Andrew J. Saupp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: Andrew Saupp is known as a Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith from tax records.

1805: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Andris Saupp was born in 1805. This is harmonious with the information on his tombstone.

1810: According to the information on her tombstone, Agnes, wife of Andrew Saupp, was born in 1810.

1833: The 2001 Whisker & Yantz book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" reports that Andrew Saupp emigrated from Bavaria and was joined in marriage with Elizabeth Sellers in 1833 at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Bedford. I can't reconcile the names Elizabeth and Agnes. On genealogy websites, the name of Andrew/Andris Saupp's wife is listed as Agnes Sellers or Agnes Keller.

1834: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania", church records indicate that Andrew Saupp's daughter Sara Elizabeth was born in 1834.

1835: The 1983 booklet indicates that Andris Saupp purchased a lot in the borough of Bedford from Daniel Sill on February 12, 1835.

1835: The 1983 booklet identifies Andris Saupp as a whitesmith in 1835.

Here is the definition of a Whitesmith from Webster's 1874 "A Dictionary of the English Language":

1835: According to the 2017 book, church records indicate that Andrew Saupp's son Andrew, Jr. was born in 1835. Andrew Saupp, Jr. does not appear in the household of Andrew and Agnes Saupp in the 1850 census.

1836: According to the 2017 book, church records indicate that Andrew Saupp's daughter Mary was born in 1836.

1839: According to ancestry.com, Andris Saupp's son Francis D. Saupp was born in Bedford on April 21, 1839 and died in Pittsburgh on December 29, 1906. The following obituary is from the December 30, 1906 issue of the "Pittsburgh Daily Post" newspaper:

1840: According to the 2017 book, church records indicate that Andrew Saupp's son Thomas Cornelius was born in 1840.

1840: In the 1840 census of the borough of Bedford, the Andrew Saupp household has one male and one female under age five, one female in the five to ten age group one female in the 20 to 30 age group, and one male in the 30 to 40 age group.

1841: According to the 2017 book, church records indicate that Andrew Saupp's son Louis was born in 1841. Louis Saupp is buried at the Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Cemetery in Bedford, where his tombstone indicates he was born in 1841 and died in 1922.

1841: The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" puts Andrew Saupp in the borough of Bedford in 1841.

1841: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Andrew Saupp is identified as a gunsmith in the 1841 tax roll of Bedford Borough.

1841-1844: The 1983 booklet identifies Andris Saupp as a gunsmith from 1841 to 1844.

1842: The 1983 booklet indicates that Andris Saupp served as a Petit Juror in November of 1842.

1844: According to the 2017 book, church records indicate that Andrew Saupp's son John was born in 1844. John Saupp's tombstone at the Saint Thomas The Apostle Cemetery in Bedford, Pennsylvania states, "John E. Saupp. Born April 21, 1844. Killed at North Edisto Island, South Carolina March 28, 1862."

1844: The 1983 booklet references Andris Saupp in connection with a March 11, 1844 executor's bond at the Register and Recorder's Office for John Reiley.

1844 to 1855: The 1983 booklet associates Andris Saupp with Lot No. 155 in the town of Bedford during the years 1844 to 1855. I think lot 155 is at the southeast corner of the intersection of East Pitt Street and South East Street, but I'm not 100% certain.

1845: The 1983 booklet references Andris Saupp in connection with a November 1, 1845 executor's bond at the Register and Recorder's Office for John Mann.

1846: The 1983 booklet references Andris Saupp in connection with a April 16, 1846 executor's bond at the Register and Recorder's Office for Conrad Border.

1846: The 2001 Whisker & Yantz book reports that in 1846 he was one of three individuals who performed repair work on the Bedford County courthouse.

1847: According to the 2017 book, church records indicate that Andrew Saupp's son William was born in 1847. The following excerpt is from the 1911 book "Genealogy of the Hannum Family..." It indicates that Andrew and Agnes Saupp of Bedford, Pennsylvania had a son W. W. Saupp who was born on April 29, 1847 in Bedford.

William Saupp is buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Altoona, where the top of his tombstone states "William Watson Saupp died Sep 6 1923". Annie is buried in the same cemetery, and the top of her tombstone states "Annie Douglass Saupp died May 4 1937".

1848: The 1983 booklet references Andris Saupp in connection with a January 1, 1848 executor's bond at the Register and Recorder's Office for Captain Samuel Taylor.

1848: The 1983 booklet references Andris Saupp in connection with a February 28, 1848 executor's bond at the Register and Recorder's Office for Casper Fluck.

1849: The 1983 booklet identifies Andres Saupp as a merchant in 1849.

1850: In the 1850 census of Bedford borough, Andris Saupp is enumerated s a 45-year old German-born White Smith with property valued at $700.00 who was living with 38-year-old German-born Agnes Saupp. Also living in the household were 15-year-old Sarah Saupp, 13-year-old Mary Saupp, 11-year-old Francis Saupp, 9-year-old Lewis Saupp, 7-year-old John Saupp, 3-year-old William Saupp and 1-year-old Thomas Saupp, all Pennsylvania-born. The census record was made on July 31, 1850.

1850: The 1983 booklet references Andris Saupp in connection with a November 6, 1850 executor's bond at the Register and Recorder's Office for Jacob Albright.

1851: The 1983 booklet references Andris Saupp in connection with a May 5, 1851 executor's bond at the Register and Recorder's Office for George King.

1853: According to the 2017 book, church records indicate that Andrew Saupp's daughter Helen Ceclia was born in 1853.

1854: The following item is from the July 21, 1854 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper. The same item appears in the June 23, 1854 issue.

1854: The 1983 booklet reports that Andris Saupp was the Bedford Postmaster in 1854. The following excerpt is from the October 12, 1854 issue of the "Texas Ranger" newspaper (An identical or similar article was published in the September 23, 1854 issue of the "Fort Wayne Sentinel" newspaper):

1854: The following item is from the 1854 book "The United States Post Office Directory and Postal Guide":

1855: The following item is from the June 22, 1855 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper:

1855: Andrew Saupp is buried at the Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Cemetery (40.0173607, -78.5149078) in Bedford. His tombstone states "Andrew J. Saupp died Sept. 11, 1855 aged 49 yrs. 10 mos. 14 ds." His wife is buried there too, and the part of her side of the shared tombstone that I can states "Agnes wife of Andrew J. Saupp died Nov, 7, 1872 aged 60 yrs 7 mo's & 25 d's.".

1855: The obituary of Andris Saupp appears in the September 21, 1855 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper.

1855: The following excerpt is from the 1855 book "Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States on the Thirtieth September, 1855...":

1860: According to the list of 1860 property owners in the town of Bedford that is included in the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania", Andrew Saupp was deceased by 1860:

1861: The following excerpt from the 1861 Walker map of Bedford County shows the residence of "Mrs. Soup". The approximate location is 40.01904566505387, -78.50099263756832.

1871: As indicated above, the 1911 book "Genealogy of the Hannum Family..." reports that W. W. Saupp, son of Andrew and Agnes Saupp, married Annie Douglas on June 6, 1871.

The 2001 Whisker & Yantz book reports that Andrew Saupp appears in the tax rolls with various occupations, including merchant, postmaster, whitesmith, and gunsmith.

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