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 THOMPSON. 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 Thompson family. They are: Dwight Miller's Historical Notes: The Pennsylvania and Ohio Families and Mary Williamson's Our William Thompson of Ireland and Pennsylvania and Some Descendants.
There are 65 different first-name entries for Thompson 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' THOMPSON neighbors in 1890:
In BENNER Township:
Margaret R.--Bellefonte Nora B. Walter W. 16 Sarah--Fillmore
In BOGGS Township:Rosie--Milesburg
In CENTRE HALL Borough:Maggie B.
In COLLEGE Township:Annie--State College James 35 Horian, 47, farmer--State College Mary C. Elizabeth H. Catharine G. Sophia H. Margaret G. Joanna M. William 16 Joseph 14 Jonathan M., 45, justice of the peace--State College Anna S. William H. 15 James V. Adella F. Sarah B. John I., 46, grain dealer--Lemont Elizabeth B. Mary I. Helen George B. 14 Elizabeth B. Charles 12 Mollie--Lemont William, 42, stock dealer--Lemont Annie E. Mabel John E. 10 Wayne B. 6 Irvin P. 3 William, 48, farmer-Lemont Ellen W.
In HALF-MOON Towsnhip:Andrew J., 59, farmer--Stormstown Mary C. Andrew C. 29 Frances John K. 23 Charles 20 Alice Mary E, Marion J. 11
In HOWARD Borough:George L., 32, butcher Nora Herbert B. 2
In LIBERTY Township:Henry H., 42, farmer--Blanchard Anna P. Laut C. 17 Minnie Winfield C. 11 Fannie R. Ward 7 Edith J. Lyman B. 3 John A., 24, farmer--Blanchard Lillie J. Clair G. 3 Anna B. John D., 52, farmer--Blanchard Mary J. Daniel P. 21 William 19 Cora David 10 Nancy--Blanchard
In MARION Township:Albert, 11--Walker Benjamin F., 42, farmer--Walker Mary E. William R. 11 Guy H. 9 Allen M. 3 In PATTON Township:Laura--Buffalo Run Stella--Buffalo Run
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Laura--3rd St.
In POTTER Township:William J., 56, merchant--Potters Mills
In RUSH Township:Silas K., 29, laborer--Philipsburg Ida E. Alma C.
In SNOW SHOE Township:Albert W., 47, baker--Snow Shoe Mary J. John F. 17 Lydia Joseph 10 Mary E. Alfred, 33, merchant--Snow Shoe Elizabeth Robert 7 mos. Rebecca Claude D., 24, fireman--Snow Shoe Caroline Norman J. 11 mos. Joseph, 57, merchant--Snow Shoe Hattie E. Alice M. Nora Emma James 5 Martin, 26, miner--Snow Shoe Nancy
In SPRING Township:James, 28--Bellefonte James, 42, laborer--Bellefonte Annie Frederick 14 Warner 2 Eddie 8 mos. Mary--Pleasant Gap
In UNIONVILLE Borough:Andrew, 54, retired Almeda Evalina
In WORTH Township:John, 38, farmer--Port Matilda Annie Mary M. John F. 2 Mary A.--Port Matilda Robert C.