John Dietz, Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Circa 1791-1798: I do not know if it is the right John Dietz, but the following item from the November 1971 "Laurel Messenger" indicates that Brothersvalley Justice of the Peace Adam Miller officiated at the marriage of John Dietz and Eva Sertan in the 1791 to 1798 timeframe:

1800: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", John Dietz is identified as a gunsmith on the 1800 tax roll of Somerset County. The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon & Somerset Counties" indicates the the 1800 tax roll was that of Brothersvalley Township.

1800: A John Dietz is enumerated in the 1800 Brothersvalley Township federal census in the 25 to 46 age bracket. Also living in his household were a female in the age 16 to 25 age bracket, and 2 males under age 10.

1800: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon & Somerset Counties" reports that Doctor E. C. Saylor's translation of the "Records of the German Reformed Church of Berlin" contains a baptism record for John and Susannah Dietz's daughter Catherine, who was born on March 11, 1800, and was baptized on April 14, 1800. Saylor's translation also documents the April 29, 1797 birth of their son Adam and the April 14, 1798 birth of their son Jacob. The book cautions that there were several John Dietz individuals living in the county in the general 1780 to 1820 timeframe.

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