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The GROSS 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 Gross. 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).

There are no books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal in part with the Gross family.

There are 7 first-name entries for Gross in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several mentions of the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898), with two persons having full-length biographical profiles: David Gross (b. 1833, s/o Jacob and Catharine Benfer); and, George Gross (b. 1823, s/o Philip and Elizabeth Schoch).

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

BELLEFONTE Borough:

Barbara--158 S. Potter
	Joseph 34
	Elizabeth
	Catharine
	Annie
	Carrie
	Emma
George, 45, laborer--50 N. Water
	Catharine A.
	John W. 14
	Edward A. 12

HOWARD Borough:

L.M., 36, laborer
	Nannie
	Essie
	Bruce 3
	Harvey 72

HARRIS Township:

William, 35--Linden Hall
	Ellen
	Franklin 12
	David 10

PATTON Township:

Emma--Fil;more
William, 56--Fillmore
	Mary
	Emma
	Sella
	Joseph 17

RUSH Township:

Mathew, 43, laborer--Philipsburg
	Frederick 16

SPRING Township:

Jacob, 52, axemaker--Axemann
	Catharine
	Henry I. 26
	Mary E.
	Elizabeth
	Francis 10
	Catharine
Priscilla--Bellefonte
	William 2
Samuel 15--Bellefonte