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The HOY 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 HOY. 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 deals at some length with the Hoy family. It is Joyce Adgate's' The Roy Melvin Hoy Family.

There are 33 different first-name entries for Hoy in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the these names in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) with two of them (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile: Adam Hoy (b. 1827, s/o Albert and Magdal Weckerly) and Hezekiah K. Hoy (b. 1835, s/o John and Susannah Hoy).

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


Mary A.--23 W. High
	Harry K., 40
	Lula I.

In BENNER Township:

Caroline R.--Houserville
Elizabeth A.--Pleasant Gap
Henry N., 25--Bellefonte
	Catharine I.
	Minerva E.
	Christian N. 19
	Carrie V.
Hezekiah, 55, farmer--Bellefonte
	Mary E.
Hezekiah, 21, laborer--Bellefonte
Jacob T., 22, laborer--Bellefonte
	Mollie F.
	Mary P.
William, 49, laborer--Houserville
	Lydia A.
	Franklin B. 20
	William A. 16
	John E. 14

In COLLEGE Township:

Albert, 59, farmer--State College
	Robert V. 14
Alfred, 38--Houserville
	Sarah S.
	Harriet E.
	John H. 14
	James L. 12
	Rose W.
	George 4
	Vernus 2
Benjamin, 46, farmer--Lemont
	Sallie C.
	Mary E.
	Charles E. 11
	Ray J. 6
	Benjamin 2
Hannah--Pleasant Gap
John C., 24, laborer--Lemont
	Mary V.
	George L.
Joseph, 57, farmer--State College
William, 25--Oak Hall
	Ada M.
	Maud E.
	Jeannetta E.

In FERGUSON Township:

David Y., 15--Pine Grove Mills
	Joseph H. 33
	Mary E.
	Mary A.
	Florence C.
	Hannah M.
George W., laborer--Pine Grove Mills
	Hannah J.
	Emma E.
Jeremiah N., 29, farmer--State College
	Elizabeth M.
	Harry A. 3
	Jennie M.
Miles O. 26, laborer--State College
	Sarah N.
	Walter M. 2

In GREGG Township:

Jeremiah, 62, farmer--Madisonburg
John S., 44, farmer--Madisonburg
	Sadie C.

In HARRIS Township:

Peter, 84, retired
William, 16--Linden Hall

In MARION Township:

Catharine A.--Walker
John C., 36, farmer--Walker
	Tillie B.
John Jr., 55, farmer--Walker
	Ulysses H. 23
	Edward S. 6
John S., 65, farmer--Walker
	Jennie M.
	Theodore 10
Josiah J., 45, farmer--Walker
	Sarah S.
	Annie L.
	Katie S.
	Josie I.
	Sadie L.
	Elsie I.
Samuel C., 35, farmer--Hublersburg
	Nancy E.
	George N. 16
	Henry M. 14
	Telitha C.
	Maggie E.

In MILES Township:

Charles E., 2--Madisonburg

In MILLHEIM Borough:

Daniel, 55, proprietor
	Harry M. 23
	Anna C.
	-man D. 5
	Blanche M.

In PATTON Township:

Barbara--State College
Hannah--Buffalo Run
John A., 28, merchant--Buffalo Run
	George A. 4
	John 4 mos.

In PENN Township:

William, 32, laborer--Coburn
	Harry H. 7
	Jennie B.

In POTTER Township:

Harvey F., 36--Centre Hall
	William R. 14
	Harry F. 12
	Samuel 7
	John 5
	Morlander 4
	Harvey S. 2

In SPRING Township:

Louisa H.--Bellefonte
	Anna H.
	Mary W.
	Louisa L.
	Albert C. 16
	James H. 15
	Edward L. 13
	Randolph H. 7

In WALKER Township:

George F., 27, merchant--Hublersburg
	Amanda E.
	Calvin M. 4
	Pearl O.
	George N. 4 mos.
Jeremiah A., 38, farmer--Zion
	Cyrus F. 15
	Harvey A. 12
	Calvin A. 8
	John F. 6
	Lula C.
	Malin R. 1