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 MYERS. 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).
Five books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte deal at some length with the Mayer and/or Meyer family. They are The Meyer Family in America: Indexes for 25 Years as Taken from the Printed Reunion Pamphlets 1959 through 1974, Brantz Mayer's Memoir and Genealogy of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Family of Mayer which Originated in the Free Imperial City of Ulm, Wurtemberg 1495-1878, Olivette Metzler's Index to the Meyer Family Genealogy, Henry Meyer's Genealogy of the Meyer Family, and Richard Meyer's Our Meyer Family.
There are 90 different first-name entries for Mayer/Mayers/Meyer/Meyers/Myer/Myers in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the these names in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) with the following persons (with an identifiable Centre Countyconnection) having a separate profile: Adam MAYER (b. 1834, s/o Adam and Eva Edinger); HENRY Meyer (b. 1840, s/o Henry and Hannah Bierly); HENRY Myers (b. 1848, s/o Henry and Margaret Orner); J.C. Meyer (b. 1861, s/o Jacob G. and Henrietta Furst); J.G.L. Myers (b. 1846, s/o Michael and Catherine Holtzapple); JACOB S. Meyer(b. 1854, s/o John and Eleanor Smith);WILLIAM H. Meyer (b. 1855, s/o George and Mary Arbogast); WILLIAM Myers (b.1846, s/o Joseph and Elizabeth Weaver).
And, now, your ancestors' MYERS neighbors in 1890:
Spelling is MYERS unless otherwise designated.
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Charles Meyer, 28, clerk in hardware store--Garman's Hotel John A. Myer, 25, laborer--4 North Penn Eliza L. Victor L. 3 Thomas H. 8 mos John C. Meyer, 29, attorney--41 East Curtin Lizzie S. Edna E. Roland D., 27, tailor--8 West High Thomas Meyer, 70, retired--12 North Penn William T. Meyer, 37, merchant--12 South Spring Lizzie S. Eva Maud
In BENNER Township:Abraham D., 85, retired--Bellefonte Joseph T. Meyer, 36, laborer--Bellefonte Mary A. Charles B. 7 Bertie A. Della M. Joseph Meyers, 21--Bellefonte
In BOGGS Township:Lutitia--Milesburg S. B., 60, wheelwright--Milesburg Margaret Oscar 26 Harry 20 Ida
In CENTRE HALL Borough:Alfred R. Meyers, 23, laborer Rosa E. Anna B. Ronia E. Nettie C. David J. Meyer, 46, lumberman Eliza J. Mary S. John D. 15 John W. Meyer, 39, laborer Anna M. Cora E. Kate C. Mary A. William W. 8 Albert E. 6 John 1 William Myer, 65, laborer Lydia Alice M. David G. 19
In COLLEGE Township:Daniel, 43, laborer--Houserville Jones B., 41, marble cutter--Houserville Mary E. Jared D. 14 Charles F. 11 Etta B. Thomas E. 7 Mary M. Willis A. 2 Peter T. 42, laborer--State College Mary J. William C., 42--Boalsburg Sarah A. George C. 11 Joseph 10 Marion 7
In FERGUSON Township:Elizabeth--State College Mary E. Henry F., 34, coachmaker--Pinegrove Mills Laura J. Mary E. Edna M. Joseph M., 39, carpenter--Gatesburg Jennie M. Edward F. 18 Merlin W. Eleanor M. Cora A.Olie M. John W. 4 Samuel R. 1 Margaret William J., 43, coachmaker--Pinegrove Mills Florinda J. Huyett C. 15 David P. 13 Hattie P. Frank K. 7
