David Daniel Dunmyer, Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

1825: According to his tombstone, which uses the spelling "Dunmyer", David Dunmyer was born in 1825. According to his memorial on findagrave.com, David Daniel Dunmeyer was a son of Peter Dunmeyer and Barbara (Casebeer) Dunmeyer. This means he was a brother of the gunsmith Jonathan Dormayer.

1855: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, David Dunmeyer married Nancy Hannah Lape in Westmoreland County on January 18, 1855, and she was from Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania.

1856: According to David Daniel Dunmeyer's memorial on findagrave.com, his son Jonathan Daniel Dunmyer was born in 1856. The memorial reports that David Dunmeyer fathered five children before the war, and six afterwards, consisting of five daughters and six sons.

1856: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", David Dunmeyer is identified as a gunsmith on the Somerset Township tax roll in 1856.

1856-1862: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts David Dunmeyer in Somerset Township from 1856 to 1862.

1858: According to David Daniel Dunmeyer's memorial on findagrave.com, his daughter Elizabeth A. (Dunmeyer) Putman was born in 1858.

1860: According to David Daniel Dunmeyer's memorial on findagrave.com, his son Henry William Dunmyer was born in 1860.

1860-1879: David Dunmyer joined the Union Army as a Private on June 3, 1864 and served in Company M of the 102nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was disabled from the severe combat wounds he suffered at or just prior to the battle of Fisher Hill in September 1864. He received medical care at several hospitals prior to being mustered out on June 28, 1865. Unable to perform physical labor, he was approved for a disability pension on April 4, 1879. He is said to have done some stock making after the war -- most likely as part of the Dormayer family gun-making operation.

1861: The following image is from the 1861 Walker map. The circled residences may be those of Peter Dormayer and David Dunmyer. More research is needed.

1864: David Dunmyer is known to have been a gunsmith from the occupation listed in the roll of Company D of the 102nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Infantry in 1864. Donna Knupp reports via correspondence that Jonathan Dunmeyer's brother (which would be David) apprenticed with Jonathan Dunmeyer. Donna reports that some of her Knupp-Dunmeyer information was obtained from her distant relative Robert Duppstadt.

1864-1865: According to the memorial to David Dunmeyer on findagrave.com, a "Muster & Descriptive Roll of a Detachment of Drafted Men & Substitutes" that is dated August 27, 1864 at Camp Briddle, Pennsylvania lists 34-year old David Doremire as a member of Company D of the 102nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, and lists his occupation as gunsmith. According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania", David Dunmeyer is described in his military records as being five feet 7.5 inches tall, with gray eyes and a dark complexion.

Excerpts from a muster roll of Company M of the 102nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers follow, and indicate that David Dunmyer entered the service at age 34 and was mustered out on June 28, 1865.

 The following excerpt from Samuel Bates' book " History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5" is easier to read than the photocopy of the original muster roll:

1864: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, David Dunmeyer received head, shoulder, and body wounds from rifle and cannon fire on September 19, 1864 near Winchester, Virginia at the battle of Fisher Hill. This information is probably from documents filed with his 1879 pension application.

1864-1865: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, David Dunmeyer’s service records indicate that he was treated in several hospitals between September 19, 1864 and his June 25, 1865 discharge from the Union Army.

1869: According to David Daniel Dunmeyer's memorial on findagrave.com, his son William Harrison Dunmeyer was born in 1869.

1870: The death certificate of David Dunmeyers's daughter Susan (Dunmeyer) Dupont indicates she was born on June 14, 1870 in Westmoreland County.

1870: David Dunmaier appears in the 1870 census of Somerset Township as a 37-year-old Pennsylvania-born gunsmith with real estate valued at $400.00 and personal property valued at $100.00. Also appearing in his household are 30-year-old Nancy Dunmaier who was keeping house, 15-year-old Jonathan Dunmaier, 12-year-old Eliza Dunmaier, 10-year-old Henry Dunmaier, 7-year-old Daniel Dunmaier, 5-year-old Frank Dunmaier, 3-year-old Harvey, and 8-month old (September-born) William Dunmaier, all born in Pennsylvania.

1872: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", David Dunmeyer is identified as a gunsmith on the Somerset Township tax roll in 1872.

1875-1876: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts David Dunmeyer in Sipesville (Somerset County) in 1875 and 1876. That makes it sound like they lived in town, but it may mean that they had a Sipesville address because they were served by the Sipesville post office.

1879: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, David Dunmeyer filed for a military pension on April 4, 1879, signing with an X. This was assigned pension application No. 279854, and a pension was awarded via pension certificate No. 240345. The memorial makes statements that seem to be from the pension application, such as describing his inability to perform physical labor, although he was able to enjoy woodworking including rifle stock carving.

1884: The following item from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" indicates that David Dunmyer was a member of G.A.R. Post 225 in the borough of Somerset.

1898: According to David Daniel Dunmeyer's memorial on findagrave.com, David Dunmyer's son Henry William Dunmyer died in 1898.

1905: According to David Daniel Dunmeyer's memorial on findagrave.com, his daughter Elizabeth A. Dunmeyer Putman died in 1905.

1910: David Dunmyer's wife Nancy died in 1910. According to her death certificate, the cause of death was Bright's Disease. She is buried in the Christ Casebeer Lutheran Church Cemetery (40.0811700, -79.0852500), Sipesville, Somerset County with her husband David. Her birth and death dates are given on the tombstone as 1835 -- 1910.

1913: David Dunmyer is buried in the Christ Casebeer Lutheran Church Cemetery (40.0811700, -79.0852500), Sipesville, Somerset County with his wife Nancy. His birth and death dates are given on the tombstone as 1825 -- 1913. According to the memorial to David Dunmeyer on findagrave.com, Pennsylvania Death Certificate No. 179855 indicates that he died on February 19 from Chronic Cystitus, and the informant’s name was his son-in-law Jacob P. Friedline.

1913: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, David Dunmeyer’s military pension 240345 was dropped on April 23, 1913 due to his death in Listie, Pennsylvania on February 19, 1913, with the last payment of $30.00 being made on January 4, 1913.

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