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Benjamin F. Snyder
Atchison County, Kansas


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The following transcription is from a 750 page book titled "Genealogical and Biographical Record of North-Eastern Kansas, dated 1900.  These have been diligently transcribed and generously contributed by Penny R. Harrell, please give her a very big Thank You for her hard work!

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Benjamin F. Snyder

Among the honored citizens of Effingham, Kansas, is the well known gentleman whose name introduces this sketch, Benjamin F. Snyder, ex-probate judge of Atchison county, Kansas.  Judge Snyder is a native of Ohio, born near Canal Dover in Tuscarawas county, December 31, 1843, a son of Rezin A. and Susan (Helwig) Snyder, the former a native of Maryland and the latter of Pennsylvania.

Rezin A. Snyder and his wife went to Ohio in early life, settling among the pioneers of Tuscarawas county, and on a farm in that county they spent many years, she dying there.  He afterward married and moved to Holmes county, but some twenty years later removed to Wayne county and died there.

In his boyhood Benjamin F. attended the district schools and assisted his father in the farm work.  He was seventeen when the Civil War came on.  Patriotism, which has always been a strong element in his make-up, showed itself at that early age, and when the call was made for volunteers to put down the rebellion he was among the first to enlist.

As a member of Company E, Sixteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, he went to the front, his command being assigned to the Department of the Gulf, Gen. Sherman commanding the forces.  Young Snyder was a participant in the siege of Vicksburg in 1863, the capture of Mobile and the engagement at Jackson, Mississippi, besides other smaller actions.  He remained in the service until the close of the war, when he was honorably discharged, being mustered out of the service in September, 1865. 

On his return home from the army Mr. Snyder engaged in farming at his old home in Ohio, and for two years devoted his energies to farming and stock raising there.  That year he came west and settled in Center township, Atchison county, Kansas, where he has had farming interests ever since.

He is now the owner of eighty acres of land just outside the corporate limits of Effingham, the buildings on which were erected by him, and on this place he carries on general farming and stock raising.

Judge Snyder has always been a Republican and has a political career that covers a number of years.  He was three times elected and served as trustee of Center township.

Under President Harrison's administration he was appointed postmaster of Effingham, which office he filled acceptably until he resigned in order to accept the office of probate judge.  This latter office he filled three terms, serving in all six years and retiring in January, 1899.

Since then he has devoted his time and attention to his farm and other private affairs.  Like most veterans of the Civil War, Judge Snyder maintains membership in the Grand Army of the Republic, being identified with Effingham Post, No. 276.  He is also a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and both he and his wife belong to the Lutheran Church.

He was married, in 1871, to Miss Mary E. Wallick, a daughter of Benjamin and Mary Wallick, her family having come to Atchison county, Kansas in pioneer days.  Her father is now well advanced in years and is still a resident of this county.

Mr. and Mrs. Snyder have five children, namely: Effie May, wife of Charles Ellis, of Atchison county; Mabel, Homer R. and Mearl J. and Earl G., twins.

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