Daniel Benjamin Troutman Muzzle Loading Rifle Photos

The photos below show a nineteenth century full stock Pennsylvania flintlock muzzle loading rifle that was made by Daniel Benjamin Troutman. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to publish these photos here on Korns.org. The photos are reproduced here by permission of the photographer, who is the son of the owner of the rifle. (Here are photos of a very similar Troutman rifle in the early stages of restoration.)

The patchbox, the sideplate, the trigger guard, the buttstock shape, and the eagle medallion of this rifle are similar to the rifle by the same maker that is illustrated on page 141 of the 1991 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties" that was written by Whisker & Whisker. The angular underside of the pan is also similar to the one in the book.

The cock, cock screw, frizzen, and pan do not have the same brown patina as the rest of the ferrous parts, and the cock is obviously a modern investment casting. I am certainly no expert on these old black powder rifles, but a expert with many decades of experience told me that the cock, frizzen, and pan are obviously modern replacements. The ill-fitting frizzen spring, which overhangs the wood of the stock, is obviously not original to the rifle. It isn't unusual for such an old rifle to have repairs, or to need new parts for the sake of completeness.

The aforementioned book indicates that Daniel Benjamin Troutman:

  • was the son of the gunsmith Benjamin Franklin Troutman of Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA,
  • was born October 26, 1822,
  • married Catherine Emerick on Dec. 25, 1845,
  • purchased property in Londonderry Township, Bedford County circa 1847,
  • was a farmer & J.P. in addition to being a gunsmith,
  • lived in Wellersburg, Somerset County, PA from 1864 to 1867, and
  • moved to Franklin County, Kansas, and is buried in the Highland Cemetery in Ottawa.

    For what its worth, "The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr. of Somerset County Pennsylvania" indicates that Daniel Benjamin Troutman's father Ben was probably one of the twelve men who helped to resolve the estate of Michael Korn, Sr. by evaluating the Michael Korns, Sr. farm.

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