Elias Knupp biographical information

The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" puts Eli Knupp in Bakersville (Somerset County) as someone who made percussion rifles.

1838: The tombstone of Elias L. Knupp indicates he was born in 1838.

1860: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania", in 1860 Elias Knupp was apprenticed to Somerset Township gunsmith Jonathan Dunmyer, who was married to Elias's sister Barbara. By my calculations, Jonathan Dormayer was about 12 years older than Elias Knupp. Elias Knupp would have been about 22 years old in 1860, and Jonathan Dormayer would have been about 34 years old.

1870: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania", in the 1870 census of Mount Pleasant in Westmoreland County, Elias Knupp was enumerated as a gunsmith. In the same household were an infant daughter and his wife Harriet.

1880: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania", in the 1880 census of Donegal Township, Westmoreland County, Elias Knupp was enumerated as a gunsmith.

1884: This news item from the April 9, 1884 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper mentions Knupp's tunnel, which is mentioned in the obituary of Elias that is included below.

1884: This news item from the July 9, 1884 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper mentions Knupp's tunnel.

1899: This news item from the August 16, 1899 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper mentions Knupp's tunnel.

1914: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania", the April 15, 1914 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper mendions that Harriet Knupp has died of pneumonia at age 72. She is buried in the Husband Cemetery, Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. What appears to be a footstone there states, "Harriet 1841-1914".

1917: The obituary of Elias Knupp (which may be incorrect regarding his native county) was published in the April 11, 1917 issue of the "Somerset Herald". It states, "Eli Knupp, aged about 76 years, widely known as 'Preacher' Knupp, died unexpectedly at 6 o'clock Monday morning at his home on West Union St. Mr. Knupp was a native of Westmoreland County and following his marriage became a resident of Jefferson Township, where he resided near the tunnel on the abandoned South Penn Railroad, which bears his name, until his recent removal to Somerset, 6 or 7 years ago, since when he lived a retired life. The deceased was up and about on Sunday and early in the evening was seen on the streets in the business section of town. His death was due to a sudden attack of heart trouble."

1917: Elias L. Knupp is buried in the Husband Cemetery, Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. What appears to be a footstone there gives his name as "Elias L." and indicates he was born in 1838 and died in 1917. The Husband Cemetery is located at Latitude 40.014891, Longitude -79.083683.

1917: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania", the estate inventory of Elias Knupp includes the contents of a tool shop that were valued at $27.50, the contents of a blacksmithing shop that were valued at $6.00, a new shotgun valued at $5.00, and lumber valued at $2.00, with a total estate value of $2450.00.

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