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The STEEL 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 Steel. 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 Steel family.

There are 6 first-name entries for Steel 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), with one having a full-length biographical profile: George Washington Steele (b. 1853, s/o William Wilson and Elizabeth (Mays) Steele).

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

BELLEFONTE Borough:

Franklin Steele, 78, laborer--35 S. Thomas
William L. Steele, 46, carpenter--136 S. Spring
	Harriet
	David 17
	Mary A.
	Margaret
	Grace
	Bertha
	William 10
	Julia
	Frank

BENNER Township:

Mary--Bellefonte
	Elizabeth E.

HUSTON Township:

George, 37, farmer--Martha
	Nettie
	Mattie
	Ellwood 2
Jasper, 30, laborer--Martha
	Ida
	Olive
	Margaret
	Collis
Samuel, 34, farmer--Martha
	Josephine
	William M. 9
	Mary R.
	Margaret E.
	Sarah M.
	Ellsworth 2 mos.
William, 66, farmer--Martha
	Elizabeth
	Warren 23
	Annie

RUSH Township:

William F. Steele, 36, carpenter--Philipsburg
	Augustus H.

SPRING Township:

James N., 38, laborer--Axemann
	Mary E.
	Perry C. 75 
Samuel S., 32, laborer--Axemann
	Lillie A.
	Arthur J. 6

WALKER Township:

Perry C. Steele, 42, mason--Zion
Sarah J.--Zion
	Clara A.
	Minnie M.
	William H. 16