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 HALL. 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 Hall family.
There are 52 different first-name entries for Hall 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' HALL neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
In BOGGS Township:John W., 34, laborer--Milesburg Amanda Frank H. 9 Henry C. 8 Ellwood 6 Leroy 4 Bessie Wilbur B., 18--Milesburg
In HALF-MOON Township:Matilda--Stormstown Rebecca Eliza A.
In HOWARD Borough:Joseph B., 70, blacksmith Sarah Susan Sarah E. Leah S. Wilbur 34
In HOWARD Township:Dickson, 40, furnaceman--Mt Eagle Nancy William P. 17 Elizabeth Frank 11 Eliza John N., 59, farmer--Howard Susan Temple E. Mollie A. Willie H., 21
In HUSTON Township:Esther--Julian James, 32, laborer--Julian Sarah Harry I. 6 George W. 6
In LIBERTY Township:James R., 27--Blanchard
In MILESBURG Borough:George W., 64, laborer Rose A. Richard 27 Tolie M. Charles G. 5 John C. 4 Claudis 2
In MILLHEIM Borough:John, 36, butcher Joanna James Raymond 6 Harry G. 4 Ruth F.
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:William T., 22, laborer--2nd St.
In RUSH Township:Joseph H., 64--Philipsburg Ruth W.
In SNOW SHOE Township:Hannah--Snow Shoe
In SPRING Township:Samuel M., 40, laborer--Bellefonte Carrie Isabella C. William, 65, furnaceman--Bellefonte Nannie Mary M.
In UNION Township:Aaron R., 62, farmer--Fleming Sarah J. Miles M. 22 Mary C. David R. 16 Celesta A. Sarah A. Aaron J. 8 Alem B., 32, farmer--Fleming Nancy E. William E. 8 Hanna E. Mira E. Harry C. 4 mos. Andrew T., 47, farmer--Fleming Sarah E. Charles G., 34, farmer--Fleming Mary M. Betsy M. Carrie A. Aaron 8 Lucinda Jesse 7 Polly Toner B. 2 David C., 44, farmer--Fleming Elizabeth A. Anna L. Edward T. 12 Harriet E. George P., 58--Fleming Rebecca Sarah M. Eli A. Isaac, 14--Fleming John G., 61, farmer--Fleming Minerva Robert C. 7 Catharine Mark, 31, farmer--Fleming Hannah L. Mary E. Howard H. 7 Cora R. Clarence E. 1 Perry J., 18--Fleming Hannah M. Robert B. 14 Homer D. 9 Robert A., 61, farmer--Fleming Margaret E. Sarah R. Ola Ida George B. 10 William H., 36, laborer--Wingate Mary C. William B. 16 Harry F. 13 Rose E. Lucy B. Anna M. Ernest C. Maud S. William N., 21, farmer--Fleming
In UNIONVILLE Borough:Daniel, 43, blacksmith Frances