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 Stewart. 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 with the Stewart family. They are: Charles Jesse Stewart's A History of the Stewarts of Drumore (1997) and Robert Stewart's Colonel George Stewart and His Wife Margaret Harris; Their Ancestors and Descendants with Appendices of Related Families, a Genealogical History (Lahore, India: Civil and Military Gazette Press, 1907).
There are 32 different first-name entries for Stewart 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), with two getting a separate profile: Miller Stewart(b. 1819, s/o Robert and Margaret (Miller) Stewart) and William Stewart(b. 1811, s/o Robert and Margaret (Miller) Stewart).
And, now, your ancestors' STEWART neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Adolph, 45, laborer--Decatur Alley Lucy A. Anna B. William J. 18 Ella F. John R. 11 Sarah E. Mary V. Harry A. 4 Lillie
In BURNSIDE Township:Miller, 71, farmer--Pine Glenn Patsey David B. 31 DeLanne G. 29 Margaret A.
In COLLEGE Township:John W., 46, coal dealer--State College Margaret E. Elizabeth M. William A. 16 Daniel M. 10 Elizabeth M.
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Mary C.--3rd St.
In SNOW SHOE Township:Anna--Snow Shoe Louis 6 Jeremiah 4 Calvin 14--Snow Shoe Sarah E.--Snow Shoe