This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family.
This column's focus is on ADAMS. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name in the 1890 U.S. Census, using the Centre County business directory which was formed from a preliminary review of that census before the larger set of 1890 U.S. Census records was destroyed by fire. (Sadly, the postal directory does not typically provide the ages of females, but it's the best record we've got).
No books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Adams family.
There are 39 different first-name entries for Adams in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) with one (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile: John Q. Adams (b. 1826, s/o William T. and Mary Miller).
And, now, your ancestors' ADAMS neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Asher J., 26, brakeman--243 W. High Street Alma A. Mary R. Marcella C James R. 4 mos. James H., 68--243 W. High
In BOGGS Township:T. F., 38, county commissioner--Milesburg Linn M. Lee F. 4 Thomas, 69, farmer--Milesburg Anna C. Weaver 25 George I., 23 Francis E. William H., 31, laborer--Milesburg Amanda Harriet J. Joseph K. Thomas C. 1
In HAINES Township:George A., 68, minister--Aaronsburg Rebecca S. Annie S. Maud S. Catharine James W., 18, laborer--Rebersburg
In HOWARD Township:Harry, 15, laborer--Mt. Eagle John W., 67, farmer--Howard Sarah B. Mollie E. Adelia E.
In HUSTON Township:David, 33, laborer--Julian Jane John 10 Mary Nora David 3 Margaret
In MILES Township:George, 49, farmer--Livonia Lucretia E. Malden W. 22 Florence Estella Thomas D. 15 Lucretia J. Jessie E. James G. 5
In MILESBURG Borough:Charles C., 42, teamster Maggie B. Ava F. Clara Mary K. William M., 54, teamster Jennie T. Merritt S. 16 Annie E.
In MILLHEIM Borough:John W., 58 Eliza Emma J. Perry O. 20 Minnie B.
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Hugh, 64, bricklayer Hannah Ellie Hugh 15 Claudius 12 Matthew R., 33, watchman--Water St. Kate A. Theodore D., 54, liveryman Jennie William, 61--2nd St. Anna M. Carrie A. Francis M. 26 Annie M. Dora B. Nettie D.
In POTTER Township:Mary--Potters Mills
In RUSH Township:Sarah--Philipsburg James H. 23 George L. 21 John Q. 19 Charles M. 17 Mary Laura Harry M. 10
In UNION Township:Catharine--Fleming
In WORTH Township:Alexander, 43, laborer--Port Matilda Hannah M. Ralph R. 18 Gertrude D. Bessie S. Arthur A. 10 Minnie Harry 5 Orker 3 Dora--Port Matilda Harry, 52, laborer--Port Matilda Ellen Matthew, 56, farmer--Port Matilda Delila William 18 Lucy Esther Mary C. Harry 5 Lelitha John 2