Today we remember out 5th (and 6th) great-grandfather Abraham Snyder, first generation American-born Snyder and farmer in Back Creek Valley, West Virginia. He died come Sunday 174 years ago.
When Abraham Snyder was born in 1763 in (what is today West) Virginia, his father, Jacob, was 31 and his mother, Margaret, was 29. Abraham was married three times, first to Sarah Chidester in 10 June 1797. They had 4 children: Mary, Jacob, James and Charlotte, and their son Jacob is our 4th (and 5th) great-grandfather. Second, he married Mary Miller in 1807, and they had 3 more children: Ann, Christian and Daniel. Third, he married Catherine Miller in 1819, and they had another 7 children: Rose Ann, Abraham Jr, William, George W, Hannah, John William and Elizabeth Jane.
Abraham’s father Jacob operated a grist mill at the Old Snider Plantation near the site of the (now removed) Swinging Bridge over Back Creek. Jacob had immigrated at the age of 17 to Philadelphia from Germany, arriving on the ship “Fane” on 17 October 1749. On board the ship were also his father Jacob Schneider Sr., his mother Anna Margaretha Seffer and his siblings Christopher, Johan, Jacob, and Martin.
Abraham died on 7 April 1845, having lived a long life of 82 years. It is believed that he is buried near his father’s grave in an unmarked location.
This is the location of the Jacob Snyder (1732-1790) gravestone. It used to be the “Snider Cemetery” where Abraham Snyder as well as the first two of his three wives and their infant children were buried. The property was sold after Abraham’s death in 1845.
Rest in Peace, Great-Grandpa Abraham.