Andreas Albrecht Albright

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Warwick Township, Lititz, Pa., 1772-1800

Henry Albright

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Born August 5, 1772 in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Died January 27, 1845. Son of grand master Andreas Albrecht. Documented as a maker in Lititz/Warwick Twp. as early as 1792. It appears that Henry was a peripatetic gunmaker, moving west to Cumberland County and then to Ohio, later to return to the Moravian communities of Lititz (Lancaster Co.) and Nazareth (Lehigh Co.)

Henry (Son of Andreas) Albright

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Warwick Township, Lititz, Pa., 1814-1820

M. Aldenderfer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

County records cite a Metschl Aldenderfer, gunsmith, working in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., PA. Not much is known about the man; some scholars have dated him as working as early as the 1760’s. Researcher Sam Dyke was able to find only one tax record for him…1800.

M. Aldenderfer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Cocalico Township, 1800-Only

John Axer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Lancaster Boro., 1843-1844

Jaffa Bair

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Leacock Township, 1802

Caleb Baker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Deed Book B. “Mayhill” Lampeter Twp.,1741

John Baker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Noted gunsmith researcher Sam Dyke located the name of John Baker, gunsmith, in county records spanning the period 1728-1750. Baker worked within the town of Lancaster. This establishes that Baker was in the first wave of early builders to begin the gunbuilding industry within the town.

Joshua Baker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Joshua Baker (d.1753), son of John Baker, worked in Lancaster Boro as a gunsmith, most likely in his father’s shop. Baker’s will is recorded in the court house records and he is referred to as a gunsmith in this document. Earlier courthouse records list him as a ‘gunbarrelsmith.”

Joshua Baker (Son of John)

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Lancaster Boro., 1754

Robert Baker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Researcher Sam Dyke traced the evolution of the Baker family of gunsmiths within the county. While no guns made by these men are known to exist, these men are important for they are, very likely, the first gunsmiths to settle within the Lancaster region. In 1717, Robert Baker (d. 1728) and his brother Samuel purchased land near the confluence of the Pequea Creek and Susquehanna River. Soon thereafter, Robert bought out his brother’s share. In 1719, Robert and his son Caleb petitioned Jacob Taylor, the Penns’ Provincial Secretary, to build a shop and mill for “boaring” gun barrels. Permission was granted and work began soon thereafter. Caleb took over the shop when his father died and ran it until 1741.

Samuel Barber

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Samuel Barber was taxed as a gunsmith in Caernovon Twp., Lancaster Co., PA, from 1807-1813.

George Bard

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Lampeter Township, 1777

Jacob Barr

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Manheim Township, 1829

Jacob Bear

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Manheim Township, 1825-1850

John Bear

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Manheim Township, 1808-1841

Joseph Bear

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Manheim Township, 1825-1834

Peter Bear

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Warwick Township, 1840-1850

Peter Bear

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Peter Bear appears on county records as a gunsmith in Warwick Twp., Lancaster Co., from 1840-1850.

Samuel Bear

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Manheim Township, 1809-1850

George Becker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1785

Christopher Beidenhardt

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1770-1773

Christiam Bender

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1814

John Bender

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

John Bender (b. 1782) appears on county records from 1809-1816 as a gunsmith working in the city of Lancaster, PA. In 1809 he was one of a group of gunsmiths, including Jacob Dickert and John Gonter, who sent a letter to the government requesting payment for an overdue account related to guns that the men had built for the army.

John Bender

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1813-1816

Philip Bender

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Philip Bender appears in county records as a gunsmith working in the town of Manheim, Lancaster Co., PA, from 1786 through 1793.

Philip Bender

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Manheim, 1786-1793

Peter Berry

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Anneville – Now Dauphin, 1772-1790

Davit Beyer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lebanon Township, 1800

Nicholas Beyer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lebanon Township, 1807-1810

Michael Bez

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Michael Bez was an early gunsmith in Lancaster City and appears on county records in the years 1758-1759.

