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 Fulton. 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).
No books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Fulton family.
There are several different first-name entries for Fulton 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' FULTON neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
Benjamin, 42, laborer--21 Burnside Margaret Clayton 7 Henry W. 6
In BOGGS Township:William S. F., 35, clerk--Milesburg Sarah C. Claude 12
In COLLEGE Township:David M., 39, painter--State College Annie R. George H. 7 Ida Calvin 9 mos
In CURTIN Towsnhip:Elizabeth M.--Romola
In MILESBURG Borough:Levica Llewellyn, 65, laborer Margaret Luther S. 21 Cora L. John 13
In SPRING Township:James, 67, contractor--Bellefonte Mattie J.
In UNION Township:Miles L., 11--Fleming Charles D. 7
In WALKER Township:Caroline--Milesburg Thomas, 32, laborer--Hublersburg Mary J. Edward L. 10 Clara E. Bertie E. William C., 41, laborer--Hublersburg Frances E. Sarah J. Franklin J. 10 Calvin 5 Frances V. Arthur W. 1