Henry Sides, Bedford County gunsmith

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.

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 enumerated as a gunsmith 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.

1806: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" reports that a notice of the death of Henry Sides appears in the July 21, 1806 issue of the "Bedford Gazette", and his widow (Eleanor) appeared on the 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.

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