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 Keller. 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 specifically with the Keller family.
There are several different first-name entries for Keller in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are 25 references to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' KELLER neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Daniel S., 45, attorney--110 West Linn Martha E. William H. 21 Martha E. Jr. Daniel S. Jr. 9 Lucy John S. 5 Harry, 23, attorney--17 West High Anna
In CENTRE HALL Borough:William H., 47, attorney Pricilla M. Tillie P. Mabel A.
In COLLEGE Township:George S., 31, warden Kate L. Charles 12 Lucy Fannie C. Mary E. Diane Catharine
In FERGUSON Township:Jacob, 44, carpenter--Pinegrove Mills Jennie Irvin H. 20 James M. 18 Annetta G. William W. 14 Charles E. 11 Ida M. Jacob F. 3 John M. 3 mos
In GREGG Towsnhip:William, 25, farmer--Madisonburg Annie
In HARRIS Towsnhip:Clara L.--Boalsburg Sallie J. David, 72, retired--Boalsburg Margaret John W., 33, merchant--Boalsburg Fanny L. George H. 2 Baby 3 mos
In MILES Township:Elizabeth--Madisonburg Matilda Lillie E.--Rebersburg
In POTTER Township:Catharine--Tusseyville David C., 49, farmer--Centre Hall Julia A. John R. 19 Mary A. Lydia Elizabeth--Tusseyville Laura J. James A., 47, farmer--Centre Hall Lottie R. Anna M. David K. 18 John 16 Christian 15 William F. 5 John H., 77, retired--Centre Hall Maggie E.--Centre Hall William D., 46, farmer--Centre Hall Susan E. Maggie S. David L. 3 Jeral W. 12 Kate Ruth
In RUSH Township:William, 39, laborer--Sandy Ridge Elizabeth Toner 16 Bertie
In SPRING Towsnhip:Elizabeth--Bellefonte George D. 19 Anna B. Josephine Clara B. Flora L. Matilda Ephraim K., 44, farmer--Axeman Magge E. Bella M. Alice A. Martin M. 20 David W. 17 Susan R. Gertie E. Margaret Harry M., 25, farmer--Pleasant Gap Elizabeth E. Franklin P. 4 Effie