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The WAY 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 WAY. 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 Way family. They are: Clifford Stere's Families: Spotts-Way-Swartz-Davidson, and Daniel Way's Descendants of Robert and Hannah Way of Chester County, Pennsylvania.

There are 27 different first-name entries for Way 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' WAY neighbors in 1890:

In BENNER Township:

Benner, 37, farmer--Fillmore
	Anna C.
	Earl C. 8
	Ida M.
	Isaac G. 4
	Agnes S. 2

In HALF-MOON Township:

Jerry, 61, farmer--Stormstown
	Mary A.
	Emma M.
	Alvin J. 20
John A., 34, farmer and Justice of the Peace--Stormstown
	Emma
	Sarah
	Victor 7
	Lera M.
	Olive E.
	Alice S.
Margaret C.--Stormstown
Orlando R., 36, farmer--Loveville
	Mary
	William 16
	George 14
	Lillie
Robert A., 45, farmer--Stormstown
	Lucretia M.
	Mariah
	Darlington 14
	Esther C.
	William F. 10
	Anna
Thomas, 51--Stormstown
Thomas W., 40, farmer--Stormstown
	Annie A.
	Harry
William B., 46, farmer--Stormstown
	Mary E.
William R., farmer--Stormstown
	Margaret M.
	Howard M. 23
	Lula B.
	Ella C.

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Joseph M., 61, R.R. fireman--Pine St.
	Martha
	Ella A.
	Grant 26
	William 24
	May
	Edward P. 10
	Myrtle

In PATTON Township:

Jacob E., 43, carpenter--Buffalo Run
	Joanna E.
	Harry P. 22
	David E. 21
	Arthur Z. 4

In RUSH Township:

Harry P., laborer--Philipsburg

In UNION Township:

Caleb, 51, farmer--Fleming
	Sarah J.
	Irvin 22
Hannah--Fleming
	Laura
	Joseph A.
	Gertrude
William F., 48, farmer--Fleming
	Hannah
	Celia M.
	Melissa I.

In UNIONVILLE Borough:

William M., 35, carpenter
	Rebecca P.
	Terotha H.
	John H. 4
	Harold E. 3
	Edith 8 mos.