Daniel Adams, Somerset County, PA gunsmith

1814: According to his tombstone, Daniel Adams was born on July 6, 1814.

1832: The following reward notice, which was provided by Daniel Adams' descendant Eric Ludy, is from the August 24, 1932 issue of "the Farmer's Repository", a Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania newspaper:

Circa 1832: In 1832 and/or 1833, Westmoreland County gunsmith William Blaine published an advertisement offering "a $0.06 reward for the return of Daniel Adams a runaway apprentice, along with expensive shotguns $0.50, rifle guns $1.50, wolf traps $1.50, sword and scabbard $0.50." Reportedly, this advertisement appeared in the February 24, 1832 issue of the "Farmer's Repository", but it is also reported as appearing in 1833.

1837: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Daniel Adams is identified as a gunsmith in the 1837 tax roll of Somerset Township.

1838: The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" puts William Blaine in Ligonier Township of Westmoreland County in 1838.

1860: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Daniel Adams in Wayne Township of Crawford County in 1860. I can't reconcile this with the information I have found on a Daniel Adams and included below. I suspect the 1983 booklet has located the wrong Daniel Adams in Crawford County, but more research is needed.

1876: The following excerpt from the Somerset Township portion of the 1876 "County Atlas of Somerset, Pennsylvania" shows the residence of "D. Adams" near Samuels Church. As revealed below, Daniel Adams lived near Samuels Church and was a member of the congregation. The residence of Daniel Adams was located approximately at 39.997079, -79.140545.

1887: The following item is from the December 21, 1887 issue of the "Somerset Herald":

1896: The following item is from the June 17, 1896 issue of the "Somerset Herald". It documents the death of one of Daniel Adams' children:

1899: Daniel Adams' wife Catherine is buried at the Samuels Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery (40.0057500, -79.1440000), Lavansville, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Her tombstone states, Catherine wife of Daniel Adams died Jan. 30, 1899 Aged 82 ys. 2ms. 14ds." The cemetery is about 0.8-miles from the site of his residence.

1899: The following obituary appeared in the February 9, 1899 issue of the "Somerset Herald". Descendant Eric Ludy reports that Daniel Adam's wife Catherine was the daughter of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veteran David Seibert of Allegany County, Maryland.

The preceding article appears to be the basis for the following statement in the November, 1964 issue of the "Laurel Messenger".

1900: Daniel Adams is buried at the Samuels Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery (40.0057500, -79.1440000), Lavansville, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. His tombstone states, "Daniel Adams July 6, 1814 Dec. 23, 1900"

The following four items are from the 1918 book "History of the Alleghany Evangelical Lutheran Synod". It describes Daniel and Catherine Adams as charter members of the Lavansville Congregation, and describes the church history the couple would have experienced.

The following item from the February 1984 "Laurel Messenger" provides the ancestry of the wife of Daniel Adams.

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