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Andrew SNOWDEN

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  • Name Andrew SNOWDEN 
    Born 5 Apr 1919  Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Cause of Death Sypsis 
    Immigration Passport #L075385 issued in Glasgow, Scotland 2/23/1925 to Canada.
    Admitted to the United States (Detroit) October 27, 1928. 
    Occupation Bricklayer, Masonry Contractor, Motel Owner 
    Religion Presbyterian 
    Died 15 Jan 1998  , ,Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • sypsis
    Buried 12 May 2008  Milford, Livingston County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cremation: Milford Memorial Cemetery, Section B, Lot 205
    Notes 
    • Burial of cremation remains occurred on 12 May 2008 at which time the remains of both Velma and Andy were interred.
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      Extract Entry of Birth Home address at birth was 36 Parkhead Street, Motherwell, Lanarkshire Scotland.
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      Original birth certificate on file in family records.
      Born 5 April 1919, 36 Parkhead Street, Motherwell, Lanark, Scotland
      Dalziel Parish
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      Email from Isobel Smith, 25 March 2012:
      Good morning Ron

      I was having a look at your family born in Motherwell..... Mabel Street, I had a great Aunt who lived there, the tenements were demolished in the 1970's.  I lived around the corner from where your Dad was born in Parkhead Street.  They were tenements and two minutes walk from the Colvilles Steelworks.

      The video link that I sent you shows Mabel Street and Parkhead Street.... On the film where you see the street sign for Parkhead Street then it shows the street with the houses on the right... that's where your Dad was born.    When you see the sign for the gas station with 33p and then it pans to the big tower Mabel Street is directly in front of the tower although the houses were demolished by then.    The tower you see being built was blown up in September last year, if you want to see it check out youtube.com search for Glencairn Tower Demolition.   Mabel Street is the piece of waste ground directly in front of the tower with the Ebenezer Church on the opposite side.

      If you want to see what Motherwell looks like now check out google maps and opt for the street view that way you can walk around the town.

      Hope you enjoy the film clip.

      Isobel
      Fill is in the Library Archives…see http://ssa.nls.uk/film.cfm?fid=6038
      Home on Parkhead Street can be seen, but I have been unable to copy a photograph due to the advertisement being dragged across the screen when the film is stopped.
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    Person ID I3  Ronald Allen Snowden Family Tree
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2013 

    Father Emerson SNOWDEN,   b. 13 Nov 1889, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1965, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Ann Graham MURDOCK,   b. 2 Oct 1889, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1941, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 27 Nov 1914  Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID A7FE552F710445348DD8D016B1B1B2A51BD7 
    Notes 
    • 2. Marriage Certificate - Emerson SNOWDEN & Mary KEAN(KANE), Page 39 Register Office Register Louth, Lincolnshire. Entry No 77.
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    Photos
    Emerson, Annie (holding George), Emerson and Andrew
    Emerson, Annie (holding George), Emerson and Andrew
    Photo taken at Tashmoo Park
    The Snowdens, after Annie's death in 1941
Emerson, Jr., George, Emerson, Sr., and Andy
    The Snowdens, after Annie's death in 1941 Emerson, Jr., George, Emerson, Sr., and Andy
    Photo was probably taken in the late 1940's--earlly 1950's
    Velma and Ronnie, Marge and George, and (father) Emerson
Taken at the Whitelawn Cemetery, grave of Annie Snowden
    Velma and Ronnie, Marge and George, and (father) Emerson Taken at the Whitelawn Cemetery, grave of Annie Snowden
    The Metagama--Annie, Edward and Andrew emigrated from Scotland to the United States on this vessel, leaving Glasgow on 14 March 1923.
    The Metagama--Annie, Edward and Andrew emigrated from Scotland to the United States on this vessel, leaving Glasgow on 14 March 1923.
    The steamship Metagama was a typical commercial seagoing vessel in her day. She was built by Barclay, Curie & Co. of Glasgow and launched in April, 1915, just in time to see duty as a troopship during World War I. England and Germany had been at war for nearly a year and the Canadians were already supplying troops for the war effort.

