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 White. 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 in part with the White family. They are: Hugh Fredericks' Direct Ancestors of the Fredericks: Hay, Hay(e)s and Glossner-Shaw-Bechdel and Montgomery-White Families (Including Members of Royal Descent) (Williamsport, Pa., 1982); and, John Owens' Owen, Long, Wantz, Krouse and Related Families (Austin, Pa., 1990).
There are 39 different first-name entries for White 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' WHITE neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Mary--28 E. High Mary E.--213 Pike Alley Frederick G. 4 Dennis M. 2
In BOGGS Township:Edith G.--Roland Mack L., 3 mos.--Roland
In BURNSIDE Township:Dora G.--Pine Glenn Lorie
In HOWARD Township:John, 67, farmer--Howard Martha J. Joseph 15 W.A., 36, laborer--Howard Anna B. Matilda William P., 75, farmer--Mt. Eagle Eliza C. Sherwood 24
In HUSTON Towsnhip:Zebulon, 68, plasterer--Julian Elizabeth Orrie 25 Iona
In LIBERTY Towsnhip:Charles, 31, carpenter--Beech Creek Florence Stella J. Norman E. 1
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Blanche--Beaver St. Frank K., 24, dentist Gay, 11--Beaver St. Amber Emlyn, 33
In SPRING Township:Anna V.--Pleasant Gap Jacob A., 33, laborer--Bellefonte Ellen N. Minnie M. Roy H. 5 Allen 1 Annie John A., 14--Axe Mann Samuel, 44, laborer--Bellefonte Amelia E. Sarah E. William S. 9 Edith M. Thomas H., 32, axe maker--Axe Mann Amelie R. Bertha M. Wallace S., 23, laborer--Axe Mann Ida M. Curtis E. 1 Emanuel 43 Susan A. John B. 18 Emanuel E. 16 Mary B. Virgie S. Wallace W. 7
In UNION Township:Elmer E., 26, laborer--Fleming Alma E. Orrie G. 2
In WALKER Towsnhip:John H., 36, laborer--Zion Sarah A. Franklin L. 5 Lyman H. 2