ALBERT CHARLES SNIVELY, an attorney of Greensburg, was born in Mount Pleasant township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, November 29, 1869.
(I) John Snively, the great-grandfather, came from Germany to Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1780, when but a mere boy. His parents were of the Lutheran faith. He died in 1806. He married Amy Wilkinson and they had three sons : John, Abraham, Hugh. The last two removed to Pittsburg and Ohio, respectively.
(II) John Snively, the eldest son of John (I) , was the grandfather of Albert Charles Snively. He was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, 1803, and came to Mount Pleasant township in 1807. He, too, was a Lutheran : he had a fair common school education. The date of his death was 1888. He married Catherine Fausold, born in Cumberland, Maryland, 1800, and came to Westmoreland county in 1818. They were married in 1827. She died in 1877. Of the ten children born to her only two now survive.
(III) Hiram Snively, the father of Albert Charles, was born in Mount Pleasant township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, February 4, 1834. He possessed a good common school education ; is a Democrat, and has held many township offices. He was assessor five terms and tax collector twice. During the dark days of the Civil war period, he was rejected from service on account of his physical disability. He married Mary Ann Chorpenning, September 16, 1858. She was the daughter of David and Hester (Benford) Chorpenning. Her father was born in Somerset county in 1799 and died in 1868. Her mother was also a native of Somerset county, born 1807 and died 1967.
(IV) Albert Charles Snively was educated in the public schools of Mount Pleasant township, the Mount Pleasant Institute and Greensburg Seminary. He began teaching in the public schools of Westmoreland county in 1888, following it for eight terms. He studied law with Albert H. Bell and G. Dallas Albert. He was admitted to the bar of Westmoreland county, January 26, 1896, and has practiced his chosen profession ever since. He is a supporter of the Democratic party, has been tax collector, and is at preset school director in Irwin borough ; treasurer of the Irwin Realty Company, and secretary of the Sunset Distilling Company. In church connections he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a member of the Masonic Order, Masontown (Pennsylvania) Lodge, No. 459 ; K. of P. Lodge No. 415, Irwin ; B. P. O. E. Lodge, No. 486, Jeannette. For three years he was a member of the National Guard of Pennsylvania, in Company I, serving in 1894-95-96. He married, July 28, 1903, in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, Nettie A. Christner, of Mount Pleasant. Mrs. Snively was educated in the public schools and at the Normal. Her parents are Rev. A. Dickey and Samantha (Pyle) Christner. To Mr. and Mrs. Snively have been born on child, Albertz (sic) Christner, born February 17, 1905, at Irwin, Pennsylvania.
Source Pages 50 & 51 History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N. Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906
Transcribed December 17, 1999 by Marilynn Wienke for the Westmoreland County History Project
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