SNAVELY, M. N., Enhaut, Pa., was born in Swatara township, Dauphin county, January 20, 1840. His father, Jacob Snavely, was a farmer. He was an active member of the United Brethren church, and served it for many years as pastor. He died, March, 1891, at the age of eighty-three. He married Miss Barbara Nissley, by whom he had seven children: Anna, wife of Solomon Landis, of Union Deposit; Jacob, deceased, shot while serving in the defense of his country in 1862; Solomon, living in Michigan; M. N.; Susan, wife of Franklin Balsbach, living near Hummelstown; Barbara, widow of Jacob, Eberly, whose first husband was Harry Graybill. The second wife of Jacob Snavely was Elizabeth, daughter of John Walters, -of Dauphin county. They had six children, five of whom are living: Michael, retired merchant, residing in Harrisburg; Mary, wife of Christian Knupp, of Oberlin, Pa.; Emma, died in youth; Ellen, living in Steelton, and Samuel Edward, living in Harrisburg, are twins; Maggie, wife of S. C. Lehman, of Steelton.
M. C. Snavely has resided all his life in his native township. He received his education in the schools of Dauphin county, and afterwards learned carpentry, which was his occupation for a number of years. He also made contracting a part of his business, and was to some extent employed in house painting. In 1861 he enlisted for the defense of his country in the nine mouths' service. He served -under Capt. John .J. Ball and Col. W. W. Jenniugs. He participated in the battle of Fredericksburg. At the end of the term he was honorably discharged. He then resumed his business as carpenter and contractor, which he followed until 1889. He then succeeded James Shimmel in the general mercantile establishment, which he has since conducted. He was married, November 11, 1873, to Miss Emeline, daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Beinlauer) Boyer, who was born January 27, 1853. Mrs. Catherine Boyer died April, 1894, aged seventy-five years and six months. Mr. Jacob Boyer -was born in 1814, and is still living. Mr. and Mrs. M. N. Snavely have eight children: Naomi Jane, born September 16, 1874; Jacob Boyer, July 7,1876; Agnes A., December 19, 1877; Harry Garfield, April 9, 1881; James Blaine, November 14 1883; Charles Edward, July 14, 1885; Franklin Harison, May 21, 1888; George Edward, February 2, 1891.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 4 August 2001
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