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
41 log 10 41 Becker Garret 40 M     Delaware 1   23 farmer 1         1  
        Becker Clarinda 30 F   wife Chemung                      
        Becker Asa 4 M   child Chemung                      
        Becker Cornelius 2 M     Chemung                      
        Becker (Socrates) 4m M     Chemung                      
        ??ton Sarah 21 F   servant Chemung                      
42 frame 100 42 Park Alexander 29 M     Chemung 1   29 farmer 1         1  
        Park Edna A. 22 F   wife Chemung                      
        Park Flora 2 F   child Chemung                      
43 frame 400 43 Becker (Janette) 70 F     Cortland?   1 21 farmer         1  
        Becker Sally 30? F   child Delaware                      
        Becker William 17 M   gr child Chenango                      
44 log 10 44 Elston John 53 M     New Jersey 1   12 farmer 1         1  
        Elston Sabra 47 F   wife Chemung                      
        Elston Samuel 21 M   child Chemung         1            
        Elston Isaac 19 M     Chemung                      
        Elston Miles 17 M     Chemung                      
        Elston Charles 14 M     Chemung                      
        Elston Mary 12 F     Chemung                      
        Elston Abram 8 M     Chemung                      
        Elston (Annie) 3 F     Chemung                      
45 log 10 45 Conrad Daniel 27 M     Delaware 1   2m? farmer 1         1  
        Conrad Sara 21 F   wife Pennsylvania                      
46 log 75 46 Inman James 45 M     Vermont 1   12 farmer 1         1  
        Inman Phebe 35 F   wife Chemung                      
        Inman Henry 15 M   child Chemung                      
        Inman Adam 14 M   Chemung                      
        Inman Martha 12 F   Chemung                      
        Inman Catherine 10 F   Chemung                      
        Inman Betsy 8 F   Chemung                      
        Inman Stephen 6 M   Chemung                      
        Inman Lydia 2 F   Chemung                      
47 frame 100 47 (Herrington) A. (Avery) 45 M     Vermont 1   38 farmer 1         1  
        (Herrington) (Sarah) 41 F   wife Chemung                      
        (Herrington) Miles 19 M   child blank                      
        (Herrington) Rumsey 14 M     blank                      
        (Herrington) (Andrew) 11 M     blank                      
        (Herrington) Nancy 8 F     blank                      
        (Herrington) John 6 M     blank                      
        (Herrington) Annie 3 F     blank                      
48 plank 50 48 Beckhorn Thompson 28 M     Orange 1   20 farmer 1         1  
        Beckhorn (Erylous?) 27 F   wife Orange?                   1  
        Beckhorn Clark 2 M   child Chemung                      
        Beckhorn Charles 1 M     Chemung                      
49 log 15 49 Conrad Ambrose 41 M     Tompkins 1   10 farmer 1         1  
        Armstrong Phoebe 32 F   wife Chemung                      
        Armstrong Jemima 14 F   child Chemung                      

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