William Baunell, Somerset County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", William Baunell appears on the 1853 Allegheny Township Tax list in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" indicates that William Baunell was identified as a gunsmith in the 1853 tax list of Allegheny Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" refers to this individual as William Braunell.

There are individuals with the surname Bonnell who are buried in Somerset County, and I wonder if he is part of that family.

As a possible lead, there was a William Bonnell who died in Londonderry Township, Bedford County in the 1860s, with Jacob Troutman serving as the Administrator:

In the 1868 estate papers of Jacob Troutman, one of his heirs is a daughter Lydia who is married to William Bonnell. Lydia Troutman Bonnell is buried at Comps Church and her tombstone indicates she was born in 1818 and died in 1895. A son of Lydia's named William Bonnell who was born in 1847 and died in 1915 is also buried at Comps.

The following item from the March 7, 1862 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper is also included as a possible lead.

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