Who was John and Wash’s father?
The mystery of “Unknown Snead” is one that many have tried to solve. Ken Snead has done by far the most research into this question. His theory (and he has convinced me) is that ”Unknown Snead” and Absalom Snead (1811-?) were brothers, sons of one of Henley Snead’s (1736-1816) sons, Solomon (1766-ca1836). Unknown and Absalom were both married to John and Wash’s mother, Dianah Beasley (1812-1886). Unknown Snead died when the boys wer young and they lived with Dianah and their step-father, Absalom, in Fayette County, GA from a very early age.
Here’s the listing for the family in the 1850 U.S. Census: