Fannie Dorina Snow Mills

lineage Fannie Dorina Snow –> Robert Sidney Snow –> Jasper Newton Snow

aka Dora

Born 21 February 1880; Adair County, Kentucky

Parents Robert Sidney Snow and Sarah Belle Conover Snow


Marriage age 20; 6 January 1901; to Benjamin Nelson Mills

  1. Dow Morlan Mills
  2. Infant Boy Mills
  3. Guy Oliver Mills (died before 1910 Census)
  4. Alice Berniece Mills Wendleton
  5. Weston LeRoy Mills
  6. Kenneth Eugene Mills

Occupation Keeping house

Died age 75; 14 May 1955; Raytown, Jackson, Missouri

Burial May 1955; Oak Hill Cemetery, E Pine Street; Butler, Missouri





Ballard Here and Now Ballard Area History 1884-1984
Dora, one of five children born to Sidney and Belle Snow was born on February 21, 1880 in Adair County, Kentucky. (For more history on Dora, please read the Robert S. Snow history.) Dora attended the rural schools and furthered her education at the Appleton City Academy.
Benjamin N. Mills was born in Johnson Co., Missouri, July 20, 1876. He was one of several children. Joe and Dick Mills of Butler were his brothers. His sisters were Alice, Nellie and Hanna, all are deceased.
Dora and Ben were married January 6, 1901. They were the parents of six children. Four boys died in infancy. Berniece Mills Wendleton was born in 1909 and resides in Sun City, Arizona. Kenneth was born in March 1918 and resided in Independence, with his wife Kxxxxxxx Uxxxxxxxx Mxxxx, until his death in 1982. Berniece and Kenneth attended Freeze-Out grade school and both graduated from the Ballard High School. Ben and Dora also helped to raise a nice and nephew, Eleanor and Homer Farrell, due to the death of Ben’s sister, Alice.
Ben and Dora moved from Bogard, Mo. in 1909 to a farm known as a Skully Lease, located one mile east and one fourth mile south of Ballard. Later, in 1918, they purchased eighty acres, located two miles east of Ballard and resided their until their deaths.
My most vivid memories of the early 1900’s were the community spirit among neighbors-neighbors caring and sharing in their every day events. “Butchering Day” on the farm was an event that was work, yet was fun and fellowship. Several neighbors gathered at each other’s homes during the winter and butchered the year’s supply of pork and beef. The meat had to be “Home cured”, sausage ground and stuffed, the lard rendered and some of the meat canned, as there was no electricity to run lockers and freezers as we have today. The climax of the day was the huge lard kettle of delicious pop corn for all to enjoy, just before going home, tired, yet happy, late in the evening.
Other similar events during the year were harvesting of small grains and haying. It took a crew of twenty-two to twenty-four men several days to do what two men with modern machinery can do in a few hours today.
Dora died May 14, 1955 and Ben a few years later. They were laid to rest in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Butler, Mo.
Submitted by Alice Berneice Wendleton

Ballard Here and Now Ballard Area History 1884-1984

Robert Sidney Snow was born to Jasper Newton Snow and Elizabeth Dunbar Snow in Adair County, Kentucky, November 12, 1854 on a Tobacco Plantation. Sarah Belle Conover was born in Adair County, Kentucky on July 26, 1859. They were married February 22, 1877. The year of 1882, [ed – I’m inclined to think the original trip was in October 1880 because of his obituary and this bio says that Dora was 2 – which would be 1882] Robert S. and his brother-in-law, William Carter, Hessakiah Chelf and others migrated to Missouri by covered wagon through rugged prairies and hills with no laid out roads. It took them many months. He and his group encountered many experiences and hardships. A year or so later, Sarah and two-year-old daughter, Dora, came by train to Appleton City where they were met by Robert. Robert was located on a farm near Lucas in Henry County, where they lived for three years. They, then moved to Bates county, where they spent the remainder of their life with the exception of one year which was spent in Carroll county. The “Snow Hill” in the Aaron community was named that, because of their patent rights to their farm nearby. At the time of their deaths, they were living at their farm located four miles northeast of Ballard where they had lived since 1910.

Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Snow, one dying in infancy. The others were Dora Mills, Fayette Snow, Zella Dale and Yada Snow.

Robert Sidney was the eldest of ten children and in his early years had attended college and taught school. Mrs. Corrina Hurt, a resident of Ballard for many years, was a sister.

Sarah Belle was the eldest of 10 children. her family remained in Kentucky with the exception of one sister, Susie Carter and her husband William who had also come to Missouri.

Uncle Sid, as he was commonly called, was a charter member of the Cove Creek Christian Church. He was a Master Mason, belonging to the Masonic Lodge at Johnstown which is now defunct. Robert S. died in May, 1933 and Sarah Belle died in May, 1936. They are both buried at the Garden City Cemetery in Garden City, MO

Submitted by Jxxxxxx B. Snow Sxxxx, granddaughter

Census Records

1880 United States Federal Census; Kentucky; Adair; Cane Valley; District 5; page 26; line 26; Dorina Snow

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1900 United States Federal Census; Missouri; Bates; Mingo; District 6; page 3B; line 99; Dora Snow

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1910 United States Federal Census; Missouri; Bates; Spruce; District 22; page 7A; line 46; Dora F. Mills

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1920 United States Federal Census; Missouri; Bates; Spruce; District 23; sheet 6B; line 53; Fanny D Mills

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1930 United States Federal Census; Missouri; Bates; Spruce; District 31; sheet 1A; line 15; Fannie D Mills

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Other Records

Missouri Death Certificates

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updated 24 December 2008

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