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The Bower 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 Bower. 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 book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deals with the Bower family. But, there is one that deals in part with the Bowers name. It is: Ralph Strassburger's The Strassburger Family and Allied Families of Pennsylvania; Being the Ancestry of Jacob Andrew Strassburger, Esquire, of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (Gwynedd Valley, Pa., 1922).

There are 29 different first-name entries for Bower 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' BOWER neighbors in 1890:

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

C. M., attorney--219 E. Linn
	Ellen E.
	John G. 15

In HAINES Township:

Adam, 50, farmer--Aaronsburg
	Susan
	Andrew F. 26
	Michael 20
Charles, 45, carpenter--Aaronsburg
	Julia A.
	Allen 20
	John O. 17
	Philip D. 15
Christina--Aaronsburg
	Mary A.
Cornelius B., 52, farmer--Fiedler
	Thomas C. 26
	Xeranna F.
	Nora A.
Edward A. 27, laborer--Aaronsburg
	Mary
Emanuel, 40, laborer--Fiedler
	Harriet
	Annie B.
	William J. 12
	Mazie A.
Henry O., 37, farmer--Fiedler
	Anna S.
	Bertha R.
	Nora J.
John, 72, retired--Poe Mills
	Emma E.
John, 17--Aaronsburg
	Philip D. 15
Julia--Aaronsburg
William W., 60, laborer--Aaronsburg
	Selinda
	John W. 22

In HOWARD Towsnhip:

Frederick S., 40, farmer--Mt. Eagle
	Martha S.
	Christian J. 9
	Henry R. 6
	Annie E.
	William L. 1 mo.
S. C., 37, farmer--Mt. Eagle
	Ella B.
	Charles G. 6

In MILES Township:

Jacob--Rebersburg
	Christiana
	Sadie C.
	Serrie M.
	Zwingle 25

In PENN Township:

George M., 33, farmer--Coburn
	Martha J.
	Sadie V.
	Artie C. 9
	Calvin 7
	Maud M.
	Wilbur E. 3
	Snowden 3 mos.

In POTTER Township:

William, 34, teacher--Potters Mills
	Dora
	Grace A.

In RUSH Township:

Isaac, 32, laborer--Philipsburg
	Eliza
	Minnie