I am going to begin this thread to try to open a discussion about the status of research into the ancestors of Peter Snyder, b. 13 Aug 1820 who married Clarinda Edgecomb on 9 Apr 1840. It is well known from his biographies that he was the son of Philip and Mary (Sharpsteen) Snyder, who lived in New York, and grandson of Philip Snyder, native of Germany. This information is summarized at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~besr/1.htm
However, given the commonness of both the names Philip and Snyder, it has been difficult to trace the Snyder line to specific locations.
I have recently become convinced on the basis of circumstantial evidence that the Peter Snyder who married Betsey Lewis and resided in Trumbull County, OH was an uncle to Peter (b. 1820) and therefore a brother of Philip who married Mary Sharpsteen. In replies to this message I will outline my reasons for this as I have time. It is my hope that this connection may help in furthering the search for the ancestors of Peter Snyder (b. 1820), either by making contact with descendants of other Snyder branches who have this information, or by making it possible to differentiate among Philip Snyders through the knowledge that Peter was a brother.