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 HARMAN. 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).
There is one book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deals in part with the Harman/Harmon family. It is: History of the Harmon Family (19--).
There are 2 first-name entries for Harman in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several mentions of the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' Harman neighbors in 1890:
George H., 20, laborer--Half Moon Sarah E. Grace Henry, 71, laborer--23 N. Thomas Sarah C. Mary N.
HAINES Township:Ardrenna--Aaronsburg Fannie R.--Aaronsburg
HOWARD Township:William Harmon, 69, laborer--Howard David M. 32 Harry 19
PHILIPSBURG Borough:George, 39--9th St. Lawrence C. Harmon, 29, physician--Front St. Nancy
SPRING Township:Milton, 24, blacksmith--Pleasant Gap Mary William H. 3 John D. 1