Charles Monroe Knupp biographical information

Charles Monroe Knupp was a Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith who made rifles that were often indistinguishable from the standard pattern of Jonathan Dormayer (Dunmyer), except for the quality of engraving and the initials engraved on the lock. This implies some sort of working relationship with Jonathan Dormayer.

Donna Knupp reports that Levi Knupp (1837-1885) was the father of Charles Monroe Knupp, and reports that Barbara Knupp (1827-1883), sister of Levi Knupp, married Jonathan Dunmeyer (1826-1885). The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania" reports that Charles Monroe Knupp's Aunt Barbara Knupp was married to Jonathan Dunmeyer.

1863: According to his tombstone, Charles Monroe Knupp was born in 1863. According to his obituary (included below), "He was a son of Levi and Mary Knupp..." I believe this and the 1870 census record below correct the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania", which states that Charles Monroe Knupp was one of the children of Isaac Knupp, Sr. and his wife Mary. This also corrects the 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900", which states that Charles Monroe Knupp was the son of Eli Knupp.

1870: On July 20, 1870 Levi Knupp was enumerated in the federal census of Somerset Township as a 33-year-old Pennsylvania-born farmer with real estate valued at $4,000.00 and personal property valued at $1,000. his household was 32-year-old Mary keeping house, 8-year-old Madison Knupp, 6-year-old Monroe Knupp, and less than one-year-old William H. Knupp, all Pennsylvania born.

1885: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Charles Monroe Knupp purchased two gun barrels at the vendue sale of Jonathan Dunmeyer's possessions. According to his tombstone, "Jonathan Dormayer died Jan. 11, 1885..." Charles Monroe Knupp was about 22 years old when Jonathan Dormayer died. Donna Knupp reports that Charles Monroe Knupp was one of the last apprentices of Jonathan Dunmeyer.

1886: The notice below is from the March 17, 1886 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper.

1898: The news item below is from the February 9, 1898 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper.

1898: The news item below is from the July 13, 1898 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper.

1899: The news item below is from the August 16, 1899 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper.

1900: The 1900 census of Somerset County indicates that Charles Monroe Knupp was operating a sawmill.

1910: The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" indicates that C. Monroe Knupp was a gunsmith in Bakersville (Somerset County) around 1910.

According to the 1953 edition of the book "American Gunmakers", when Westmoreland County gunsmith Worthe G. Suter (born October 6, 1895) was young, he worked as a gunsmith assistant to Charles Monroe Knupp of Bakersfield. This seems to imply an apprenticeship relationship.

1937: The obituary of Charles Monroe Knupp was published in the February 12, 1937 issue of the "Somerset Daily American". It states, "Charles Monrose Knupp died at his home in Bakersville at 1:30 Thursday morning. He was a son of Levi and Mary Knupp, both deceased. Mr. Knupp was a gunsmith all his life, and had worked at the trade until January when he was forced to quit because of ill health. ... Burial will be in Bakersville Cemetery."

1937: Charles Monroe Knupp is buried in the Bakersville Cemetery at Bakersville, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. His tombstone states, "Charles Monroe Knupp 1863--1937". This and the newspaper article above correct the 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900", which indicates that Charles Monroe Knupp died in 1939.

1937: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania", the estate of Charles Monroe Knupp was valued at $4,314.86, and included Nash and Cadillac automobiles, a Ford truck, blacksmithing tools and other shop contents, and a case of fishing rods and guns that was valued at $70.00.

1937: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania" reports that Charles Monroe Knupp willed most of his possessions to his brother and his sister-in-law Mr. & Mrs. James Madison Knupp because they took care of him in his old age.

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