Henry Topper, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

1802: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" places Henry Topper in Adams County in 1802.

1810-1812: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Henry Topper in Gettysburg (Adams County) from 1810 to 1812.

1810-1813: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" places Henry Topper in Adams County from 1810 to 1813.

1813: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that the birth of Henry Toppers's son Josiah Topper was in 1813.

1815-1830: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" places Henry Topper in Hampshire County, Virginia from 1815 to 1830.

1819-1830: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Henry Topper in Hampshire County, Virginia near the town of Romney from 1819 to 1830. For an excellent write-up on Henry Topper, including photographs of a rifle and manuscript census records, click here.

1820: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that the Industrial Census of 1820 indicates that Henry Topper had two employees and was producing a dozen guns annually that were valued at $18.00 a piece.

1830: Henry Topper is enumerated in the 1830 Federal Census of Napier Township.

1832-1835: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Henry topper in Shellsburg (Napier Township) from 1832 to 1835 and reports that Henry Topper is recorded as a gunsmith with a value of $9.00 in 1835.

1833-1835: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" puts Henry Topper in Shellsburg in Napier Township, Bedford County from 1833-1835, and traces him in other areas outside of Bedford County in other years.

1835: The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" puts H. Topper in Napier Township of Bedford County in 1835, and mentions a flintlock rifle.

1835: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Henry Topper is identified as a gunsmith in the 1835 tax roll of Napier Township, Bedford County.

1838-1840: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" places Henry Topper in Youngstown, which is in Westmoreland County, from 1838 to 1840.

1839: Henry Topper died July 24, 1839 and is buried in the Saint Vincent Cemetery (40.2931938, -79.4072189), which is about 3.5 road miles from Youngstown, Westmoreland County.

1839-1815: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that Henry Toppers's son Josiah Topper practiced gunsmithing in Youngstown during the 1839 to 1851 timeframe.

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