Biography of Fergus C. Snoddy of Rock Prairie Township

Fergus C. Snoddy, a stock-raiser and farmer in Rock Prairie Township, was born in Clay County, Indiana, in 1847. He was the son of Josiah and Margaret (Clough) Snoddy, originally from Kentucky and Virginia, respectively. After his father’s death around 1848, the family moved to Greene County, Missouri. Fergus, the youngest of seven children, served in the Army of the Cumberland during the Civil War and later joined the Eighteenth United States Infantry, participating in expeditions against the Sioux. In 1869, he settled in Dade County, Missouri, and married Martha Landers in 1872. They have six children. Snoddy, a Republican, is a member of the A.F. & A.M. and the G.A.R., and he focuses on farming and stock-raising on his 312-acre farm.

Fergus C. Snoddy, stock-raiser and farmer of Rock Prairie Township, was born in Clay County, Ind., in 1847, the son of Josiah and Margaret (Clough) Snoddy, born in Kentucky in 1801, and Virginia in 1809, respectively. The parents, in an early day, settled in Clay County, Ind., where the father died in 1848 or 1849; the mother is still living in Greene County, Mo. The subject of this sketch, the youngest of seven children, attended the country schools for about nine months, and, when fifteen years of age, joined Company D, One Hundred and Fifteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was for six months in the Army of the Cumberland. After the close of the war, he joined Company G, Eighteenth United States Infantry, and served three years on the Western frontier, having been with Gen. Carrington’s expedition against the Sioux Indians, as soldier and teamster, and traveling over Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and nearly all the Rocky Mountain country, experiencing many hardships. Coming to Dade County in 1869, in 1872 he married Martha, daughter of William B. and Nancy Landers, a native of Dade County, where her parents have lived for many years, her father having been in the Federal Army, and having served as justice of the peace for some years. They have six children, four sons and two daughters. He has lived on his farm of 312 acres for about nine years. When a young man, he learned the harness trade, which he followed for five years at Dadeville, just before removing to the farm. In politics he is a Republican, is a member of Everton Lodge No. 405, A. F. & A. M., and of Everton Post No. 369, G. A. R. Mrs. Snoddy is a Cumberland Presbyterian. Mr. Snoddy spares no pains to educate his children and is a successful farmer and stock-raiser.


Goodspeed, History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade and Barton Counties, Missouri; Chicago, The Goodspeed publishing co., 1889.

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