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Here are some Snyder stories
and
accounts over the years:

 

Snyder, Snider, and Schneider in America

 

Census numbers (000’s) 1840 1920 2000
Snyder     2    29    57
Snider     1     5    10
Schneider     –    13    41

 

Simon Snyder at Selinsgrove


When
Simon Snyder was fifteen his father died and two
years later, in 1776, he moved to York where he apprenticed with a man
who
taught him the tanning and currying trades.
While in York, Snyder studied reading, writing and mathematics
at night
with a local Quaker schoolmaster.  Beyond
this, Snyder was largely a self taught man.

In 1784, at the age of twenty five, Simon and
his brother-in-law Anthony Selin, the founder of Selinsgrove, became
partners in a general store there.  Selinsgrove
was then at the Pennsylvania frontier.  The
business required willingness to work hard, honesty, and a shrewd
business
sense, all of which virtues Simon Snyder possessed.

A general store could sometimes be the stepping stone to
political office for its
proprietor.  And this proved to be the case for Simon Snyder.
In 1785 he was elected a Justice of the Peace and in 1789 he was
appointed
as one of two representatives the county sent to the State
Constitutional
Convention.  His political rise had started.

After serving three consecutive terms as Pennsylvania
Governor, Snyder returned to Selinsgrove in 1816 and built his home on
North Market
Street.  However, he was to die there three
years
later of typhoid.  His gravesite at Sharon
Lutheran church in Selinsgrove is marked by a monument topped by his
bust.

 

Snyders in New
Jersey and Canada

Christian
Schneider
was one of many Palatine refugees from Germany.  According to the
Pennsylvania
archives’ passengers lists, he came on the William and Sarah in 1727. This list
includes the following Snyders: Christian, Jacob, Martin, Mathias,
Madeline and
Susannah.  Madeline was his wife.  Jacob,
Martin and Mattias were probably his brothers.  Christian at
the time was about
32 years old.

Following
their arrival and processing, Christian and his wife
Madeline joined thousands of German refugees who settled in northwest
New
Jersey, about ninety miles north of Philadelphia. They made their home
near
Paulins Creek in Warren county.

Adam
Snyder was born there in 1739.  In 1793,
after the conclusion of the Revolutionary
War, he left with his family for Canada.
They were six weeks on the road, covering about five hundred
miles
through the wilderness. The “roads” were only Indian trails between
settlements. The women and children rode the horses and on wagons. The
men
walked and drove the cattle and sheep.

Upon
their arrival in Canada, the family
settled in the northern part of Gainesborough township in Lincoln
county, Ontario.  He built a saw mill and a
grist mill on the nearby
creek and his community became known as Snyder’s Mills.
Family legend has it that his wife Ann
befriended the Indians who came to her door.
She was so good to them that they looked upon her as a saint and
named the
Snyder place “St. Ann’s.

 

Alonzo Snyder in the Mississippi Delta

Alonzo
Snyder
was a chancer.  He had come to the
Mississippi
Delta from Kentucky in 1838 as a young man. He
married into the Beiller family which gave him
access to their estates.  In his legal
profession
he became particularly adept in handling bankrupted estates.  Many of the
ir
plantations wound up in
the hands of Snyder or his friends.  By
1860
he was worth nearly $200,000 in real estate and personal property, a
large sum
in those days.  

There
is a d
aguerreotype
portrait taken of him at this time.  
He
was by then a respected district judge and increasingly active in local
politics. 
Snyder
was
one
of the prominent leaders of the Breckinridge faction in Louisiana,
which
was pro-Union at the time.  However, in
1861,
he was elected as a delegate to the Louisiana secession
convention.

In
the spring of 1863, Union soldiers came to arrest him at his home.
Snyder spent three months in a prison in
Alton, Illinois.  But then he was released
and returned to Louisiana and his estates.

 

The Sniders at Trafalgar Township, Ontario

Michael
Snider and his wife Catherine moved to the Mississauga
region of Upper Canada in 1802, obtaining a 200-acre land plot.  He settled in 1809 west of what is known today
as Winston Churchill Boulevard.

His son David Snider followed suit, moving to
Canada with his wife Eliza and making his home in Trafalgar township in
1819.  These Sniders quickly became
renowned for their fine
horses.  David Snider was a farmer until
his passing in 1862 at the age of 79.

David’s
son Joseph carried the mail to and from Postville in Trafalgar township
for
Snider’s Corners; a job he inherited from his father.  At
that time the place had just a church and
schoolhouse, but it was well known as a social centre for surrounding
farm
families.  Later Joseph was appointed as
postmaster for Snider’s Corners.  He also worked as a tavern
inspector, assessor
and tax collector.

 

 

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