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 TAYLOR. 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 deals in part with the Taylor family. It is 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.
There are 39 different first-name entries for Taylor 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 three (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile: Curtin C. Taylor (b. 1824, s/o George and Mary Dunlap); Hugh S. Taylor (b. 1868, s/o Hugh and Annie Starr); and James T. Taylor (b. 1827, s/o Henry and Priscilla Turbet).
And, now, your ancestors' TAYLOR neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
George, 45, laborer--93 S. Water Kate Jennie Hattie William C. 7 George 6 Henry J., 40, moulder--72 S. Water Theressa Harry C. 18 Curtin C. 4 Hugh, 46, laborer--291 E. Howard Annie Hugh S. 22 Frank E. 20 Robert B. 18 Elizabeth Isabella Edwin R. 12 Gertrude A. Harold A. 9 Mary L. James G. 6 William E. 4 Bernice M. Matilda--128 Decatur Alley Mary Effie Thomas, 51, gardener--137 N. Penn Rachael
In BENNER Township:Thomas, 80, retired--Fillmore Maria M. Harriet A. George M. 44 Elizabeth Charles T. 15 John E. 8 Margaret M.
In BOGGS Township:Clarence, 17--Milesburg George, 60, laborer--Milesburg Annie E. Henry, 75, retired--Milesburg
In COLLEGE Township:Frances, 36, laborer--State College
In GREGG Township:John J., 36, laborer--Madisonburg Amanda J. James E. 10 Bessie B. Rose John C. 6 mos.
In HALF-MOON Township:William, 58, laborer--Loveville Eliza Vanoris 16 Ellis 12
In HUSTON Township:Miles, 32, laborer--Julian Mary A. Elwood B. 5 Lee E. 3 Clair 1
In LIBERTY Township:Frank, 35, laborer--Blanchard Clair C. Cora Elvia F. 4 William E. 1
In MILESBURG Borough:Lovan, 75 Florence B. Anna E. Thomas, 57, laborer Elvira Della M. Annie J.
In PATTON Township:Daniel, 54, laborer--Fillmore Sarah A. Ella H. John T. 20 George W. 15 Sarah M. Harry 10
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Charles, 59, laborer--Spruce St. Mary A. Westanna 34 William H. 26 Elizabeth--3rd St. Frank E., 41, clerk--6th St. Harris L. 12 Samuel B. 10 Esther W. Mary--Laurel St. Maud
In POTTER Township:John L., 31, painter--Tusseyville Elizabeth Margery William 6 David 4 Ida A. Josiah, 59, laborer
In RUSH Township:William L., 27, laborer--Philipsburg Jennie M. Bertha J. Mary B.
In SPRING Township:Arthur J., 26, nailer--Axemann Alice L. Constance--Pleasant Gap Harriet William H., 48, farmer--Bellefonte Arabella A. Charles 21 Mary Franklin 14 Reynolds 5
In UNION Township:Elmer, 23, laborer--Fleming
In UNIONVILLE Borough:Thomas J., 68, photographer Susan