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The Gunsmiths Index
a gunsmith must possess skills as a mechanic, a metalworker, a woodworker and an artisan. He must be knowledgeable in shop mathematics, ballistics and chemistry and be capable of working accurately and precisely.

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ABEL John Gunsmith 1785: John Abel, gunsmith, farmer 20 acres. Born about 1785, Lingen, Herefordshire, England. The 1841 UK census lists John as 55yrs, living at Dearfold, Lingen, with wife Ann 60yrs. Also listed is Eliza Abel 20yrs. 1851: John is 66yrs, Ann 72yrs. Now farming 20 acres. In 1861 John is 76yrs, a widower, living at Wigmore, Hereford with granddaughter Emma Price unmarried 21yrs old, housekeeper (born Lingden). John died 29 Feb 1868 aged 84yrs at Deerfold, Lingen.
ANNELY / ANNERLEY Thomas Gunsmith 1775: Thomas Annely (Annerley) ’s gunsmith. Annerley’s Gun Warehouse. No: 14, Small Street, Bristol. Taken from a list of metal workers in the 1775 Bristol Directory, published by the Temple Local History Society. Thomas Annely was a gunsmith from Bristol, an ancestor on my husbands side; the spelling of Annerley (seen in list of metal workers 1775) could be attributed to the local accent, or maybe the current spelling is a less west country version. I have pictures (somewhere) of guns made by Annely, it seems the whole family were engineers, inventors, metal workers. An Annely was involved with the invention of fizzy water along with Bowlers in Bath (UK), but sold the rights, hence no fame. Contact Sally by
CALLOWAY Thomas Gunsmith 1775: Thomas Calloway, gunsmith. No: 2, Key, now Quay Street, Bristol. Taken from a list of metal workers in the 1775 Bristol Directory, published by the Temple Local History Society. I have no other information.
CAUNTER ? Henry Gun maker 1836: Henry Caunter, gunsmith. Born about 1836, Devon, England. The 1851 UK census lists Henry as 15yrs, living at 22 Breton Side, Plymouth Parish of St Charles the Martyr; with gun maker Thomas & Mary Hooker. I can’t find any more info in census!!!
COLEMAN Daniel Gunsmith 1846: Daniel Coleman, gun maker. Born about 1846, Whitwell,Hampshire, England. The 1861 UK census lists him as 15yrs, living at ?Node Hill, Carisbrooke, Hampshire; with uncle William and aunt Elizabeth Woolbridge plus his cousins.
COLLIOTT Hill Gunsmith 1775: Colliott Hill, gunmaker. No: 62, Redcliffe Street, Bristol. Taken from a list of metal workers in the 1775 Bristol Directory, published by the Temple Local History Society. I have no other information.
COMPTON John Gunsmith, Whitesmith 1784: John Compton, gunsmith, whitesmith. High Street, Winchester, Hampshire 1784 - 1792. See Whitesmiths Index.
CUMING William Gunsmith 1911: William Cuming, gunsmith. Seen on marriage of son William Barrons in Spreydon, Christchurch 1911. William's (snr) wife was Eliza Ann nee BARRONS. I also research surnames Baker, Colquhoun, Glasson, Musker, Barwick, Stedman. Contact Ann by.
