Jacob Fisher, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

I am reluctant to draw conclusions regarding Jacob Fisher because the Fisher family has been in the county since the 1770s, and there may be more than one Jacob Fisher in the county in the mid-1850s.

1841-1856: According to the 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties", Jacob Fisher was in St. Clair Township in the 1841 to 1856 timeframe

1846-1858: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Jacob Fisher is included in the 1846-1858 tax rolls of Hopewell Township, Bedford County.

1850: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Jacob Fisher is included in the 1850 federal census of Hopewell Township, Bedford County.

1850: I looked through the manuscript records for the 1850 federal agricultural census of St. Clair Township and Hopewell Township twice, and did not find Jacob Fisher on the lists. That seems to indicate he was (at least then) not a farmer.

1856-1858: According to the 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties", Jacob Fisher was in Hopewell Township in the 1856 to 1858 timeframe.

1861: The following excerpt from the St. Clair Township portion of the 1861 Walker map of Bedford County shows a Jacob Fisher living at the site of what is now known as Fishertown. I did not find a Jacob Fisher on the Hopewell Township portion of the map, but I did see an individual with a similar name; the gunsmith Jacob Fishel. Given the similarity between the two names, especially when written in cursive, I wonder if there was some confusion when trying to interpret manuscript tax lists.

1861: The following business directory list is also from the 1861 Walker map of Bedford County. I don't know if it pertains to the gunsmith Jacob Fisher. Schellsburg is in Napier township, south of St. Clair Township.

1862: The following item is from the March 6, 1963 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper. This may be related to a lawsuit against Jacob Fisher that occurred in September of 1862.

1868: The 2001 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, & Somerset Counties" infers that Jacob Fisher was deceased by 1868, because a "Widow Fisher" appears on the tax roll.

I don't know if it is the right Jacob Fisher, but the next two items are what the East St. Clair Township portion of the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania has to say about the Jacob Fisher that Fishertown of East St. Clair Township is named for:

The following information on Fishertown is from the East St. Clair Township portion of 1906 book "History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania".

The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" provides information on Jacob Fisher, with dates going back to 1810. In their 1991 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties" the authors of the 1983 booklet divided the information from the booklet into descriptions of two different individuals named Jacob Fisher, the earlier individual having lived in what is now Fulton County, and having been more of a blacksmith than a gunsmith..

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