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 NOLL. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name (or the variation NULL) 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 Noll/Null family..
There are 9 different first-name entries for Noll and one first-name entry for Null 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' NOLL neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Emanuel D., 55, plasterer--49 S. Water Lidie Cora James C., 28, law student--111 E. Bishop John, 46, stone mason--321 N. Allegheny Mary W. Charles T. 19 Carrie R. Bertha H. Miles O., 26, minister German Reformed church--320 N. Spring
In BENNER Township:George, 34, farmer--Bellefonte Nancy E. William H. 2 Daniel S. 5 mos. Henry C., 34, farmer--Pleasant Gap Francis E. 34 Edmund 12 Della M. Mary K. Hannah Henry Susan
In BOGGS Township:George, 49, farmer--Milesburg Anna Urba Emanuel 16 James 15 Homer12 Helen--Milesburg James B., 33, laborer--Milesburg Lillie M. Oscar Helen
In COLLEGE Township:Annie--Bellefonte Charles, 19--Houserville
In HAINES Towsnhip:Henry E., 19--Fiedler Virgie Minnie D.--Woodward
In HARRIS Township:Anthony G., 40, laborer--Linden Hall Sarah Elizabeth F.--Linden Hall George A., 1 mo.--Linden Hall William R., 16--Linden Hall Rebecca ' George W. 13 Elsie
In MILES Township:George--Madisonburg Hicks H., 16--Centre Mills William C., 40, blacksmith--Madisonburg Mary A. George T. 14 Edwin D. 12 Blaine L. 6
In PENN Township:Lambert J., 42, farmer--Millheim Lydia R. David F. 17 Anna Bessie
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Catharine--4th St. George M., 36, laborer--Spruce St.
In SPRING Township:Christian--Bellefonte George H. 29 Theressa E. Emanuel, 43, laborer--Bellefonte Sarah C. Jennie J. John 17 Jeremiah A., 27, merchant--Pleasant Gap Blanche Samuel, 83, farmer--Pleasant Gap Susan Samuel, 40, laborer--Pleasant Gap Rachael M. William, 40, stonemason--Pleasant Gap Hattie E. Mary B. Jennie R. Clarence E. 9 Winifred 5 Carl H. 2 William H., 53, cxarpenter--Pleasant Gap Emeline Samuel E. 21 Boyd A. 18 Ethel E. William H., 29, merchant--Pleasant Gap Kate L. Pearl I. Ralph W. 3 James l. 1 Wyerman T., 26, plasterer--Bellefonte Annie E. Lestie D. 2 Nellie C. James A. 20