Daniel Mickey, Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: Daniel Mickey is known as a Somerset County gunsmith from tax records.

1811: Calculating from information on his tombstone, Daniel Mickey was born in 1811. The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania" states that Daniel Mickey was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

1840: In the 1840 census of Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania a Daniel Mickey household has one male and one female in the 20-30 age group, one female in the 10-15 age group, one female in the 5-10 age group, and one male and one female under age five.

1848: Page 383 of the 1901 Registry of Deaths for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania documents the January 15, 1901 death of Margaret M. Weimer, indicates she was 52 years, 8 months, and 6 days old at the time of her death, and indicates that her parents were Daniel and Margaret Mickey, and indicates she was born in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. This indicates that Margaret was born in 1848.

1850: A Daniel Mickey who is the right age to be the gunsmith is enumerated in the 1850 Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania census as a 39-year-old Pennsylvania-born farmer with a value of $600.00. Living with him are 36-year-old Margaret Mickey, 17-year-old George Mickey, 16-year-old Mary L. Mickey, 14-year-old Samuel Mickey, 10-year-old Martha Mickey, 8-year-old John A. Mickey, 5-year-old Ester Mickey, 3-year-old Margaret Mickey, 1-year-old Eliza J. Mickey, 24-year-old laborer William Buell, 22-year-old laborer Robert Armour, and 39-year-old laborer Robert Mitchell.

1860: In the 1860 census of Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County, Daniel Mickey is 48 years old. In his household are 49-year-old Margaret, 18-year-old John A., 15-year-old Esther M., 10-year-old Eliza J., 8-year-old James C., 5-year-old Louther, and 80-year-old Mary.

1861: 18-year-old John A. Mickey enrolled in the Company K of the 11th Regiment, Pennsylvania, Infantry on April 21, 1861 at Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

1872: The following item from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" indicates that Daniel Mickey was one of the first Trustees of the Confluence Methodist Episcopal Church:

1874 & 1879: The following item from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" indicates that Daniel Mickey was a Justice of the Peace in Confluence in 1874 and 1879.

1876: The following excerpt from the Confluence portion of the 1876 "County Atlas of Somerset, Pennsylvania" shows a "D. Mickey" with a blacksmith shop on lot 20, near the intersection of Page and William streets. The blacksmith shop would have been located approximately at 39.810611, -79.357110.

1876-1881: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania" identifies Daniel Mickey as a Confluence gunsmith in the 1876 to 1881 timeframe, based on tax records.

1877: The following item is from the March 14, 1877 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper.

1879: The 1906 book "History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania" contains the sentence, "The first burgess of Confluence was D. W. Patton, his successors have been: G. G. Groff, Daniel Mickey, two terms; J. E. McNut, Daniel Mickey, four terms; Simon Groff, two terms; A. R. Humbert, W. R. Mountain, A. R. Humbert, two terms; R. R. Sanner, J. A. Bradley, J. W. Brown, three terms; M. Henry, A.N. Atchell, Earl R. Beggs, Ross Bowman." The following item is from the February 26, 1879 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper.

1880: The following excerpt is from the 1880 census of the borough of Confluence in Somerset County, Pennsylvania:

1882: The following item is from the March 1, 1882 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper.

1882: Daniel Mickey died on July 25, 1882 in his seventieth year. He is buried in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery (40.23782694, -79.24170932) in Ligonier, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His wife Margaret is also buried there. His tombstone states that he died at age 70 years, 9 months, and 25 days, which puts his birth in 1811.

There was more than one Daniel Mickey in Somerset County. The April 12, 1893 issue of the "Somerset Herald" references the marriage license application of "Daniel Mickey of Casselman, and Annie B. Wilson, of Milford Township." The January 5, 1898 issue of the "Somerset Herald" indicates that "Oscar Newton, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Mickey, of Casselman, passed away on December 27th, aged four years." An item in he June 30, 1897 issue of the "Somerset Herald" indicates that Daniel Mickey was a committeeman of Casselman borough.

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