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 CONDO. 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).
One book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deals with the Condo family. It is: A. Byron Condo's The Condo Family: a History and Genealogy from 1737 to 1913.
There are 14 different first-name entries for Condo 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' CONDO neighbors in 1890:
In CENTRE HALL Borough:
Michael M., 40, butcher Pricilla J. George W. 17 Narmel N. Clyde F. 6 Kate E. Berth H. Annie B. Sallie E.
In GREGG Township:Cora--Spring Mills James C., 39, blacksmith--Penn Hall Jennie Carrie Clara Ella V. Charles D. 1 Mary L. Jeremiah J., 46, blacksmith--Spring Mills Catharine Sallie Margaret W. Ida Jeremiah J. 9 John P., 36, salesman--Spring Mills Lucretia J. Harry K. 11 Eliza Sarag Jonas, 69, blacksmith--Penn Hall Harriet Carrie L. John H. 19 Jonathan J., 30, blacksmith--Penn Hall Helen Josephine Lot A., 32, blacksmith--Spring Mills Margaret A. Sadie B. Jennie L. Mary P. John W. 5 mos.
In HAINES Township:William, 65, farmer--Aaronsburg Mary William H., 17--Aaronsburg
In HARRIS Township:Israel J., 55, blacksmith--Boalsburg Agnes S. Maud E. Jacob, 63, farmer--Boalsbueg Mary Robert, 46, blacksmith--Boalsburg Mary A. Jennie
In MARION Township:Perry, 47, farmer--Walker Anna P. Jonathan S. 19 Kate V. Daniel 75 Catharine Israel 43 Sarah J.
In MILES Township:Daniel T., 33--Rebersburg Sarah J. Annie P. Harvey C. 6 William J. 3 Isaac J. 1 mo. Howard, 39, laborer--Madisonburg Laura J. Ellen Ada M. John W. 11 Bennie A. Joseph, 64, laborer--Rebersburg Rachael J. William 38 Samuel, 65, blacksmith--Rebersburg
In POTTER Township:Samuel, 16--Millheim