John George Stahl of Somerset County, Pennsylvania

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: Based on the census records referenced on this web page, John George Stahl was born circa 1800-1801 in Wittenburg, Germany. Based on his tombstone inscription, he was born in 1800.

Circa 1832: Based on the 17 year age of Pennsylvania-born Catherine Stahl in John George Stahl's household listing in the 1850 census, John George Stahl was already in Pennsylvania circa 1833. Catherine Lape (who is mentioned as a daughter in the 1884 book referenced above) is buried in the Kappa Cemetery in Woodford County, Illinois, where her tombstone indicates indicates she was born on June 18, 1832 and died November 14, 1902. The 1983 booklet indicates that John George Stahl immigrated to America during 1834. Based on Catherine's tombstone inscription and her stated birthplace in the 1850 census, John George Stahl was already in Pennsylvania in 1832.

Circa 1834: The 1850 census suggests that John George Stahl had a son named Frederick who was born circa 1834 in Pennsylvania.

Circa 1836: The 1850 census suggests that John George Stahl had a son named George who was born circa 1836 in Pennsylvania.

Circa 1837: The 1850 census suggests that John George Stahl had a son named John who was born circa 1837 in Pennsylvania.

1837-1880: The 1983 booklet indicates that John George Stahl was a resident of Quemahoning Township from 1837 to 1843. Census records included below indicate he was also living in Quemahoning Township in 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880.

1839: The 1850 census suggests that John George Stahl had a son named Harmon who was born circa 1839 in Pennsylvania. 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.

Circa 1841: The 1850 census suggests that John George Stahl had a son named Joseph who was born circa 1841 in Pennsylvania.

Circa 1843: The 1850 census suggests that John George Stahl had a daughter named Margaret who was born circa 1843 in Pennsylvania.

Circa 1845: The 1850 census suggests that John George Stahl had a son named William who was born circa 1845 in Pennsylvania.

1848: The 1850 census suggests that John George Stahl had a son named Nathan who was born circa 1848 in Pennsylvania. 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 1850 census suggests that John George Stahl had a son named Henry who was born in 1850 in Pennsylvania. 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.

Circa 1853: The 1870 census suggests that John George Stahl had a son named Abraham who was born circa 1853 in Pennsylvania.

1860: The following excerpt is from the 1860 census:

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.

1880: The following excerpt is from the 1880 census:

1883: John G. Stahl is buried at the Lower-Stahl Cemetery (40.13210343, -78.93478293), 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. A web page about John George Stahl indicates he was born on September 6, 1800 in Baden-Wurttemberg and died September 28, 1883.

1887: Based on the age of John G. Stahl's wife in the 1850, 1860, and 1880 censuses, she was born circa 1806-1807. John and Justine Stahl 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." Once you recognize that her tombstone mentions a Wurtemberg birth place, you can tell that his tombstone does too.

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