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The THOMPSON 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 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.