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The Parsons 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 Parsons. 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).

One book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deals in part with the Parsons family. It is: James G. Parsons' The Name and Family of Parsons: A Genealogical and Historical Sketch (McKeesport, Pa., 1956).

There are 26 different first-name entries for Parsons in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several references to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).

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

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Ellen-48 Willowbank
	George 16
Jennie--101 N. Allegheny
	James G. 9
Joseph, 36, shoemaker--54 Willowbank
	Josephine
	Edward G. 14
	Amos M. 12
	Henry S. 9
	Mary W.
	John W. 1
	Fannie
Mary C.--26 W. Bishop
Thomas, 60, laborer--21 W. Logan
	Martha
	Robert 30
	Lillian
	Lizzie

In HUSTON Township:

John, 64, postmaster--Julian
	Jane C.
Jonathan D., 73, shoemaker--Julian
Myrtle--Julian
	Hannah
	Samuel 24
William R., 37, farmer--Julian
	Bannia

In PATTON Township:

Howard S., 15--Benore
	Burchard 13
	Martha D.
	Mary K.
	Walter C.
Jonathan S., 37, fireman--Benore
	Kate S.

In UNION Township:

James, 67, laborer--Fleming
	Eliza
	Edward A. 35
Jesse, 79, retired--Fleming
Shedrack, 39, farmer--Fleming
	Sarah
	Elery T.
	Howard 12
	Gilbert 6
	Jessie J.
	Emma V.