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 LYTLE. 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 in part with the Lytle family.
There are 18 different first-name entries for Lytle in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several mentions of the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' Lytle neighbors in 1890:
In COLLEGE Township:
Andrew, 42, farmer--State College Margaret E. Bessie M. Nellie P. Annie B. James, 44, farmer--State College John, 55, farmer--State College Mary E.--State College William, 57, farmer--Lemont Elizabeth B.
In FERGUSON Township:John H., 42, huckster--Pine Grove Mills Laura M. Edward W. 15 Grace M. Franklin M. 9 Walter O. 5 Maud B. Samuel T., 65, farmer--State College Catharine A. Mary E. Charles W. 19 John E. 18
In HALFMOON Township:Ellis, 47, surveyor--Stormstown Margaret V. Helen James, 56, farmer--Stormstown Henry R. 53 Annie M. Ward 22 Dallas J. 17 Charles 11 Edith Thomas O., 18--Loveville William, 45, farmer--Stormstown Elizabeth Daniel 14 Ella Emma Martha J. Grover C. 2
In HARRIS Township:Maggie J.--Boalsburg
In PATTON Township:Ephraim, 48, laborer--Benore Anna E. William H. 10
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Samuel F., 39, physician--Front St. Nancy C.