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The MUSSER Family


This column is sixth in a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. Five columns will be issued each month beginning in March 1997. This is the first one for April.

This column's focus is on MUSSER. 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 directory does not typicaally provide the ages of females, but it's the best record we've got.)

One book length work on the MUSSERs can be found in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County library in Bellefonte. It is Helen R. Dunkle's Moser Family: A Genealogical Record (1976), which staarts with John Martin Moser who came to America in 1728 and settled initially in Montgomery County, with later generations to Lehigh and eventually Centre County, where this book is focused. It is not indexed.

There are 53 different first-name entries for Musser in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are 55 references to the Musser name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) with the following persons (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having separate profiles: A. CLARK Musser (b. 1848, s/o John G. and Julia Hubler); C. SUMNER Musser (b. 1856, s/o Philip T. and Mary Jane Mumbauer); DANIEL A. Musser (b. 1822, s/o Philip B. and Elizabeth Ilgen); D.J. Musser (b. 1829; s/o Philip and (???) Rush); EMANUEL Musser (b. 1834, s/o George and Maria Musser); JAMES E. Musser (b. 1868, s/o William and Eliza A. Ruble); M.M. Musser (b. 1834; s/o John and Susan Fiedler); JOHN J. Musser (b. 1829, s.o John and Susan Fiedler); WILLIAM S. Musser (b. 1850, s/o William L. and Elizabeth Hubler); and WILLIAM S. Musser (b. 1866, s/o M.M. and Kate Fisher).

And, now, your ancestor's Musser neighbors in 1890:

In BELLEFONTE BOROUGH:

Mary M.--122 N. Spring
William J., 35, teamster--43 Reynolds Ave.
	Hulda A.
	Mary E.
	Boyd A. 6

In BENNER TOWNSHIP:

Ada R.--Fillmore
	George H. 35
	Henry N. 14
Christian D. 11--Pleasant Gap
Rosetta--Fillmore

In BOGGS TOWNSHIP:

William H., 49, agent--Milesburg
	Sallie E.
	Horace 18
	C. Dale 11
	Ella C.

In COLLEGE TOWNSHIP:

Daniel, 68, carpenter--State College
	Catharine
	Wellington 41
Emanuel, 56, farmer--State College
	Catharine
	Luther 30
	Anna W.
	Lydia C.
	Helen
John J., 35, farmer--State College
	Ada E.
	Daniel 10
	Fred 9
	George 7
	James P. 4
	John J. Jr. 2 mos.
Wallace, 32, carpenter--State College
	Laura K.
	Harry M. 5
	Margaret
	Catharine

In FERGUSON TOWNSHIP:

Elmer C., 29, farmer--Pinegrove Mills
	Nora B.
	Earl C. 7
	Robert M. 5
	Lillian
John, 68, farmer--Boalsburg
	Kate M.
	Lindon D. 26
	Laura E.
	Alfred J.
Jonathan, 70, farmer--Pinegrove Mills
	Matilda
	George H. 20
	Cora L.
	Mary G.
	Anna M.
Juliah H.--Pinegrove Mills
Luretta W.-Pinegrove Mills
Samuel, 60, farmer--Penna Furnace
	Nancy
	Mary A.
	Walter S. 22
	Emma F.
	Bella B.
	John H. 18
	Marshall 14
William, 65, farmer--State College
	Eliza A.
	Annie M.
	James E. 22
	John W. 18
	Alice E.
William F., 30, physician--Penna Furnace 

In GREGG TOWNSHIP:

Carrie E.--Farmers Mills
	Lettie
	Elmer W. 3
	Pearl A.
Cornelius, 33, farmer--Penn Hall
	Kate S.
	Ruth V.
Daniel, 51, laborer--Madisonburg
David J., 61, retired--Penn Hall
	Catharine
	Mary A.
	Luther 29
	Lacey R. 21
Jacob, 33, farmer--Farmers Mills
	Susanna
	Erta J.
	Clarence T. 5
	Carrie R.
John B., 59, carpenter--Spring Mills
	Caroline
	William B. 20
	Cora
Mabanhan P., 30, laborer--Farmers Mills
	Sadie
Robert R., 36, farmer--Spring Mills
	Ada J.
	Annie F.
	Clarence W. 11
	Milfred L. 9
	Todd B. 7
	Orpha J.
	Robert D. 1
Samule, 78, farmer--Penn Hall
	Lydia
	John R. 44
	Chester A.
	Minnie
	Kate
	Lydia
	Samuel F. 28
William H., 35, farmer--Penn Hall
	Mary J.
	Alivia C.
	George P. 7

