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 Shuey. 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).
There are no books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal in part with the Shuey family.
There are seven first-name entries for Shuey/Shewey in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several mentions of the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' Shuey neighbors in 1890:
Charles C., 33, grocer--216 E. Howard Rebecca Bernice M.
BENNER Township:Daniel L., 25, laborer--Bellefonte Blanche E. Mollie M. James R. 2 Franklin, 44, laborer--Bellefonte Susanna Charles I. 21 Mary A. William H. 15 George 12 James I. 10 Sarah A. Lillie L. Bertha E. Harry H. 4 mos. Harriet M.--Bellefonte Isaac, 42, laborer--Bellefonte George C. 17 Ada F. William F. 6 John C. 26, farmer--Lemont Mary A. Lizzie C. John H., 26, farmer--Pleasant Gap Margaret Lloyd D. 4 Randall H. 1 mo. Anna M. Vida O.--Bellefonte Hoy O., 4 mos.
COLLEGE Township:Anna C.--Lemont Jesse L. 1 Charles, 67, laborer--Houserville Polly Israel 34 James 32 Ellen Daniel, 79, farmer--Lemont Sarah Etta Felix, 61, farmer--Lemont Catharine George, 34, laborer--Lemont Sarah Alfred 4 Gertrude Henry, 22, laborer--Lemont Emma J. John A. 2 Gordon 1 Jacob, 60, farmer--Lemont Sarah Fannie James H., 28, laborer--Lemont Anna W. John H., 63, farmer--Lemont Ellen C. Alvin 38 Willis 9 Frances M., 63--Houserville Margaret Clyde 12 Margaret--Lemont William W., 32, blacksmith--Lemont Ida B. Howard 8 John I. 4