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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  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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HENRY D. SNYDER is the popular and genial station agent at Parryville, Carbon County, in the employ of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. He comes from one of the very old families of the Lehigh Valley. His paternal great-grandfather was a soldier in the War of the Revolution, and the Moser ancestors were also among the early settlers of Lehigh County.

The birth of our subject occurred in Carbon County, December 13, 1853. His parents are Nathan H. and Esther (Moser) Snyder, both of whom were born in Lehigh County, and are now residents of Franklin Township. The father was originally a gunsmith, but later in life turned his attention to blacksmithing. He was born in 1817, and is one of the worthy old citizens of this neighborhood. The youth of our subject was passed on a farm, and until fifteen years old he worked with his father in his blacksmith shop. On New Year’s Day, 1868, he met with a great misfortune by accidentally shooting his hand, thus necessitating the loss of that useful member. He was educated in the district schools and for a short time attended Dickinson Seminary at Williamsport, this state. Afterward he was for several sessions a student in the Keystone Normal School, and still later in the select school at Normal Square, conducted by Prof. Thomas Balliet. These schools he attended during the intervals of his teaching. For a number of years he was thus employed, with the exception of a few months each year.

For about two years Mr. Snyder studied law with Joseph Kalbfus, of Mauch Chunk, and in his nineteenth year took up telegraphy in the employ of the road with which he is now connected. In 1880 he was appointed station agent at Parryville, which has been his place of residence for the past fourteen years. He is a representative Republican, and is now serving his third term as Justice of the Peace. As one who has always been greatly interested in educational affairs he has served on the Board of Education of this place and is now the Treasurer of that honorable body. At various times he has also served as President and as Secretary of the Board.

In 1823 Mr. Snyder married Eliza A., daughter of Solomon Solt, formerly of Franklin Township. Three sons have been born of their union, in order of birth as follows: Earl H., Ira H. and Herbert B. The parents are members of St. John’s Reformed Church of Parryville, in which Mr. Snyder is now officiating as Deacon, and also holds the positions of Secretary and Treasurer on the board of officers. When the church was under construction, Mr. Snyder was Treasurer of the Building Committee, and is Superintendent and Treasurer of the Sunday-school. Moreover he is Secretary of the Joint Consistory of the Towamensing charge of his denomination.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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