Tobias Snyder, Bedford County gunsmith

1830: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that Tobias Snyder was born March 15, 1830, and his parents were Abraham Snyder and Margaret (Helsel) Snyder..

The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that Tobias Snyder was an apprentice of the gunsmith George Fay.

1848-1849: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Tobias Snyder, brother of the gunsmith Jacob Snyder, is identified as a gunsmith in the 1848 and 1849 tax rolls of Hollidaysburg.

The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that the first wife of Tobias Snyder was Susan Steele, who was a daughter of George F. Steele and Mary Ann (Stoler) Steele.

1848-1849: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Tobias Snider in Hollidaysburg (Blair County) in 1848 and 1849.

1850-1855: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" puts Tobias Snyder in Liberty township of Bedford County from 1850 to 1855.

1850-1862: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Tobias Snider in the Woodcock Valley of Liberty Township in Bedford County from 1850 to 1862.

1856-1867: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Tobias Snider appears as a gunsmith on the 1856 to 1867 tax lists. I am a little suspicious of the 1867 date, and wonder if it is a typographical error.

1857: The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" puts Tobias Snyder in Liberty Township of Bedford County in 1857.

1857-1884: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" puts Tobias Snyder in Saxon from 1857 to 1884.

1857: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Tobias Snyder, brother of the gunsmith Jacob Snyder, is identified as a gunsmith in the 1857 tax roll of Hopewell Township, Bedford County, and his quality was average.

1865: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Tobias Snider in Washington, D.C. in 1865.

1866: The following item is from the August 17, 1866 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer".

1866: The following item is from the August 31, 1866 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer", which also carries a copy of the Union Committee advertisement.

1866: The following item is from the November 23, 1866 issue of the "Bedford Gazette".

1867-1884: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Tobias Snider in the borough of Saxon from 1867 to 1884.

1867: The following item is from the April 19, 1867 issue of the "Bedford Gazette".

1868: The following item is from the April 10, 1868 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer".

1868: The following item is from the May 8, 1868 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer".

1869: The following item is from the February 12, 1869 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer".

1869: The following item is from the April 2, 1869 issue of the "Bedford Gazette".

1870-1873: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" identifies Tobias Snider as a gentlemen and tenant in the 1870 to 1973 timeframe.

1875: The following news item from the June 11, 1875 issue of the "Cambria Freeman" newspaper indicates that Tobias Snyder was a brother of Jacob Snyder, who had been a gunsmith. The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" reports that Tobias inherited his murdered brother Jacob's fortune, which was appraised at over half a million dollars.

1877: The following image from the Saxon portion of the 1877 book "County Atlas of Bedford Pennsylvania" identifies the lot of "T. Snyder":

1878: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Tobias Snider served as a Petit Juror in February of 1878.

1878: Tobias Snyder is listed as a gentleman in the 1878-1879 edition of "Farquhar's Official Directory of Bedford County, Pennsylvania".

1882: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that Tobias Snyder married his first wife's sister in 1882.

1884: The following image is from page 333 of the book "History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania", which was published by Waterman, Watkins & Co. in 1884. It provides a brief biography of the Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith Tobias Snyder, who was still living when the book was written.

1916: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that Tobias Snyder died December 5, 1916 from apoplexy (i.e., stroke), is buried at Saxon in the St. Luke Cemetery, and is identified as a lumber dealer, gunsmith, and general contractor by his death certificate.

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