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Willard T. Snow Willard T. (Trowbridge) Snow

1811 - 1853

  • Born 1811 St. Johnsbury, Vermont
  • Baptized 1833
  • Zions Camp 1834
  • Ordained Seventy and Called to First Quorum of Seventy 1835
  • Married Melvina Harvey 1837; later practiced plural marriage; three wives, ten children
  • Trekked west with saints, arriving 1847
  • While serving mission to England called as President of Scaninavian Mission 1852-1853
  • Died at Sea 1853

    The following biographical sketch is adapted from the LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 4, p.374 with addenda from the Ancestral File.
    Willard Snow, of the First Quorum of the Seventy and president of the Scandinavian Mission from 1852 to 1853, was born May 6, 1811, in St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., Vermont, the fifth of twelve children born to Levi Snow and Lucina Streeter, and a brother of Erastus Snow.

    He was baptized June 18, 1833, by Orson Pratt, and moved to Kirtland, Ohio. In 1834 he was a member of Zion's Camp, the expedition to Zion to releive the suffering of the saints in Missouri, in consequence of which was ordained a Seventy February 28, 1835. Elder Snow performed several missions to different parts of the United States. At the time of his ordination as a Seventy, he was called into the newly formed First Quorum of the Seventy.

    Elder Snow took to wife Melvina Harvey on May 14, 1837 by whom he fathered nine children. He must have found her qualities admirable for when called upon to practice plural marriage, he selected her sister Susan Harvey, whom he married nine years later in 1846 on the anniversary of the marriage to Melvina. Thus the sisters shared not only their husband but their wedding anniversary. Susan bore Elder Snow one child. In 1849, he took his third wife, Mary Bingham Freeman. The Ancestral File does not list any issue of this union.

    With the expulsion of the Latter-day Saints from Nauvoo, Illinois, he trekked west in Jedediah M. Grant's Company and arrived in the Valley in 1847. He was called on a mission to Europe in 1851. While laboring as a missionary in England, he was called to preside over the Scandinavian Mission in 1852. He died on the North Sea en route from Denmark to England Aug. 21, 1853 and was buried at sea five days later.

    Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p.374
    Family Search, Ancestral File

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