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 RIDER. 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 with the Rider family.
There are 11 different first-name entries for Rider 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).
And, now, your ancestors' RIDER neighbors in 1890:
In BENNER Township:
Abner, 66, retired--Bellefonte Caroline Sarah E. James M. 16 Samuel C. 14 Jacob C. 11 David W., 25, laborer--Bellefonte Margaret E. Sarah E. George W. 9
In BOGGS Township:Eliza--Milesburg Elsie Carrie George J. M., blacksmith--Milesburg
In CENTRE HALL Borough:John, 46, physician Margaret Edwin G. Edith G. Pearl W.
In COLLEGE Township:Jacob, 60, retired--Tyrone Margaret John G., 54, farmer--Gatesburg Esther Albert 21 James E. 18 John C. 10 John W., 69, carpenter--Gatesburg Sarah A. Mary A.--Gatesburg William 32 Cynthia K. Matthias, 50, merchant--Guyer Mary A. Isaac 18 Emeline Mary F. Orren M. E.--Pinegrove Mills
In HAINES Township:Jonathan, 63, retired--Aaronsburg
In HALF-MOON Township:James M., 31, stonemason--Stormstown Ellen Bella A. Mary E.
In PATTON TownshipAmy--Buffalo Run armer--Buffalo Run Mary E. Nancy B. Arthur W. 4 Howard S. 8 mos.
In PENN Township:George, 39, laborer--Coburn Alberta J. Auman N. 8 Harry 5 Peter S. 4 Gertie Joseph, 36, laborer--Coburn Mary A. Lucy Robert 2 Samuel, 26, laborer--Coburn Amanda Susan--Coburn John 36 Mina Dusan Isaiah 46 Sarah Leah Elizabeth Elsie A.
In SPRING Township:Francis J., 11--Bellefonte John H., 29, laborer--Bellefonte Alice P. William S. 6 Katurah B.