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The Harper Family


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 Harper. 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).

Two books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Harper family. They are: Marguerite Adams' The harper, Reeder, Dolan Line Out of Pennsylvania (1989) and John Harper's The Harper Family of Centre County, Pennsylvania (1953).

There are several different first-name entries for Harper 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' HARPER neighbors in 1890:

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Jared, 51, merchant--3 S. Thomas
	Annie C.
John, 84, retied--21 S. Thomas
	Mary
John C., 34, attorney--149 E. Linn
	Laura
	Clarence G. 9
	Helen J.
	Arthur 6
Jonathan, 57, merchant--118 W. Linn
	Marinda
	Lula
	Jerome 19
	Edwin 15
	Maud
	Jennie
William, 53, merchant--5 S. Thomas
	Chestie A.
	Carrie B.

In CENTRE HALL Borough:

Simon, 49, merchant
	Maggie E.
	Henry W. 8
	Elizabeth

In FERGUSON Township:

George E., 33, laborer--State College
	Mary E.
	Myrtle V.
	Clara A.
	George E. Jr. 3
George W., 12--Rock Springs
Isaac, 82, retired--Pine Grove Mills
	Mary
	Gordon 17

In GREGG Towsnhip:

Amelia--Spring Mills

In HAINES Towsnhip:

Thomas, 64, farmer--Aaronsburg
	Sarah

In LIBERTY Towsnhip:

John W., 44, laborer--Blanchard
	Laura L.

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Annie M.--Spruce St.
John H., 35, laborer--3rd St.
	Harry 21
	Ada B.
William L., 65, liveryman--3rd St.
	Isabella A.

In POTTER Township:

Jane--Centre Hall
John B. 58, laborer--Potters Mills
	Catharine

In RUSH Township:

Amos W., 60, laborer--Philipsburg
	Susan
	Harry 23
	John F. 20
	Lula M.
	Myrtle L.
	Jay C. 10
	Edith P.

In SPRING Township:

Etta--Bellefonte

In TAYLOR Township:

Wesley T., 41, farmer--Port Matilda
	Jennie L.
	Horace M. 12
	John L. 10
	Harry E. 8
	Sallie
	John P. 84