Andrew Bishly

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lebanon Township, 1771

Peter Bollinger

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1776

Henry Boyer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lebanon Township, 1807

John Brandt

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1834-1837

Christopher Breihen

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1759-1770

Christopher Breitenherd

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

C. Breitenherd was an early Lancaster maker, documented as such from the late 1750’s through 1773. He emigrated from Wertheim (Germany)in 1753 where he learned the trade of gunsmithing. He built guns for the Committee of Safety and concurrently ran a tavern in Lancaster City. See Heckert and Vaughn, The Pennsylvania-Kentucky Rifle, 1992.

Frederick Brenberger

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Martic Township, 1814-1816

Jacob Brenneman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Earl Township, 1828

Adam Bricker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1863

Jacob Brock

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

Peter Brong

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Peter Brong was a Lancaster County gunsmith who worked during the late 18th and early 19th century. He died in 1817.

Peter Brong

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1788-1816

John Brooks

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1800-1816

John Brooks

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Associated with gunsmith Abraham Henry about 1800. Listed in Harrisburg and Lancaster.

David D. Brown

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1838-1863

John Brubaker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Earl Township, 1802-1803

James Bryan

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

James Bryan was taxed as a gunsmith in Lampeter Twp., Lancaster County, PA, circa 1800.

James Bryan

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lampeter Township, 1801

Thomas Butler

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1749

Robert Buyers

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Salisbury Township, 1801

James Chambers

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

James Chambers (1738-1762)appears in county records as early as 1750-1751. He moved north to the banks of the Susquehanna River near present-day Harrisburg (Dauphin Co.)and set up a gunshop on the site of Fort Hunter. During the French and Indian War and Pontiac’s Rebellion, this site was used as a fort, refuge and depot, especially for goods and materiel being transported from Lancaster to Fort Augusta (present-day Shamokin). Chambers was killed by Indians in 1762.

John Christ

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Cocalico Township, 1805

Benjamin Coburn

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Little Britain Township, 1816

Samuel Coldren

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Samuel Coldren is listed as a gunsmith in county records from 1838-1850 working in Brecknock Twp., Lancaster Co., PA.

Jacob Cook

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Brecknock Township, 1838-1850

George Cooper

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith-Forger, Cocalico Township, 1834-1835

Paul Corner

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunlock Maker, Lancaster Boro., 1759

Corolus

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Donegal Township, 1801

Daniel Cryscher

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Cocalico Township, 1830

Peter DeHaven

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Peter DeHaven appears on county records, listed as a gunsmith working within the boro of Lancaster as early as 1768. DeHaven was also instrumental as a gunpowder maker during the American Revolution, managing a clandestine powder mill near present-day Hummelstown on the Swatara Creek.

Henry DeHuff

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1771-1807

John DeHuff

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancster Boro, appears in county records, 1803-1819.

Peter Dellot

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

Christopher DeMuth

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Christopher DeMuth is listed as a gunsmith in county records from 1790-1804, working in Lancaster, PA.

Johannes DeMuth

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1790

Joseph DeMuth

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Joseph DeMuth was taxed as a gunsmith in Lancaster Boro, 1800-1813.

Reuben DeTreison

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

Jacob Dickert

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Born in Germany in 1740. Came to Pennsylvania in 1748 and settled in Lancaster County in 1756. Made rifles during the Revolutionary War and contracted rifles for the State of Pennsylvania. Jacob Dickert died in 1822. According to author and rifle scholar Henry J. Kauffman, Dickert must be considered one of the most influential Lancaster gunsmiths, based not only upon his personal production but also due to his influence upon apprentices and peers in the Lancaster school.

Jacob Dickert

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1770-1821

Anthony Dornbach

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Cocalico Township, 1803

Andrew Dreppert

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Andred Dreppert (Dreppard) was taxed as a gunsmith in Lancaster Boro from 1843-1850.

George Dreppert

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1849

John Dreppert

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

John Dreppert (Dreppard) worked as a gunsmith and gun lock maker in Lancaster and appears on tax records from 1837-1864. Many guns built by other men carry the name Dreppert on the lock.

