ADDISON F. SNELL. Among the prosperous and progressive agriculturists of Madison County, the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch occupies a worthy place. He was born January 13, 1845, on the old homestead in Stockbridge, where he has always resided, and of which he is now the owner.
Frederick Snell, the father of our subject, was born in Herkimer County in, 1804. Reared to agricultural pursuits, shortly after attaining his majority, in 1825, he came to Stockbridge, and took up a tract of new land. He began clearing a farm, and, while improving that, assisted in the development of the town, becoming a prominent and influential citizen. In process of time he bought other
property, adding to it occasionally, until at the time of his death, which occurred August 26, 1873, he owned four hundred acres of valuable land. Early separated by death from his first wife, whose maiden name was Eve Stam, he married her sister, Nancy Stam, who was born in Herkimer County, July 4, 1811, and who lived to the age of threescore and ten years. A son and a daughter, Hermon and Elizabeth, born of the first marriage, and three sons, Addison, Ira, and Charles, born of the second, are now living. The first-named resides in Lebanon, the last two in Vernon, the others in Stockbridge. Both Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Snell were valued members of the Universalist church. In politics he was a sound Democrat, and for many years served as Assessor, besides filling other offices.
Addison F. Snell enjoyed the educational privileges of the district school. From his parents he received a practical training in all branches pertaining to agriculture, and for several years before the death of his father successfully managed the home farm. He subsequently bought the original homestead of two hundred and seventy-six acres, where he lives, engaged in general farming and stock-raising. He has from twenty-five to thirty acres devoted to the raising of hops, of which he makes a specialty, and from which he realizes a good profit. He has also a fine dairy, comprising from twenty-five to forty head of cattle of mixed breeds, to which he pays much attention.
In 1876 our subject was united in marriage to Annie C. Wood, a native of Stockbridge. Their union has been blessed by the birth of three children, two of whom are now living: J. Frederick, born January 22, 1879; and Laura N., born in October, 1885.
Politically, Mr. Snell is identified with the Democratic party, and is a strong supporter of its principles. He is numbered among the solid men of his town, and is warmly interested in everything that tends to promote its welfare and prosperity. In the management of its affairs he cheerfully accepts his part; and for six years he has served as Assessor and Excise Commissioner.
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