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 MARKLE. 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).
Four books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Markle family. They are: Dennis Ardinger's List of Markle Family Researchers for Those Searching the Markle, Markel, Markley, Mercklin Surname and All Variations., Dennis Ardinger's The Markle Family of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1712-1987, Rosetta Crowe's Markle and Heintzleman Families, and Norton Merkel's The Merkel, Merkle, Markle, Markel Freundschaft.
There are 9 different first-name entries for Markle 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' MARKLE neighbors in 1890:
In BELLEFONTE Borough:
James T., 21, machinist--12 W. Logan William F., 31, clerk--17 S. Allegheny
In BENNER Township:Eva Markel--Bellefonte George Markel, 49, blacksmith--Bellefonte Mary A. Harry J. 23 George Markel, 25, laborer--Pleasant Gap Jacob Markel, 35, blacksmith--Pleasant Gap Sarah A. Clinton W. 14 William W. 3 Virgia V. John T., 63, retired--Bellefonte Mary A.
In COLLEGE Township:Abram, 35, butcher--State College Emma M. James J. 8 Harry J. 6 William F. 3 Daniel, 26, laborer--Boalsburg Sarah H. Nellie E. Myrtle Jacob C., 56, carpenter--Oak Hall Elizabeth Eliza Charles F. Joseph, 32, butcher--State College Mary A. Sarah E. William J. 2
In FERGUSON Towsnhip:Gertrude N. Markel--Pinegrove Mills Joseph Markel, 31, farmer--State College Viola B. Markel--Pinegrove Mills
In HALF-MOON Township:Eliza--Stormstown Jacob B., 71, blacksmith--Stormstown James C., 38, farmer--Stormstown Mary E. Effa Sarah Charlotte J. Margaret N. James 9 George H. 7 Allison C. 5 Mary E. Harriet S.
In HARRIS Township:Jesse, 70, laborer--Boalsburg Nancy William 39 Margaret R. William R. 4 Mary--Boalsburg
In PATTON Township:Charlotte--Buffalo Run
In POTTER Township:John, 33, laborer--Centre Hall Alice M. James 11 Anna A. Minnie M. John I., 32--Spring Mills Minnie M. Annie C. Nathan L. 6 Jane M. Richard G. 2
In SPRING Borough:Clinton, 15--Bellefonte George, 26, laborer--Bellefonte Mary A. Jennie Samuel H. Nathan E., 22, laborer--Bellefonte Sarah S. Earl P. 2 Florence Samuel, 60, farmer--Bellefonte Hannah M. Robert W. 20 Lewis J. 16 Samuel M., 28, laborer--Pleasant Gap Olie M. Winfield S. 2
In WALKER Township:Annie M.--Hublersburg Emma E. Dudley, 12--Nittany Elias J., 55, shoemaker--Hublersburg E. L. 19 Grace I. Emanuel P., 16, laborer--Hublersburg Joanna--Hublersburg Joseph, 56, lumberman--Hublersburg Amanda J. Harvey J. 18 Samuel C. 16 Marian V. Mary A.--Zion William H., mason--Hublersburg Caroline E. David L. 7 Elias W. 2