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  • PETER W. SNOOK, farmer, P. O., S. Lebanon, was born in Deerfield in 1810 and is a son of Capt. William Snook, a native of New Jersey, who settled in Deerfield in 1805. He was a millwright by occupation, and helped build the Wright mill, one at Gainsborough and one in Deerfield for Gen. Sutton. In the War of 1812 he received a Captain's commission. By his first wife, Abi Fields, he had three children, viz: Lowery, Peter W. and Harrison. Mrs. Snook died in 1814, and he was married to Hannah Stout (see sketch of Tarsilla Hopkins, Union Township.) He died Sept. 29, 1827, aged upwards of 50 years; was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Lebanon. Our subject has followed mechanical pursuits, and for four years boating on the Ohio river, was plying between Cincinnati and New Orleans. He was married in 1836 to Amanda Vandervoort, of Warren Co., who has borne him ten children, eight living, viz: William H., Ephriam K., Irvin, John, Lewis, Joseph, Albert and Sarah. James and Eliza deceased. James was a member of Co. B. 2nd Ohio Artillery, enlisted in 1863 and served till his death, which occurred in Knoxville, Tenn., July 11, 1865, aged 22 years. Mr. Snook owns 242 acres of excellent land, besides property in Deerfield; has been Trustee of his township two different times. William and Ellen (Steele) Vandervoort, parents of Mrs. Snook, came to Ohio from Virginia in 1808, and first settled in Cleremont Co., and soon after came to this township, in which they lived till their death, - respected and esteemed by all who knew them. He died Sept. 29, 1868, aged 83 years. She departed this life in 1839 at the age of 52 years. They were parents of ten children, viz: Maria, Paul, Amanda, Sarah, Phoebe, James, Mary, Elizabeth, Eliza and John. He was again married to Mrs. Nancy Drake. Mr. Van- Page 957 dervoort was a soldier in the War of 1812, but only served a short time when he was honorable discharged on account of disability. More About Peter W. Snook: Burial: Deerfield Cem., Warren Co., OH Census: 1860, Hamilton Twp., Warren, OH More About Amanda Vandervoot: Burial: Deerfield Cem., Warren Co., OH 4 iii. Harrison Snook. Children of William Snook and Hannah Stout are: 5 i. Erwin A.5 Snook, born 26 Oct 1818 in OH; died 20 Jun 1907 in Warren Co., OH. He married Martha Covert 17 Apr 1848; born Aug 1829 in OH; died 1903. 6 ii. Eli Snook. 7 iii. William Snook. 8 iv. Jane Snook, born 25 Jan 1822 in OH; died 02 Jan 1903 in Warren Co., OH. She married Abraham Drake; born Abt. 1812 in KY. More About Jane Snook: Census: 15 Aug 1860, 1860 US Federal Census Union Twp., Warren Co., OH Page 49 Dwelling #294 Family # 294 More About Abraham Drake: Census: 15 Aug 1860, 1860 US Federal Census Union Twp., Warren Co., OH Page 49 Dwelling #294 Family # 294 9 v. Tarcilla Snook, born Abt. 1818 in OH; died 1890. She married David J. Hopkins 1836; born Abt. 1813 in OH; died 1857. More About Tarcilla Snook: Burial: Deerfield Cem., Warren Co., OH Census: 17 Aug 1850, 1850 US Federal Census, Hamilton Twp., Dist. No. 149, Warren Co., OH Dwelling # 1025 Family # 1026 Notes for David J. Hopkins: Sources: The History of Warren County Ohio Part V. Biographical Sketches Union Township (Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992) Related Links: photo of tombstone at Hopkinsville Cemetery -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 1056 DAVID J. HOPKINS (deceased), late of South Lebanon; was born in Hopkinsville, Warren Co., in 1812, and was a son of James Hopkins, a pioneer of this county. In early life our subject learned the tailor├???├??├?