William Dreppert

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1843

Christian Dulibar

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Lancaster Boro., 1847-1850

Jacob Eberle

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Warwick Township, 1810

Henry Eberman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Henry Eberman appears in county records from the year 1810 through 1850. He worked as a gunsmith within Lancaster Boro.

John Eberman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1759

Abram Eby

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Abram Eby, gunsmith, Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., 1781. (Dyke)

Christian Eby

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Christian Eby is documented in the archives of Sam Dyke as a gunsmith working in Warwick Twp., Lancaster Co., as early as 1768.

John Eby

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

John Eby, gunsmith, Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., 1801. (Dyke)

Henry G. Eich (h) oltz

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

John W. Eich (h) oltz

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1843-1844

John Eshelman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

John Eshelman was taxed as a gunsmith in Lancaster Boro from 1843-1850.

George Frederick Fainot

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

George F. Fainot was one of Lancaster city’s early gunmakers, appearing on county records from 1779-1803. A first-generation French Huguenot, Fainot’s work is noted for its distinct style while remaining within the general paremeters of the general regional architecture.

George Feather

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Elizabeth Township, 1820-1822

Daniel Feinebecker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Cocalico Township, 1796

Joel Feree

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Leacock Township, 1758-1775

Jacob Ferree

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Listed as a gunsmith in Strasburg Township, Lancaster County in 1783

Jacob Ferree

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Strasburg Township, 1782

Joel Ferree

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Joel Ferree was listed as a gunsmith in Leacock Twp., from 1758-1775. A French Huguenot family, the Ferrees were early settlers in Lancaster Co.

George Fetter (Feder)

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

George Fetter is perhaps the best known of a family of related gunsmiths from Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster Co., PA. He was taxed as a gunsmith from 1831-1848. His sons George Jr., and Henry carried on the family business.

George Fetter, Jr.

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

George Fetter, Jr., worked as a gunsmith in the family shop in Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster Co., PA, circa 1840-1850.

Henry Fetter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Elizabeth Township, 1847-1848

Peter Fetter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Peter Fetter was listed as a gunsmith in Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster Co., PA, 1837-1850.(Dyke)

Peter Fetter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Elizabeth Township, 1837-1850

George Fondersmith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Strasburg Township, 1803-1826

Jacob Fondersmith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Jacob Fondersmith was taxed in 1811 as a gunsmith, working in Martic Twp., Lancaster Co., PA.

Jacob Fondersmith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Martic Township, 1811

John Fondersmith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Reported to have worked in the village of Strasburg, Pennsylvania, and appears on county records as working within Strasburg Twp., 1779-1803.

John Fondersmith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Strasburg Township, 1779-1803

Louis Fondersmith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Strasburg Township, 1803

Valentine Fondersmith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Strasburg Township, 1779-1824

Valentine Fondersmith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

V. Fondersmith, gunsmith, Strasburg Twp., Lancaster Co., PA. Documented in county records, 1779-1803.

Casper Fordney

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1828-1830

Casper Fordney

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

C. Fordney worked in Lancaster Boro in the mid-19th century. Many of his rifles were percussion ignition guns

Henry Fordney

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmtih, Lancaster Boro., 1833-1838

Jacob Fordney

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1843

Jacob Fordney

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Jacob Fordney worked in Lancaster Boro, circa 1840.

Jacob Fordney, Jr.

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1834-1849

Melchoir Fordney

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1807-1847

Melchoir Fordney

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Worked in Lancaster in the early 19th century. Murdered by a religious fanatic in 1846. Remembered today as a grand master of the late golden age, Fordney’s work often is seen with deep, bold engraving and beautiful woodcarving which is accomplished by a blend of incised and relief methods.

Philip Fordney

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1836

William Foulkes (Foulks)

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

William Foulkes (1737-1812) appears in county records as an early gunsmith working within the city of Lancaster (c. 1759) and later surfaces in Paxton Twp., (now Dauphin Co.) as a gunsmith working near the present-day Fort Hunter, north of Harrisburg on the Susquehanna River. It is likely that he took over the shop of James Chambers at this site. There are no known specimens of Foulkes’ work in existence. See Heckert and Vaughn, The Pennsylvania-Kentucky Rifle, Science Press, 1992

William Foulkes

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1759

Benjamin Fox

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1843

Philip Fox

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1843

Andrew Frailey

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

J. A. Franse

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

William Fries

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

John Frymyer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, East Cocalico Township, 1850

John Getz

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1779-1833

John Getz

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

John Getz was taxed as a gunsmith in the first third of the 19th century, working in Lancaster Boro.

