Sylvanus Travis Snell was born on August 3, 1835, in Bradford, Steuben County, New York, the son of Silvanus Snell (1801-1851) and New Jersey native Susan Tunnison (1806-1884).
Sylvanus Snell was living in Bradford, Steuben County, New York in 1840. The family eventually left New York, and settled in Ionia County, Michigan. By 1850 Sylvanus (younger) was living with his parents and attending school with his four younger siblings in Easton, Ionia County. By 1860 Sylvanus was living with his mother (she was working as a farmer and owned $3000 worth of real estate) and his younger brother George in Avon, Easton Township, Ionia County. Nearby lived the family of Jacob Snell, Sylvanus’ (younger) older brother.
Sylvanus stood 5’7” with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion and was 25 years old and probably living in Ionia County when he enlisted as Second Corporal in Company C on May 13, 1861. He was discharged on July 29, 1861, at Arlington Heights, Virginia, for an ulcer of the right leg.
Sylvanus eventually returned to Michigan.
He married New York native Amanda Johnson (1834-1896), and they had at least three children: Susan (b. 1862), Welden (1867-1869) and Glenn E. (b. 1873).
The family was probably living in Easton, Ionia County, where their son Weldon died of “inflammation of the brain” in 1869. By 1870 Sylvanus was working as a farmer (he owned $2500 worth of real estate) and living with his wife and daughter in Easton, Ionia County; also living with them was his mother Susan. Sylvanus was still working as a farmer and living with his wife and two children in Easton in 1880. Sylvanus eventually settled in Unionville, Tuscola County.
In 1870 Sylvanus applied for a pension (no. 161968), but it is not known if the certificate was ever granted.
Sylvanus died on July 22, 1889, probably in Michigan, and was buried in Hickory Island Cemetery in Akron, Tuscola County.
In April of 1890 his widow was living in Unionville when she applied for a pension (no. 419350) but the certificate was never granted.