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 JORDAN. 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 Jordan family.
There are 11 different first-name entries for Jordan 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' Jordan neighbors in 1890:
In COLLEGE Township:
Blanche M.--State College
In GREGG Township:David, 12, laborer--Farmers Mills
In HAINES Township:Adam, 66, laborer--Poe Mills George L. 33 John H., 40, laborer--Poe Mills Eliza E. John W. 15 David S. 12 Emma S. Amanda R. Perry O. 2 Delpha Joseph, 85, farmer--Aaronsburg Emma R. William A., 27, laborer--Fiedler
In HARRIS Township:Jesse O., 73, shoemaker--Boalsburg Julian
In PATTON Township:George, 42, farmer--Buffalo Run Ellen E. Maggie Charles S. 14 Willis F. 13 Boyd E. 11 Matilda D. Ella George 3 Frederick
In PENN Township:Daniel A., 31, farmer--Millheim Anna C. Ella C.
In POTTER Township:Alice--Tusseyville Eliza--Tusseyville Samuel 17 Daniel 13 George, 21, laborer--Tusseyville George W., 27, laborer--Tusseyville Mary John, 47, farmer--Tusseyville Alice M. Charles F. 13 Christia J. Katie--Tusseyville Andrew 60 Maria William A. 23 Andrew G. 18 Emmett T. 16 Stewart 14 Mary John J. 6 Peter B., 40, shoemaker--Tusseyville Mary A. Jacob J. 11 Susan--Centre Hill
In SPRING Township:George, 39, laborer--Bellefonte Lyda William 17 Bertha E. Claude 12 Harry 8 Oliver 3