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The DURST 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 DURST. 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 Durst family. It is Sanford Charles Gladden's The Durst and Darst Families of America with Discussions of Some Forty Related Families (Boulder, Colo., 1969).

There are 8 first-name entries for Durst 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' Durst neighbors in 1890:

CENTRE HALL Borough:

Catharine
Elizabeth

GREGG Township:

Grace--Centre Hall
Hiram, 48, farmer--Farmers Mills
	Sarah
	Kate E.
	Anna E.

HARRIS Township:

Cyrus, 65, farmer--Boalsburg
	Mary A.
	Cora C.
	George F. 18

POTTER Township:

Alfred, 48, farmer--Potters Mills
	Elmira
	Jessie
	Verna
	Virginia A.
Daniel, 80, retired--Centre Hall
	Mary
George, 58, farmer--Centre Hall
	Sabina
	William H. 28
James, 37, farmer--Centre Hall
	Elmira K.
	William H. 12
	Blanche
	Harry 3
	Clara
Philip P., 50, farmer--Centre Hall
	Sarah J.
	John H. 24
	Christ 19
	Ida
	Minnie
	Charles W. 12
	Bessie L.
	Mary B.
Samuel, 36, farmer--Centre Hall
	Alice J.
	Edward O. 10
	Annie

RUSH Township:

William A., 31, laborer--Philipsburg
	Corala B.

UNION Township:

Earl, 7--Fleming