Jacob Snyder I, Bedford County gunsmith

The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" provides compelling information that an early individual named Jacob Snyder was a Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith. The booklet contains other Jacob Snyder-related information as well. Since Snyder is a common name, we need to treat the other information with some caution, especially considering the large amount of territory that Bedford County once covered.

Because there was a subsequent gunsmith in Bedford County named Jacob Snyder, I refer to this early Jacob Snyder as Jacob Snyder I.

1773: Turkeyfoot Township of Bedford County was formed from part of Brothersvalley Township in the year 1773.

1776: The 1983 booklet indicates that there was an individual named Jacob Snyder in Turkeyfoot Township in 1776. No Jacob Snyder appears in the transcript of the 1776 tax list of Turkeyfoot Township that is published in Cassady's 1932 book "The Somerset County Outline".

1776: The 1983 booklet indicates that an individual named Jacob Snyder had some sort of firearm-related involvement with Colonel John Piper on January 26, 1776. I wonder if the source of this tidbit is the Pennsylvania Archives.

1776: The following excerpt is from page 133 of the "Pennsylvania Archives", Third Series, Volume XXII, in the Brothersvalley Township transcript of taxables:

Circa 1778-1783: The 1983 booklet indicates that pages 303 and 305 of Volume 23 of the Pennsylvania Archives, third series identify an individual named Jacob Snyder as a frontier Ranger. Relevant excerpts from those pages follow.

1778: The 1983 booklet indicates that pages page 650 of Volume 23 of the Pennsylvania Archives, third series identifies an individual named Jacob Snyder as a Private in the Cumberland County Militia in 1778. Page 650 is from a section of the book titled "Cumberland County Militia--1778".

1779: The 1983 booklet indicates that pages page 661 of Volume 23 of the Pennsylvania Archives, third series identifies an individual named Jacob Snyder as a Private in the Cumberland County Militia in 1779. Page 661 is from a section of the book titled "Cumberland County Militia--1779".

1779: The following excerpt is from page 171 the "Pennsylvania Archives", Third Series, Volume XXII, from the Brothersvalley Township Return of Property.

1783: The following excerpt is from page 256 the "Pennsylvania Archives", Third Series, Volume XXII, in a section about the Brothersvalley Township supply tax.

1784: The following excerpt is from page 315 the "Pennsylvania Archives", Third Series, Volume XXII, in a section about the Brothersvalley Township Return of Lands.

Circa 1784: The following excerpt is from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties".

1785: A tombstone in the Ritchey Cemetery in Snake Spring Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania states, "Jacob Snider and wife Catherine Postetter see other side for history". The other side of the tombstone states, "Jacob, son of Jacob Snider, born in Berkley Co. Va. came to Hagerstown, Md. and married Catherine, daughter of Abraham Postetter, April 12 in 1783. Came to Croyles Valley now Snake Spring in 1785. Possible death date 1854. And located on the farm containing the big spring and joining the cemetery where he built the brick house in 1811. He became the first deacon in the first organized Church of the Brethren called Yellow Creek in Providence Country, Cumberland Co. now comprising the counties of Bedford, Fulton, Blair, and parts of Huntingdon and Somerset and in company with Samuel Ulery the first elected minister of this church visited the membership on extended tours lasting more than three weeks at a time traveling a-foot staff in-hand. He was the first teacher of reading and writing in Snake Spring Valley." The following excerpt from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" indicates that Snake Spring township was organized from parts of Colerain and West Providence townships in 1857.

1796: An individual named Jacob Snider appears on the 1796 list of taxables of Turkeyfoot Township, as shown by the following transcript from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties". By 1796, there were a number of men named Jacob Snyder scattered through the large area that had once comprised Bedford Township. This can be determined by searching through the 1884 book.

1796: The 1983 booklet indicates identifies an individual named Jacob Snyder as a gunsmith with a stable on 75 acres in Providence Township in 1796, with a value of $370.00. This is compelling information, because it appears to be from a tax record. The question becomes, which Jacob Saylor was he, the Deacon or the Soldier? The Soldier seems to be the individual found in Brothersvalley Township, and the Deacon actually lived in Providence Township. The problem is, I've read that there was another Jacob Snyder living in Providence Township in the late 1700s, I just haven't had time to type up the relevant facts.

1796: The 1983 booklet indicates that an individual named Jacob Snyder had a November 19, 1796 warrant for a 92-acre tract of land on Clear Creek, in Providence Township. A copy of the survey follows.

1813: The 1983 booklet indicates that an individual named Jacob Snyder served as Petit Juror No. 68 in the August, 1813 term of court.

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