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 LEE. 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 apparently deals with the Lee family. It is: J. Marvin Lee's The Lees of Centre County: a Family History and Genealogy (196-).
There are 21 different first-name entries for Lee 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' LEE neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Alfred, 24, teamster--56 Pine Sadie Mary
In CENTRE HALL Borough:John T., 45, coachmaker Laura A. Amey A. Grace I. Witmer E. 9 Ruth
In MILES Township:Elsie R.--Rebersburg George L., 36, physician--Madisonburg Rosa B.
In MILESBURG Borough:Mary A.
In MILLHEIM Borough:Katie L.
In PATTON Township:Henry D., 48, carpenter--Fillmore Anna R.
In POTTER Township:Alfred J., 36, carpenter--Centre Hall Amanda J. Mary A. Berdelia M. Bessie V. Felix A., 20, clerk--Tusseyville John B. 66 Jane B. John H. 33 Carrie M. Sarah J. Franklin D., 26, farmer--Centre Hall Maggie M. Maud 1 Jacob, 35, clerk--Centre Hall Kate J. Maud E. Sarah A. Rufus B. 5 Charles W. 3 Ralph J. 8 mos. Roy C. 8 mos. James, 30, farmer--Centre Hall Anna E. Jane R. John B. 4 Mary E. Infant 1 mo. John R., 50, farmer--Tusseyville Mary E. Sadie M. George B. 22 Catharine Jacob 14 Anus 45 Susan E. William H., 47--Centre Hall Rebecca E. Ida M. Arthur B. 20 Annie E.
In WALKER Township:Jeremiah W., 40, farmer--Hublersburg Emma V. Clark H. 14 Minnie A. Clyde 8 Sarah E.