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 McCORMICK. 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 apparently deals in part with the McCormick family. It is: John Owens' Owen, Long, Wantz, Krouse and Related Families (Austin, Pa., 1990).
There are two first-name entries for McCormick 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' McCormick neighbors in 1890:
Charles M., 5--State College John D., 41, farmer--State College Anna M. John F. 18 Cora A. David A. 14 Walter P. 12 Mary J. Mabel A. Clarence E. 2 John S., 73, farmer--State College Anna B. Charles B. 33 Mary C.
PENN Township:John O., 31--Sober Ada S. James B. 3
PHILIPSBURG Borough:Edward P., 42, blacksmith--Front St. Mary William 15 Edward 2 Annie
POTTER Township:Caroline--Potters Mills Margaret--Potters Mills William W., 36, farmer--Potters Mills Laura George H. 3
SPRING Township:Bridget A.--Pleasant Gap
WALKER Township:Simon S., 26, physician--Hublersburg Dora D.