Enos Border, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

1822: According to his tombstone, Enos Border was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania on August 28, 1822. His memorial on findagrave.com indicates his parents were (the gunsmith) John Border and Mary Polly (Ellis) Border. (Mary was John Border's second wife.) The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" describes Enos' father as Johannes Border, a son of of the blacksmith Gebalt Border.

1842-1843: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" reports that Enos Border appears on the tax rolls of Bedford Township as a gunsmith and single freeman in 1842 and 1843.

1843: The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" puts Enos Border in the borough and township of Bedford in about 1843.

1843: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Enos Border is identified as a gunsmith on the tax roll of Bedford Township in 1843.

1843-1844: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Enos Border in Napier Township during 1843 to 1844, and says he was taxed $1.00 as a single gunsmith.

1849-1850: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" reports that Enos Border appears on the tax rolls of Napier Township as a single freeman in 1849 and 1850.

1850: In a page of the 1850 federal census of Napier Township that was taken on August 29, 1850, Enos Border appears as a 26-year-old Pennsylvania-born farmer with a valuation of $800.00. In his household were 26-year-old Eliza A. Border, 1-year-old Margaret R. Border, and 24-year-old laborer John Mickle, all born in Pennsylvania.

1850: The following composite image from the 1850 agricultural census describes the farm of Enos Border:

1850-1865: According to Enos Border's memorial on findagrave.com, his daughter LaVina Catherine Border was born in 1850 and died in 1865.

1852-1853: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" reports that Enos Border appears on the tax rolls of Davidsonville in Somerset County in 1852 and 1853.

1853: According to Enos Border's memorial on findagrave.com, his son William Albert Border was born in 1853.

1858: According to Enos Border's memorial on findagrave.com, his daughter Ellen Sarah (Border) Bell was born in 1858.

1862: According to Enos Border's memorial on findagrave.com, his son Joseph Manuel Border was born in 1862.

1864: Enos Border's first wife Eliza is buried at the Old Victor Pioneer Cemetery in Victor, Iowa, where her tombstone states, "Eliza A. Wife of Enos Border Dyed Aug. 30, 1864 Aged 42 ys. 11 ms. 5ds." Her memorial on findagrave.com indicates that her maiden name was Horn, her middle name was Anne, and she was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1866: According to Enos Border's memorial on findagrave.com, he married Mary Jane Maxon in 1866.

1867: According to Enos Border's memorial on findagrave.com, his daughter Laura Larne (Border) Norton was born in 1867.

1871: According to Enos Border's memorial on findagrave.com, his daughter Anna R. (Border) Simpson was born in 1871.

1874: According to Enos Border's memorial on findagrave.com, his daughter Florence E. (Border) Hinder was born in 1874.

1876: According to Enos Border's memorial on findagrave.com, his son Frederick Enos Border was born in 1876.

1882: According to Enos Border's memorial on findagrave.com, his son Lee Scott Border was born in 1882.

1884: According to Enos Border's memorial on findagrave.com, his son Herbert Elmer Border was born in 1884.

1888: Enos Border is buried at the Victor Memorial Cemetery in Victor, Iowa. The tombstone states, "Enos Border born in Bedford Co Penn Aug 28 1822 died Oct 17 1888". This is the same cemetery where his brother the Bedford County gunsmith Samuel Border is buried.

1935: Enos Border's second wife Mary Jane, who died February 1, 1935 at age 88, is also buried at the Victor Memorial Cemetery.

A double barrel swivel-type percussion rifle made by Enos Border and signed "E.B." on one of the barrels was sold by Morphy Auctions in 2012 for $3,540.00. One of the 36-inch long octagon barrels has a .40 caliber rifled bore, and the other has a .38 caliber smooth bore. The curly maple buttstock has a number of silver inlays a four-piece engraved brass patch box with a symmetric finial. The back-action lock has a Bedford County style percussion hammer.

The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" reports that Enos Border made two stocks for Daniel Border, charging $4.50 for one and $4.00 for the other.

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