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 MOYER. 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 offemales, but it's the best record we've got).
One book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte deal at some length with the Moyer family. It is Louisa Moyer's Moyer Family Genealogy.
There are 28 different first-name entries for Moyer in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the this name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) but not one (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile. (However there is at least one named Myers-- whose father's tombstone shows the name Moyer, so anyone checking this family should also look at The Myers Column).
And, now, your ancestors' MOYER neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Lucy--11 East Linn
In GREGG Township:Frederick, 58, wagonmaker--Penn Hall Caroline Wesley C. 25 Ora R. Henry, 45, farmer--Penn Hall Rebecca Lester A. 11 Jennie B. Charles C. Sarah Wallace F. James, 27, farmer--Spring Mills Mary C. Guy 1 Myron J. 5 Stephen, 52, carpenter--Spring Mills Hannah Laura J. Porter S. 19 Mabel Marietta
In MARION Township:Travis, 38, laborer--Bellefonte Mary J. Jennie M. George I. 18 William E. 15 James P. 12 Josephine
In MILES Township:Joseph K., 50, lumberman--Centre Mills Mary E. John N. 17 Sallie Lizzie Hiram B. 11 Rebecca J. Jason C. 5 George C. 3 Sallie--Rebersburg
In PENN Township:Daniel, 38, farmer--Coburn Sarah Jennie A. William Z. 4 Jacob W., 42, manufacturer--Coburn Susan Melia Cyrus C. 6 John, 76, retired--Penn Hall Eleanor Catharine Mary--Millheim
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Adam, 57, retired--Front Street Chrsitian M. William A. Roberta L. Barbara Herman 15 Adam 79
In POTTER Township:Frank, 46, farmer--Centre Hill Sarah Emma Elizabeth Abbie M. Allen F. 13 Ella Harry 2 Henry, 54, farmer--Tusseyville Elmira Sarah C. Margaret R. William H. 14 Mary S. Myra E. James M., 40, blacksmith--Tusseyville Christian Mifflin R. 15 Anna E. James M. 10 John, 60, farmer--Tusseyville Henry 33 Ellen E. Mary
In RUSH Township:Michael, 45, laborer--Philipsburg Elizabeth Annie D. Catharine E. William 17 Simon 13 Frederick 11 Maud Louisa
In SPRING Township:Andrew, 29, laborer--Pleasant Gap Phoebe Emma C. Blanche--Pleasant Gap Jacob A., 28, laborer--Bellefonte Alice R. Edgar N. 4 John F. 5 mos. John, 60, laborer--Pleasant Gap Malinda David H. 26