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The JOHNSON 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 JOHNSON. 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 in part with the Johnson family. They are Larry Boob's The Ancestors of Bernard and Lulu Stover (1977); and Percy Witchey's Captain John Johnson of Philadelphia: Genealogy and Descendants (Renovo, Pa., 1957).

There are 45 different first-name entries for Johnson 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' Johnson neighbors in 1890:

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Augustus A., 30, drug clerk--Crider's Exchange
Curt, 36, drayman--365 E. Bishop
	Gustie
	Libbie
	George 9
	Julia
	Annie
Franklin C., 22, teamster--17 S. Thomas
	Flora B.
	Myrtle M.
	Clara C.
Joel H., 59, laborer--326 E. Bishop
	Lidie C.
	Milton 27
	Emma
	Ella 
	Blanche
	Harry 17
Lydia--213 Pike Alley
	George 23

In BOGGS Township:

Hannah--Milesburg
	John 24
Harry, 33, farmer--Milesburg
	Ida B.
	Bessie
	Edward 30

In COLLEGE Township:

Anna--Linden Hall

In CURTIN Township:

Harry M., 33, laborer--Romola
	Maggie M.
	Eva E.
	Edward O. 12
	Mertie H.
	Rachael L.
	Franklin 1 mo.

In HALFMOON Township:

Sarah--Stormstown

In HOWARD Township:

George D., 48, farmer--Mt. Eagle
	Martha
	Ella
	Bessie C.
	Lula C.

In MARION Township:

Amy--Walker
	Ira C., 46
	Laura J.
	Nellie J.
	Frances
Claude, 27, laborer--Walker
	Sallie 
	Lula B.
	Everett E. 5
	Clarence J. 5 mos.

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Aaron, 21, porter--Presquile St.
Elmer, 35, mine supt--2nd St.
	Jennie P.
	Oliver B. 9
	Earl R. 7
Ernest M., 13--7th St.
James E., 25, merchant
	Jane
	Ruth B.
Mary--Alder St.
	Annie
	Nellie
	Elizabeth
Rachel J.--Pine St.
	Anna

In SNOW SHOE Township:

Charles, 25, laborer--Peal
John C., 37, miner--Snow Shoe
	Anna C.
	John P. 14
	William 4	

In SPRING Township:

Celia E.--Zion
Lotta--Bellefonte
Thomas B., 43, laborer--Bellefonte
	Sarah A.
	May L.
	James R. 15
	Lore A.
	Edward T. 9

In WALKER Township:

Austin L., 25, laborer--Zion
	Lizzie E.
	Roy E.
	Minnie
James M., 44, farmer--Zion
	Mary A.
	Sarah E.
	William H. 17
	John F. 13
	Ida M.
	Anna M.
	Alice E.
John W., 55, laborer--Hublersburg
	Harriet
	Ida
	James T. 10
	Bertha B.
	Daniel 6
	Charlotte
Joseph, 71, farmer--Hublersburg
	Jennie M.
	Ida