Peter Dormayer (Dunmeyer) Gunsmith

Circa 1795: Based on the age given in the 1850 census, Peter Dormayer was born circa 1795.

1820: There is a Peter Dunmore enumerated in the 1820 federal census of Cambria County, Pennsylvania as being engaged in manufacturing. In the household are one male and one female in the 26 to 45 age bracket, and one female under the age of ten years.

1821-1832: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" locates Peter Dunmeyer in Conemaugh Township, Cambria county from 1821 to 1832, and indicates that Peter Dunmeyer was an apprentice to Jacob Pringle of that county.

1826-1832: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Peter Dunmeyer is identified as a gunsmith on the tax rolls of Conemaugh Township in Cambria County for the years 1826, 1828, and 1832.

1832-1834: Page 10 of the 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" by Whisker and Yantz indicates that Peter Dunmyer was on the tax rolls of Union Township from 1832 to 1834.

1834-1835: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, Peter "Donmire" is found on the 1834 and 1835 Union Township, Bedford County tax lists.

1835: Page 223 of the book "A History of the old Greenfield Township Historical Society" indicates that George King and Peter Donmire were identified as gunsmiths on the 1835 Septennial (every seven years) enumeration of the then recently formed Union Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1839: According to the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania Peter Dunmeyer first appears on the Somerset Township, Somerset County tax list (as a gunsmith) in 1839.

1839-1859: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" locates Peter Dunmeyer in Somerset Township of Somerset County from 1839 to 1859.

1844-1859: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Peter Dunmeyer is identified as a gunsmith on the tax rolls of Somerset Township, Somerset County in the years 1844, 1849, 1852, 1853, 1856, and 1859.

1850: In the 1850 federal census of Somerset Township, Peter Dunmire is enumerated as a 55-year-old Pennsylvania-born gunsmith. Also living in his household are 53-year-old Barbara Dunmire, 26-year-old Elisabeth Dunmire, 22-year-old gunsmith Jonathan Dunmire, and 18-year-old laborer David Dunmire, all Pennsylvania born.

1861: The following image is from the 1861 Walker map. The circled residences may be those of Peter Dormayer and David Dunmyer. More research is needed.

1870: In the 1870 federal census of Somerset Township, Jonathan Dunmier is enumerated as a 43-year-old Pennsylvania-born gunsmith with real estate valued at $2,000.00 and personal property valued at $970.00. Living with him are 43-year-old Barbara Dunmier keeping house, 18-year-old Sarah Dunmier, 14-year-old Adaline Dunmier, 12-year-old Delila Dunmier, 10-year-old Barbara Dunmier, 7-year-old Theresa Dunmier, 3-year-old Minerva Dunmier, and 77-year-old gunsmith Peter Dunmier with real estate valued at $300.00, all Pennsylvania-born.

1873: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" reports that Peter Dunmyer's death occurred in 1873, and the value of his estate was $155.00. From the blurry copy of 1875 document that is included below, I think he died in July.

1874: This February 21, 1874 Orphan's court document lists Jonathan and David Dormayer as lineal descendants of Peter Dormayer:

1874: The following legal notice concerning the estate of Peter Dormayer is from the March 25, 1874 issue of the "Somerset Herald".

1875: Here is a November 24, 1875 document regarding the estate of Peter Dormayer that identifies Jonathan Dormayer as the eldest son, and names the other children as David, Henry Claycomb's wife Rebecca, Jacob Enos' wife Catherine, John Holderbaum's wife Elizabeth, Fully Blackburn's wife Mary, John Claycomb's wife Lavina, and John Imhoff's wife Hannah. This appears to be the writ of petition that is referenced in the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" and described therein as being a November 24, 1873 document.

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