Classification scheme: 
Hist. Mss. 1.194 (s.c.)

Title: Joseph B. Snyder fonds

Dates of creation: 1915-1931

Physical description: 1 cm. of textual records (4 notebooks)

Biographical sketch: Joseph Bauman Snyder (20 Jan. 1854-25 Mar. 1938) was the son of Christian B. Schneider and Barbara Bauman Snyder. On 5 Dec. 1876 he married Veronica Weber (19 Jan. 1857-20 May 1934); they had twelve children. Their farm was near the present (2001) intersection of Country Squire Rd. and Northfield Dr. in Waterloo, Ontario.  

Snyder was not ordained to office in the Old Order Mennonite Church, but his wife was the daughter of Minister Samuel Weber. Snyder took an active interest in church life as these four notebooks attest. He self-published the Supplement to Ezra E. Eby's Biographical history of early settlers and their descendants in Waterloo county in 1931.

Custodial history: Donated to the Archives by Stephen Longshore, Adjala Bookshop,Woodstock, Ontario on 23 Feb. 2001

Scope and content: The fonds consists of four small black notebooks (3 7/8 x 6 3/8 in.) 


Original archival description created 2008 by Sam Steiner

File list:

  1. Notebook, 1924-1925
    Includes collection lists for underwear and other aid for Russian Mennonite immigrants in 1924 with details from the Waterloo, St. Jacobs, Martins, Elmira, North Woolwich, South Peel and Conestogo congregations. The list is detailed for the Martins Old Order congregation. The list also includes some cemetery records, and a list of lumber and costs for Ezra B. Bauman's barn in 1925.
  2. Notebook, 1915
    Includes listing of Barbara Snyder estate (his mother)
  3. Notebook, late 1920s-1931
    Contains references to Ezra Eby's book, including updated death information.
  4. Notebook, 1931
    Lists book sales for his Supplement


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