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
89 frame 50 89 Bush Isaac 44 M     Ontario   1 6 farmer 1         1  
        Bush Jacob? 11 M child Chemung                      
        Bush Charles 9 M   child Chemung                      
        Bush James 3 M   child Chemung                      
        Bush Washington 22 M   brother Chemung       farmer 1         1  
90 frame 200 blank Neish David 55 M     Scotland 1   18 farmer   1       1  
        Neish Margaret 43 F   wife Scotland                      
        Neish Margaret 19 F   child Chemung                      
        Neish Andrew 17 M   child Chemung                      
        Neish James 11 M   child blank                      
        Neish Emeline 9 F   child blank                      
        Neish Alexander 6 M   child blank                      
        Neish Anna 3 F   child blank                      
91 frame 300 blank Holly Johnson 55 M     Vermont 1   2 farmer 1         1  
        Holly Betsy 46 F   wife Otsego                      
        Holly John 19 M   child Otsego                      
        Holly Sarah 15 F   child Otsego                      
        Holly Edward 13 M   child Otsego                      
        Holly Ann 11 F   child Otsego                      
        Holly Betsy 9 F   child Otsego                      
        Holly Silas 6 M   child Otsego                      
        Holly Henry 4 M   child Otsego                      
        Holly Harriet 1 F   child Chemung                      
        Holly George 22 M   laborer Chemung 1   12   1         1  
        John Sewart? 35 M   boarder Otsego 1   2   1         1  
92 frame 200 blank Humphrey John 35 M     Yates 1   25 farmer 1         1  
        Humphrey Mary 35 F   wife Delaware                      
        Humphrey Anna 7 F   child Chemung                      
        Humphrey William 11 M   blank Chemung                      
93 frame 600 blank Neish William 62 M     Scotland 1   15 farmer 1         1  
        Neish Hellen 51 F   wife Scotland                  
        Neish William H. 22 M   child Chemung 1   15 farmer 1         1  
        Neish Mary 20 F   wife Delaware                      
        Armstrong Fanny 22 F     Delaware                      
        Elston? Charles 18 M     Tompkins                      
        Elston? Louise? 11 F   servant Tompkins                      
94 frame 200 blank Humphrey C.C.(Cornelius) 54 M     Tompkins 1   20 farmer 1         1  
        Humphrey Clarissa 47 F   wife Sullivan                      
        Humphrey Willis 19 M   child Chemung                      
        Humphrey Sarah 15 F     Chemung                      
        Humphrey Susan 11 F     Chemung                      
        Humphrey William 8 M     Cortland                      
95 plank 50 blank Bush John 70 M     New Jersey 1   12 farmer 1         1  
        Bush Sophia 64 F   wife New Jersey                      
96 plank 200 blank Young Solomon 32 M     Putman 1   3 farmer 1         1  
        Young Mary Ann 26 F   wife Steuben                      
        Young Delphina 4 F   child Chemung                      
        Young Frank 1 M     Chemung                      

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