In HAINES TOWNSHIP:

Charles Sumner, 36, physician--Aaronsburg Edwin H., 34, carpenter--Woodward
	Annie C.
	Charles B. 5
Emanuel H., 51, farmer--Aaronsburg
	Elizabeth
	Clayton S. 18
	Mary E.
	Beulah E.
Emanuel H., 51, farmer--Aaronsburg
Emanuel L., 40, laborer--Aaronsburg
	Mary J.
	Jacob 41
	Mary J.
	William F. 15
	John 14
	Bella D.
	Nannie L.
James D., 37, carpenter--Woodward
	Rose E.
James W., 34, carpenter--Woodward
	Catharine J.
	Bessie I.
John H., 63, retired--Aaronsburg
	Eveline
	Andrew S. 24
Michael M., 54, merchant--Aaronsburg
	Catharine E.
	Charles H. 21
	Irene C.
	Mary S.
Philip, 73, retired--Aaronsburg
	Mary
	Rebecca
Philip F., 62, farmer--Aaronsburg
	Mary J.
	Charles S. 34
	Annie C.
	Absalom 57
	Rebecca
	Clarence E. 24
Reuben E., 24, laborer--Fiedler
	Leah L.
	George S. 2
William, 45, farmer--Fiedler
	Susan L.
	Beulah V.
	William H. 7
	Cleveland H. 6
	John H. 4
	Boyd S. 2

In HALF-MOON TOWNSHIP:

Catharine--Loveville

In MILES TOWNSHIP:

Emma--Rebersburg
	Minnie

In MILLHEIM BOROUGH:

A. Clark, 42, marble dealer
	Margaret C.
	Bertha E.
	Lula C.
	Norman L. 13
	Frederick W. 8
	John F. 7
	George C. 5
	Orris B. 3
	Paul 1
Edward, 25, coachman
Franklin P., 37
	Alice S.
	Maud V.
	Walter R. 11
Ilgen J., 60, laborer
	Laura A.
	Edward J. 27
	Charles O. 21
	Hannah G.
John G., 70, retired
Lydia A.
	Clymer H. 25
	Mary C.
Lydia E.
	Maud L.
Philip H., 30, jeweler
	Ada E.
	Dale S. 6
	Lide A.
	Harry E. 2
	Robert B. 1 mo.
Samuel D., 56, merchant
	Sarah J.
	Mabel M.
	Wallace E. 16
	Marion E. 11
William S., 40, hotel keeper
	Maggie J.
	Lodie S.

In PATTON TOWNSHIP:

Charles, 34, farmer--Fillmore
	Elizabeth
	Blanche
	Maud
	Willie 2
Edward R., 31, agent--Benore
	Harriet G.
	Mary E.
John, 69, retired--Fillmore
	Susanna
	Lincoln 28
	Christ 25
	Aggie

In PENN TOWNSHIP:

Ezra W., 19--Coburn
	Fannie

In POTTER TOWNSHIP:

Daisy M.--Potters Mills
Harvey F., 34, farmer--Centre Hill

In RUSH TOWNSHIP:

William A., 35, laborer--Philipsburg
	Martha A.
	Esther A.
	Daniel W. 6
	Carl V. 2

In SNOW SHOE TOWNSHIP:

Theodore, 48, cook--Snow Shoe
	Naomi
	Frank 11
	Minnie
	James 7
	Jennie

In SPRING TOWNSHIP:

John J., 61, farmer--Bellefonte
	Sarah J.
	Catharine S.
	Franklin W. 33
	John B. 12
Rebecca--Bellefonte