HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
AND

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.

Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879

Page 206

GUY A. SNELL is one of the leading farmers of Macoupin county. He was born in Jersey county, March 14th, 1839. He is the eldest child of Dr. Asa Snell and Percilla E. Landon, his wife. Dr. Snell and wife were both natives of Addison county, Vermont. He came to Illinois in 1835, and settled in Jersey county, engaging in the practice of medicine. He was a man of more than ordinary ability. His death occurred January 21st, 1875, aged 78 years. His widow still survives.

The subject of our sketch received his early education at the district schools, but subsequently attended the university at Galesburg, Illinois. He was married May 27th, 1863, to Miss Abbie Voorhees, the daughter of Peter P. Voorhees, of Jersey County, Illinois. At about the age of 23 Mr. Snell set out to do for himself, and by dint of energy, industry and economy he had made a success in life. He moved to Macoupin county in the spring of 1864, and engaged in farming in Polk township, and continued there for five years, and then moved to his present home in Honey Point township, in March, 1869. He had bought the farm two years before. He now owns 510 acres of land in this county. Few men have been more successful than Mr. Snell. In his political views he has always used his judgment. He voted for Lincoln in 1860. In 1868 he became a democrat. In January, 1879, he became identified with the greenback party.

In taking a retrospective view of Mr. Snell's life, we find a man who has always acted on his own judgment in all matters, whether social, religious, or political. No man is more respected in Macoupin county than the subject of our sketch. It is said of Guy A. Snell, by those who know him, that his word is as good as his bond. And it is with pleasure that we present this brief record of his life to our numerous readers.


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