┬ó??s trade, which he followed in South Lebanon for a number of years; in 1836, he was married to Tarcillia, daughter of Capt. William Snook, a sketch of whom appears in connection with the sketch of Peter Snook, of Hamilton Township; Mr. H., after being married, plied his trade in South Lebanon for several years, when he went to Hopkinsville, in which he resided fourteen years, when he returned to his former place of residence, Jan. 2, 1958; to Mr. and Mrs. H. ten children were born, five living, viz., James E., Nathan K., Charles A., Rinaldo and Susan; the deceased are William F., who was a member of the 35th O. V. I., served three years, and was slightly wounded in the battle of Chickamauga; was honorably discharged, and in 1865 enlisted in the Eight Regiment and belonged to Gen. Hancock├???├??├?┬ó??s Reserve Corps, in which he served till his death, which occurred in Washington City, Feb. 14, 1866, aged 24 years. The other deceased children of David J. Hopkins are as follows: Sarah, Webster, Myrilla and Rachel A. Mrs. H. was born in Deerfield in 1818, and is a daughter of Capt. William and Hannah (Stout) Snook, who were parents of five children, four living, viz., Tarcillia Hopkins, Malinda Crane, Jane Drake and Irvin. Mrs. H. is an exemplary member of the M. E. Church, to which she has belonged since 1840, and is a consistent Christian woman. More About David J. Hopkins: Burial: Deerfield Cem., Warren Co., OH Census: 17 Aug 1850, 1850 US Federal Census, Hamilton Twp., Dist. No. 149, Warren Co., OH Dwelling # 1025 Family # 1026 10 vi. Malinda Snook, born Abt. 1817 in OH; died 1891. She married E. H. Crane; born Abt. 1816 in OH; died Bet. 1854 - 1860. More About Malinda Snook: Burial: Deerfield Cem., Warren Co., OH Census: 27 Jul 1850, 1850 US Federal Census, Union Twp., Dist. No. 149, Warren Co., OH, Dwelling # 123 Family # 124 More About E. H. Crane: Census: 27 Jul 1850, 1850 US Federal Census, Union Twp., Dist. No. 149, Warren Co., OH, Dwelling # 123 Family # 124 Descendants of Peter W. Snook Generation No. 4 1. Peter W.5 Snook (William Harrison4, John3, John2, Johann William1) was born Abt. 1810 in OH, and died 1903. He married Amanda Vandervoot 1836. She was born Abt. 1811 in OH, and died 1900. Notes for Peter W. Snook: Page 956 PETER W. SNOOK, farmer, P. O., S. Lebanon, was born in Deerfield in 1810 and is a son of Capt. William Snook, a native of New Jersey, who settled in Deerfield in 1805. He was a millwright by occupation, and helped build the Wright mill, one at Gainsborough and one in Deerfield for Gen. Sutton. In the War of 1812 he received a Captain's commission. By his first wife, Abi Fields, he had three children, viz: Lowery, Peter W. and Harrison. Mrs. Snook died in 1814, and he was married to Hannah Stout (see sketch of Tarsilla Hopkins, Union Township.) He died Sept. 29, 1827, aged upwards of 50 years; was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Lebanon. Our subject has followed mechanical pursuits, and for four years boating on the Ohio river, was plying between Cincinnati and New Orleans. He was married in 1836 to Amanda Vandervoort, of Warren Co., who has borne him ten children, eight living, viz: William H., Ephriam K., Irvin, John, Lewis, Joseph, Albert and Sarah. James and Eliza deceased. James was a member of Co. B. 2nd Ohio Artillery, enlisted in 1863 and served till his death, which occurred in Knoxville, Tenn., July 11, 1865, aged 22 years. Mr. Snook owns 242 acres of excellent land, besides property in Deerfield; has been Trustee of his township two different times. William and Ellen (Steele) Vandervoort, parents of Mrs. Snook, came to Ohio from Virginia in 1808, and first settled in Cleremont Co., and soon after came to this township, in which they lived till their death, - respected and esteemed by all who knew them. He died Sept. 29, 1868, aged 83 years. She departed this life in 1839 at the age of 52 years. They were parents of ten children, viz: Maria, Paul, Amanda, Sarah, Phoebe, James, Mary, Elizabeth, Eliza and John. He was again married to Mrs. Nancy Drake. Mr. Van- Page 957 dervoort was a soldier in the War of 1812, but only served a short time when he was honorable discharged on account of disability. More About