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The WATSON 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 WATSON. 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 Watson family. They are: Mildred Croft Smith's William F. Brownell, Anzinetta N. Watson Family, Past to 1980 and The Watson Heritage.

There are 37 different first-name entries for Watson 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' WATSON neighbors in 1890:

In BOGGS Township:

Charles, 34, laborer--Milesburg
Green, 37, laborer--Milesburg
	Jennie M.
	William O. 5
Jane--Milesburg
John, 81, retired--Milesburg
	Thomas 19
	Lucinda
	John 13
	Catharine A.
	Sarah J.
	Austin P. 5
	Thomas 1
Joseph, 41, laborer--Milesburg
	Martha V.
	Rosanna
	Frank 12
	Abbie M.
	Lizzie
	Edna
	Henry 2
Katie--Milesburg
	Margaret
Mary A.--Milesburg
	Stanley 7
	John 26
	Julia
May--Milesburg
Rebecca--Milesburg
Rosanna--Milesburg
S. K., 49, farmer--Milesburg
	Mary E.
	John T. 21
	Ellen J.

In BURNSIDE Township:

Elsie--Pine Glenn
	Preston 9
Johnson, 38, laborer--Pine Glenn
	Anna
	Orra E.
	Henry C. 7
	Jessie M.
	Reuben 2
Nelson, 30, laborer--Pine Glenn
	Mary R.
	Theodore C. 13
	Maud E.
	Homer F. 9
	Miles R. 5
	Willis D. 1
William T., 47, laborer--Pine Glenn

In MILESBURG Borough:

Charles D., 40, retired
	Sarah O.
	Milfred L. 18
	Edward P. 16
	Maggie A.
	Louisa B.

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Charles H., 26, miner
	Sarah E.

In RUSH Township:

Elmer, 29--Munson Station
	Hannah
	Mary
	Harry 7
	Grace

In SNOW SHOE Township:

Andrew J., 54, laborer--Moshannon
	Catharine A.
George W., 27, teamster--Snow Shoe
	Ellen S.
	Louis E. 5
	Charles W. 4
	Elmer E. 3
	Lester L. 2
	Oscar 3 mos
Harris L., 35, laborer--Snow Shoe
	Abigail
	Annie
	Edward M. 11
	Benjamin 5
Harry H., 31, laborer--Snow Shoe
	Annie E.
	Clayton J. 3
	Norman C.
Irvin C., 47, laborer--Snow Shoe
	Margaret E.
	Frank J. 24
	Mandie E.
	Harris J. 17
	Alida A.
	William G. 11
	George B. 9
James, 53, farmer--Snow Shoe
	Sarah G.
	Franklin J. 27
	Theodore, 22, laborer--Snow Shoe
	Anna M.
James F., 17--Snow Shoe
	Clara E.
	Ida M.
	Mariette
	Orvis M. 5
	Chester G. 3
	Florence B.
Mitchell A., 40, laborer--Snow Shoe
Robert, 47, laborer--Snow Shoe
	Henrietta
	Charles H. 16
Thomas, 45, laborer--Snow Shoe
	Sarah E.

In UNION Township:

James O., 38, laborer--Milesburg
	Hannah J.
	William H. 14
	Alice
	Lemuel W. 10
	James H. 8
	Howard M. 6
	Nora M.
	Oscar 2
Lewis H., 58, laborer--Fleming
	Ellen J.
	Annie
Thomas, 62, farmer--Fleming
	Hannah S.
	Cyrus J.