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Ancestry of Carrie Snodgress

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Carrie L Snodgress (1946 - 2004), actress best known from her starring role in Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970), and from her long relationship with musician Neil Young.

Copyright 2007, by Will Johnson wjhonson@aol.com, Professional Genealogist.

Special thanks to Suzie Schoolcraft Snodgrass for her expert assistance and knowledge on this article.

Carrie Snodgrass

Carrie was born on Oct 27, 1946 in Illinois to Harry A Snodgress Jr and his wife the former Carolyn Jane Smeck. Sources vary as to whether Carrie was born in Park Ridge, Chicago, or Barrington.

Carrie died Apr 1, 2004 in Los Angeles while awaiting a liver transplant.

Primary documents

SSDI entry for Carrie L Snodgress

Secondary sources

Carrie Snodgress on Wikipedia
Suzie Schoolcraft Snodgrass sent me an email Apr 22, 2007 stating that Carrie's middle name was Louise.

Harry A Snodgress, Jr

Harry A Snodgrass, Jr was born 10 Jan 1917 in Oklahoma to Harry A Snodgrass Sr and his wife Olive.

Harry went to the University of Chicago, graduating in the Class of 1938. On 27 Jul 1940 at the University of Chicago, he married Carolyn Jane Smeck.

Harry died 14 Jan 1994, a resident of Mesa, Arizona.

Primary documents

Marriage announcement of Harry A Snodgress Jr to the former Carolyn Jane Smeck, with her picture. Married on Jul 27, 1940 at the Joseph Bond chapel, of the University of Chicago. Mentions that her parents the Melvin C Smecks are "of Beverly Hills".

SSDI entry for Harry A Snodgress showing "born 10 Jan 1917, died 14 Jan 1994 last residence: Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona. SSN Issued by Illinois before 1951"

Carolyn Jane Smeck

Primary documents

Obituary of Melvin Charles Smeck and Carrie Louise Smeck her parents mentioning that they were "...parents of Carolyn Jane Snodgress; grandparents of Skip, Mel, Carrie, and John; sister and brother-in-law of Berneice H Davis of Judyville, Ind and Mrs Winifred Webb of Saugatuck, Mich."

Marriage announcement of Harry A Snodgress Jr to the former Carolyn Jane Smeck, with her picture. Married on Jul 27, 1940 at the Joseph Bond chapel, of the University of Chicago. Mentions that her parents the Melvin C Smecks are "of Beverly Hills".

Harry Alvin Snodgress, Sr

Harry Alvin Snodgress, Sr, was born 9 Sep 1892 in West Virginia. By 1918 he had moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and by 1920 he was the Assistant Sales Manager for Wilson & Company. He had recently married Olive and they had a son Harry Jr born in 1917.

Primary documents

SSDI showing "Harry Snodgress, b. 9 Sep 1892, d. Aug 1971 FL; last res. Clearwater (Pinellas Co), Florida; SSN 322-01-8296 issued IL"

Marriage announcement of Harry A Snodgress Jr to the former Carolyn Jane Smeck, with her picture. Married on Jul 27, 1940 at the Joseph Bond chapel, of the University of Chicago. Mentions that his parents are "of the South side".

1920 Census of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma showing "Harry A Snodgress, Head, 27, b WV/WV/WV, Asst Sales Manager, Wilson & Co; Olive, wife, 26, b KY/KY/KY, Housewife; Harry Jr, son, 2 11/12, b OK; Novella Gould, 47, Single, b KS/IL/PA, Superintendent, Prov. Association"

World War I Draft Registration Cards showing "Harry Alvin Snodgrass, resident of Oklahoma City, born Sep 9, 1892, Buckhannon, West Virginia"

Olive

Primary documents

SSDI showing "Olive Snodgress SSN 263-35-5675 issued FL, b. 23 Feb 1893, d. Aug 1983 FL, last res. Saint Petersburg (Pinellas Co), Florida 33705"

Marriage announcement of Harry A Snodgress Jr to the former Carolyn Jane Smeck, with her picture. Married on Jul 27, 1940 at the Joseph Bond chapel, of the University of Chicago. Mentions that his parents are "of the South side".

1920 Census of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma showing "Harry A Snodgress, Head, 27, b WV/WV/WV, Asst Sales Manager, Wilson & Co; Olive, wife, 26, b KY/KY/KY, Housewife; Harry Jr, son, 2 11/12, b OK; Novella Gould, 47, Single, b KS/IL/PA, Superintendent, Prov. Association"

World War I Draft Registration Cards showing "Harry Alvin Snodgrass, resident of Oklahoma City, born Sep 9, 1892, Buckhannon, West Virginia; wife and baby"

Melvin Charles Smeck

Melvin Charles Smeck was born Jul 9, 1884 in Illinois, the son of William T Smeck by his wife Sarah J.

He married Carolyn Louise between 1910 and 1918, probably in Illinois.

By the 1940s they have relocated to Beverley Hills, but by the time of their deaths in 1963, they were living in Michigan.

Melvin died Apr 1963.

Primary documents

SSDI entry for Melvin Smeck born 9 Jun 1884, died Apr 1963 last resided in Michigan

Obituary of Melvin Charles Smeck and Carrie Louise Smeck mentioning that they were "...parents of Carolyn Jane Snodgress; grandparents of Skip, Mel, Carrie, and John; sister and brother-in-law of Berneice H Davis of Judyville, Ind and Mrs Winifred Webb of Saugatuck, Mich."

Marriage announcement of Harry A Snodgress Jr to the former Carolyn Jane Smeck, with her picture. Married on Jul 27, 1940 at the Joseph Bond chapel, of the University of Chicago. Mentions that the Melvin C Smecks are "of Beverly Hills".

1920 Census of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois showing "Melvin C Smeck, 35, b IL/PA/PA, Cashier, Bank; Carolyn, wife, 36, b WI/Germany/WI; Carolyn Jane, daughter 2 5/12 b IL"

World War 1 Draft Registration Card showing "Melvin Chas Smeck, resident in Chicago, born Jun 9, 1884, Banking, Central Trust Company of Ill. Nearest relative Caroline Louise Smeck (wife). Registered Dec 9, 1918"

1910 Census of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois showing "William T Smeck, 66, married 40 years ago, b PA/PA/PA, Occupation: Income; Sarah J, wife, 67, mother of 7, 7 living, b PA/PA/PA; Orpha, daughter, 31, single, b IL, dressmaker; Melvin C, son, 25, single, b IL, Pay Teller, Bank"

1900 Census of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois showing Melvin Smeck, etc.

1888 register of Voters in Chicago showing "Wm Smeck, born Pennsylvania, resident in Illinois 24 years, 1 1/2 years in this county"

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