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The SHIRK 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 SHIRK. 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 Shirk family. They are: Nancy Betts' John Shirk, Veteran of War of 1812; His Ancestors and Descendants (1934); J. Marvin Lee's Descendants of Jacob and Barbara (Shirk) Houser (1976); J. Marvin Lee's The Houser Record (1994 ed. of 1976 work with index by R. Fred Houtz); and, Henry Shirk's The Shirk Family Histoty and Genealogy from 1665 to 1914 (1914).

There are several different first-name entries for Shirk 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' SHIRK neighbors in 1890:

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Jacob Shirk, 29, laborer--49 Pine
	Minnie

In BENNER Township:

George, 22, laborer--Bellefonte

In COLLEGE Township:

Caroline--State College

In HARRIS Towsnhip:

Miss F.--Linden Hall

In HUSTON Towsnhip:

Alice--Martha
Harriet--Julian

In MILESBURG Borough:

Joseph, 36, saddler
	Anna F.
	Harry 13
	Jessie
	Mary

In PATTON Township:

James H., 30, laborer--Buffalo Run
	Mary E.
	Effie
	Eva
	Ellsworth

In POTTER Township:

Harry C., 37, farmer--Potters Mills
	Elizabeth E.
	Charlie H. 7
Lizzie J.--Potters Mill
	Agnes W.

In PHILIPSBURG Borough:

Jacob, 35, laborer--Cherry St.
	Mary J.
	Mintie
	George W. 11
	Elizabeth
	Emma M.
	Sarah A.
	Edna

In RUSH Township:

Elmer E., 23, laborer--Philipsburg

In Spring Township:

Samuel, 41, laborer--Bellefonte
	Mary E.
	Rebecca J.
	Jacob 17
	James C. 15
	Samuel C. 12

In UNION Township:

George, 30, farmer--Fleming
	Mary E.
Jacob W., 31, farmer--Fleming
	Fannie
	Fountain 3
William T., 38, farmer--Fleming
	Rebecca
	Mary P.
	Myrtle E.
	Lula M.
	Boyd I.
	Jennie