Gillian Hoffman, Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

1821: According to the following death certificate, Pennsylvania born Gillian Hoffman and Rachel Shaffer had a daughter named Eva on October 26, 1821 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

1827: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" putts Gilian/Kilian Hoffman in Quemahoning Township of Somerset County in 1827.

1861: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Sillian (sic) Hoffman is somehow identified as a gunsmith at Jenner's Crossroads (Somerset County) in 1861. One other book I've seen gives the first name as "Gillian" which was a first name then in use in Somerset County for men. Kauffman's 1861 date makes me wonder if his source is the 1861 edition of "Boyd's Pa. State Business Directory", which I haven't seen.

1861: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Gilian/Kilian Hoffman at Jenner's Crossroads in Somerset County in 1861, and mentions the 1861 edition of Boyd's Directory.

1866: Rachel Hoffman died on September 10, 1866 and is buried at the Saint James Lutheran Church Cemetery (40.1900400, -79.0232000), which is 3.7-miles (by road) northeast of Jennerstown.

1878: The following item is from the November 26, 1879 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper. The Gillian Hoffman who died in 1879 is buried at the Saint James Lutheran Church Cemetery. His tombstone indicates that he died at age 26, which means he cannot be the 1861 gunsmith.

1885: An individual named Gillian Hoffman who died June 23, 1885 at age 88 is also buried at the Saint James Lutheran Church Cemetery. One genealogy website indicates that this is the gunsmith, he was born on January 31 1797, and married Rachel Schafer in 1820.

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