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 LONG. 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).
Five books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte deal at some length with this family. They are Dorothy Dorman's History of George and Annie Emenhizer Long and Family, George Ernest and Margaret W. Long's John Long of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Some of His Descendants, John Owens' Owen, Long, Wantz, Krouse and Related Families, Lois Wilkins' Portrait of a Church: A Story of the Long Family of Livonia, New York and, 75th Reunion of the Long Family Association of Livonia, New York, Sunday, August 5, 1984.
There are 46 different first-name entries for Long in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the Long name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) with the following persons (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile: GEORGE W. Long (b. 1833, s/o Jacob and Ann VanHorn); JOHN D. Long (b. 1837, s/o George and Mary Deck); THOMAS W. Long (b. 1828, s/o Isaac and Catharine Wolf); and, WILLIAM Long (b. 1816, s/o Joseph Andrew and Margaret Kuntz).
And, now, your ancestors' Long neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
William, 45, roller--29 Reynolds Avenue Mary E. John 20 Blanche E. Logan 10 Debra M. Edith J. John Sr. 66 Mary E.
In BOGGS Township:Edward S., 49, gardener--Milesburg Isabella Albert C. 14 Ettie E. Aaron 6
In COLLEGE Township:Lewis E., 49, merchant--Lemont Sarah A. Harry H. 11
In CURTIN Township:George, 31, laborer--Roland Annie O. Alfred C. 8 Warren I. 6 Keturah M. Mary M.
In GREGG Township:Aaron, 39, farmer--Farmer's Mills Barbara--Penn Hall Kate L. Charles P., 24, merchant--Spring Mills Barbara L. Eleanor Mabel Daniel, 42, farmer--Farmer's Mills Sarah J. Hiram J. 16 Bertha J. D. Carrie L. Harry P. 2 Jesse, 42, hotel keeper--Farmers Mills Margaret John D., 53, grain dealer--Spring Mills Mary A. George Harry 22 Philip P. 19 Susan Ida Franklin A. 12 Levi, 62, retired--Spring Mills Samuel, 48, laborer--Madisonburg Samuel M., 35, farmer--Spring Mills Helen Florence S. George K. 8 Mary John 70 Mary John A. 30 Charles B. 6 John L. 8
In HAINES Township:Alfred, 38, laborer--Fiedler Amanda C. Heston F. 9 Lydia E. Samuel, 42, laborer--Poe Mills Julia Jacob F. 7 John C. 5 Mabel E.
In HARRIS Township:Andrew I., 38, farmer--Linden Hall Harriet John I. 10 Martha E. Anna Effie--Boalsburg Herman E. 11 Jacob E., 20, laborer--Linden Hall Sarah Eddie
In HOWARD Borough:George, 60, mason Annie R. Jacob, 64, forgeman Caroline Jacob Z., 62, speculator Kate M. William M. 22 Bertha E. Elsie K. Clyde Z. 15 Sarah A. R. P., 44, merchant Rosetta J. W. H., 28, miller Elma Arthur 4 George 2 William, 30, mason Nettie James 71 Harry 8 James 4 Bernard 1
In HOWARD Township:Conrad, 68, merchant miller--Howard Anna Theodore A., 41, manufacturer--Howard Mary J. Susan J. Emma Benjamin F. 16 Joseph A. 14 Anna M. Jeremiah E. 9 Robert P. 7 Theodore A. 2
In LIBERTY Township:George W., 55, coal dealer--Blanchard Jane E. Charles 21 Elery J. 16 Minnie Joseph 8 James T., 38, laborer--Blanchard Mollie Joseph 14 William P. 12 Jennie Frederick 3 Harvey T. 3 mos.
In MARION Township:David S., 38, laborer--Walker Jane C. Ellen M. Susanna Bessie M. William H. 7 Nancy J. George E. 2 William H., 54, farmer--Walker Sarh J. Emma E. May M. Cora M.
In MILES Township:Daniel, 55, laborer--Madisonburg Susan Jacob, 51, farmer--Madisonburg Sophia John A. 21 Clement 13 Amelia Ella D. Jesse, 49, burcher--Rebersburg Martha Keturah Clarence 18 Ada William, 59, lumberman--Livonia Caroline Maggie J. Thomas C. 13
In MILESBURG Borough:George B., 37, stonemason Laura B. Bessie M. James M. 9 Edward T. 7 William H. 5 Frank L. 3
In PENN Township:Francis, 57, farmer--Coburn Lydia William 25 Anna John, 68, retired--Coburn Catharine Josiah 43 Mary J. Ida J. Elizabeth Anna P. Sarah J. Bessie A.
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Charles Long, 53, miner--3rd Street Sarah A. Harriet
In POTTER Township:John N., 35, laborer--Tusseyville Susan R. Joanna William N. 6 Mary--Potters Mills Sarah--Centre Hall Stewart, 18--Centre Hall
In RUSH Township:John B., 49, laborer--Philipsburg Frances A. Flora T.
In SNOW SHOE Township:Eliza--Snow Shoe
In SPRING Township:Margery I.--Bellefonte William J. 9 Myra F.
In TAYLOR Township:Barbara--Port Matilda
In WALKER Township:Emma L.--Nittany John, 30, laborer--Zion Emeline Katurah E.