m.1. HANNAH (2) ALCOCK (b.c.1640, d. after 29 June 1679)
2. Agnes Cowell (inv. 5 Dec. 1681 Portsmouth, NH)
3. after 1681 Richord Hunking. She evidently left and lived in Boston
4. by June 1698 Hannah Hull
will 9 May 1706- Mar. 1707/8
George was a marriner of York and Portsmouth. In 1663 he sold 1/3 of a stage at the Shoals and on 24 July 1663 he received a York grant:
"Att a Town meeting at Yorke the 24th of July 1663 : Itt was appoynted by the Inhabitants that Goodman : Snell should have a Lott of Land layd out by the Towns men... Peter Weare Town Clarke
Wee whose names are here underwritten, being appoynted by the Town of Yorke, to lay out lands for the Inhabitants of the sd Town, by order from whom Wee have measured & layd out for George Snell tenn Acers of upland, with 2 or three small Percells of Marsh their Included, liing & being on the South side of Mr Gorges Cricke- provided that not any other man hath any just right there unto; Which Lott of Land runneth South East from the Cricke side... this 11 : day of Octobr 1665 : John Davesse, Henery Sayword..."(17)"Severall Debts payd by John Smyth Senior due to severall prsons out of James Jacksons Estate... To George Snell as hee Charges p Accopt........... £ 02 18 s 0 d..."(20) Hannah was still alive 29 June 1679 as she witnessed a deed by Richard White of Brave Boat Harbor, Kittery.(18)
The inventory of Agnes Snell, wife of George Snell, was taken 5 Dec. 1681 by John Shipway Jr. and Samuel Keais and amounted to £172.10.9. "This Inventory Lefte in Courte by mr George Snell Xber 1681", attested by Jethro Furber 3 May 1682.(12)
The administration of the estate of Edward Cowel was granted to his wife Agnes in June 1677, however, she died and the court granted the administration of the remainder of the estate to their son-in-law Jethro Furber in Aug. 1682:"Jethro Ffurber brought in an Inventory of ye sd Estate upon oath, allow'd by the Councel.
George Snell is discharg'd from ye Estate menc'on'd in & by the said Inventory, whereof he was possess'd in right of his, in considerac'on of his resigning to ye Councel, & from any account thereof."(10)"N : Hampshire
In His Mats Name You are hereby required, with ye soonest convenience to call together ye ffreeholders of ye Town of Portsmo (so of ye rest) for ye chusing of Three persons (so Two for Excetr) of ye same; such as shal be fitly qualified to be Deputies for ye Genl Assembly. And ye Three persons (so Two) so elected by ye Majority of Votes (as hath bin used) Shal make their personal appearance at Mr George Snell's house at Portsmo on ye second Tuesday in November next (being ye 14th day thereof) by nine a clock in ye forenoon, in order to making of such Laws & constitutions as are agreeable to this place, & not repugnant to those of Engld according to His Mats present Com'ission. And you shal return ye names of the elected Deputies; & if any of them shal be absent from ye Town meeting you shal give him notice of such his election. Hereof fail not.Dated at Portsmo Octobr 4th 1682"(11)
Memorandum- That the 19th day of December, in the 36th year of the reign  of our sovereign lord Charles the Second, king of England, &c, came before me, Richard Chamberlain, Esq., one of his Majesty's justices of the peace for the said Province, George Snell, of Portsmouth, in the said Province, master of the ship Richard, and acknowledged, by way of recognizance, to be indebted the sum of five hundred pounds, of lawful money of New-England, to be paid to our sovereign lord the king, his heirs and successors, upon condition that he shall not carry any person in the said ship out of this Province, but such as those whose names shall first be entered in the secretary's office before the departure of said ship.R. Chamberlain, Justice of the Peace."(16)
He was in Portsmouth by 1678 where he was taxed in 1690 and a selectman from 1692 until 1694. George admitted to having no children at the church at York 16 March 1693/4.(1)
"The Humble Address of the Inhabitants and Train Soldiers of the Province of New-Hampshire, February 20, 1689/90:
To the Honorable, the Governor and Council of their Majesties Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, in New-England:
