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 Tate. 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).
No books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal in part with the Tate family.
There are 18 different first-name entries for Tate in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several references to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' TATE neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
David K., 63, contractor--134 N. Penn Theressa Benton D. 24 Edith B. Mary A. George W., 57, architect--136 N. Spring Margaret W. Alice P. Jane W.--203 E. Lamb Blanche E. George M. 23 Mary E.--3 S. Thomas Robert, 50, glassblower--320 N. Allegheny Elizabeth William 12 Mary J.
In BENNER Township:Andrew G., 39, farmer--Fillmore Maria W. Lloyd E. 4 Nancy M. William 73
In FERGUSON Township:Andrew J., 58, farmer--State College Angeline Andrew J. Jr. 22 Sarah C. Wesley 14 George A. 20 David M. 18
In HARRIS Township:William F., 28, teacher--Boalsburg
In PATTON Township:William, 46, farmer--Fillmore Elizabeth
In POTTER Township:Eli P., 45, farmer--Centre Hall Julia A. William W. 18 Burton W. 14 Newton H. 11 Luther H. 11 John P. 5
In SNOW SHOE Township:John H., 46, laborer--Snow Shoe Clara B. Essie E.
In SPRING Township:Clarence F., 22, plumber--Bellefonte Virgie A. Ernest A. 2 Elizabeth--Bellefonte Snyder 30 William 23 Irwin 19 Emma--Bellefonte John F., 45, foreman--Bellefonte Elizabeth Alfred A. 18 Richard G. 15 Edgar 12 Walter T. 11 Anna E. John R., 69--Pleasant Gap Winfield S., 46 Elizabeth A. John R. Jr. 21 Franklin 19 Eliphalet W. 17 Orpha T. Martha K. Margaret Elizabeth Maria Esther E. Edith Lifus, 16--Pleasant Gap Potter J., 44, carpenter--Pleasant Gap Elizabeth E. Anna M. Samuel R. 13 Birda E. Harry 6
In WALKER Township:Hettie--Nittany Ella M. Maria C.