth 00 05 03 Item 2 pond of powder 00 03 00 Item 5 pond of shott and bulletts 00 01 08 Item an old Chest 00 02 06 Item in Nailes 00 01 06 Item 1 seifting trough 00 02 00 Item 2 paire of smale hinges 00 01 00 Item 5 Dear skins wash Lether 6 s pr pound 03 18 00 Item 1 paire of wooden scales 00 02 06 Item 2 old barrells 00 04 00 Item 1 barrell of beefe 01 06 00 Item 1 hyde 01 00 00 Item 1 linnine spinning wheel 00 04 00 Item in Mault 00 02 00 Item in salt 00 02 00 Item in old Caske 00 04 00 Item 59 pound of sheeps wool 02 10 00 Item one Musterd shott 00 01 00 Item a prsell of beeffe 00 06 0 Item twenty seaven sheep 09 00 0 Item in Indian Corne 05 08 0 Item in wheat 00 12 0 Item in Rye 00 10 0 Item 1 oxe yoake and Irone 00 02 0 Item 1 Cart and wheels 01 10 0 Item 3 hives of bees 01 10 0 Item four swine 01 06 0 Item 3 hundred and 30 foot of board 01 00 0 Item in horse fflesh 04 10 0 Item 1 five yeer old steer 02 10 0 Item in young Cattle 04 01 0 The totall sume errors excepting in the Casting up 102 10 9 Constant Snow The Relict of Nicholas Snow late Deceased of Eastham made oath to the truth of this Inventory, before Mee John ffreeman Assistant this 22cond of March 1676/77. For biographical information about Nicholas Snow, click HERE. -------------------- Came over on the" Anne "to Plymouth in 1621 -------------------- NICHOLAS SNOW : PASSENGER ON THE ANNE Nicholas Snow came to Plymouth from England on the Anne in 1623. This is documented in the 1623 division of land. NICHOLAS SNOW & THE 1623 DIVISION OF LAND The 1623 division of land marked the end of the Pilgrims’ earliest system of land held in common by all. Governor Bradford explains it this way : "And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, for that end, only for the present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression." William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 120. Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c., Vol. I 1627-1651 is the oldest record book of the Plymouth settlement. It begins with the 1623 division of land, recorded in the handwriting of Governor William Bradford. The lands of Nicholas Snow are described as "The fales of their ground which came ouer in the shipe called the Anne according as their were case. 1623… these following lye on the other side of the towne towards the eele-riuer … These butt against Hobs Hole. Nicolas Snow." [Also in this are were the lands of Anthony Dix, Mr. Pierce’s 2 servants, and Ralph Walen.] NICHOLAS AND CONSTANCE HOPKINS SNOW & THE 1627 DIVISION OF CATTLE Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c., Vol. I 1627-1651 tells of the 1627 division of cattle : "At a publicque court held the 22th of May it was concluded by the whole Companie, that the cattell wch were the Companies, to wit, the Cowes and the Goates should be equally devided to all the psonts of the same company … & so the lotts fell as followeth, thirteene psonts being pportioned to one lot… "The seauenth lott fell to Stephen Hopkins & his company Joyned to him (2) his wife Elizabeth Hopkins (3) Gyles Hopkins (4) Caleb Hopkins (5) Debora Hopkins (6) Nickolas Snow (7) Constance Snow (8) William Pallmer (9) ffrances Pallmer (10) Willm Pallmer Jnor (11) John Billington Senor (12) Hellen Billington (13) ffrancis Billington. To this lott fell A black weining Calfe to wch was aded the Calfe of this yeare to come of the black Cow, wch pueing a bull they were to keepe it vngelt 5 yeares for common vse & after to make there best of it. Nothing belonging of thes too, for ye copanye of ye first stock : but only half ye Increase. To this lott ther fell two shee goats : which goats they posses on the like terms which others doe their cattell." NICHOLAS SNOW : A 1626 PURCHASER "Isaac Allerton negotiated in England an agreement dated 26 October 1626 between the Adventurers and himself as ‘one of the planters resident at Plymouth afforesaid, assigned, and sent over as agent for the rest of the planters ther,’ whereby the adventurers for L1,800 sold to the planters, later known as the Purchasers, all the ‘said stocks, shares, lands, merchandise, and chatles’ which had belonged to the Adventurers. The list we have of the Purchaser is from the PCR 2:177, and was obviously compiled sometime after the 1626 agreement, for Richard Warren died in 1628, and his wife replaced him on the list, and John Billington was hanged in 1630, and his share is represented on the list by his surname only. Though the following year the fifty-eight Purchasers in turn assigned both the shares in the company and the debt to the eight Plymouth and four London Undertakers, the list of Purchasers continued to be an important one for, in general, these people were privileged above all others in future land grants in the colony. The list, consisting of fifty-three Plymouth names plus the names of five London men, is as follows : ‘The Names of the Purchasers. Mr Wm Bradford Mr. Thom Prence Mr Wm Brewster… Jonathan Brewster Edward Banges Nicholas Snow Steven Hopkins Abraham Pearse…" Eugene A. Stratton, Plymouth Colony, Its History & People 1620-1691 (Salt Lake City : Ancestry Publishing, 1986), p. 419-420. NICHOLAS SNOW & THE PLYMOUTH RECORDS 1633 : "The Names of the Freemen of the Incorporacon of Plymoth in new England, An: 1633. Edward Wynslow Govr., Capt Myles Standish, William Bradford, John Howland, John Alden, John Done, Stephen Hopkins … Edward Bangs, Nicholas Snow…" Records of Plymouth Colony, Vol. 1, p. 3. 25 March 1633 : "According to an order in Court held the 2d of January, in the seaventh yeare of the raigne of or soveraigne lord, Charles, by the grace of God King of Engl., Scot., France, & Irel., defendor of the faith, &c, the psons heere under menconed were rated for publike use by the Govr, Mr Will Bradford, Capt Myles Standish, Joh: Alden, Joh: Howland, John Done, Stephen Hopkins, Will Gilson, Sam Fuller Senior, John Genny, Godbert Godbertson, & Jonathan Brewster, to be brought in by each pso as they are heere under written, rated in corne at vi s p bushel, at or before the last of November next ensuing, to such place as shall be heereafter appointed to receiue the same. And for default heereof, the value to be doubled, & accordingly leavied by the publick offer for yt end -------------------- Came from England in 1623 in the Ann. -------------------- Arrived 1623 on the Anne -------------------- Nicholas Snow, one of the first seven who settled at Nausett [Eastham], was a man of sterlng worth and very prominent in the settlement. He came over from England, a passenger in the Ann, in the latter part of July, 1623, and at first located in the township of Plymouth, where he soon married. The Ann brought over many of the near relatives of the Pilgrims, besides quite a number of other passengers to settle with them, among whom might be mentioned Thomas Clarke, Anthony Anable, Edward Bangs, Experience Michell and George Morton. The settlers of Plymouth at the arrival of Nicholas Snow and other passengers of the Ann, were sadly destitute, not only of apparel, but of food to eat. The new comers were ‘diversely affected’ to behold ‘their low and poor condition.’ ‘The best dish,’ says Bradford, the renowned leader of that settlement, ‘that could present their friends with was a lobster or a piece of fish without bread or anything else but a cup of fair spring water.’ Bradford farther says, ‘Some of the passengers wished themselves in England again; others fell aweeping, fancying their own misery in whhat they saw now in others; some pitying the distress they saw their friends had been long in and still were under; in a word, all were full of sadness.’ In this ship it may be well to state, came Mrs. Alice Southworth, to become the renowned leader, and they were married shortly after. “What were the feelings of the subject of this sketch upon knowing the sufferings of those poor ragged and half-fed Pilgrims, we are not told, but from what we can gather relative to the character of the man, we are led to believe he regretted their condition, cheerfullly lent them a helping hand and prayed for better times, which, according to both Bradford and Morton, came at harvest time. “Nicholas Snow, not long after his arrival, became acquainted with Miss ‘Constanta’ or Constance, an elder daughter of Mr. stephen Hopkins, who had but a few years before braved the dangers of the Atlantic in the Mayflower and escaped the first winter’s distress, and took her for his wife, who, before 1650, had borne him twelve children, all then alive. The date of his marriage does not appear; but he was married before 1627, as by the record of the division of the cattle, May 22nd, he and his wife Constance received their share, they belonging to Mr. Stephen Hopkins’ company, which was composed of thirteen persons. In 1633 he was a freeman and a tax payer in Plymouth. The following year, with Edward Bangs, he was appointed to lay out roads in Plymouth. In 1636, he was one of the arbitrators to settle the difficulty between Joseph Beadle and Edward Dowty. In 1638, he was one of the jurors appointed to investigate the cause of the death of John England, a lad found dead on Plymouth flats. In 1640, he was one of the surveyors of highways at Plymouth. In 1645, with Gov. Prence, Josiah Cooke and others, he removed to Nausett; and when that place became a municipality, to him was assigned the duties of town clerk, an office he held until about 1773, when his son Mark succeeded him. He was surveyor of highways at Eastham in 1647; a deputy to the Colony court in 1648, also 1650-52-57. He was a selectman in 1668-71-72-74-75. He also held other offices in town. His death occurred at Eastham, according to the records of that town, November 15th, 1676. His will bears the date November 14th, 1676. It was witnessed by his pastor, Mr. Samuel Treat, and his son-in-law, Thomas Paine, Sen. His wife, Constance, survived him and died in October, 1677. The settlement of the estate he entrusted to his fellow townsmen, Deacon Samuel Freeman and John Mayo. He remembered the Eastham church and left a small sum towards furninshing ‘the furniture of the table of the Lord with pewter or otherwise.’ “The children of Mr. Snow are not recorded, and consequently the names cannot all be given. Gov. Bradford says he had twelve children in 1650, all alive. He mentions no daughters in his will, though it is certain he had several then alive. His sons mentioned were Mark, Joseph, Stephen, John and Jabez. He was a large landowner. He had land in Harwich, Eastham and Truro. Mark, Joseph and Stephen came into possession of his landed estate in Harwich, then Satucket; John, of that in Paomet, now Truro, and Jabes of that in Eastham, including the homestead. His ‘moveable goods,’ at his wife’s decease, he ordered divided among all his children equally. His residence was in that part now Eastham, not far from Gov. Prence’s homestead, as far as it can be ascertained form the records. He undoubtedly was buried in the old yard at Eastham, though no stone with inscription marks the place. His son Mark, who married Gov. Prence’s daughter Jane, and his son-in-law, Mr. Thomas Paine, were distinguished men in their day. The descendants of Mr. Nicholas Snow are numerous, and an effort by them shoud be made to erect a monument to his memory in the old yard, that the future generations may know where their Pilgrim ancestor lies buried.”55 The will of Nicholas Snow of Eastham, dated 14 Nov 1676, proved 5 Mar 1676/7, named his wife Constant, sons Jabez, Mark, Joseph, Steven, and John. His son John was given all his lands at “Paomett” (Truro), with “all my right and title or privilige there.” Executors: Deacon Samuel Freeman and John Mayo. (The Mayflower Descendant, vol. 3: 167-74.) -------------------- Nicholas Snow was baptized in London, England at St. Leonard's Shoreditch. Nicholas Snow was born in England and the probable son of Nicholas Snow of Hoxton Co., Middlesex. Nicholas came over on the Ann in 1623 and was made a freeman at Plymouth in 1633. He was named in 1634 to lay out highways at Plymouth, and he served there as arbitrator, surveyor of highways and on juries. By 1645 he had settled at Eastham where he served as clerk, selectman, deputy, constable, highway surveyor, excise collector and on court committees. His will was dated 14 November, 1676 and proved 5 March 1677 which consisted of a lengthy inventory. At the time of his death, he and Constance were the parents of twelve children; all living and one married. Nicholas is buried in Cove Cemetery with his wife, but sadly his grave stone no longer exists. Record added: Feb 21, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 34072670 -------------------- Came to America on the Ann in 1623. He was named in 1634 to lay out highways in Plymouth, and served as arbitrator, surveyor of highways, and on juries. By 1645 he had settled at Eastham where he served as clerk, selectman, deputy, constable, surveyor, excise collector, and on court committees.


