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 BUTLER. 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 in part with the Butler family.
There are 17 different first-name entries for Butler 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' Butler neighbors in 1890:
In BOGGS Township:
Irvin C., 42, farmer--Milesburg Rachael M. Merrill L. 6 Raymond V. 4 Orphie C. 2 Mary A.--Milesburg Thomas 40 Mary E. Myrtle M. Mary--Milesburg Orlie Grace E. Anna M. Clayton
In BURNSIDE Township:Mary M.--Pine Glen
In CURTIN Township:Burdine, 40, farmer--Romola Elizabeth Samuel 21 James 19 John 15 William 15 Webner, 48, laborer--Romola James E. Rose M. Thomas F. 11 Samuel 9 Sylvester 6 Eva V. Grosse 3 Child 1 mo.
In HOWARD Borough:James, 51, blacksmith Mary R.V., 64, furnace keeper Thomas, 62, farmer Margaret Burdine 38 Elle E.
In HOWARD Township:Jane--Howard Jemmie 5 Albert 3 Ethel John T., 42, puddler--Howard Deborah Grace Lottie M. Mary E. Allen S. 4 Samuel C. 1 William, 26, laborer--Mt. Eagle Elsie Claire 3 Roland
In LIBERTY Township:James, 44, laborer--Blanchard
In MARION Township:John, 50, farmer--Walker Elmira J. Samuel W. 19 Ada E. Amelia Franklin P. 11 Luther 5 J. Beaver 3
In MILESBURG Borough:Americus M., 35, teacher Clara E. Essie E. Harry E. 6 Carrie E.
In RUSH Township:Daniel, 57, laborer--Philipsburg Harriet E. Charles T. 28 George E. 14 Martha J. Alice L.
In SPRING Township:Anna E.--Bellefonte Fannie L. Sarah J.--Bellefonte