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The THOMAS 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 THOMAS. 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).

Three books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte deal with this family: Mary B. Lontz's Centre County Ancestors, Edward Mathews' Thomas Family of Hilltown, Bucks County, Penn'a, and George Leicester Thomas' Genealogy of Thomas Family.

There are 51 different first-name entries for Thomas 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 of them (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile: Isaac Thomas (b. 1837, s/o William A. and Elizabeth Miller); and Z.D. Thomas (b. 1851, s/o Jacob and Rebecca Dutwiler).

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

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Goin, 40, laborer--Decatur Alley
	Ella
	Sarah R.
	Henry 11
	Maria L.
	Rachel A.
	Arthur 6
	Laura F.
	Lena M.
Isaac Sr., 53--43 N. Thomas
	Martha J.
	Eliza R.
	Willia A. 16
	Isaac Jr. 8
	Joseph D. 7
	Arthur 4
	Lulu
Jacob V., 72, retired--329 N. Allegheny
	Letitia
	Mary S.
Robert, 19, porter--Cedar Alley

In BENNER Township:

Samuel J., 31, laborer--Bellefonte
	Catharine J.
	Franklin C. 9
	Blanche E.
	George W. 5
	Carrie 3 mos.

In BOGGS Township:

Abram, 72, farmer--Milesburg
	Mary
	Margaret
Joseph, 48, laborer--Milesburg
	Marsella
	Harry 23
	Maud C.

In BURNSIDE Township:

Oliver, 5--Pine Glenn

In CENTRE HALL Borough:

Aaron, 42, carpenter
	Margaret
	Calvin 15
	Jophn T. 12
	Mary J.
Adam J., 44, carpenter
	Sarah M
	William H. 19
	Mary

In COLLEGE Township:

Clyde, 21--State College
Low A.--Lemont
	Evan V.

In FERGUSON Township:

Nancy--Pinegrove Mills
	Mary I.
	Nannie J.
Samuel, 62, laborer--Rock Springs
	Margaret I.
	Wesley 16
	John 12

In HAINES Township:

Zachariah D., 38, teacher--Aaronsburg
	Annie

In HARRIS Township:

Louis, 50, farmer--Boalsburg
	Priscilla J.
	Dicen B. 23
	Claire C. 16
Orlando, 62, farmer--Boalsburg
	Elizabeth
	Clyde E. 22
	Elizabeth M.
	Sarah J.
William, 54, retired--Boalsburg
	Wallace T. 18
	Charles W. 16
	Mary

In HOWARD Borough:

George, 66, foreman
	Elizabeth
	Corilla

In HOWARD Township:

Thomas E., 31, farmer--Howard
	Clark
	B. Weber 7
	Pearl E.
William, 40, foreman--Howard
	Sarah
	Harry 12
	Minnie M.
	Martha T.
	Mary

In MILES Township:

Wesley P., 46, merchant--Rebersburg
	Joanna E.
	Mary L.
	Elizabeth
	Abraham 19
	Hiram W. 18
	Mabel

In MILESBURG Borough

William B., 43, agent
	Sarah J.
	Charles W. 9
	Henrietta C.
	Ralpg 5 mos.

In PATTON Township:

Arthur C., 24, laborer--Buffalo Run
	Emma
	Verna B.
David, 33, farmer--Buffalo Run
	Mary
	Dora
	James 12
	John 11
	Etta
	Harry 7
	Lula
Gustavus, 55--Buffalo Run
	Verna

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Archibald B., 35, R R machinist--Laurel St.
	Elizabeth A. B.
	Nellie J.
	Olive
	Archibald B. 3
Catharine--Water St.
	Grant
	Bonnie
Eliza--Front St.
	Carrie M.
	William H. 15
	George A.M. 14
	Roy F. 11
	Charles M. 9
John, 25, clerk--6th St.
	Bella
	Mary A.
	Thomas 3
	Thomas 20
O., 27, commission agent
Olicott R., 35, miner--Pine St.
	Irene W.
	Norman V. 71
	Membalia
William B., 30, miner--Front St.
	Sarah
	Robert J. 9
	Ann
	Viola
	Sadie

In RUSH Township:

James T., 26, laborer--Philipsburg
	Sarah B.
	Ruth 
	David 19

In SNOW SHOE Township:

John, 75, retired--Snow Shoe
	Sarah J.
	Daniel E. 29
	Edward W. 22
	Anna J.
Stewart S., 29, laborer--Snow Shoe
	Annetta
	Thomas

In SPRING Township:

Morgan, 40, laborer--Bellefonte
	Martha
	Edna
	Robert 5
William W., 27, laborer--Pleasant Gap
	Matilda 
	Mabel G.