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The MAYS Family


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 MAYS. 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 Mays family.

There are several different first-name entries for Mays in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are references to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).

And, now, your ancestors' MAYS neighbors in 1890:

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Bertha Mayes--31 N. Allegheny

In BOGGS Township:

Jacob, 6--Milesburg
John Mayes, 76, shoemaker--Roland
Mary J.--Milesburg
	Hattie
Michael, 69, laborer--Milesburg
	Hannah
	George R. 20
	John 21
W. A., 35--Milesburg
	Della A.
	Hannah E.
	Michael 6
	James E. 5
	George T. 3
	John R. 1
	John H. 11

In CENTRE HALL Borough:

Olive H. Mayes

In COLLEGE Township:

Martha Mayes--Lemont

In HARRIS Towsnhip:

Alice Mayes--Boalsburg
Ellen M. Mayes--Boalsburg
Mary A. Mayes--Boalsburg
William R. Mayes, 16--Linden Hall
William S. Mayes, 16--Linden Hall

In HOWARD Towsnhip:

Jacob Mayes, 41, farmer--Mt. Eagle
	Nancy J.
	Joseph 2
	William H. 10
	Rachael E.
	Maria
	Charles T. 1

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Catharine May--Presquile St.
Rebecca--2nd St.
	Gertrude
	Harry 16

In POTTER Township:

Caroline--Centre Hall
	Mabel N.
	Maggie E.

In RUSH Township:

Thomas A. Mayes, 45, laborer--Philipsburg
	Helen
	Harry 16
	John H. 14
	Lillie

In SNOW SHOE Township:

Anthony Mayes, 34--Snow Shoe
John Mayes, 54, laborer--Snow Shoe
	Sarah E.
	Margaret A.
	Rebecca E.
	Gideon 11
	Joseph F. 9
	Carrie L.
	George F. 4
Lydia A. Mayes--Clarence
	James G. 22
	William L. 18
	Susan
Matthias, 52--Snow Shoe
	Mary E.
	John A. 22
	Robert 17