Marine Tyler Wickham was born on January 3, 1780. On March 11, 1799, his mother
bound this orphan to John Armstrong to learn the trade of a gunsmith and a locksmith.
After completing his training in 1801 he worked in the gunsmith business with a man by
the name of Matthews. In the 1800 census there were seven Matthews families in the
Emmitsburg area. During 1802 Wickham purchased lot No. 11 in Emmitsburg and the two
smiths continues working together. In the summer of 1804 he came to the Harpers Ferry.
For additional information see Maryland Longrifles Hartzler/Whisker.