How you can help the Bedford & Somerset County gunsmith project

Introduction
This project is intended to be a collaborative effort with gun collectors, historians, genealogists, etc. who may have documentation or photos to share. You may be aware of missing pieces that I have not thought of, and may never think of. I hope you will assist this project by forwarding any information you think may be helpful. What follows is just a list of the items I can think of.

Errors:
I've put a lot of long hours into this web project, and I know there will be errors, big and small. Please report any errors you find so I can correct them.

Photographs:
NOTE: I cannot use photographs taken from other publications, including other websites; please do not send them.

  • Firearms: I need photographs of guns made by Bedford and Somerset County gunsmiths, even if made after they moved away from the county.
  • Gravestones: I need photographs of gravestones of Bedford and Somerset County gunsmiths and their spouses. I provide cemetery GPS coordinates for many of the cemeteries.
  • Portraits: I need photographs of Bedford and Somerset County gunsmiths and their spouses.
  • Tools: Some of the tools used by Bedford and Somerset County gunsmiths survive in far-flung museums and private collections. I would like to have photographs of such tools.
  • Other products: Some of the Bedford and Somerset County gunsmiths made other products, such as watches, clocks, etc. Photos of such items would be interesting to the collecting public.

    Documents:
    Here are examples of the kind of documents people may find interesting:

  • Wills. estate documents, and other court records
  • Business records
  • Deeds
  • Surveys'
  • Wills
  • Letters

    District of Columbia:

  • I need photographs of the patent model of Aaron C. Vaughn's revolver, which is located Smithsonian National Museum of American History (Accession No. 49064).

    Maryland:

  • Annapolis: I wonder if the 1801 record binding George Piper to Emmitsburg, Maryland gunsmith John Armstrong is in one of the county record books at the Maryland State Archives.

    Ohio:

  • Coshocton County: I need a digital copy of the estate records of Joseph Mills, who died on September 8, 1876.

    Pennsylvania:

  • Somerset County: I need a photograph of Benjamin Troutman's 1807 indenture to George Rizer. I think it must be at the Somerset Historical Center, perhaps on microfilm.
  • Bedford County: I need a copy of 1808 estate no. 4, for Elizabeth Troutman.

    Here is my e-mail address. Lannie Dietle, January 14, 2021.

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