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 EMERICK. 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).
No books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Enerick family.
There are 16 different first-name entries for Emerick 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' EMERICK neighbors in 1890:
All spellings "Emerick" unless otherwise noted.
In CENTRE HALL Borough:
Carrie Emrick Charles E., 33, physician--Martha, Pa.
In GREGG Township:Franklin J., 33, farmer--Farmers Mills Helen E. Martin E. 9 Vernie J. Vera S. Mazie George F., 42, farmer--Farmers Mills Mary Martha Henry, 56, farmer--Madisonburg Catharine George E. 23 Newton E. 21 Benjamin 18 Howard 14 John F., 37, laborer--Centre Hall Anna
In MILES Township:John S., 52, merchant--Wolfs Store Rosa E. Mollie E. Charles E. 19 Forest M. 16 Ralph L. 6
In PENN Township:Jacob, 50, laborer--Coburn Mary A. Maggie--Coburn
In POTTER Township:George H., 34, farmer--Centre Hall Emma J. Vernie Martin L., 35, laborer--Centre Hall Phoeba Charles D. 8 Domer W. 5 Maurice R. Infant Samuel, 71, laborer--Potters Mills Julia A. William, 71, laborer--Centre Hall Priscilla Mary
In UNION Township:Julia A.--Fleming
In UNIONVILLE Borough:John M., 45, stonemason Sarah L. Julia H. Almeda B. William M. 1 month
In WALKER Township:Joseph A., 39, farmer--Brittany Mary C. Eliza J. Eva B. Reuben F., 47, farmer--Nittany Alice R. Joseph H. 17 Franklin M. 14 Boyd M. 11 Sadie I.--Nittany Sarah E.--Nittany Pierce A. Eva William, 50, laborer--Nittany Fannie H. Eva R. William H. 13 Clara H. Lavinia