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The Meiss 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 Meiss. 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 Meiss family.

There is only one first-name entry for Meiss in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there is only one reference to the Meiss spelling in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).

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

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Ellen Meese--12 W. Lamb
George Meese, 51, laborer--1 Half Moon St.
	Ellen
	Christina
	Mary J.
	Clara
	Wilbur A. 12
	Harry 10
	Esther
	Blanche
Jacob Miese, 25, fireman--112 E. Curtin
	Blanche L.
	Malcolm H. 1
John Meese, 50, merchant--26 W. Logan
	Lettie

In BENNER Township:

Harvey G. Meese, 39, teacher--Pleasant Gap
	Sarah A.
	Edward E. 12
	Alice A.
	Della E.
	Catharine M.
	Bertha W.
	Sarah E.
John H. Meese, 62, farmer--Bellefonte
	Anna B.
	John B. 26
	George T. 12
	Anna B.
	Elizabeth
	Mary E.

In CENTRE HALL Borough:

Christiana Meese

In COLLEGE Township:

Edward Meeser, 33, hostler--Lemont
	Elizabeth
	Bruce E. 3 mos.

In HALF-MOON Towsnhip:

Elizabeth E. Meisse--Stormstown
	Mary E.
Matilda Meisse--Loveville
	Emma

In HOWARD Borough:

Elizabeth Meese

In PATTON Township:

David Meese. 33, blacksmith--Buffalo Run
	Rebecca
	Orlando 9
	Myrtle
	Ella
	Darius 3 mos.
Anna M. Meese--Buffalo Run

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Jacob Meese, 27, plasterer--Water St.
William F. Meese, 30, laborer--3rd St.
	Annie

In POTTER Township:

George R., 35, merchant--Tusseyville
	Anna
	Nancy R.
Jacob, 60, farmer--Tusseyvillr
	Nancy
William N., 31, laborer--Tusseyville
	Christian
	Fred 7
	William 3
	James S. 3 mos.

In SPRING Township:

Catharine Meese--Axemann
Edward C. Meese, 33, engineer--Bellefonte
	Annie S.
	Walter E. 8
	Elliot C. 4
	Florence R.