John George Slonaker, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" identifies John George Slonaker, son of George Slonaker, as a gunsmith in the vicinity of Pleasantville, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1830: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that John George Slonaker was born in 1830.

1861: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that John George Slonaker was recorded as a blacksmith in Union Township in 1861.

1870: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that John George Slonaker is recorded as a gunsmith in St. Clair Township in 1870 with a value of $428.00.

1878: The following reference to a farmer named John G. Slonaker in Alum Bank, West St. Clair Township, Bedford County is from the 1878-1879 edition of "Farquhar's Official Directory of Bedford County, Pennsylvania". Alum Bank is the same place as Pleasantville.

1879: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that John George Slonaker was recorded in West St. Clair Township in 1879 on land that was described as being rough and hilly.

1889: John George Slonaker died at on March 16, 1889 at age 59, and is buried at the Mount Union Cemetery (40.2247086, -78.6118469) near Lovely in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1889: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" indicates that the April 5, 1889 estate inventory of John George Slonaker included blacksmithing tools.

1920: John George Slonaker's wife Louisa who died August 31, 1920 is also at the Mount Union Cemetery. Her tombstone states "Louisa wife of J. G. Slonaker died Aug. 31, 1920 aged 86 Yrs. 8 Mos. 17 Ds." The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that her maiden name was Allison. The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that John and Louisa had 11 children.

The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" reports that John George Slonaker was the father of 11 children.

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