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 Graham. 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 deal with the Graham family. It is: David H. Graham's Pennsylvania Heritage: A Chartered Genealogical History of Harold Edmund Graham & Effie Ruth Coble (1983).
There are 29 different first-name entries for Graham 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' GRAHAM neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Edward, 74, shoemaker--126 N. Allegheny Mary Mary R. Sarah Emma J. Benner, 44, shoemaker--18 S. Penn Agnes Franklin C. 8 James L. 6 Joseph S. 1 M. S., 63, barber--110 E. High Sarah E. George 17
In BURNSIDE Township:Arthur, 51, Laborer--Pine Glenn Anna E.
In FERGUSON Township:Frank 15--Pine Grove Mills Randall 14--State College William E., 33, laborer--Pine Grove Mills
In LIBERTY Towsnhip:Alfred E., 32, merchant--Blanchard Ella Charles A. 2
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Anna--6th St. Elizabeth--Water St. Mary A.--10th St. Rowland 25
In RUSH Township:Henry, 34, teamster--Philipsburg Sarah Joseph 7 Hannah C. Thomas, 28--Philipsburg Harriet Latitia Mary Robert 23 Michael 22 William H. 46, laborer--Philipsburg Sarah George L. 17
In SNOW SHOE Township:Charles R., 40, miner--Snow Shoe Isabella Agnes David 10 Jennie Charles R. 8 mos.
In WALKER Township:Alfred G., 39, lumberman--Zion