This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family.
This column's focus is on ALEXANDER. 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 Alexander family.
There are 41 different first-name entries for Alexander 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).
And, now, your ancestors' ALEXANDER neighbors in 1890:
In BENNER Township:
William, 80, retired--Bellefonte Amanda T.
In CENTRE HALL Borough:Emily John F., 41, physician Emily Grace M.
In COLLEGE Township:Effie A.--State College Richard S. 6 mos.
In GREGG Township:William P., 28, miller--Spring Mills Mary E. Charles E. 5 John E. 2 May
In HARRIS Township:Maria--Boalsburg Susan
In HUSTON Township:Mills, 47, farmer--Julian Josephine Ella Mollie Reuben 10
In MILLHEIM Borough:William T., 50, marble dealer Sarah E.
In PENN Township:Amos R., 43, farmer--Millheim Phoebe Lizzie M. James F. 16 Christian, 46, farmer--Millheim Sarah V. Lettie K. Amos A. 16 Nora E. Rose E.
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Dethia, 29--Locust St. Claud J. John 38 Cora S. Albert
In POTTER Township:Amos C., 30, farmer--Centre Hill Carrie A. Lizzie C. Mary W. William J. 9 mos. Catharine Elizabeth--Potters Mills Elizabeth M.--Centre Hill James, 53, farmer--Centre Hall Eliza Annie M. Oliver 14 Norris, 7--Centre Hall
In SPRING Township:Margaret F.--Bellefonte James W. 26
In UNION Township:Irvin G., 46, farmer--Fleming Tabitha Bertha J. John H. 7 mos. Joseph B., 36, farmer--Fleming Jemima B. Joseph A. 13 Norman L. 11 William A., 44, farmer--Fleming Alice I. James M. 2
In UNIONVILLE Borough:George, 78, retired John, 78, retired Martha G.