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Hester Anne Snyder Garner
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Birth: Apr. 28, 1836
Death: Aug. 20, 1912
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA

Hester's early life may have been a tad difficult. She was the daughter of Samuel Snyder and his wife, whose maiden name of King is all we can gather from Hester's death certificate. Searching other death certificates that share this data, plus the 1850 census, we learn her mother was Maria King. On that 1850 census, the data does not show Maria as having a husband. Maria is 40 and appears to be singlehandedly raising Mary A (20), Eliza (18), Aaron (16), Hester (14), and "Henryettee" (1), all Snyders. That census did not show relationships among household members, but it would appear they were all Maria's children, except perhaps "Henryettee" because of the 13 year gap between the last two children, but Henrietta's death certificate makes it clear she is Maria and Samuel's daughter. This would suggest that Samuel was around for the conception of Henrietta in about 1848-49.

There is a Samuel Snyder present in Hatfield for this 1850 census, but he is not in this household. This Samuel, age 40 like Maria above, lives with the Christian Laux family, and is a laborer. By name, he seems likely to be Hester's father and Maria's husband, but this cannot be proven.

On the 1860 census in Hatfield Township, Henrietta is still living with her mother Maria and no father. Right next door is her married sister, our subject Hester, now with carpenter husband William Garner, and raising sons Irwin and Lewis.

Let's go back a bit further to the 1840 census, notoriously unhelpful because it doesn't name everyone in the home, just the "head" which in those days usually meant the husband/father, and shows simply everyone's sex and age group. Samuel's household is comprised of:

a boy age of 5-9 (Aaron would have been about 6)
a male 30-39 (Samuel would have been about 30)
a male 50-59 (perhaps Samuel or Maria's dad or brother)
a female under 5 (Hester would have been about 4)
2 females 5-9 (Eliza would have been about 8, Mary about 10)
1 female 30-39 (Maria would have been about 30)

At this time we cannot go back further with perfect certainty. Samuel would have been 20 on the previous census and was likely at home prior to marriage. There is NO Samuel Snyder named in Montgomery County on the 1830 census except one, Samuel H. Snyder, in Worcester, and the ages in his household show the oldest male as 30-39 which would not fit our Samuel, and there is no male in the category covering anything close to the 20 our Samuel would be.

There are 3 total Snyder families in Hatfield in 1830. This is not a guarantee of our Samuel being there, though the location raises the odds since people were more tied to their land and less mobile. Thus, we can hope Samuel is in the household of Christian or Henry Snyder Sr. or Henry Snyder Jr, who all appear on the same page. Samuel would have been about 20; none of the households have a male in the 15-19 category. In the 20-29 category, Christian has 2 such males and Henry Snyder Jr. has one. Still, in Henry Snyder Jr.'s home, that male is the only adult male there, so is probably Henry Jr. himself. Thus, it is a decent guess that our Samuel Snyder was a son of Christian Snyder. Contributor Bud Gross shows him as Christian N. Snyder, husband of Susanna Reinewald Snyder, and he also shows them as the parents of Henry.

Hester was the wife of William F. Garner, and mother of Erwin, George S., Elizabeth, Ella, Hester Ann, Lillie, and Harry Snyder Garner, as well as Lewis, who is next in my line.

Her one daughter Elizabeth S. Garner married John G C Armstrong on November 11, 1891 at Lansdale by George W Babcock. Elizabeth was from Hatfield at the time, and was a tailoress.

Another daughter, Lily, married locomotive fireman Henry Dampman on November 19th, 1895 at Lansdale, also by George W Babcock, Minister of the Gospel. At the time, Lily was a shirtmaker. (NOTE: By May of 1898, Rev. George W. Babcock was pastor of the First M.E. church, Norristown, suggesting this family had Methodist leanings, and was not all about Dunkard/Brethren church influence.)

Her sister Eliza married Clemens, passed in 1911 in Reading, and was sent to Lansdale for burial.

Her sister "Henetta/Henrietta Lege/Pege" died in 1917 in New Hope, and was sent to Hatboro for burial. Checking the 1910 census in New Hope, her name is there given as Pere, wife of Louis M. Pere, with a daughter, Lillie age 36 at home.

Hester's death in state records shows her name as Esther, and gives us the date and location of her passing above. Seeing her death certificate in March of 2015 rings a too-familiar bell: another family member dying of a digestive cancer - in her case, of the stomach. Son Harry served as the informant. She was to be interred at the "Hatfield Dunkard Cemetery".

NOTE: Adding this so the research here (which probably does not apply to this family) is not repeated. There is a pension in Samuel Snyder's name with a wife Maria as beneficiary. The applications thereon were made from Pennsylvania, though no further location is given. In July of 1890, an application was made for an invalid benefit. In February 1892, a widow's benefit was sought. In the section for "service" the record notes "B1 PA LT art". Using the National Park Service Civil War solider database, we may find a Samuel H. Snyder who was with the "1st Regiment, Pennsylvania Light Artillery (14th Reserves)" which is further broken down by batteries. Using the abbreviation on his record, we might well surmise it stands for "B Battery, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery". There were several batteries, and Batteries B thru H were established at Philadelphia on August 5, 1861. (Batteries I and second Battery C were formed in 1865 and 1864 respectively.) Still, for all this information, we would do well to let it go for now, as "Samuel" and "Maria" were not uncommon names at the time. Further, assuming our Samuel was indeed born about 1810, serving in the Civil War seems rather unlikely. 
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  William F Garner (1834 - 1914)*
  Lewis S Garner (1860 - 1904)*
*Calculated relationship
Hatfield Church of the Brethren Cemetery
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: B 8.
GPS (lat/lon): 40.27166, -75.28513
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Aug 14, 2012
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Hester Anne <i>Snyder</i> Garner
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 Added: Aug. 14, 2012

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