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The BIDDLE 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 BIDDLE. 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 with the Biddle family.

There are 10 different first-name entries for Biddle 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' BIDDLE neighbors in 1890:

In COLLEGE Township:

Mary E.--State College

In FERGUSON Township:

John W., 45, laborer--Benore
	Sarah P.
	Charles W. 21
	Sarah J.
	Fold O. 15
	Cinor N.
	Alice B.
	Celie E.
	Esther M.
	Louis E.

In HALFMOON Township:

Ann W.--Stormstown
Lydia A. J.--Stormstown
	George B. 42
	William R. 36
	Emma J.

In PATTON Township:

Jane--Buffalo Run
	Fletcher 39
	Rebecca
John, 66, farmer--Buffalo Run
John, 66, farmer--Buffalo Run
	Maggie
John W., 40, carpenter--Benore
	Eva L.
	Elsie A.
Lowery, 38, laborer--Benore
	Alice L.
	Charles C. 6
	Gabriel O. 1
Susan--Benore
	David 23

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

William M., 37, merchant--Spruce St.
	Ansie
	Pearl
	Paul 8
	Olen 6
	Jessie