Martin Kingsley Snell, soldier, was born in Pennsylvania in 1815 and came to Texas in November 1835 as a private in Capt. William Gordon Cooke's company of New Orleans Greys. He took part in the siege of Bexar on December 5–10. On March 10, 1836, the General Council commissioned him a second lieutenant in the regular army, but he fought at San Jacinto as first lieutenant of Capt. Andrew Briscoe's Company A of Lt. Col. Henry W. Millard's First Regiment, Regular Infantry. Snell commanded the honor guard at the funeral of Stephen F. Austin on December 29, 1836. He remained in the Army of the Republic of Texas until May 17, 1839, when he was captain of Company E, First Regiment. From 1843 until 1846 he was captain of the Fannin Artillery, a Houston militia unit. During the Mexican War Snell recruited and commanded Company E of Col. Albert Sidney Johnston's regiment, the First Texas Foot Riflemen, from May 19 through August 24, 1846. After this regiment was discharged, Snell returned to Texas to recruit a second company for Col. John C. Hays's First Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers, which was in federal service from May 14 through June 5, 1847. In 1846 Snell was appointed postmaster of Houston; he served until 1850. The 1850 census listed no occupation for Snell but stated that he owned $2,000 in real estate. He was married to Emma Hadnot of Harris County on May 30, 1849. During the Civil War he was a major in the Confederate Army. He died in Houston in 1865.