Like others before me, I have wrangled with the maiden name of Mrs. Hannah Tibbetts (1772/1773 - 1844, my 5th great grandmother), wife of Benjamin Tibbetts (1769-1853). My 2nd great grand aunt, May (Tibbetts) Jarvis, famous Tibbetts genealogist, contended that Hannah was Hannah Snow, daughter of Captain John Snow and Hannah Larrabee. While a recent discovery I have makes a very strong (yet not airtight) argument that Hannah was indeed a Hannah Snow, she was NOT the daughter of John Snow and Hannah Larrabee, but instead most likely the daughter of Phillip Snow and Abigail (possibly Townsend).
I find Benjamin Tibbetts on the 1800 Census. He was in Ohio, Hancock, Maine (Ohio was later renamed Corinth in 1811). A list of the inhabitants, with the place they emigrated to Ohio from helpfully added by the census taker (and I noted the parents and wives of selected people):
William Lankester (emigrated from Kennebec)
Icabod Clark (emigrated from St Johns)
Elisha Mayo (emigrated from Kennebec, married to Abigail Tibbetts, sister of Benjamin Tibbetts)
Lem'l Tozier (married Sarah Lancaster, his parents were John Tozier and Sarah Pattee) (emigrated from Kennebec)
Benjamin Tibbetts (emigrated from Goldsboro)
Josiah Simpson (emigrated from Nottingham)
Robert C(?) Campbell
Jer'h Rose (Jeremiah Rose married Sarah Snow, his parents were Joseph Rose and Mary Pattee) (emigrated from Kennebec)
Jon'a Snow (married Mary Tibbetts) (emigrated from Goldsboro)
Edward Wilkins (emigrated from Boston)
Philip Snow (emigrated from Kennebec)
Pecalus Clark (emigrated from Cornish)
In investigating all of the above I discovered a VERY interesting fact about Phillip Snow. He married Mrs. Abigail Townsend (possibly a widow?) in 1772 and their first daughter was Hannah Snow, born on 21 March 1773 in Hallowell, Kennebec, Maine. Citation:
Source Citation: Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll #: 93.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. Maine, Birth Records, 1621-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
Original data: Maine Birth Records, 1621-1922. Augusta, Maine: Maine State Archives.
Please note that Mrs. Hannah Tibbetts was listed as born on 21 March 1772 in the Corinth book on births and deaths. Citation:http://www.angelfire.com/me2/corinthhistorical/j
The Philip Snow in the 1800 Census had emigrated from Kennebec, and was living in the same small community as Benjamin Tibbetts. Furthermore, Philip and Abigail Snow's daughter Sarah Snow had married Jeremiah Rose, who was living in the same community as well.
Philip Snow was a son of Jonathan Snow and Sarah LNU, and ultimately came from the Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts Snows. The Jonathan Snow in the 1800 census above was the son of Capt John Snow and Hannah Larrabee, and ultimately from a different line of Snows than Philip. I believe that this lead to May Jarvis's confusion about Hannah Snow's parents. To have two Snow men with different lineages in the same area is confusing enough, but then Benjamin Tibbetts' sister Mary Tibbetts was married to Jonathan Snow of Harpswell (and thus the brother-in-law, not husband, of the Harpswell Hannah Snow). Whew.
One source that is used to show Hannah was not a Hannah Snow is the The Bangor Historical Magazine, 1889, Volume 4, page 21. "William Tebbets, Senior and Family." by David W. Haynes. "BENJAMIN, m. Hannah Rose; moved to Indiana." May Jarvis saw this record and dismissed it out of hand. Whatever she had been told it was that Hannah was a Snow, not a Rose. I personally spent quite a bit of time researching possibly relevant Roses in Maine, and while I found some compelling leads, was not able to prove to myself or others that Hannah was a Rose. And indeed, after finding out that that the Philip Snow in Ohio, Hancock, Maine had a daughter Hannah Rose who was born 21 Mar 1773, I felt the two transcribed birthdate discrepancies of the Corinth and Maine birth records were insignificant. (However, I can understand if there those who would discredit Hannah Snow being the daughter of Philip Snow due to the difference in the year, despite the exact same day and month--I think it entirely possible that there were two Hannah Snows born exactly a year apart, but not too likely).
