Genealogy has become a hobby for me over the last 10 years. For me, it's like a puzzle, I love fitting the pieces together. But over the years, I've researched a lot that does not pertain to our family lines. Some for extended family, some for close friends, and some because I was trying to rule out lines to figure out where our line went exactly. I do not want these notes on my Heather's Genealogy Notes blog - because they are not our lines. But I do like to share all of my research, in case it benefits others. That is what this blog is for - research I have done that does not apply to our own family lines, but may be helpful for someone else.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jacob Snyder 1813-1881

(This is NOT the Jacob Snyder who married Elizabeth Seidel)
This is also not the father of John Moser Snyder who married Mary Ritter 

Jacob Snyder  
son of
Born March 8, 1813 in Germany
Died November 27 1881 in Lycoming County PA
Elgiah Meyers
Daughter of Unknown Meyers
Born: April 20, 1813 in Germany
Died: April 16, 1878

Jacob Snyder 1841– 1923
John Snyder 1844
Sarah Snyder 1847–1916 m. Daniel Egly
Caroline Snyder 1850-1862
Mary Ann Snyder 1853-1922 m. Lefever
William Snyder 1859-1911 

Time Line:

1813 - Birth of Jacob
1850 census shows a Barbara Snyder b. 1785 living w/him - mother?
born 1812, 1860 census says mother born  in Wurttemburg, Germany, 1850 says in PA

Jacob's daughter Sarah married Daniel Egly - in a bio of Daniel, it says "He married (Jan 16 1867) Sarah E. Snyder, who was a born in Muncy Creek Township 3 July 1847, a daughter of Jacob Elijah Snyder, who after the death of his father in Germany, left his native land for the new world, accompained by his mother, one brother and one sister. Ten children were the issue of this union, one of whom is deceased. " copied by Harold S. Egli, 1959  (I don't know source. Probably records of a family member or a family bible.)

Birth of Elgiah -
Daughter Susan's death certificate shows her mothers name as "Eliza (Elgia?) Meyers"

Per the Lutheran Church Records from Malmsheim, Johann Jacob was born 3/8/1813 and baptized 3/9.  His sponsors (godparents) were Christian Jacob Mundinger(Unknown), George  Jacob Zippolin, and Maria Margareta, wife of Michael Mullinpost (Unknown).  The birth record was also marked that he went to America in 1831.
    Per some book I found in the LCGS library but forgot to write the name down, Johann Jakob Schneider was born 3/8/1813 at Malmsheim (Germany), and applied for emigration to North America in July of 1831, #837958.  (Now have printout from of Wuerttemberg Emigration Index, same info). - Article found on, no author given

1831 - Came to America
Per the naturalization papers filed at the Lycoming County court house, Jacob Snyder was born in 1813 and came to the USA in 1831.  He had settled in PA and was sworn in as a citizen 12/9/1839.  - Article found on, no author given

Wuerttemberg, Germany Emigration Index about Johann Jakob Schneider
District: Leonberg
Name: Schneider, Johann Jakob
Birth Date: 8 Mar 1813
Birth Place: Malmsheim
Application Date: Jul 1831
Destination: North America

Number: 837958

1839 - Naturalized

Bought Land -
Per various deeds found at the Lycoming County Court House, Jacob (along with Maria Snyder, Conrad Snyder, and Catherine Snyder) bought 43 acres and 10 perches of land in Muncy Creek Twp from Michael Snyder in 1833.  On 9/7/1839, Conrad and Catherine signed over the land to Jacob, and on 8/21/1845, Maria signed over her share to Jacob.
    On 7-22-1839, Jacob bought an adjoining 29 acres and 71 9/10 perches of land in Muncy Creek Twp from Michael Snyder.  - Article found on, no author given

We know Jacob's son Jacob was born in 1841, so Jacob probably married sometime after his arrival in 1831, and before 1840?  Elgiah was also born in Germany - when did she get here?

