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Re: Honaker Rifle
Posted by: joanne coontz (ID *****8601) Date: December 11, 2006 at 19:28:46
In Reply to: Re: Honaker Rifle by Michael Honaker of 976

We had a "Jas. Honaker" rifle in our family's possession, which was unfortunately sold about 1972 in Alameda Co., CA. My dad, Charles E. Chapel, referred to it in one of his books on gun collecting. It appeared to say "PA", but I believe the
engraving could better be determined as "VA". Our descendency is through Abraham. I have been researching the family history of our Honaker line for many years. Jas. Honaker made "turkey shooters", which to the unanitiated sounds like a criticism of the value of the guns. I know that Abraham took six months or so to produce a gun and he could command land as far as you could see from the purchaser, pointing the gun in a circular or semi-circular sighting. Of course, land was lost during the Civil War - owners could not pay the land taxes for obvious reasons. Abraham's guns were known for their beauty in engraving and accuracy. I would like photos of Honaker guns, if possible. Many Honakers produced guns, but in the census listings they were only allowed one occupation, so most indicated "farmer". Sometimes "blacksmith" was listed, which could also be an indication of their gunsmithing occupation.


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