Peter Getz

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1810

Abraham Gibbs

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1849

Abraham Gibbs

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Abraham Gibbs worked as a gunsmith in Lancaster Boro, circa 1850.

Henry Gibbs

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1811-1830

Henry Gibbs, Jr.

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Henry Gibbs, Jr. (1820-1880) worked with his father in the gunmaking business in Lancaster Boro. He is noted for building percussion firearms of varying quality, some fancy and others purely production guns.

Henry Gibbs, Sr.

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Henry Gibbs, Sr. (d.1843) was taxed as a gunsmith in Lancaster Boro from 1812 to the time of his death. He built numerous flintlock and percussion guns.

John Gibbs

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1821

William Gibbs

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

William Gibbs, single freeman gunsmith, Lancaster Boro, tax lists 1834, 1840. (Kauffman)

William Gibbs

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1833-1842

Benjamin Gill

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1843-1850

Benjamin Gill

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Benjamin D. Gill (1790-1860) was taxed as a gunsmith in Lancaster Boro from 1843 through 1850, though it is likely that he was active in the trade prior to 1843. Most of his products were percussion rifles.

J.D. Gill

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1738-1819

James Gill

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

James D. Gill worked with Jacob Dickert who was his father-in-law. He appears in tax records from 1783-1819, listed as a gunsmith. Extant flintlocks can be found signed “Dickert & Gill.”

Daniel Gillman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Daniel Gillman, gunsmith, 1779-1812, Donegal Twp., Lancaster Co., PA. (Dyke)

Nicholas Gillman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Donegal Township, 1801-1808

Daniel Ginerich

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Warwick Township, 1785-1801

Thomas Glenn

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, East Earl Township, 1788

John Gonter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Columbia, Pa., 1800

John Gonter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith in Columbia Pennsylvania in 1810. Possibly a brother of Peter Gonter.

Peter Gonter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Born in 1751. Possibly related through marrage to gunsmith Wolfgang Haga. Died 1818

Peter Gonter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1773-1819

Paul Gorner

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Lock Maker, Lancaster Boro., 1759

John Graeff

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Also listed as John Groff and John Grave. Listed as a gunsmith in the 1770’s, made rifles for the government. Associated with Jacob Dickert and Peter Gunter. Gunsmith during and shortly after the Revolutionary War.

John Grave

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1773

George Greaff

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

George Greaff has been documented to have been a gunsmith in Lancaster Boro, PA, in the 1780’s.

George Greaff

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1785-1786

John Greaff

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1772-1802

William Greaff

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1807-1809

Henry Groff

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, West Earl Township, 1847

John Guest

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1802-1811

John Guest

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

John Guest was taxed as a gunsmith in Lancaster Boro in the first decade of the 19th century. In addition to classic longrifles he manufactured 1808 contract rifles for the government. His name appears on original sales manifests for these guns along with the other important makers of this period from Lancaster and York.

Andrew Gumpf

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

A. Gumpf, gunsmith, Lancaster Boro, worked circa 1829-1849.

Christian Gumpf

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Christian Gumpf appears in county records as a gunsmith from 1800 through 1843. He built 1809 contract rifles and produced well-made flintlocks for the commercial trade.

Christopher Gumpf

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Christopher Gumpf (b. 1761) worked as a gunsmith from 1791 through 1834 in Lancaster Boro. He built fine flintlocks in the classic Lancaster form, and also made contract rifles for the government in 1794.

George Gumpf

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith George Gumpf appears on county tax lists as working in Lancaster Boro, 1825-1849.

Henry Gumpf

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Henry Gumpf, gunsmith, Lancaster Boro, appears in court records, 1814-1843.

