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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published by Chapman Publishing Co., in 1895.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ADAM SNYDER. Schuyler County has won an enviable reputation as a prosperous fruit-growing and farming region, and this has been acquired through the energy and perseverance of such agriculturists as Mr. Snyder. He has been prominently identified with the advancement of this locality in every worthy particular, and has discharged the duties of various important positions in the town in a very satisfactory and creditable manner. A prominent and useful citizen, the county owes its prosperity to such men as he. For many years he was one of the prosperous agriculturists of the town of Hector, but at the present time he is living retired in Burdett.

Our subject was born in Warren County, N. J., February 25, 1826, his parents being John W. and Catherine (Brugler) Snyder. Four years after the birth of their son Adam they came to Schuyler County, choosing for their future home the town of Hector, and locating on a tract of land just south of Reynoldsville, where they resided until their decease, the father passing away in 1866, when seventy-six years of age, and the mother dying two years prior to this time. They were stanch members of the Presbyterian Church, attending service at Burdett.

The parental family included the following sons and daughters: Anna, who married John Teed, of Burdett; Peter, formerly a farmer, but now a resident of Ithaca; Adam, our subject; Sidney, who married Daniel Thompson, of Hector; Sarah, who is the wife of Giles Buskirk, and makes her home in Missouri; John, a carpenter in Elmira, N. Y.; Catherine, Mrs. Willis Atwater, also of that city; and Emeline, who married Spencer Wheeler, of Burdett.

The subject of this sketch remained on the home place until twenty-six years of age, when he began life for himself on property in the town of Catharine. He lived in that locality for a period of twelve years, when we find him a resident of Hector, where he also purchased land. His return hither was in 1866, and the estate which came into his possession at that time consisted of one hundred and twenty-five acres, just east of Burdett. On this he erected substantial buildings of every description, and engaged in general farming, making a specialty, however, of raising sheep, of which he had some of the best breeds.

Mr. Snyder’s marriage united him with Miss Jane E. Darling, of Hector, the daughter of Andrew Darling, of that place. Their family included two children, the elder of whom died in infancy. George A., one of the most prominent residents of the county, was elected to the Assembly in 1894. He is a prominent farmer of Schuyler County, and for his full history we refer the reader to his biography, found on another page in this volume.

In politics our subject is a strong Republican, and religiously is a supporter of the Presbyterian Church, in which he is Trustee. For ten years he has been President of the Hector Union Cemetery Association, and under his supervision the cemetery is kept in excellent condition, and to this work he devotes considerable time.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published in 1895. 

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