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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 LEATHERS. 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 Leathers family. They are Harry A. Lingle's Immigrant Frederick Leathers and Early Descendants and Mary Francis Ward's Over the Hills: A Story of Growing Up in Bald Eagle Valley during the 1860s-1880s.

There are 20 different first-name entries for Leathers 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).

And, now, your ancestors' LEATHERS neighbors in 1890:

In HOWARD Township:

J. B., 47, manufacturer--Mt. Eagle
	Annie E.
	Cora E.
	N. A. 23
	Olive E.
	Florence M.
Jacob, 72, farmer--Mt. Eagle
James K., 47, farmer--Mt. Eagle
James L., 22, laborer--Mt. Eagle
	C. B.
Jane D.--Mt. Eagle
John F., 22, laborer--Mt. Eagle
	Francis A.
	Sanford A. 2
Joseph, 33, farmer--Mt, Eagle
	O. A.
	B. M.
	J. L. 8
	J. O. 6
	E. P.
Judson M., 43, farmer--Roland
	Margaret E.
R. C., 48, contractor--Mt. Eagle
	C. N. 20
Samuel B., 64, farmer--Mt. Eagle
	Sarah J.
	Mary E.
	Clarissa B.
	Sarah B.
	Esther G.
	William F. 21
	Henry 19
T. G., 53, hotel keeper--Mt. Eagle
	Nancy J.
	Sadie A.
	James A. 16
	T. G. 12
	Elvie O.
Vernie B.--Mt. Eagle
	Franklin C. 14
	Leonard A. 10
William T., 45, farmer--Mt. Eagle
	Mary E.
	Theo 21
	Lucy B.
	Ida R.
	Martha M.
	George H.
	Cookman A. 8
	Jesse P. 6
	Milton W. 4
William T., 33, laborer--Mt. Eagle
	Ettie E.
	Tacie C.
	Earl 6
	Myra E.

In MARION Township:

Ira C., 53, farmer--Walker
	Jane H.
	William J. 21
	Carrie M.
	Virgie M.
	Minnie B.
	Leroy 13

In SNOW SHOE Township:

Mitchell, 37, blacksmith--Snow Shoe
	Rebecca V.
	Chauncey B. 5

In SPRING Township:

Ida M.--Bellefonte
	Ambrose 24
	Eliza J.


B. F., 64, carpenter
	Eliza J.