John Stoudenour, Sr.

1775: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that the gunsmith Jacob Stoudenour's father John was born in 1775. The authors of the 1983 booklet include John Stoudenour in their list of Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmiths, but indicate that John was never identified in tax records as a gunsmith. I wonder if they included John Stoudenour, Sr. on the basis of tradition.

1790: I did not find John Stoudenour in transcripts of the 1790 censuses of Maryland or Pennsylvania.

1795: Based on age information in the 1860 federal census, Jacob Stoudenour, gunsmith son of John Stoudenour, Sr., was born circa 1795. The 1850 and 1860 censuses indicate that Jacob Stoudenour was Maryland-born.

1800: I did not find John Stoudenour in a transcript of the 1800 census of Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1810: A John Stodenhour is listed in the 1810 census of Colerain Township, Bedford County. In his household are 3 males and one female under 10 years old, two males in the 10 to 15 age group, and one male and one female in the 26 to 44 age group.

Pre-1814: The 1983 booklet puts Jacob Stoudenour's father John Stoudenour in Woodbury township prior to 1814, and indicates that he was a farmer and distiller.

Post-1816: The 1983 booklet puts Jacob Stoudenour's father John Stoudenour in Colerain Township after 1816, and indicates that the farms of John and his son Jacob were situated in adjoining relation with each other.

1820: The John Stoudenhour household in a transcript of the 1820 Colerain Township census has one male and one female in the 45 and over age group, one male in the 18-26 age group, one male in the 16 to 18 age group, two males in the 10 to 16 age group, and three females in the under ten age group. In the census transcript, the household immediately preceding John Stoudenhour is Jacob Stoudenhour.

1830: In a transcript of the 1830 census of Woodberry Township, a John Stoudenour household has one male and one female in the 20 to 30 age group, one male in the 15 to 20 age group, and one male and one female in the up to five age group. Based on the ages given, this is obviously the household of a younger individual named John Stoudenour.

1838: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania", Jacob Stoudenour's brother John Stoudnour, Jr. was listed as a gunsmith on the 1838 tax roll of North Woodberry Township, which is now a part of Blair County.

Circa 1851-1853: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that Jacob Stoudenour's father John died in 1851. The 1983 booklet indicates that Jacob Stoudenour's father John Stoudenour died in 1853.

1854: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that Jacob Stoudenour's mother Margaret died in 1854.

1867: In the Bedford County warrant register, excerpted below in a composite image, a John Stoudenhour is the 1867 patentee of the property represented by Survey Book C47 page 75. The survey is annotated to indicate that the property is in Blair County. This may relate to the aforementioned John Stoudenour, Jr. or some other relative of theirs. I include this to show that the previous references to Woodberry/Woodbury Township may also refer to areas that are now in Blair County.

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