This column is third in a new feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. This column's focus is on WEAVER. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name in the 1890 U.S. Census, using the Centre County postal 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.)
Three book-length works on the WEAVERs can be found in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte. Adam Weaver Family by C. Richard Weaver (1982) traces the descendancy of John Adam Weaver (1770/5-1835) and Anna Stover (1771-1838). Adam appears on Haines Township tax lists for 1797 to 1817, but the family eventually settled in Stark County, Ohio. History and Genealogy of George William Weaver 1850-1925 by Richard Lee Weaver traces the descendancy of George and his two wives Rachael Packer and Minnie Myrtle Quay. Weaver: The History of Ten Generations (1988) by Kathryn Bell Reighard traces the descendancy of Michael Weaver and Anna Barbara Moyer. The book has a brief discussion of some of the other 18th Century Weaver/Weber families which eventually settle in what is presently known as Centre County. In addition, there are two books which focus on Weber, a derivative name for Weaver, but both books show the current generation maintaining the Weber name (which will be discussed in a later column).
There are 64 different first-name entries for Weaver in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are 105 references to the Weaver name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) with the following persons (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having separate profiles: C.A. Weaver (b. 1853, s/o Henry and Rosetta Stover); DANIEL B. Weaver (b. 1840, s.o John and Susan Brungart); F. J. Weaver (b. 1837, s.o Frederick and Catherine Mark); GEORGE B. Weaver (b. 1821, s/o John and Polly Brungart); ISRAEL Weaver (b. 1831; s/o Frederick and Catharine Mark); JAMES CALVIN Weaver (b. 1851, s/o David and Susannah Bridge); JAMES F. Weaver (b. 1830, s/o John and Elizabeth Poorman); JOHN Weaver (b. 1829; s/o John and Rachel Isett); THOMAS M. (b. 1848. s/o M.P. and Ellen McClellan).
And, now, your ancestors' WEAVER neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE BOROUGH:
Henry C., 37, bookkeeper--107 East Howard Susan C. Ida M. James B. 6, 118 East High James C., 39--fire and life insurance--137 North Penn Laura G. Elsie M. Harry C. 11 Philip C. 6 Fred D. 3 Sarah C.--21 East Howard Susan--123 East Howard Mary E. Ida M. Bella E. Carrie A.
In BOGGS TOWNSHIP
James F., 60, farmer--Milesburg Mary M. Lizzie James H., 28, engineer--Milesburg Alice M. James F. 6 Stella E. Nellie
In COLLEGE TOWNSHIP
Annie M.--Oak Hall Samuel, 31, tailor--Boalsburg Alverda Samuel, 34, laborer--Lemont Maggie B. Mary E. Leah Sarah L.--Oak Hall John H. 9 Catharine Sarah M. Samuel 2
In CURTIN TOWNSHIP
George W., 39, farmer--Romola Minnie M. John M. 20 Charles M. 17 Harry F. 10 Harvey W. 7 Oscar C. 5 George C. Henry H. John C., 65, laborer--Romola Maria Sarah M.
In FERGUSON TOWNSHIP
Charles W., 33, laborer--Penna Furnace Elizabeth Clarence A. 6 Bertha E. David F., 39, laborer--Penna Furnace Mary E. John W. 15 Clarence L. 13 Samuel M. 10 David A. 8 George E. 6 Anna R. David H., 48, merchant--Pinegrove Mills Alice S. George B. 19 Walter H. 10 Maurice J. 5 David F. 4 Jacob, 75, farmer--Pinegrove Mills John A., 39, music professor--Benore Alice C. John J. 13 Pearl A. 10 Alice A. Mary F. Edward L. 2 Michael, 73, laborer--State College
In GREGG TOWNSHIP
Alfred A., 41, farmer--Farmers Mills Angeline Charles A. 13 Harry E. 10 Ada Anna F. Sarah Grover C. 3 Baby Annie--Spring Mills Lucinda Daniel B., 51, farmer--Farmers Mills Lydia George F. 22 William H. 18 Minnie Annie B. Daniel R., 67, farmer--Madisonburg Mary Howard P. 27 David, 26, laborer--Madisonburg Helen E. John W. 5 Clearland E. 2 Mannie Elias, 38, farmer--Spring Mills Deboline Cora R. Eva Franklin J., 43, farmer--Farmers Mills Elizabeth Harry W. 12 Howard F. 17 Annie Albert C. 12 Keturah R. Fietta C. Lesta C. Martha Jerry, 35, laborer--Spring Mills John, 20, farmer--Farmers Mills Mary Margaret John D, 44--Spring Mills Joseph, 60, laborer--Farmers Mills Catharine Daniel 30 Margaret--Farmers Mills William, 60, farmer--Madisonburg Sarah A. John E. 16 Mattie
In HAINES TOWNSHIP
Aaron, 50, retired--Woodward Margaret Lydia E. Aaron D., 56, farmer--Aaronsburg Susan Annie N. Calvin A., 37--Aaronsburg Franklin J., 52, farmer--Aaronsburg Sarah A. Israel, 58--Coburn Lucetta Elizabeth James, 40, wagonmaker--Aaronsburg Mary Irvin 18 Calvin C.10 Henry 70 Carrie Nellie C. James S., 30, laborer--Fiedler Sarah J. Elsie E. Calvin E. 6 Blanche S. Chester 3 Eddie 7 mos Mabel E.--Aaronsburg Henry H. 66 Effie P. Sallie Thomas C. 16 Noah, 69--Woodward Mary C. Thomas C. 35 Lizzie H. Maud M. Blanche P. William, 64, teamster--Aaronsburg William H., 40, retired--Aaronsburg Henrietta Wallace E. 13 Mabel C.
