Elias A. Snyder was born in 1839 in Canada, the son of Abraham (d. 1876) and Mary (Rammage, 1806-1860).
Maryland native Abraham moved to Canada and was engaged in the pursuit of agriculture for some years. Elias left Canada and quite possibly joined an older brother John when he moved to Michigan, eventually settling in Mecosta County. By 1860 Elias was working as a farm laborer living with his older brother John and his new wife Sarah in Green, Mecosta County.
Elias was 22 years old and living in Big Rapids, Mecosta County when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861. He reportedly owed the regimental sutler, Ben Luce, $1.00 when he died of “brain fever” on December 27, 1861, at the Regimental hospital, Camp Michigan, Virginia, located near Alexandria. Elias was presumably buried at or near Camp Michigan, and quite possibly was among the unknown soldiers reinterred at Alexandria National Cemetery.
There seems to be no pension available.
Abraham was probably living in London, Ontario, Canada, where he reportedly died in 1876.