Nicholas arrived at Plymouth on The Anne in 1623

From The American Genealogist XIV:299, he was the Nicholas Snow, son of Nicholas, baptized on Jan 25,1599/1600 in St.Leonards's Shoreditch, London. However, an article in the Spring 2013 Mayflower Descendant indicates that this child was buried three days later. So Nicholas' birth/baptism, and his parents, are still not known.

He married, before May 22,1627, Constance Hopkins of the Mayflower Pilgrims. That is the date of the Plymouth Cattle Division and they are listed as a married couple as the 6th & 7th persons in the 7th company, which was headed by her father, Stephen Hopkins.

Children: Mark Snow, Mary Snow Paine, Sarah Snow Walker, Joseph Snow, Stephen Snow, John Snow, Elizabeth Snow Rogers, Jabez Snow, Ruth Snow Cole, two unnamed children who were living in 1651, and Constance Snow Doane*.

  • The last daughter is not mentioned by name in the article on Nicholas Snow in Great Migration Begins, Vol III (1995), pp.1701-4. However, she is included among his children by name in Mayflower Families, Vol 6, "Stephen Hopkins", pp. 9,10.

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Nicholas Snow's Timeline

January 25, 1599
St Leonard Shore,London,Middlesex,England
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St. Leonards Sho, London, London, England
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England to Plymouth, MA on the ship Anne
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on the ship "Anne"
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Plymouth, MA
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Plymouth, MA
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Plymouth, Plymouth, MA
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