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Osmon Edin "Edward" SNOWDEN

Osmon Edin "Edward" SNOWDEN

Male 1854 - 1917  (62 years)

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  • Name Osmon Edin "Edward" SNOWDEN  [1, 2
    Born 21 Oct 1854  North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Christened 8 Jan 1855  North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Source: Actual N.Somercotes Parish Record copy
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Bricklayer and stonemason 
    Died 25 Jul 1917  Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Source: Certified death registration.
    Notes 
    • Osmon Edin Snowden's death certificate lists Harriet Aften as his mother. It is believed that Harriet Huften died prior to 1889, and Emmerson remarried Mary Kane in that year..

      On the death certificate Harriet was likely listed as the mother through adoption, or the person giving the information may not have known that Harriet was not his biological mother.

      Family history says Osmon was a bricklayer for the railroad. He died of pneumonia.

      Address in 1891 was 6 Leslie Street 38 Murray Terrace, Motherwell, Scotland
      Address in 1901 was 48 Mabel Street, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland
      ===

      A Letter dated 12 July 1887 to his father Snowden survived and reads as follows:-

      Longriggend, 12 July 1887
      Dear Father,
      I have received your kind and welcome letter. The way I guessed your age was by my mother for I think she was 42 when she died and you was two years older than her.
      Now about William you said in your letter he had gone to Queensland. I hope you will tell me in the next letter how he went and what trade he learnt before he went and if you have had any letters from him since he went and what he says about the places he went to for I hear very bad news about it for there is some out of the house and home. Hoping in out this and they wish they was back again. And would you send me his address and I will write to him and now about my sister Minnie (Married John Johnson) I hope she has a big family by now.

      I think it will be about 3 weeks before I can send you one of my photos for I will have to go to Airdre to have them took but I will send one as soon as I get them.

      And now about Alfred the last time I seed him I was in the same opinion as you but I think when you see my photo you will not think the same of me for when him and me was together at Richmond the people would not believe we were brothers for my face and neck was like the rising sun but his was very like death and he shook like a leaf I think Hull did for him he never was the same after but I hope he is in a better place.

      And now about the land I cant see how you can manage all your work now that William is not at home with you and have you got the donkey yet - if he is living I think he never die.

      And send in the next letter if my Aunt Mary Touton is living yet and how all the family is. Just tell her I was asking after her and all the family and Mr. Thorney and all enquiring friends. So no more at present from your son Osman Edwin Snowden.

      Good Night and God Bless you. Please Write soon soon soon.
      ===

      Osman's middle name has been spelled "Edin" in several documents. The letter above, written in Osman's own hand, gives his name as "Edwin." The assumption is that Edwin is his correct name, and this database will henceforth use the name Edwin in place of Edin.
      ===
      Birth:- Entry No 361 - Page 73 - District of Saltfleet - On 21st October 1854 at North Somercotes Osman
      Eden, son of Emmerson Snowden and Ann Snowden formerly Hufton, Shoemaker. Emmerson Snowden,
      father registered the birth on 25th October 1854. Registrar Joseph Jepson. (Source Birth Certificate)
      ===
      Home at 50 Manse Road, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland ML1 2PT, UK
      Letter sent to occupants to determine if this home was existing in 1902.
      ====
      Facebook contact from


      Jeannette Scott
      10:29am Sep 18
      Margaret who died same year as George Edgar-1903 of acute nephritis aged 5 months,John died 1900 aged 18 months of whooping cough & broncho-pneumonia.
      There are a couple of other Snowden deaths(children) but not in Dalziel.They can viewed on ScotlandsPeople -it's a pay to view but very reasonable.Definitely the children of Edward & Mary.
      Off to see if the others-one should be are Edward's & Mary's.
      ====
      From Jeanette Scott--via Facebook.
      ~
      Jeannette Scott
      7:54pm Sep 17
      I note on the family group sheet for Emerson's siblings that there are three siblings missing-in the 1911 Census they state they have had seven children with three living-I see one of the deceased children is on the \Group sheet but no mention of the other three-were you aware of these missing children?
      The 1911 Census is very useful in that it has number of years married & how many children of the marriage.
      ~

      Jeannette Scott
      10:07am Sep 18
      I did see them I am going by what she gave as her children in the Census- 7 in total with three surviving.I will have another look & see if I can find their deaths- they should have been registered.