In HUSTON TOWNSHIP:
Francis, 26, laborer--Julian James, 32, laborer--Julian Ellen Margaret Alfred H. 3
In LIBERTY TOWNSHIP:
Henry, 42, laborer--Blanchard Mary E. Lavina C. Charles F. 13 Caroline A. Ada J. Chauncey J. 6 Lina A.
In MARION TOWNSHIP:
Frank B., 41--State College Mary C. Carrie M. Jennie David F. 12 Susanna Elizabeth John M. 7 Edward C. 6 Kate B.
In MILES TOWNSHIP:
Carrie--Rebersburg Cora--Madisonburg Daniel B., 50, farmer--Wolfs Store Mary C. Edwin G. 21 Clayton 19 Ammon P. 15 Orlando W. 11 Malinda A. Susan G. George B., 58, farmer--Rebersburg Sallie Della J. John, 77--Wolfs Store Lizzie--Wolfs Store
In MILESBURG BOROUGH
John W., 30, liveryman Blanche M. Ralph F. 7 mos
In MILLHEIM BOROUGH
In PENN TOWNSHIP:
Andrew, 38, laborer--Coburn John Sr., 67, retired--Millheim John W., 28, shoemaker--Coburn Fannie N. Zingle A. 4
In PHILIPSBURG BOROUGH
George J., 30, painter--Pine Street Clara B. Henry M. James B. 5 Mary H. Jacob, 51--2nd Street Ann R.
In POTTER TOWNSHIP:
Edwin H., 24, laborer--Centre Hall Donbalina George S., 34--Centre Hall Sallie E. Israel, 53, laborer--Tusseyville Lydia John W. 19 John, 39, laborer--Tusseyville Mary Sarah--Centre Hall
In RUSH TOWNSHIP:
Thomas, 35, laborer--Sandy Ridge Sarah Thomas O. 16 Joseph 10 Viola Frank 3 Paul 8 mos
In SPRING TOWNSHIP:
John, 14--Bellefonte John W., 46, laborer--Axe Mann Henrietta Jennie E. Ellen Anna S. Nancy E. Mattie M.--Bellefonte Michael, 18--Pleasant Gap Michael P., 69, farmer--Bellefonte Harry 30 Walter 8 Newton 26, laborer--Bellefonte Noah, 24--Bellefonte Thomas M., 41, farmer--Pleasant Gap Michael M. 6 Thomas M. 5 Ray 2 William F., 38, laborer--Pleasant Gap Mary J. Katie M. Lydia M. Mary M.
In TAYLOR TOWNSHIP:
Benjamin, 36, laborer--Port Matilda Amanda Love Clara Lloyd 4 Franklin 2 Caroline John, 63, farmer--Port Matilda Nancy John W. 28 George 23 Ellen Tabitha--Port Matilda Nancy Margaret Lydia
In WALKER TOWNSHIP:
Jacob F., 43, farmer--Hublersburg Catharine John A. 19 Emma A. Jacob H.15 Cora Joseph 8 Edith B. Magdalena--Nittany William N., 23, laborer--Zion
In WORTH TOWNSHIP:
Moses, 27, laborer--Port Matilda Sarah Charles 15 Savanna M. Sarah E. Mary A. Porter W. 3 Emery E. 4 mos Solomon, 11--Sandy Ridge