John George Stahl

Introduction: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" includes John George Stahl in its list of Somerset County gunsmiths and indicates that his wife was Catherine Snyder. The authors of the 1983 booklet did not include Stahl in their 1991 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties" or in their 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania".

It seems clear that the following excerpt from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" is the source of most of the information in the 1983 booklet:

1800: The 1983 booklet indicates that John George Stahl was born in 1800 in Germany.

1832: The tombstone of Catherine Lape indicates she was born on June 18, 1832 and died November 14, 1902. She is buried in the Kappa Cemetery in Woodford County, Illinois.

1834: The 1983 booklet indicates that John George Stahl immigrated to America during 1834.

1837-1843: The 1983 booklet indicates that John George Stahl was a resident of Quemahoning Township from 1837 to 1843.

1839: The tombstone of Herman Stahl indicates he was born in 1839 and died in 1923. He is buried at the Friedens Lutheran Church Cemetery in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

1840: The John G. Stall household appears in the 1840 census of Quemahoning Township with one male and one female in the 30 to 40 age group, one male in the 20 to 30 age group, one male and one female in the 5 to 10 age group, and three males in the up to age five group. One individual in the household is engaged in agriculture.

1848: The tombstone of Nathan Stahl indicates he was born in 1848 and died in 1913. He is buried in the Lambertsville Cemetery in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

1850: The tombstone of Henry Stahl indicates he was born on May 17, 1850 and died April 1, 1927. He is buried at the Stoystown IOOF Cemetery in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

1850: In a transcript of the 1850 census of Quemehoning Township, George Stahl appears as a 50-year-old German-born farmer living with 43-year-old German-born Christina Stahl. Also living in the household were 17-year-old Catharine Stahl, 16-year-old Frederick Stahl, 14-year-old George Stahl, 13-year-old John Stahl, 11-year-old Harmon Stahl, 9-year-old Joseph Stahl, 7-year-old Margaret Stahl, 5-year-old William Stahl, 2-year-old Nathan Stahl, and 3-month old Henry Stahl.

1860-1876: Based on the following images from the Quemahoning Township portions of the 1860 Walker map of Somerset County and the 1876 atlas of Somerset County, and knowledge of where John George Stahl is buried, I suspect that he is buried on or near his home place.

1870: In a transcript of the 1870 census of Quemehoning Township, a John J. Stahl is a 70-year-old Wertenburg-born farmer with real estate valued at $3,000.00 and personal property valued at $1,000.00. Also living in his household are his 64-year-old Wertenburg-born wife Christina Stahl, 20-year-old Henry Stahl, and 17-year-old Abraham Stahl.

1883: John G. Stahl is buried at the Lower-Stahl Cemetery (40.1321000, -78.9348000), Quemahoning Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. His tombstone is difficult to read, but does indicate that he was born in 1800 and died in the 1880s. His memorial (63037501) on findagrave.com indicates he was born on September 6, 1800 in Baden-Wurttemberg and died September 28, 1883.

1887: The findagrave.com memorial of John George Stahl gives his wife's name as Justine. They are buried in the same cemetery with similar tombstone designs. Her tombstone states "Justine Stahl Born in Wurtemberg Ger Sept. 5. 1806. Died Jan 24, 1887 Aged 80 Ys. 1 Ms. & 19 Ds." I venture an educated guess that she is the second wife of John George Stahl. Once you see that her tombstone mentions a Wurtemberg birth place, you can tell that his tombstone does too.

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