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The Decker 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 Decker. 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 Decker family. It is: William Decker's, Hal Lindstrom's, and Jerry R. McCloskey's Decker Family History (1997).

There are 8 different first-name entries for Decker 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), with two persons having full-length profiles: Green C. Decker (b. 1833, s/o Michael and Barbara (Price) Decker) and M. J. Decker (b. 1833, s/o Michael and Barbara (Price) Decker).

And, now, your ancestors' DECKER neighbors in 1890:

In COLLEGE Township:

Angeline--Lemont
Frederick, 62, farmer--Lemont
	Elizabeth
	Annie S.
	Charles 23
	Homer D. 18
	Susie E.
Susan--Lemont
	William 23
	Stewart A. 21
	Thomas 11
Unice, 18--Lemont

In FERGUSON Township:

James A., 30, hotel keeper--Pine Grove Mills
	Kate A.
	John H. 6
	Mary E.
	Mary E.
	James 1
	Alice V.
James C. Deckard, 33, hotel keeper--Pine Grove Mills
Thomas D., 34--State College
	Emma W.
	Edith B.
	Maud W.

In LIBERTY Township:

Anna M.--Blanchard
	David 40
	Isaac I.
	Emily A.
	James C. 17
	Willis A. 11
	Wilford T. 7

In MILHEIM Borough:

George R., 27, laborer
	Rebecca
	Clara B.
	Archie C. 1

In PATTON Township:

Frederick, 30, farmer--Lemont
	Carrie
	Anna
John H., 21--Buffalo Run
John W., 27, farmer--Lemont
	Priscilla
	Mabel C.
	George A. 2
Ruth L.--Buffalo Run

In PENN Township:

Conrad, 37, laborer--Coburn
	Sallie M.
	Esther M.
	Nancy R.
	John H. 4

In POTTER Township:

Daniel J. Deckard, 54, mason--Potters Mills
	Anna
	Gideon H. 20
Ellen C. Deckard--Tusseyville
Mary Deckard--Potters Mills
Michael J. Deckard, 56, farmer--Potters Mills
	Elizabeth
	Nancy W.
	Francis W. 21
	Anna
	James L. 15
	Maurice J. 10
Steward S. Deckard, 23, farmer--Potters Mills
	Ida
	John D. 56
	Louisa S.
	Martha A.
Thomas L. Deckard, 29, laborer--Potters Mills
	Elmira J.
	Stella T.
	Infant 3 mos.

In RUSH Township:

Calvin Dechert, 21, laborer--Sandy Ridge

In WALKER Township:

Adam, 55, farmer--Nittany
	Elvirejo 27
	Samuel M. 18
	Jennie M.
	Charles N. 7
Christ, 33, farmer--Zion
	Rebecca H.
	John B. 10
Harry E., 25--Hublersburg
	Jennie P.
	Wilbert 1
Herbert, 27, laborer--Zion
John, 62, farmer--Hublersburg
	Mary
	Charles A. 18
William, 58, farmer--Hublersburg
	Emma C.
	Laura
	Roy M. 2
	Margaret J.