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 Bathurst. 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 Bathurst family: Ruth Coleman's Lawrence Bathurst 1757-1845 of Centre County, Pennsylvania His English Ancestry and Some of His Descendants and James Mackey's The Lawrence Bathurst Family from 1433 the David Miller Family from 1817.
There are 19 different first-name entries for Bathurst in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). However, there are no separate profiles of anyone by that name in in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' BATHURST neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Wm. A., laborer--316 N. Water Majory L. Ethel A. Charles B. 5 Lulu E. Mable E.
In BOGGS Township:Calvin A., 33, laborer--Roland Emma B. Maud Mertie I. Edward R. 5 Charlotte A. Jacob, 28, laborer--Roland Jennie N. Bessie M. Nora B. Gertie Lawrence J., 50, laborer--Roland Ella E. Albrita 16 Harvey K. 10 Lida C. William H. 7 James M. 6 Armona B. Earl 1 Minnie M.--Roland Samuel, 66, laborer--Roland Permina Samuel P. 17 Simeon, 51, laborer--Roland Edna V. Oscar W. 18 Arthur F. 15 Herbert H. 14 Mabel L. Thomas R., 59, laborer--Roland Mary Sylvester S. 24
In FERGUSON Township:Levi W., 33, grain thresher--Penna Furnace Emma C. Raymond 10 Joseph 8
In HOWARD Towsnhip:Ellen--Howard Arthur M. 12 James M. 72, furnaceman--Mt. Eagle Mary J. John S. 35 Lidie William, 80, forgeman--Mt. Eagle Catharine Media George 26 Bertha Marion 3
In HOWARD Borough:James S., 5 mos.
In MARION Township:Jasper, 17--Bellefonte
In SPRING Township:Harry P., 27, laborer--Bellefonte Annie M. Samuel, 43, laborer--Bellefonte Katie John W. 10 Viola
In UNIONVILLE Borough:Lawrence C., 56, merchant