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Samuel Comstock Snyder

Also Known As: "Samuel C. Snyder"
Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Fort Ann, Washington, New York, United States
Death: April 8, 1886 (78)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac Richard Snyder and Lovisa L. Snyder
Husband of Henrietta Mariah Snyder; Caroline Little Walker; Louisa Josephine Snyder; Susan Clarisia Snyder and Nancy Ann Snyder
Father of Permelia S. Hatch; Betsy Ann Black; Ephraim Stockwell Snyder; Amy Brown; Sarah Jane Dickinson and 15 others
Brother of Sarah Comstock Jenne; Chester Snyder; George Gideon Snyder; Jane Richards; Jesse Snyder and 6 others

Occupation: LDS Seventy. Farmer, stockraiser and sheep man. Gristmill and sawmill builder, lumberman, miller.
Managed by: Joyce Bryson
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About Samuel Comstock Snyder

Samuel Comstock Snyder, son of Isaac Snyder (1787 - 1844) and Lovisa Comstock (1789 - 1856) of New York, was born 14 February 1808 at Fort Ann, Washington County, New York. Came to Utah 10 October 1848 with the Willard Richards Company [see Discussion, below].

Not long after their July 1847 arrival in the Salt Lake Valley, a few Saints returned to the green mountain meadow they had seen on their journey. Parley Parker Pratt was impressed with the land, describing it in a letter on 30 June 1848 addressed to John A. Smith, "...a beautiful meadow or park, nearly circular, averaging 3 miles in length and 2 miles in width, and comprising some three or four thousand acres of excellent land, clothed with grass and interspersed with wild flax and strawberry vines. Large groves of aspen, mostly dry, were interspersed within the valley and hill sides, while ten beautiful clear streams ran through the park and formed the west branch of the Weber River... it was the most desirable and convenient place for stock farms I ever saw, plentiful in grass, watered as Eden and sufficiently timbered to supply hundreds of families."

Around 1850, Samuel C. Snyder, Heber C. Kimball, and Jedediah M. Grant secured a land grant to settle this valley. Samuel Comstock Snyder and his wife, Henrietta Mariah Stockwell Snyder (1810 - 1888), and their children were the first settlers.

In 1853, Samuel built the first sawmill in the area, a water-powered mill, and then a gristmill [at the present site of the Snyder's Mill subdivision]. Snyder built a reservoir harnessing the flow of White Pine, Red Pine, and Willow Creeks. Snyder found an eager clientele for his lumber in the growing community of Salt Lake City. With his sons and brothers, he also raised cattle. However, the opening of Snyder's sawmill coincided with an outbreak of hostilities between Mormon settlers and the Ute Chief Wakara. As pioneers started to settle the area, they began to compete with the Shoshone and Ute tribes for resources. Among the first casualties were three customers of Samuel C. Snyder's sawmill.

To protect themselves, Snyder, who had originally settled on Spring Creek, and the other settlers built their homes inside a fort. Each evening they would bring their cattle, wagons, and other belongings inside the compound. After the Utes began setting fire to piles of lumber, Snyder began hiding the lumber in ditches and tall grass. An employee, Jesse W. Johnson, apparently escaped a confrontation by sneaking up a creek drainage and into the Salt Lake Valley.

Samuel Comstock Snyder died 8 April 1866 and was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, just short of being 58 years old. Many of his family members are buried at the Snyderville Cemetery in Summit County, Utah.

Marriages and Children

Enthusiastically embracing the LDS principle of plural marriage (since renounced), Samuel Comstock Snyder had five wives:

