This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family.
This column's focus is on AMMERMAN. 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 Ammerman family.
There are 23 different first-name entries for Ammerman 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' AMMERMAN neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Charlotte--21 W. Bishop Harriet E. Mary C. Kate--223 S. Allegheny
In BOGGS Township:Peter, 73, laborer--Milesburg Margaret M. Julia T. Henrietta Charles M. 6 W.H., 46, laborer--Milesburg Mary Mertie John 13 Sarah Blanche
In HUSTON Township:John, 63, laborer--Martha Eliza Sarah--Martha
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Andrew, 63, sexton--2nd St. Martha Charles L. 15 Elizabeth James S. 27 Harry B., 35, engineer--Water St. Amanda I. Frederick 14 Helen Robert 7 Alma Roy 3
In SPRING Township:Harriet E.--Bellefonte John I., 28, laborer--Bellefonte Mary R. John I. 4 Elmer D. 3 weeks Thomas E., 52, laborer--Bellefonte Eliza William 17
In UNION Township:Alfred W., 31, laborer--Fleming Minerva I. Olive Edith R. Carl S., 9--Fleming Agatha A. Mabel Chester B. 2 David C., 53, farmer--Fleming Eliza Ithamar, 66, laborer--Fleming Joseph Jemima Alta M. James M., 44, farmer--Fleming Sarah E. Alonza G. William B. 15 Mary L. Charles M. Julia L. Louisa R. Susan M.
In UNIONVILLE Borough:Lula Sarah F.
In WORTH Township:George, 26, laborer--Port Matilda George G. 28 Sarah Pearl 2 William 2 mos.