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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography Volume III, Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 2nd ed., 1885.
JACOB SNIDER, McLean County, an enterprising farmer, was born December 20, 1831, in Spencer County, Ky., and is the second child in a family of ten born to George W. and Ruth (Goodwin) Snider, natives of Kentucky. The paternal grandfather was Jacob Snider, whose parents came from Germany and settled in Spencer County, and where his mother died at the age of ninety-five years. Jacob remained on the farm with his parents until attaining his majority, receiving a good common education. In 1860 he located where he now lives, on a farm of 186 acres of land; to this he added until he now owns 520 acres, well improved, and on which are good dwellings, and 325 acres of cleared land. He has never sought office, but was elected a justice of the peace, an office he declined; he is one of the commissioners on the railroad debt voted by Livermore Precinct. He was married April 2, 1860, to Mary Foster, a daughter of Francis and Elizabeth (Skinner) Foster, natives of Virginia and Kentucky. They have four children – George McClellan, Frank Lee, John William and Lizzie. Mr. and Mrs. Snider are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church; he was Master of the Grange in its day, was a Democrat in politics, and voted that ticket until 1880, when he changed to the new departure – Greenbacker – to which he has since adhered.