DARRAN Joseph (Jnr) Gunsmith 1822: Joseph Darran (Jnr). Gunsmith, armourer. Born about 1822, Chatham, Kent. The 1891 UK Census lists him as 69yrs, living at Rainham, Kent with wife Mary. A. 65yrs and son Alfred.G. Darren, 24yrs (coach builder). Joseph (Jnr) joined the 40th foot in 1840 as armourer sergeant. He was discharged 1862 and was gun maker in Essex (see 1871 census). In 1876 became an armourer in Chatham Kent for ten years and gave 32 years service as armourer to army. He later worked as a gunsmith, until his death 1899. Listed in the Whitesmiths Index, the Gunsmiths and the Military Indexes. Contact Paul by
DARRAN Joseph (Snr) Gunsmith 1784: Joseph Darran (Snr), whitesmith, gunsmith, armourer. Born 1784, Lancaster. Joseph joined the marines 1811 as a whitesmith became armourer in marines and in 1847 after 35 years became a gunmaker in Chatham Kent. Listed in the Whitesmiths Index, the Gunsmiths and the Military Indexes. Contact Paul by
DOWNE Robert Whitesmith 1791: Robert Downe, brightsmith, gun maker, clock maker. Born about 1791 in Bideford, Devon, England. The 1841 UK Census lists him as 50yrs, a brightsmith living in High Street, Bideford with wife Ann 45yrs. Children: Elizabeth 13yrs; Ella 9yrs; Henry 8yrs. Robert worked all his life on the High Street in Bideford. Genuki-Bideford shows him on two trade directories. Clock and watch maker 1830. Clock maker and gun maker 1857. Death cert shows he was a Master gunsmith, info given by a non-relative. If at Robert's death he was in business as a master gunsmith, surely this would mean he had to apprentice? Or would he just have been someone who repaired guns, which would not necessitate a license or apprenticeship? He is listed in the Brightsmith, Clockmaker & Gunsmith Indexes To share information please contact Pamela by
DURY Unknown Gunsmith 1959: The Dury family has been in the gunsmith trade in San Antonio and the South Texas region since 1959. To share Dury ancestry contact email
EARL Thomas Gunsmith 1822: Thomas Earl, gun maker. Born about 1821-22, Plymouth, Devon, England. The 1841 UK census lists Earl as 29yrs, living (lodging) at 14 Queen Street, Plymouth Parish of St.Charles the Martyr. With wife Ann. B. Earl 29yrs (American/British Cit).
FALCONER Duncan Gunsmith 1801: Duncan Falconer, gunsmith. Baptized 28 Jan. 1801 in Dunkeld, Perthshire, the son of Helen Simpson and Thomas Falconer (who was also a gunsmith). Directories and birth records of his children show that Duncan was a gunsmith in Dunkeld, Forfar, Angus and Coupar Angus. Around 1842 he emigrated to Toronto, in Canada West, to serve as a gunsmith and armourer for the British Ordnance Department. Directories show that he also maintained a private gunsmith business in Toronto. Around 1852, Duncan apparently retired from gunsmithing, and set up a nursery business with two of his sons in Perth County, Canada West. He died there in 1866. http://dunkeldfalconer.tribalpages.com/ Contact David by
FALCONER Thomas Gunsmith 1791: Thomas Falconer was a gunsmith in and near Dunkeld, Perthshire. He may also have been a blacksmith. There is no firm information about his birth and death, but he married Helen Simpson in Dunkeld on 19 March 1791. He was admitted as a burgess and guild brother in Edinburgh in 1804. His son Duncan, born in 1801 in Dunkeld, also became a gunsmith. http://dunkeldfalconer.tribalpages.com/ Contact David by
GOLELOR Edward Gunsmith 1766: Edward Golelor (?spelling) , gunsmith journeyman. Born about 1776, Ireland. The 1841 UK census lists Edward as 65yrs, living at Stillman Street, Plymouth Parish of St Charles the Martyr. Also listed is Mary Golelor 39yrs; Nancy 5yrs; Will Golelor 3yrs. Plus Jane Dixon 45yrs and George Dixon 7yrs.
HEARD Robert Gunsmith 1807: Robert Heard, born 1807 Beaford. Son of the older Robert also worked as a gunsmith in Beaford Devon in 1839 (baptism of son Thomas) until 1871 From 1851 his address is given as The Gunsmith's Arms although he is not mentioned as a licencee on any census. Contact Hazel by .
HEARD Robert Gunsmith 1814: Robert Heard worked as a gunsmith in Beaford Devon in 1814 (baptism of son William until 1851 his brother George was also a gunsmith and brothers William & Edward were both blacksmiths. Contact Hazel by .