Humbly showeth, that whereas, since the late revolution in your colony, you have exerted a power of government over their Majesties subjects and inhabitant therein, which we are given to understand their Majesties have been graciously pleased to approve of, and impowered you to continue the same till futher order; and we, who were under your government, having been for some time destitute of power sufficient to put ourselves into a capacity of defence against the common enemy; and having, with great expectation, awaited their Majesties order for a settlement amongst us, which, not yet arriving, considering how liable also we are to destruction by the enemy, which of ourselves we cannot prevent, we are therefore necessitated at present to supplicate your Honors for government and protecton, as formerly, untill their Majesties pleasure shall be known concerning us : hereby obliging ourselve to a due submission thereto, and payment of our equal proportion (according to our capacity), of the charge that shall arise for the defence of the country against the common enemy; praying also that such persons may be commissionated to command the militia as have already been or shall be chosen by the trained soldiers in the respective towns, desiring your Honors to grant us this our request, and your petitioners shall ever pray...George Snell... John Snell..."(7)Map of York- Alcock's Neck and the beach- from Banks' History of York, Map of York Corner- from Banks' History of York
George and his wife Richord were for some reason living apart in 1691 as she made her will in Boston:
"In the Name of God Amen the twenty fourth day of September, in the Year of our Lord One thousand six hundred Ninety and one, and in the third Yeare of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord and Lady William and Mary, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland, France and Ireland King and Queen, Defendrs of the faith &c. I Richord Snell, now Resident in Boston, wife of George Snell of Portsmouth, in the Province of New Hampshire, New-england
Item My Dwelling House and Land adjoyning, and all the appuress thereunto belonging, situate and being in Black-Horse-Lane in Boston, I do give and bequeath unto my Husband, George Snell abovenamed, and to his Heires and Assigns forever.Item. I do give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Hunking, Daughter of my former Husband, John Hunking, decd the Sum of Ten pounds.
Item. I do give unto Grace Vittery, Daughter of my Sister Margery Vittery of Kings ward in the County of Devon in the Kingdom of England Decesd five pounds-
Item I do give unto my Grandson George Little-John, son of my son George Littlejohn of Halwel in the County of Devon aforesaid, One piece of Spanish Gold, Valued at four pounds, and a silver Drinking dish scolloped.Item, I do give unto my Grandaughter, the Daughter of my son George Littlejohn, (whose name I Remember not) five pounds.
And I do ordaine, Constitute and appoint my beloved son George Littlejohn aforenamed to be the Executor of this my Will, to whom I do give and bequeath all the Remainder of my Estate of what nature and kind soever, and whersoever Lying and beeing. And forasmuch as my said son hath his abode in England, and therefore cannot take care either of my funeral or Estate, I do therefore Request, Authorize and Impower my Loving friends Mr Daniel Smith of Charlestown, Gunsmith, and Mrs Katherine Gutteridge of Boston, Widow, to be Overseers, and to take order for my funeral, and to take into their hands all my Estate in Newengland, and after funeral Charges, with other Necessary incident Expences, their own Legacies, and the Legacy of ten pounds abovegiven to Elizabeth Hunkin are deducted and Reserved, the Remainder to Remit home to my said son George Littlejohn in England, by the best and safest Way and means; to which end I do hereby Impower my said Overseers to Convert my said Estate into such speties as may, with the most advantage, be Returnable home. And I do give unto them my said overseers Six pounds between them. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal, the day and Yeare first abovewritten... the mark of Richord X Snell...in prsence of us.
I George Snell late husband of the abovenamed Testator Richord Snell decd do allow and approve of the above written Will made by my sd wife, it being done with my free consent and knowledge And I request the same may be admitted to a Probate, and the persons therein nominated for the Execution thereof may be fully impowred and Authorized thereunto. Witness my hand this 20th of April. 1695- Geo : Snell" Proved 23 Apr. 1695.(13)
On 23 Nov. 1694 the administration of the estate of Samuel Rollins was granted to his widow Rebecca Rollins. among the papers are various claims and bills against the estate (which was insolvent) and mention is found of the widow Hull of Portsmouth, widow 3 Mar. 1689/0 and of George Snell who married the Widow Hull. The division of the estate was 3 Dec. 1706.(14)Interesting.... hmmm.
"Province of maine
In their Maties names December 29 : 1691
A Court of sessions of the peace holden at yorke before their Maties Deputy prsident & Justices of the peace of this pvince...
