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 McCafferty. 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).
There are no books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal in part with the McCafferty family.
There are 7 first-name entries for McCafferty 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' McCafferty neighbors in 1890:
Alexander, 66, stonemason--263 E. Lamb Bessie Julia Alexander Jr. 26 Charles, 61, contractor Catharine George 27 Harriet M.--121 N. Allegheny James, 29, stonemason--217 E. Logan Mary James L., 39, drayman--Pike Alley Elizabeth J. Clarence 12 Bessie Morris 6 Ruth Richard, 58, stonemason--102 E. Logan Catharine Martin 24 Thomas, 47, stonemason--19 W. Logan Lizzie William L., 72, stonemason--169 W. Beaver