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 SNYDER. 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).
Two books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal in part with the Snyder family. They are Grace Curtis' Fahl-Fall and Allied Families: Abernathy, Barbee, Barlow, Byerley, Carle, Cassity, Christman, Eby, Frantz, Hornaday, Judy, Leedy, Leslie, Luke, Markey, Ozias, Powell, Ross, Snivley, Snyder, Taylor, Trotter, Weikel, Witt, and Others and Vaneta Horlacher's Family of John and Anna Margaret Lowald Snyder of Northampton and Centre Counties Pennsylvania.
There are 48 different first-name entries for Snyder 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' SNYDER neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Austin B., retired--115 W. Bishop Margaret Mary S. George P. 17 Daniel N., 30, laborer--430 N. Allegheny Mary A. Stella Gilbert 5 Donald 10 mos.
In BOGGS Township:B.F., 63, tanner--Wingate Mary A. James H. George C. 22 Eugene 20 William 18 David, 68, laborer--Milesburg Jacob C., 31, operator--Milesburg Alice Clarence 6
In COLLEGE Township:Abraham, 75, retired--Houserville Barbara M. Mifflin, 42, merchant--State College Sarah J. Ira 13 John 12 Carl 7 Annie Minnie
In CURTIN Township:Samuel, farmer--Romola
In FERGUSON Township:Charles, 66, farmer--Pine Grove Mills Nancy M. Henry M. 57, farmer--Pine Grove Mills Celia Maria B. John, 35, farmer--Pine Grove Mills Valeria R. Charles 12 Mary M. James 8 Francis G. 6 Grover C. 5 Maud E. Blanche V.
In GREGG Township:F.W.E., 30, farmer--Spring Mills* Barbara E. Charles 6 Lottie E. John 1 (This family listed twice; in 2nd listing he is called Frank W. E., and age is given as 31) Jesse, 51, laborer--Penn Hall Mary A. Rebecca William 8 Calvin R. 15 John A. 19 Solomon G., 57, blacksmith--Spring Mills Sarah J. Aninum H. 19 Warren V. 10 Elsie R. Ulysses, 47, laborer--Spring Mills Dora C. Harry C. 6 Melone J. 4
In HAINES Township:Henry W., 51, farmer--Woodward Mamie Ira E., 50, farmer--Coburn Lydia Samuel 15 Thomas 13 Charlie 10 Lizzie Daniel 7 Eddie 4 Katie John D., 33, laborer--Woodward Amanda Calvin 10 Clayton 8 George 6 Cleveland 4 Robert 2 Mary M.--Woodward William J., 23, farmer--Woodward Ella Reno 11 mos.
In HARRIS Township:David E., 25, blacksmith--Linden Hall Blanche I. Robert W., 3--Linden Hall
In LIBERTY Township:Henry A., 57, postmaster--Blanchard Susan E. Cora B. Maud E. Mabel G. Jacob E., 58, dentist--Blanchard Susan M. Thompson A., 46, farmer--Blanchard Mary E. John E. George B. 14 William, 82, retired--Blanchard Sarah E. William H. 49, civil engineer--Blanchard Laura E. William B. 5 Helen V. John 1 mo.
In MILES Township:John W., 39, farmer--Rebersburg Sophia E. Annie E. Charles H. 14 Mary E. John W. 11 Benjamin F. 10 Darsen L. 8 Kate--Rebersburg Florence E. Jennie
In MILESBURG Borough:Daisy Effie A.
In MILLHEIM Borough:Eva G. Charles W. 19 George S. 17
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Eliza--3rd St.
In POTTER Township:Elizabeth--Centre Hall John H., 49, farmer--Centre Hall Mary A. Milton B. 21 Lizzie M. Esther M. William E., 57, farmer--Centre Hall Sarah A. Martha J. Mabel A.
In SPRING Township:Samuel F., 20, shoemaker--Bellefonte Mary A.
In WALKER Township:Bessie--Hublersburg Lillie C.--Spring Mills