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The Swartz 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 Swartz. 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 apparently deal with the Swartz family. It is: Clifford L. Stere's Families: Spotts-Way-Swartz-Davidson (1985).

There are 29 different first-name entries for Swartz 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' SWARTZ neighbors in 1890:

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

George M., 65, insurance--Fountain House

In BOGGS Township:

Elmer A., 23, laborer--Milesburg
	Neruda
	Harry C. 2
John, 48, farmer--Milesburg
	Ella
	John W. 9
	Hannah E.
	Rhoda B.
	Clinton E. 2

In HOWARD Towsnhip:

P. B., 36, carpenter--Howard
	Mary E.
	Harry 11
	Mettie
	Bessie
	Blanche

In LIBERTY Township:

Jacob B., 31, laborer--Beech Creek
	Amanda E.
	Nancy J.
	Adeline B.
	Maggie E.
	George E. 12
	Minnie
	Flora R.
	Lizzie M.
	Frank 3
Joseph C., 50,laborer--Beech Creek
	Sarah E.
	Marian

In PENN Township:

Elmer, 19--Millheim
Emanuel, 49, farmer--Millheim
	Caroline
	John F. 14
	Michael H. 13
	Katie
	Emma J.
Henry M., 53, farmer--Millheim
	Susan
	William H. 20
	Kate
	George E. 11

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Henry, 51, RR Watchman--Front St.
	Ellen
	John R. 21
	Bessie S.
John G., 58, laborer--3rd St.
	Martha J.
	Matilda H.

In POTTER Township:

Samuel M., 56, postmaster--Tusseyville
	Mary J.
	Ada J.
	Charles W. 21
	Thomas S. 14
Susan E.--Tusseyville

In RUSH Township:

Benjamin, 36, laborer--Philipsburg
	Mollie E.
	Hubert 2
	Myrtle
	Ida
	Frank 9
	May

In SPRING Township:

Andrew J., 51, farmer--Pleasant Gap
	Phoebe R.
	Mary S.
	Maggie S.
Della M.--Zion
Elmer E., 28, farmer--Pleasant Gap
	Mary E.
	Edith B.
	Gertie
	Harry 3 mos.

In UNION Township:

Edward B., 19, farmer--Fleming

In WALKER Township:

Christ, 56, farmer--Hublersburg
	Susan
George, 64, agent--Hublersburg
	Julia
John A., 63, retired--Hublersburg
	Amelia A.
Leslie G., 30, farmer--Hublersburg
	Mary R.
	Guy E. 8
	Clyde G. 4
Lincoln E., 22, farmer--Hublersburg
	Mabel C.
	Benjamin F. 5 mos.