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The ROSS 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 ROSS. 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).

Five books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Ross family. They are: Grace Curtis' Fahl-Fall and Allied Families, Helen Dunkle's John, James & David Ross Family of Centre County: A Genealogical Record, Albert Henry's The Ross Family, Kitty Lowder's A History of Our Heritage: History of Central Pennsylvania Families Lowder-Ross, Sents-Earon, Miller-Billet, and Anita Wallace's Bailey History with Branches of Laird, Wallace, Hemphill, Ross, Gardner, Saunders.

There are 36 different first-name entries for Ross 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' ROSS neighbors in 1890:

In BENNER Township:

James, 25, laborer--Bellefonte
	Finch F.

In CENTRE HALL Borough:

Mollie A.
	Frank J. 18
	Lettie A.

In COLLEGE Township:

James, 32, laborer--Linden Hall
	Ellen
	John H. 5
James I., 63, merchant--Lemont
	Mary
	Laura L.
	Elmer C. 24
	Mary E.

In HARRIS Township:

James, 33, merchant--Linden Hall
	Flora
	Ella
	William I. 5
	Charles 3
	Earl 7 mos.
James M. 50, farmer--Linden Hall
	Elizabeth
	Lillian
	Lonella
	Annie E.
John, 75, retired--Boalsburg
	Mary M. C.

In HUSTON Township:

Blanche--Martha

In PATTON Township:

James, 23, laborer--Benore

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Sadie--5th St.
	Rachael
William R., 42, miner--Front St.
	Mary I.
	Edward S. 19
	Barbary C.
	Thomas 15
	Sarah S.
	Jesse G.
	Henrietta
	Robert H. 3
	Margaret A.

In RUSH Township:

Alexander M., 26, plasterer--Philipsburg
	Alice R.
	Susan M.
	Elizabeth S.
Harrison, 59, laborer--Philipsburg
	Christiana
	Harry 18
	Susan E.
	John W. 9
Willis M., 33, laborer--Philipsburg
	Elizabeth A.
	Evans E. 9
	Emma
	David 4
	Herbert 1

In SPRING Township:

Joseph, 66, farmer--Pleasant Gap
	Maria
	Bella
	Catharine
	Emma J.
	Eliza
	Birdie
	Charles T. 9 mos.
William F., 23, laborer--Pleasant Gap
	Tillie M.