Re: E. Stillman Long Rifle
From American Gun Makers by Gluckman and Satterlee:
Ethan Stillman, Burlington, Conn., musket maker. In association with his brother Amos of Farmington, contracted for 500 muskets under Act of July 5, 1798. Completed deliveries with 25 stands excess by June 10, 1801.
On Sept. 4, 1808, Ethan Stillman contracted for 2,200 muskets to be delivered over a period of five years. Of these 825 were delivered by Oct. 7, 1812.
Ethan Stillman was born at Westerly, R. I. in 1768. After working as a youth in the New York Iron Works at Stonington, he worked for a while as a shoemaker. In 1798 he moved Farmington, where with his brother he obtained and completed the contract of 1798, on which he cleared a profit of $1,000. In 1803 he moved to Burlington, where he established a gunsmith shop. It was here that he undertook the 1808 contract which he apparently fulfilled after considerable difficulties with the government. Upon completion of the contract he moved to Brookfield, N. Y.