Lewis Horner, Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Circa 1832-1835: Based on his obituary (below) Lewis Horner was born circa 1832. Based on his tombstone, Lewis Horner was born circa 1835.

Christine Finecy's online genealogy "Horner's of Somerset Co., PA" indicates that the Lewis H. Horner who married Anna Nancy Blough, died in 1897, and is buried in the Stoystown IOOF cemetery was a son of the Jacob G. Horner who died in 1877 and is buried in the Mount Tabor Cemetery. Christine Finecy gives the maiden name of Lewis's mother (Jacob's first wife) as Mary Christ.

1859: The death certificate of Benjamin Franklin Horner indicates he was born in 1859, and identifies him as one of the children of Lewis Horner and Nancy Blough.

1860: In the 1860 federal census of Jenner's Crossroads, Lewis Horner was enumerated as a 25-year-old laborer living with his 23-year-old wife Nancy, one-year old Benjamin F., and three-year-old Mary C.

1861: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Lewis Horner is somehow identified as a gunsmith at Jenner's Crossroads (Somerset County) in 1861. The basis for Kauffman's entry was probably Lewis Horner's advertisement for gunsmithing services in the 1861 "Boyd's Pa. State Business Directory".

1861: The death certificate of Sarah Heffley indicates she was born in 1861, and identifies her as one of the children of Lewis Horner and Nancy Blough.

1870: In the 1870 federal census of Davidsville, Lewis Horner is enumerated as a laborer with property valued at $200.00. In his household were 33-year-old Nancy, one-year-old Unas, three-year-old Jacob, four-year-old David, six-year-old Sarah, and 11-year-old Benjamin.

1871: The death certificate of Linnie Ashen indicates she was born in 1871 and identifies her as one of the children of Lewis Horner and Nancy Blough.

1894: The following item is from the May 9, 1894 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper. It places Lewis Horner in Stoystown in 1894 , and reveals that the maiden name of his wife was Blough.

1897: The following obituary appears in the May 5, 1897 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper.

1897: Lewis Horner is buried at the IOOF Cemetery (40.1007000, -78.9582000) at Stoystown, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. His tombstone states, "Lewis Horner died May 3, 1897 aged 62 ys Co. I. 93 Regt. Pa. Vol." His wife Nancy is buried in the same cemetery. Her tombstone states "Mother Nancy Horner 1837-1908"

1908: Nancy Horner's death certificate indicates she is the daughter of Solomon Blough.

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