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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  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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J. G. SNIDER, M.D., a rising young physician of Cedarville Township, Greene County, is in connection with his practice operating a well-regulated farm. This lies about four miles north of the city, and it would seem that the proprietor has little to complain of in the distribution of fortune’s favors. He is the offspring of a good family, being the son of J. C. and E. M. (Thomas) Snider, and the grandson of Adam Snider, the latter a native of Little Briton, Md. The paternal great-grandfather was George Snider, who traced his ancestry to the North of England.

The subject of this notice was born in Jefferson County, this State, August 24, 1862, and remained a resident of that county until reaching manhood. He was in delicate health during his younger years, but obtained a good education, attending school at Hopedale, and later being graduated from the University of Scio. He entered upon the study of medicine under the instruction of Dr. A. Beresford, and later became a student of the Medical College in Cincinnati and the Bennett College of Eclectic Medicine and Surgery of Chicago, from which he was duly graduated.

Dr. Snider commenced the regular practice of his profession in partnership with George W. Abbott, who was Commander-in-chief of the order of Sons of Veterans. About that time he formed the acquaintance of Miss Ella Houser, of Xenia, to whom he was married March 30, 1887. Soon afterward the newly-wedded pair removed to the farm which they now occupy, and which is familiarly known as the old George Brown homestead. It embraces one hundred and fifty acres of choice land, and is amply furnished with all the modern improvements. Dr. Snider is a stirring, energetic young man, somewhat prominent in local affairs, and a member in good standing of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Xenia. He was admitted to this church by letter from the Third Presbyterian Church of Chicago, of which his brother was pastor.

The maternal grandfather of our subject was William McDowell, who married Miss Nancy Dobbins, and John Dobbins, father of the latter, married a sister of William Penn. Grandfather Daniel Thomas married Elizabeth McDowell, and was the son of Daniel and Fannie (McCrea) Thomas. Father and son were powerful men physically, and blacksmiths by trade. The McCrea family was of Irish origin, and settled in Virginia at an early day. Grandfather Thomas served as a soldier in the War of 1812. One of his uncles was in the Revolutionary War, and went over Niagara Falls in a vessel which the British had captured and which they sent over the falls with all on board.

Grandfather Thomas was at the battle of Baltimore in 1814, to which he marched barefoot a long distance. From these few facts it may easily be imagined that if the history of the Thomas and McCrea families could be fully gathered and written out it would form a tale full worthy of perusal.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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