    The steamer was large for its day, at just over 500 feet. She offered accommodations for 520 first-class and 1,200 third class passengers. While designed to carry both passengers and freight for her owners, the Canadian Pacific Railway Co., the Metagama may have been pressed almost immediately into service as a troop carrier.

    Among the photographs we found of the Metagama was one dated Nov. 20, 1915 as she was steaming from Montreal with troops packing her decks. Since she was Canadian owned, the steamer probably belonged to the Canadian Merchant Marine of more than 100 ships. Her exact role was shrouded in wartime secrecy so it is difficult to know just who or what government controlled her. She flew the flag of England when at sea.

    After the war the vessel maintained regular transatlantic passenger duties, mostly between Liverpool and St. John, New Brunswick. Between 1915 and the day the Metagama was taken out of service 16 years later, she made 151 ocean crossings.
    The Steamer Metagama
    The Steamer Metagama
    Annie, Edward and Andrew came to the United States aboard the Metagama, on their way to Canada.
    Documents
    Metagama Passenger List
    Metagama Passenger List
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Velma Ruth RILEY,   b. 2 Jan 1921, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 2008, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 30 Aug 1941  Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID F3DEB820B59149D983C99B6A79EE91227C51 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Photos
    Wedding photo of Andy and Velma, standing with Joe and Kate Riley, parents of Velma.
    Wedding photo of Andy and Velma, standing with Joe and Kate Riley, parents of Velma.
    Wedding Photo of Velma and Andy
    Wedding Photo of Velma and Andy
    This photograph was taken just inside the Grace Presbyterial Church, located in Detroit, Michigan, on 30 August 1941.
    Andy and Velma, photo taken in 1995
    Andy and Velma, photo taken in 1995
    Andy, Velma and Ronnie Snowden
    Andy, Velma and Ronnie Snowden
    Photo was taken ca. 1951 in front of the Riley family home, located at 15730 Ward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan.
    Andy and Ron 'pounding a door' in the Stroh's Brewery 'kettles'
    Andy and Ron "pounding a door" in the Stroh's Brewery "kettles"
    During the 1970's Andy and Ron were masonry contractors in Michigan. Andy's brother George acquired the P.H. Piper Company--a firm that had done the construction work for the Stroh's Brewery Company since the early 1930's. Andy and Ron would work at the Brewery during the winter, relining their brewing kettles with firebrick.
    Andy Snowden carrying ladder
    Andy Snowden carrying ladder
    In about 1953 Andy built a cottage on Vineyard Lake, near Brooklyn, Michigan. Next door, seen to the left of Andy, his father Emerson built a cabin too. Emerson later built yet another cabin with a great view of the lake.
    Ron and Andy at the Hi Dawson Ford Dealership--31 October 1946
    Ron and Andy at the Hi Dawson Ford Dealership--31 October 1946
    This photo was taken by the salesman. See the invoice above for more information.
    Funeral Memorial boxes for Andy and Velma
    Funeral Memorial boxes for Andy and Velma
    Their son Ron built these two memorial boxes for the remains of Andy and Velma to be buried in.
    Velma and Andy's burial
    Velma and Andy's burial
    The funeral service for Velma was conducted by family at a local church. The burial was scheduled for the following Monday, but the grave digger failed to open the grave. He was contacted, and came out--digging the grave while Sherry, Linda and Ron waited. A personal gravesite service was held. Both Andy and Velma were buried in the same grave; to which Sherry included the remains of the small dog that Velma had come to love.
    Family photo after the funeral of Velma Riley Snowden
    Family photo after the funeral of Velma Riley Snowden
    left to right: Pat Riley, Cary Snowden, Sherry Snowden, Ron Snowden, Dan Marshall, Betty Marshall, Jim Marshall, Sandi Snowden and Scott Snowden.

