Introduction: Jacob Steckenius is known as a Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith from a listing in a county directory.
1810: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Jacob Stekenius was born in Germany in 1810.
1857: The following notice from the January 23, 1857 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper appears to reference a case of one gunsmith suing the other:
1859: The Whiskers' 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania" puts Jacob Steckenius in Stony Creek Township, Somerset County in 1859.
1860: The Whiskers' 2017 book puts Jacob Steckenius in Harrison Township, Bedford County in 1860.
1861: The Whiskers' 2017 book puts Jacob Steckenius in Northampton Township, Somerset County in 1861.
1863: The Whiskers' 2017 book puts Jacob Steckenius in Juniata Township, Bedford County in 1863.
1870: The following excerpt (a composite image) shows a portion of a December 31, 1870 witness list in the case of Cessna vs. Meyers that is printed in the book "First Session, Forty-Second Congress the Miscellaneous Documents Printed by Order of the House of Representatives 1871." It identifies Jacob Stekenius as a resident of Harrison Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
1873-1883: The Whiskers' 2017 book puts Jacob Steckenius in Harrison Township, Bedford County, from 1873 to 1883.
1877: The following image from the Harrison Township portion of the 1877 book "County Atlas of Bedford Pennsylvania" identifies the residence of "J. Stakaneus":
1878: The following image is from the 1878-1879 edition of "Farquhar's Official Directory of Bedford County, Pennsylvania", which was "Printed at the Inquirer Office, Bedford, Pa." It shows Jacob Stickenius as a gunsmith in Mann's Choice, Harrison Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
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