Daniel L. Defibaugh, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

According to Mary Lou Cook's August 3, 2013 Defibaugh working file, Caspar Defibaugh was Daniel Defibaugh's great-grandfather, and built the Defibaugh tavern. Here, Casper appears in an undated Colerain Township tax list that (since John Doddridge is on the list) could be no later than early 1773:

1820: According to the age given in the 1850 census, Daniel Defibaugh was born circa 1820. According to Mary Lou Cook's August 3, 2013 Defibaugh working file, Daniel Lysinger Defibaugh (son of Daniel Defibaugh and Mary Lysinger) was born March 18, 1820 at Willow Grove in Snake Spring Township, Bedford County, and died on March 18, 1902 at Jeannette, in Westmoreland County.

1840: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania", the marriage of Daniel L. Defibaugh and Sophia Smouse occurred in 1840.

Circa 1845: According to A. Merwyn Carey's 1953 book "American Firearms Makers" Daniel Defibaugh and William Defibaugh were brothers and were makers of percussion rifles in Providence Township of Bedford County circa 1845.

1846: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Daniel Defibaugh is identified on the tax roll of West Providence Township, Bedford County in the year 1846.

1846: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Daniel Defibaugh in West Providence Township in 1846 as a blacksmith in 1846.

1850: The 1850 federal census of West Providence Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania has the following entry:
Daniel Defibaugh, 30, Blacksmith, $6000, Pa.;
Sophia, 28, Pa.;
Lucinda, 5;
Francis R., 3;
Michael S., 6/12;
William STICKLER, 19, Blacksmith;
George SHARRER, 21, Blacksmith;
Margaret AMICK, 14, school

1852-1864: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Daniel Defibaugh in the borough of Everett from 1852 to 1864, but also puts him in Bedford Township in 1863 as a blacksmith.

The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" by Whisker & Yantz indicates that Daniel Defibaugh, Jr. was a gunsmith in Everett (which is in West Providence Township) in the 1852 to 1864 timeframe, and mentions that some of his double barreled guns (rifle and shotgun combination) carry a "Bloody Run" marking. The 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties Pennsylvania" indicates that Bloody Run is an old name for the place that is now known as Everett. The Everett reference may just mean he was served by the Everett post office.

1854: The following excerpt is from the November 3, 1854 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper:

1856: The following item is from the Mary 9, 1856 issue of the Bedford Gazette" newspaper.

1857: The following item is from the August 28, 1857 issue of the Bedford Gazette" newspaper. It names the road that property of Daniel L. Defibaugh is located along, and puts it close to property of John Smouse.

1857: The 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" indicates that Snake Spring township was organized from parts of Colerain and West Providence townships in 1857. This probably explains why Daniel Defibaugh shows up in West Providence Township in 1846 and 1850 records.

1859: The following excerpt is from the January 28, 1859 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper:

1859: The following item is from the March 29, 1859 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper:

1860: The following excerpt from the June 8, 1860 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper documents that Daniel L. Defibaugh of Snake Spring Township was elected to serve on the Vigilance Committee.

1861: The following excerpt from the 1861 Walker map of Bedford County shows the location of Daniel Defibaugh's tavern in what had recently (1857) become Snake Spring Township. His obituary (below) indicates that he sold the tavern circa 1862 and moved to Bedford Township.

1862: The following excerpt from the August 2, 1861 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper shows Daniel L. Defibaugh running for the office of Bedford County Auditor:

1862: The following excerpt from the March 7, 1862 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper shows Daniel L. Defibaugh serving as a Bedford County Auditor:

1862: The following excerpt from the March 14, 1862 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper shows Daniel L. Defibaugh auctioning personal property at his residence in Willow Grove.

1863: The following excerpt from the March 3, 1863 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper shows Daniel L. Defibaugh serving as a Bedford County Auditor:

1864: The following excerpt from the February 2, 1864 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper shows Daniel L. Defibaugh serving as a Bedford County Auditor:

1869: The following item is from the April 29, 1869 issue of the "Bedford Gazette":

1875: Click here to see Daniel L. Defibaugh's 1875 patent for a wagon brake. Here's a write-up in the August 7, 1875 Scientific American. This indicates that Daniel L. Defibaugh had mechanical skill, which is an additional reason to suspect that he is the referenced gunsmith.

1877: The Bedford Township section of the 1877 book "County Atlas of Bedford Pennsylvania" shows the location of Daniel L. Defibaugh's residence in Bedford Township that is mentioned in his obituary.

1902: Daniel Lysinger Defibaugh died March 17, 1902, and is buried at the Brush Creek Cemetery, which is located between Irwin and Jeannette, Pennsylvania. The following obituary is from the March 21, 1902 "Bedford Gazette", and identifies Daniel L. Defibaugh as a blacksmith:

The following excerpt from a 2019 topographical map shows the location of Chalybeate. On a mid-twentieth century topographical map, the location is identified as "Chalybeate Station".

1906: The following two pages from the 1906 book "History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania" identifies the origin of the name "Chalybeate".

1909: Daniel L. Defibaugh's wife Sophia died September 4, 1909 at age 89 and is also buried in the Brush Creek Cemetery. Her obituary follows:

According to the 1963 book "Some Nycum Descendants" Sophia (Nycum) Smouse's daughter Sophia Smouse was born circa 1822, married the blacksmith Daniel Defibaugh, and had the following children: Lucinda, Francis R., and Michael S. Defibaugh. The book also reports that Sophia (Nycum) Smouse's daughter Elizabeth Smouse married William Defibaugh.

According to Mary Lou Cook's August 3, 2013 Defibaugh genealogy file, Daniel L. Defibaugh was a brother of the gunsmith William Defibaugh, and they were sons of Daniel Defibaugh.

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