Tri-Counties Genealogy & History
by Joyce M. Tice
1855 New York State Census Records for

Town of Erin, Chemung County NY
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
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You can further limit your search by choosing the find all words option and entering a year or township name along with your surname. Remember that alternate spellings of surnames WILL affect your search results.

Census records are very often difficult to read because of handwriting, microfilm quality, and spelling issues. Our early census takers were not as well educated as we'd like them to have been, and even the people bearing the names often could not spell them with the same consistency we are accustomed to in our own time. The census taker wrote what he believed he heard as well as he could. Our volunteers have transcribed them for you to the very best or our abilities given the difficulties mentioned. Please be tolerant of what you would consider "mistakes." If you can recognize the names you are looking for, then it is a success. If not, then you may want to find a place where you can view the originals so that you can judge for yourselves. Excessive attention to outmoded spelling issues is the sign of a beginner in family research and will limit your research effectiveness.

Transcribed 2009 by Sherry LAMPMAN Nichols
Published April 2009 by Joyce M. Tice

The 1855 census for Erin was collected by James Hollenbeck from June 4 thru June 29, 1855.  I was able to copy the original records from microfilm to transcribe from. I looked in the 1850 & 1860 census for every family to compare to the 1855 census because of the bad handwriting. James Hollenbeck spelled the names just the way they sounded. For instance he spelled Hiram-Hyrum, Elizabeth-Elithabeth. His 4 & 7’s looked a lot alike. He spelled Orange Co as Oren throughout the census. I didn’t copy the names as he spelled them. He didn’t fill in a lot of the blanks. He only put down how many years the head of the household was in the county not the rest of the family. He only filled in child for the first child in column 9 for relationship. He left column 4 empty for households 83-87 & 90-96.
If I found names in the other census records that matched up to the 1855, I put parenthesis around them. If I couldn’t find the family and had to guess at a name, I put a question mark after them.
You can find the copies from the microfilm in the back of the notebook that I used. The notebook is located at the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira, NY. If you can correct any names feel free to correct them. The microfilm can be found at the LDS church in Horseheads or soon at the Steele Memorial Library.
        Sherry Nichols
           Mar 2009

( ) = name found in alternate census record
?  = name was a guess from the census

Page  01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 13 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Dwelling # in order of visitation of what material built value family # in order of visitation Name of every person who lived in this abode 1st day of June age sex color relationship to head of family county born or what state married widowed years in residence profession voter native born voter naturalized alien persons of color not taxed persons over 21 who can't read or write owners of land deaf, dumb, blind or idiot
12 frame 200 12 MacMillen George 58 M     Saratoga 1   42 farmer 1         1  
        MacMillen Nina(Mariah) 42 F   wife Chemung                      
        MacMillen Sophia 21 F   child Chemung                      
        MacMillen Isabella 19 F   child Chemung                      
        MacMillen Henrietta 17 F   child Chemung                      
        MacMillen Albert 13 M   child Chemung                      
        MacMillen Joseph 11 M   child Chemung                      
        MacMillen George 1 M   child Chemung                      
13 log 10 13 Smith Joseph 57 M     Saratoga 1   16 farmer 1         1  
        Smith Tamia (Temson) 51 F   wife State of Maine                      
        Smith Mary 22 F   child Tompkins                      
        Smith (Nelson) 18 M   child Tompkins                      
        Smith Alonzo H. 20 M   child Madison 1   16 farmer 1         1  
14 log 20 14 Westbrook Sylvester 28 M     Chemung 1   28 farmer 1         1  
        Westbrook Sally (Sarah) 23 F   wife Pennsylvania                      
        Westbrook Hulda 7 F   child Chemung                      
        Westbrook Benjamin 5 M   child Chemung                      
        Westbrook Elvira? 2 F   child Chemung                      
15 log 25 15 Westbrook James 30 M     Chemung 1 1 30 farmer 1         1  
        Westbrook Elizabeth 10 F   wife Chemung                      
        Westbrook Eleanor 8 F   child Chemung                      
        Westbrook Cornelius 6 M   child Chemung                      
        Westbrook Catharine 4 F   child Chemung                      
16 log 25 16 Sweezy Daniel 25 M     Tompkins 1   20 farmer 1         1  
        Sweezy Cannis(Candance) 21 F   wife Tompkins                      
17 log 50 17 Elston James 46 M     Chemung 1   18 farmer 1         1  
        Elston Mary 44 F   wife Jersey                      
        Elston Oliver 10 M   child Chemung                      
        Elston William 8 M   child Chemung                      
        Elston Sarah Ann 4 F   child Chemung                      
        Elston Rachel 1 F   child Chemung                      
18 frame 300 18 Davis John S. 61 M     Delaware 1   1 farmer 1         1  
        Davis Monima 44 F   wife Delaware     1 farmer              
        Davis John S. 29 M   child Delaware                      
        Davis Charles 1 M   child Delaware                      
19 plank 7 19 Chapman John 29 M     Chemung 1   2 farmer 1         1  
        Chapman (Sally M.) 20 F   wife Schoharie                      
        Chapman Samuel 3 M   child Chemung                      
        Chapman William 1 M   child Chemung                      
20 log 30 20 Vone (Vaughn) Tompkins 38 M     ? 1   37 farmer 1         1  
        Vone (Vaughn) Sally Ann 42 F   wife Conn                      
        Vone (Vaughn) Jonas 18 M   child Onondaga                      
        Vone (Vaughn) Berry(Mary) 14 F     Chemung                      
        Vone (Vaughn) Hannah 12 F     Chemung                      
        Vone (Vaughn) Phebe 6 F     Chemung                      
21 log 30 21 Sweezy Alexander 25 M     Chemung 1   19? farmer 1         1  
        Sweezy Mary 25 F   wife Chemung                      

Last Updated on 4/6/2009
By Joyce M. Tice