William Harrison Snider *
Birth: 24 Jan 1816, Pendleton Co., West Virginia, USA
Death: 15/18 Oct 1899, Stewart's Creek, Gilmer Co., West Virginia, USA
Burial: Stewart's Creek Cemetery, Stewart's Creek, Gilmer Co., West Virginia, USA
Father: Jacob B. Snider *
Mother: Elizabeth Keller *
- Married Penelope Catherine Sleeth * on 9 May 1844
- Child 1: Andrew J. Snider 3 May 1846 - 7 Aug 1910 m. (1) Mary S. Burke m. (2) Rebecca Mollahan
- Child 2: Columbia Anastasia Snider * 22 Sep 1849 - 6 Apr 1930 m. (1) Lorenzo Dow McVaney * m. (2) John William McCullough
- Child 3: Granville Snider 30 May 1851 - m. Mary L. Piercy
- Child 4: Mary Ann Snider 25 Dec 1853 -
- Child 5: Mary L. (Retta) Snider 7 Nov 1854 - m. Fitzpatrick
- Child 6: Elizabeth Catherine Snider 1 Nov 1857 - m. (1) Floyd Hays m. (2) Tracy Owens
- Child 7: William Warren Snider 26 Jan 1861 - m. (1) Jemima Taylor m. (2) Elizabeth David
- Child 8: Charles Perry Snider 27 Jun 1863 - m. Donna Oldaker
- Child 9: Elmer E. Snider 25 Dec 1865 - m. Nellie Silcott
Notes: William seems to have been one of the first Sniders to move to Gilmer County.
WILLIAM H. SNIDER
The Honorable William H. Snider was born in 1816 in Pendleton County then Virginia. He came t o what later was Gilmer County W.Va. at the age of twenty-one with his parents Jacob and Eliz abeth Kellard Snider. William H. Snider was one of sixteen children. There were many hardship s of pioneer life at this time which were experienced by the family.
William H. and his father, Jacob, were foremost in all movements toward the improvement of th e county and state and especially interested in its free school system. He was so active an d prominent in county and political affairs that he was known to almost every person in Gilme r County.
William served one year in Pendleton County as Sergeant in a company of militia and later ser ved seven years in the same office in Gilmer County. In his early manhood, Mr. Snider, was ac tive in military affairs and was commissioned a Colonel. He later raised a company and serve d through the rebellion of the Civil War.
He served six years in the legislature, three years in Wheeling and three years in Charleston . In his terms of office he was the friend of all measures related to the free school system . William worked hard toward the establishing of the State Normal School at Glenville and i s called "The Father of The School." On his return home from the Charleston Legislature he to ld his friends, "Had I more legal money I would have brought the State Capitol to Gilmer Coun ty."
In 1866-67 he was school commissioner and was a Trustee for twenty years in his district of G lenville where he lived and reared his family of eight children on his large farm on Stewart s Creek.
He was very industrious and accumulated a snug fortune. Wm. H. Snider was very liberal in hi s donations to charitable purposes. He donated the land on Stewarts Creek for the cemetery kn own as "The Snider Cemetery" which is over one hundred years old. Some years later a church w as erected on the grounds.
William H. married Penelope Sleeth in 1844 in Lewis County, now West Virginia. Penelope was b orn in 1827 and died in 1915. William H. died in 1899 and both William and Penelope are burie d in the Snider Cemetery on Stewarts Creek.
Many descendants still are living; one grand daughter, Laura McVaney Marshall is living in Gl enville and celebrated her 100th birthday September 1975.
Sponsor: Granddaughter Bonnie S. Bray
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