George Snell is plaintiff in an action of Scire Facias to the vallue of seven pound fifteen shillings Money Contra Stephen Hardison defendt the Court finds for the plaintiff seven pound fifteen shilling Damage in Money and Costs of Court eighteene shillings..."(19)He was the administrator of Mr. Shubael Dummer's estate which was granted to him 19 Mar. 1691/2 and then to Mr. Jeremiah Dummer 28 Nov. 1693.(2)
"Whereas at a Generall Towne meeting held in Portsmouth the 3d of April, 1693 there was a vote passed impowering the Selectmen... to be a comitte to regulate and order the seating of the people in the meeting house... and the severall persons herein named desiring Pewes and engaging to build them at their own charge and also to remove and compleat all the mens and womens seates below and build all the pews of one hith and uniforme. Also to make a door by the womens stairs to be done with all convenient speed... Mr. George Snell... signed by Geo. Snell Townesman."(3)
Also at this time Great Island [New Castle] was complaining about a tax levied by the selectment of Portsmouth: "... Mr. Snell, another of the Selectmen ownes it is his hand subscribed to the three several lists for raising an Assessmt on the Towne of Portsmouth. Being asked what was committed to him at the meeting of the freeholders pursuant to their Warrt, sayth, he was not there at their meeting; on what account did you assess Great Island? sayth as belonging to the Towne. What Poor or necessary charge is laid before you by Great Island, that you assessed them soe much- to be disposed of by the Inhabitants thereof for the use of the Poor or such occasions as they should think fitt, sayth they did as they were part of the Towne. Being questioned what are the engagemts of the Towne & whether this Tax a part of it was not to goe towards paying Mr. Moody in case the contribution fell short, cannot say.Upon reading the Warrt made on the Assessmt for Great Island, the Board was of opinion ths Warrt was illegal, as also the Assessmt.
Ordered, That the rates for the Banck toe on, but that the rate for Great Island be stopped.
Ordered, That Mr. Martyn and the Selectmen be dismist till further order.
Admourned to 10 a clocked, ffryday morning, 10th March, 1692/3".(8)
"Province of New Hampshire
By John Usher, Esq. Governr & Commander-in-chiefe of sd Province, and Vice Admirall of the same.
These are, in their Maj'ties name to require and command you, Capt. Thomas Packer, to grant and issue forth your Warrant, directed to the clerke of your company, to levy by distress and sale of the several persons goods hereunder mentioned, the sum of five shillings on each person, for their not appearing with their arms, on Thursday the 11th day of May, instant, according to an Act of Assembly entitled an Act for settling the Militia; and hereof you are not to fail at your peril. Dated this 18th day of May, 1693... George Snell..."(9)One has to wonder if George was at odds with the powers that be in the provice or perhaps he was living in York at the time?
George was on jury duty in 1694 and 1696, on grand jury duty in 1695 and a foreman in 1698 and 1699.(4)
George was one of the overseers of the will of Bridget Graffort of Portsmouth dated 1 Apr. 1701.(15)
George is listed in the tax rate for Portsmouth for 1705.(6)"In ye name of God Amen
1706 may. 9 Geo: Snell : not being well in body : but of A perfett me'ory Doe make this to be my Last will and testament in maner and forem foloing-
first I Comit my soule to God that gave it me : and my body to be desently buryed in hoope of A Gloryous Reseriction at ye Last day
2. I doe Apoynt my well beloved wife : and my Sonn JOhn Snell to be my Excetors to act in my place and stead-
3. I will tht all my just Debts be payd-
4. I will that my oblygation wc I gave my wife in maridge: to give Each child one hundred pound: fier and Enimis only Excepted It is well known what I have Lost sinc by Enemis butt God gives and God takes away blessed by ye name of God: I have cept Acot of what Debts I have reseved and what I have ben out with which I have Disbusted one ye children as p therare Accots in my book now if my wif ples to aquit me and to betake hear selfe to hear own Estate it is well: if not ye hole is at my disposeall if my wife dorth take up with hear owne: then I doe Apoynt then my sone John Snell to be my Sole Executor-
5. I doe give to my wellbloved wife one querter part of ye catch may flower; and one theard of ye rent of my house duering her Life: shey paying one theard of ye repareing ye hous I doe allso give my wife ye use of my Clock, and my Jack and close stoole Dearing hear natriall Life : and to retoren to my sonn John Snell-
