John Wesley Snyder

John Wesley Snyder

Death 15 Apr 1922 (aged 84)
Burial Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas, USA
Plot Division U.
Memorial ID 8378666 · View Source
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Georgetown, Tex., April 17. -- Capt. John W. Snyder, who died Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dudley Whitcome, in Broesbeck, was buried at Georgetown Sunday afternoon. Capt. Snyder was born in Yazoo County, Mississippi, in 1836, and came to Texas and to Williamson County in 1855, since which time he was a resident of this place until about three years ago, he has spent the time with his children. Capt. Snyder, with his brothers, Dudley and Tom Snyder, was in the live stock business in Texas many years, accumulating a large fortune. In the early days of Southwestern University, they made large donations of time and money to that institution, and its prosperity and success during its earlier years was largely due to their work and influence. He is survived by his wife and several children, Mrs. Charles A. Wilcox of Austin; Mrs. Whitcome of Groesbeck; Frank Snyder of Fort Worth; Charles A. Snyder or Arizona. Also one brother, Tom Snyder of New Mexico. Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Snyder's sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Magee, conducted by Dr. John Barcus, Rev. Sam Barcus of Austin, Dr. Sessions of Southwestern University and Rev. Williams of Georgetown. The Bartlett Tribune and News, April 21, 1922
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John Wesley Snyder, rancher and Civil War veteran, the second of four children of Charles W. and Susan (Hale) Snyder, was born in Yazoo County, Mississippi. After his father's death in 1840, John moved with his family to Missouri. In the fall of 1856 he accompanied his older brother, Dudley Hiram Snyder, to Texas. There he became an equal partner in his brother's apple orchard and horse-trading venture between Round Rock and Georgetown, as well as in his budding cattle operation. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Snyder enlisted in the Confederate Army and assisted his brothers in selling and shipping cattle to the Confederacy's Trans-Mississippi Department. Afterward he freighted cotton to Brownsville and Matamoros to help recoup the family's losses suffered at the close of the war. He married Catherine Jane Coffee, daughter of John T. Coffee of Georgetown, and they had eight children. Beginning in 1868 John Snyder was associated in the Snyder Brothers' cattle enterprise and assisted in gathering herds and trailing them to the northern markets. In 1869 he led a drive from Llano County over the Chisholm Trail to Abilene, Kansas, and the next year took a herd to Schuyler, Nebraska. In 1878 he was placed in charge of the John Wesley Iliff estate in Colorado, which he managed for the next nine years. With his brother he invested in rangeland in Wyoming. After the 1886 blizzard and the accompanying financial panic, the Snyders concentrated their efforts on their West Texas holdings, including the Renderbrook operation in Mitchell County and 128,000 acres in Lamb and Hockley counties, which they had bought in the early 1880s. In 1884 and 1891 they sold this acreage to Isaac L. Ellwood and W. L. Ellwood, who developed these operations as the Renderbrook and Spade ranches. Snyder moved his family to Georgetown and built a home. After 1891 the Snyder brothers focused their efforts on their San Gabriel stock farm, where they raised and sold fine horses. After selling his land for the new Southwestern University, Snyder moved to Austin, where he spent his later years. At the time of his death, he had been in ranching and other agricultural businesses for more than fifty years. He was buried in the family plot at Georgetown. The site of his home is now occupied by Southwestern University's fine-arts building.
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From his Texas certificate of death
Name: John Wesley Snyder
Death Date: 15 April 1922
Death Place: Groesbeck, Limestone Co., Texas
Gender: Male
Race: white
Death Age: 84 years 21 months
Birth Date: 21 Jun 1837
Birthplace: Mississippi
Marital Status: Married
Father's Name: Mr. Snyder
Father's Birthplace: Penn.
Mother's Name: Susan Hale
Mother's Birthplace: Ky.
Occupation: Living with Children
Place of Residence: Texas
Burial Place: Georgetown
Burial Date: 17 Apr 1922
Informant: Mrs. Dudley Whitcomb, Groesbeck, Tex.
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