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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical 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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JOHN H. SNYDER, the popular barber located at No. 145 North Hanover street, Carlisle, has pleasant parlors equipped with all the latest improvements in the tonsorial profession.

Mr. Snyder comes of good substantial German stock, and gives evidence of his ancestry in his industry, thrift and progressive spirit. Henry Snyder, his grandfather, was born in Germany, and there grew to manhood and married. When he emigrated to America he was accompanied by his wife and family, and his wife’s sister, the latter now the widow of William Hastings. They settled in Cumberland county, and made a home on North street, Carlisle. Mr. Snyder rapidly rose to a position of prominence, and was elected steward of the county workhouse, a position he held for the long term of twenty-five years, a high testimonial of the efficient service he rendered the public. His death occurred at his home in Carlisle.

John N. Snyder, son of Henry, and father of John H., was born in Carlisle, and received a good education in the public schools at Carlisle, after which he attended business college at Pittsburg. For some time he acted as bookkeeper under his father at the workhouse, and then for a time was engaged in farming. For the past fourteen years he has made his home in Carlisle, where he is employed in the shoe factory. He married Mary Fernbaugh, of Carlisle.

John H. Snyder was born Oct. 26, 1872, in Carlisle. In his youth he attended the country schools and the Carlisle public schools, thereby acquiring a good substantial education. At the age of seventeen he began to learn the trade of barber from E. J. Weidman, and has since been engaged in that line. He is thoroughly up-to-date in his work, and his pleasant manners have won him many a steady customer. In 1894 he opened parlors at his present location, and now caters to a constantly increasing patronage.

On March 25, 1898, Mr. Snyder was married, in Carlisle, to Miss Nora Lind, and two children have come to brighten their home, Lionel B. and Adele M. Socially Mr. Snyder belongs to the Knights of the Golden Eagle and to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a Democrat in politics.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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