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The Hess 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 Hess. 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 with the Hess family.

There are 32 different first-name entries for Hess in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several references to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).

And, now, your ancestors' HESS neighbors in 1890:

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Willie--17 E. High

In BENNER Township:

Catharine--Bellefonte
	Mary
	Robert L. 20

In Ferguson Township:

Claude B., 51, farmer--State College
	Ella H.
	Sadie B.
	Mattie P.
	Joseph A. 10
	Aggie A.
	Claude L. 6
	Robert E. 2
John G., 57, merchant--Pine Grove Mills
	Sarah A.
Mary--Pine Grove Mills
Newton E., 27, farmer--Boalsburg
	Maggie
Samuel, 91, retired--State College

In HAINES Towsnhip:

Henry N., 23, farmer--Woodward
	Fyetta
Michael, 50, farmer--Fiedler
	Mary A.
	John H. 11
	Nora E.
	William 15
	Mary
	Winfield S. 9
Rebecca--Woodward

In HARRIS Township:

Adam, 64, laborer--Boalsburg
	Mary E.
	William J.
	Nellie R.
	Harry T. 11
Daniel, 72, retired--Linden Hall
	Drucilla
	Laura
	Fredrica
Michael, 54, laborer--Boalsburg
	Emma
	Earnest W. 23
	Winona N.
	Sarah W.
	John W. 11

In RUSH Township:

Charles C., 35, laborer--Philipsburg
	Kate S.
	William M. 12
	Lawrence E. 10
	Charles H. 8
	Samuel M. 6
	Carrie M.
Claude B., 29--Philipsburg
	Sallie M.
	Fay
Edward M., 54, laborer--Philipsburg
	Blanche
	Maggie