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 Reese. 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).
No books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal specifically with the Reese family.
There are 10 different first-name entries for Reese in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are nine references to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' REESE neighbors in 1890:
In BOGGS Township:
Charles P., 30, farmer--Milesburg Minnie McClellan 4 Joseph, 26, laborer--Milesburg Harry 23 James 26
In MILESBURG Borough:David B., 67, tanner Anna Josephine Sarah Walter 8
In PATTON Township:Elizabeth--Julian Emma
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Silas A., 49--Ninth St. Kate A. Paul T. 9 Lillian A. Bessie A. Dora E.
In RUSH Township:Abraham, 26, laborer--Sandy Ridge Mary E. Levi I. 4 Mary I.--Sandy Ridge
In SNOW SHOE Township:Martin S., 34, baggage master--Snow Shoe
In SPRING Township:John, 68 Mary
In TAYLOR Township:Margaret--Port Matilda Delilah James 17 Chillis 13 Minnie Robert 12 George 10 Matthew 9 Susanna Samuel, 4--Port Matilda
In UNION Township:Franklin, 32--Milesburg Euretta M. George B. 15
In WALKER Township:Jacob, 76, farmer--Howard
In WORTH Township:Aaron W., 42, merchant--Port Matilda Clarissa Clyde 16 Ala Grace Catharine Clifton 6 Edna Paul 1 Catharine--Port Matilda Catharine--Port Matilda Virginia Eve Bella Christian, 49, farmer--Port Matilda Catharine Elizabeth Gertrude James 13 Charles 11 David 9 Emma Harry 5 Arthur 4 Edith John, 50, farmer--Port Matilda Lucinda Dennis Hones G. 17 Lemuel 11 Margaret Stella Lottie Elsie Levi, 53, farmer--Port Matilda Tabitha Reuben 17 Ida E. Seth 7 Amanda M. Mary A. Mary--Port Matilda Perry 31 Mary William 9 Susan--Port Matilda Josephine