Daniel Defibaugh, Sr.

1789: According to his memorial (130907031) at findagrave.com, Daniel Defibaugh, father of the gunsmith William Defibaugh, was born on August 17, 1789.

1820: According to his memorial (130907031) at findagrave.com, Daniel Defibaugh, father of the gunsmith William Defibaugh, died on February 18, 1820 and is buried at the Defibaugh Farm Family Cemetery in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1833: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" includes William Defibaugh's father Daniel Defibaugh, Sr. in their list of Bedford County gunsmiths, and based on a reference to his widow living on the turnpike between Bloody Run and Bedford, states that Daniel Defibaugh, Sr. died before 1838. The advertisement that I know of that mentions the widow Defibaugh was published in the February 16, 1833 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper, and includes the statement, "...the residence of the Widow DEFIBAUGH on the Turnpike Road between Bedford and Bloody Run..." The widow's residence was the Defibaugh tavern. The original part of this log and frame tavern is said to have been built circa 1785, and is located at 40.026096, -78.452249. The following image of the Defibaugh tavern was taken by Jerrye & Roy Klotz, MD and is included here under the following license: Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

In their 1991 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties", the authors of the 1983 booklet refers to William Defibaugh's father as Daniel Defibaugh I, indicates that he died intestate, and states that although it has been reported that Daniel Defibaugh I had been a gunsmith, the inventory of his estate suggests otherwise. In my mind, there is always the possibility that any gunsmithing tools he once owned may have been given to one of his children while he was alive, or were taken by one of the children before the estate inventory was taken.

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