John Dempsey, Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Circa 1794: Hugh McGough's web page "McGoughs Who Moved from Harford County, Maryland, to Cambria County, Pennsylvania" indicates that John Dempsey was the son of Patrick William Dempsey and Elizabeth (McGough) Dempsey, and was born circa 1794 in Maryland.

1800-1828: Here's what Vaughn E. Whisker wrote in the November 1982 "Laurel Messenger":

1800: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that John Dempsey was born in 1800.

1827-1830: The 1983 booklet indicates that John Dempsey's son Mathias was a gunsmith in Shade Township of Somerset County from 1827 to 1830. This cannot be reconciled with the supposed birth date of 1800 for John Dempsey.

1828: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" by Whisker and Yantz indicates that John Dempsey was living in Shade Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1828, and identifies him as a gunsmith. The basis for identifying him as a gunsmith is not clear.

1830: Whisker's 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania" reports that John Dempsey appears on Cambria County documents beginning in 1830.

1830-1845: The 1983 booklet indicates that John Dempsey's son Mathias was a gunsmith in Conemaugh Township, Cambria County from 1830 to 1845. This cannot be reconciled with a birth date of 1800 for John Dempsey.

1830-1844: The 1983 booklet puts John Dempsey in Conemaugh Township, Cambria County from 1830 to 1844.

1834: Hugh McGough's web page "McGoughs Who Moved from Harford County, Maryland, to Cambria County, Pennsylvania" indicates that John Dempsey and Ann Branniff were married at St. Michael's Church in Loretto, Cambria County on October 12, 1834 by Father Gallitzin, and were the parents of six children, all of whom were born in Cambria County.

1845: The 1983 booklet puts John Dempsey in the city of Johnstown in Cambria County in 1845.

1846-1850: The 1983 booklet puts John Dempsey in Conemaugh Township of Cambria County from 1846 to 1850.

1850-1852: The 1983 booklet puts John Dempsey in the borough of Conemaugh from 1850 to 1852.

1852: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", John Demsey appears on the 1852 tax list of Conemaugh Township, Cambria County.

1852: The following announcement is from the August 12,1852 issue of the "Mountain Sentinel" newspaper"

1853-54: According to Kauffman's 1960 book, John Demsey appears on the 1853 and 1854 tax lists of Summerhill Township, Cambria County.

1854: The 1983 booklet indicates that John Dempsey died in 1854.

1855: Whisker's 2017 book indicates that John Dempsey is reported dead on the 1855 tax roll. The same book indicates that there is a John D. Dempsey with an undated tombstone in the Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Cambria County. This cemetery is located at 40.3400002, -78.9056015 in Taylor Township. The tombstone appears relatively modern, and the name on it is actually John B. Dempsey.

Before 1860: Hugh McGough's web page "McGoughs Who Moved from Harford County, Maryland, to Cambria County, Pennsylvania" indicates that John Dempsey was deceased prior to 1860.

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