Jacob Gumpf

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Jacob Gumpf (d. 1843) is listed as a gunsmith in county records as early as 1814. He worked within the boro or Lancaster.

Mathias Gumpf

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Mathias Gumpf appears in county records from 1789-1793, Lancaster Boro. Worked as gunsmith

Michael Gumpf

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

A member of the third generation of the Gumpf family to build rifles within Lancaster Boro, Michael worked in the 1840’s. (Dyke)

Andrew Gumph

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1829-1849

Christian Gumph

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1800-1834

George Gumph

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1825-1849

Henry Gumph

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1814-1843

Jacob Gumph

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1814-1816

Mathias Gumph

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1789-1793

Michael Gumph

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1843

Stoephel Gumph

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1789-1797

Jacob Haeffer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Jacob Haeffer was one of the important early gunsmiths within the boro of Lancaster, active from the Revolutionary period through 1822. He built excellent flintlock longrifles; some exist today with 4-piece patcboxes with daisy finials, typifying the classic Lancaster form. He was one of the cartel of Lancaster and York makers who supplied contract arms to the government. He was the master of C. Siple.

Jacob Haeffer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1803-1822

John Haeffer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

John Haeffer, brother of Jacob, was taxed as a gunsmith in 1803 in Lancaster, PA.

John (Brother) Haeffer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1803

John Haga

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Also spelled Hage and Hagi. Listed as a gunsmith in the 1800 Cocalico Township tax list.

John Hagi

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Cocalico Township, 1796-1850

Isaac Haines

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Isaac Haines was a grand master of the Lancaster school. He was taxed as a gunsmith in Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., from 1772 to 1792. As with all antiques from this period, genuine specimens are rare. Some of his guns present beautifully engraved 4-piece patchboxes and beautiful woodcarving featuring three Rococo C-scrolls.

Isaac Haines

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lampeter Towinship 1772-1793

Henry Harris

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Paxton Township, 1777-1781

Henry Harris

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Henry Harris appears in county records as a gunsmith from 1777-1781, working in Paxton Twp. This area became part of Dauphin County in 1785.

Simeon Heinhold

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Strasburg Township, 1779

Abraham Henry

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Abraham Henry (1728-1811, son of William Henry, Sr., trained in Nazareth and then built guns in Lancaster. He was an important maker of government contract arms, one of a cartel of makers from Lancaster and York who supplied the military with arms, and a builder of fine flintlock longrifles.

Abram Henry

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1797-1811

John 1st Henry

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Salisbury Township, 1747

John, 2nd Henry

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1770-1772

William, 1st Henry

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1759-1770

William, 2nd Henry

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Warwick Township, 1780 (Later Nazareth)

Christian Hess

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1794

Christian Hess

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Christian Hess, gunsmith, Lancaster Boro, 1794. (Dyke)

John Hildenbeitel

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Cocalico Township, 1835-1850

John Hildenbeitel

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

John Hildenbeitel was listed as a gunsmith from 1835-1850 in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., PA (Dyke)

Jacob Hoak

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith in Strasburg Pennsylvania.

Jacob Hoak

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Strasburg Township, 1800-1831

Mathias Hoak

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Mathias Hoak, Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro, 1802-1814. (Dyke)

Mathias Hoak

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1802-1814

Christian Hoffman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1807-1811

John Holeman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

J. Holeman, gunsmith, Lancaster boro, taxed 1814, 1816. (Kauffman, 1960)

John Holeman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1807-1819

William Holtzworth

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1815-1832

Jacob Hoofman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1750 (Deed Book C)

Jacob Hook

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, East Earl Township, 1788

Charles Howeter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Upper Leacock Township, 1850

George Howeter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

George Howeter, gunsmith, Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., PA, circa 1820-1827. Other family members worked as gun barrel forgers in Upper Leacock at a later date. (Dyke)

George Howeter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lampeter Township, 1820-1827

Henry Howeter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Upper Leacock Township, 1850

Henry Hsueder

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Manheim Township, 1848-1849

Benedict Imhoff

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Heidleberg Township, 1759 (Also Doctor)

Benedict Imhoff

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Benedict Imhoff (c. 1750-1800) was one of the earliest gunmakers of the Dauphin region. While the earliest record of his name places him in Heidelberg Twp., later documents put him in Middletown. All of this region was part of Lancaster Co. prior to the formation of Dauphin County in 1785.

