Anthony Tetwiler, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

1810: Calculating from the information on Anthony Tetwiler's tombstone, he was born in 1810. The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" gives Anthony's parents names as Jacob Detwiler and Mary Susannah (Wenger) Detwiler, and reports that Anthony Detwiler's birth occurred on August 20, 1810.

1817: According to her tombstone, Anthony Tetwiler's wife Susan was born April 2, 1817. The Find a Grave memorial for Susan gives her middle initial as R and gives her maiden name as Rhodes, but does not list her parents.

1850-1861: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" indicates that Anthony "Detwiler" was in Huston Township in Blair County from 1850 to 1861, and made guns in the style of those made in Huntingdon County.

1854: The following obituary is from the August 21, 1929 issue of the "Altoona Tribune" newspaper. It lists several children of Anthony and Susan Detwiler, and indicates that Abram was born in 1854 at Clover Creek. The referenced Clover Creek originates in Woodbury Township, Bedford County at 40.234336, -78.308663, and enters Blair County after flowing northward about 1.82 miles. Clover Creek empties into the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River at 40.477148, -78.176458.

1861: The following obituary is from the February 8, 1937 issue of the "Altoona Mirror" newspaper. It identifies the maiden name of Anthony Detwiler's wife as "Rhodes", and (based on the birth location) puts Susan Detwiler in Huston Township, Blair County in 1861.

1866-1876: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" indicates that Anthony "Detwiler" was in Middle Woodberry Township in Bedford County from 1866 to 1876.

1870: The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" puts Anthony Detwiler in Woodbury Township of Bedford County in 1870.

1870: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Anthony Detweiler is identified as a gunsmith on the 1870 tax roll of Bloomfield Township, Bedford County. This is hard to reconcile with the simple fact that Bloomfield Township was not incorporated until late in 1876.

1877-1880: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" indicates that Anthony "Detwiler" was in at Baker's Summit in Bloomfield Township, Bedford County from 1877 to 1880.

1877: The following image is from the 1877 book "County Atlas of Bedford Pennsylvania". I suspect that the church that is illustrated on the map is the current municipal building that is located at 40.264007, -78.420844.

1878: In the 1878-1879 edition of "Farquhar's Official Directory of Bedford County, Pennsylvania", Anthony Tetwiler (Detwiler) is listed as a farmer at Baker's Summit in Bloomfield Township.

1880: In the 1880 federal census, Anthony Detwiler is enumerated as a 70-year-old Pennsylvania-born gunsmith. Also living in his household are 63-year-old Susan, 30-year-old John (laborer) 21-year-old Susan and 17-year-old Silas (laborer).

1885-1892: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Anthony Detwiler in Bloomfield Township, Bedford County from 1885 to 1892.

1893: This may be the Anthony Tetwiler (Detwiler) who is buried in the Holsinger Cemetery (40.246238, -78.423929) near Bakers Summit, Bedford County. The inscription on the tombstone states "Anthony Tetwiler died June 19, 1893 aged 82 yrs 9 mos 29 ds". In the German language, the T and D are more or less interchangeable. The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" gives the surname as Detwiler/Tetwiler/Setwiler. The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" also mentions the spelling "Titwiller".

I don't know why the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that Anthony Detwiler's death occurred on August 20, 1893. It could be a typo based on the August 20, 1810 date of birth the book provides for Anthony Detwiler.

1896: The following obituary is from the November 25, 1896 issue of the "Altoona Tribune" newspaper. It indicates that Anthony Detwiler was already deceased before his wife's obituary was written. She was buried in the same cemetery as the Anthony Tetwiler who died June 19, 1893. I don't understand why her tombstone states, "Susan wife of Anthony Tetwiler born April 2, 1817 died Nov. 26, 1886."

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