UNION TOWNSHIP

Union Township was erected by a decree of Court dated November 29, 1850, out of Boggs township. Its Northern portion lies along the Allegheny mountains and it is traversed by Dick's run and McCormick's run, which empty into Bald Eagle creek, which flows through the Southern portion of Union township. Among the early settlers of the territory were Martin and John Hoover, John Irwin, a Friend, from Chester County, Leonard Peters of Lancaster County, William Blair, William Campbell, etc. The Philadelphia and Erie turnpike passed through its territory and there were some noted taverns on this turnpike: John Hoover's, Archy Moore's and the "Rattlesnake," kept by Benjamin Lucas* at an early day, which have all disppeared with the change in public improvements.

(SOURCE: Eleventh Census of the Population of the United States Published by Boroughs and Townships, in Connection with a Business Directory of the Same, Bellefonte, Pa., 1890; *Ed. Note: the 1890 work gave William's last name as Bennett.)

UNION TOWNSHIP CENSUS RECORDS

1860--848
1870--847
1880--1,086
1890--820
1900--846
1910--777
1920--537
1930--577
1940--694
1950--683
1960--663
1970--809
1980--1,139
1990--895
2000--1,200

(SOURCE: U.S. Census of Population, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce.)

TOWNS & VILLAGES

Villages and towns in Union Township include Aqua, Clarks, Bear Rocks, Plum Grove, Petersburg and Bush Hollow. For a discussion of these, see Paul M. Dubbs, Where to Go and Place-Names of Centre County, 1961.

TAX ASSESSMENT RECORDS

Tax assessment records for Union Township from 1851 forward can be found in the basement of the Centre County Library and Historical Museum in Bellefonte. Persons wishing to use these records must first sign the Guest Researcher register in the Pennsylvania Room.

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Copyright 2001 by Robert L. Baker