SNODGRASS, James
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SNODGRASS, JAMES, the son of Benjamin Snodgrass, was born near Doylestown, Bucks county, PA., July 23, 1763. His grandfather came from the north of Ireland about the year 1700, locating in Bucks county, Pa. He graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1783: and was for a brief time a tutor therein. He studied theology under direction of the Rev. Nathaniel Irwin, then pastor of the church at Neshaminy, and was licensed to preach the gospel by the Presbytery of Philadelphia in December, 1785. After preaching about a year and a half in destitute places in the central and northern part of New York, on the 16th of October, 1787, he accepted the call of the Hanover congregation of May previous, and until his ordination on the 13th of May, 1788, he gave his attention to that church. At his installation there were present of the Presbytery of Carlisle the revered and honored ministers Revs. John Elder, John Hoge, John Linn, John Craighead, Robert Cooper and Samuel Waugh. His pastorate extended over a period of fifty-eight years, and he was the last who ministered at Hanover. His death occurred July 2, 1846, and he lies interred in old Hanover church graveyard. The Rev. Snodgrass was twice married. His first wife, Martha, born November 12, 1760; died December 20, 1828; his second wife, Nancy, born in 1770; died January 24, 1839, and are both interred in the same graveyard.