Henry Valentine Clouse, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: Henry Valentine Clouse is known as a Bedford County gunsmith from an 1850 census record.

1811: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, Henry Valentine Clouse was born in Heinbach in the Landgraviate of Hesse Cassel on September 12, 1811.

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".

1847: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, Harmon H. Clouse was a son of Henry Valentine Clouse, was born in 1847, and died in 1902. His tombstone at the Confluence Baptist Cemetery in Somerset County, Pennsylvania gives his first name as Harmon and indicates he was born in 1847 and died in 1903. His obituary follows.

1849: According to her memorial on findagrave.com, Ellasettea "Ella" (Clouse) McFarland was a daughter of Henry Valentine Clouse, was born in 1849, and died in 1883. Her tombstone in the Providence Union Church Cemetery in Bedford County indicates she died June 12, 1883.

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.

Here is the definition of a Whitesmith from Webster's 1874 "A Dictionary of the English Language":

The 2001 Whisker and Yantz book indicates that Henry Valentine Clouse was a brother of the gunsmith George Clouse, which made him the uncle of the gunsmith Valentine Feltus Clouse.

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." Phillip's tombstone in the Brethren Cemetery in Guthrie County, Iowa indicates that he was born in 1852 and died in 1936.

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 who was born 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. Florian's tombstone in the Rays Cove Christian Church Cemetery in Bedford County indicates he was born on January 23, 1854 and died on February 8, 1937.

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

1856: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, William Tecumseh Clouse was a son of Henry Valentine Clouse. William's tombstone in the Park Valley Cemetery in Dawson County, Nebraska indicates he was born on July 22, 1856 and died on April 16, 1943.

1858: According to her memorial on findagrave.com, Catherine (Clouse) Border was a daughter of Henry Valentine Clouse. Catherine's tombstone in the Bethel Brethren Cemetery in Bedford County, Pennsylvania indicates she was born on January 31, 1858, died on July 1, 1918, and was the wife of Henry Border.

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

1862: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, Theodore Clouse was a son of Henry Valentine Clouse, was born in 1862, and died in 1947.

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. David's tombstone in the Rays Cove Christian Church Cemetery in Bedford County, Pennsylvania indicates he was born in 1864 and died in 1942.

Circa 1867: The 1870 census suggests that Henry V. Clause had a son named Samuel who was born circa 1867.

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 (i.e. Florian) 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 (Broad Top Township) as a 70-year old Hesse Cassel-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, West Providence Township, 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.

Sellers' 2008 book "American Gunsmiths" indicates that Henry Valentine Clouse used the initials "H.V.C" on a full stock percussion firearm. Sellers indicates his source for the information is "Whisker".

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