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 Glenn. 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).
Three books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Glenn family. They are: James Johnston Glenn's An Autobiography (1979), Jacqueline Glenn Hildebrand's The Descendants of Jeremiah Glenn (19--). and A. Y. Straw's The Glenn Family: Taken from the Public Spirit, Clearfield, Pa., November 26, 1897 (1897).
There are 32 different first-name entries for Glenn 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' GLENN neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
David M., 58, U.S. store keeper--36 Reynolds Ave. Anna C. Carrie William, 25, laborer--101 Willowbank Susan
In BENNER Township:Robert, 56, farmer Grace A.
In COLLEGE Township:Andrew B., 54, farmer--Lemont Susan Harry 23 Effie B. George 16 Thomas 15 Budd, 25, laborer--State College Samuel, 42, farmer--Lemont Priscilla E. Ella M. Mary R. John 15 James J. 13 Edwin 11 Samuel H. 7 William S., 32, laborer--State College Mary E. Robert O. 10 Harold 8 Bessie B. Grove E. 4 William C. 2 Thomas 22
In FERGUSON Township:Hannah--Pine Grove Mills Robert, 79, farmer--Penna Furnace Nancy Nannie Sarah A. Sarah M.--Pine Grove Mills
In HOWARD Towsnhip:A. C., 54, farmer--Mt. Eagle Rachel A. William D. 18 Jeremiah 16 John 14 Charles 12 Andrew 10 Mary C. Eddie 8 John, 45, carpenter--Mt. Eagle
In PATTON Township:Ephraim, 62, farmer--Fillmore Mary E. Dempster L. 23 Reuben G. 18
In SNOW SHOE Township:Michael, 45, miner--Snow Shoe Lizzie Annie E. Mary James W. 14 John C. 14 Robert R. 10 Michael J. Lizzie Geneva C.
In SPRING Township:Charles, 57, photographer--Bellefonte