John Bisbing, Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: John Bisbing is known as a Somerset County gunsmith from tax and census records in the 1865 to 1870 timeframe.

1825: The Somerset County gunsmith John Bisbing appears to be the John Humpford Bisbing who was born June 27, 1825 in Shade Township, died December 25, 1905, and is buried in the Dunmyer Cemetery (40.29015433, -78.78435007) in Cambria County. His tombstone indicates that he was a Veteran of Company K, Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Heavy Artillery.

1849: The following death certificate indicates that John and Mary Bisbing had a child named named Isaiah in 1849.

1850: John Bisbing and his wife Mary, both age 23, appear in the 1850 federal census of Shade Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania with four-month-old daughter Lavinah.

1858: The following death certificate indicates that John and Mary Bisbing had a child named Eliza in 1858.

1860: The following excerpt from the Shade Township portion of the 1860 Walker map of Somerset County, Pennsylvania shows the residence of "J. Bisbing":

1864: Here is a composite image of service record that indicates John H. Bisbing was a member of Battery K, 204th Regiment, 5th Heavy Artillery, and was mustered in in 1864. A part of the record that isn't shown indicates that he mustered out with the company on June 30, 1865.

The following history of the 204th Regiment, 5th Heavy Artillery is from Volume 5 of Bates' "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5":

1864: The following death certificate indicates that John and Mary Bisbing had a child named John in 1864.

1865-1870: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" by Whisker and Yantz indicates that John Bisbing was identified as a gunsmith in the 1865 to 1870 tax lists of Shade Township. Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

1866: John C. Cassady reported that John and Mary Ann (Brant) Bisbing had a daughter named Barbara Ellen Bisbing who was born on May 15, 1866 and married George B. Cassady. She is buried at the Otterbein Cemetery in Somerset County, where the tombstone she shares with her husband George Cassady indicates she was born in 1866 and died in 1934.

1870: The following excerpt is from the 1870 census of Shade Township, and identifies John Bisbing as a gunsmith:

1876: The following excerpt from the Shade Township portion of the 1876 book "County Atlas of Somerset, Pennsylvania" shows the residence of "J. Bisbing":

1886: Mary Bisbing is buried in the Zerfoss Cemetery, Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Her tombstone states "Mary Ann (Brant) Bisbing 1826 -- 1886."

1900: In the June, 1900 federal census of Shade Township, John Bisbing is enumerated as a 73-year-old Pennsylvania-born millwright who was born in June of 1826. Enumerated with him is his 72-year-old Pennsylvania-born wife Catherine who was born in June of 1827.

1905: John Humpford Bisbing died December 25, 1905.

The following Bisbing genealogical information is from an article titled "The Cassady Family History" that was published in the February 1974 "Laurel Messenger":

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