Henry Weaver, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: Henry Weaver is known as a Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith from tax records that are mentioned in several of the Whisker publications. I have not been able to find much to add to the Whisker research. Since Weaver is a common name I am unable to say whether the little I did find relates to the Henry Weaver who was a gunsmith.

1790: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that Henry Weaver was born in 1790. If I had to guess, I would guess that this birth date is based on the 1850 census.

1810: A Henry Weaver appears in the 1810 Federal Census of Providence Township, Bedford County in the 16 to 26 age bracket. No other individuals were enumerated in his household, and I didn't find a Henry Weaver in any other Bedford County township in the 1810 census. I don't know if this relates to the gunsmith Henry Weaver.

1813: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Henry Weaver served as a Traverse Juror (a regular trial Juror) in November of 1813 (Juror No. 107).

1815: The 1983 booklet indicates that Henry Weaver served as a Petit Juror in November of 1815.

1817: The 1983 booklet indicates that Henry Weaver served as a Juror in March of 1817.

1818: The 1983 booklet indicates that Henry Weaver served as a Petit Juror in March and April of 1818.

1819: The 1983 booklet indicates that Henry Weaver served as a Petit Juror in January of 1819.

1819-1835: Based on tax records, the 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" identifies Henry Weaver as a gunsmith in Southampton Township, Bedford County in the 1819 to 1835 timeframe.

1820: I did not find Henry Weaver in a transcript of the 1820 census of Southampton Township or Providence Township, Bedford County, or in the 1820 census results of any other township of Bedford County.

1820: Here is a copy of an 1820 survey (Book C-207 Page 175) that identifies property of a Henry Weaver in Providence Township. I don't know if this relates to the gunsmith Henry Weaver.

1823: The following excerpt from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania indicates that an individual named Henry Weaver was a Justice of the Peace in Southampton Township, Bedford County in 1823.

1830: I did not find Henry Weaver in a transcript of the 1830 census of Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1835: The 1983 booklet identifies Henry Weaver as a gunsmith in Hopewell Township in 1835.

1835-1837: The 2001 book identifies Henry Weaver as a gunsmith in Hopewell Township, Bedford County in the 1835 to 1837 timeframe. After that, the book reports him in Huntingdon and Blair Counties.

1837-1838: The 1983 booklet puts Henry Weaver in Frankstown Township of Huntingdon County in 1837 and 1838.

1840: The household of a young individual named Henry Weaver appears in the 1840 census of North Woodberry Township, with one male and one female in the 20 to 30 age group, and one male under five years old. This is obviously not the 1819 gunsmith.

1850: Confusing information in the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" seems to indicate that Henry Weaver is identified as a 60-year-old Maryland-born laborer in the 1850 federal census of Antis Township, Blair County (the actual statement references Huntingdon County). There are three individuals named Henry Weaver in the 1850 census of Blair County, Pennsylvania, with ages of 20, 35, and 60 years old. The 60-year-old Pennsylvania-born laborer was living in Antis Township with 50-year-old Maryland-born Catherine.

Work Product

  • The authors of the 2001 book report knowledge of a left-hand gun made by Henry Weaver that was somewhat plain.

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