Monday, February 25, 2013

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY GUNSMITH LIST

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                                                     William Hollenback Jr 
                                                      Fort Ashby WV 1840    

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                                       HAMPSHIRE COUNTY GUNSMITHS 1750-1900

1.JOHN G. BRANDT ,  ELK GARDEN
2.WILLIAM BRITTON,  FORT ASHBY
3.W T BROWN
4.JOHN CAMPBELL
5.ROLAND SAVAGE DAYTON,  HEADSVILLE
6.CONRAD GLAZE, SPRINGFIELD
7.GEORGE GLAZE, SPRINGFIELD
8.GEORGE W. GLAZE
9.J J GOOD
10.JOHN HIGGINS
11.JOESPH HIATT
12.JOHN C. HAWKEN
13.WILLIAM HAYDEN
14.WILLIAM HOLLENBACK JR, FORT ASHBY
15.WILLIAM HOLLENBACK, FORT ASHBY
16.HENRY KLINE,HOOKS MILL, CAPON BRIDGE
17.JACOB KLINE, HOOKS MILL, CAPON BRIDGE
18.JACOB KLINE JR, NEAR YELLOW SPRING
19.JACOB LUDWICK
20.JOHN MOORE
21.JAMES E. NELSON,NEAR CAPON BRIDGE
22.NATHANIEL OATES, CAPON BRIDGE
23.NATHANIEL OFFUTT,CAPON BRIDGE
24.MICHAEL RANNELS
25.JACOB REED
26.ANTHONY D. REGER
27.JAMES RINEHART,COLD STREAM ROAD
28.JOHN W RINEHART,COLD STREAM ROAD,CAPON BRIDGE
29.BENJAMIN F SHANE, COLD STREAM ROAD
30.FREDERICK SHEETZ, FORT ASHBY & HEADSVILLE
31.HENRY SHEETZ,  FORT ASHBY
32.HENRY SHEETZ JR,  FORT ASHBY
33.JACOB SHEETZ, THREE CHURCHES JERSEY MOUNTAIN
34.JACOB DICE SHEETZ, THREE CHURCHES JERSEY MOUNTAIN
35.OTHO SHEETZ
36.THOMAS SHEETZ
37.ZEBULON SHEETZ, COLD STREAM ROAD, CAPON BRIDGE
38.CHRISTOPHER SLONAKER, COLD STREAM ROAD, CAPON BRIDGE
39.PETER M THRUSH, BURLINGTON
40.HENRY TOPPER, COLD STREAM ROAD
41.EVAN P. WARD, CAPON BRIDGE
42.SIMEON WARD, CAPON BRIDGE
43.GEORGE YOUNG,  ROMNEY
Added 2/26/2013
44.RUDOLPH RINEHART, BEAR WALLOW HOLLOW
Recently added,
45.JAMES MERRICK, NAME ON BARREL OF  A DEFINITE HAMPSHIRE COUNTY RIFLE.
46. R P
47. H P HARRISON
 
NOTE: THIS LIST CONSIST OF KNOWN HAMPSHIRE COUNTY GUNSMITHS. THEY ARE NO DOUBT A FEW UNKNOWN OR UNDISCOVERED. NOT ALL GUNSMITHS WERE LISTED AS SUCH IN RECORDS.SOME WORKED AT GUNMAKING A SHORT TIME AND THERE ARE NO RECORDS ON THEM. NOT ALL GUNSMITH SIGNED THEIR WORK.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Hampshire County Long Rifles

Welcome to Hampshire County Long Rifles.  As you follow this blog we will learn about the Gunsmiths  that operated in Hampshire County West Virginia from 1750-1900 and the rifles they made.  While "Hampshire County Long Rifles " is our title, we will cover all  early gunsmiths who operated in West Virginia . Please check back often as we add to this New Blog.
Hampshire County was home to at least forty known Gunsmiths. Those gunsmiths made complete rifles and kept these " Kentucky Rifles"  , "Home Rifles" or  "Long Rifles" in  good shooting condition. They practiced their craft here in these hills from the last quarter of the eighteenth century through the very end of the nineteenth century.
The abundance of rifle makers was in good part due to the North Western Pike. When our ancestors packed up and headed West many of them came through Hampshire County. They needed  new rifles, and old guns repaired. Of course those who stayed here also had much need of a good rifle. Please keep in mind that Hampshire County was much larger than it is today and some of these gun makers may have operated in current Mineral County. These gunsmiths are still considered Hampshire County Gunsmiths by collectors and students of our county's history. I will post a list of the known gunsmiths that operated here in the next blog.  Please feel free to comment, and or ask questions.  Thank you for participating.

February 24 2013

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