The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" by Whisker and Yantz identifies Conrad Smith as an apprentice in the gunsmithing trade in Robinsonville, apprenticing with William Defibaugh. The place known as Robinsonville is located within the bounds of present-day Monroe Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
1815: The tombstone of a Conrad Smith who is buried at Robinsonville indicates that he was born in 1815.
1840: The 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties" states, "Monroe township was organized in 1840".
1850: In the 1850 Federal Census of Monroe Township, a Conrod Smith is enumerated as a 35-year-old Pennsylvania-born farmer. In his household are 30-year-old Pennsylvania-born Margaret, 12-year-old Andrew, 10-year-old Rachel, 9-year-old Rachel, 5-year-old Ellen, 4-year-old John, and 3-year-old Hester.
1852: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Conrad Smith was an apprentice of William Defibaugh in Monroe Township in 1852, and was recorded as a single free man.
1861: Although I can't prove it references the right Conrad Smith, the following notice is from the August 9, 1861 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer" newspaper:
1894: A Conrad D. Smith, who according to his tombstone was born January 11, 1815 and died May 23, 1894, is buried in the Robinsonville Cemetery (39.8868217, -78.3493195), Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
1899: The April 28, 1899 issue of the "Cumberland Times" newspaper states, "Mrs. Margaret Smith, widow of Conrad Smith, died at her home in Purcell Bedford County PA on April 17, aged 86 years, 6 months, and 21 days." Purcell is in Mann Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. She is also buried in the Robinsonville Cemetery.
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