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The HARRIS 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 HARRIS. 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).

Four books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Harris family. They are: Walter Braun's The John Harris Family Connection, William Mervine's Harris, Dunlop, Valentine and Allied Families, Jesse Seaver's Harris Family History, and Robert Stewart's Colonel George Stewart and His Wife Margaret Harris.

There are 39 different first-name entries for Harris 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' HARRIS neighbors in 1890:

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Anna B.--3 E. Linn
Ellen--106 N. Spring
George F., 47, physician--14 W. High
	Mary W.
	Catherine C.
	Adeline
Henry P., 64, undertaker--27 E. Howard
	Mary C.
	Wilbur F. 28
	Hardman P., 26
	Lydia T.
	James H. 21
	John T. 14
James, 57, dealer in hardware--24 N. Spring
	Lavina C.
	Jane
John, 56, druggist--138 E. Curtin
	Rachael A.
	Joseph D. 17
	Edward D. 13
	Charles M. 10
	Jennie
	George 5
	Anna
	Mary
John P., 57, banker--103 W. Linn
	Mary R.
	James L. 26
	Edith
	Emily E.
	John P. Jr. 17
	Edward 16
	Harold 14
	Elizabeth P.
Molten, 66, laborer--Cedar Alley
	Laura
Susan--12 S. Spring

In BOGGS Township:

George F., 60, laborer--Milesburg
	Hannah

In PATTON Township:

Frank, 29, engineer--Benore
	Eva
	Orvis 1
John, 37--Buffalo Run
	Mary E.
	Mary E.
	William H. 12

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

John C. 16--2nd St.
William H., 40, laborer--6th St.
	Hannah
	John C. 16
	Mary H.
	Bertha
	Sarah A.
	Carrie E.
	Lillie
	Violet M.

In SPRING Township:

Thomas J., 43, puddler--Bellefonte
	Margaret
	Bessie A.

In WALKER Township:

Christian, 72--Nittany
	Sarah E.
John B., 35, farmer--Nittany
	Janet
	Oscar B. 13
	Benjamin F. 11
	William P. 9
	Robert H. 7
	John B. 5
	Mary R.
	Blanche L.