Christian Ish

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1778 (Narr’s Record)

Peter Ish

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1759

Peter Ish

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Peter Ish is listed in county records as being a gunsmith in Lancaster Boro as early as 1759. (Dyke)

William Johnson

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1838

Gabriel Kautz

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1863

Peter Keaffer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1759

John Kehler

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1802-1803

Charles Killets

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Stock Maker, West Earl Township, 1849-1850

Frederick King

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Stock Maker, West Earl Township, 1863

Christian Kleine

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Stock Maker, West Earl Township, 1792-1793

Charles Koch

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Manheim Township, 1850

William Kohr

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Manheim Township, 1837-1838

Jacob Kraft

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1770-1783

Michael Kuntz

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1799-1807

Michael Kuntz

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1799-1807

George Kurtz

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Lockmaker, Lancaster Boro., 1759

Samuel Kurtz

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1837-1843

Simon Lauck

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lebanon Township, 1783-1785

Henry Eichholtz Leamon (Leman)

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1834-1885

Isaac LeFever

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Isaac LeFever was one of the county’s earliest established gunamkers. He appears in county records as early as 1731 working out of Lampeter Township.

Isaac LeFever

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lampeter Township, 1731-1736

Philip LeFever

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Philip LeFever, son of Isaac, carried on the Lampeter gunmaking business established by his father. He has been documented as working in the 1755-1770 time period.

Philip (Son) LeFever

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lampeter Township, 1756-1700

Alpheus Leib

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Manheim Township, 1849-1850

John Leib

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Manheim Township, 1842-1850

Elias Leinbach

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Brecknock Township, 1843-1846

Abraham Lipp

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

Matthew Llewellyn

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

S. Dyke lists Matthew Llewellyn as being taxed as a gunsmith from 1792-1802, working within the boro of Lancaster, PA.

Matthew Llewellyn

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1792-1802

George Lutz

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Cocalico Township, 1842

John Lyne

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Conestoga Township, 1751-1806

John Lyne

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

John Lyne was one of Lancaster County’s early gunsmiths, working in the from the latter part of the 18th century up to 1805. His shop was in Conestoga Township.

David Martin

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Brecknock Township, 1847

Michael Martin

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Michael Martin paid taxes as a gunsmith from 1820 to 1839 in Brecknock Twp., Lancaster Co., PA. It is likely that he worked beyond 1839, perhaps as late as 1850. Martin built guns in the early manner, substantial yet well proportioned and graceful, often with 4-piece brass patchboxes.

Michael Martin

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Brecknock Township, 1811-1850

Samuel Martin

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Brecknock Township, 1847-1850

Henry Mason

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith-Lockmaker, Lancaster Boro., 1759

Christian Mathasie

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1838-1849

John Maurer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1802-1803

James Mays

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Rapho Township, 1759-1790

William McClure

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, W. Hempfield Township, 1822

William McCune

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Colerain Township, 1826-1846

William McCune

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

William McCune is identified as a gunsmith in county records working out of Colerain Twp., Lancaster Co., PA, circa 1826-1846.

Hugh Melloy

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1809

George Messersmith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

George Messersmith was an active gunsmith working out of Lancaster Boro in the 1802-1814 era.

George Messersmith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1814

Henry Messersmith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Henry Messesmith was the patriarch of a multi-generation gunmaking family in Lancaster. He appears in county records as early as 1747, placing him in the category of being one of the earliest makers.

Jacob Messersmith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1779-1810

Jacob Messersmith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Jacob Messersmith was an early maker of flintlock longrifles in Lancaster Boro. He appears on tax records for the years 1779-1810.

