Jacob Painter, Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: Jacob Painter is known as a Somerset County gunsmith from 1805 and 1806 tax lists.

1790: In the transcript of the 1790 census of Pennsylvania (46 MB), there are only two individuals named Jacob Painter, and they were in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.

1796: Although I'm not certain it is relevant, a Jacob Painter appears in as a single freeman in the borough of Bedford in 1796, as shown by the following excerpt from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania".

1800: I did not find Jacob Painter in a transcript of the 1800 census of Bedford or Somerset counties, although there was an Adam Painter in Bedford County.

1805-1806: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Jacob Painter is identified as a gunsmith in the 1805 and 1806 tax lists of Allegheny Township, Somerset County. The 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" states, "Allegheny township was formed from a portion of Southampton in 1805. It takes its name from the Allegheny mountain, which forms its western border."

1810: I did not find Jacob Painter in a transcript of the 1810 census of Somerset County or in the Allegheny Township portion of the 1810 manuscript census records of Somerset County.

I doubt this is the Springfield, Missouri gunsmith Jacob Painter who is mentioned several times in the 1914 book "Personal Reminiscences and Fragments of the Early History of Springfield Greene County Missouri". Since that Jacob Painter was an uncle of J.L. Carson, I suspect that like Carson, he was also from Tennessee. From what I think I understand, the Jacob Painter of Springfield, Missouri was born in 1810.

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