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 Treaster. 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).
There are no books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal in part with the Treaster family.
There are 9 first-name entries for Treaster/Triester in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several mentions of the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' Treaster neighbors in 1890:
LIBERTY Township:Daisy Traister--Blanchard
POTTER Township:David, 64, farmer--Tusseyville Eliza John 36 George 36 Kate Ezra S., 29, farmer--Centre Hall Martha Blanche Robert H. 5 Mary Franklin F., 30, carpenter--Potters Mills Mary S. Lester M. 4 Emma J. Jacob, 80, retired--Tusseyville Mary Rollan B., 41, carpenter--Centre Hill Lydia L. John F. 11 Rollen H. 6 Jacob E. 2 Sadie E.--Centre Hall William I., 38, blacksmith--Tusseyville Clara Joseph A. 16 Edith Bird P. Blanche
SNOW SHOE Township:James A., 25, laborer--Peal Sarah E. Minnie E. Blanche C. Viola
WALKER Township:Maria R.--Nittany William B., 30, laborer--Nittany