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 Love. 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 that apparently deals in part with the Love family. It is: Sara Hinckley's The Family of Samuel & Jean Love Wilson: from Ardstraw, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Moved to Penns Valley, Potter Twsp., Centre Co., Pa. in 1791, until 1801, when They Became Settlers of the Brush Run Settlement, Clarion Twp., Clarion Co., Pa. (Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1984).
There are many different first-name entries for Love in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several references to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' LOVE neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
John G., 46, attorney--41 E. Linn Nellie M.
In BENNER Township:William, 65, laborer--Bellefonte Annie M.
In CENTRE HALL Borough:Elizabeth H. Flora W.
In COLLEGE Township:Ellen J.--Lemont Mary E.--State College
In PATTON Township:David, 26, engineer--Benore Kate Samuel 4 David 3 Minnie Nannie John, 53, laborer--Benore Mary A. Nora--Benore Martin 40 Nancy Sarah M. Edward F. 13
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Samuel, 13--Pine St.
In POTTER Township:Maggie E.--Tusseyville Cora M. Clemin 6 Wilmie Oliver K., 51, carpenter--Tusseyville Elizabeth Catherine N. Sarah A.--Potters Mills
In RUSH Township:James, 36, laborer--Philipsburg Minnie B. James 14 Florence Minnie
In SPRING Township:David, 58, laborer--Bellefonte Anna I. Margaret J. John A. 19 Maud E. Clyde C. 12 Thomas W. 10 George H. 6 John D., 30, laborer--Bellefonte Elizabeth Edward 8 William C. 4 Mary Thomas J., 25, laborer--Axemann Rosa A.
In WALKER Township:Mary--Zion Thomas, 62--Zion Mary A. John 21 Annie E. James 11