This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family.
This column's focus is on BAILEY. 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).
Two books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Bailey family. They are: Anita Bailey Wallace's Bailey and Gardner Families of Centre County, Pennsylvania (1983) and Anita Bailey Wallace's Bailey History with Branches of Laird, Wallace, Hemphill, Ross, Gardner, Saunders (Tulsa, Okla., 1973).
There are 44 different first-name entries for Bailey 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' BAILEY neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Eliza--201 E. Lamb Newton S., 34
In COLLEGE Township:David, 42, laborer--State College Thomas S., 38, blacksmith--State College Mary E. Edgar W. 9 Maud M. Susanna Nancy M. Mary E.
In FERGUSON Township:John G., 46, farmer--Fairbrook Minnie E. Frank W. 19 John H. 16 Mary M. William H., 54, farmer--Pine Grove Mills Mary C. George 22 Alexander 20 John C. 18 Nancy Mary Paul 11
In HALFMOON Township:Flora--Loveville William T., 43, gunsmith--Stormstown Alice Howard F. 14 Elizabeth N. Nancy J. Ella G. Abram M. 18 Carrie Emma M. Annie M. William T. 7
In HARRIS Township:Samuel H., 51, farmer--Boalsburg Rachael E. H.C. 18 Maggie Nannie Baby 6 mos.
In MILES Township:John, 70--Madisonburg Rebecca
In PENN Township:Katie E.--Millheim Louis F., 27, farmer--Millheim Nora I. Charles B. 3 Sallie S.--Millheim William H., 31, farmer--Millheim Amanda
In RUSH Township:Archibald, 38, laborer--Philipsburg Mary E. Edward M. 13 Harry F. 10 Walter 8 Archibald 5 Frederick 2