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 Henderson. 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 with the Henderson family.
There are 39 different first-name entries for Henderson 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) with the following persons having full-length profiles: James Henderson (no birthdate given, s/o Hugh and Margaret (Gamble)); John C. Henderson (b. 6-Dec-1832, s/o William B. and Rachel (Connor)); and, Milton J. Henderson (b. 7-Feb-1858, s/o David and Mary (McMamagh)).
And, now, your ancestors' HENDERSON neighbors in 1890:
In BENNER Township:
James, 55, farmer--Bellefonte Margaret Burton K. 25 Emma L. Mamie Lizzie Samuel J. 14 Thomas O. 8 Robert M., 32, farmer--Fillmore Rachel E. Nancy M. Bertha A.
In COLLEGE Township:John A., 36--Lemont
In HALF-MOON Towsnhip:Essington, 40, laborer--Loveville Mary Albert 8 Sallie Aaron 4 Dora Hannah
In HOWARD Borough:J. A. C., 74, clerk Catharine
In HOWARD Township:William B., 39, laborer--Mt. Eagle Mamie C. Alonzo C. 8 Jennie L. Mary J.
In HUSTON Township:David, 35, farmer--Julian Catharine William 29 John C., 55, farmer--Julian Elizabeth Elmer 28 Olia Curtis D. 15 Veris G. 11
In MARION Township:Robert, 69, retired--Bellefonte Martha James A. 38 Anna M. Elzy S. Miles K. 9 Edward E. 6
In RUSH Township:Edwin G., 26, liveryman--Philipsburg Ella C. George E., 27, laborer--Philipsburg Jennie James M., 29, engineer--Philipsburg Catharine K. James M. 3 Maggie B.
In Taylor Township:Milton J., 31, farmer--Port Matilda Elizabeth Anna M. Elmer 12 John 29 Jennie Eva H.