Who was "G. R. Snow"?

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The record at Fold3 is a US Census record from 1860. G.R. Snow is a 56 year old doctor from Rhode Island, living in Ohio. He's married with 5 people in his household. Not clear what the relationships are, though I suspect the 75 year old woman born in Rhode Island is his mother. @Howard707 did you find the Colt in Ohio?
 

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The record at Fold3 is a US Census record from 1860. G.R. Snow is a 56 year old doctor from Rhode Island, living in Ohio. He's married with 5 people in his household. Not clear what the relationships are, though I suspect the 75 year old woman born in Rhode Island is his mother.

I know you know that I know that was a link to the 1860 Federal Census and what it contains. ;-)

Got a town/city and county in Ohio for him?
 
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I'll go with George R Snow of Worthington (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/82818797/george-r-snow), brother of William the Preacher (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54908378/william-t-snow & https://www.genealogybug.net/FrankPic/snow_w_t.htm) and son of John the Masonic guy (https://www.genealogybug.net/FrankPic/snow_j.htm & https://books.google.com/books?id=NWrinpUPQ5AC&pg=PA313&lpg=PA313&dq="George+R+Snow"+worthington&source=bl&ots=tH7o0cxVYW&sig=ACfU3U1Hc5gn4YL9oOO7PxjsLp9c-F87Hw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjG5MmDw7DwAhX6F1kFHQwiCdwQ6AEwEnoECAMQAw#v=onepage&q="George R Snow" worthington&f=false).

Plot twist @ the father - At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to Mr. Dodge of that city, who was engaged in the manufacture of jewelry, where he remained for seven years. After attaining his majority, and completing his term of service, he removed to Newport, in the same State, where he prosecuted the business of manufacturing jewelry for two years.

The man would probably know how to engrave brass, so did he teach one of his sons to do that too?
Hmmm... John the father died in 1852, John the son in 1832 @ NOLA... so neither of them could have done it.

So George was a Physician (see p.424, History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio https://books.google.com/books?id=hZk_AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA424-IA9&lpg=PA424-IA9&dq="George+R+Snow"+worthington&source=bl&ots=SVIAskvkii&sig=ACfU3U25r5m8p0WuVgsG1cYwleHfwcqZMQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjG5MmDw7DwAhX6F1kFHQwiCdwQ6AEwEXoECAwQAw#v=onepage&q="George R Snow" worthington&f=false )

The building at the soutwest corner of New England Ave. and High Street (635 High St.) was built ca. 1834. The building housed Worthington's first drug store, operated by John Snow. His son, George R. Snow, was a physician. George's son Thomas was a druggist* and occupied the building in the 1850's and 60's.
http://www.worthingtonmemory.org/scrapbook/pictures/snow-drug-store-0

* Probably this guy https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46291667/thomas-henry-snow
 
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Idle thought - I believe the shipping records for a pistol made in 1861 were destroyed in the Colt Factory fire, so that's a dead end for tracking this item.

Who would Dr Snow have purchased this revolver from? Smaller towns may not have had enough business for an individual gunsmith, so hardware stores are a likely secondary dealer of weapons.

if the address on that page in the 1860 Federal Census is Worthington, scanning the lines above and below his entry might reveal the name of a gunsmith / hardware store owner. I can't imagine a Doctor living too far from the business section of a small town.
 

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Thank you for all of the great information that you have provided for me. I don't know if this revolver has a family connection or not, but it was passed down through the generations, with no information included. All of my family had immigrated to California by 1853. My only civil war connection that I know of was my great, great uncle, who was assigned to the Suisun Light Dragoons, Company D, Ist Regiment, 2d Brigade. My understanding is that the Second Brigade was the First California Guard. Hope this helps with the puzzle.
 

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Thank you for all of the great information that you have provided for me. I don't know if this revolver has a family connection or not, but it was passed down through the generations, with no information included. All of my family had immigrated to California by 1853. My only civil war connection that I know of was my great, great uncle, who was assigned to the Suisun Light Dragoons, Company D, Ist Regiment, 2d Brigade. My understanding is that the Second Brigade was the First California Guard. Hope this helps with the puzzle.
If it came down through your family that's a huge clue. Do you know of anyone who has done a family tree?
 

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Hi, lupaglupa,
Let me clarify my statement for you. It was passed down from my grandfather to me. He was born in 1875 in California, so where he "inherited" this firearm from, I can't say. I have done my family tree that goes back to the east coast in the 1600s, and since my family was already in California by 1853, I don't know how or where it came into my grandfather's possession.
 

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Hi, lupaglupa,
Let me clarify my statement. This revolver was handed down to me from my grandfather. He was born in California in 1875, so I am not sure if it was passed down to him by a relative or he obtained it from some other source. I have down my family tree that takes my ancestors back to the east coast in the mid-1600s.
 

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Hi, lupaglupa,
Let me clarify my statement. This revolver was handed down to me from my grandfather. He was born in California in 1875, so I am not sure if it was passed down to him by a relative or he obtained it from some other source. I have down my family tree that takes my ancestors back to the east coast in the mid-1600s.
And I assume then that you have no obvious link to any Snow family.
 

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Thank you for all of the great information that you have provided for me. I don't know if this revolver has a family connection or not, but it was passed down through the generations, with no information included.

1. You're welcome.
2. That's an interesting piece of the puzzle.
3. Think of this as a game of CLUE. Right now, Dr George R Snow of Worthington OH is only a suspect. Connecting the pistol to him still requires serious work.
4. If we get really lucky, we can find an overlap between your California line and one of the Snows. Really, really lucky.
 

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1. You're welcome.
2. That's an interesting piece of the puzzle.
3. Think of this as a game of CLUE. Right now, Dr George R Snow of Worthington OH is only a suspect. Connecting the pistol to him still requires serious work.
4. If we get really lucky, we can find an overlap between your California line and one of the Snows. Really, really lucky.
Thank you again for your interest and information. As the saying goes: the hunt begins....
 

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