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The MARTIN 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 MARTIN. 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).

One book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte deals with one branch of this family at some length: Alice McCabe's The Smythe Sword: The Story of William Smythe (-1801) of Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Ireland, and Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and Some of His Descendants.

There are 26 different first-name entries for Martin 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) but no one (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having a separate profile.

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

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Elizabeth M.--225 S. Allegheny
	Cornelius 40

In BENNER Township:

John, 61, laborer--Bellefonte
Mary--Bellefonte
	Margaret M.
William C., 34, farmer--Bellefonte
	Mussuria J.

In HAINES Township:

Adam M., 27, teacher--Aaronsburg
	Agnes
	Warren 4
	Elsie E.
Jeremiah, 23, laborer--Woodward

In HOWARD Township:

Catharine--Howard
	William 22
	Lucy
	Hester

In LIBERTY Township:

Peter, 55, farmer--Blanchard
	Michael 28

In MARION Township:

James S., 41, farmer--Walker
	Laura F.
	Harry D. 15
	Catharine V.
	Carl 1 mo.

In MILESBURG Borough

John C., 45, laborer
	Catharine
	William 17
	James 14
	Daniel H. 11
	Patrick H. 9
	Mary E.
	John 5
	Mary F.
Patrick B. 65
	Ann
	Amelia R.
	Howard D. 22

In PATTON Township:

Frank--Fillmore
Grant, 27, laborer--Fillmore
	Mary J.
	Margaret J.
	Celia
	Mary C.
	Ella 
	Mary

In PENN Township:

John, 56, laborer--Coburn
	

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Harry M., 26, printer--Pine St.
	Laura H.
	Merle G. 3
William K. A., 37, civil engineer

In RUSH Township:

Eugene, 36, laborer--Philipsburg
	Mary E.
	Lola L.
	Harry F. 3
	Jane L.
	Zyzie
	Willie 6 mos.
Mary--Philipsburg
	Mary
	Thomas 10
	Harry 8
	Samuel 6
	Laura

In SNOW SHOE Township:

Henry, 45, laborer--Clarence
	Theodore 15
Jerome B., 37, laborer--Snow Shoe
	Nancy E.
	Annie B.
	Susan J.
	Mary J.
	Milford I. 7
	Jefferson 5
Mary L. E.--Peal
Samuel D., 31, laborer--Clarence
	Anna M.
	Goldie E.
	Roy E. 6
	Maud E.
	Jennie B.

In SPRING Township:

John H., 35, laborer--Bellefonte
	Mary N.
	Austin A. 16
	Sadie J.
	Harry W. 10
	Anna M.

In WALKER Township:

John J., 40, laborer--Nittany
	Ella S.
	Rebecca M.
	Mary B.
Samuel A., 31, retired--Nittany
	Mary A.
	James E. 4
	Alvirna