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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Lieut. Samuel Snyder, farmer, was born in Dauphin County, Penn., in 1830. He is the third of seven children of John and Elizabeth (Cortsnitz) Snyder, who are mentioned in the sketch of Hiram Snyder. Our subject was reared with few advantages of education, and came with his parents to Adair County. In 1858 he went to Lee County, Iowa, and five years later married Hester A., a daughter of Leonard and Nancy Tedro, of Scotland County, Mo. She was a native of Somerset County, Penn. Their children are Elizabeth (the wife of H. Houpt), Rachel (the wife of A. F. Cook), Arabella (now Mrs. J. R. Lankard), Maggie, Thomas, Susan and Jimmie, deceased. Samuel was engaged in teaming in West Point, Iowa, until 1860. For several years after that he was a farmer in this county, and in 1863 became a merchant at Ringo’s Point. The following year he joined Company B, Thirty-ninth Missouri Infantry, as second lieutenant. He soon went to Nashville, and arrived nine days after the fight. In April, 1864, he was made second lieutenant of Company H, in another organization. He then resumed merchandising, and about a year later returned to the farm, and since 1880 has been on his present estate. It embraces 200 acres on the prairie and twenty acres of timbered land. During the organization of the township he was assessor, and also served as postmaster for some time. His first vote was cast for Pierce, and he has never wavered from those principles.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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