Jacob Snyder biographical material

According to the 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties", Jacob Snyder was a gunsmith who operated in Hopewell and Liberty townships of Bedford County, Pennsylvania before moving to Colorado. He was murdered in Colorado after winning a court case.

1821: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that the gunsmith Jacob Snyder was born in 1821.

Circa 1842: The June 9, 1875 issue of the "Hollidaysburg Register" newspaper states, "Jacob Snyder, formerly of Stonerstown, Bedford county, a banker in Colorado Territory, was murdered on the 20th of last month, at Georgetown, Colorado. Mr. Snider learned the trade of gunsmith with Mr. Geo. Fay, of Altoona, some thirty-three years ago. His remains were brought home for interment." This dates the apprenticeship to circa 1842. The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" locates the gunsmith George Fay in Hopewell Township of Bedford County from 1835 to 1844.

1842-1843: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" puts Jacob Snyder in Hopewell Township in 1842 and 1843.

Circa 1845: According to A. Merwyn Carey's 1953 book "American Firearms Makers" Jacob Snyder was a gunsmith in Liberty Township of Bedford County circa 1845.

1846: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Jacob Snyder is identified as a gunsmith and merchandise retailer in the 1846 tax roll of Liberty Township, Bedford County, worked in a log gun shop that was still standing in 1960, and the quality of his guns was average.

1846-1855: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" puts Jacob Snyder in in Liberty Township from 1846 to 1855.

1860: The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" puts Jacon (sic) Snyder in Liberty Township of Bedford County in 1860.

1860-1875: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Jacob Snyder in Georgetown, Colorado from 1860 to 1875.

1875: The following news item is from the June 11, 1875 issue of the "Cambria Freeman" newspaper:

1875: The following news item is from the June 11, 1875 issue of the "Juniata Sentinel and Republican" newspaper:

1875: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Jacob Snyder is buried at Saxon, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania", Jacob's brother Tobias Snyder inherited the fortune Jacob Snyder had accumulated.

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