Beside the year difference, I do have one minor doubt, that a number of Ancestry trees have Philip Snow's daughter Hannah dying in Feb 1800. Unfortunately not a single bit of reasonable evidence is offered to support the claim. It seems to be based on a Hannah Snow who married Samuel Whitney in Goreham, Cumberland, Maine in 1798. Note that Goreham is 134 miles from Corinth, Maine. The records I find on that also say that she was the daughter of Capt Philip Snow of Barnstable, MA (which is not where the Philip Snow in Ohio/Corinth, Maine, was from by any means, so that is most certainly wrong, nor was he ever known to be a Captain). I'm sure Samuel Whitney's first wife WAS a Hannah Snow, but she was most certainly a different one.
I suspect, but cannot prove yet, that the reason Hannah was referred to in the Bangor article as a Rose might be due to the fact that Hannah's likely sister, Sarah Snow, married Jeremiah Rose. Thus Hannah MAY have been referred to as Sarah Rose's sister, as Sarah was probably called Sarah ROSE (not Sarah Snow) after marriage, and thus the confusion (possibly).
Many Tibbetts descendants have taken May Jarvis at her word and tried to apply to the Mayflower Society through Hannah Snow. The problem is, the evidence does not back up the claim that Hannah Snow was the daughter of Capt John Snow of Harpswell, Maine. Thus, the Society always rejects those applications through that line. Hannah, the daughter of Capt John Snow and Hannah Larrabee/Leatherby of Harpswell, Maine, married Timothy Kemp.
Furthermore, the birthdate of the Harpswell Hannah Snow is DIFFERENT than the Hannah Snow who married Benjamin Tibbetts.
Check out the differences:
Hannah Snow (daughter of Capt John Snow and Hannah Larrabee)
b. 22 Jan 1772 (according to Harpswell Births, Book 1, p.1)
Hannah (who married Benjamin Tibbetts)
b. 21 Mar 1772 (according to Corinth, Maine early records, transcribed available at http://www.angelfire.com/me2/corinthhistorical/juliecorinth/...
Those are different birthdates.
Furthermore, while there is as yet no marriage record found concerning Benjamin Tibbetts, there is both an intention to marry and a marriage record for the Hannah Snow in Harpswell marrying Timothy Kemp:
Harpswell Marriage Intentions:
Oct. 3, 1795 Timothy Kemp and Hannah Snow
Brunswick, Maine, Records, vol. 1, p. 475:
Dec. 3, 1795 Timothy Kamp married to Hannah Snow
Hannah's children with Timothy Kemp are recorded this way in the Harpswell Births, Book 1, p. 22 (verbatim):
Timothy Kemp his children born of Hannah his wife daughter of Capt. John Snow. (names of children follow)
The above records were already presented by William H Waite (of Wilmington, DE), in Genealogies of Mayflower Families, Vol. III (page 583-584, available on Ancestry) as disproving May Jarvis' claim that her ancestress was the Harpswell Hannah Snow. Anyone clinging to the May Jarvis version of Hannah Snow's ancestry are arguing in the face of some pretty decent evidence to the contrary. Anyone using the May Jarvis Hannah Snow genealogy to prove they are Mayflower descendants along that SNOW lineage are warned that the claim WILL be rejected by the Mayflower Society. Don't waste your time!
This is not to blast May Jarvis. She was a fabulous genealogist who dedicated many many years to her craft, and it is because of her work that so much is known about the Tibbetts family. I use her work extensively and generally trust the vast majority of her information. I am sorry she didn't live in this age of genealogy--she would have loved it!