HEARD William Gunsmith 1775: William Heard, gunsmith. No: 95, Redcliffe Street, Bristol. Taken from a list of metal workers in the 1775 Bristol Directory, published by the Temple Local History Society. I have no other information.
HINDE William Gunsmith 1860: William Hinde was born about 1860 in Rampton, Nottinghamshire. He is listed in the 1881 Census as a journeyman Gunmaker in the household of Eliza West in East Retford, Notts. Information provided by John who is not related to these Wests but would be happy to help if he can,contact by .
HOLLOWAY James Gunsmith 1810: James Holloway, gunsmith journeyman. Born about 1810, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. The 1851 UK census lists James as 41yrs, living at Leechwell Street, Totnes, Devon, with wife Elizabeth 31yrs (born Barnstaple, Devon). Children: William 6yrs, Charles 1y infant.
HOOKER Thomas Gun maker 1806: Thomas Hooker, master gun maker. Born about 1806, Devon, England. The 1851 UK census lists Thomas as 45yrs, living at 22 Breton Side, Plymouth Parish of St Charles the Martyr; with wife Mary 45yrs (born Devon) . Also listed is apprentice gun maker Henry Caunter 15yrs born Devon.
HORTON John Gunsmith,Blacksmith,Whitesmith 1810: John Horton, gunsmith, master blacksmith/whitesmith, employs 2 men. Born about 1810-1811, Ashburton, Devon, England. The 1841 UK census lists him as 30yrs, at West Street, Ashburton; with wife Ann 30yrs and daughter Mary Ann 1yr. In 1851 John is 40yrs, still at West Street; Ann 40yrs. Children: Mary Ann 11yrs;Elizabeth 7yrs; Jane 5yrs. 1861: John is 50yrs; Ann 52yrs. Daughter Elizabeth 17yrs and son Henry 9yrs. Living at West Street with Mary Horton,70yrs, widow and house owner. 1871: John 60yrs (whitesmith; Ann 63yrs; son Henry 19yrs (whitesmith), still living at West Street. This family is listed in Blacksmiths of Devon, Whitesmith and Gunsmiths Indexes.
INMAN Thomas Gunsmith 1775: Thomas Inman, gunsmith. No: 2, St. John’s Bridge, Bristol. Taken from a list of metal workers in the 1775 Bristol Directory, published by the Temple Local History Society. I have no other information.
JONES Charles Gunsmith 1806: Charles Jones, gunsmith journeyman. Born about 1806, Devon, England. The 1841 UK census lists Charles as 35yrs, living in Stillman Street, Plymouth Parish of St Charles the Martyr.
LANCASTER Charles (Jnr) Gunsmith 1822: Charles Lancaster (Jnr), born about 1822, St. Pancras London. A gunmaker,he had his own business in London. Census 1841: at new bond street ?17yrs old. Parents: Charles 50yrs(gun maker), Mary 45yrs. Siblings: Mary 20yrs, John 15yrs, Charlotte 9yrs. 1851: 29yrs, at 151 New Bond Street, St.Pancras,London, employing ?60 men. 1861: he is 39yrs, unmarried, living/working at 151 New Bond Street, St.Pancras,London, employing several men. 1871: 49yrs still at same address. Has “M” for married but no wife shown (transcription error); suspect he is still unmarried. If you have information to share please contact Tony by.
LANCASTER Charles (Snr) Gunsmith 1791: Charles Lancaster (Snr), gun maker. Born about 1791, Middlesex, England. The 1841 UK census lists Charles as 50yrs, living atSt Georges Hanover Square, Middlesex with wife Mary 45yrs. Children: Mary 20yrs, Charles 17yrs (a gun maker), John 15yrs, Charlotte 9yrs. If you have information to share please contact Tony by.
LISLE Thomas Gunsmith 1775: Thomas Lisle, gunstock maker. No: 35, Back Street, Bristol. Taken from a list of metal workers in the 1775 Bristol Directory, published by the Temple Local History Society. I have no other information.
