Saturday, September 29, 2012

Surname Saturday – Ancestor #28 – David Snider


One of my goals for 2012 is to use the Surname Saturday blogging prompt as a way to assure that I spend some time researching each of my family lines and that I have appropriate source citations for the genealogical facts related to my ancestors. I’ve decided to use my ahnentafel report and work back through the generations starting with my grandparents, writing a summary of each ancestor. If you discovered this post through a search engine and find one of your ancestors listed here, please leave a comment to let me know.

My maternal 2nd great-grandfather David Snider was born 13 June 1810[1] probably in that area of Virginia that became West Virginia. His parents are unknown.

About 1835, David married Nancy Caldwell. The couple had seven known children:
  • Joseph Snider (1837[2]-bef 1910[3])
  • William Snider (Abt 1840[4]-bef 1900[5])
  • Delila J. Snider (1842-1917)[6]
  • Ezekiel Snider (Abt 1846[7]-aft 1910[8])
  • David A. Snider (1848-1929)[9] – my great grandfather
  • Jasper Snider (Abt 1851[10]-aft 1897[11])
  • Francis M. Snider (1855-1917)[12]

David and his family are found in 1840[13] and 1850[14] in Marshall County, Virginia; in 1850, he owned real estate valued at $1,200. In 1853, David purchased 219 acres of land in Union County, Ohio, from Thomas and Nancy Jameson for $1,478. According to the 1870 census, his real estate was then valued at $12,886 and his personal estate valued at $1,500.[15]

On each census where David is enumerated, he is listed as being employed in agriculture (1840)[16] or as a farmer (1850, [17] 1860, [18] and 1870[19]). Although Ancestry.com has some agriculture schedules digitized on their site, David does not appear on the Marshall County, Virginia, schedule for 1850 and the schedules for Ohio are not available on the site.

There are numerous references to men by the name of David Snider serving in Ohio units during the Civil War, but I have not explored them fully to determine where any of them is this David Snider.

Although I have not found David on the 1880 census in Union County, Ohio, he was the victim of horse thieves there late in 1880. According to a newspaper article, two horses were stolen by one George Cook and his son Frank![20]

David died on 4 April 1892 and is buried at Ford Cemetery in Taylor Township, Union County, Ohio.[21]

There are several opportunities for additional research:
1.      Research in Marshall County, West Virginia, for records for David, particularly deeds and census returns which may provide clues to the identity of his parents or other close relative;
2.      More research on his possible service during the Civil War;
3.      Determine whether agricultural schedules for Union County, Ohio, are available, and if so, see if David appears on them;
4.      Research in Union County death records for his death; and
5.      Newspapers for other mentions of his activities.




[1] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 26 Sep 2012), David Snider, Memorial #53025373, created by Robert72, 30 May 2010 (includes photograph of grave marker). Birth date is calculated based on the age shown on the grave marker.
[2] 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, District 33, Marshall County, Virginia, p. 263 (stamped), dwelling 319, family 321, David Snyder; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Mar 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 959.
[3] 1910 U.S. census, population schedule, Marysville, Union, Ohio, enumeration district (ED) 165, p. 6B, dwelling 173, family 153, household of Malusa Snider; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 1238. Joseph’s wife, Melissa Snider, is recorded as being a widow on the 1910 census.
[4] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., District 33, Marshall County, Virginia, p. 263 (stamped), dwell. 319, fam. 321, David Snyder.
[5] 1900 U.S. census, population schedule, York, Van Wert, Ohio, enumeration district (ED) 99, p. 10A, dwelling 181, family 183, household of Mary Snyder; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1329. William’s wife, Mary, is enumerated as being a widow in the 1900 census.
[6] Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Deaths 1908-1953, 4021566 02872, Deliah Ford; digital image, Family Search Internet (www.familysearch.org: 1 Mar 2010).
[7] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., District 33, Marshall County, Virginia, p. 263 (stamped), dwell. 319, fam. 321, David Snyder.
[8] 1910 U.S. census, population schedule, Taylor Township, Union County, Ohio, enumeration district (ED) 167, sheet 2B, dwelling 40, family 42, Ezekiel Snider; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 Sep 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 1238. Ezekiel has not been location on a census after 1910; no death certificate has been located.
[9] Neosho County, Kansas, death certificate no. 67 2969 (1929), David A. Snider; Office of Vital Statistics, Topeka.
[10] 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Taylor Township, Union County, Ohio, p. 127 (penned), dwelling 970, family 955, David Snider; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Mar 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 1044.
[11] Union County, Ohio, Deed Books, 78: 151, David Snider to Joseph Snider, statement of Francis M. Snider, 12 Nov 1897; FHL microfilm 573,763. I have not located Jasper in any documents after this date.
[12] Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Deaths 1908-1953, Frances Marion Snider; digital image, Family Search Internet (www.familysearch.org: 28 Apr 2011).
[13] 1840 U.S. census, Marshall County, Virginia, p. 274, line 15, David Snider; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Oct 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M704, roll 468.
[14] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., District 33, Marshall County, Virginia, p. 263 (stamped), dwell. 319, fam. 321, David Snyder.
[15] 1870 U.S. census, population schedule, Taylor Township, Union County, Ohio, p. 4 (penned), dwelling 25, family 25, David Snider; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 Sep 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 1274.
[16] 1840 U.S. census, Marshall County, Virginia, p. 274, David Snider.
[17] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., District 33, Marshall County, Virginia, p. 263 (stamped), dwell. 319, fam. 321, David Snyder.
[18] 1860 U.S. census, pop. sch., Taylor Township, Union County, Ohio, p. 127 (penned), dwell. 970, fam. 955, David Snider.
[19] 1870 U.S. census, pop. sch., Taylor Township, Union County, Ohio, p. 4 (penned), dwell. 25, fam. 25, David Snider. 
[20] "Local and Other Items," Richwood Gazette, 21 Oct 1880, p. 3, col. 2; digital images, NewspaperARCHIVE (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 17 May 2012).
[21] Find A Grave, David Snider, Memorial #53025373, created by Robert72, 30 May 2010 (includes photograph of grave marker).



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