B.H. Walker, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

1834: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that B.H. Walker was born in 1834. If I had to guess, I would guess that this date is based on information in the 1860 census.

1856: Based on tax records, the 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" by Whisker and Yantz identifies B.H. Walker as a St. Clair Township, Bedford County gunsmith in 1856.

1860: The book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" also reports that a B.H. Walker appears in the 1860 federal census of Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois as a gunsmith.

1861: The 1861 City Directory of Galesburg, Illinois identifies a Benjamin H. Walker on the west side of Boon's Avenue, two doors south of Main Street, who was doing "gunsmithing, repairing and lock manufacturing".

I have read about an over and under combination gun that was made by Benjamin H. Walker of Galesburg, Illinois. It was originally made with a swivel breech, but eventually a second lock was added and the swivel was locked so it could not move.

The 1953 edition of "American Gun Makers" mentions a percussion over and under Kentucky style rifle with octagon barrels by B. H. Walker, and also mentions a Bedford County style rifle where the barrel is marked "G. Fay" and the stock is by B. H. Walker.

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