6. I doe give to my sonn John snell and to his Eares for Ever my house and Land in portsmouth and ye use of my Land and marsh in Yorke Latly sold to Richard milbry as his Acot will mak out in my booke, and I give to my sonn all my moveables: Except what I have geven allredy or may hearafter give : to say my cattell at wells my sheep in piscataqua boote or bootes, fish houses 5/8 of ye old : and 1/2 of ye new fishing craft as nets, Lines, hookes and Lead : and all my Debtes by book or bill, and my Clocke
7. my will is that my Sonn John Snell doe pay to this two sisteres hannah Littellfeld : and Abiell hill what may be wanting to make up one hundred pond : thear Acott will make out what they have had8 I doe to my Dafter hannah Littelfeld my Silver tancker with hear mayden name one it-
9. I doe give my Dafter Abiell hill my bead and worsted ruge and my barbadus Coverlett and my Great Ieron pote and brase kettell and bras collender: and six silver spounes: and ye Cobberd and 6 Lether cheres in my hous, but if She should not Live to come home out of captivity then to remaine betwext you and your sister hannah, but if hear child doe Live and reteren home, my will is to make hear fifty pond with what I have given hear mother before: if she retoren Lett hear have toungs: shovel and other Ieron10. I doe give to my dafter snell my ring I had at mr severetts funerall-
11. I doe give to my sonn Dodivah hull my silver tumbler and mr pristons book of devenity
12. I doe give my sonn Joseph hull my sea Arkeles-
13. I doe give to my sonn Ruben hull my seale and compases : and waring Clouths
14. I doe give to my Dafter sarah my sillver scollup dish and my white codell pote and cheny basan-
15. I doe give to my Gransone Geo: Snell my sele ring and silver head stafe
16. I doe give to my Gransone John whelwright my ring at his granfather funerall
17. I doe give to my Grandafter hannah whilright my ring of mr Case
18. I doe give to my Grandafter Jane snell my ring of mr whites
19. and Lastly I doe give to my son John Snell all my books of all sorts and Every thing Elce that can be sayd mine Expt mr perkings booke and for ye better performanc of this my will I ould Desier my wellbloved freinds mr samuell penhollow and my brother Jobe Allcock to be my overseers : to have give Rings and GlovesIn testimony to all and singular the premises, I have hereunto sote my hand, and affixed my seal this 25. febr. 1706/7 Geo : Snell...
in prsence of us
Tho: Packer :
Proved Mar. 1707/8 (5)
Perhaps his wife did not "take up with hear owne" and Abiah may not have received "ye Cobberd" because a few years later John Alcock gave her his "great bras Kettell: and Cubard: a feather bed and Coverled."
"...John Snell & Elizabeth his wife of Portsmouth... for... a Certain Sum of money... paid by Richard Milbery of york... doe... Sell... a parcell of upland Containing forty Seven and an halfe as it now Stands bounded... being within ye township... of sd York formerly in ye possession of Mr Shuback Dumer late of York decd Near & Adjoyning to ye place & ye place where sd Dumers dwelling house did Stand and Since his decease sold by his Brother Jeremiah Dumer Esqr of Boston to Mr George Snell Late of abovesd portsmouth deceased and was bargained for with sd Richard Milbery in sd George Snells lifetime but not finished untill now by ye sd John Snell Son & Lawfull heir... bounded as followeth viz beginning At a Cove of ye Salt Sea on ye Southeast Side of a hollow rock known by ye Name of the roaring rock where is a partition fence between a tract of land of capt Job Alcock now Above Named Portsmouth and runs from sd Richard Milberys now dwelling house Seaward of it which was Set up by ye sd George Snell & Capt Alcock and sd Richard Milbery... this twenty Ninth day of July... one thousand Seven hundred & Nine... Jno Snell, Elizabeth Snell... In prsence of Job Alcock, Abram Preble Junr".(21)Issue-
(1) Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire- p. 648
(2) Ibid; York Deeds- Vol. V, Part I, fol. 72
(3) Rambles About Portsmouth- Charles W. Brewster, 1873
(4) Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire- p.648
(5) NH State Papers- Vol. XXXI, pp. 551-3; New England Captives Carried to Canada- Emma Lewis Coleman, p. 18
(6) North Church Papers- Portsmouth Athenaeum- MS036, Box 6, folder 14
(7) NH State Papers- Vol. II, pp. 34-8
(8) Ibid- p. 92
(9) Ibid- p. 106
(10) Ibid- Vol. XIX, p. 686
(11) Ibid- p. 689
(12) Ibid- Vol. XXXI, pp. 257-8
(13) Ibid- pp. 358-9
(14) Ibid- pp. 402-3
(15) Ibid- p. 475
(16) Ibid- p. 497
(17) York Deeds- Vol. II, fol. 2
(18) Ibid- Vol. III, fol. 79
(19) Ibid- Vol. V, part II, fol. 13
(20) Ibid- Part I, fol. 19
(21) Ibid- Vol. VII, fol. 178
History of York, Maine- Charles Edward Banks
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