From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 692-693


Andrew J. Snyder is a native of Canandaigua, N. Y., born May 11, 1840, a son of William L. and Fannie (Woodbridge) Snyder, his father born Aug. 12, 1802, and his mother Jan. 24, 1815.  William L. Snyder was a carpenter by occupation.  He enlisted in 1862 in the Fiftieth New York Engineers and served several months, was discharged on account of disability.  In 1868 he moved to Flint, Mich., where he died in November, 1881.  His wife is living with her son in Angola.  They had a family of three children -- Catherine E., George W. and A. J.   Andrew J. Snyder was educated in the common schools of his native State.  When seventeen years of age he was apprenticed to learn the blacksmith's trade and served three years.  The first year he received $40 and his board, the second year $50, and the third year $75.  In 1861 he came west and located at Orland, Ind.  In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company B, One Hundredth Indiana Infantry.  From Fort Wayne they were sent to Indianapolis, and from there four companies of infantry and four of cavalry were sent to the borders of the State to meet Morgan.  In November they returned to Indianapolis and the regiment was organized and the latter part of the same month was sent to Memphis, thence overland to Vicksburg and returned then down the Mississippi to the Yazoo, and up that stream to Haines's Bluffs; then to Jackson, Miss., where they were assigned to the Sixteenth Army Corps, and afterward to the Fifteenth; participated in all its general engagements till the close of the war.  After the battle of Holly Springs Mr. Snyder was detailed as blacksmith of the regiment, serving in that capacity till the close of the war.  After the war he went to Flint, Mich., and formed a partnership with George Reighter, and three years later came to Angola.  Mr. Snyder was married in Vienna, N. Y., to Martha L. Carpenter, daughter of David Carpenter.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, lodge, chapter and council and has filled all the chairs of the lodge, from Junior Deacon to Master.  He is a member of B. J. Crosswaite Post, No. 150, G. A. R., of which he is Commander.  In politics he is a Republican.


Submitted by Kim Davoli