LONDON Edward Gunsmith 1796: Edward London, gun maker. Born about 1796 in All Hallows, London Wall, London. The 1841 UK census lists him as 45yrs living at London Wall, London with wife Maria 45yrs. 1851 census Edward is 55yrs at 51 London Wall, London Gun maker & wife Maria 57yrs. 1861 Edward 65yrs, Maria 67yrs still at same address. 1871 census – not found them here. There is a report of an Edward London, a gunmaker, of London Wall who in 1734 appeared as a witness in a murder case. This Edward may have may have been Edwad’rs(born 1796) father or uncle or even grandfather. The only other reference I have is for Edward London gun maker of 51 London Wall being insured with the Sun Fire Office. Contact Paul by
MORECOCK / MOORECOCK William Charles Gunsmith 1870: William Charles Morecock, gunmaker. Born in London, about 1870 possibly White Chapel or, Bethnal Green. His family has moved to Birmingham area, where he Married. William emigrated, alone, to New Zealand, 1904, the extended family of William seemed to have strong links to the Gunmaking Trade. William died Wellington, New Zealand, in Hospital, age 74 years. Contact Mary by
MORGAN Rich. Gunsmith 1775: Rich. Morgan, gunsmith & victualler, The Cooper’s Inn. No: 32, Broad Street, Bristol. Taken from a list of metal workers in the 1775 Bristol Directory, published by the Temple Local History Society. I have no other information.
PRESTON George Gunsmith 1848: George Preston was born about 1848 in Louth, Linconshire. He is listed in the 1871 Census as a Gunmaker, boarding with George West (1823) in East Retford, Nottinghamshire. Information provided by John who is not related to these Wests but would be happy to help if he can,contact by .
RAY Thomas Gunsmith 1801: Thomas Ray, gunsmith. Born about 1801, Sutton, Worcestershire, England. The 1851 UK census lists Thomas as 50yrs, living at Summer Lane, Birmingham, with wife Eliza 40yrs. William Hodson 9rs and Sarah Hodson 8yrs are Eliza’s children from previous marriage. Thomas had been a gun stock maker in 1841 in Birmingham. Contact Hazel by .
REDDALL Mary & Sons Gunsmith 1780: Mary & Sons Reddall, gunmakers. Born about 1780, Ridgemount, Bedfordshire, England. The 1841 UK Census lists Mary as 60yrs, a widow, at Eversholt, Bedfordshire . Children: William 40yrs (clockmaker); Ann 30yrs; Thomas 30yrs (bell hanger); Robert 25yrs. 1851: Mary is 71yrs, housekeeper. Son William 51yrs (unmarried) and Thomas 42yrs (unmarried). House servant Mary Beal 17yrs. See Kellys Directory, Eversholt. Mrs Mary & Sons, gunmakers, Froxfield and see also 1847-1848 Post Office Driectory, Reddal, Mrs Mary & Sons, gunmakers. In 1861 Mary is 83yrs, a fund holder at Froxfield, Bedfordshire with granddaughter (companion) Rachel.A. Reddall, 22yrs, unmarried.
SOPER Giles Blacksmith 1797: Giles Soper, blacksmith, ironmonger, gunmaker, whitesmith. Born 1797 Died 1871 Worked in Aldermaston, Berkshire, Basingstoke and Ashford hill Hampshire. In Mill records as having made nails etc for Aldermaston Mill. In 1851 and 1861 census, In Pigot's Directory 1852 ect. Contact Nigel by
SOPER John Gunsmith 1758: John Soper, blacksmith, whitesmith, gunmaker. Born 1758, Died 1821 Worked in Aldermaston, Berkshire, England. Advertised for a journeyman post 1792 in Jackson's Oxford Journal, Paid tax for an apprentice 1804. Listed in Blacksmiths of Berkshire; Whitesmiths; Gunmakers Indexes. Contact Nigel by
SYLVEN Thomas Gunsmith 1824: Thomas Sylven, born about 1824 in Birmingham. He worked as a gunmaker for Charles Lancaster before setting up his own business in 1864 at 33 Leicester Square,and 10 Panton Street, Haymarket, London. Later moved to 44 Bedford Street off the Strand, London. He was known for converting muzzle loaders into breech loaders, and patented a design for a striker, for converting pin fire to centre fire. I think he retired about 1880 and died in Hastings Sussex at the age of 70yrs. If yu have information to share please contact Tony by.