Peter W. Snook: Burial: Deerfield Cem., Warren Co., OH Census: 1860, Hamilton Twp., Warren, OH More About Amanda Vandervoot: Burial: Deerfield Cem., Warren Co., OH Children of Peter Snook and Amanda Vandervoot are: 2 i. William H.6 Snook, born 23 Aug 1836 in Warren Co., OH; died 20 Dec 1932 in Warren Co., OH1. He married Sarah Pastures; died 1900. More About William H. Snook: Burial: Deerfield Cem., Warren Co., OH Cause of Death: Cellulitis More About Sarah Pastures: Burial: Deerfield Cem., Warren Co., OH 3 ii. Ephriam K. Snook, born 03 Jul 1838 in Warren Co., OH; died 24 May 1919 in Warren Co., OH. He married Missouri Unknown Abt. 1883; born May 1841; died 21 Sep 1914. More About Ephriam K. Snook: Burial: Deerfield Cem., Warren Co., OH More About Missouri Unknown: Burial: Deerfield Cem., Warren Co., OH 4 iii. Irwin Snook, born 03 Dec 1839 in Warren Co., OH; died 30 Sep 1915 in So. Lebanon, Warren Co., OH2. More About Irwin Snook: Burial: So. Lebanon Cem., Warren Co., OH Cause of Death: Epithelioma 5 iv. John Snook, born 27 May 1841 in South Lebanon, Ohio; died 30 May 1931 in South Lebanon, OH3. He married Clara F. Keever; born Abt. 1846 in Ohio. More About John Snook: Burial: South Lebanon, OH Cause of Death: Myocarditis 6 v. James Snook, born Abt. 1844. 7 vi. Sarah L. Snook, born 27 Feb 1845 in South Lebanon, OH; died 15 Mar 1929 in Hamilton Co., OH4. She married Unknown Davis. More About Sarah L. Snook: Burial: South Lebanon, OH Cause of Death: Carcinoma of Stomach 8 vii. Lewis Snook, born Abt. 1847. 9 viii. Eliza Snook, born Abt. 1849. 10 ix. Joseph W. Snook, born 06 Jul 1852 in South Lebanon, OH; died 26 Oct 1944 in Hamilton Co., OH5. He married Temorah Roudebush Abt. 1888; born 11 Oct 1856 in OH; died 12 Jun 1940 in Warren Co., OH6. More About Joseph W. Snook: Burial: Deerfield Cem., Warren Co., OH Cause of Death: Myocardial Degeneration More About Temorah Roudebush: Burial: South Lebanon Cem., South Lebanon, OH Cause of Death: Coronary Thrombosis 11 x. Albert Snook, born 23 Feb 1854 in So. Lebanon, OH; died 15 Mar 1927 in Warren Co., OH. He married Mary E. Keever; born 05 Mar 1856 in South Lebanon, OH; died 13 Jun 1933 in Lebanon, Warren Co., OH7. More About Albert Snook: Burial: Lebanon Cem., Warren Co., OH More About Mary E. Keever: Burial: Lebanon Cem., Warren Co., OH Cause of Death: Myocarditis Endnotes 1. Ohio State Death Certificate # 75678. 2. State of Ohio, Cert. of Death, State File No. 52550. 3. State of Ohio, Cert. of Death, State File No. 34194. 4. State of Ohio, Cert. of Death, State File No. 24358. 5. State of Ohio, Cert. of Death, State File No. 62269. 6. State of Ohio, Cert. of Death, State File No. 40339. 7. State of Ohio, Cert. of Death, State File No. 37122. Descendants of Albert Snook Generation No. 5 1. Albert6 Snook (Peter W.5, William Harrison4, John3, John2, Johann William1) was born 23 Feb 1854 in So. Lebanon, OH, and died 15 Mar 1927 in Warren Co., OH. He married Mary E. Keever. She was born 05 Mar 1856 in South Lebanon, OH, and died 13 Jun 1933 in Lebanon, Warren Co., OH1. More About Albert Snook: Burial: Lebanon Cem., Warren Co., OH More About Mary E. Keever: Burial: Lebanon Cem., Warren Co., OH Cause of Death: Myocarditis Children of Albert Snook and Mary Keever are: 2 i. James Howard7 Snook, born 17 Sep 1879 in South Lebanon, OH; died 28 Feb 1930 in Columbus, OH2. He married Helen Marple abt.1922; She was born 19 Sep 1890; died 27 Oct 1978 in Franklin Co., OH. Notes for James Howard Snook: Burial: Sec. 87 Plot # 243Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus, OH Cause of Death: State Execution-Electric Chair Fraternal Organizations: 1907, Alpha Psi, Ohio State University Sports: 1920, Gold Medalist/U.S. Pistol Shooting Team Antwerp, Belgium 3 ii. Bertha Snook, born Aug 1886 in OH. She married Arthur Hamilton. Endnotes 1. State of Ohio, Cert. of Death, State File No. 37122. 2. State of Ohio, Cert. of Death, State File No. 9047.

