1778: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" lists James Bell as a Bedford County gunsmith on the basis of the following entry in the Bedford County portion of Volume 7 of the "Pennsylvania Archives", Third Series. The authors of the booklet did not include James Bell as a gunsmith in their 1991 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties".
1781: James Bell is listed on the 1781 tax assessment of Ayr Township with 50 acres of land held by improvement, two horses, and one horned cattle. I think this means that James Bell did not reside within the present bounds of Bedford County in 1781.
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