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The WAGNER 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 WAGNER. 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).

Four books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte deal at some length with the Wagner family. They are Andre Dominguez's Wagner Genealogy; John Owens' Owen, Long, Wantz, Krouse and Related Families; John B. Wert's Wagner; and, John Wion's John Wiant of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.

There are 20 different first-name entries for Wagner in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the these names in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) with five of them (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile: F.J. Wagner (b. 1866, s/o Peter J. and Elizabeth Huffman); Jacob Wagner (b. 1837, s/o Jacob and Anna Hosterman); John Wagner (b. 1806, s/o John and Catherine Kuntzman); John C. Wagner (b. 1857, s/o John M. and Susanna Hahn); and, John M. Wagner (b. 1823, s/o David and Catharine Maulfair).

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

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Alb., 63, laborer--210 S. Allegheny
Annie--209 East Bishop
Elizabeth--230 East Howard
John, 83, retired--107 South Spring
	Sallie
	Millie
John A., 40, letter carrier--434 N. Spring
	Sarah E.
	Agnes S.
	James B. 13
	Hattie H.
	Frank H. 9
	John K. 8
	Benjamin H. 6
	Pierce 4
	William L. 3
	Wesley H. 2
	Andrew G. 6 mos.

In BENNER Township:

Adam Y., 47, miller--Bellefonte
	Susan
	Sallie S.
	Curtis Y. 19
	Harry A. 17
	Emma C.
	Bertha M.
George B., 22, laborer--Fillmore
	Sarah E.
	Emery F.

In BOGGS TOWNSHIP:

John C., 33, miller--Milesburg
	Ella D.
	Mabel E.
John M., 67, miller--Milesburg
	Susanna 
	Ella E.
William H., 42, farmer--Milesburg
	Ellen
	Harry 18
	Sadie
	Vergie
	Frank 14
	Wilbur 12
	Sadie
	Edith
	John 5 mos.

In COLLEGE Township:

David J., 41, farmer--Houserville
	Caroline
	Jonas E. 13
	Cora B.
	Mary M.

In FERGUSON Township:

Jacob D., 36, laborer--Pinegove Mills
	Catharine E.
	Charlie W. 7
	Anna M.
	George W.
	Rush C.

In HAINES Township:

Henry F., 29, laborer--Poe Mills
	Ellen C.
	Mamie
John H., 31, laborer--Aaronsburg
	Mary E.
	Maud V.
	Harry B. 2
	Minnie C.

In HOWARD Borough:

John C., 24, barber
	Jennie N.
	William O. 19
	Christ B. 17

In LIBERTY Township

Irvin, 34, laborer--Blanchard
	Sarah A.
	David B. 46
	Hannah
	Charles B. 20
	Susan A.
	James A. 10
Joseph L., 53, laborer--Blanchard
	Susan H.
	John I. 31
	David 27
	Mary B.
	Tacy A.
	James A. 17
	Harvey 14
	Ella E.
	George 10
Lucinda--Blanchard
Mamie A.--Blanchard

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Anna C.--Presquile St.
	Edward F. 29
John, 33, laborer--2nd St.
	Louisa
	Elizabeth

In POTTER Township:

Anna M.--Potters Mills
	Jacob B.
Jacob, 53, farmer--Tusseyville
	Catharine A.
	James B. 18
	John K. 16
	Susan B.
	Clayton E. 10
	Samuel S. 5
Joseph, 16--Centre Hall
Rebecca--Tusseyville
	Jasper A. 12
William J., 26, merchant--Centre Hall

In RUSH Township:

John, 39--Philipsburg
	Mary M.
	Alexander 9
	Effie M.

In SNOW SHOE Township:

Henry H., 32, laborer--Moshannon
	Francis M.
	Ronie 6
	Nannie
	Laura

In SPRING Township:

Albert P., 45, laborer--Bellefonte

In WORTH Township:

John D., 60, farmer--Port Matilda
	Phoebe
	Annie E.
	Margaret
	Wilbur 22
	Martha
	Virgie
	Victor