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 HOLDER or HOLTER. 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).
One book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deals in part with the Holter family. It is: Vashti Seaman's and Flora Curtin's Record of John and Jane Antes Holter's Children...: Their Ancestors and Descendants of Holter, Seaman, & Barnhart Families (19--).
There are 3 first-name entries for Holder and 10 for Holter 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' Holder or Holter neighbors in 1890:
Jane Holter--Roland Susan C.
HOWARD Borough:A. L. Holter, 60, carpenter Mary J. Clara B. D. E. 25 Robert H. 18 James F. 14 B. F. Holter, 59, blacksmith Mary E. A. B. 25 Jennie Elmer E. 19 Susan B. Josephine E. Fannie I. Harry C. Holter, 46, carpenter and contractor Mary E. Daniel W. 21 Nannie Lizzie M. John S. 13 Robert B. 11 Ellie L. Almeda David A. 3 Philip C. 1 John B. Holter, 43, mason Joseph L. Holter, 48 Martha J. Nellie B. Michael P. Holter, 45, carpenter Susan B. Minnie H. Lydia J. Charles E. 13 Albert L. 11 James A. 7 Samuel B. 4 William H. Holter, 31, carpenter Sarah A.
HOWARD Township:Jacob S. Holter, 36, farmer--Howard Mary E. Sherman N. 6
LIBERTY Township:Christ Holter, 55, farmer--Blanchard Sarah Mollie Charles 2 Mollie Rosa L. Jacob Holter, 71, farmer--Blanchard W. Scott Holter, 22, teacher--Blanchard
PHILIPSBURG Borough:Constance C. Holter, 37, engineer, 5th St. Martha Sarah J. Minnie M. Edith B. Carrie M. T. W.
SPRING Township:Hayes H. Holder, 36, engineer--Bellefonte Emeline A. Edith Josiah Holter, 45--Bellefonte Martha A. Sue C.