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The WILSON 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 WILSON. 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).

Four books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte deal at some length with this family. They are David Gill's Maude Wilson and Wyatt Gill: Their Ancestry and Family, Sara Hinckley'sThe Family of Samuel & Jean Love Wilson, Glynn McCalman's The Wilsons around McAlevy's Fort, and Larry Wilson's Genealogy of the Family of Wilson of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Missouri.

There are 90 different first-name entries for Wilson in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the Wilson name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) with the following persons (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile: JAMES W. Wilson (b. 1845, s/o Thomas and Christina Hoover); and,W.N. Wilson (b. 1837, s/o John and Sarah.)

And, now, your ancestors' WILSON neighbors in 1890:

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Alice--14 West High
Emma P.--37 Phoenix
	Hattie
	John H. 16
	Lloyd 3
	Edna
	Wilbur 1 mo
John, 30, laborer--134 North Ridge
	Nora
	William 8
	Mary
	William M. 20
Margaret H., 18--West High
Nettie--North Allegheny
Porter, 15--North Water

In BENNER Township:

Viola--Bellefonte
	Della

In CENTRE HALL Borough:

Martha P.

In FERGUSON Township:

Annie--Pinegrove Mills
	George H. 38
	Kate M.
	Walter E. 8
	Mary H.
Shedrick, 13--Pinegrove Mills

In HALF-MOON Township:

Esther E.--Loveville
	Mattie
	James 18
	Catharine
	Priscilla A.
John, 59, farmer--Loveville
	Mary A.
	Newton I. 21
	John R. 14
	Hannah L.
William L., 72, retired--Stormstown
	Eliza J.
	Harriet E.
	Benner N. 32
	Mary B.
	Alice E.

In HUSTON Township:

Elizabeth--Julian
	Charles 27
	John 25

In MARION Township:

Robert K., 42, postmaster--Walker
	Elizabeth A.
	Bertha E.
	Edith F.
	Robert N.

In MILESBURG Borough:

John S., 58, laborer
	Susan R.
	Robert B. 20
	Effa M.
Sarah

In PENN Township:

Andrew M., 26, laborer--Coburn
	Ellen
	Jacob E. 3
	Lotta
Samuel W., 32, laborer--Coburn
	Sarah R.
	Nannie
	Eva B.
	Jessie H. 9 mos.

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Samuel, 32, laborer
	Christian
William, 36, laborer--11th Street
	Tabitha H.
	William W. 13
	Effie E.
	Samuel L. 1

In POTTER Township:

Ida B.--Tusseyville
Thomas J., 69, laborer--Centre Hall
	Mary S.
	Leonard R. 9

In SPRING Township:

Lucy--Bellefonte
Mary J.--Bellefonte
Mary J.--Bellefonte
Thomas, 67, teamster--Bellefonte
	Mary
	James 21
	Thomas 19
	Rebecca
William, 52, laborer--Bellefonte
	Mary A.
	John E. 19
	Catharine J.
	Harriet H.
	Boyd A. 9
William C., 17--Bellefonte

In UNION Township:

Mary A.--Fleming
	Sarah J.

In UNIONVILLE Borough:

George W., 66--laborer
	Sarah

In WALKER Township:

Curtis, 38, clerk--Walker
George W., 53, laborer--Zion
Jacob E., 21, laborer--Zion
John, 66, laborer--Zion
	Sarah
Oliver P., 53, huckster--Hublersburg
	Willamina
	Martha D.