Jeremiah Bowman, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: Jeremiah Bowman is identified as a Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith from directory listings and a militia enrollment book.

1848: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that the gunsmith Jeremiah Bowman was born in 1848.

1866: The 1983 booklet indicates that Jeremiah Bowman is listed as a gunsmith in the borough of Schellsburg in the 1866 Farquar Directory (evidently the Bedford County directory).

1870: The 1983 booklet indicates that Jeremiah Bowman is identified as a Schellsburg blacksmith in 1870 tax records.

1878: The following excerpt from the 1878-1879 edition of "Farquhar's Official Directory of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" identifies J. F. Bowman as a Constable at Schellsburg. A job like that would not be full time, and would be for relatively meager pay.

1878: The following excerpt from the 1878-1879 edition of "Farquhar's Official Directory of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" identifies J. F. Bowman as a laborer living at Schellsburg.

1886: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" indicates that the 1886 edition of "Farquar's Bedford County Directory" identifies the Schellsburg blacksmith Jeremiah Bowman as a gunsmith.

1888: The 1983 booklet indicates that Jeremiah Bowman is identified as a 40-year-old gunsmith in a militia enrollment book from 1888. This is also reported in the 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties".

1890: A Jeremiah F. Bowman who died December 24, 1890 is said to be buried in the Schellsburg Cemetery, and is said to have died at age 43 or 44.

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