This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week.
This column's focus is on WHIPPO. 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).
One book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte deals at some length with this family. It is: Raymond Martin Bell's The Story of George Whippo Who Died in Centre County, PA about 1813 (Washington, Pa., 1989).
There are 4 different first-name entries for Whippo in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the Whippo name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' WHIPPO neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE BOROUGH:
Abbie--123 W. Linn Levi, 54, blacksmith--116 W. Lamb Anna William C. 16 Elsie Robert 12 Maud Blanche Sarah A.--21 E. Howard Nora M. Lidie V. John L. 12 Mary C. William T.
In COLLEGE TOWNSHIP:Elsie--Lemont
In HALFMOON TOWNSHIP:Charles O., 36, blacksmith--Loveville Mary E. Charles M. 16 Bessie B. Minnie F.
In SPRING TOWNSHIP:John M., 30, blacksmith--Bellefonte Maggie J. John W. 7 William L. 4 Harrison M. 3
In WALKER TOWNSHIP:Charles M., 17--Loveville
In WORTH TOWNSHIP:J.T., 33--Port Matilda Edward 14 Frances A.