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The Houser 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 Houser. 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).

Two books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Houser family. They are: Larry Boob's The Ancestors of Bernard and Lulu Stover (1977) and J. Marvin Lee's The Houser Record: Descendants of Jacob and Barbara (Shirk) Houser (1994 ed. with index by R. Fred Houts).

There are several different first-name entries for Houser 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).

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

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Annie E.

In BENNER Township:

Abram, 78, retired--Pleasant Gap
	Elizabeth
Franklin, 21, laborer--Bellefonte
Frederick, 67, farmer--Houserville
	Sarah
	Daniel T. 23
	Isabella J.
Jacob E., 44, laborer--Fillmore
	Mary E.
	Elizabeth
	Rachael A.
	Edward E. 9
	Miles K. 8
	Arvilla
James W., 41, painter--Pleasant Gap
	Sarah J.
	John M. 17
	Grace M.
	Charles M. 11
	Abram R. 8
John, 51, farmer--Pleasant Gap
	Catharine
	Mary E.
	William M. 24
	Anna F.
	Ellie
	Etta
	Elmer E. 7
	George M. 4
	Leslie C. 2
Reuben A., 40, laborer--Pleasant Gap
	Mary E.
	Nettie M.
	Jared D. 14
	Harry C. 12
	George W. 10
	Daniel W. 8
	Mary E.

In COLLEGE Township:

Elizabeth--Houserville
	Nannie M.
	Fred 67
	Subine
	Olive
	Minnie
Grant, 25, plasterer--Lemont
	Mary A.
Harry H., 16--Houserville
	David 45
	Martha
	Mary
	Anna S.
	Harry E. 12
	Charles 10
	James E. 8
	Edith
	George 4
James E., 37, laborer--Lemont
John, 45, laborer--State College
	Lydia R.
	Edward P. 19
	Jacob D. 11
	Thomas R. 9
Manuel, 29, mercahnt--Houserville
	Lillie M.
	May
	Luther 3
William R., 28, agent--Lemont
	Margaret R.
	Kurtz L. 2
	William C. 6 mos

In FERGUSON Township:

Luther M., 39, physician--Penna Furnace
	Anna C.
	Mamie E.

In HARRIS Towsnhip:

Henry, 22, laborer--Oak Hall

In Spring Township:

James A., 36, laborer--Bellefonte
	Sarah J.
	Gertrude
	Mabel E.
	Lloyd A. 1
	Harry 31
Scott, 29, laborer--Bellefonte
	Louisa
	Lessie
	Earl 6