Jonathan Gump, an Ohio gunsmith born in Bedford County, PA

The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" includes Jonathan Gump as a Bedford County gunsmith, apparently because he was born in Bedford County. As revealed by the following apparently autobiographical account from the 1884 book "History of Wyandot County, Ohio", Jonathan Gump learned the gunsmithing trade after moving to Ohio. This means he never practiced gunsmithing in Bedford County, Pennsylvania:

" JONATHAN GUMP was born in Bedford County, Penn., Nov. 28, 1823. He is the son of William and Sarah (Rolland) Gump, natives of Maryland and Pennsylvania respectively. The former was born Jan. 19, 1799, and died in 1839; the latter Aug. 18, 1798, and died Feb. 15, 1882. After several removals they settled permanently in Shelby, Ohio, where they resided until the father's death. They were the parents of nine children, five still living - Jonathan, David, Franklin, Henry and Margaret. Mary, Isaac, Rosanna and George are deceased. His father dying when his son Jonathan was a mere boy, the latter spent most of his time in assisting his mother in clearing the farm, and with her he remained until his marriage. At the age of twenty-one, he began to learn the gunsmith trade at Plymouth, Ohio, afterward engaging in that occupation in various places, and as fireman on the B. & O. and C., C. C., C. & I. R. R. until 1848, when he returned to Sandusky City, and was married, Sept. 7, to Nancy J. Taylor; her parents were natives of Washington County, Penn., she having been reared by an uncle. They have six children - Sarah C., born June 28, 1849; Martha A., Sept. 1, 1850; Charles W., born June 4, 1852; William B., Nov. 2, 1853; Eliza J., Oct. 14, 1855; and James P., Feb. 3, 1860. After marriage, Mr. Gump resided some time in Mansfield and Plymouth, and removed to Upper Sandusky in 1850, where he worked three years at his trade, and then established a foundry in partnership with Mr. Bowland; six months after, Mr. Bowland retired, and John Monger was admitted, this connection existing five years. He then closed out and resumed his old trade, which, in connection with his grocery store, he followed until 1878. Since that time he has devoted his entire attention to his trade. He owns a valuable residence on the corner of Crawford and Seventh streets; is a member of the Lutheran Church, and a Republican in politics."

The following excerpt is from the 1907 book "History of Marion County, Ohio...":

1850: The following excerpt from the 1850 census of Madison Township, Richland County, Ohio lists Jonathan Gump as a gunsmith.

1862: The following composite image is from the September 12, 1862 issue of the "Wyandot Pioneer" newspaper (Upper Sandusky, Ohio).

1870: The following excerpt from the 1870 census of Upper Sandusky, Wyandot County, Ohio lists Jonathan Gump as a gunsmith.

1870: The April 15, 1870 issue of the "Tiffin Tribune" newspaper (Tiffin, Ohio) has an article that includes the following: "The gunsmith shop of Jonathan Gump, was burglariously entered, by forcing open the back door, on Monday night of this week..." I don't have the complete article.

1900: The following excerpt from the 1900 census of Upper Sandusky, Wyandot County, Ohio lists Jonathan Gump as a gunsmith.

1912: Jonathan Gump died in 1912 and is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery (40.79542131, -83.27653216) in Wyandot County, Ohio. His tombstone states, "Jonathan Gump 1823-1912". In the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" the birth date on the tombstone is mistakenly given as 1928. From personal experience, I can report that it is very difficult to avoid mistakes when typing book manuscripts.

1922: Nancy Gump's side of the shared tombstone states, "Nancy J. Gump 1822-1892".

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