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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami 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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JEFF SNYDER, farmer; P. O. Pleasant Hill; one of the prominent farmers of Newton Township; was born in 1842, near Dayton; he is the son of Simeon Snyder, a native of Maryland, born in 1811, about twenty-four miles from Baltimore; when 4 or 5 years old, he immigrated to Ohio with his parents, who located near Dayton; he resided on a farm till he was 18 years old, when he was apprenticed to the carpenter’s trade, and, after being variously employed for several years, in distilling, quarrying, etc., he finally engaged in the coopering business, which he followed as an occupation till 1856, when he purchased the farm he now resides on, one and a half miles east of West Milton. He was married to Harriet Mast, oldest daughter of Capt. Absalom Mast, whose father, David, was one of the first settlers in the northern part of Montgomery Co.; she was born in 1818, and died April 28, 1879; Simeon Snyder reared a family of two children—a son and daughter; the latter died Aug. 8, 1878. The subject of this sketch was brought up on a farm, and has made farming his life occupation; the thrifty appearance of his large farms bears testimony to his skill and success in this direction. He married, in January, 1867, Amanda, daughter of Joseph Coppock; she was born Jan. 22, 1845; they have three sons— Albert E., born Nov. 28, 1868; Omer C., Nov. 14, 1872; Frank L., Dec. 15, 1874.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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