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 Curtin. 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).
There are two books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal in part with the Curtin family. They are: Curtin: The Family and the Village (196-), and Flora Asenath Brugger Curtin's Record of Family of Roland Curtin (Emigrant Ancestor) and Descendants (1976).
There are 21 first-name entries for Curtin 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' Curtin neighbors in 1890:
A.G., 75, retired--14 W. High Catherine I. Eliza--32 N. Allegheny John, 79, retired--25 W. Linn Margery I. John I. 51 Roland I. 15 Gregg 14
BOGGS Township:Austin, 55, retired--Roland Rachael C. Harry R., 40, ironmaster--Roland Lida Mc, Joseph Mc. 14 John C. 11 Laird 8 Catharine Constant 73 John, 43--Milesburg Mary Emma J. Reuben 21 Rebecca--Roland Virginia E.--Roland J. Latimer 11 Frederick 6 Harry 3
SPRING Township:James C., 40, dairyman--Bellefonte Josephine Annie M. Franklin 10 Julia
UNION Township:Reuben O., 21, laborer--Fleming