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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  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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STEPHEN SNYDER was born in New Hanover, Montgomery county, December 26, 1830, and attended the public schools until he was seventeen years of age. He was then apprenticed to learn the trade of cabinet-making to Mr. Rosenbarger, of Hatfield. He worked at his trade until about 1863, when he settled on the farm where he has lived ever since. The place was formerly known as the Cassel farm and contains seventy-three acres. He is independent in politics, voting for the man rather than party.

Stephen Snyder married, November 8, 1856, Mary Ann Kline, daughter of Jonathan Kline, of Gwynedd township, Montgomery county. They had no children. Mrs. Mary Ann Snyder was born February 19, 1835, and died May 17, 1865. She is buried in the cemetery of Towamencin church.

Stephen Snyder married (second wife) Mrs. Annie Metz, daughter of Daniel Cassel. She was born December 23, 1836, and they were married July 7, 1865. They had two children: Amanda, born July 5, 1867, married Franklin Bower, of Towamencin; and Elizabeth, born December 10, 1868, resides with her parents.

Isaac Schneider (father) was born in New Hanover township, Montgomery county. He received a common-school education and learned the trade of tanning under his father. He followed this occupation all his life. In politics he was an active Democrat and served in the position of register of wills of Montgomery county for one term. He was a member of the Reformed church, in which he was deacon, elder and trustee. Isaac Schneider was born May 16, 1793, and died April 7, 1877. He married Elizabeth Reigner, who was born June 4, 1798, and died October 1, 1851. Their children: Solomon, born July 19, 1817, married, December 26, 1841, Dorothea, daughter of Emmanuel Swartz, they having two children; Lewis, born May 29, 1819, married Mary Corn, and died July 31, 1881; Sophia, born February 2, 1821, died May 3, 1892, was the wife of Jacob Hendricks; Jacob and John (twins), born March 25, 1823, Jacob dying September 21, 1851, and John October 2, 1859; Susan, born October 13, 1825, married, November 6, 1843, Jacob Schwartz (deceased); Mary Ann married, October 17, 1847, Henry Cassel, both he and she being now deceased; Rebecca married, November 23, 1853, John Keil; Hermina, married, March 24, 1856, William Hortzog (deceased); and Augustus and Isaac died young.

Jacob Schneider (grandfather) was a tanner by trade and also a farmer. He was a Democrat and served as justice of the peace. He belonged to the Reformed church. He and his wife had three children. As is indicated by the name, the family is of German origin, but its members have been residents of Montgomery county for many generations.

Solomon Snyder, brother of Stephen Snyder, was a school teacher, justice of the peace of Mainland, and register of wills of Montgomery county, and was very active in politics. He left a wide circle of friends. He was educated in the common schools at Trappe and at Lexington Academy. He learned the profession of a civil engineer but soon abandoned it.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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