1840 - 
Per 1840 census, Muncy Creek Twp, page 50, Jacob's residence had 5 total people, 2 adult males of the correct age group, 2 adult females of the correct age group, and 1 female 50 -60 (Barbara);  two of these people were in agriculture.  He was living next to Soloman Snyder, William Conrad, and the John Conrad farms. Per 1850 census, Muncy Creek Twp, page 415, living near Solomon Snyder, and Andrew Snyder's sons Philip, David, and Daniel, Jacob Snyder, 38 year old farmer with real estate worth $1200, born in PA.  - Article found on, no author given

1850 Census
Name: Jacob Snyder
Age: 38
Birth Year: abt 1812
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Muncy Creek, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 593
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob Snyder 38
Eliza Snyder 32
Jacob Snyder 9
John Snyder 6
Sarah Snyder 3
Caroline Snyder 0
Barbara Snyder 65

1860 Census

Name: Jacob Snyder
Age in 1860: 47
Birth Year: abt 1813
Birthplace: Württemberg / Wurttemberg
Home in 1860: Fairfield, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Williamsport
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob Snyder 47
Elgin Snyder 45
Jacob H Snyder 18
John Snyder 16
Sarah Snyder 12
Caroline Snyder 10
Ann Snyder 6
William Snyder 1

Per deeds recorded at the Lycoming County court house, on 5-2-1857 he sold both tracts of his land to George Washington Dewald of Muncy Creek Township for $750.  He then bought 115 acres of land in Lower Fairfield Twp on 12-14-1857 from Henry Hill and his wife.
    Per 1860 census, Fairfield Twp, page 206, 47 year old farmer with real estate worth $2500 and a personal estate worth $900, born in Wurtemberg (with the same children as the 1850 census).

    Per record-keeper of the White Church, one of the original trustees and co-signer of the deed (Book 55 page 20) to the church land bought on 3-10-1865 for $50.  It was signed by John Jacob Snyder, Jacob F Drick, and Jacob Hauser, "trustees for the Presbyterian & Lutheran Christian Denominations".  The land contained 1 acre and 85 perches, and was sold by Michael and Catharine Keebler, who are buried at the church.  The church was situated behind land owned by Jacob Snyder, so possibly this is the correct John Jacob Snyder.  There was another John Jacob Snyder who lived in Fairfield Twp and is buried at that church, his wife was Mary.  He lived at the other end of Fairfield Twp, though, so I'm assuming (!) he wasn't a trustee.
   On 4-1-1868 he bought 77 acres and 1 perch of woodland from the Simon Dewald estate in "Fairfield formerly Muncy Twp"  for $300 (this probably adjoined his other land).  On 2-25-1869 he bought 33 acres (or 27 acres 10 perches?) in     Muncy Twp from Hugh McNerney (McAnerney) for $800.
 - Article found on, no author given

In 1862, Daughter Caroline died, age 12.

1870 Census
Name: Jacob Snyder
Age in 1870: 57
Birth Year: abt 1813
Birthplace: Württemberg / Wurttemberg
Home in 1870: Fairfield, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Montoursville
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob Snyder 57
Elizabeth Snyder 52
Mary Ann Snyder 16

    Per 1870 census, Fairfield Twp, page 89, 54 (unclear) year old farmer born in Wurtemberg, father and mother of foreign birth, Jacob not listed as a citizen of the US.
    On 12-18-1871 he purchased 30 acres in Upper Fairfield Twp (adjoining his other land) from Henry E Handlen (or Wendler) for $750 (his son William later bought this piece of land from the estate).  - Article found on, no author given

U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 about J Snyder
Owner's Name: J Snyder
State: Pennsylvania
County: Lycoming
Town: Upper Fairfield; Loyalsock

Year: 1873

1878 - Elgiah Died
April 16, 1878

1880 Census
Name: Jacob Snyder
Age: 67
Birth Year: abt 1813
Birthplace: Wuert
Home in 1880: Upper Fairfield, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Widower
Father's Birthplace: Wuert
Mother's Birthplace: Wuert
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farmer
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob Snyder 67
William Snyder 21
Hannah Bastian 64

Per 1880 census, Upper Fairfield Twp, parcel 47-47 (side #'s), 57 year old farmer born in Wurtemberg with parents who were born in Wurtemberg, living with his son William and housekeeper Hannah Bastian (his wife Elgiah was deceased), 54 years old.
   At the time of his death in 1881, he owned between 250 and 300 acres.
   Buried at the White Church Cemetery.  I had read the headstone as born 3-18-1813 and died in December 1881.  Per the Cemetery Book, born 3-8-1818 and died 3-27-1881.  I went to the church cemetery to check again, but the headstone has deteriorated badly.  The 3-8 date matches the information from the Immigration Index. - Article found on, no author given

1881 - Jacob died

I think his parents may be:

Jacob Heinrich Schneider
1777 – 1824
Maria Barbara Schmidt
1784 – 1859

Death certificate for Daughter Sarah (Married Egli) FINALLY gives a hint as to who Elgiah was - Elgiah Meyers

    Daughter Mary Ann (Snyder) Lefever's death certificate lists mothers maiden name as "unknown"

Son William's DC  shows mother as Elgiah Meyers:

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