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Snyder/Yager, 1850's near Milton
Posted by: Suzee Oberg (ID *****0248) Date: May 20, 2004 at 13:26:22
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Does anyone know about or have in their genealogy a David SNYDER b. 1825, KY, who was in Trimble County in the 1850 census with occupation listed as a distiller? I am trying to see if and how he fits into the family and family business (liquor distilling) that Malevia YAGER-SNYDER(daughter of John WilhoitYAGER) and her family were running in Trimble County at that time.
According to the 1850 census, the head of the household is Malevia, a 48 year-old widow (of John SNYDER(John 1, Michael 2) )with a house full of kids. Two of her grown sons living with her were "distillers". I had been told years ago that the family was in the liquor business in Kentucky but several biographies of John and Malevia’s grandson listed his father,John SNYDER, and his grandfather, Michael SNYDER, only as millers and/or grocers. Was the occupation of "miller" sometimes synonymous with or an euphemism for whiskey distiller….as in Miller Brewing? As a matter of fact John SNYDER was supposed to have been killed in an accident at his “mill” in 1844 and is buried in Milton, KY. Whatever they were doing was lucrative since the combined value of their property is listed as $16, 000 which is many thousands of dollars more than any of their neighbors. They also had two hired men, a Wm Grey from Scotland and Hiram McGuffey…, “distillers”, living there. Maybe they were making good scotch whiskey. I would love to uncover the story of this now that I have found this census record. Were any of Malevia's YAGER brother's or sister's families in a similar business? Most of them went to KY and were living there not very far apart.
Does anyone in this forum live in Milton, Trimble County, KY (which had a population of 525 in 2000 so I figure this is a really long, long-shot)?
Since it has such a small population and is supposed to be one of the oldest towns in Kentucky maybe it is well preserved and has some old timers who know the history of the town.
Thanks for any info.

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