Sunday, June 30, 2013

Grandma's Photo Album Page 13 - Snyders and McNeils

Top left:  William Eugene "Will" Snyder (1890-1969) and his father, Nicholas Grindstaff "Nick" Snyder (1863-1944).  This photo was taken in the Reddies River Primitive Baptist Church graveyard, on the day of the funeral of Louise Jane Whittington Snyder (1863-1933).  She died August 23, and was buried August 25, 1933. (Note 1)  Nick and Lou were married 39 years.  They lived in Wilkes County, NC, all of their lives.

Top right:  This is the farm and house that Tom and Nora Snyder (parents of Neil in bottom left photo) bought near Winston-Salem in 1924. (Note 2)  The woman on the porch may be Nora.  They sold the house in 1925 to Mr. Bowles. (Note 3)

Bottom left: James Neil Snyder (1922-1993), son of Wiley Thomas "Tom" Snyder (1892-1988) and Nora Bessie McNeil Snyder (1900-1992). 

Bottom right:  Ila Margaret McNeil Vannoy (1898-1983), her husband Isaac Ransom Vannoy (1894-1979) and their oldest daughter, Eula May Vannoy Sharpe (1920-1993).  Ila was Nora's sister.

  1. Wilkes County, North Carolina, death certificate no. 131 (1933), Louise Snyder; digital image, Operations, Inc., "North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975," ( : accessed 04 Jul 2011).
  2. Forsyth County, North Carolina, deeds, 1849-1927, 230: 226, J.P. Simmons and wife to W.T. Snyder and wife, 30 Apr 1924; microfilm C.038.40099.
  3. Forsyth County, North Carolina, deeds, 1849-1927, 243: 253, W.T. Snyder and wife to J.F. Bowles, 6 Apr 1925; microfilm C.038.40104.


  1. I love looking at old photos and learning the names and history behind them!

    Catherine (@OshawaJournal)

  2. Welcome to the Geneabloggers Family!

  3. Welcome to Geneabloggers!

    Regards, Grant

  4. Learning the stories behind old photographs is a fun, and sometimes frustrating, adventure. I have a picture of a little girl from my grandma's album that I cannot identify at this point and anyone that could have is dead already. Grandma had Alzheimer's when she gave it to me and couldn't tell me. It is a quest to figure out who she is.

    Welcome to Geneabloggers. I am following you now via the Feedly Reader.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Congratulations, Barbara, on your nice blog. Thanks for giving me the "heads up" about it. I love the new look. I am trying to figure out how to become a follower. The new format works differently from the old one that I use. Do you mind if I advertise Double First Cousins in my blog?
    Cousin Charlotte

  6. Hi Barbara,
    Welcome to Geneabloggers!
    Reading your blog, it struck me that the Snyders name sounds very Dutch. Being Dutch myself, I was very much interested. I also have a blog with many genealogical subjects. One of my posts shows a survey of foreign genealogical blogs/sites showing Dutch origin surnames. The URL is The idea is to try and establish contacts between people who have an interest in the same surname. There are numerous cases in The Netherlands where people emigrated centuries ago without leaving a trace in Dutch archives. With my blog I try to bring Dutch and foreign (mainly US/CAN) genealogists together.
    Therefore, I like to have your permission to show your site in my a.m. blog.
    I look forward to your reaction!
    Kind regards,

  7. Barbara, thanks for your quick response and your permission.
    Your blog is now shown in mine. If there is anything you want me to change or add, please let me know.
    I noticed there are two more blogs in the list showing the Snyder surname.

  8. Wow, I am very jealous of your photo album...I love that time period and wish I had more of the same for my own lines!