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 Marks. 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 Marks family.
There are seven first-name entries for Marks 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' Marks neighbors in 1890:
Jacob, 34, clerk--33 E. Linn John, 22, laborer--14 S. Thomas Rachael Lee 2
GREGG Township:Henry MARK, 50, farmer--Penn Hall Amanda George F. 21 Ida William 19 Harry H. 16 Andrew F. 18 Albert C. 8 Leoda A.
PHILIPSBURG Borough:Arthur W., 30, shoe dealer--3rd St. Elizabeth Dodge L. 5 Samuel I. 6 mos.
SNOW SHOE Township:John T., 43, laborer--Snow Shoe Kate E. William A. 17 Harry F. 15 Anna D. George S. 11 Stella B. Grover C. 4 Gladdis M. 4 Julian--Snow Shoe
WORTH Township:James T., 41, wagon maker--Sandy Ridge Madora Tillie Christopher 16 William 14 Olive James 5 Jessie John G., 34, laborer--Port Matilda Susan Cora M. Thomas 8 Charles E. 6 Anna Maggie M.