He was born in Schaffhausen in 1710. He trained with the firm of Egedacher in Passau and came to London c. 1741. On his retirement in 1781, his business continued and eventually ended up in the hands of Thomas Elliot.
He died in Schaffhausen, 28 September 1785.
List of works
- Clare College, Cambridge has a fully functioning chamber organ by John Snetzler (1755), acquired from John Bibby of Winchester in 1985, and restored in 2016. Previously, it is known to have been in the Mission Church of St James, Heysham, Lancashire, and before that it was in the collection of the nineteenth-century musicologist, J Fuller Maitland, of Borwick Hall near Carnforth. At one time it was in Shaw House near Newbury.
- Belle Skinner Collection, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1742 (restored 1983 by Noel Mander)
- St Saviour's Chapel, Cathedral of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Norwich, Norfolk 1745
- St Andrew's Qualified Chapel, Carrubbers' Close, Edinburgh 1747, now in University of Glasgow Concert Hall
- Fulneck Moravian Church, Leeds 1748
- St Margaret's, King's Lynn 1754
- St Paul's Church, Sheffield 1755
- St Nicholas's Church, Whitehaven 1755 - removed to Arlecdon Church 1904 where it survives in a heavily altered state
- St Leonard's Church, Swithland, Leicestershire, 1756
- Duke of Bedford's musical gallery 1756, now St Mary the Virgin, Hillington, Norfolk
- Holy Trinity Church, Hull 1756 & 1758
- Chapel of St John, St John Street, Edinburgh, 1757; the organ purchased by Lodge Canongate Kilwinning No2, is featured in the picture of Burns being made Poet laureate of the lodge and is in regular use, still hand pumped
- Buckingham Palace 1760, now Eton College Chapel
- Buckingham Palace 1760, now Chapel Royal, St James's Palace
- Unitarian Church, Hastings, 1760 (Restored 2010 by Matthew Copley) BA
- The New Room, Bristol 1761 (Installed around 1930, previously elsewhere)
- Congregational Church of South Dennis, Massachusetts, U.S.A., built 1762, installed 1854
- Concert Hall (Boston, Massachusetts), 1763–1774
- St Laurence Church, Ludlow, Shropshire, 1764
- Peterhouse, Cambridge 1765
- Halifax Parish Church 1766
- St Michael's Episcopal Church, Charleston, South Carolina, USA 1768 (Case only; new organ 1994 by Kenneth Jones of Bray, Ireland)
- Octagon Chapel, Bath 1767 (William Herschel first organist.) 
- Beverley Minster 1769
- St Malachy's Parish Church, Hillsborough, County Down 1772-3
- Leicester Cathedral 1774 (Modified 1873 and 1930, some pipework remains)
- National Museum Cardiff 1774, given by Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn
- St Mary's Church, Nottingham 1777
- Rotherham Minster 1777
- St Anne's Parish Church, Belfast 1781
- St Mary and All Saints Church, Sculthorpe, Norfolk
- Church of St Andrew, Blickling, Norfolk
- Church of St Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield (1756, destroyed by fire 1961)
- National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR) at the British Institute of Organ Studies
- The Organ, William Leslie Sumner
- Dictionary of National Biography
- The History of the English Organ. Stephen Bicknell. 1999
- "Belle Skinner Collection, Yale University". Organ Historical Society. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
- "Norfolk Norwich, Cathedral of the Holy and Und'd Trinity [N05936]". Npor.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- "Concert Hall, University of Glasgow". Gla.ac.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- The organ: its history and construction. Edward John Hopkins, Edward Francis Rimbault 1870
- "Norfolk Hillington, St Mary the Virgin [N06361]". Npor.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- work on an existing instrument
- Lodge Canongate Kilwinning No 2; The Organ
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
- "Shropshire Ludlow, St Laurence [N04633]". Npor.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- "The Herschel Chronicle, Constance A. Lubbock, 2013 (first published 1933) p40". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
- "The Organs of Leicester Cathedral". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
- "The Derbyshire Times remembers the Spire fire". Derbyshire Times. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2017.