Several gun collector publications list Isaac King as a Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith due to his whitesmith advertisement in the January 8, 1818 issue of the "Somerset Whig" newspaper. The advertisement mentions that Isaac King has guns for sale.
Vaughn E. Whisker provided the following transcript of the 1818 advertisement in an article titled "Co. Had 30 Gunmakers-Gunsmiths" in the November 1971 issue of the Somerset County "Laurel Messenger". A transcript (with slightly different punctuation and capitalization) is also provided in Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania-Kentucky Rifle".
A reference to the advertisement is included in the March 3, 1897 issue of the "Somerset Herald". Excerpts follow; notice the reference to the gunsmith Adam Lepley.
Here is the definition of a Whitesmith from Webster's 1874 "A Dictionary of the English Language":
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