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 Marshall. 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 two books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal in part with the Marshall family. They are James Marshall's Joseph Williams Marshall and Mary Allen: Their Ancestors and Descendants Together with Some Related Families (Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1948) and James Marshall's The Marshall Family of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1956).
There are 17 first-name entries for Marshall 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' Marshall neighbors in 1890:
George L., 53, clerk--253 W. High Jane William 18 Rachael--110 N. Spring
BENNER Township:Ira T., 38, farmer--Bellefonte Clara A. Leah J. Charles M. 7 Lloyd T. 3 Lawrence S. 1 Joseph L., 34--Bellefonte Rosa B. Joseph A. 9 Mary E. Eleanor I. Joseph W., 65, farmer--Bellefonte Mary Florence James G. 21 Thomas, 70, laborer--Bellefonte
FERGUSON Township:Samuel M., 27, merchant--Gatesburg
PATTON Township:Edward, 40, farmer--Fillmore Catharine William D. 19 Florence E. Mary J. John T. 12 James H. 10 Eva Mabel
PHILIPSBURG Borough:Rebecca--Front St. Daisy Roy 7