From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 792-793


John Snyder was born in Richland County, Ohio, in June, 1828.  His father, William Snyder, was a native of New York, and moved with his parents to Richland County.  John Snyder remained in his native county till 1852, and then came to Steuben County, Ind., and located on section 11, Otsego Township, where he lived till 1872, when he sold his farm and bought another in Steuben Township.  In 1883, on account of ill health, he retired from farming and located in Pleasant Lake.  He enlisted in 1862 in the Seventy-fourth Indiana Infantry and served till May, 1864.  He enlisted as a private and passed through a series of promotions till in February, 1863, he was appointed Second Lieutenant.  He was afterward commissioned First Lieutenant, but on account of disability was not mustered in.  He participated in the battle of Chickamauga, where he was wounded in the right foot, from the effects of which he has never fully recovered, and owing to disability resigned in May, 1864.  Mr. Snyder was married in Ohio, to Cornelia Hopp, a native of New York, daughter of Frederick and Susan Hopp.  Her father died when she was a child, leaving a family of ten children to the care of a widowed mother.  Mrs. Hopp died in Neva, Ohio.  Mr. and Mrs. Snyder have had six children, four of whom are living -- Zella E., Susan A., Orpha O., and Nellie M,  The deceased were William and Sarah J., wife of Frank Noyes.  Mrs. Snyder's eldest brother, Aaron Hopp, was a resident of Pleasant Lake ten years, his wife, Sarah (Amsbaugh) Snyder, dying here in January, 1869.  He subsequently returned to Ohio.  Her brother George is a resident of Steuben Township, and a sister, Mrs. Sarah McGuire, lives in Lagrange County, Ind.


Submitted by Kim Davoli