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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton 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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Thomas A. Snyder was horn in Hawkins County, E. Teun., near Rogersville, January 23, 1838, and is the son of William and Margaret (Russell) Snyder, natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. In 1852 the family removed to Missouri by water and team, and located at first on Osage River, in Benton County, then came to Newton County. Two months later they moved to McDonald County, where they remained two years, and then returned to Newton County, where they purchased land five miles from Seneca. The father removed to Jasper County, and there died during the war. His widow survived him until 1878. Their son, Thomas A., has resided in this county since the family located here, with the exception of a short stay in Eureka and in McLean County, Ill. In the spring of 1883 he, in partnership with S. R. Havens, established the mercantile business in Seneca, and continued the same two years. He then resided four miles north of Seneca two years, when he returned to that town and established his present business. Mr. Snyder was married in Newton County to Miss Emily Dewees, a native of Jasper County, but reared in Newton County, and the daughter of John Dewees, who was an early settler of Southwest Missouri Our subject is a member of the K of H., and is chaplain of the lodge. In his political principles he is a Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 220 biographies included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Newton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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