Robert Sidney Snow

Snow lineage Robert Sidney Snow –> Jasper Newton Snow

aka Sydney, Syd, Sid, Uncle Sid

Born 12 November 1854; Adair County, Kentucky

Parents Jasper Newton Snow and Elizabeth Ann Dunbar Snow


Marriage age 22; 22 Feb 1877; Adair County, Kentucky to Sarah Belle Conover

(source at Ancestry)


  1. Fannie Dorina Snow
  2. Unknown Snow (Unsure if this child was born 1st or 2nd)
  3. Fayette Snow
  4. Zella Snow
  5. Yada Mae Snow

Occupation teacher, farmer

Newspaper article

The Urich Herald, Urich, Mo., Thursday, March 3, 1932

Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Snow Have Been Married Fifty-Five Years

This esteemed couple celebrated this event Monday, February 22

Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Snow, who live northwest of Ballard, celebrated their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary Feb. 22, 1932. Mr. Snow was 77 years old the 12th of last November, and Mrs. Snow was 72 years old the 26th of last July. They are the parents of five children all living but one. There have been born twelve grand children, six of whom are living.

Mr. Snow is the oldest of a family of ten children, only five of whom are living. Mrs. Snow is also the oldest of a family of ten children-all living. The youngest of her parents’ family is 49 years old, and the eldest 72 years.

Their children always go to the home to be with them and help them celebrate their anniversary either that day or one near that time, when health and roads permit. They both have fairly good health. Mrs. Snow is able to help with the house work, and Mr. Snow is still farming.

Mr. and Mrs. Snow both were born in Adair County, Kentucky, where they grew to maturity, and while still living in that county took the marriage vows in 1877. In 1882 they came to Missouri, and have lived in this state ever since. They have lived on the same farm for twenty-six years, and are among the highly esteemed citizens of this vicinity, having many friends in and around Urich. The Herald joins all these friends in extending congratulations and in wishing that they may live to celebrate many more anniversaries of their marriage.

Newspaper clipping

The Missourian

Mrs. C. S. Dale was called to the bedside of her father, Mr. Snow near Ballard in Bates county last week. He passed away Saturday.

The funeral was conducted at a neighborhood church near the home at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon May 8. Interment was made in Garden City cemetery. Mrs. Dale has many friends here who join The Missourian in extending to her their heartfelt sympathy.

Died age 78; 6 May 1933; Mingo, Bates, Missouri

Burial 8 May 1933; Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Cass, Missouri


R.S. Snow passed away at his home southwest of town, in Bates county, about 3 p. m. last Saturday. Mr. Snow had been in failing health from heart trouble several months, and became worse Tuesday of last week, remaining real sick until the end. He seemed to relish his noon meal that day, and although not eating heartily, he took more nourishment than at any time during his illness. He was sitting in his chair conversing with his family when the summons came and he passed away in an instant.

Robert Sidney Snow, who was the son of Jasper and Elizabeth Snow, was born in Adair County, Kentucky, November 12, 1854. Mr. Snow was the eldest of ten children, six of whom preceded him in death. He attended college in Columbia, Kentucky, and was a teacher in his youth.

He was married to Miss Sarah Bell Conover, February 22, 1877, who survives him. To this union five children were born, one of whom died in infancy. The four living children are: Mrs. Ben Mills, of Urich; Fayette Snow, of Urich; Mrs. C.S. Dale, of Garden City, Mo., and Miss Yada Snow, of the home. There are also six grandchildren living: Merle Dale, Gilbert R. Mxxxxxx Fxxx and Jaunita B. Snow; Mrs. Parvin Wendleton and Kenneth Eugene Mills. Six grandsons preceded him in death some years ago. [ed: Dow Morlan Mills, Infant Boy Mills, James Robert Snow, Weston LeRoy Mills; Bobby Jean Dale and Guy Oliver Mills (d before 1910)]

Mr. Snow is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Corrina Hurt, of Ballard, and Mrs. Etta Pyle, of Elmer, Oklahoma, and one brother, Leslie Snow, of Russell, Kansas.

About sixty years ago, Mr. Snow united with the Shady Grove Christian Church in Adair County, Kentucky. Later he became a charter member of the Cove Creek Christian Church. He came to Missouri in October 1882. He lived at Lucas three years and afterward moved to Bates county, where he spent the remainder of his life with the exception of one year.

Mr. Snow devoted his life to activity and accomplishment. He seemed to appreciate the nobility of earnest work and undertook his tasks with enthusiasm. He was devoted to his family, shunned gossip in his conversation, and displayed southern hospitality in his home. With Mr. Snow’s passing, his community loses a good citizen.

Funeral services were held at the Cove Creek Christian Church at 2 p. m. Monday, conducted by the pastor, Rev. R. M. Shelton. The body was taken to Garden City for burial.


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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 Jaunita B. Snow Smith, granddaughter

Census Records

1860 United States Federal Census; Kentucky; Adair; District 1; page 104; line 25; Robert S. Snow

1870 United States Federal Census; Kentucky; Adair; Harmony; post office Glens Fork; page 25; line 10; Robert S. Snow

1880 United States Federal Census; Kentucky; Adair; Cane Valley; District 5; page 26; line 24; R.S. Snow

1900 United States Federal Census; Missouri; Bates; Mingo; District 6; page 3B; line 97; Robert S. Snow

1910 United States Federal Census; Missouri; Bates; Mingo; District 6; page 3A; line 17; Sidney R. Snow

1920 United States Federal Census; Missouri; Bates; Mingo; District 6; page 11B; line 89; Robert S. Snow

1930 United States Federal Census; Missouri; Bates; Mingo; District 16; page 3A; line 26; Robert S. Snow

Other Records

Missouri Death Certificates

updated 10 October 2009

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