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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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A. H. Snyder, of the firm of Snyder, Patrick & Horton Loan Company, of the wholesale liquor firm of A. H. Snyder & Co., was born in the State of New York, on the 5th of February, 1849, being a son of C. G. and W. A. (Cuyler) Snyder, who were also born in York State. They resided in that State until 1855, when they moved to Northern Illinois, thence, in 1864, to Michigan, and, three years later, to Dade County, Mo., but are now residing in Kansas. The father has been engaged in merchandising the greater part of his life, but while living in Illinois followed the occupation of farming a part of the time. In 1874 he represented Dade County in the State Legislature, being elected by the Democrats, of which party he has been a member for many years. A. H. Snyder, the eldest of his two children, a son and a daughter, received his education in the common schools. Toward the close of the war a man offered $1,100 for a substitute, and, although only sixteen years of age, Mr. Snyder immediately accepted the offer, and enlisted in Company K, Fifteenth Michigan, and served until the close of the war. Upon his return home he entered Bryant & Stratton’s Business College at Chicago, Ill., graduating in 1867, and shortly after went to Dade County, Mo., where he first engaged in farming, then in merchandising in Cedarville, and later in Stockton. In 1884 he came to Lamar, and, after merchandising for one year, engaged in the wholesale liquor business. In January, 1889, he, George Patrick and George Horton formed a loan company, and are still thus associated. Mr. Snyder is a Knight Templar in the Masonic fraternity, and in his political views is a Democrat. In 1867 he married Miss Harriet Enos, a native of Michigan, by whom he has two children: George and Mabel.

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