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 Resides. 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 apparently deals in part with the Resides family. It is: Flora Asenath Brugger Curtin's The Resides Family: Part I-- James and Ann Bevett Resides, Descendants of Ann Bevett's 1st Marriage; Part II-- John Armagast Jr. and Ann Bevett Resides, Descendants of Ann Bevett's 2nd Marriage (Muncy, Pa., 1973).
There are 5 first-name entries for Resides in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there is one reference to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' RESIDES neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
William, 45, carpenter--6 N. Ridge Sarah E.
In BENNER Township:Philip R., 34, laborer--Fillmore Lydia Philip 88
In BOGGS Township:Elmer, 26, farmer--Milesburg Lucy George 2 Frederick 1 James, 36, farmer--Milesburg Ada Ellis E. Philip, 57, farmer--Milesburg Matilda
In COLLEGE Township:Franklin, 42, carpenter--Lemont Ellen George 13 Frederick 9 Harry 6 Ida M. Susie D.
In UNION Township:William Reside, 60, farmer--Fleming Catharine M. Rachael Calvin M. 34 Samantha Owen 9 Elwood 7 Sarah K. Rachael Norman 2