Jacob Fisher, Bedford County, Pennsylvania gunsmith

Introduction: The Whiskers' 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" provides information on a gunsmith named Jacob Fisher, with dates going back to 1810. In their 1991 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties" and their 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" the Whiskers 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.

I am reluctant to draw conclusions regarding Jacob Fisher because the Fisher family has been in the county since the 1770s. I don't have access to mid-1800s census records, and as a result, I don't know if there was more than than one Jacob Fisher in Bedford County in the mid-1850s. In other words, I do not know if the information I found and posted below pertains to the correct Jacob Fisher.

1810-1851: The Whiskers' 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" puts the earlier Jacob Fisher in Bethel Township in 1810, in Belfast Township from 1826 to 1836, and back in Bethel Township from 1840 until his death in 1851. This individual falls outside the scope of this gunsmith biography project because he did not live within the present bounds of Bedford County.

1810: The only Jacob Fisher household I could find in a transcript of the 1810 census of Bedford County was in Bethel Township, which is now part of Fulton County. That household had one male and one female over age 45, one male and one female in the 26 to 45 age group, two males and two females in the 10 to 16 age group, and four females in the up to age 10 group.

1820: I found four Jacob Fisher households in a transcript of the 1820 census of Bedford County. Two Jacob Fisher households were in Napier Township, one was in Woodberry Township, and one was in Bethel Township.

1840: The only Jacob Fisher household I could find in a transcript of the 1840 census of Bedford County was in Bethel Township. That Jacob Fisher household had one female in the 70 to 80 age group, one female in the 30 to 40 age group, one male in the 20 to 30 age group, one male and one female in the 10 to 15 age group, one male and one female in the 5 to 10 age group, and one male in the up to 5 age group.

1841-1858: The Whiskers' 2017 book describes the later Jacob Fisher as a blacksmith than a gunsmith and also says he was a farmer. The book puts this Jacob Fisher in St. Clair Township from 1841 to 1856, and in Hopewell Township from 1856 to 1858. This agrees with Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", which indicates that Jacob Fisher is included in the 1846-1858 tax rolls and 1850 federal census of Hopewell Township. I looked through the manuscript records for the agricultural schedule of the 1850 federal censuses of Hopewell Township and St. Clair Township twice, and did not find Jacob Fisher.

1850 & 1860: I haven't been able to study the 1850 and 1860 censuses of Bedford County to see how many residents were named Jacob Fisher, and which township(s) they resided in.

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.

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. Considering this list and the St. Clair Township image posted above, the 1861 Walker map indicates there were at least two men named Jacob Fisher in Bedford County; one in Napier Township and one in St. Clair Township.

1863: The following item is from the March 6, 1963 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper, and references a blacksmith named Jacob Fisher. This may be related to a lawsuit against Jacob Fisher that occurred in September of 1862.

1868: The 2001 Whisker & Yantz book 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".

1876: I did not find a Jacob Fisher living at or near Fishertown in the 1877 atlas of Bedford County. The Jacob Fisher residence that was identified on the 1860 Walker map is identified as the residence of the blacksmith "A. Blackburn" in the 1877 atlas:

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