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 DeHAAS. 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 in part with the DeHaas family. It is Leon Sterner's and Dorothy M. Smith's Brigadier General John Philip deHaas and Some of His Descendants (Mechanicsburg, Pa., 1975).
There are two first-name entries for DeHaas 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' DeHaas neighbors in 1890:
Eliza L. DeHass--8 W. High
BOGGS Township:Bella--Roland William, 24, laborer--Roland
CURTIN Township:Cline, 77--Roland Sallie Daniel 26 Mary E.
HOWARD Borough:Curtis DeHass, 67, mail carrier Sarah Jennie J. L. DeHass, 31, hotel keeper Mary L. M. R. Dietz Jacob 70 Elizabeth Mary E. DeHass Lizzie William F. 34 John 31
LIBERTY Township:Joseph M. DeHass, 72, farmer--Blanchard Susan J. Ida B. Alice R. Dacy D. Lydia Henrietta C. Anna M. Omer 10 Carrie Lillie Martin 3 Philip DeHass, 53, laborer--Blanchard Sarah Edward 25 Curtis 23 Sarah L. Ernest 15 Rosa
MARION Township:Oscar C., 23, laborer--Walker