I created this blog to share stories and information about my maternal ancestors from Wilkes County, North Carolina. My mother, grandmother, and other relatives shared many family stories with me. As I recall these stories, I will share my journey to find the truth, as well as genealogy tips I learn.
My grandparents, Wiley Thomas Snyder and Nora Bessie McNeil Snyder, lived for a few years in Winston-Salem. Tom bought this house on October 2, 1916, with a mortgage, for $1,415. He wrote Nora that he had “a mighty grand house” with a “fine location, city water, and electric lights.” In this photograph of the house, Nora is on the right, with Tom and their sister-in-law, Myrtle Snyder (Will’s wife). Tom bought 721, while Will and Myrtle lived next door at 719 Devonshire Street.
While serving in the U.S. Army in WWI, he rented out the house. Six weeks after his discharge in 1919, he married Nora and they moved into the house. The house still exists today! The street was renumbered so it's no longer 721.
Forsyth County, NC,
deeds, 1849-1927, 148: 143, H. A. Pfohl et al to W. T. Snider, 2 Oct 1916;
NC state archives microfilm C.038.40067.