Absalom Garlick, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" identifies Absalom Garlick of West Providence Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania as a gunsmith on the basis of the discovery of an unadorned gun that was made by him. According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania", this gun had no engraving or carving, and did not have a patch box.

Circa 1810: Based on the age given in the 1850 and 1860 censuses, Absalom Garlick was born circa 1810. The 1850 census suggests that his parents were Jacob and Eve Garlick.

1810: In the 1810 census of Providence Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, the household of Jacob Garlick has one male and one female in the 16 to 26 age group and one male under ten years old.

1820: In the 1820 census of Providence Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, the household of Jacob Garlick has one male and one female in the 26 to 44 age group, one male and one female in the 10 to 15 age group, and one male and one female under 10 years old. Two members of the household are engaged in agriculture.

1840: In the 1840 census of West Providence Township, the household of Jacob Garlich has one male and one female in the 50 to 60 age group, one male and two females in the 20 to 30 age group, one female in the 15 to 20 age group, two females in the 10 to 15 age group, two females in the five to ten age group, and one male under five years old. The male in the 20 to 30 age group is most likely Absalom.

1850: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" says that Absalom Garlick's mother was Eve Garlick. In the 1850 census of East Providence Township, Jacob Garlick appears as a 65-year-old Pennsylvania-born farmer with a value of $600. Also living in his household are 60-year-old Eve, 40-year-old Absalom, 27-year-old Eve, 23-year-old Candice, 20-year-old Catherine, 19-year-old Delilah, 13-year-old Christian, and 7-month-old Mariah.

1855: The following sheriff's sale notice from the April 13, 1855 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper puts Absalom Garlick in or near East Providence Township, Bedford County in 1855.

1860: The following notice from the June 22, 1960 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer" newspaper puts Absalom Garlick in or near West Providence Township, Bedford County, in 1860.

1860: The 1860 federal census of West Providence Township, Bedford County enumerates Absalom Garlic as a 50-year-old male silversmith, with real estate valued at $1,000 and personal property valued at $200.00. In his household was Julian Garlick, a 35-year-old female, Esther A. Price, a 7-year-old female, and John Gilburg, a Poland-born 35-year-old male storekeeper with personal property valued at $1,000.

1861: I did not find Absalom Garlick in the Bloody Run or West Providence Township portions of the 1861 Walker map of Bedford County.

1863: The following notice from the October 30, 1863 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper puts Absalom Garlick in Bedford County in 1863.

1863: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" identifies Absalom Garlick as being a gunsmith and silversmith in Providence Township in 1863.

1863-1876: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" indicates that Absalom Garlick is on the tax rolls of West Providence Township in the 1863 to 1876 timeframe.

1866: The following advertisement from the October 16, 1866 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer" newspaper puts Absalom Garlick's jewelry business at or near Everett (Bloody Run). I did not find J.A. Mann in the West Providence Township or Bloody Run portions of the 1861 Walker map of Bedford County or the 1877 Atlas of Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1867: As shown below, by the June 14, 1867 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer", the advertisement was slightly simplified.

1869: The following excerpt is from a long list of winners of the October 12, 1869 election that was published in the October 28, 1869 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper. Absalom Garlick was elected as a West Providence Township Inspector.

1870-1873: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900"indicates that Absalom Garlick was a silversmith in West Providence Township in the 1870 to 1873 timeframe, with a value of $646.00.

1876: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" indicates that Absalom Garlick died on December 4, 1876, and reports that his estate was valued at $383.80 and included tools in a shop that were valued at $1.00 and iron valued at $0.50. I could not find a memorial for Absalom Garlick on findagrave.com.

1876: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that the name of Absalom Garlick's wife at the time of his death was Anne. I could not find a memorial for Absalom Garlick on findagrave.com.

1877: I did not find Absalom Garlick in the Everett or West Providence Township portions of the 1877 Atlas of Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1877: The Bedford County Historical Society indicates that the Orphan's Court records for Absalom Garlick are from 1877, and consist of 31 pages.

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