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 WOLF. 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 deal at some length with this family. They are Raymond Alvin Wolff's The Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of Pennsylvania (Baltimore, Md., 1971) and John Fassold's Genealogy of Valentine Fasold and His Descendants: and the Allied Family Records of Wolf, Dornsife, Kriegbaum, Haupt, Dachenbach, Zimmerman, Krieger, et. al. (Harrisburg, Pa.: Printing House of the United Evangelical Church, 1915).
There are 62 different first-name entries for Wolf in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the Wolf name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) with the following person (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile: JOHN Wolf (b. 1824, s/o Peter and Sally Ream).
And, now, your ancestors' WOLF neighbors in 1890:
NOTE: All are spelled Wolf, unless otherwise designated.
In BELLEFONTE BOROUGH:
Joseph, 70, laborer--43 Pine Sarah Mary Sarah William, 43, bricklayer--274 East High Elmira Charles 10 Mary A. Joseph H. 4
In CENTRE HALL BOROUGH:Jacob W., 32, merchant Elizabeth Emma A. William M. 3 Simon D. P. Wolfe, 16 William Wolfe, 66, merchant Anna M.
In COLLEGE TOWNSHIP:Eliza--State College Silas, 35--State College Mary C.
In GREGG TOWNSHIP:Daniel M., 53, professor Spring Mills academy--Spring Mills Elmer F., 28, laborer--Spring Mills Ida F. Edward C. 7 Elsie E. Beulah H. Baby John M., 37, laborer--Spring Mills Harriet E. Jennie Mary E. William J. 10 John A. 8 Maud Sarah A. Carrie Rosa--Spring Mills Samuel, 66--Spring Mills Sarah
In HAINES TOWNSHIP:Charles, 41--Aaronsburg Emma M. Daniel, 68, retired--Aaronsburg Freda George, 37, farmer--Fiedler Sarah E. Thomas G. 13 Claude H. 15 Sumner J. 11 Annie M. George, 65, retired--Fiedler Mary Robert M., 40, merchant--Woodward Susan R. Mertie E. Mary F. Lenella Rosa J.--Fiedler George W. 1
In HALF-MOON TOWNSHIP:Lula B. Wolfe--Stormstown
In MILES TOWNSHIP:Adam B. Wolfe, 23, laborer--Rebersburg Catharine Wolfe--Wolfs Store Edwin C. Wolfe, 18, laborer--Rebersburg Emma C. Wolfe--Rebersburg Ida M. George N. Wolfe, 29--Madisonburg Henry W. Wolfe, 58, carpenter--Wolfs Store Amanda E. Elmira William 11 Israel Wolfe, 59, laborer--Rebersburg Sophia Anna B. Sallie T. Annie M. Mertie M. Ivy R. Wolfe--Rebersburg Jasper R. Wolfe, 60, retired--Wolfs Store Elizabeth Edwin F. 9 John W. Wolfe, 40, farmer--Rebersburg Sarah Winifred Mary F. Wolfe--Wolfs Store Oliver H. Wolfe, 44, carpenter--Wolfs Store Anna G. Polly Wolfe--Rebersburg Rebecca Wolfe--Rebersburg Rufus E. Wolfe, 19--Rebersburg Sallie Wolfe--Rebersburg Thomas F. Wolfe, 21, laborer--Madisonburg
In PENN TOWNSHIP:Mary E. Wolfe--Millheim Oscar J., 28--Coburn Harriet E. Clayton J. 5 William F. 4 Dora B. John O. 1 George W. 2 mos.
In PHILIPSBURG BOROUGH:John C. Wolfe, 50, merchant--9th St. Charles A. 20 John W. 18 Bessie
In POTTER TOWNSHIP:John Wolfe, 66, farmer--Potters Mills Jane E. Mary
In SPRING TOWNSHIP:Edward, 13--Bellefonte Elsie L.--Pleasant Gap
In WALKER TOWNSHIP:James A. Wolfe, 10--Hublersburg