Milton Defibaugh, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

1848: According to his tombstone, Milton Defibaugh was born on December 6, 1848. According to page 42 of the 1963 book "Some Nycum Descendants" Sophia (Nycum) Smouse's daughter Elizabeth Smouse married William Defibaugh, and had the following children: David, Lawrence, Wesley, Milton, William, Sophia, Mary, Belle, Kate, Eliza, and Clara.

1850: According to Mary Lou Cook's August 3, 2013 Defibaugh working file, in the 1850 census of West Providence Township, Bedford County, 35-year-old gunsmith William Defibaugh and 34-year-old Elizabeth Defibaugh are enumerated with 10-year-old David, 8-year-old Laurence, 7-year-old Wesley, 5-year-old Mary, 3-year-old Sophia A, and 1-year-old Milton. William's property was valued at $500.00.

1860: The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" puts Milton Defibaugh in the borough of Everett in 1860 and describes him as the son of William Defibaugh, and the brother of David Defibaugh.

1870: According to Mary Lou Cook's August 3, 2013 Defibaugh working file, in the 1870 federal census of Robinsonville, Monroe Township, Bedford County, 55-year-old William Defibaugh and 53-year-old Elizabeth Defibaugh are enumerated with 23-year-old Sophia, 21-year-old Milton, 17-year-old William, 15-year-old Eliza Jane, 14-year-old Catherine, and 10-year-old Clara. William was enumerated as a farmer with real estate valued at $2500.00 and personal property valued at $1,000.00.

1870-1880: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" indicates that Milton Defibaugh lived in Monroe Township in the 1870 to 1880 timeframe.

1874: According to Mary Lou Cook's August 3, 2013 Defibaugh working file, Milton R. Defibaugh and Mary A Croughan were married in Bedford County on October 29, 1874.

1875: According to Mary Lou Cook's August 3, 2013 Defibaugh working file, Minne Belle Defibaugh, daughter of Milton Defibaugh and Mary Croughan, was born on July 9, 1875.

1877: The following image from the Monroe Township portion of the 1877 book "County Atlas of Bedford Pennsylvania" identifies the location of the residence of an "M. Deffibaugh" near the residence and gunshop of William Defibaugh. Without more research, I cannot be certain this is the residence of Milton Defibaugh.

1878: According to Mary Lou Cook's August 3, 2013 Defibaugh working file, Charles Watson Defibaugh, son of Milton Defibaugh and Mary Croughan, was born on July 12, 1878.

1878: The following excerpt is from the 1878-1879 edition of "Farquhar's Official Directory of Bedford County, Pennsylvania". It identifies a Milton Defibaugh who was a farmer in Clearville, Mann Township. More work would be needed to determine if there was more than one individual with this name in Bedford County.

1880: According to Mary Lou Cook's August 3, 2013 Defibaugh working file, Milton Defibaugh is enumerated in the 1880 federal census of Monroe Township as a 34-year-old farmer. Living in his household were 32-year-old Mary Defibaugh, and 3-year-old Sadie and 1-year-old Charles.

1882-1883: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" indicates that Milton Defibaugh lived in the borough of Bedford in 1882 and 1883.

1886: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" states that Milton Defibaugh was identified as as a laborer in Everett in 1886. The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Milton Defibaugh is identified as an Everett laborer in the 1886 Farquar Directory (Presumably the Bedford County directory).

1900: According to Mary Lou Cook's August 3, 2013 Defibaugh working file, Milton Defibaugh is enumerated in the 1900 federal census of Monroe Township as a 51-year-old individual. Living in his household were 52-year-old Mary Defibaugh, with 21-year-old son Charly W. and 21-year-old Minnie B, and Minnie's five-year-old daughter Mary G.

1929: According to her tombstone, Milton Defibaugh's wife Mary Craughham died on June 1, 1929.

1931: Milton Defibaugh is buried with his wife Mary at the Everett Cemetery, at 40.010820, -78.358402 in Everett, Bedford County. The tombstone inscription states, "Milton R. Defibaugh Dec. 6, 1848 -- Dec. 5, 1931 ---- his wife Mary A. Craughham Oct. 20, 1847 -- June 1, 1929". He is said to be the son of the gunsmith William Defibaugh.

According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Milton Defibaugh lived in Monroe Township, Bedford County, and built rifles in the late 1800s that he sold for $20.00.

The 2006 book "Bedford and its Neighbors" has a photo of Milton and David Defibaugh while still in their youth, with one holding a full stock longarm, and the other holding a small pistol.

The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" indicates that Milton Defibaughwas a jeweler in addition to being a gunsmith.

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