Introduction: Joseph Forsyth is known as a Somerset County gunsmith from tax records.
1790: Joseph Forsyth does not appear in the 1790 census of Pennsylvania or Maryland.
1802-1803: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Joseph Forsyth is identified as a gunsmith on the tax rolls of Somerset Township, Somerset County, in the years 1802 and 1803. In the 1802 tax list of Somerset Township, the value of the gunsmith Joseph Forsyth is given as $100.00.
1800-1810: Joseph Forsyth does not appear in the 1800 or 1810 federal census of Somerset County or the 1800 census of Bedford County.
1840: Although there is no reason at present to say that the following information is relevant, the 1841 book "A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services..." indicates an 84-year-old veteran Joseph Forsyth in Mifflin Township, Allegany (sic) County, Pennsylvania appears in the 1840 federal census.
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