Daniel Benjamin Troutman biographical information

This web page contains information about the life of the gunsmith Daniel Benjamin Troutman, son of the gunsmith Benjamin Franklin Troutman of Southampton Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

1822: According to his tombstone, Daniel Benjamin Troutman was born on October 26, 1822. The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" identifies Daniel's parents as Benjamin Franklin Troutman and Catherine (Wolgerman) Troutman. The 1895 book "A Portrait and Biographical Record of Boone Clinton and Hendricks Counties, Ind. ..." gives the name of Benjamin Franklin Troutman's wife as Sarah Wolgamot. Benjamin Franklin Troutman's will identifies the name of his wife as Catherine.

1844-1847: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Daniel B. Troutman was in Southampton Township of Somerset County from 1844 to 1847.

1845: According to the 1989 book "Robertson & May families: with allied families" and the 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania", Daniel Benjamin Troutman married Catherine Emerick on Dec. 25, 1845. The books name her parents as Jonathan Emerick and Rachel (Sturtz) Emerick. I'm generally aware that there were Emerick families who lived in the same general area as Daniel Troutman's father Benjamin. Rachel Sturtz is a granddaughter of my ancestor Christian Sturtz who is buried at Comp's Church.

Circa 1847: According to the 1991 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties" Daniel Benjamin Troutman purchased property in Londonderry Township, Bedford County circa 1847.

1850: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Daniel B. Troutman was recorded as a gunsmith with half an acre in 1850, and a value of $45.00.

1850: The following excerpt from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" shows that Daniel Benjamin Troutman was a Justice of the Peace in Londonderry Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania in 1850.

1851: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Daniel B. Troutman was bonded to be an executor in the estate of Jacob Albright on November 18, 1851.

1852: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Daniel B. Troutman was bonded as an executor of Frederick Steckman's estate on July 16, 1852.

1855: The following excerpt from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" shows that Daniel Benjamin Troutman was a Justice of the Peace in Londonderry Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania in 1855.

1855-1864: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" puts Daniel B. Troutman in Londonderry Township of Bedford County from 1855 to 1864. This duration is not harmonious with the information presented below, which puts Daniel B. Troutman in Wellersburg, Southampton Township, Somerset County in 1862.

1856: Daniel Benjamin Troutman's father Benjamin Troutman died on March 18, 1856 at age 75.

Circa 1856: William S. Bowers' book "Gunsmiths of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia" indicates that Daniel B. Troutman purchased a set of gunsmithing tools and a piece of brass sheet material at the estate sale of his father Benjamin Troutman.

1857: The following notice from the January 23, 1857 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper seems to be a case of one Bedford County gunsmith suing the other:

1857: The following notice is from the November 20, 1857 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer". It shows Daniel B. Troutman serving as the Administrator of the Jacob Albright estate.

1858: The 1953 edition of Gluckman's "American Gun Makers" puts D. B. Troutman in Londonderry Township of Bedford County in 1858, and describes him as making plain percussion rifles exhibiting good workmanship that have full stocks and oval or long patch boxes. The book mentions that one of the rifles has a lock made by the Pittsburgh firm of Whitmore & Wolff.

1858: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Daniel B. Troutman is identified as a gunsmith in the 1858 tax roll of Londonderry Township, Bedford County.

1858: In an article titled "Co. Had 30 Gunmakers-Gunsmiths" in the November 1971 issue of the "Laurel Messenger", Vaughn E. Whisker wrote that Daniel B. Troutman appears in the Londonderry Township, Bedford County tax list in 1858.

1858: The 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" indicates that Daniel B. Troutman is recorded as a gunsmith in 1858 with a value of $100.00.

1859: The following article about a tragic accident in Daniel's family is from the November 4, 1859 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer", and shows where the family was living in 1859.

Troutman household accident

1860: The following notice is from the September 28, 1860 issue of the Bedford Gazette. It shows Daniel B. Troutman running for the state legislature as a Democrat.

Daniel Benjamin Troutman running for legislature

1860: The following advertisement is also from the September 28, 1860 issue of the Bedford Gazette. It shows Daniel B. Troutman running for the state legislature.

Daniel Benjamin Troutman running for legislature

1862: The following excerpt from the 1884 book "History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" shows that Daniel Benjamin Troutman was a Justice of the Peace in Wellersburg, Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1862.

1864-1867: According to the 1991 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties" Daniel Benjamin Troutman lived in Wellersburg, Somerset County, PA from 1864 to 1867.

1867: According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", Daniel B. Troutman is identified as a gunsmith in the 1867 tax roll of Wellersburg, Somerset County, used both imported and hand-made gun locks, and built guns whose quality was average.

1867: In an article titled "Co. Had 30 Gunmakers-Gunsmiths" in the November 1971 issue of the "Laurel Messenger", Vaughn E. Whisker wrote that Daniel B. Troutman appears in the Wellersburg, Somerset County tax list in 1867.

1869: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania" indicates that Daniel Benjamin Troutman's son Noah was born in 1869, died in 1926, didn't have any children, and practiced gunsmithing in Ottawa, Kansas. Daniel Benjamin Troutman would have been about 47 years old when Noah was born in 1869.

1870: According to his Find a Grave memorial (57463130) Perry D. Troutman was a son of Daniel Benjamin Troutman. Perry's tombstone indicates he was born in 1870 and died in 1954. He is buried in the Highland Cemetery in Ottawa, Franklin County, Kansas.

1888: The following notice in the March 5, 1888 issue of the "Ottawa Daily Republic" newspaper mentions "D. B. Troutman":

1891: Daniel Benjamin Troutman is buried in the Highland Cemetery in Ottawa, Franklin County, Kansas. His tombstone states: "Daniel Benjamin Troutman Oct. 26, 1822 -- Dec. 22, 1891". The cemetery is located at Latitude 38.592034, Longitude -95.251846.

1912: Catherine (Emerick) Troutman, wife of Daniel Benjamin Troutman, is also buried in the Highland Cemetery in Ottawa, Franklin County, Kansas. . Her tombstone states, "Catherine Emerick Troutman Aug. 25, -- Apr. 4, 1912".

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