  • Back a rather long lane, across a small stream, in our story the southernmost farm on the west side of old Rt. 48 was that of the Roosa family. Whatever else that farm or that family may have been known for, it will surely always be notorious for the brutal axe murders that took place there on December 26, 1864. Reams have been written about the Roosa murder, immediately after the fact, and over the intervening years. In fact, Beers History of Warren County written fourteen years after the crime gives four pages to the murder, out a total of 11 pages for all of Union Township. It certainly has all the elements for a modern TV crime thriller. In the middle of the night the Roosa home, where Mrs. Roosa, three of her small children, and an elderly hired man were sleeping, was invaded. Two of the children and the hired man were bludgeoned to death with an axe, and Mrs. Roosa was severely injured. At first, Mr. Roosa was suspected of the murder, but it was proven that he was safely incarcerated at the Dayton Lunatic Asylum, to which he had admitted himself. After some backing and filling, one Samuel Coovert, although suspected of the murders, was initially imprisoned for perjury connected with the case. Later he was tried for the murders and convicted but the verdict was set aside because a juror had discussed the evidence improperly. Later Coovert was tried, and convicted, a second time, and on August 14, 1866, hanged , although he still maintained his innocence. Some sources believe this to be the only time that an execution was ever carried out in Warren County. This is the bare outline of the emotional turmoil that surrounded the case. Since our subject is the families of The Ridge, let's think a little about the Roosa family at the time this tragedy occurred. John W. Roosa was a respected farmer, and the Treasurer of Union Township. He apparently had periods of mental problems but at times of upset was balanced enough to check himself into what was then called a "Lunacy" hospital. At the time of the murders he was 33 years old. His wife was 31. And her name was Malinda Brant, although none of the early accounts called her anything except "Mrs. Roosa." Based on figures given in the 1860 census, their children when the murders happened were: Alice Belle, 12, Mary Frances, 6, and Jeannette, 7. The hired man's name was Jesse Couzens. A later deed indicates that the property had been conveyed to John W. Roosa by James M. Roosa on September 5, 1864 and to James M. and John W. Roosa by James M. Armstrong on March 5, 1860. So here we have the picture of the young family, whose life was utterly disrupted on that night of December 26, 1864 just at a time when the Civil War was finally ending and everyone was looking forward to a happier future. Two of the children, Alice and Frances, and the hired man, were killed and Malinda Brant Roosa was severely injured. Little 8-year old Jeanette (called Nettie) survived by hiding, and at dawn the next morning ran for help. The first people she ran into were A. L. Scott, and Jesse Beedle, who were heading to the Scott barn, pails in hand, to milk the cows , when they heard Nettie's screams. Malinda and Nettie had to go through the experience of testifying against the accused murderer at not one, but two, trials. It is hoped that they were not without the support of family. Records show that an Abraham Brant was a justice of the peace in Union Township during the mid-nineteenth century years and that a Clara A. Brant married a James S. Couden, another of the Union Township names which we will get to later. As always, life had to go on, and John W. Roosa came back to the farm and he and Malinda had another child, a son, and Nettie eventually married Harlan E. Sawyer. On January 20, 1879 John W. and Malinda Roosa sold their property to William Tingle, who added it to the adjoining property that belonged to his wife Eliza French Lollar, thereby bringing the total acreage of the Lollar farm up to almost 500 acres. The Lollar farm was under the care of Eliza's son, Robert Bruce Lollar, and his son, Harry David Lollar, until December 4, 1962 when the Ohio State Highway Department appropriated 39.937 acres from the southeast corner of what had been the Roosa farm for the interchange of new Ohio State Rt. 48 and Interstate 71, thereby also detaching 11 more acres from the original 500. The site of the house where the murders occurred is now the exact spot of the big Fujitec plant, the Japanese firm that makes elevators and escalators, the land having been acquired from Robert Miller Lollar and Katherine Lollar Rowland in the 1980s, through Henkle Schueler, local developers of large tracts of land, including much of the original farm land of The Ridge. Although it is sad to have land go out of the ownership of families that held it so long, it is comforting to know that several hundred people now make a living where one farmer had a hard time making ends meet. It is also comforting to think of the high test tower Fujitec built and topped with beautiful Japanese tile as a kind of memorial to the two little children and one elderly man who lost their lives on that spot so long ago.

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