William M. Snyder, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

1852: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that the gunsmith William W Snyder was born in 1852. This birth date appears to be based on the August 22, 1905 obituary that is referenced below.

1877: The following image from the Everett portion of the 1877 book "County Atlas of Bedford Pennsylvania" identifies the property of W. M. Snyder:

1905: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, & Somerset Counties" by Whisker and Yantz indicates that the obituary of Monroe Township resident William M. Snyder that was published in the August 22, 1905 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper identifies Snyder as a gunsmith.

1905: I have not yet found the referenced August 22, 1905 obituary, and suspect the date is wrong. Here is an obituary that was published in the September 1, 1905 issue of the "Everett Press" newspaper about a William M. Snyder who died on August 26, 1905. Clearville is in Monroe Township.

1905: I also found the following transcript of the following news item from the Friday, September 1, 1905 issue of the "Bedford Gazette", "William Snyder of Riverside was found dead Saturday afternoon. It seems that around 3 o'clock he started out to the woods for some wood and not having returned at supper time a search was instituted and he was found dead. A coroner's jury was empaneled and rendered a verdict of death from heart failure. Deceased was a son of Philip Snyder. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. David Miller Tuesday morning and interment was made in the Everett Cemetery. Mr. Snyder was Postmaster at Earlston for a number of years. Earlston is just across the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River from Everett.

1905: The William M. Snyder who died August 26, 1905 is buried in the Everett Cemetery (40.0107994, -78.3593979).

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