Joel Messner

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Smith, Elizabeth Township, 1837-1843

Jacob Metzger

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1754-1777

Philip Metzger

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Lock Maker, Lancaster Boro., 1814-1816

George Meyer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Lock Maker, Lancaster Boro., 1814

John Michael

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Manheim Township, 1812

Benjamin Miller

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1841

George Miller

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1811

Henry Miller

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1842-1850

Jacob Miller

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Conestoga Township, 1773

John Miller

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Sam Dyke located no fewer than three John Millers, all of whom were gunsmiths within Lancaster Boro in the 18th and/or 19th centuries. It appears that a John and John Jr., worked as a team from 1771. Records do not exist for John beyond 1789, though John Jr. continues to appear on tax records until 1803. In 1863 another John Miller appears in county records listed as a gunsmith working within the Boro.

John Miller

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1771-1789

John Miller

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1863

John Miller, Jr.

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1771-1803

Edward Milley

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1863

George Moyer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Lock Maker, Lancaster Boro., 1814-1840

William Mulgrew

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1841-1847

Henry Mull

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1751 (Deed Book C)

John Murphy

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Donegal Township, 1817

Peter Musketnuss

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1863

Daniel Myers

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Manor Township, 1847-1850

Martin Mylin (Meylin)

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Lampeter Township, (Only proof is inventory, 1751

Jacob Nauman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1809-1832

Neubecker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1826

Abraham Newcomer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1761

Abraham Newcomer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Abram Newcomer surfaces in documentation as early as 1761 as a gunsmith working out of Lancaster Boro.

Christian Newcomer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Hempfield Township, 1802

John Newcomer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

A father and son, both named John Newcomer, both worked in Lancaster County. The father was reportedly making guns as early as 1767. The elder John Newcomer died in the 1780’s.

John Newcomer, Jr.

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Hempfield Township, 1780-1783

John Newcomer, Sr.

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Hempfield Township, 1779-1780

Christian Oberholtzer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Hempfield Township 1789

Christian Oberholtzer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Christian Oberholtzer, gunsmith, Hempfield Twp., Lancaster Co., PA, 1798. Christian Jr., same location, 1802. (Dyke)

Christian, Oberholtzer, Jr.

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Hempfield Township 1802

John Michael Orman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Lock Maker, Lancaster Boro., 1759

Daniel Pannebecker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Daniel Pannebecker was a gunsmith working in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., in the 1828-1831 era.

Daniel Pannebecker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Cocalico Township 1828-1831

Jess Pannebecker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Jess Pannebecker worked as a gunsmith in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., and appears in county records from 1826-1834.

Jess Pannebecker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Cocalico Township, 1833-1838

John Pannebecker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Brecknock Township, 1826-1834

Samuel Pannebecker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Samuel Pannebecker was taxed as a gunsmith in Brecknock Twp., Lancaster Co., PA, from 1828-1844.

Samuel Pannebecker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Brecknock Township 1828-1844

William Pannebecker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Cocalico Township, 1850

Berry Peter, Jr.

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Anneville – Now Dauphin, 1800-1807

Henry Pickle

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Manheim Township, 1811

M. Poorman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Heidleburg Township, 1772

George Radfang

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Conestoga Township, 1770-1780

Jacob Radfang

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Donegal Township, 1811-1839

Daniel Raesor

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Strasburg Township, 1774

Peter Raesor

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1782-1786

Robert Ramsey

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Martic Township, 1796-1798

David Raser

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Lockmaker, Lnacaster Boro., 1759

John Reasure

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Strasburg Township, 1779-1781

George Reichenbach

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

George Reichenbach worked in Lancaster Boro in the late period and appears on tax lists c.1850. His set of tools is held by the Museum of American Culture in Hershey, PA.

George Reichenbuch

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

George Reichenbuch

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

Peter Reigart

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Paxton Township, 1754-1777

Michael Reiner

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Conestoga Township, 1779-1790

William Reitenbaugh

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1838-1847

John Y. Remley

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1836-1850

Peter Resor

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Name also listed in the records as, Roesser, Roesor, Roeser, Resser, Reser and Reasor. Listed in Lancaster County Pennsylvania until 1790 and then in Washington County Maryland. Died in Lancaster in 1823.

