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The Hosterman 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 Hosterman. 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 Hosterman family.

There are 13 different first-name entries for Hosterman 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 three persons having full-length profiles: F.O. Hosterman (b. 1859, s/o Jacob and Anna (Boyer) Hosterman); John K. Hosterman (b. 1826, s/o George and Catherine (Kramer) Hosterman); and, T. W. Hosterman (b. 1845, s/o of Thomas and Hannah (Yearick) Hosterman).

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

In CENTRE HALL Borough:

George W., 35, dentist
	Catharine A.
	Samuel V. 14
	John S. 7
	Helen S.

In GREGG Township:

Adam F., 32, farmer--Penn Hall
	Susan T.
	Catharine R.
Franklin D., 54--Penn Hall
	Catharine
	William P. 33
	Emma C.
	John F. 23

In HAINES Towsnhip:

Allen O., 23, laborer--Aaronsburg
Almerta J.--Woodward
Charles W., 43, mail carrier--Woodward
	Selinda
	John W. 18
	Thomas R. 16
	Wesley S. 14
	Ada S.
	Oliver 10
	Verna D.
	Charles H. 6
	Herbert S. 3
	Bertha
Frederick, 31, merchant--Fiedler
	Quilla
John F. 2 mos.--Woodward
Robert B., 42, farmer--Fiedler
	Sarah I.
	Anna
	George W. 11
	Bessie C.
	Maud E.
Warren E., 23, farmer--Woodward
	Susan
	Maud D.
William L., 20, laborer--Poe Mills
	John C. 17
	Keturah L.
	Susan A.
	Lina B.
	Eugene C. 10
	Minnie E.

In HARRIS Towsnhip:

Adam, 45, farmer--Boalsburg
	Susan
	Henry 22
	Mary S.
George C., 11--Boalsburg

In MILES Towsnhip:

Edward G., 24, farmer--Wolfs Store
	Sallie
	Edna M.
	Harry 2
John K., 63, farmer--Wolfs Store
	Susan
	Lizzie V.
	Thomas 17
John W. O. Houserman, 40, carpenter--Rebersburg
	Emma J.
	Frank V. 14
	Bertha A.

In MILLHEIM Borough:

John L., 18, laborer

In PENN Township:

Daniel, 52, laborer--Coburn
	Harriet
	Jennie V.
Thomas W., 43, postmaster--Coburn
	Rachel
	Gertie J.
	Thomas 14
	Nathan 11
	Lizzie
	Mabel C.
	Bertha
William, 14--Coburn
William, 20, laborer--Coburn

In POTTER Towsnhip:

Alfred P., 49, farmer--Centre Hill
	Susan L.
	Eleanor S.
	Mary E.
	Thomas A. 9
	Sophia
	Ellis B. 39
James K., 19--Centre Hill