John N. Davis, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: John N. Davis is known as a Bedford County gunsmith from an 1886 county directory and an 1888 militia list.

The 1953 edition of "American Gun Makers" identifies J. N. Davis as a gunsmith from New Paris, Pennsylvania during the percussion era. The time period isn't mentioned.

1861:

I do not yet know how many Davis individuals there were in Napier township whose first name started with a "J", but here is a "J. Davis" residence at New Paris on the 1861 Walker Map of Bedford County that may be that of the gunsmith, or may be the residence of the John W. Davis of Napier Township who is referenced in an 1865 newspaper notice that is included below.

The following excerpt from 110th Regiment, Company C portion of the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties" indicate that John N. Davis was a veteran of Company C of the 110th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers.

1861: The following excerpt is the introductory paragraph about Company C of the 110th Regiment from the 1884 book.

1861-1864: The following is an excerpt from the roster of Company C of the 110th Pennsylvania Infantry that is published in Volume III of the book "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5". It shows that John N. Davis mustered into service on October 24, 1861 and was discharged on October 24, 1864 upon completion of his three year term or service.

1864: The following item is from the August 12, 1864 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer" newspaper:

1861-1865: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" indicates that J. N. Davis served in Company C of the 110th Pennsylvania Volunteers, re-enlisted January 2, 1864, and was discharged from the Army on June 28, 1865. This is in conflict with the roster published in the book "History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5" (see above). Serving with the 110th, John N. Davis would have had a very rough war, regardless of whether he reenlisted. The following regimental history is from Volume III of the book "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5".

1865: The following item from the June 2, 1865 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer" newspaper shows a John N. Davis in Hopewell Township and a John W. Davis in Napier Township. I don't know if this John N. Davis is the gunsmith, and I don't know if either John Davis is the "J. Davis" whose residence at New Paris in Napier Township appears on the 1861 Walker Map of Bedford County.

1886: The 2001 book indicates that the 1886 edition of "Farquar's Bedford County Directory" identifies J. N. Davis as a gunsmith.

1888: The 2001 book indicates that an 1888 militia listing identifies J. N. Davis as a gunsmith.

The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that J.N. Davis was a gunsmith at the village of Schellsburg. I did not find his residence on the Schellsburg portion of the 1861 Walker map of Bedford County or the 1877 atlas of Bedford County.

John N. Davis is buried at the Everett Cemetery (40.01096166, -78.35859905). His badly eroded tombstone indicates that he served with Company C of the 110th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The tombstone indicates he died on June 24, 188_ (the last number is not legible).

In its listing for John N. Davis, Sellers' 2008 book "American Gunsmiths" mentions a full stock percussion firearm, and cites "Whisker" as its source of information.

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