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Here are some Snyder stories and accounts over the years:

Snyder, Snider, and Schneider in America

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Simon Snyder at Selinsgrove

When Simon Snyder was fifteen his father died and two years later, in 1776, he moved to York where he apprenticed with a man who taught him the tanning and currying trades.  While in York, Snyder studied reading, writing and mathematics at night with a local Quaker schoolmaster.  Beyond this, Snyder was largely a self taught man.  

In 1784, at the age of twenty five, Simon and his brother-in-law Anthony Selin, the founder of Selinsgrove, became partners in a general store there.  Selinsgrove was then at the Pennsylvania frontier.  The business required willingness to work hard, honesty, and a shrewd business sense, all of which virtues Simon Snyder possessed.  

A general store could sometimes be the stepping stone to political office for its proprietor.  And this proved to be the case for Simon Snyder.  In 1785 he was elected a Justice of the Peace and in 1789 he was appointed as one of two representatives the county sent to the State Constitutional Convention.  His political rise had started. 

After serving three consecutive terms as Pennsylvania Governor, Snyder returned to Selinsgrove in 1816 and built his home on North Market Street.  However, he was to die there three years later of typhoid.  His gravesite at Sharon Lutheran church in Selinsgrove is marked by a monument topped by his bust.

Snyders in New Jersey and Canada

Christian Schneider was one of many Palatine refugees from Germany.  According to the Pennsylvania archives' passengers lists, he came on the William and Sarah in 1727. This list includes the following Snyders: Christian, Jacob, Martin, Mathias, Madeline and Susannah.  Madeline was his wife.  Jacob, Martin and Mattias were probably his brothers.  Christian at the time was about 32 years old.

Following their arrival and processing, Christian and his wife Madeline joined thousands of German refugees who settled in northwest New Jersey, about ninety miles north of Philadelphia. They made their home near Paulins Creek in Warren county.

Adam Snyder was born there in 1739.  In 1793, after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, he left with his family for Canada.   They were six weeks on the road, covering about five hundred miles through the wilderness. The “roads” were only Indian trails between settlements. The women and children rode the horses and on wagons. The men walked and drove the cattle and sheep.

Upon their arrival in Canada, the family settled in the northern part of Gainesborough township in Lincoln county, Ontario.  He built a saw mill and a grist mill on the nearby creek and his community became known as Snyder's Mills.  Family legend has it that his wife Ann befriended the Indians who came to her door.  She was so good to them that they looked upon her as a saint and named the Snyder place “St. Ann's."

Alonzo Snyder in the Mississippi Delta

Alonzo Snyder was a chancer.  He had come to the Mississippi Delta from Kentucky in 1838 as a young man. He married into the Beiller family which gave him access to their estates.  In his legal profession he became particularly adept in handling bankrupted estates.  Many of their plantations wound up in the hands of Snyder or his friends.  By 1860 he was worth nearly $200,000 in real estate and personal property, a large sum in those days.  

There is a daguerreotype portrait taken of him at this time.  He was by then a respected district judge and increasingly active in local politics.  Snyder was one of the prominent leaders of the Breckinridge faction in Louisiana, which was pro-Union at the time.  However, in 1861, he was elected as a delegate to the Louisiana secession convention. 

In the spring of 1863, Union soldiers came to arrest him at his home.  Snyder spent three months in a prison in Alton, Illinois.  But then he was released and returned to Louisiana and his estates.

The Sniders at Trafalgar Township, Ontario

Michael Snider and his wife Catherine moved to the Mississauga region of Upper Canada in 1802, obtaining a 200-acre land plot.  He settled in 1809 west of what is known today as Winston Churchill Boulevard.  

His son David Snider followed suit, moving to Canada with his wife Eliza and making his home in Trafalgar township in 1819.  These Sniders quickly became renowned for their fine horses.  David Snider was a farmer until his passing in 1862 at the age of 79.  

David’s son Joseph carried the mail to and from Postville in Trafalgar township for Snider’s Corners; a job he inherited from his father.  At that time the place had just a church and schoolhouse, but it was well known as a social centre for surrounding farm families.  Later Joseph was appointed as postmaster for Snider’s Corners.  He also worked as a tavern inspector, assessor and tax collector.

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