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William Printz FROST, Jr.

Male 1822 - 1898  (76 years)

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  • Name William Printz FROST 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 22 Feb 1822  Bellmont County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Jun 1898  Mexico, Audrain County, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death 16 Jun 1898  Mexico, Audrain County, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Alexander, Jill, Narrative of Frost Family:

      Four of William and Rachel Rebecca Frost's sons went west around 1849 and became involved in journalism-writing, editing, printing and publishing. In 1850, Griffin Frost went to Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia) to learn the printing trade. In 1854, he left for Palmyra, Missouri to start The Sentinel. Eventually, he settled in Edina, Missouri where he established the Edina Democrat. Griffin Frost and William Printz Frost were considered fathers of journalism, and both wrote furious attacks against the Northerners (Missouri was initially Southern, then captured by the North, next captured by the South, and finally taken by the North). They were, obviously, pro-Confederate.

      In 1858, Daniel Frost bought the (Jackson) Virginia Chronicle from his brother, William Printz Frost who had started it in 1853, and became its editor. Jackson later became part of West Virginia with Daniel being actively involved in the split of the state. He eventually became West Virginia's first Speaker of the House of Representatives. Daniel was pro-Federalist and fought as a colonel in the 11th West Virginia Infantry, a Union Army unit. He died fighting in the battle of Snickers Gap, the name of the road leading to Coo/ Springs Plantation in Clarke County, Virginia near Snickersville, east of Berryville. Ironically, the plantation was owned by his brother, Eben Frost, who was strongly pro-Confederate.

      John Lynn Frost was an editor first in Missouri, then in Illinois

      William Printz Frost ended up in Mexico, Audrain County, Missouri. He especially hated Abraham Lincoln. At one point after the Civil War, he was asked repeatedly by a Yankee commander to cease his editorials against the North. William Printz Frost kept up his tirades. The Yankee commander asked him a second time to desist. Finally, he asked William to step outside where a noose had been swung over a tree with a horse standing under it. The commander nodded to his troops who put William on the horse and looped the rope around his neck. The officer then asked William one last time to quit his diatribes. William was silent. The commander nodded, the troops pulled William off the horse and faced him to his newspaper building. They then lit a torch and burned the place to the ground. Afterward, they took the printer's ink that had not burned and poured it down William's plantation well. He was ruined financially but unrepentant and continued to rail on during Reconstruction.

      Also in 1849, William married Martha Snodgrass born 11 June 1826. After they married in .Jackson County, Virginia (now West Virginia), the couple traveled to Missouri in a covered wagon carrying Aunt Lucretia, her old, black mammy who had been with the Snodgrass family for years and was considered part of it.

      The Snodgrass family was well known in Virginia (now West Virginia). Her forbearers came from Pennsylvania and settled in Hardy County, Virginia (West Virginia) before the colonies had solidified. Her father, William Snodgrass born 1794, married Sallie Harness in Hampshire County, Virginia (West Virginia) in 1820. He had fought in the War of 1812 and owned vast amounts of properties and many slaves. He had six or seven daughters and was determined that they should all have an education. Since there were no schools in the area, he built one, and the neighborhood children attended, as well. Martha Snodgrass' paternal grandparents were James Snodgrass born 1769 and Elizabeth Cusick also born 1769. Her grandparents married 1793, and her grandfather died 1853. Martha's mother's family, Harness, was also originally from Pennsylvania and had settled in Virginia (West Virginia). Her mother's father was Jacob Harness, and one of her forebearers, Michael Harness, had established the first fort in the area in 1761.

      William Printz Frost and Martha Snodgrass Frost had nine children, all born in Mexico, Audrain County, Missouri:

      1. Edgar S. born 6 January 1850, died 12 April 1897
      2. Florence V. (Cissy) born 3 March, died 24 February 1916
      3. Frank N. born 14 December 1855, married Lily Herald, died 6 May 1907. They had four children:
      3.1. Herald
      3.2. Frances
      3.3. Phyllis
      3.4. Charlotte
      4. Mary B. (Mollie) born 29 January 1860, died 11 November 1924
      5. Minnie E. born 26 March 1862, died 14 December 1929
      6. Willie Lynn (Jack) born 10 July 1864, accompanied his brothers, Jack and Clyde, to San Jose, California where they opened a grocery store. Married Nellie Gillespie, died 25 July 1931. They lived in Spokane, Washington, had two children:
      6.1. Dorothy died ca. 1990 in Seattle, Washington
      6.2. Virginia married Carl Cox, died ca.1990 in Seattle, Washington. They had one child:
      6.2.1. Kenneth Cox had two children: Brian E. Cox Barry A. Cox
      7. Alba H. born 15 May 1867, in his youth, went with brothers Jack and Clyde to San Jose, California and opened a grocery store. Married Gertrude Geneau, lived in the Pacific Northwest, then in Reno, Nevada, died 31 December 1931. They had three children:
      7.1. Jack married Gail [?], a W.A.V.E. during World War II, had one child:
      7.1.1. William (Jack) lived in Bremerton, Washington
      7.2. Alba married Bud Beecher, had one child:
      7.2.1. Barbara Beecher married L.A. Wilburn, had two children: Alba Wilburn [?] Wilburn
      7.3. William lived in Tacoma, Washington, had two children:
      7.3.1. Lloyd
      7.3.2. Sue
      8. Mattie C. born 16 February 1869, [?] December 1951
      9. Clyde Peter born 24 July 1871, died 18 August 1925

      William Printz Frost died in Mexico, Audrain County, Missouri 15 June 1898; Martha Snodgrass Frost died the same year.
    Person ID I719  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 

    Father William P. FROST, Sr.,   b. 6 Dec 1791, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1854, Ravenswood, Jackson County, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Rachel Rebecca WETZEL,   b. 8 Apr 1797,   d. 1866, Cairo, Alexander County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Family ID F1027  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Martha SNODGRASS,   b. 11 Jun 1826,   d. 1898  (Age 71 years) 
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F1037  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart