Biography of John Snell
Miami County, Ohio Biographies





JOHN SNELL, farmer; P. 0. Brandt; is a son of Jacob and Barbara Snell, who came to Ohio by means of wagons, in a company of thirty persons in 1830; they stopped in Montgomery Co. for about two years, and then came to Bethel Township, Miami Co., and bought 120 acres of land, on which they made some additional improvements in the way of clearing, repairing the house and erecting a new barn; here they spent the remainder of their lives; he died in 1855 at the age of 59 years, and she in 1860 aged 60 years. The subject of this sketch was born in Rockingham Co., Va., July 19. 1827; his cradle, while on the way to this country, was the feed box fastened to the hind part of the wagon; in this he slept while crossing the Ohio at Wheeling. Being the oldest son, he had the principal part of the work to do on the farm, as his father worked at the carpenters trade; in 1853, he settled on 82 acres of land in the above named township, lying in Secs. 3 and 9 here he has since resided, and, having erected new, substantial farm buildings, he has a very desirable farm, in a high state of cultivation. His marriage with Maria L. Rupp was celebrated Nov. 7, 1850; she was born in Lancaster, Penn., Feb. 15, 1830, and is a daughter of Samuel Rupp. whd came to this State in 1837, and is still living in Clark Co. Mr. and Mrs. Snell are the parents of three children - Minerva R., Jacob F. and Mary E. Mr. Snell and family, except one daughter, are members of the German Baptist Church.

From:
History of Miami County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Co.
Chicago 1880


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