William Richardson

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Elizabeth Township, 1839-1850

John Robertson (Robison)

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

Mathew Roesser

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1759-1770

Mathias Roesser

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Mathias Roessor (Roeser) was listed as a gunsmith in the 1759-1770 circa. He was one of the patriarchs of the Lancaster school of gunbuilding. A memorial plaque was erected by the Commonwealth in 2000 in Lancaster which reads: Mathias Roeser…Here from 1740-1771 lived one of colonial America’s most important gunsmiths. His work was central to the development of the Pennsylvania rifle. Other family members, and an apprentice, William Henry, Sr., became leading gunsmiths and supplied arms to the patriot cause in the Revolution.”

Samuel Roth

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Smith, Elizabeth Township, 1830-1850

S. C. Runfielt

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

Henry Rutt

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Earl Township, 1820

John Sager

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lampeter Township, 1777

John Schneiter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Township, 1793

John Schreit

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

John Schreit is listed as a gunsmith in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., as early as 1777. (Dyke)

Abraham Schweitzer ( Sweitzer)

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Abraham Schweitzer is listed as a gunsmith in Lancaster Boro in the mid-19th century. He was the brother-in-law to gunsmith Melchior Fordney.

William Seebrooks

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Martic Township, 1803-1808

Jacob Sees

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Elizabeth Township, 1800-1813

Jacob Sees

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Lived in Elizabeth Township, Lancaster County. Died in 1812.

Christiam Seibble

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1797-1803

Christan Seibel

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1802-1803

John Shaffner

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1788

Henry Sheaff

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1823-1833

Martin Shell

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Heidleberg Township, 1770-1774

Christian Sherts

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Paxton Township, 1779-1782

John Showwalter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1838-1839

Casper Shreid

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Cocalico Township, 1763. Casper (Deed Book H) Shreid.

Isaac Shunk

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1810-1811

Jacob Sible

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1788-1814

Daniel Siegfried

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Smith, W. Cocalico Township, 1850

Ruben Siegfried

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Smith, E. Cocalico Township, 1850

John Sinclair

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1794-1854

John Smith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

Martin Smith

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1814-1819

James Snoddy

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Derry Township, 1757. (Will Book B – Page 325)

William St. Johns

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1839-1854

Casper Stite

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Cocalico Township, 1759

Abraham Sweitzer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1849 (Brother-in-Law to M. Fordney)

Daniel Sweitzer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

D. Sweitzer was listed on tax records as a locksmith in Lancaster Boro as early as 1829. Although he may not have built guns, his signed locks appear on many rifles built in and around Lancaster. Some can be found with the “Z” reversed in the name.

Daniel Sweitzer

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Locksmith, Lancaster Boro., 1829

Adam Swobe

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Leacock Township, 1785-1802

John Treish

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Elizabeth Township, 1847-1850

Henry Treppert (or Dreppert)

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1829-1830

John Treppert (or Dreppert)

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Lock Maker, Lancaster Boro., 1814-1841

John Trissler

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1807-1840

J. B. Van Sciver

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

John Walker

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

John Walker, Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro, 1780-1807. (Dyke)

Henry Walter

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Cocalico Township, 1820-1830

Adam Weaver

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Jonestown, 1771-1779

Henry Weiman

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gun Barrel Forger, Elizabeth Township, 1850

William Weiss

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1800-1848

William Weiss

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Listed as a gunsmith in Lancaster Borough between 1802 and 1821.

Whirley

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Manor Township, 1850

Job White

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Little Britain Township, 1840

James Williams

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1843-1850

Christian Winger

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Leacock Township, 1780-1810

Michael Withers

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Strasburg Township, 1758

Michael Withers

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Michael Withers was an early maker in Lancaster County, working out of Strasburg Twp. in from the 1750’s; then his nephew (also Michael) was active in the trade in Lancaster Boro, circa 1786-1813, reported Sam and Mary Dyke in 1969.

Michael (Nephew) Withers

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1786-1813

Emile Wolf

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1850

Samuel Wurtz

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Boro., 1837

Casper Yost

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lebanon Township, 1779-1785

Mathias Zahm

School: Lancaster (Pennsylvania/PA)

Gunsmith, Lancaster Borough, 1813-1819.