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.

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", 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 of 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: The following notice is from the July 13, 1855 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper, and indicates that a letter is waiting for Daniel B. Troutman at the Bedford Post Office.

1855: The following item from the November 16, 1855 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper announces the case of Charles Hoyman versus Daniel B. Troutman.

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.

1856: The following auction notice in the September 19, 1856 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper was placed by Daniel B. Troutman:

1856: The following item from the October 24, 1856 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer and Chronicle" newspaper indicates that Daniel B. Troutman owned property in Palo Alto:

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. The same lawsuit had been scheduled for September in the August 15, 1856 issue of the newspaper, and had been scheduled for November in the October 15, 1856 issue of the newspaper.

1857: The following article mentioning Daniel B. Troutman is from the September 25, 1857 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper.

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. The notice also ran in the November 13, 1857 issue.

1858: The following item is from the September 17, 1858 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer" newspaper, and documents Daniel B. Troutman performing a marriage ceremony:

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 mentioning Daniel B. Troutman is from the February 18, 1859 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper.

1859: The following item from the October 7, 1859 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper documents Daniel B. Troutman giving a speech at a Democrat party meeting in Palo Alto.

1859: The following item is from the October 14, 1859 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper, and shows that Daniel B. Troutman attended a Democratic party meeting in Palo Alto.

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 item is from the September 21, 1860 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper.

1860: The following newspaper endorsement is 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

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 as a Democrat.

Daniel Benjamin Troutman running for legislature

1860: The following newspaper endorsement and advertisement are from the October 5, 1860 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper.

1860: The following item is from the October 26, 1860 issue of the "Bedford Inquirer" newspaper, and shows that Daniel B. Troutman lost the election for the state legislature.

1861: The following item is from the February 8, 1861 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper and shows that Daniel B. Troutman was paid for holding an inquest regarding an unknown dead man.. The item is repeated in the March 8, 1861 issue.

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.

1862: The following article mentioning Daniel B. Troutman is from the August 1, 1862 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper. It indicates he attended a Civil War meeting that was held "for the purpose of adopting measures to facilitate and hasten the raising of volunteers".

1862: The following Commissioner's Notice is from the August 8, 1862 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper. It also ran in the August 29, 1862 issue.

1862: The following item is from the August 29, 1862 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper, and shows that Daniel B. Troutman was appointed as the Deputy Marshal for Londonderry Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1862: The following notice from the September 5, 1862 issue of the "Bedford Gazette" newspaper was placed by Daniel B. Troutman, Secretary of the Board of School Directors of Londonderry Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The notice also ran in the September 19, 1862 issue.

1863: According to Steve Troutman's 1988 book "The Trautman/Troutman Family History", Daniel Troutman's daughter Lucy Ann Troutman was born in July of 1863 in Londonderry Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

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.

1887: According to Steve Troutman's 1988 book "The Trautman/Troutman Family History", Daniel B. Troutman's daughter Lucy married George C. Schempp in 1887.

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, 1825 -- Apr. 4, 1912". According to Steve Troutman's 1988 book "The Trautman/Troutman Family History", Catherine died in Princeton, Kansas.

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