Henry Valentine Clouse, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

1842: In the February 1976 issue of the "Laurel Messenger" an individual was soliciting genealogy correspondence on the Clouse family, and referenced "Henry Valentine Clouse settled Bedford Penn from Germany 1842".

1849-1881: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" puts Henry Valentine Clouse in South Woodbury Township of Bedford County from 1849 to 1881. I cannot reconcile this statement with the information I found, which is included below. The 2001 book indicates that Henry Valentine Clouse appears on the tax rolls with various occupations such as locksmith, whitesmith, and farmer.

1850: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Henry "Clause" is identified as a gunsmith on the 1850 federal census of South Woodbury Township, Bedford County.

1852: The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" puts Henry Clouse in Broadtop Township of Bedford County in 1852.

1852: The 1884 book "History of Guthrie and Adair Counties, Iowa" indicates that a son named Phillip was born to Henry V. Clouse in 1852, stating, "Philip Clouse, son of Henry and Barbara A. (Metz) Clouse, came to their present location on section 14 in February, 1882. He was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, in February, 1852. He left Pennsylvania in 1881, coming to Iowa, settling in Cedar county, where remaining but a short time, he came to his present location. He was married in Pennsylvania, July 14, 1872, to Miss Martha E. Brawlyer, a native of Pennsylvania. They have had six children--Willie A., David H., William, George, Sarah, and an infant. He has one hundred and twenty acres of land, nearly all under cultivation. He raises large stocks of cattle and hogs, and has some horses. He is road supervisor of Highland township, and is a member of the German Baptist church. Mr. Clouse had the misfortune to lose his good wife and infant child in the spring of 1884."

1854: The following item is from the February 12, 1937 issue of the "Everett Press". It indicates that Henry V. Clouse and his wife Barbara A. (Metz) Clouse were born in Germany, and had a son named Florian E. Clouse on January 23, 1854 in Hopewell Township. The Germany reference is harmonious with Henry V. Clouse being a brother of the Bedford County gunsmith George Clouse.

1854: The following death certificate also indicates that Henry V. Clouse's son Florian was born on January 23, 1854.

1861: The following image from the West Providence portion of the 1861 Walker map of Bedford County identifies the residence of H. V. Clouse:

1863-1881: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that George Clouse's brother Henry Valentine Clouse was in South Woodbury Township from 1863 to 1881.

1864: The following death certificate indicates that a son David B. Clouse was born to Henry V. Clouse on February 22, 1864.

1870: A 63-year-old Henry V. Clouse is enumerated in West Providence Township, Bedford County in the 1870 federal census. In the same household were 46-year-old Barbara A Clause, 18-year-old Philip Clause, 16-year-old Frora ann Clause, 14-year-old William Clause, 11-year-old Catharine Clause, 8-year-old Theodore Clause, 6-year-old David Clause, and 3-year-old Samuel Clause.

1877: On the following excerpt from the West Providence portion of the 1877 "County Atlas of Bedford, Pennsylvania" the H. V. Clouse residence is identified as the "H. Cloves" residence:

1878: The 1878-1879 edition of "Farquhar's Official Directory of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" lists a laborer named Henry Clouse in Tatesville, Hopewell Township. I think this just means he was served by the Tatesville Post Office.

1880: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania", Valentine Clouse appears in the 1880 federal census of the Borough of Hopewell as a 70-year old Hesse Castle-born individual living with 56-year-old Barbara, 15-year-old David, and 12-year-old Samuel.

1890: A Henry V. Clause who died October 22, 1890 is buried in the Providence Union Church Cemetery (40.0284691, -78.3327789), Everett, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1904: The following obituary of the widow of Henry Clouse is from the March 23, 1904 issue of the "Altoona Mirror" newspaper. It provides a tie-in to Tatesville.

1904: The following obituary of the widow of Henry Clouse is from the March 23, 1904 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper.

The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" by Whisker and Yantz indicates that Henry Valentine Clouse was a brother of the gunsmith George Clouse, which made him the uncle of the gunsmith Valentine Feltus Clouse.

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