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 DUNKLE. 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).
Two books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Dunkle family. They are: Helen Dunkle's The Family History Book: A Genealogical Record and Helen Dunkle's John, James and David Ross Family of Centre County: A Genealogical Record.
There are 15 different first-name entries for Dunkle 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' DUNKLE neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Thomas J., 42, merchant--16 N. Penn Elizabeth M. Robert H. 3 Malcomb B. 4 mos. Alice M.
In BENNER Township:Catharine
In CENTRE HALL Borough:Sarah J.
In COLLEGE Township:Herbert E., 18, carpenter--State College
In GREGG Township:David E., 27, laborer--Spring Mills Mary J. James T. Henry T. 4 Elizabeth R.
In HAINES Township:Jacob, 36, farmer--Coburn Rebecca Harry 16 Emma E.
In HOWARD Borough:Amos M., 38, carpenter Mary E. Lotte R. 7 Tessie G.
In HOWARD Township:Joseph I., 33, laborer--Mt. Eagle Florence Maud
In POTTER Township:John, 21--Potters Mills Mary Elsie
In SPRING Township:Andrew, 36, laborer--Bellefonte Anna M.--Bellefonte Lewis G., 40, farmer--Bellefonte Katherine Charles 11 Sarh M. William K. 7
In WALKER Township:David, 63, farmer--Hublersburg Harriet Harry D. 25 Frances M. Curtis M. 19 Jacob, 61, farmer--Hublersburg Mary F. John T., 49, farmer--Hublersburg Martha R. Daniel M., 22 Joseph H. 17 Martha R. John T. 12 Mary L. Elias O.