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 LINGLE. 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 with the Lingle family.
There are 17 different first-name entries for Lingle 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' LINGLE neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Joseph, 79, retired--122 N. Spring Elizabeth Joseph H., 40, manufacturer--104 W. Linn Mary E. Harold B. 7 Raymond P. 1
In BOGGS Township:James C., 65, farmer--Milesburg Marcella B. Lyeurgus R. 31 Edward P. 29 Mary S. Charles 21 John N. 18 Elizabeth A. Florence V. James B. 9
In GREGG Township:Conrad, 72, laborer--Spring Mills Sarah John W. 12 John 27 Lena David C., 35, lumberman--Spring Mills Esther James 15 Clara Thomas 11 Catherine Harry 4 John, 74, postmaster--Spring Mills Lydia Calvin 11 Lizzie Edward 8 Albert 2 John C., 62, laborer--Spring Mills Catharine Samuel B. 21 William 19 Minnie E.--Spring Mills William H., 27, farmer--Spring Mills Florence J. Martha L. William T., 37, laborer--Spring Mills Sarah Oliver T. 14 Alfred D. 12 Mary John F. 7 Jesse W. 4
In HARRIS Township:Marion--Linden Hall
In LIBERTY Township:James P., 45, laborer--Blanchard Margaret E. William 22 Bertha Melville D. 16 Richard B. 14 Mary E. George S. 9 Josephine Thomas S., 54, wagonmaker--Blanchard Susan Harvey R. 11 Susanna Alexander 50
In PENN Township:Henry, 28, farmer--Coburn Lena S. Gertie M. Morris C. 3 Jonathan, 32, laborer--Coburn Susanna Louisa Sarah Charles 2 Katie E.--Sober Solomon, 54, farmer--Coburn Elizabeth William H. 15 Alice
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Frank J., 37, weighmaster--Presquile St. Gertrude A.--3rd St. Caroline G. Chesty Elizabeth H. Harry D. 11 Le Helen L. Joseph 4 Wicklief, 43, supt. coal mines--Pine St. Amelia Bessie E. Clara D. Harvey Virginia F. Joseph J. 2
In POTTER Township:David S., 24, laborer--Spring Mills Lydia Whitmer 1 Elizabeth C.--Centre Hall Frank F., 16--Centre Hall Henry, 46, laborer--Tusseyville Anna John 13 Ida Leah Infant 1 mo. Solomon, 40, teamster--Tusseyville Elizabeth C. Ida M. William F. 6 James 3 Charles 1