PENN TOWNSHIP

Penn Township was erected by a decree of Court on 30th of November, 1844. Brush Mountain forms its Northern boundary, Haines Township is on the East and Gregg Township on the West, and its Southern portion extends into the Seven Mountains. Its vill age is Coburn, a station on the Lewisburg and Tyrone railroad, at the forks of the Penns and Pine creeks, Millheim within the township limits, being now a Borough. A turnpike road runs from Millheim to Coburn, constructed in 1879. Surveys were made in the territory of Penn Township as early as October 1766, and its settlers, among them Samuel Hoy, John Wall and John Livingston, as early as 1773 and 1774, and one of its later prominent citizens was Hon. Jacob Kryder.

(SOURCE: Eleventh Census of the Population of the United States Published by Boroughs and Townships, in Connection with a Business Directory of the Same, Bellefonte, Pa., 1890.)

PENN TOWNSHIP CENSUS FIGURES

1860--1,054
1870--1,158
1880--814
1890--978
1900--880
1910--856
1920--809
1930--775
1940--736
1950--672
1960--708
1970--769
1980--853
1990--935
2000--1,044

(SOURCE: U.S. Census of Population, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce.)

TOWNS & VILLAGES

Penn Township has the following villages and towns: Rotes Mills, Coburn, Green Briar, Zerby, Sober, The Forks, Frogtown, Hartertown, Smithtown and Ready Cash. For a further discussion of these, see Paul M. Dubbs, Where to Go and Place-Names of Centre County, 1961.)

TAX ASSESSMENT RECORDS

Tax assessment records for Penn Township from 1845 forward can be found in the basement of the Centre County Library and Historical Museum in Bellefonte. Persons desiring to use these records must first sign the Guest Researcher register in the Penn sylvania Room.

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Copyright 2001 by Robert L. Baker