How you can help the Bedford & Somerset County gunsmith project
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.
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.
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.
NOTE: I cannot use photographs taken from other publications, including other websites; please do not send them.
Wills. estate documents, and other court records
Here are examples of the kind of documents people may find interesting:
Box 1, Folder 8 of the Mary Engels Collection, Lyon College Special Collections, Regional Studies Center, Mabee-Simpson Library at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas has Greene County, Pennsylvania deeds of the property of Peter Engels, documents related to the estate of Peter Engels, and Allegany County, Maryland deeds related to Peter Engels.
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).
I would like to have the Civil War pension and service records for the John Furney individual or individuals who served in the 144th Illinois Infantry and the 46th Ohio Infantry. Those records should be available (for a price) from the National Archives.
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.
Annapolis: The estate records of Peter Troxel in the 1805 to 1808 proceedings of the Orphan's Court of Frederick County, Maryland, which are probably at the Maryland State Archives.
Annapolis: The August 20, 1794 letter Peter Engels of Frederick Town, Maryland, wrote to Governor Thomas Sim Lee (Maryland State Papers, VOL. X, Red Books, XXXIII, 44, 1515).
Annapolis: The letter Colonel Thomas Sprigg wrote to Governor Thomas S. Lee on September 11, 1794, warning of the danger to the magazine at Frederick Town. The letter is supposed to be at the Hall of Records.
Annapolis: I would like a copy of the March 12, 1786 letter to the Governor of Maryland that Abraham Faw and John Cary wrote to recommend that Peter Engels be appointed to serve as the Commissary of Military Stores (MSA S 1004-81-20209, MDHR 6636-59-9, Location 1/7/3/63).
Annapolis: I would like a copy of the letter the Council wrote to Peter Engel on March 6, 1789 inquiring about the condition of the arms (MSA S 1004-92-21635, MDHR 6636-67-16, Location: 1/7/3/68).
Annapolis: I would like a copy of the description Peter Engel provided regarding the arms and military stores that were at the arsenal in Frederick Town on May 6, 1789 (MSA S 1004-93-21740, MDHR 6636-68-4, Location 1/7/3/68).
Annapolis: I would like a copy of the receipt that Peter Engel sent for firearms to Jacob Crist on June 2, 1786 (MSA S 1004-84-20439, MDHR 6636-61-18/7C, Location 1/7/3/64).
Annapolis: I would like a copy of the receipt that Peter Engel sent for firearms to Adam Fox for firearms on May 20, 1786 (MSA S 1004-84-20410, MDHR 6636-61-18/7B, Location 1/7/3/64).
Annapolis: I would like a copy of the receipt that Peter Engel sent for firearms to Henry Hildenbrand on June 26, 1786 (MSA S 1004-84-20496, MDHR 6636-61-18/7D, Location 1/7/3/64).
Annapolis: I would like a copy of the receipt that Peter Engel sent for firearms to John Bear on August 26, 1786 (MSA S 1004-84-20624, MDHR 6636-61-18/7A, Location 1/7/3/64).
Annapolis: I would like a copy of the December 19, 1787 Council order to Colonel Thomas instructing him to deliver brimstone and powder to Engels at the magazine in Frederick (MSA S 1004-89-21122, MDHR 6636-64-140 Location 1/7/3/66).
Annapolis: I would like a copy of the 1813 papers where Experience Moss apprenticed Josiah Moss to George Rizer.
Annapolis: I would like a copy the 1799 apprenticeship agreement Philip Creamer and Daniel Border that is recorded on page page 236 of the book of Frederick County Indentures at the Maryland State Archives.
Coshocton County: I need a digital copy of the estate records of Joseph Mills, who died on September 8, 1876.
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, February 8, 2021.
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