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Below is a family biography included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  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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GEO. W. SNYDER, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 19, Greenville Township; P. O. Mt. Heron. Among the early settlers of Darke Co. we mention the gentleman whose name heads this sketch; he was born in.Hamilton Co., Ohio, June 5, 1830; he was a son of Geo. Snyder, who was born in Pennsylvania July 4, 1804. He married Elizabeth Dively; she was born Oct. 9, 1799, in Pennsylvania; he located in Hamilton Co. when there was but three or four log houses where Cincinnati now stands; in 1836, came to Darke. Co., and in 1873 he started West, since which time all trace of him has been lost. Mrs. Snyder died Sept. 13, 1839. They were the parents of six children, viz.: George W., Elizabeth A. and Martha J. (triplets), born June 5, 1830; Mary A., born Jan. 30, 1834, deceased; Abraham, born Jan. 27, 1836, and Frederick, born Aug. 21, 1838. At 9 years of age, Geo. W. was taken and raised by Emanuel Flory until 20 years of age, and by dint of hard study obtained a fair education; at the latter age he went to Greenville and devoted three years to carriage-making; he then started in the above business for himself, in connection with undertaking, at Hill Grove, following the same three years, during which time he did all of the undertaking for Union City; in 1857, he purchased the farm now owned by Samuel Puterbaugh, and after clearing some 70 or 80 acres, sold out in 1865 and purchased his present place; he now owns 150 acres four miles west from Greenville, with good farm buildings; he has secured all of the above property, valued at from $10,000 to $12,000, by his own hard labor. He married Catherine Puterbaugh July 4, 1852; four children by this union— Amy E., born April 22, 1854; Lauretta J., Oct. 22, 1855; Frederick B., Aug. 18, 1856, and Fernando, July 16, 1860. March 23, 1865, he was united in marriage with Julia Ann Sink; she was born in Darke Co. June 4, 1845; five children was the fruits of this union— Lewis E., born June 23, 1866, died May 15, 1867; Jacob E., born May 8, 1868; Mary L.; Jan. 10, 1871; Nora Rosa Ellen, Sept. 27, 1873, and Murtle L., June 1, 1876.

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This family biography is one of 659 biographies included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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