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
50 log 25 50 Baker Charles 25 M     Chemung     25 farmer 1         1  
        Baker Abagail 46 F   mother Chemung                      
        Baker James 19 M   brother Chemung                      
        Baker Elizabeth 16 F   sister Chemung                      
        Baker Hannah 12 F   sister Chemung                      
51 log 10 51 Brown Henry 40 M     Orange? 1   10 farmer 1         1  
        Brown (Sarah) 45 F   wife Fulton                      
        Brown David 8 M   nephew Chemung                      
        (Mabey) Nelson 38 M   boarder Cayuga 1   1   1       1    
52 frame 10 52 Beckhorn Ezra 45 M     Orange 1   17 farmer 1       1    
        Beckhorn Phebe 51 F   wife Orange     17                
        Beckhorn Ezra 13 M   child Chemung                      
        Beckhorn Esther 8 F     Chemung                      
53 frame 50 53 Beckhorn Green 53 M     Orange 1   20 farmer 1       1    
        Beckhorn Abigail 53 F   wife Jersey                      
        Beckhorn (Sarah) 30 F   child New Jersey                      
        Beckhorn Fanny 20 F     New Jersey                      
        Beckhorn Elizabeth 19 F     Chemung                      
        Beckhorn George 17 M     Chemung                      
        Beckhorn Hannah 15 F     Chemung                      
        Beckhorn Green 14 M     Chemung                      
        Beckhorn (Frederick) 12 M     Chemung                      
        Knapp? Wallis? 40 M   boarder Orange 1   10 farmer 1            
54 frame 200 54 Blauvelt Peter 48 M     New Jersey 1   22 farmer 1       1    
        Blauvelt Emeline 46 M   wife Orange                      
        Blauvelt Elizabeth 15 F     Chemung                      
        Blauvelt David 14 M     Chemung                      
        Blauvelt Sarah 12 F     Chemung                      
        Blauvelt Irena 7 F     Chemung                      
        Blauvelt Jonas 5 M     Chemung                      
        Blauvelt Emily Jane 1 F     Chemung                      
55 frame 25 55 Blauvelt William Henry 20 M     Chemung 1   28 farmer         1  
        Blauvelt Julia C. 19 F   wife New Jersey                      
56 frame 50 56 Stage Elizabeth 78 F     New Jersey   1                  
57 frame 200 57 Tillman William 75 M     New Jersey 1   20 farmer 1         1  
        Tillman Anna 71 F   wife New Jersey                      
        Harrington Elizabeth 30 F   child New Jersey                      
        Harrington William 8 M   s.child Chemung                      
        Harrington Leroy 6 M   s.child Chemung                      
        Harrington Effie 4 F   s.child Chemung                      
        Harrington Ann 2m F   s.child Chemung                      
58 frame 100 58 Tillman Peter 28 M     New Jersey 1   20 farmer 1            
        Tillman Harriet 21 F   wife Chemung                      
        Tillman Hulda 2 F   child Chemung                      
        Tillman Celesta 8m F     Chemung                      
        Tillman ? 10 M   servant Chemung                      
59 frame 50 59 Blauvelt Sylvester 21 M     Chemung 1   21 farmer 1         1  
        Blauvelt Armena 19 F   wife Chemung                      
        Blauvelt John 1 M   child Chemung                      
60 frame 10 60 Johnson Thomas 56 M     Chemung 1 8m   farmer 1         1  
        Johnson Alice 44 F   wife Orange                      
        Johnson Elizabeth 10 F   child Chemung                      

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