  1. Henrietta Maria Stockwell (daughter of Ephraim Stockwell of New York, pioneer 1848 Willard and Levi Richards company), married March 1826 in New York . She was born 4 September 1810. Their children:
    1. Parmelia Snyder (1827 - 1917), married Meltiar Hatch
    2. Betsy Ann Snyder (1829 - 1879), married Jesse Johnson
    3. Ephraim Stockwell Snyder (1831 - 1904), married Susannah Fullmer
    4. Amy Snyder (1834 - 1871), married John Brown
    5. Laura Altha Snyder (1836 - 1878), married Franklin D. Richards
    6. Sarah Jane Snyder (1838 - 1924), married James Dickinson
    7. George Franklin Snyder (1840 - 1853)
    8. Mary Ann Snyder, married Hyrum Williams
    9. Isaac Snyder (1845 - 1896)
    10. Henrietta M. Snyder, married William Page
    11. Robert H. Snyder, married Mary Jacobs
  2. Caroline Little Luce (1831 - 1924), daughter of Ephriam Luce and Lydia Maria Macomber Luce, married on 19 September 1851. They had five children, the first born on 2 February 1853.
  3. Susan Clarissa Hardin, daughter of Miller Hardin and Elizabeth Taber Hardin, married 6 March1856 [see Discussion, below]. Susan Hardin was the former spouse of John Benjamin Williams (married 1838) and David Lewis (married 1851). They had two children then they divorced. Susan then married Jacob Er Terry in 1858, had one daughter, then divorced.
    1. Joseph Smith Snyder
    2. Susan Amelia Snyder (1863 - 1943)
  4. Louisa Josephine Williams (20 February 1841 West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts - 8 April 1886 Nevada), daughter of Gustavus Williams (1820-1889) and Hannah Mariah Andrews (1811-1901), married 13 March 1857. They had one daughter. Louisa’s brother, Hyrum Andrews Williams, married Samuel Comstock Snyder's daughter Mary Ann Stockwell Snyder.
    1. Ellen Aurelia Williams Snyder, born 1 March 1863.
  5. Nancy Ann Perks, daughter of William K. Perks and Jane Wilson Perks, married 21 March 1863. They separated shortly after; no children. Nancy married Martin Van Buren Hefling in 1867; they had eleven children in Oregon.



  • Arrival in Utah: Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel notes that, "Some sources place him in the 1848 Willard Richards company, but there is reason to doubt the accuracy of those sources because they are not contemporary. The best evidence that he didn't come to Salt Lake in 1848 is that his name doesn't appear on the list of those who were alotted land that year."
  • Alternate date of marriage to Susan Clarissa Harden Williams is 13 March 1857