    Photo taken on the front porch of the Betty and Jim Marshall home in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
    Ron and Andy just back from a fishing trip
    Ron and Andy just back from a fishing trip
    Nearly every Sunday, the family would go deep sea fishing on the Charter Boat "Blue Marlin" out of the Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, Florida. On this day Andy caught a 47 pound sail fish. Ronnie fished a little, but didn't have the strength to reel in the catch and was quickly relieved. He also suffered from motion sickness, and was usually sick most of the time. But...memories are fondest after they are over!
    Documents
    Invoice for 1946 Ford Deluxe Tudor
    Invoice for 1946 Ford Deluxe Tudor
    During WW2 all critical items were rationed. This included things like butter, sugar, tires, and even toys such as bicycles and wagons. Auto plants were converted to produce tanks, airplanes, jeeps and similar items to support the war. On October 31st, 1946 Andy took Ronnie to the Hi Dawson Ford Dealership and purchased a new Ford. It was truly deluxe, and included such niceties as colored wheels, a hot water heater to keep the interior of the vehicle warm, a side (outside) mirror, a spare tire, and chrome wheel rings.

    Before going in, Andy gave Ronnie his $669 cash down payment, and safely placed it in his pocket. When the deal was consummated, Andy told Ronnie "Pay the Guy." Ronnie then pulled out the money and paid the salesman--to everyone's astonishment.

    Notice that Andy made payments of $43.06 for fifteen months on the balance owed.

    This was one of those stories that will always be remembered in the Snowden family. In a time when this sort of thing was simply not done.
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Elaine LITTLE,   b. Abt 1928,   d. 24 Mar 2008, , , Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    _UID 4C80CD83101440C0B8D6156677785FC960DA 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Mark VONDERHAAR,   b. 2 Oct 1953, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 2013  (Age 59 years)
    Photos
    St. Mary's Church, Manby, Lincolnshire, England
    St. Mary's Church, Manby, Lincolnshire, England
    St. Mary's Church Graveyard is the final resting place of William and Eliza Snowden.
    Family ID F69  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Andy Snowden--about 1940
    Andy Snowden--about 1940
    Andy was a nationally-ranked welterweight that was featured in Ring Magazine for knocking out his opponent but losing the fight by the opponent being saved by the bell and outpointing Andy. "
    Andrew Snowden, ca. 1925
'Little Andrew'
    Andrew Snowden, ca. 1925 "Little Andrew"
    Photo location has not been determined, but likely was in Motherwell, Scotland.
    Andy Snowden--1940
    Andy Snowden--1940
    Andy was a nationally ranked welterweight boxer, and was well known for his fights both in and out of the ring.
    Andy Snowden in his 'dress blues'
About 1943--age about 24
    Andy Snowden in his "dress blues" About 1943--age about 24
    Andy, and a long forgotten famous boxer posing for a photograph preceding an on-base exhibition fight that evening.
    Andy, and a long forgotten famous boxer posing for a photograph preceding an on-base exhibition fight that evening.
    Andy and this famous boxer put on an exhibition fight at Brookley Field, near Biloxi, Alabama. This photo was taken in the winter of 1942-1943. Andy was an excellent boxer, and enjoyed the sport very much. Photos of his fighting exploits are provided in more depth than usual to honour his accomplishments.
    Andy Snowden, posed with M-1 Garand rifle, Brookley Field, Alabama
    Andy Snowden, posed with M-1 Garand rifle, Brookley Field, Alabama
    After his basic training at Brookley Field, Andy was sent to California and lived in one of the horse stalls at Santa Anita Racetrack. One weekend--during a problematic period when the local "Zootsuiters" were causing trouble in Los Angeles--the base commander canceled all military leave, then ordered the MP's not to arrest anyone violating this command. Many soldiers left, beating up the Mexican Zootsuiters, and stripping them of their baggy pants. Andy recounted this story many times to his son Ronnie, and of his involvement.
    Knowtop

Motherwell, Scotland
    Knowtop Motherwell, Scotland
    Andy Snowden always remembered his father Emerson talking about Knowtop, and a sign on the road referencing some point of interest. But, Andy could never learn what Knowtop was.

    This is Knowtop School, located on Knowtop Avenue. What more can be said?
    Andy Snowden--boxing.JPG
    Andy Snowden--boxing.JPG

    Headstones
    Headstone of Andrew Snowden
    Headstone of Andrew Snowden

  • Sources 
    1. [S351] Family History, Shirley (Johnson) Berry.