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 KLINE. 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).
One book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte deals with a family named Klein: it is Philip Biddle's Klein--Peck: Prairie Milestones.
There are 19 different first-name entries for Kline in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) with three (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile: Daniel Z. Kline (b. 1818, s/o John George and Amy (Zimmerman)); H. H. Kline (b. 1867, parents not identified); and Harrison Kline (b. 1841, s/o George and Elizabeth (Fetterolf)).
And, now, your ancestors' KLINE neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Alvin B., 23, druggist--3 E. Linn Ida--159 E. Curtin John, 41, attorney--9 E. High Matilda--Spring
In BENNER Township:Daniel J., 39, farmer--Bellefonte Margaret Mary E. William A. 16 Eliza A. Catharine John H. 7 John W., 36, farmer--Bellefonte Annie C. Mary C. Florence C. Mabel V.
In BOGGS Township:Alfred, 30, laborer--Milesburg Julia F. M. Benjamin, 36, laborer--Milesburg Samuel, 31, farmer--Milesburg Sarah J. Josephine Franklin 4 Alvin 1 John 73 William, 63, laborer--Milesburg Jane William Jr. 15
In CENTRE HALL Borough:Sallie E.
In COLLEGE Township:Calvin 16--State College Cornelius H., 31, laborer--Oak Hall Sarah E. James W. 8 George H. 6 Lydia Mary E. George, 70, farmer--Lemont Elizabeth Adaline Harry 7 Charles 5 George, 59, laborer--Oak Hall Elizabeth Esther M. George, 38, laborer--State College Annie M. Sarah John E. 5 Simon L., 33, laborer--State College William E. Franklin G. 13 Annie R. Nancy E. William C., 29, laborer--State College Catharine Eliza M.
In FERGUSON Township:John A., 39, farmer--Pinegrove mills Eva A. Margaret E. Annie L. Minnie M. George W. 16 Arthur E. 10
In HAINES Township:Jeremiah, 68, retired--Aaronsburg Henrietta Sarah B.
In HARRIS Township:Roy, 4--Boalsburg
In HOWARD Borough:S. F., 70, justice of the peace Caroline S. Clara J. Annie J. Clara M. Elsie K. Nellie L.
In HOWARD Township:Adam, 9--Mt. Eagle Alice James, 25, laborer--Mt. Eagle Annie Aliced L. Mary E. Elizabeth Kate A. William H. 3 mos. William, 51, laborer--Mt. Eagle Elziabeth C. Samuel B. 20 John T. 18 Rebecca J. James K. 14 William A. 10 Harris J. 6 Milford 2
In HUSTON Township:Grant, 23, laborer--Julian Joseph, 26, laborer--Julian Ella M.
In LIBERTY Township:David, 57--Blanchard
In MILES Township:Anna--Madisonburg Harry, 27, peddler--Madisonburg John, 35--Rebersburg
In MILLHEIM Borough:Jackson T., 37--implement dealer Carrie L. Bertha
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Carrie--Laurel St. Clara E.--Beaver St. Sarah M. Howard F. 4--10th St.
In POTTER Township:Edward J., 54, farmer--Tusseyville Henry, 63, farmer--Centre Hall Susanna Mary J. Milton, 22, laborer--Tusseyville Anna L.
In RUSH Township:James P., 35, laborer--Philipsburg Sarah A. Ellen E. James W. 6 Mary F. William 2
In SPRING Township:Mary E.--Bellefonte Harrison, 49, farmer--Bellefonte Sarah Mano 25 Henry 22 Anna C. Orrie A. 11 Newton, 28, laborer--Bellefonte Annie Mary