George Fay

1811: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" lists a George Fay as living from 1811 to 1890. The authors of the 1983 booklet do not include this individual in their 1991 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties". The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" indicates that George Fay lived from 1811 to 1912.

1835-1844: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" locates George Fay in Hopewell Township of Bedford County from 1835 to 1844.

1837: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that George Fay's gunsmith son William was born in 1837.

Circa 1842: The June 9, 1875 issue of the "Hollidaysburg Register" newspaper states, "Jacob Snyder, formerly of Stonerstown, Bedford county, a banker in Colorado Territory, was murdered on the 20th of last month, at Georgetown, Colorado. Mr. Snider learned the trade of gunsmith with Mr. Geo. Fay, of Altoona, some thirty-three years ago. His remains were brought home for interment."

1848-1858: The 1983 booklet puts George Fay in Allegheny Township of Blair County from 1848 to 1858. The 2001 book locates George Fay in Hopewell township from 1848 to 1858, but this seems likely to be based on a misreading of the confusingly written 1983 booklet.

1850: In the 1850 federal census of Hopewell Township George Fay is enumerated as a 39-year-old Pennsylvania born gunsmith. The value of his real estate is given as $1,200.00. Living in his household are 35-year-old Mary, 15-year-old Mary, 13-year-old William, 10-year-old Sarah, 8-year-old Andrew, 6-year-old Margaret, 6-month-old Lavinia, and gunsmith Alexander Bradley, each being Pennsylvania born.

1859: Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle" reports that George Fay is on the tax list for the Borough of Gaysport (Blair County) in 1859, and reports that his name is stricken in the 1860 list.

1860: Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle" reports that George Fay is on the tax list for Hollidaysburg (Blair County) in 1860, and reports that his name is stricken in the 1861 list.

1860: George Fay is enumerated as a 49-year-old gunsmith with a value of $200.00 in the 1860 federal census of the Borough of Hollidaysburg. Living in his household are 73-year-old Mary E. Fey (evidently his mother), 33-year-old Mary, 23-year-old William (a gunsmith), 17-year-old Andrew, 1-year-old Levina, 3-year-old George, and 1-year-old Maria.

1861: The 1983 booklet and the 2001 book locate George Fay in Duncansville of Blair County in 1861.

1862-1891: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" locates George Fay in Altoona (Blair County) from 1862 to 1891. (Kauffman's 1960 book identifies George Fay on the Altoona tax lists of 1862, 1864, 1869, 1874, and 1879.)

1864: Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle" reports that William Fay is included on the 1864 tax list of Altoona, but his name is annotated to indicate that he was killed in the (Civil) war.

1890: The 1953 edition of "American Gun Makers" indicates that the address of a George Fay who was identified as a gunsmith in an 1890 directory was 2120 Third Avenue, Altoona, Pennsylvania, and the address of a George W. Fay who was also identified as a gunsmith in an 1890 directory was 1000 Green Avenue Altoona, Pennsylvania. The 1953 book mentions that full stock percussion rifles by George Fay of Third Avenue are known, and some are in the Bedford County style.

1891: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates the death of the elder George Fay occurred on August 18, 1891 and the burial took place in the Fairview Cemetery (40.5233002, -78.4028015) of Altoona.

1895: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that a gunsmith named George Fay is listed at 1002 Greene Avenue in the "Altoona Directory" of 1895, and indicates that the address is identified as Watson's. The book logically deduces that this is a reference to George Fay, Jr.

1911: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that George Fay, Jr. died in 1911.

The 1953 edition of "American Gun Makers" mentions a Bedford County style rifle where the barrel is marked "G. Fay" and the stock is marked B. H. Walker.

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