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Peter Biddinger
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Birth: 1765
Berkeley County
West Virginia, USA
Death: 1842
Ashland County
Ohio, USA

Nancy Anna Ledman, the daughter of Valentine and Catherine Ledman, married Peter Biddinger, son of Johann Peter Bedinger and Katherine Kramer, on 19 April 1785 at Berkeley County, West Virginia, (Hugh Vance, minister). [Berkeley County VA, Marriage Records of Berkeley County, Virginia 1781-1854, p.12,127]

"The first gunsmith was Peter Biddinger, who had a shop north of Orange two to three miles, at Culberson's corner's. He had worked in the United States armory at Harper's Ferry, and it is related that he received his pay in United States continental money, just prior to the great depreciation of that currency. He paid forty dollars for his supper, and in the morning before leaving, sixty dollars for his breakfast, so great had been the depreciation in a few hours. Mr. Biddinger died at his old home in Orange Township in 1842 and was buried at St. Luke's church in the west part of the township, where many of his relatives rest in peace." [from George William Hill, History of Ashland County, Ohio with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches: 1809-1880, 1880, p.250.]

"During the first year Mr. [Robert] Culbertson removed to the township, a controversy had arisen between Peter Biddinger, a gunsmith, and an Indian named Jim Jerk, about the pay for the repair of the Indian's gun. Jim refused to meet the cost of the repairs, and on Mr. Biddinger's refusal to deliver it to him without pay, he made threats of vengeance. The following year the Indian was discovered lurking about the neighborhood, and his conduct was such as excited suspicion. A company of thirteen men at once organized to scour the country, and if possible capture him and obtain an explanation of his conduct. A diligent search, commencing at daybreak and ending at a late hour of the night, proved fruitless, and all returned home except John McConnell, who continued his pursuit about three days, when he reappeared and notified Mr. Biddinger and the neighborhood that he had made a satisfactory and final settlement with Jim Jerk. The Indian was never seen or heard of again." [from Horace S. Knapp, A History of the Pioneer and Modern Times of Ashland County from the Earliest to the Present Date, 1863, p.506.] 
 
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 Children:
  Elizabeth Biddinger Fast (1790 - 1881)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Lukes Cemetery
Ashland County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Marker could not be found
 
Created by: dsheindel
Record added: Apr 06, 2010
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Peter Biddinger
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