From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 690-691
Indiana has many sons who have won fame and fortune in various ways, but of none has she more reason to be proud than those who brought order out of chaos, and, unheeding hardships and danger, hewed farms from the forests and changed them to productive fields whence comes the sustenance of the people. The farmer of the long ago opened the way to our present prosperity when he settled in the little hut in the wilderness. The labor and thought involved in obtaining a living from the land stimulated both mental and physical nature until he became self-reliant and strong, willing to undergo privation and hardship that good might result; and the many blessings which have come to us through modern investigation and foresight are but the outgrowth of the self-reliant and indepdendent (sic) spirit of the pioneer.
One of the earliest and most honored settlers of Huntington county, Indiana, was Jacob Snyder, the father of our subject. He was born in the state of Virginia in 1791, and there grew to manhood, uniting in marriage with Margaret Roberts. He moved with his family to Fairfield county, Ohio, where Jacob, their youngest child, was born December 4, 1831, and in 1835, they located in Wayne township, Huntington county, Indiana, one of the first families to settle there. With commndable (sic) foresight the father entered a tract of two hundred and forty acres of land during President Van Buren's administration, and set about clearing it off. In this he was assisted by his children, of whom Jacob was the tenth and only one surviving. He died July 3, 1861. The mother died in October, 1847, aged fifty-four years.
Jacob Snyder knew at an early age what was meant by hard work, and few moments were allowed for recreation or improvement. All the latent enegies were brought into play to wring a subsistence from the soil during those early days when luxuries were unknown and comforts were at a premium. Schools were not available, and the only training obtained by young Snyder was in the school of experience, which is probably the most effective after all. He helped fell trees and clear off underbrush as soon as he was large enough, and when he became older went out to work, receiving six dollars a month as his hire. He was diligent and trustworthy, giving his employer his best efforts, and so well was his work received that he was retained for six years, and only left to take charge of forty acres of ground which he had himself purchased with his savings. This little farm was in Wayne township, and was the nucleus around which he has built up his present comfortable fortune. The pride of ownership lent him renewed energy, and his crops so grew and prospered that he was able to buy more land, and at this time he owns one hundred and twenty-three acres in Wayne township, sixty acres in Wabash county, and a small piece of six acres which is beautifully situated on the Salamonie river, in the township of that name, about one-quarter of a mile from Warren; and this is the home now occupied by Mr. Snyder and his estimable wife. He has accumulated some eight or ten thousand dollars, enough to keep him in comfort, and his example is one which it would be well for more of our boys to follow in their battle with the world. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder have no children of their own, but have given a home to two orphans, bestowing upon them all the love and care of actual parents. They are worthy citizens of Huntington county, and are held in high esteem. Their names are Amos Parrott and Mary Jane Scott. Mr. Snyder was married December 14, 1854, to Lettie Stephens, daughter of Thomas and Rachael (Gater) Stephens. Her parents were natives of Pennsylvania, and later moved to Fayette, Indiana, and came to Huntington county, Indiana, about 1842, where they lived until their deaths. Her father died in Wayne township, and the mother in Jefferson township.
The father of Mr. Snyder was a soldier in the war of 1812, and after serving for some time hired a substitute. Later he received a land warrant, but no attention was ever paid to it by him or his family. Mr. and Mrs.Snyder are of the most respected citizens of Huntington county, have made a host of friends and have become widely known throughout the entire county. He has been one of the hardest working men this county has ever known, and has cleared and ditched more land than any other man in the county.
In politics he was raised a Democrat, but he usually uses his good judgment and votes for the best man. He has contributed a great deal of money for the erection of many of the churches of the county, some of them being twelve miles distant, that he nor his wife were ever in. They do not belong to any church, but are hearty supporters to the cause and are glad to see that so many of the young people take such interest in the religious cause.
Mr. Snyder began the battle of life for himself having only a rugged constitution, strong hands and willing heart, and has risen step by step, through perseverance and indefatigable industry to wealth, honor and influence, and numbers among his friends persons in all walks of life. He helped to erect the first log school-house in Wayne township, and in fact has been very conspicuous in all enterprises of the county.