Jacob J. Beals, gunsmith

Introduction: Jacob J. Bealls is known as a Hyndman, Bedford County gunsmith from an 1880 census record.

1831: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania", Jacob J. Bealls was born in 1832. I suspect that date may be calculated from a census record. There is a burial in the Hyndman Cemetery for a Jacob J. Beals whose tombstone states he was born in September of 1831.

1877: The following image from the "New Bridgeport" (Hyndman) portion of the 1877 "Atlas of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" shows one empty lot and two lots with buildings that have the name "J.J. Beals":

1877: The following composite image from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" explains when New Bridgeport became Hyndman:

1880: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania", Jacob J. Bealls appears as a Pennsylvania-born gunsmith in the 1880 federal census of Hyndman.

1885: Catherine E. Beals is buried in the Hyndman cemetery. Her tombstone (which she shares with Jacob) states "Catherine Wife of J.J. Beals, Died April 5, 1885 Aged 54 yrs, 9 mo's 29 ds."

1893: The findagrave memorial (202627739) for a Jacob J. Beals who is buried at the Hyndman Cemetery (39.8218002, -78.7232971) in Hyndman, Londonderry Township, Bedford County indicates he was born on September 21, 1831 and died March 7, 1893.

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