Henry Sides, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: Henry Sides was a resident of the town of Bedford by 1788. He is known as a gunsmith from the 1796 tax list of the Borough of Bedford.

1781-1782: I don't know if it is the right individual, but a Henry Sides is listed as a member of the 8th Company of the 6th Battalion of Lancaster Militia in 1780 and 1781. (Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series, Volume 7, Pages 581 & 611)

1788: The following page of the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" indicates that Henry Sides was already a resident of the town of Bedford by 1788:

1788-1806: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" reports that Henry Sides is on the 1788 to 1806 tax rolls of Bedford.

1789: The following item from page 22 of the "Pennsylvania Archives", Sixth Series, Volume III places Henry Sides in Bedford Township in 1789. Page 43 lists another individual named Henry Sides in Brothersvalley Township who was subject to militia duty in 1789.

1789: The following three transcripts of election returns letters that were signed by Henry Sides are from from the "Pennsylvania Archives", Sixth Series, Volume XI:

1790: The following composite image from the Bedford County section of the 1908 book "Heads of families at the first census of the United States taken in the year 1790 Pennsylvania" shows "Sides, Hendry" living with four females:

1795: The following excerpt from the 1906 book "History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania" includes a 1795 description of the town of Bedford, Pennsylvania.

1796: The following image is from page 249 of the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania". It indicates that Henry Sides was identified as a gunsmith with one house and one cow in the 1796 tax list of the Borough of Bedford.

1796: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Henry Sides is identified as a gunsmith in the 1796 tax roll of Bedford Township. The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" puts Henry Sides in Bedford Township about the year 1776 (sic). I suspect that 1776 is a typographical error and the year 1796 was intended.

1797: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" reports that Henry Sides served as a county assessor in 1797.

1799: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" quotes a 1799 order to the country treasurer to pay Henry Sides for making clothes for a prisoner in the town jail. The introduction part of the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" states that Henry Sides was a Bedford County jailer, without providing a reference.

1799-1800: The following excerpt is from Volume III of the "Pennsylvania Archives", ninth series:

1800: A Henry Sides household appears in a transcript of the 1800 census of the Borough of Bedford with one male in the 26 to 44 age group, one female under age 10, one female in the 10 to 15 age group, and one female in the 26 to 44 age group. This is the only Henry Sides who is listed in the 1800 census of the county of Bedford.

1800: The following composite image is from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania". It identifies Henry Sides as a resident of Bedford in 1800.

1806: The July 21, 1806 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper includes the notice, "Died in this borough Friday, Henry Sides."

1806: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" reports that Henry Sides' widow (Eleanor) appeared on the 1806 Bedford tax roll (The widow's name is known from the estate records).

1806: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" lists the August 16, 1806 inventory of the estate of Henry Sides. Items relevant to gunsmithing include blacksmithing bellows valued at $8.00, a box of gunsmithing tools valued at $4.00, tools including a large hammer and pincers (useful for blacksmithing) valued at $2.50, a gun lock valued at $1.50, iron valued at $1.50, gunpowder valued at $0.75, a pair of old firearms valued at $0.62, a bench valued at $0.50, and a drawing knife valued at $0.28.

Circa 1814-1815: Henry Sides had a daughter named Mary Ann Sides, and while residing in the borough of Bedford she married William Clark, Jr. as reported in the February 2, 1814 or 1815 "True American" newspaper.

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