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
82 plank 150 82 Denton (Daniel) 32 M     Orange 1   12 farmer 1         1  
        Denton Mary J. 27 F   wife Orange                      
        Denton Eugene 9 M   child Chemung                      
        Denton Ed? 7 M     Chemung                      
        Denton George W. 6 M     Chemung                      
        Denton Lorna 4 F     Chemung                      
        Denton Samuel J. 2 M     Chemung                      
        Denton James C. 7m M     Chemung                      
83 plank 50 blank Cooper Squire 37 M     Tompkins 1   21 farmer 1         1  
        Cooper Elizabeth 35 F   wife Chemung                      
        Cooper Albert 12 M   child Chemung                      
        Cooper Charles 10 M     Chemung                      
        Cooper Thomas 8 M     Chemung                      
        Cooper Nancy 17 F   servant Chemung                      
84 plank 100 blank Barto John 64 M     Conn 1   16 farmer 1         1  
        Barto Polly 66 F   wife Conn                      
        Barto Silas 26 M   child Delaware         1            
        Barto Martha 18 F     Chemung                      
        (Brown) Franklin 11 M   servant Chemung                      
85 plank 200 blank Denton (Hezekiah) 36 M     Orange 1   12 farmer 1         1  
        Denton Huldah 32 F   wife Delaware                      
        Denton Morris 6 M   child Chemung                      
        Denton Ellis? 3 M     Chemung                      
        Denton Stella 2m F     Chemung                      
        Denton Samuel 12 M   servant Chemung                      
86 plank 100 blank Whitman Thomas E. 31 M     Orange 1   1   1         1  
        Whitman Jane 32 F   wife Cortland                      
        Whitman William 5 M   child Chemung                      
        Whitman Edwin 4 M   child Chemung                      
        Whitman (Isabella) 2 F   child Chemung                      
        Whitman Georgianna 5m F   child Chemung                      
87 plank 150 blank Whitman Oliver 36 M     Orange 1   5 farmer 1         1  
        Whitman Hannah 60 F   mother New York                   1  
        Whitman Mahala 40 F   sister Orange                      
        Whitman Julia Ann 38 F   sister Orange                   1  
        Whitman William H. 26 M   brother Orange     5   1         1  
        Whitman Egbert J. 26 M   brother Orange 1   5   1         1  
        Whitman Levina 25 F   wife Orange                    
        Crane Lewis 24 M   boarder Orange     2   1         1  
88 plank 30 88 Humphrey Ann 38 F     Cortland?   1 23 farmer           1  
        Humphrey Myron 14 M   child Chemung                      
        Humphrey John D. 12 M     Chemung                      
        Humphrey Mary H. 10 F     Chemung                      
        Humphrey Catharine A. 6 F     Chemung                      

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