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 JACKSON. 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 in part with the Jackson family.
There are 18 first-name entries for Jackson 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).
And, now, your ancestors' Jackson neighbors in 1890:
A.V., 41, laborer--120 E. High Mamie J. Albert 12 Rachael K. Grace A. Florence Mary H. Clara J. L. George F. 1 mo. George W., 54, banker--19 E. Linn Jane T. George D. 21 William F. R. 19 Henry A. 17 Maurice A. 12 Moses, 60, laborer--124 E. High Thomas, 63, tailor--17 E. Bishop Mary E. Harry J. 28 Sarah E.
COLLEGE Township:Elmer--Lemont Josiah, 60, professor--State College Mary J. Robert C., 46, mason--Lemont Elizabeth Julia Sarah Jacob 23 Robert D. 18 Elmer 15 John 9 David 6 Sylvester W. 22, laborer--State College Annie M. William, 51, farmer--State College Mary C. George 19 Ida I. Clarence A. Clyde W. 7 David W. 17 George W. 10
GREGG Township:Wilbert J., 7--Centre Hall
HAINES Township:Benjamin F., 37, laborer--Aaronsburg Agnes L. Rosa E. George F. 1
PATTON Township:John, 49, carpenter--Buffalo Run Anna L. Henry 22 Charles L. 16 Bertha E. Arvilla A. Sarah E.
PHILIPSBURG Borough:John, 27, laborer--Presqueisle St. Laura--3rd St. Lemuel, 44, laborer--3rd St. Kate Henry R. 13 Lenora Sallie--Cherry St. Walter, 24--Presqueisle St. William I., 18, tanner--Water St. William R., 24, laborer--Presqueisle St.
RUSH Township:Kate--Philipsburg Lucella
SNOW SHOE Township:Martin L., 62, minister--Snow Shoe
SPRING Township:James C., 14--Bellefonte Julia--Bellefonte
WORTH Township:William, 61, minister--Port Matilda Olive William 24 Grace Edward 10