SNYDER, CHARLES ALBRIGHT, Son Of Simon Snyder and Catharine Michael, was born May 29,1799, at Selinsgrove, Pa. His grandfather, Simon Snyder, was an emigrant from Moravia, while his mother's father was Eberhart Michael, a prominent personage in the early history of Lancaster county. Charles A. was educated by private tutors, and early in life began contracting. In 1837 he was one of a partnership in the building of the West Feliciana railroad in Mississippi and Louisiana. For several years he was a clerk in the prothonotary's office at Sunbury and afterwards at Harrisburg. In the latter part of his life he was a justice of the peace, alderman, United States commissioner, and a notary public. He died at Harrisburg on the 8th of November, 1868, aged sixty-nine years. Mr. Snyder was a good land lawyer and had a very extensive knowledge of land titles in Pennsylvania, and was often sought by prominent members of the bar in consultation on such subjects. He owned considerable bodies of coal land, which have now become valuable, but which he was compelled to part with because of the slowness of internal improvements; was interested in the copper and nickel mines of Lancaster, Pa., and Connecticut; developed the first cannel coal mines in Missouri; was pioneer in such early enterprises, which always turned out disastrous at the time, but as the country improved and modern appliances and new inventions came in vogue turned out well. In fact, he was too far in advance of the times. Mr. Snyder married, in 1828, Barbara Keller, daughter of John Keller, and their children were: Catharine, married B. F. Etter, Edward, Eugene, Mary, Emma, married Dr. George H. Markley, Charles, Simon, and John Keller, the two latter deceased.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 31 Oct 2000
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