Snyder (Snider) family

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Snyder is a Mennonite family of Swiss origin. As a Mennonite family name in Germany in 1959, Snyder was solely found in Baden-Württemberg in the form Schneider. In Baden-Württemberg in 1959 Daniel Schneider was elder in the Reutlingen congregation, Fritz Schneider was elder in the Heilbronn congregation, and Heinrich Schneider was preacher in the Karlsruhe-Durlach congregation. Heinrich was also a well-known Mennonite printer and publisher with a shop in Karlsruhe. In North America the name was anglicized to Snyder or Snider, and is found almost exclusively in the Mennonite Church (MC) and largely in Ontario, where several notable members have served in the ministry. Among them were the bishops Jonas B. Snider (1858-1944) at Waterloo and Oliver D. Snider (b. 1878) at Elmira, and preachers Elias Schneider (1815-90) at Waterloo, Absalom B. Snyder (1861-1936) at Wanners, and his grandson John W. Snyder (1925-2012) at Bloomingdale. Elvin Snyder (b. 1900), also from Ontario, served as a missionary in Argentina and Puerto Rico. His son Mario (b. 1931) served in Chicago. Howard W. Snider (1923-2015), formerly of Saskatchewan, served in Edmonton, Alberta.

In Lancaster County, Heinrich Schneider (1722-62) was the ancestor of numerous Mennonite descendants. In 1758 John Schneider, a Virginia Mennonite, made a trip to Holland to secure aid for needy Mennonites in Virginia. Several members were prominent among the Snyders from Juniata County, Pennsylvania; Christian Snyder (1819-1872) moved to Freeport, Illinois, where he was ordained minister in 1864, while Jacob Snyder (1793-1865), who was ordained preacher in 1816, moved to Huntingdon County and became a leader in the Morrisons Cove district (Blair County). Four of his five sons were ordained to the ministry: Christian, Abram, Herman, and Jacob Snyder, the latter two also serving as bishops. Jacob Snyder led his small congregation at Roaring Spring into the General Conference Mennonite Church around 1908. Abram Snyder was an itinerant pastor at five congregations. His grandson, William T. Snyder, was executive secretary of the Mennonite Central Committee starting in 1957. A branch of the Snyder family (MC) is also represented in the midwest United States, mainly in Minnesota, Texas and Iowa.


Snyder, Joseph M. and Miriam Helen Snyder. Hannes Schneider and His Wife Catherine Haus Schneider: Their Descendants and Times, 1534-1939. Kitchener, ON, 1943?

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 556-557. All rights reserved.

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