John Henry, Jr., Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: John Henry, Jr. is known as a Bedford County gunsmith from tax rolls in the 1878 to 1880 timeframe that are reported in several Whisker publications. I have included information on John Henry Junior and Senior below.

The following article by the Reverend C.W. Karns was originally printed in the "Altoona Mirror" newspaper. In 1933 it was published as part of a compilation titled "Historical Sketches of Morrisons Cove". Based on the number and mix of the children, the photo depicts the family of John Henry, Jr.

1853-1924: The tombstone John Hetrick Henry shares with his wife Mary Alice Forney indicates he was born on February 9, 1853 and died August 1, 1924. He is buried in the Koontz Church of the Brethren Cemetery (40.1400920, -78.3986360) near Loysburg in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. His memorial on findagrave.com (14501281) indicates that he is the son of John Henry and Nancy (Hetrick) Henry, and died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1854-1884: The South Woodberry Township chapter of the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" includes the statement, "Anthony Henry emigrated from France in 1830, and settled in Huntingdon county. In 1861 he removed to Ohio, where he died in his eighty-second year. His son, John Henry, has resided in South Woodberry since 1854. He served in the late war from June 24, 1863, until his discharge in February, 1865, and held the rank of quartermaster. By trade he is an ornamental weaver." This is a reference to John Henry, Sr.

1869: The following excerpt is from the October 28, 1869 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper also mentions John Henry of South Woodberry Township:

1871: Material related to the election case of Cessna Vs. Meyers is reported in the 1871 book "The Miscellaneous Documents Printed by Order of the House of Representatives 1871". John Henry (Senior) is mentioned multiple times in the Cessna Vs. Meyers material as a resident of South Woodberry Township.

1876-1880: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that John Henry, Jr. was a gunsmith in the borough of Woodbury in the 1876 to 1880 timeframe. The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" andthe 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicate that John Henry, Jr. was enumerated as a gunsmith and as a farmer in the 1878 to 1880 time frame on the tax rolls of Woodbury Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1877: I did not find a John Henry residence on the Woodbury Borough or Woodbury Township maps in the 1877 atlas of Bedford County. The following excerpt from the South Woodbury portion of the atlas shows the residence of "J. Henry". This would be the residence of John Henry, Sr., which John Henry, Jr. owned after the death of John Henry, Sr.

The following excerpt from a 1902 topographic map shows the general location of the farm on the western side of Tussey Mountain, and the nature of the surrounding terrain. As a rough approximation, the farm was located at 40.130478566691465, -78.38780299246594.

1888: Nancy Hetrick is buried in the Hetrick cemetery. Her tombstone indicates that she died April 27, 1888 and was the wife of John Henry.

1888: Juda Edith (Henry) Mellott was a daughter of John and Mary Alice (Forney) Henry. She is buried at the Koontz Church of the Brethren Cemetery near Loysburg, Bedford County and the tombstone she shares with her husband Daniel indicates she was born in 1888 and died in 1940. A copy of her death certificate follows:

1889: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, Andrew Forney Henry was a son of John and Mary Alice (Forney) Henry. He is buried at the Koontz Church of the Brethren Cemetery near Loysburg, Bedford County. The tombstone he shares with his wife Arvilla (Snyder) Henry indicates that he was born on August 6, 1889 and died on February 2, 1974.

1892: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, Robert Forney Henry was a son of John and Mary Alice (Forney) Henry. He is buried at the New Enterprise Cemetery in Bedford County. The tombstone he shares with his wife Mabel C. (Furry) Henry indicates that he was born in 1892 and died in 1955.

1897: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, William McKinley Henry was a son of John and Mary Alice (Forney) Henry. He is buried in Saint Paul’s Cemetery in Bedford County. The tombstone he shares with his wife Kathryn F. Henry indicates that he was born in 1897 and died in 1961.

1898: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" indicates that the gunsmith John Henry, Jr. died on September 1, 1898. I believe this is incorrect, because his tombstone indicates he died in 1924.

1898: Sergeant John Henry, Company B, 22nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry (John Henry, Sr.) is buried in the Hetrick Cemetery (40.138945, -78.390573) near Loysburg and in South Woodbury Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. His memorial on findagrave.com (21607797) indicates that he died on August 9, 1898.

1901: According to his memorial on findagrave.com, Tobias Francis Henry was a son of John and Mary Alice (Forney) Henry. He is buried at the Koontz Church of the Brethren Cemetery near Loysburg in Bedford County. The tombstone that he shares with his wife Alma C. (Koontz) Henry indicates that he was born in 1901 and died in 1982.

1907: According to her memorial on findagrave.com, Laura Mae (Henry) Snyder was a daughter of John and Mary Alice (Forney) Henry. She is buried in Saint John's Reformed Church Cemetery near Loysburg, Bedford County. The tombstone she shares with her husband Harry S. Snyder indicates she was born in 1907 and died in 1946.

1924: The tombstone of John Hetrick, Jr. indicates that he died on August 1, 1924.

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