TUCKER Trevor Gunsmith 1817: Trevor Tucker , gunsmith. Born about 1817, Dorset, England. The 1851 UK census lists Trevor as 34yrs, unmarried, a Lodger at Back Lane, Barnstaple, Devon. Can’t find him on any census after that (Jan2014).
VERCOMBE Unkown Gunsmith 1775: Vercombe, --- (given name not recorded), gunsmith. No: 73, Lewin’s Mead, Bristol. Taken from a list of metal workers in the 1775 Bristol Directory, published by the Temple Local History Society. I have no other information.
VERNCOMB Hugh Gunsmith 1775: Hugh Verncomb, gunsmith. No: 21, Clare Street, Bristol. Taken from a list of metal workers in the 1775 Bristol Directory, published by the Temple Local History Society. I have no other information.
WEST Eliza Gunsmith 1843: Eliza West, gunsmith. Born about 1843 in Quadring, Lincolnshire, England. Eliza first appears in the 1871 Census as the second wife of George West (born 1823), Gun Maker, in East Retford, Nottinghamshire. By 1881 she is a Gunmaker in her own right, still in East Retford, where she also appears in 1891 as a Gunsmith. Contact George by
WEST Frederick Howlett Gunsmith 1854: Frederick Howlett West , gunsmith. Born 1854 and died 1922 Louth, Lincolnshire,. The 1861 UK census lists Frederick as 7yrs living in Louth. See Gunsmiths Index for his father George West plus siblings. Frederick is my great grandfather and I am curious about any relations in the Retford , Nottinghamshire, England area . He married Ellen Hugill in Ney Jersey, USA. Hoping someone can share information, thank you. Contact George by
WEST George (Jnr) Gunsmith 1847: George West (Jnr), gunsmith. Born about 1847, Louth, Lincolnshire, England. The 1851 UK census lists George as 4yrs old with parents gunsmith George (1823) and Mary Ann nee Howlett and siblings at Louth, Lincolnshire. In 1861 George (Jnr) is 14yrs, an apprentice with his father, still in Louth. Contact George by
WEST George (Snr) Gunsmith 1822: George West (Snr), gunsmith, bell hanger. Born about 1822 and died 1880 in East Retford , Nottinghamshire, England. George lived most of his life in Louth Lincolnshire. He and his first wife Mary Anne Howlett (born 1823-1859) had the following children: Amelia 1844-1930; George born 1846 (gunsmith); Henrietta born 1848; Susanna born 1850; Mary Ann born 1852; Fredrick Howlett (great grand father) 1854-1922 and William Edward born 1857. The 1851 UK census lists George (Snr) as 29yrs, living in Louth Lincolnshire with wife Mary Ann 27yrs and 4 of this children. Also listed is apprentice gunsmith Ebenezer 17yrs (born Fothebey, Lincs)and Mary Hornley 14yrs(house servant). The 1861 UK census lists George as 38yrs, widower, living at Louth, Lincolnshire with children: Amelia; George; Henrietta; Susanna; Mary Ann; Martha and Frederick. George and his second wife Eliza (gunsmith), had the following children: Cecil Max born 1866; Edith Mary born; 1869; George Henry born 1871; Frank Oldershaw born 1874; Margaret born 1877. Contact George by
WILKINSON James Gunsmith 1775: James Wilkinson, gunsmith. No: 14, Thomas Street, Temple, Bristol. Taken from a list of metal workers in the 1775 Bristol Directory, published by the Temple Local History Society. I have no other information.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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