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 YOUNG. 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).
Only one book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte deals at some length with the Young family. It is Dale Collins' Frankenberger Family History Includes Naumann/Newman and Jung/Young Families.
There are 38 different first-name entries for Young in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the these names in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) with two of them (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile: J.W. Young (b. 1848, s/o Albert and Mary Wagoner) and Robert J. Young (b. 1862, s/o Thomas and Isabella Wood).
And, now, your ancestors' YOUNG neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Andrew B., 24, printer--215 E. Logan Ida George, 50, liveryman--127 N. Ridge Matilda Caroline O. Margaret Mary Susan--127 E. Howard
In BENNER Township:David W., 24, laborer--Bellefonte Marie E.
In COLLEGE Township:Susan--Oak Hall
In CURTIN Township:Harvey S., 29, laborer--Roland Lydia M. Harry E. 7 Charles W. 3 John C. 2 John W., 45, farmer--Romola Mary J. Linna B. 14 Sadie E. Eddie M. Fines 8 Louis 6 John J. 4 Ella E. Elias E. 4 mos.
In FERGUSON Township:Ellis, 40, merchant--Pinegrove Mills Sophie--State College William A., 70, retire--Pinegrove Mills Emma Claude
In HAINES Township:Lydia--Woodward
In HARRIS Township:Lizzie--Boalsburg Israel, 50, gunsmith--Boalsburg Ellen M. Clara Charles H. Helen Harry 12 Frank Calvin F. 9 Thomas R. 6 Samuel L. William B. 24
In HOWARD Township:George N., 55, farmer--Howard Sarah S. Mary C. Arthur C. 17 Charles M. 9 Susan--Howard
In PATTON Township:Foster D., 27--Buffalo Run Jemima L. John C. 28
In PENN Township:Maggie--Coburn
In PHILIPSBURG Borough:Thomas, 51, laborer--9th St. Margaret Elizabeth Mary A. Rose M. Robert C. 12 Arthur F. 6
In POTTER Township:David C., 68, carpenter--Tusseyville Maggie E. Davie F. 27 William G., 67, farmer--Potters Mills Catharine William R. 26
In RUSH Township:David W., 32, laborer--Philipsburg Aldie James B., 734, retired--Osceola Mary
In SNOW SHOE Township:George W., 50, hustler--Snow Shoe Robert J., 28, physician--Snow Shoe Isabella
In SPRING Township:Franklin, 13--Bellefonte Henry C., 37, laborer--Bellefonte Alice M. Edward F. 16 Clara M. Christian D. 12 Ida K. William O. 8 Sarah A. Francis L. 4 Henry C. 1 Ida M.--Bellefonte William L. 10 mos. John, 63, laborer--Pleasant Gap William 40 Sarah--Bellefonte
In UNION Township:Ira M., 31, laborer--Milesburg Annie Frank 11 Clara B. Bertha M. Henry M. 4 Sylvester F. 1 Elijah T. 21
In WALKER Township:Annie--Hublersburg Hiram T., 75, laborer--Hublersburg Rebecca Seymour E., 17, laborer--Hublersburg Harry H. 13 Ida K. William 11 Ella
In WORTH Township:Irvin, 33, laborer--Port Matilda Maria Latta Thomas 7 Arabella Williams 52, laborer--Sandy Ridge Mary Philip 25 John 8 George 6 Chester 3