John Price, Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: John Price is known as a Somerset County gunsmith from 1805 and 1806 tax records.

1773: Although I am not certain it is relevant, the following excerpt is from the 1773 Bedford County portion of the 1898 book "Returns of Taxables..."

1775: Although I am not certain it is relevant, the following excerpt is from the 1775 Bedford County portion of the 1898 book "Returns of Taxables..."

1776: Although I am not certain it is relevant, the following excerpt is from the 1776 Bedford County portion of the 1898 book "Returns of Taxables..."

1790: John Price is not listed in a transcript of the 1790 census of Bedford County.

1794: Although I am not certain it is relevant, this is a survey for a John Price on Shade Creek in Quemahoning Township, Bedford County. The area is now part of Somerset County.

The following excerpt from the 1792 Reading Howell map of Pennsylvania shows the location of Shade Creek. The town of Somerset came to be located approximately at Husbands' on the road west of Black's and Gilmore's.

Although John Price was the 1794 warrantee for the Shade Creek property, John Nicholson was the patentee, as shown by the following excerpt from the Bedford County warrant register:

1795: Much of Somerset County was formed from a portion of Bedford County in 1795.

1800: John Price is not listed in a transcript of the 1800 census of Somerset County.

1805-1806: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", John Price is identified as a gunsmith in the 1805 and 1806 tax rolls of Somerset Borough.

1810: John Price is not listed in a transcript of the 1810 census of Somerset County.

1814: John Price is not included in the 1814 tax list of the town of Somerset, Pennsylvania.

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