HERMAN SNELL, a progressive farmer of Lebanon, was born in the town of Stockbridge, Madison County, March 6, 1831. He is of German lineage, his great- grandfather having been a native of Germany, emigrating to America in company with his brother in Colonial times, and locating in the Mohawk Valley. He was one of the pioneers of the place, and, securing a tract of timber land, worked steadily at its improvement, assisting also in the development of the town. He became an esteemed citizen of that part of New York, and during the Revolutionary War fought in behalf of his adopted country.
His son, grandfather of our subject, was reared to agricultural pursuits, and resided in Mannheim several years after his marriage to Miss Timmerman, a native of America, but of German ancestry. Leaving Mannheim, he bought a farm in Stockbridge, Madison County, where he spent the remaining years of his life.
Frederick Snell, the father of our subject was sixteen years of age when he came with his parents to Stockbridge, which was ever afterward his home. He remained with his parents, assisting in the cultivation of the land, and received a practical education in all that pertained to the successful operation of the farm of which he afterward became the owner. He was a thrifty, industrious man, possessed of excellent judgment, and continued to add to his landed estate until he became the possessor of four hundred acres of fine land, which he carried on advantageously until his death. He was twice married. The maiden name of his first wife, mother of our subject, was Eva Stam. She was born in Canajoharie, N. Y., being a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Bell) Stam. She died in 1835; and Mr. Snell afterward married Miss Nancy Stam, a sister of his first wife.
Herman Snell, of whom we write, was reared and educated in Stockbridge, and early engaged in agricultural pursuits, becoming a most prosperous farmer. In 1864 he removed to Lebanon, where he purchased a farm in District No. 12, which is beautifully located, and contains two hundred and fifty acres of well-improved land, amply provided with
substantial buildings. Our subject was united in marriage in 1864 to DeEtte Partridge:, who was born in Georgetown, a daughter of James Partridge. To them have been born four children,-- Mary, Clara, Frederick J., and Milo H. Mr. and Mrs. Snell are honored and respected citizens of Lebanon, living upright and conscientious lives, thereby benefiting themselves and their community. Mrs. Snell is a consistent member of the Baptist church. In politics Mr. Snell supports
the Democratic party.
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