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 MOORE. 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 Moore.
There are 64 different first-name entries for Moore in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' MOORE neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Charles H., 37, sewing machine agent--25 West Bishop S.A. Lidie John W., 54, photographer--24 S. Allegheny Nancy J. Charles C. 19 Bernice Aurora Thomas, 24, jeweler--224 Willowbank Sallie E. Helen
In BOGGS Township:A. C., 44--Milesburg Agnes
In BURNSIDE Township:Elias, 45, laborer--Keating Sallie A. William W. 9 Ellen Bertha
In COLLEGE Township:Barbara--Houserville John P., 71, farmer--Lemont Ellen Grace Maud John 15 Frank 12 Charles 4 Potter 5 mos. Samuel, 55, laborer--State College Samuel B., 38, laborer--State College Martha E. Sarah M. John D. 4 George E. 3
In FERGUSON Township:Edward S., 34, farmer--Pinegrove Mills Maggie A.--State College
In HARRIS Township:Elliott, 13--Boalsburg Sarah--Boalsburg Charles D., 33
In HOWARD Borough:H. A., 36, druggist Laura J. Claud R. 13 Mabel C. Chester C. 7 T. J., 38, lumberman and farmer Mary B.
In HOWARD Township:Effie R.--Howard
In HUSTON Township:Bithia--Julian
In PATTON Township:Jacob B., 50, minister--Buffalo Run Alfaretta Ernest 8 Nora Maggie Miles 2 Lavina Sarah E.--Buffalo Run Sarah A. James H. 23 Sarah T.--Buffalo Run
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:James J., 34, barber--5th St. Emma Nellie Burton T. 9 Claud 7 Willard 4 Walter 4 mos. William A., 55, clerk--2nd St.
In POTTER Township:Fayette, 75, retired--Centre Hill Elizabeth A. John D., 39, farmer--Centre Hall Sarah E. Thomas L. 16 Elsie B.
In RUSH Township:Samuel, 16--Retort William 51 Samuel 29, miner--Retort Margaret Catharine Mary R. John 55 William G., laborer--Philipsburg Laura A. Miles 21 Cora Ralph A. 4
In SNOW SHOE Township:Eliza--Snow Shoe William 47
In TAYLOR Township:Theopholus G., 58, laborer--Sandy Ridge Mary A. Samuel 15 Virginia Harvey 9 Victor Wesley, 26, laborer--Port Matilda
In WORTH Township:George, 58, laborer--Port Matilda Mary A. James 23 Ulysses G. 18 Almeda John P., 34, laborer--Port Matilda Lydia J. Frank B. 7 Mabel E.