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The POORMAN 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 POORMAN. 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 deal in part with the Poorman family: they are Norman Douty's The Douty-Smith and Beck-Price Families: Correlated with Those of Crites, Hecker, Poorman, Ream and Wolfart, Robert Schadt's Echoes: Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families with Lineages to Schadt, Heinemann, Poorman, Kinley, et.al and Robert Schadt's Poorman Families in America.

There are 24 different first-name entries for Kreamer 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) with two (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile: Daniel F. Poorman (b. 1848, s/o John and Catharine Fetzer); and Fleming Poorman (b. 1858, s/o John and Catharine Fetzer).

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

In BENNER Township:

Margaret R.--Bellefonte
	Sidney 1

In BOGGS Township:

Abram, 31, farmer--Milesburg
	Lydia A.
	Alfred M. 20
	Isaiah 30
	David R. 74
	Miles 37
	Nancy J.
Alfred T., 43, farmer--Milesburg
	Sarah E.
	Ada A.
D.C., 55, farmer--Roland
	Catharine
	Bertha E.
Daniel, 49, farmer--Milesburg
	Lucinda
	William 19
Daniel F., 43, farmer--Milesburg
	Nettie
	Willia M. 18
	Eva M.
	Claude 5
Edward, 39, merchant--Milesburg
	Eliza
	Bessie M.
	Laura B.
	Mabel B.
	Edna G.
	Carl K. 4 mos.
Elizabeth--Milesburg
	James E., 26
	Thomas A. 21
	Seth J. 16
	Mary E.
	Elsie B.
	Joseph H. 31
	Adeline T.
Fleming, 32, farmer--Milesburg
	Ida
	Maud
	Malcolm 4
	Charles 1
John F., 62, farmer--Milesburg
	Elizabeth J.
	Henry E. 24
	John T. 18
Mary E.--Milesburg
Michael, 54, laborer--Milesburg
	Sarah
	Fannie
	Lemuel 16
	Frank 14
	Charles 12
	Matilda
	Frederick 8
	Rosa
Orin E.--Milesburg
	John 78
	Alice
	Nora
William H., 48, carpenter--Milesburg
	Mary M.
	Edith F.

In COLLEGE Township:

James, 43, carpenter--Oak Hall
	Eliza
	Mary E.
	Elizabeth

In CURTIN Township:

Joseph, 40, laborer--Romola
Reuben A., 33, laborer--Romola
	Emma F,
	Clyde J
	Grace E.
	Mary E.
	Nancy

In HOWARD Township:

Lemuel, 35, farmer--Howard
	Bella
	Ella 
	Carrie
	Lulu
	Samuel 2
	Lizzie

In SNOW SHOE Township:

Edward H., 60, farmer--Snow Shoe
	Elizabeth
Thomas C., 32, laborer--Cato
	Alice C.
	Orvis M. 7
	Bertha
William K., 29, teamster--Snow Shoe
	Julia

In SPRING Township:

Edward, 23, carpenter--Bellefonte
	Virgie
	Nannie E.
Hannah--Axemann
Harvey, 66, carpenter--Pleasant Gap
	Margaret A.
Solomon, 46, farmer--Bellefonte
	Catharine
	Ida
	Edward B. 12
William H., 48, carpenter--Bellefonte
	Burton 20
	Mary M.
	May E.
	Harry M. 11
	Jessie D.

In TAYLOR Township:

David, 26, laborer--Port Matilda
	Carrie
	Alfaretta

In WALKER Township:

Joseph B., 29, laborer--Zion
	Mary C.
	Harry C. 9
	Lizzie E.
	Clarence N. 4
	William L. 1