Jacob H. Snyder
Biography

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 397-398, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Jacob H. Snyder, an extensive farmer of Brown county, was born about four miles from Duncannon, Perry county, Pennsylvania, June 10, 1831. His father, Jacob Snyder, was born in Germany, and his father, George Snyder, was also a native of Germany, who emigrated with his family to America about 1814, locating in Pennsylvania. Here he spent his last years in Perry county. His son was twelve years old when he came to America, with his parents. He was reared to agricultural pursuits and followed farming in Perry county until 1837, when he removed to Ohio. He and his family made the entire journey overland with teams. He purchased a tract of land in Preble county, which he improved, and on which he resided until his death, in 1858. His wife was named Elizabeth Young, born in Pennsylvania, of German parents. She died on the home farm in Preble county, in 1867.
  Jacob was six years old when he moved to Preble county with his parents, and there he was reared and educated. He began when very young to assist on the farm, remaining with his parents until he attained his majority, and then began life for himself on rented land. He continued to rent land in Ohio, until 1865, and then came to Illinois, and bought land in Woodstock township, Schuyler county, and lived there until 1872. He then bought land in Cooperstown township. He also bought other land at different times, and at the present time owns 740 acres in the same township. He resided there until 1891, when he bought the farm where he now resides. This is a well improved farm, of eighty-six acres, on the Rushville road, two miles east of the Mt. Sterling courthouse.
  In 1860, he married Margaret Rush, born in Preble County, Ohio. Her father, Cornelius Rush, was born in Virginia, and his father, John Rush, was also a native of Virginia, and he emigrated from there to Ohio, being a pioneer of Preble county. From there he went to Indiana, and spent his last years near Logansport. Father of Mrs. Snyder was married in Preble county, resided there a few years, then moved to Cass county, Indiana, and was quite an early settler there. He purchased a tract of timber land and built a log house and resided there until his death in 1857. His wife was named Barbara Brower. She was born in Virginia, daughter of Daniel and Sarah (Flora) Brower. She now lives with her daughter, Mrs. Snyder, and has done so since the death of her husband.
  Mr. and Mrs. Snyder have nine children living. They are: Joseph F., John B., Ida N., Cora G., Luella B., Angeline A., Charles H., Olive E. and Arthur L. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Snyder is a Republican in politics, and both he and his wife have hosts of friends by whom they are admired and respected. He was a Union soldier in the late war.




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