Arlina M. Nichols was born May 29, 1828, in New York, according to census. She was the daughter of Edwin F. Nichols and Hester (last name possibly Hyde).
Arlina's family moved to Illinois prior to 1835. The family appears on the 1840 Fulton County, Illinois census. Arlina is shown as a female age 10-15 years.
Arlina married George R. Snyder about 1849-1850. George Snyder was born about 1825, probably in New York, according to census.
The 1850 Fulton County, Illinois census shows George, 25, a farmer, born in Indiana, and Arlina, 22, born in New York. George is shown to have real property valued at $1500. Living next door to George and Arlina is the family of Mary Snyder. Arlina's parents are shown living on the other side of Mary Snyder's family. They are living in the Town of Center.
The 1860 Fulton County, Lee Township, census shows George, 35, a farmer, born in New York (note: previously he was shown born in Indiana); Arlina, 32; Wilmer, 6; Edgar, 4; and Charles, 1 year. Living with the family is Andrew Ramsey, 19, a farm laborer, born in Ohio. Living next door is Arlina's widowed mother Hester and her family. Living next to Hester is the family of Eldridge and Ann (Nichols) Bush.
The 1870 Fulton County, Lee Township, census shows George, 44, born in New York; Arlina, 42; Wilmer, 16; Edgar, 14; Charles, 12; Flora, 8, born in Illinois; and Arthur, 5, born in Illinois. Living with the family is Arlina's mother, Hester Nichols. Living next door is the family of Eldridge and Ann Bush. The census shows George with real property valued at $6000 and personal property valued at $3000.
Arlina's mother, Hester Nichols, apparently died between 1870 and 1880. George and Arlina moved their family to Iowa prior to 1880.
The 1880 Clarke County, Iowa census, Ward Township, shows George Snider, head, 57, born in New York, father born in Pennsylvania, a farmer; Arline, wife, 53, born in New York; Charles, son, 21, born in Illinois, a farm laborer; Flora, daughter, 18, born in Illinois; and Arthur, son, 15, a farm laborer.
Children of George Snyder and Arlina Nichols
1. Wilmer Snyder, b. abt 1854, Fulton Co, IL
2. Edgar Snyder, b. abt 1856, Fulton Co, IL
3. Charles Snyder, b. abt 1858, Fulton Co, IL
4. Flora Snyder, b. abt 1862, Fulton Co, IL
5. Arthur Snyder, b. abt 1865, Fulton Co, IL