James Clark II, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: A gunsmithing compendium lists James Clark as being a gunsmith in Bedford County in 1877. I refer to this individual as James Clark II because a James Clark is also identified as a gunsmith on the 1821 tax roll of Hopewell Township, Bedford County. It seems unlikely that one individual could be a gunsmith in 1821 and 1877 and yet escape detection as a gunsmith in the intervening 55 years. I do not know which township the 1877 gunsmith James Clark lived in.

1858: I don't know if it is relevant, but the property of a James Clark that was located in or near Liberty township is mentioned in the following notice from the May 7, 1858 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer" newspaper.

1860: I don't know if it is relevant, but there is a farmer named James Clark listed in the 1860 census of Liberty Township (page 293). His age appears to be 60. Living in the same household are 56-year-old Margaret, 18-year-old farm hand Thomas, 23-year-old Mary, 21-year-old Margaret, 16-year-old James, 15-year-old Elizabeth, and 11-year-old Josephine.

1861: I don't know if it is relevant, but there is a "Jas. Clark" along the Juniata River in Liberty Township on the 1861 Walker map of Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1870: I don't know if it is relevant, but there is a listing for the household of a 30-year-old Ireland-born railroad laborer in the Saxton Borough portion of the 1870 census records of Bedford County. A 25-year-old woman and one and three-year-old children are also listed in the household. I did not see a listing for a James Clark in the general Liberty Township portion of the 1870 census records.

1877: Sellers' 2008 book "American Gunsmiths" lists a James Clark as a gunsmith in Bedford County, Pennsylvania in 1877. Sellers indicates his source for the information is a directory.

1877: I don't know if it is relevant, but there is a "Jas. Clark" along the Juniata River on the Liberty Township map in the 1877 atlas of Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1880: I did not find a listing for James Clark in the manuscript 1880 census records of Saxton, Liberty Township, or Stonerstown.

Work product?

  • A full stock rifle with a Bedford County-style buttstock and a 38-inch barrel marked J. Clark was sold at auction for $1,495.00 on September 7, 2012 by RIA. It has a cap box instead of a patch box, which suggests it is a later period rifle. The consignor of the rifle described it as a rifle by James Clark of Bedford County, Pennsylvania and also of Mercer County, New Jersey.

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