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 Eckley. 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 no books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal in part with the Eckley family.
There are 11 first-name entries for Eckley 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' Eckley neighbors in 1890:
William, 68, puddler--37 Reynolds Avenue Mary
BENNER Township:Christian, 31, laborer--Bellefonte Kate J. Rozena George 10 Lee W. 8 Arthur E. 7 Lewis T. 4 Bertha M. Mary A.--Bellefonte Mary E. Matilda--Fillmore Sallie A. George J. 29 William B., 59, farmer--Bellefonte Ellen Isabella M. Amanda S. Jennie H. Clara E.
BOGGS Township:John R., 19, laborer--Milesburg Sarah J.--Milesburg Melissa William, 36, laborer--Milesburg Laura Viola M. Theressa
FERGUSON Township:William M., 22, blacksmith--Pine Grove Mills Harriet Ervard 10 Lawrence 9 James 7 Charles 5 George 3 Maggie E.
HUSTON Township:Jacob, 73, laborer--Martha Lucy A.
LIBERTY Township:Charles E., 24, laborer--Blanchard Eliza J. Clarence E. 3
SNOW SHOE Township:Austin, 47, laborer--Clarence Catherine A.
UNION Township:Joseph, 52, farmer--Fleming Mary A. Eva S. Lawrence E. 17 Maud B. Clayton R. Wellington R. 9 Anna M. Margery B. Edith V.