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 HEATON. 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 are no books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal in part with the Heaton family.
There are two first-name entries for Heaton 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' Heaton neighbors in 1890:
Andrew, 74, farmer Lydia Miles T. 33 Rachael Clara--Milesburg Elizabeth--Roland Emery 24 Malinda Sylvester 18 George W., 31, blacksmith Ollie J. Willis A. 3 Lloyd E. 1 Green W., 42, farmer--Milesburg Emma M. Harvey A. 16 William T. 13 Sylvester 10 Henry, 60, farmer--Milesburg Sarah E. Alice M. John F. 22 George F. 19 Eliza J. Howard A., 29, laborer--Milesburg Lydia E. Frederick R. 2 Stella James H, 26--Milesburg Nancy E. Arthur J. 5 mos. James P., 42, farmer--Roland Elizabeth Philo G. 14 Nellie J. Stella C. Frederick G. 9 Richard L. 7 Mary E. Charles R. 3 Joseph E. 1 James W., 53, farmer--Roland Malinda J. Michael, 56, farmer--Milesburg Margaret David E. 25 Harvey W. 21 Rosanna M. John M. 17 Charles E. 15 Sarah M.--Roland Jacob N. 17 Isaac S. 16 Edward L. 15 Ida M. Daniel G. 11 Thomas E., 31, laborer--Roland Sarah E. John I. 7 Clarence 4 Wilson T., 28, laborer--Milesburg Mary E. Orin N. 5
HUSTON Township:David W., 45, farmer--Martha Elizabeth Walter R. 10 Laura E. Vergie 2 mos.
SNOW SHOE Township:Andrew C., 34, laborer--Clarence Mary C. Reuben L. 14 Toner L. 10
UNION Township:Emma--Fleming Harriet--Fleming William 22 Lena--Fleming Louis H. 16 Rose M.
WALKER Township:Ira H., 24--Hublersburg Mary M. Lewis H. 16