WASHINGTON SNYDER, a substantial farmer of Gibson township, residing on his highly cultivated and well developed
farm of 47 acres located in sections No. 15 and 22, was born January 31, 1853, in Gibson township, Mercer County,
Ohio, and is a' son of James Riley and Lydia (Gilbert) Snyder.
James R. Snyder was born in Virginia, but when quite small was brought to Darke County, Ohio, by his parents, and
was reared on a farm near Greenville. About one year after his marriage, he moved to Mercer County, and bought
a farm of 130 acres, on which he lived until his death, in March, 1855, being killed by the falling of a beam at
a barn raising. His widow survived him until October 2, 1902, being 80 years of age at the time of her death. Mr.
and Mrs. James R. Snyder were the parents of five children, as follows: John F.; James R.; William M.; Susannah.
(Bender); and Washington, our subject.
Washington Snyder was two years old at the time of his father's death. He was reared and educated in Gibson township,
and has always been engaged in farming. He lived on the home farm for six years after his marriage until 1882,
when he bought and moved upon a 40 acre farm in Gibson township a part of his present estate. The large frame house
which the family occupies was built in the fall of 1882.
Mr. Snyder was married June 20, 1876, to Lucretia A. Clark, a daughter of William Clark. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder have
had 12 children: Ellen Isaphene, who married Joseph E. Van Kirk and has had five children, three of whom are now
living - Kittie May, Bessie Glenn and Fannie Elizabeth; William Riley, who married Sarah Runkle, lives' in Gibson
township and has one daughter - Sarah Elizabeth; Wellington Wiley, who is married and lives in Darke County, Ohio;
and John Marshall, Charlie Glenn, Fannie E., Washington Roscoe, Don Clark, Louden, Lucretia May, Arlie (deceased
at the age of 10 months) and Verne. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder are members of the Church of Christ at Fort Recovery. A
group picture of the Snyder family accompanies this sketch.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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