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The KEEN 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 KEEN. 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 in part with the Keen family.

There are 7 first-name entries for Keen 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' Keen neighbors in 1890:

HAINES Township:

Alfred, 33, laborer--Fiedler
	Emma J.
	George E. 13
	Carrie
	Olive S.
	Harry 5
	Sallie C.
	Lizzie S.
	Jennie E.

MARION Township:

Henry F., 37, farmer--Roland
	Arabella
	Herman A. 14
	William E. 12
	Mary
	Christ A. 2
	Sarah

MILLHEIM Borough:

Anna M.
	Katie E.
	Ada O.
Elizabeth
	Ida Mary
Mary
William E., 33, laborer
	Sadie J.
	Stuart S. 6

PENN Township:

Henry, 50, farmer--Millheim
	Annie E.
	Harry H. 2
John D., 46, farmer--Millheim
	Harriet
	Benjamin 21
	Calvin J. 18
	Mary E.
	Anna E.
	Emanuel D. 4