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 HARSHBARGER. 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 in part with the Harshbarger family.
There are 9 first-name entries for Harshberger 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' Harshbarger neighbors in 1890:
Catherine Harshberger--101 N. Allegheny Hezekiah H. Harshberger, 42, attorney--116 N. Penn Julia C. Ralph C. 6 James B. 2
BOGGS Township:James, 22, laborer--Milesburg
HARRIS Township:Hettie Harshberger--Boalsburg
MILESBURG Borough:Zachariah Harshberger, 46, liveryman Jennie E. Maud A. Elsie M.
PENN Township:John Harshberger, 53, farmer--Millheim Mary M. Kate V. Francis A. 12 Edwin B. 9
PHILIPSBURG Borough:Charles T. Hershberger, 40, carpenter--Laurel St. Anna M. Bertha B. Magdelina Lula F. Eleanor
POTTER Township:Abraham Harshberger, 62--Linden Hall Mary M. Elmer A. 24 David E. 20 John L. 17 Lottie M.
SNOW SHOE Township:John H. Harshberger, 46, laborer--Moshannon Gertrude Ida M. Maude E. Ivie B. Robert L. 2
SPRING Township:Charles Harshberger, 18--Zion
WALKER Township:David Harshberger, 56, farmer--Hublersburg Anna M. James F. 19 Florence M. William H. Harshberger, 20, laborer--Hublersburg
WORTH Township:Samuel Harshberger, 39, physician--Port Matilda Frances Walter 5 Ufene 3 Leora