Presbyterian minister and Civil War veteran Moses Porter Snell (1839-1909) and his wife, Mary C. Hallock (1843-1924), lived in Connecticut. They had nine children: Merwin Marie Porter, Eliza Carroll, Gerard Hallock, Carlton Emerson, Cora L., Theodore Thomas, Charles Livingston, William Arthur, and Clarence Edwards. Merwin Porter Snell (1863-1921) became a religious scholar. He converted to Catholicism in 1895, and spent much of his adult life in Riverside, Connecticut. Snell married Minnie Gilbert Andrews Sprague (1851-1909), the daughter of Reverend E. Warren Andrews, on December 24, 1892. Sprague, a widow, had two sons from a previous marriage. In 1910, after the death of his first wife, Snell married her niece, Minnie Louise Andrews (d. 1966), the daughter of Michigan lumberman E. Watson Andrews. Merwin and Minnie L. Andrews had two daughters, Margaret LeBaron (b. 1911) and Priscilla Edwards (1913-2002). Both of the Snell daughters attended St. Joseph's Academy in Adrian, Michigan. Priscilla later became Sister Marie Virginia. Margaret L. Snell married Leslie Drew Barney (1910-1980), and they lived in Detroit, Michigan.