      ~
      Jeannette Scott
      10:29am Sep 18
      Margaret who died same year as George Edgar-1903 of acute nephritis aged 5 months,John died 1900 aged 18 months of whooping cough & broncho-pneumonia..Definitely the children of Edward & Mary.
      There are a couple of other Snowden deaths(children) but not in Dalziel.They can viewed on ScotlandsPeople -it's a pay to view but very reasonable
      Off to see if the others-one should be are Edward's & Mary's.
      ~

      Jeannette Scott
      10:33am Sep 18
      Nope neither are so don't know where the missing child is-did they live outside of Scotland at any time between 1889 & 1911?
      ~

      Jeannette Scott
      10:49am Sep 18
      So sad George Edgar dies in March of Whooping Cough & Broncho-Pneumonia & then wee baby Margaret in May of nephritis.So sad poor parents & poor wee babies.
    • England and Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
      Osman Eden Snowdon
      Year of Registration: 1854
      District: Louth
      County: Lincolnshire
      Volume 7a, page 498
      ===
    Person ID I38  Ronald Allen Snowden Family Tree
    Last Modified 20 May 2014 

    Father Emmerson SNOWDEN,   b. Abt 1826, Scamblesby, Louth, Lincolnshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1909, North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Mother Ann HUFTON,   b. Abt Jan 1826, North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1869, North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Married 23 Feb 1846  Louth, Lincolnshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Free BMD, Volume 14, page 667
    _UID E806E80434264649BD82D529D4D15A7D7C52 
    Notes 
    • Letter from Tony Ainsworth: The marriage of Emerson Snowden to Ann Hufton (b. about 1826, North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, England_ took place on 23 February 1846 in the Louth Register office.
      ===
      Marriage Information
      Wife: Married:

      Witnesses:
      Marriage Notes
      Marriage: Entry No 77 - On 23rd February 1846 at the Louth Register Office Emerson SNOWDEN of full age, batchelor, Shoemaker of North Somercotes,father William SNOWDEN, Labourer to Ann HUFTON, of full age, spinster of North Somercotes, father Richard HUFTON Carrier.Both signed the register. Witnesses were John BATEMAN & Ann the mark of X CLAYTON (Certificate)

      23 February 1846 Married The Register Office, Louth, Lincolnshire (Cert) Marriage Certificate Emerson SNOWDEN & Mary KEAM (KANE), Page 39 Register Office Marriage Registers., Louth, Lincolnshire Entry No 77, On 23 February 1846 at Louth Register Office Emerson SNOWDEN, of full age, Bachelor, Shoemaker of North somercotes Father William SNOWDEN to Ann HUFTON of full age Spinster of North Somercotes father Richard HUFTON Carrier. Married in the Register Office according to the Rites and Ceremonies before me Johm POOLER Registrar & M Milroy Superintendent Registrar. Both Emerson & Ann signed the register. Witnesses John BATESON & Ann x CLAYTON.
      23 February 1846 John Bateson & the mark X of Ann Clayton
      ===
    Photos
    St. Mary's Church, located in North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, England
    St. Mary's Church, located in North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, England
    The St. Mary's Church graveyard is the final resting place of Emerson and Ann Snowden
    Documents
    Certified Marriage Certified for Emerson Snowden and Ann Hufton.
    Certified Marriage Certified for Emerson Snowden and Ann Hufton.
    Documents states Emerson is a Bachelor, and Ann is a Spinster. William Snowden is the father of Emerson, and Richard is the father of Ann. Date of marriage was February 23, 1846. Emerson's occupation was shoemaker; William's occupation was labourer; and Richard's occupation was carrier. (Presume a letter carrier.)
    Original Record of Marriage
Emerson Snowden & Ann Hufton
    Original Record of Marriage Emerson Snowden & Ann Hufton
    February 23, 1846. Emerson is listed as a shoemaker, living in North Somercoates, Lincolnshire and is described as a bachelor; with his father being William, a Labourer. Ann is listed as a Spinster, living in North Somercoates, Lincs, at the time of marriage, with her father being Richard Huften, a "Carier.:
    1871 England Census Report
North Somercoates, Louth, Lincolnshire, England
    1871 England Census Report North Somercoates, Louth, Lincolnshire, England
    This census return documents the family of Emerson Snowden, including Eliza Michaels and Ann E. Michaels, listed as a housekeeper. Later documents tend to indicate Eliza married Emerson; and after Eliza's death Ann is listed as the daughter of Emerson in a later census. A disposition of this matter is for a future time
    Family ID F13  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Mary KANE,   b. Abt 1860, Glassford (Stonehouse), Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1926, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married 23 Jan 1889  Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Holy Trinity Church, Motherwell.
    _UID EE891C33CE4C47AD9BB2F1459FCEE4DC840C 
    Notes 
    • Extract of an entry in Register of Marriages, Indicates Harriet Aften (deceased) was his mother. Other records indicate of wife of Osman’s father was named Mary Kean.
      Harriet Huften died prior to 1889.
      Marriage was performed at the Holy Trinity Church, Motherwell Parish of Hamilton. After Banns according to the Scottish Episcopal Church.
    Children 
     1. 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)
     2. Minnie Charlotte SNOWDEN,   b. 31 May 1895, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1987, Watford, Hertfordshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     3. Edith Matilda SNOWDEN,   b. 4 Feb 1897, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1952, , , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     4. George Edgar SNOWDEN,   b. 16 Aug 1900, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1903, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Rose Ann FEARRON,   b. Abt 1856,   d. 1904, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Married Jul 1877  Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Source: England & Wales, Free BMD Marriage Index: 1837-1915. Wakefield, book 9c, page 93
    _UID 33B5F3BD1D334BD698FC32A2A89D63BCD5A2 
    Notes 
    • Marriage record--England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1020
      Osmon Edin Snowden to Rose Ann Fearron, 3rd quarter of 1877
      Wakefield, Yorkshire, England
      Volume 9c, Page 93, Line 352
      ===
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F145  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Photograph of Osman Edin Snowden
    Photograph of Osman Edin Snowden
    Called "Edward" in real life; his clothing is representative of what bricklayers wore during the early 1900's at the Glasgow Steel Works.
    Dalziel Steel and Iron Works Buildings, ca 1995
    Dalziel Steel and Iron Works Buildings, ca 1995
    It is believed that Edward (Osman Edin) Snowden left Lincolnshire, England--emigrating to Motherwell, Scotland--to take advantage of the rapidly growing economy and excellent employment opportunities at the steel mil under construction. HIs brick-laying skills were likely in demand, offering an opportunity for long-term employment at relatively high wages. A brief history of the village of Motherwell follows:


    otherwell, a town in Dalziel and Hamilton parishes, Lanarkshire, on the Caledonian railway, at the junction of the two lines from the N and S sides of Glasgow, and at the intersection of the cross line from Holytown to Hamilton and Lesmahagow, ½ mile from the left bank of South Calder Water, 1 ¼ from the right bank of the Clyde, 2 ½ miles NE of Hamilton, 2 ¼ SSE of Holytown, 12 ½ SE by E of Glasgow, 15 ¼ NW of Carstairs Junction, and 43 W by S of Edinburgh. It took its name from a famous well, dedicated in pre-Reformation times to the Virgin Mary; and it occupies flat ground, 300 feet above sea-level, amid richly cultivated and well-wooded environs.

    onsisting largely of the dwellings of miners and operatives employed in neighbouring collieries and ironworks, it serves, in connection with the railway junctions, as a great and bustling centre of traffic; and it ranks as a police burgh, governed by a senior magistrate, 2 junior magistrates, a clerk, a treasurer, and 6 commissioners. Motherwell has a post office, with money order, savings' bank, insurance, and railway telegraph departments, branches of the Bank of Scotland and the Clydesdale Bank, offices or agencies of 18 insurance companies, 5 hotels, the combination poorhouse for Dalziel, Bothwell, Cambusnethan, and Shotts parishes, and a Saturday paper, the Motherwell Times. The streets are lighted with gas; and in 1877 a splendid water supply was brought in from two burns on the estate of Lee at a cost of over £14, 000.

    In Merry Street is the new parish church of Dalziel, erected in 1874 at a cost of £5700; whilst the former parish church (1789; enlarged 1860) belongs now to the quoad sacra parish of South Dalziel, constituted in 1880. One of the two U.P. churches was built in 1881 at a cost of £3750, and from its site - the highest in the town uprears a conspicuous steeple. There are also a Free church, a Primitive Methodist chapel, an Evangelical Union chapel, and the Roman Catholic church of Our Lady of Good Aid (1873; enlarged 1883).

    No Scottish Town - not even Hawick - has grown so rapidly as Motherwell, such growth being due to the vast extension of its mineral industries. These, at the census of 1881, employed 2470 of the 3671 persons here of the ' industrial class, - 1024 being engaged in coal-mining, 20 in ironstone-mining, 1069 in the iron manufacture, 58 in the steel manufacture, etc.

    The malleable iron-works of the Glasgow Iron Company are the largest in Scotland, with 50 puddling furnaces and 8 rolling mills; and Mr D. Colville's steel-works, where operations were commenced on 20 Oct. 1880, now employs over 1000 men. Pop. (1841) 726, (1861) 2925, (1871) 6943, (1881) 12, 904, of whom 7041 were males, and 2209 were in Hamilton parish. Houses (1881) 2346 inhabited, 146 vacant, 50 building.—Ord. Sur., sh. 23, 1865.
    Osman Edin 150p.JPG
    Osman Edin 150p.JPG
    Osman Edward Snowden Death Certificate
    Osman Edward Snowden Death Certificate
    Baptism of Osmon Edin, son of Ann an Emmerson Snowden 1854
    Baptism of Osmon Edin, son of Ann an Emmerson Snowden 1854
    Army Attestation of Osmond Snowdin (sic)
    Army Attestation of Osmond Snowdin (sic)

    Documents
    Original Death Registration for Osman Snowden
    Original Death Registration for Osman Snowden
    Date of death: 25 July 1917.
    Cause of death: Acute Pnemonia
    Father was Emerson Snowden, a shoemaker
    Mother was Harriet Aften (Deceased)
    Letter from Osman Snowden to his father, Emerson
July 12, 1887
    Letter from Osman Snowden to his father, Emerson July 12, 1887
    Transcript of the letter:

    Longriggend, 12 July 1887
    Dear Father,
    I have received your kind and welcome letter. The way I guessed your age was by my mother for I think she
    was 42 when she died and you was two years older than her.
    Now about William you said in your letter he had gone to Queensland. I hope you will tell me in the next letter
    how he went and what trade he learnt before he went and if you have had any letters from him since he went
    and what he says about the places he went to for I hear very bad news about it for there is some out of the
    house and home. Hoping in out this and they wish they was back again. And would you send me his address
    and I will write to him and now about my sister Minnie (Married John Johnson) I hope she has a big family by
    now.
    I think it will be about 3 weeks before I can send you one of my photos for I will have to go to Airdre to have
    them took but I will send one as soon as I get them.
    And now about Alfred the last time I seed him I was in the same opinion as you but I think when you see my
    photo you will not think the same of me for when him and me was together at Richmond the people would not
    belive we were brothers for my face and neck was like the rising sun but his was very like death and he shook
    like a leaf I think Hull did for him he never was the same after but I hope he is in a better place.
    And now about the land I cant see how you can manage all your work now that William is not at home with you
    and have you got the donkey yet - if he is living I think he never die.
    And send in the next letter if my Aunt Mary Touton is living yet and how all the family is. Just tell her I was
    asking after her and all the family and Mr. Thorney and all enquiring friends. So no more at present from your
    son Osman Edwin Snowden.

    Good Night and God Bless you. Please Write soon soon soon.

    Text of Directory for North Somercotes, Lincolnshire
    Text of Directory for North Somercotes, Lincolnshire
    This was taken from a North Somercotes Directory printed in 1876. It provides interesting reading, and can provide insight into the time period for serious researchers.
    Baptism of Osmon Edin Snowden
North Somecotes Parish, Lincolnshire, England
    Baptism of Osmon Edin Snowden North Somecotes Parish, Lincolnshire, England
    Discharge from Territorial Force
Osmond Snowden (sic)
    Discharge from Territorial Force Osmond Snowden (sic)
    Good Character
    Unfit for further military service.

  • Sources 
    1. [S270] 1901 Scotland Census--Dalziel, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

    2. [S251] 1861 England Census--North Somercoates, Lincolnshire, England, UK.

    3. [S351] Family History, Shirley (Johnson) Berry.

    4. [S3] Extract of an entry in Register of Marriages.

    5. [S8] Register of Marriages, District of Dalziel, County of Lanark, Scotland.