In HAINES Township:Andrew J. Meyer, 42, farmer--Woodward Christina Jacob Meyer, 65, retired--Aaronsburg Lydia Mary Meyer--Poe Mills Cyrus H. 31 Thomas 27 Calvin N. 25 Laura Philip S. Meyer, 40--Poe Mills Annie Warren E. 17 Gertrude Bessie B. Orvis E. 6 Sarah C.--Aaronsburg
In HALF-MOON Township:James M., 15--Stormstown
In HARRIS Township:Annie--Boalsburg Austin E. Meyers, 29, miller--Linden Hall Agnes S. George W. 3 Daniel W. Meyers, 40, Laborer--Boalsburg Emma L. Alvin S. 15 Helen I. Gertrude E. Elizabeth Meyers--Boalsburg Mary Jacob Meyer, 34, farmer--Boalsburg Annie C. Catharine C. C. Mary John H. Meyers, 59, farmer--Boalsburg Phoebe Anna L. Mervin 16 George E. 14 Kate H. John H., 44, farmer--Linden Hall Martha E. Blanche E. Philip B. 14 Jacob B. 12 Bertha C. Clara B. Beryl P. 6 Harry B. 3 Norman Meyers, 13--Linden Hall Philip H. Meyers, 39, professor--Boalsburg Sarah Dora C. Amanda Rebecca Meyers--Boalsburg William H. 22 Elizabeth Anna F. John F. 13 Rebecca J. Meyers--Boalsburg Thomas F. Meyers, 26, miller--Linden Hall Minnie C. Grace E. Wesley Meyers, 38, laborer--Boalsburg Elizabeth C. John P. 16 Edward H. 14 William Meyers, 37, laborer--Boalsburg Alice J. Virginia Sarah C. William Meyers Sr., 79--Boalsburg Elizabeth
In HOWARD Township:John, 9--Howard
In HUSTON Township:Aaron B., 47, farmer--Julian Eliza Charles C. 14 Elizabeth Amanda John S. 9 Elmer E. 7 Lyde Clara K. John 57
In LIBERTY Township:William D. Meyers, 37, laborer--Blanchard Elizabeth Maggie Ferdinand 14 Eva George B. 8 Miriam F.
In MARION Township:Dyvid B. Meyer, 43, farmer--Walker Fayette M. Henry A. 21
In MILES Township:Hannah Meyers--Wolfs Store Henry Meyers, 50, justice of the peace--Rebersburg Martha J. Jennie Henry T. 7 Mary Sallie E. Robert W. 1 Jerome A. Meyers, 41, farmer--Wolfs Store Clara J. John Meyers, 85, retired--Wolfs Store Mary Meyers--Wolfs Store Sallie M. William Meyer, 48, miller--Rebersburg Chestie A. Maggie Earl E. 16
In PATTON Township:William, 52, laborer--Buffalo Run
In PENN Township:George J. Meyer, 61, laborer--Coburn Mary C. Fannie Jacob S. Meyer, 36, farmer--Penn Hall Sarah C. John F. 15 Henry N. 10 Eleanor Edna C. William H. Meyers, 36, merchant--Coburn Hulda S. Vernie E.
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Clara L. Mayer, 48--Front Street George 22 Grace Charles A. 18 Daniel D., 49, teamster--Water Street Margaret John C. 24 Jonathan R. 20 Annie Daniel R. 8 Alice M. Florence David, 20, laborer--Pine Street Emeline--Front Street Dorsey B. 41 Maggie John W. Etta Dorsey Mary--Presquile Street James K. 24 Frank 21 Mary Alice Charles 15 Lydia Thomas J., 44, groceryman--Front Street Nettie M. Thomas C. 19 Charlotta Orella
In POTTER Township:Howard Meyer, 37, carpenter--Centre Hall Anna Charles R. 14 Carrie A. Earl B. 6 Samuel H., 19, laborer--Centre Hall
In RUSH Township:Harry, 7 mos--Philipsburg Thaddeus M., 24--Philipsburg Anna M. John T. 4 Minnie B. Owen M. 2 mos.
In SPRING Township:Edith L. Meyer--Bellefonte Henry, 32, axe polisher--Axemann Martha E. Walter C. 9 Ralph 7 Mary E. Eugene 1 Lowell M. Meyer, 40, laborer--Pleasant Gap Susan C. Harry 8 William, 36, laborer--Bellefonte Harriet B. Leah L. Anna E. Michael E. 6 Nannie Boyd 2
In WALKER Township:Elizabeth--Zion John D., 13--Zion William T. Mayers, 42, laborer--Hublersburg Susanna John W. 15