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The PACKER 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 PACKER. 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).

Three books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal with the Packere family. They are: Donna Smith Packer's On Footings from the Past: The Packers in England (1988); Warren M. Packer's Packer Genealogy (19--); and, Warren M. Packer's Problems in Packer Genealogy and Preliminary Report of the Family of Eli Packer (St. Louis, Mich., 1948).

There are 44 different first-name entries for Packer in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several mentions of the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898), with WILLIAM F. Packer (b. 1807) having a separate biographical profile.

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

In BOGGS Township:

Edward, 60, farmer--Roland
	Amelia S.
	John W. 24
	Ira 22
	Catharine E.
	Mary F.
	James C. 2
Jonathan W., 42, blacksmith--Milesburg
	Sarah A.

In CURTIN Township:

James M., 67, laborer--Romola
	Lorenzo O. 19
	Alma B.
	Cora E.
	Hensyl S. 6
Job W., 78, farmer--Romola
	Martha S.
	Clyde T. 14
John, 76, farmer--Romola
Nathan J., 35, laborer--Romola
	Hannah F.
	Sarah E.
	Christian C. 3
	Mary E.
William M., 47, laborer--Romola
	Malinda B.
William R., 48, laborer--Romola
	George W. 18
	John G. 14
	William A. 12
	Hannah A.
	Oscar A. 4

In HOWARD Borough:

Ira M., 33, harness maker
	Mary E.
	Anna M.
	Alma C.

In HOWARD Township:

John, 36, farmer--Howard
	Leroy 12
	Orie 8
	Walter 2
John, 58, farmer--Howard
	Mary E.
	Michael 66
Joseph, 65, farmer--Howard

In LIBERTY Township:

Briton A., 36, laborer--Blanchard
	Emma E.
	Albert M. 12
	Joseph H. 10
	Cleveland B. 9
	Charles L. 7
	Sarah M.
William H., 34, blacksmith--Blanchard
	Flotilla J.
	Alfred I. 6 mos.

In MARION Township:

James, 19, laborer--Walker
In SPRING Township:
Richard, 25, laborer--Axemann
	Charlie E., 4
	Thomas A. 2
	Richard 3 mos.