Moses H. Snyder, farmer, section 18, Sheridan Township, is a son of George J. and Mary E. Snyder, natives of New York and Massachusetts respectively, and was born in Oneida Co., N. Y., Nov. 12, 1838. He lived in his native State until 17 years of age, then came to Muskegon Co., Mich., and was employed in the woods for three winters. In the fall of 1859 he pre-empted 160 acres of land in Muskegon County, and afterward ascertained that his claim was not valid, as it belonged to the Indians; Mr. S. was therefore a loser to the extent of $100. In the spring of 1860 he came to Newaygo County and bought 83 acres of good land for 50 cents an acre, where he now resides. He has about 60 acres under cultivation,
with good buildings. In 1864 he was drafted into the army and paid $300 for a substitute.
Mr. Snyder was married Aug. 10, 1863, by Elder Haskins, a Baptist preacher, to Josephine McGill. They were married in Hesperia, which then consisted of only one building. Mrs. Snyder's parents were John and Sarah McGill, natives of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder have had eight children, six of whom are living: Josephine, Emeline M., Sarah E., Georgiana, Frank H. and Waitie (?) A.; two died in infancy.
Mr. Snyder was one of the organizers of the township of Cedar Creek, Muskegon County, and held the office of Constable in that township one year. He also assisted in the organization of Sheridan Township, and held the once of Justice of the Peace four years, and was a school officer several years. He is a member of Holton Lodge No. 2050, K. of H., and in politics is a Republican.