Abraham Megahan, Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

1817: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, Abraham Megahan was born in 1817. Calculating from the limited information in his obituary, Abraham Megahan was born circa 1816.

1845: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, Abraham Megahan had a daughter Drusilla Megahan who was born in 1845.

1849: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, Abraham Megahan had a son Uriah Megahan who was born in 1849.

1850: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, Abraham Megahan had a son David Camp Megahan who was born in 1850.

1850: In the 1850 federal census of Penn Township, Huntingdon County, Abraham Magahan is enumerated as a 34-year-old gunsmith. Also living in his household are 33-year-old Sarah A., 11 year-old Rebecca, 9-year-old Louisia, 8-year-old Mary, 5-year-old Druscilla, and 1-year-old Uriah. Kaufman briefly reports on this census entry in his 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle".

1852: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, Abraham Megahan had a daughter Mary M. Megahan who was born in 1852.

1854: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, Abraham Megahan had a son John Reboah Megahan who was born in 1854.

1858: According to her tombstone, Abraham & Sarah Megahan's daughter Drusilla died on March 29, 1858 at the age of 12. She is buried in the Old Stone Church Cemetery near Marklesburg in Huntingdon County.

1860: In the 1860 federal census of Penn Township, Huntingdon County, Abraham Megahan is enumerated as a 43-year-old gunsmith with property valued at $300.00. Also living in his household are 42-year-old Sarah, __-year-old Rebecca, 19-year-old Louisia, 17-year-old Mary M., 11-year-old Uriah, 9-year-old David, 5-year-old John R., and 4-year-old Milton. (Something was wrong with this transcript because Sarah was missing and Rebecca was listed as 42-years old. I edited the transcript the way I suspect it should be, but I need to look at the census again.)

1870: In the 1870 federal census of Penn Township, Huntingdon County, Abraham Megahan is enumerated as a 53-year-old gunsmith with personal property valued at $250.00 and real estate valued at $800.00. Also living in his household are 52-year-old Sarah, 23-year-old Matilda, 19-year-old David, 19 (printer) and 14-year-old Milton.

1871: The following excerpt is from the December 13, 1871 issue of the "Huntingdon Journal" newspaper. It shows Abraham Megahan serving as the Administrator of the estate of David Householder.

1876: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" by Whisker and Yantz indicates that Abraham McGahan is identified as a gunsmith on the 1876 tax list of the borough of Somerset.

1892: According to the Abraham Megahan memorial on findagrave.com his son David Camp Megahan died in 1892.

1900: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, Abraham Megahan died on May 18, 1900 in Philadelphia and is buried in the Wildwood Cemetery (41.2536011, -77.0307999) in Williamsport, which is in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

1900: The obituary of Abraham Megahan appears in the May 21, 1900 issue of the "Daily Gazette & Bulletin" newspaper as follows: "Abraham Megahan died suddenly Friday at the home of his son Uriah of Philadelphia of dropsy. The end came at 7 o'clock when he slept peacefully away. He was 84 years old and is survived by his widow, Uriah , Milton Megahan and Rebo of Lincoln Nebraska and three daughters. The funeral took place yesterday with interment in Wildwood Cemetery."

1908: The obituary of Abraham's widow Sarah Megahan appears in the April 13, 1908 issue of the "Daily Gazette & Bulletin" newspaper, and states, "Mrs. Sarah Megahan, died at her home in Philadelphia of old age on Friday. She was the widow of Abraham, a resident of this city for many years. She was aged 91 years. the remains will be brought to this city on the Buffalo Express with burial in Wildwood Cemetery."

The following excerpt is from the 1876 book "History of Huntingdon County".

I've seen photos of an Abraham Megahan full stock percussion rifle signed "A*M" in script on the 34 caliber 34-1/4-inch-long, 7/8-inch hex barrel, and have heard that a number of his rifles survive.

A December 25, 2016 article titled "Carefully culled collection up for grabs Jan. 2 in Somerset" describes a an Abraham Megahan percussion rifle that was to be auctioned. It is described as having a maple stock and 29 silver inlays including perched eagle inlays and inlays that are similar to the hex symbols of the Pennsylvania "Dutch".

Items from Abraham Megahan's gunsmith shop, or perhaps the shop itself, are at the Isett Heritage Museum in Huntingdon.

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