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 GROVE. 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 Grove family. They are: Elmer Leonidas Denniston's Genealogy of the Stukey, Ream, Grove, Clem, and Denniston Families (Harrisburg, Pa., 1939), Edgar J. Grove's A History of the Grove Family (1977) and Oscar John Rishel's The Grove Family a History (1965).
There are 24 different first-name entries for Grove 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' GROVE neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
James B., 52, saddler--116 S. Spring Anna M.
In BENNER Township:John W., 28, laborer--Bellefonte Susan A. George W. 2 Etta William, 50, farmer--Bellefonte Sarah John F. 22 Annie H. Sarah E. William H. 4 mos.
In COLLEGE Township:James M., 30, laborer--Lemont Annie E. Harry F. 3 Michael, 68, farmer--Lemont Eva Daniel 34 Julia A. Nathan, 32, laborer--Lemont Mahala A. Maud E. William L. 4 David C. 24 Carrie E. William, 65, farmer--Lemont Rosetta Howard E. 21 William E., 34, farmer--Lemont Annie E. Willis A. 10 Harrie E. 9 Oran L. 7
In FERGUSON Township:Alfred C., farmer--Pine Grove Mills
In GREGG Township:James P., 44, farmer--Farmers Mills Rachael K. Blanchard 13 Flora B. Bertha John, 63, lumberman--Spring Mills Margaret Hiriam 25 Harry 18 John, 63, lumberman--Spring Mills Henry 18
In HARRIS Township:Martin, 82, retired--Boalsburg Catharine Samuel, 38, farmer--Boalsburg Mary Edith C. Sidney R. 14 William 11 Blanche E.
In HUSTON Township:Ellen--Julian
In MARION Township:Daniel C., 35, farmer--Bellefonte Leah Michael H. 23 Leah E. Sarah Franklin C. 10 Hiram R. 7
In MILESBURG Borough:William C., 51, physician Hannah E. Edward W. 12 Julia C.
In MILLHEIM Borough:Adam Y., 18 Emanuel, 28, laborer Clara Herbert F. 2 Clarence 4 mos.
In PENN Township:William H., 22, laborer--Coburn
In POTTER Township:Thomas, 45--Spring Mills Emma P. Annie Whitmer 17 Arthur M. 12 Earl M. 9 Mary M.
In RUSH Township:Alonzo, 22, laborer--Philipsburg Adam M. Benjamin 1 Frank M. 25--Philipsburg Catharine E.