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 HUNTER. 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 Hunter family.
There are 43 different first-name entries for Hunter 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' Hunter neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
George W., 34, painter--117 W. High Margaret S. C., 60, contractor--218 S. Allegheny Amanda William 18 Maggie Minnie Charles 7 Bertha
In BENNER Township:Nancy H.--Fillmore Joseph C. 28 James D. 24 Oscar N. 22 Nancy M. Martha A.
In COLLEGE Township:Sophia--State College Joanna Susan S.
In HALFMOON Township:Cyrus W., 40, marble dealer--Stormstown Mary H. Viola P. Horace G. 11 Maud S. Nancy J. John A., 69, farmer--Stormstown Elizabeth Esther B. Anna M. Caroline Wallace R., 24 John A., 22 Susan S.
In HARRIS Township:George J., 35, wood dealer--Boalsburg Anetta Ellen J. Jane Thomas V., 41, woolen manufacturer--Boalsburg Sarah C. Forest R. 19 Edward R. 16 Joseph 14 William E. 12 Mary R. Riley K. 8 Andrew K. 6 Thomas 4 Sarah
In LIBERTY Township:James A., 30, laborer--Blanchard Clara Maud John H. 4 Charles E. 3 John T., 56, laborer--Blanchard Frederick M. 53 Charles W. 27 John H. 25 William T. 19 Nellie M.
In PATTON Township:Eleanor--Buffalo Run
In PHILIPSBURG BOROUGH:Andrew, 25, laborer--2nd St. Maud R. Minnie R. Martha Catharine--Presquisle St. Martha--3rd St. Anna M. James A. 22 Mary--7th St.
In SPRING Township:Francis J., 49, laborer--Axemann Susan E. Mary--Bellefonte William S., 51, laborer--Axemann Martha E. Boyd L. 16