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The Shope 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 Shope. 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 that apparently deals in part with the Shope family. It is: David E. Richards' David Alexander Richards 1863 & Cecilia Esther Spotts, Ella Mae Richards 1903-1975 & Arthur S. Erickson, Lee Oscar Richards 1906 & Edith Roena Shope, Minnie Francis Richards 1908-1995 & Allen Perley Herritt (1997).

There are 11 different first-name entries for Shope in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several references to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).

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

In BOGGS Township:

Barnabas, 67--Roland
	Eva S.
	Thomas L. G. S. 24
D. F., 62, laborer--Milesburg
	Sarah F.
Daniel P., 65, farmer--Milesburg
	Sarah J.
	Letta
J. L., 57, farmer--Milesburg
	Mary A.
	Harry C. 16
	C. L. 14
	Dora E.
	Bertha J.
	Fred F. 5
Jacob B., 75, farmer--Milesburg
	Julian
	Martha
James N., 36, carpenter--Milesburg
	Julia
	Effie
	Nelson 15
	Samuel W. 13
	Cyrus A.
	Benner W. 9
	Christiana
	Nora E.
	James N. 4
	Charles B. 2
	Ellis W. 3 mos.
Nanch--Milesburg
	Maudelia
	Clementine
	Fountain C.
Thomas B., 28, laborer--Milesburg
	Jennie T.
	Ralph 1

In COLLEGE Township:

Joseph, 34, laborer--Lemont
	Susan A.
	Alfred B. 14
	Mary M.
	Sarah G.
	John M. 8
	Ellen L.

In HOWARD Borough:

Edward A., 37, foreman railroad track
	Mary E.
	Comer C. 8
	Adah T.
	Mary J.
	Lula H.
	Lucy L.

In HOWARD Township:

John, 19, laborer--Mt. Eagle

In MILESBURG Borough:

Adam, 60, laborer
	Agnes E.
	Jefferson 24
	Emanuel 21
	Oscar 17
	Joseph 15
	Robert 13
Jacob P., 65, laborer
	Mary A.
	Eliza J.
	Charles F. 23
	Edward C. 12
William A., 29, laborer
	Mary C.
	Harold L. 2

In SNOW SHOE Township:

John B., 33, carpenter--Snow Shoe
	Mary M.
	Stella M.
	Body C.
	Grace E.
	Harry 6
	Clyde
	John 4
	Gertrude
John W., 36, miner--Peal
	Margerie E.
	Mary J.
	Charles W. 12
	Joseph 10
	Frank 1

In SPRING Township:

Christ, 67, laborer--Bellefonte

In UNION Township:

Daniel C., 29, laborer--Wingate
	Maudella
	Onessa
	Norris 2
	Addie