Sources and Further Information

  • Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah photographs, page 162
  • Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1175
  • Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Samuel Comstock Snyder; Birth Date 14 Feb. 1808; Death Date 8 Apr. 1886; Gender male. Allen Taylor Company (1849); Age at departure: 41. Sources:
    • New FamilySearch/Family Tree; Source Location; Internet Web Site.
    • Journal History, Supp. after 31 Dec. 1849, p. 4
    • Moore, David, Writings [ca. 1860], 45-54. Trail Excerpt; Source Location; Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah.
    • Morgan, Jesse, Journal, in Martha M. Morgan, A Trip Across the Plains in the Year 1849 with Notes of a Voyage to California by Way of Panama [1864; reprint 1983], 7-20. Trail Excerpt; Source Location:
      • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
      • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 5096423
  • Seventy Quorum Membership, 1835–1846. Name: Samuel Comstock Snyder; Birth Date: 1808; Birth Place: New York; Father: Isaac Snyder; Mother: Lovisa Comstock; Wives: Stockwell, Henrietta Maria (11); Nauvoo Data: Endowed Nauvoo Temple 1/3/46 (Seventy); Member in Nauvoo; Miller Farm Sheep Salt Lake City UT; Post-Nauvoo Data: High Priest; Miller; Salt Lake City UT; Stockman. Sources: M40:709; N558. Source Information: Seventy Quorum Membership, 1835–1846 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Black, Harvey B. Seventy Quorum Membership, 1835–1846: An Annotated Index of Over 3,500 Seventies Organized into the First Thirty-Five Quorums of the Seventy in Kirtland, Ohio, and Nauvoo, Illinois. Provo, Utah: Infobases, Inc., 1996. Private Donor.
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Name: Samuel Comstock Snyder; Gender: Male; Birth Place: NY; Birth Year: 1808; Spouse Name: Henrietta Mari Stockwell; Spouse Birth Place: VT; Spouse Birth Year: 1809; Marriage Year: 1827; Marriage State: NY; Number Pages: 1. Source Citation: Source number: 475.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: NJH. Source Information: Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie.
  • Utah Cemetery Inventory. Name: Samuel C. Snyder; Birth Date: 14 Feb 1806; Birth Place: Fort Ann Manshing New York; Death Date: 8 Apr 1866; Death Place: Salt Lake City, Utah; Burial Date: 8 April 1866; Cemetery: Salt Lake City Cemetery; Source: Sexton Records; Grave Location: F-13-2--. Source Information: Utah State Historical Society, comp.. Utah Cemetery Inventory [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Utah State Historical Society. Utah Cemetery Inventory. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: 2000.
  • Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848. Name: Samuel Comstock Snyder; Gender: Male; Relationship to Primary Person: Self (Head); Father: Isaac Snyder; Mother: Lovisa Comstock; Birth Date: 14 Feb 1808; Birth Place: Fort Ann, Washington, New York, USA; Residences: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA; 1860; LDS Church Ordinance Data: Ordained High Priest Ordained Seventy Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA; LDS Temple Ordinance Data: Baptism Date: August 22, 1979 Temple: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA Endowment Date: January 3, 1846 Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA Sealed to Parents Date: September 21, 1979 Temple: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA; Vocations: Miller, 1860 Farmer, Stockraiser, Sheep Man. Comments: In 1860 Samuel had a household of 14, a real wealth of $20,000, and a personal wealth of $10,000. Comments: #21. Samuel was mentioned on the Continuing Church Record at Nauvoo. Comments: #31. Samuel bought a claim of Parley's Park from Parley P. Pratt, where he established first saw mill in Utah; also established grist mill at the same place, and another in 19th ward, Salt Lake City; established turning and lathing machine at Parley's Park. He had to scatter the lumber, sawed at his mill in Parley's Park, over the field to prevent the Indians from burning it. Built the first road through Parley's Canyon to Park City. Household Members: Samuel Comstock Snyder Self (Head); Henrietta Maria Stockwell Spouse; Parmelia Snyder Child; Betsy Ann Snyder Child; Ephraim Stockwell Snyder Child; Amy Snyder Child; Jane S Snyder Child; Laura Snyder Child; George Snyder Child; Mary Ann Snyder Child; Isaac Snyder Child; Henrietta M Snyder Child; Robert H Snyder Child. Source Information: Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: Black, Susan Easton, compiler. Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830–1848. 50 vols. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Religious Studies Center, 1989. Private Donor.
  • Utah Death Registers, 1847-1966. Name: Samuel C Snyder; Age: 58; Birth Date: 1808; Death Date: 8 Apr 1866; Death City: Salt Lake City; Death County: Salt Lake; Father: Isaac; Mother: Lovisa. Source Citation: Utah State Archives and Records Service; Salt Lake City, UT; Utah State Archives and Records Service; Series: 21866. Source Information: Utah Death Registers, 1847-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Original data: Bureau of Vital Statistics. Utah Death Index, 1847-1966. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Utah Department of Health.
  • 1850 United States Federal Census. Name: Samuel Snider [Samuel Comstock Snyder] ; Age: 43; Birth Year: abt 1807; Birthplace: New York; Home in 1850: Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory; Gender: Male; Family Number: 551; Household Members: Samuel Snider 43; Henrietta Snider 40; Permelia Snider 21; Betsy Ann Snider 20; Ephraim Snider 19; Amy Snider 17. Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: , Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory; Roll: M432_919; Page: 61B; Image: 126. Source Information: 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • 1860 United States Federal Census. Name: S C Snider [S C Snyder] ; Age in 1860: 52; Birth Year: abt 1808; Birthplace: New York; Home in 1860: Great Salt Lake City Ward 14, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory; Gender: Male; Post Office: Great Salt Lake City; Household Members: S C Snider 52; Maria H Snider 49; Ephraim Snider 28; Mary A Snider 16; Isaac Snider 14; John Snider 7; Robert Snider 5; Jedediah Snider 3; Jerrymiah Snider 8/12; Henrietta Snider 9; Arris Snider 5; Ann Perks 14; Ellen Perks 13; James B Alexander 26. Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Great Salt Lake City Ward 14, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory; Roll: M653_1313; Page: 203; Image: 209; Family History Library Film: 805313. Source Information: 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

Son of Isaac and Lovisa Comstock Snyder; husband of Henrietta Mariah Stockwell and five others.

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Samuel Comstock Snyder's Timeline

February 14, 1808
Fort Ann, Washington, New York, United States
October 7, 1827
Age 19
Quincy, St. Lawrence County, New York, United States
July 17, 1829
Age 21
Fowler, St. Lawrence County, New York, United States
October 27, 1831
Age 23
Fowler, St. Lawrence County, New York, United States
February 24, 1834
Age 26
Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada
February 14, 1836
Age 28
Stone Mills, ON, Canada
June 14, 1838
Age 30
Stone Mills, ON, Canada
Age 30