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The BECHTOL Family

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 BECHTOL and variant spellings BECHDEL and BEIGHTOL. 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 deal at some length with the Bechdel family. They are Hugh Frederick's Direct Ancestors of the Fredericks: Hays, Hay(e)s and Glossner-Shaw-Bechdel and Montgomey-White Families and Samuel Schenck's Centre County Pennsylvania Schenck and Bechdel Family Lines.

There are 31 different first-name entries for Bechdol/Bechtel/Bechtol/Beichtol/Beightol in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the these names in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) but no one of the BECHTOL spelling (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile.

And, now, your ancestors' BECHTOL neighbors in 1890:

(Note all entries are for Bechtol unless clearly spelled otherwise.)

In BURNSIDE Township:

Amanda M. Beightol--Pine Glenn
Edward B. Beightol, 32, laborer--Pine Glenn
	Sarah C.
	Thomas A, 7
	Clyde G. 5
	Albert G. 3
	Charles B. 1
Jacob A. Beightol, 28, farmer--Pine Glenn
	Delia H.
	Celia G.
	Walter S. 16
Pearl Beightol--Pine Glenn
Samuel Beightol, 42, laborer
	Julia A.
	Essie M.
	William N. 8
	Chester A. 6
Thomas Beightol, 38, farmer--Pine Glenn
	Annie J.

In CURTIN Township:

Jacob H. Bechdel, 26, farmer--Romola
	Lydia M.
	Sarah E.
	Anna F.

In GREGG Township:

Isaac, 71, retired--Spring Mills
Peter, 42, laborer--Spring Mills
	William 7
	Harvey 5

In LIBERTY Township:

Alfred Bechdel, 40, farmer--Blanchard
	Mary J.
	George E. 19
	Mary E.
	Harriet E.
	Samuel R. 7
	Harry R. 2
David S. Bechdel, 50, farmer--Blanchard
	Ida A.
	Samuel 4
	Lora E.
	John F. 45
Harry H. Bechdel, 17--Blanchard
	Richard 13
	Thomas M. 13
Henry R. Bechdel, 4--Blanchard
Isabella Bechdel--Blanchard
	Elizabeth A.
James Bechdel, 45, farmer--Blanchard
	Maggie A.
	Elsie M.
	Christian 13
	Charles 10
	Annie E.
	Burns C. 3
Joseph Bechdel, 39, farmer--Blanchard
	Emma J.
	Jacob C. 18
	Anna B.
	Mary L.
	William A. 7
	Lloyd W. 4
Lydia Bechdel--Blanchard
Mary Bechdel--Blanchard
Mary E. Bechdel--Blanchard
	Curtis E. 20
	Sarah G.
	Alta E.
	Mary A.
	Susan E.
	John H. 3
	Harry R. 2
Thomas J. Bechdel, 28, farmer--Blanchard
	Clara A.
William H. Bechdel, 57, farmer--Blanchard
	Matilda S.
	Anna M.
	Edgar T. 18
	Bonnie W.

In MARION Township:

David, 33, laborer--Walker
	Nancy E.
	Harry E. 13
	Ellen E.
	John H. 3
	Wailliam A. 3
	Samuel T. 11 mos

In MILES Township:

Nathaniel, 34, laborer--Rebersburg
	Mary A.
	George C. 6
	Harry M. 2

In POTTER Township:

John, 55, laborer--Tusseyville

In RUSH Township:

Anna M. Beightol--Sandy Ridge
David E. Beightol, laborer--Sandy Ridge
	Jacob 17
Emanuel Beightol, 24, laborer--Retort
Jacob Beightol, 17, laborer--Sandy Ridge

In SNOW SHOE Township:

Daniel W. Beightol, 40, laborer--Moshannon
	John H. 17
	Mary A.
	George E. 11
	William W. 8
	Blanche T.
	Ala M. 4
Edward Beightol, 31, miner
Gideon Beighte, 38, laborer--Snow Shoe
	Sarah J.
	William A. 8
	Jacob E.
	Mary E.
Jefferson Beightol, 42, laborer--Moshannon
	Lucy E.
	Alton B.
Matthew B. Beightol, 30, laborer--Moshannon
	Alma G.
	Minnie W.

In WALKER Township:

Mary C. Beightol--Hublersburg
	George W. 18
Nathaniel, 34--Hublersburg
Thomas P. Beightol, 35, farmer--Zion
	Harriet A.
	William D. 11
	Ida M.
	Lula B.
	Annie A.
	Mabel C.
	Charles F. 4
	Lewis A. 2
	Harry D. 5 mos