Zeruah "Ruby" Samantha (Knight) Snyder was born on Aug. 30, 1879 in Scott, Van Wert County, OH, the daughter of Daniel Harry and Caroline Elizabeth (Llewelyn) Knight.
As a young woman, in the late 1890s, Ruby moved with her parents to Gladwin, Gladwin County, MI.
At the age of 21, on Jan. 26, 1901, Ruby married 24-year-old Ohio native William Lewis Snyder (1876-1938). Rev. William Rumley, a minister of the Gospel, officiated, and Ruby's parents were witnesses.
At the time of marriage, William was a clerk in Gladwin. Of a stout build, he stood five feet, 3/8 inches tall, and had brown eyes and black hair.
The Snyders had one known son, Durward William Snyder. They resided in the Gladwin area for many years.
When the military draft was instituted during World War I, the 42-year-old William was required to register. He stated that he was an express messenger for the American Express Railway Company in Gladwin, and that Zeruah was his next of kin.
The census of 1920 lists William's occupation as "expressman" for the M.C. Railroad. Ruby's 73-year-old, widowed mother and 33-year-old unmarried sister and dressmaker Laura Ann Knight made their home with the Snyders that year.
When the federal census was taken in 1930, William was employed as a salesman in a Gladwin hardware store. Living under their roof that year were 18-year-old son Durward, also a hardware salesman, and Ruby's 43-year-old, unmarried sister Laura, a seamstress.
Will died in 1938, and is buried at Highland Cemetery near Gladwin, MI.
Ruby outlived Will by 34 years. One of her grand-nieces, Dorothy (Bender) Krieg, wrote in 1970 that "I remember Aunt Ruby as a beautiful, fragile-looking woman always -- and she still is at 91 even though she has been an invalid for years."
She died in 1972 and was laid to rest beside her husband, after a separation of 34 years.
~ Son Durward William Snyder ~
Son Durward William Snyder (1916- ? ) was born on June 14, 1916, in Gladwin.
He married Edith Millhouse, a native of Flint, Genesee County. They resided for many years in Genesee and had three children -- William Snyder, Susan Snyder and David Snyder. Circa 1970, the Snyders made their home in Genesee.
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