Topic stub: Based on tax records, the 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" by Whisker and Yantz identifies George Spangler as a Stoystown gunsmith in the 1827 to 1843 timeframe. Stoystown is in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
James B. Whisker did not include this individual in his 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania", but did include Samuel Spangler's son George W. Spangler who was born December 23, 1929 and practiced gunsmithing in Wisconsin, succeeding his father in the business. George would have been 14 years old when the family moved to Wisconsin in 1844. It seems reasonable to think that he would have been assisting in his father's gunsmithing business in some capacity before the move, even before he became a teenager.
The following excerpt from the 1818 Melish-Whiteside manuscript map shows a Spangler residence near Stoystown. I do not yet know if or how this farm relates to the Stoystown Spangler gunsmiths. I am including it here for future reference.
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