History of Huntington County, Indiana (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Jefferson Township Biographies. Page 688.
Phineas Snyder, a prominent farmer of Jefferson Township, was born in Brown Co., OH, April 18, 1832. His parents were Philip and Eliza (Anthony) Snyder, natives of Virginia. They were married in Warren Co., OH, about 1826. Phineas was reared on a farm and adopted farming as a life profession. At the age of eighteen he started for Tippecanoe Co., IN, and worked by the day and month for about seven years. In 1855 he came to Huntington Co., and engaged to work with Abraham Nordyke. On January 13, 1859, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth a Nordyke, daughter of John and Sarah Nordyke, pioneers of this township, and whose biographies appear in this volume. Elizabeth was born October 29, 1833 in Henry Co., IN; her life has been principally spent in Huntington County. This union was blessed with five children: Minerva, Franklin, Sarah F., Emma A., and Jane, of whom Minerva and Franklin are deceased. Mr. Snyder is a member of Lodge No. 33, F. & A. M. By dint of industry and perseverance he has provided himself with a fine improved farm in Section 6, provided with good improvements. Mr. Snyder is one of the substantial farmers of Jefferson, and a highly respected citizen. Politically, he is a Republican, but never held any office. He has done his share toward the development of the township.