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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Theodore M. Snyder, notary public, justice of the peace and land agent at Sullivan, Mo., was born in Allegany County, N. Y., May 31, 1834, and is the seventh of eleven children of Daniel and Catherine (Bowers) Snyder, who immigrated to Ohio when our subject was but nine years of age, and settled on a farm in Perry County. Theodore M. Snyder had limited educational advantages, and was reared to the occupation of farming. When seventeen years of age he began serving an apprenticeship to the carpenter’s trade under his brother in Nelsonville, Ohio, and has worked more or less at his trade through life. January 21, 1856, he was married to Sophia J., daughter of John C. Hiles, a prominent farmer of Hocking County, Ohio. Of the seven children born to this union two are deceased. Those living are: Flora E. (wife of Joseph Pitts), Mary L. (wife of Bennett W.Doyle), Dora J. (wife of Ira Claspill), Anna V. (wife of John Junkerman), all living in Franklin County, Mo., following agricultural pursuits; a son, Ulysses T., is living with his father. Mr. Snyder owns his residence in Sullivan, and makes a good living out of his agency, notary and justice business. He is a Republican, and cast his first presidential vote for Fremont. During the late war he served in the Union army, Thirty-first Missouri Infantry, as third sergeant; was wounded in the right hip at Vicksburg; was discharged for a time, but was again drafted in 1864, and served until after the close of the war. He is a member and commander of G. A. R. Post, No. 324, at Sullivan, and, with his wife, is a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Snyder immigrated to Missouri in 1859, followed farming and carpentering until 1882, when he engaged in his present business. He is also local land agent for the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad Company at Sullivan, Mo.

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