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 BIERLY. 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 in part with the Bierly family. They are: Larry Boob's The Ancestors of Bernard and Lulu Stover (1977), and Helen Glossner Shuman's The Bierly Family (19--).
There are 44 different first-name entries for Bierly 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' Bierly neighbors in 1890:
In BOGGS Township:
Nathaniel Bierley, 46, retired--Milesburg Ellen Lemuel 31 Robert, 53, wagonmaker--Milesburg Hannah Laura Albert 19 Ellis 16
In MILES Township:Ammerman, 19--Wolf's Store Charles, 50, farmer--Rebersburg Mary Warren 21 Charles H. 14 Lowell S. 12 Orpha C. Fairy E.--Rebersburg Grover C. 2 Joseph, 57, farmer--Rebersburg Julia Alvina Joseph, 59, laborer--Madisonburg Susan Annie S. Katie I. James E. 12 Alma Lydia--Rebersburg Mary A.--Rebersburg Daisy I. Melchoir, 75, blacksmith--Rebersburg Catherine Reuben, 47, carpenter--Rebersburg Pauline Sallie J. Willie F. 17 Charles C. 15 Curtis M. 11 Samuel 8 Thomas M., 55, mason--Wolf's Store Sybilla David M. 15 Naomi E. Titus P., 14--Rebersburg William, 71, farmer--Rebersburg Elvina
In MILLHEIM Borough:George W. Bierley, 68, farmer
In SPRING Township:Louisa B. Beirly--Bellefonte Jonathan M. Thomas F. 15