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The MEEK 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 Meek. 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 is one book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal in part with the Meek family. It is: Barbara Bruggebors' The Private War of Peter Gray Meek (1975).

There are 19 first-name entries for Meek 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' Meek neighbors in 1890:

BELLEFONTE Borough:

P. Gray, editor "Democratic Watchman"--240 W. High
	Susan M.
	Rachael L.
	Mary G.
	Elizabeth B.
	George R. 19
	Nellie
	Winifred

FERGUSON Township:

David G., 45, farmer--Fairbrook
	Emma
William E., 52, retired--Pine Grove Mills
	Milburta M.

HALFMOON Township:

Maria--Stormstown

PATTON Township:

Dempster, 46, farmer--Buffalo Run
	Margery
	Herbert 20
	Benner 16
	Reuben 13
	Mary
	John 7
	Susan 
	Lester
Theressa--Benore
	Sarah

RUSH Township:

John, 22, miner--Osceola
	Emma
John, 50, miner--Osceola
	Martha
	Benjamin 20
	Frederick 16
	Elizabeth
	Jabeth 13
	Edith
	Clara