This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. Five new columns will be released each month unless some technical difficulty enters the picture.
This column's focus is on BANEY. 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 in part with the Baney family.
There is only 1 first-name entry for Bainy in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several mentions of the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' Baney neighbors in 1890:
David, 64, laborer--119 E. High Esther A. Eli, 40, drayman--109 S. Ridge Ellen Theo A. 16 Walter F. 14 Charles 11 Robert B. 8 Bruce 6 May Harry, 28, laborer--N. Ridge Elizabeth Bessie B. Wilbur H. 5 Harry C., 27, agent--308 E. High Sarah Henry, 80--113 E. High Francis Catherine James B. 11 George A. 3
BOGGS Township:J. I., 28, laborer--Milesburg Sarah E. Mary E. Henry C. 13
COLLEGE Township:Alvin, 30, laborer--Lemont Viola Mabel Harry E. 3
GREGG Township:Samuel O., 23, laborer--Livonia Sarah Maggie
PHILIPSBURG Borough:George M., 36, laborer--2nd St. Nancy I. Mary M. George A. 12 William T. 10 James W. 8 Coria A. Arthur I.
SNOW SHOE Township:Albert, 41, miner--Clarence Albert, 41, laborer--Clarence Matilda Mary A. John A. 13 Orvis F. 10
SPRING Township:Eli, 65, laborer--Bellefonte Margaret Isaac W. 31 William E. 29 Franklin M. 26 Edward 16 Lula Lillie A.--Axemann Margaret--Axemann
WALKER Township:John, 66, shoemaker--Zion Elizabeth