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The BECK 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 BECK. 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).

Three books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Beck family. They are: William Beck's History of Daniel and Katherine Beck (Pioneer Settlers of Warriors Mark Valley) and Their Descendants, Norman Douty's The Douty-Smith and Beck-Price Families: Correlated with Those of Crites, Hecker, Poorman, Ream and Wolfart and Marjorie Zetty's The Working Family: Workinger, Werkinger, Werking: Allied Families: Wieland, Oberlin, Zwecker, Anspach, Beck, Setcliff.

There are 39 different first-name entries for Beck 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' BECK neighbors in 1890:

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Robert A., 40, barber--3 E. High
	Annie

In HALF-MOON Township:

Daniel, 21, farmer--Loveville
Isaac, 54, farmer--Loveville
	Barbara
	Elmer 28
Isaiah, 47, farmer--Loveville
	Emeline
	Harry E. 23
	Irene S.
	John C. 16
	Eva A.
	Malin B. 12
	Clyde O. 10
Jacob, 50, farmer--Loveville
	Jennie

In HARRIS Township:

Mary J.--Boalsburg
	Emma
	Minerva R.
William, 42, farmer--Boalsburg
	Mary J.
	Emma
	Minnie

In MARION Township:

Catharine J.--Walker
James W., 45, farmer--Walker
	Mary R.
	Rosie E.
	John W. 17
	Carrie E.
William B., 37, farmer--Walker
	Sarah A.
	Mabel B.
	William H. 4
	Harry A. 3

In MILES Township:

Benjamin, 50, wagonmaker--Wolfs Store
	Catharine
	John 15
	Warren V. 12
	Herbie H. 8
	Chestie L.
Charles L., 29, carpenter--Rebersburg
	Mary C.
	Maud M.
	Carrie M.
Henry, 21--Rebersburg

In MILESBURG Borough:

William H., 41, gardener
	Jane S.
	Georgiana
	William E. 8
	James H. 5
	Charles 3
	Harry H. 10 mos.

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Amanda--Front St.
	Annie D.
	Lore
	Nancy D.
	Effie R.
	Mary E.
	Thomas D. 18
Edith I.--2nd St.
	Leslie T. 1
Frank I., 36, machinist
	Ella A.
John H. 28, laborer
	Carrie
Joshua, 55, carpenter--Spruce St.
	Harry J. 19

In POTTER Township:

William, 10--Tusseyville
	Mary A.

In RUSH Township:

John, 41, laborer--Philipsburg
	Maggie
	Jeremiah 12
	Harry 10
	Mabel

In SPRING Township:

Jane M.--Bellefonte
	Rebie

In TAYLOR Township:

Sarah J.--Port Matilda

In WALKER Township:

Benjamin F., 48, farmer--Nittany
	Henrietta C.
	Lillie J.
	Emma J.
	Lewis H.
Charles, 40, retired--Nittany
	Margaret A.
	Hannah C.
	Belmont E. 4
John H., 41, farmer--Nittany
	Amanda
	Arthur B. 20
	Mary E.
	Grace I.
	Helen J.
Martin L., 10--Nittany
	Agnes A. F.
William H., 32, farmer--Nittany
	Annie E.