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SNAVELY, JOSEPH, was born in Lebanon, Pa., June 4, 1793. He was the son of John and Gertrude (Boehm) Snavely, Pennsylvanians, of German ancestry, and was one of four children born to these worthy parents. Joseph Snavely attended the subscription schools of his birthplace and worked on his father's farm until he was twenty-one years of age. His father then purchased a farm and hotel near Annville, and put him in charge of them, thus starting him in business for himself. He conducted this business for a number of years, making much improvement in the property, and was reasonably successful. He was a very popular landlord and surrounded himself with many warm friends. After selling the farm and hotel he removed to Annville, where he spent several years. Finally he removed to Dauphin county and located in Derry township, where he bought a farm of fifty acres; this he improved and cultivated until his death. He was married, in Lebanon, June 15, 1820, to Catherine, daughter of Abraham Light, a prominent farmer of Lebanon county. She was born in Lebanon, December 12, 1800. They had ten children: Edward, deceased, who was a soldier in the Mexican war; Amanda, died young; Melinda, deceased, wife of Simon Mutch, of Lancaster county; Peremilia, deceased, wife of Isaac Wolfberger, of Kansas; Moses, died young; John H., killed July 9, 1894, in Wisconsin; Orpha L., wife of Thomas Lyons, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume, and who resides on the homestead; Peninah, wife of Solomon Bechtel; Joseph, resides on the homestead; Hannah, wife of Dr. Ellinger, of Topeka, Kan. Mr. Snavely died in August, 1873, his wife May 3, 1874. He was widely and favorably known and universally esteemed as an honest and upright man. He was industrious in his business, very genial and kindly in his manner, and easily approachable by all. His politics were Democratic. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.