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
97 frame 150 97 Decker Clarissa 51 F     Otsego   1   farmer         1  
        Decker Silas 28 M     Chemung         1            
        Decker Levi 25 M     Chemung         1            
        Decker Ephraim 23 M     Chemung         1            
        Decker Polly 18 F     Chemung                      
        Decker Nancy 16 F     Chemung                      
98 plank 100 98 Baldwin Warner 27 M     Chemung 1   29 farmer 1            
        Baldwin Catherine 24 F   wife Delaware                      
        Baldwin Sarah 3 F   child Chemung                      
        Baldwin Jefferson 1 M   blank                      
99 plank 150 99 Breese Sydney 38 M     Chemung 1   21 farmer 1         1  
        Breese Emily 28 F   wife Chemung                      
100 log 25 blank Wood Isaac 26 M     Pennsylvania 1   3 farmer 1         1  
        Wood Mary Ann 36 F   wife Pennsylvania                      
        Wood Henrietta 4 F   child Pennsylvania                      
        Wood Lida 2 F     Pennsylvania                      
        Wood Anis? 1 F     Chemung                      
        Wood Hannah 58 F   mother in law Pennsylvania                      
101 log 25 101 Wheaton Jacob 44 M     Dutchess 1   4 farmer 1         1  
        Wheaton Sally Ann 38 F   wife Orange                      
        Wheaton William A. 14 M   Child Chemung                      
        Wheaton Rebeccca 11 F     Chemung                      
        Wheaton Reuben B. 9 M     Chemung                      
        Wheaton James W. 7 M     Chemung                      
        Wheaton Alice? 4 F     Chemung                      
        Wheaton Ida 11m F     Chemung                      
102 log 30 102 Wheaton Silas 38 M     Dutchess 1   4 farmer 1         1  
        Wheaton Beda/Reda 34 F   wife Sullivan                      
        Wheaton George 17 M   child Sullivan                      
        Wheaton William 14 M     Sullivan                      
        Wheaton Rufuss 12 M     Sullivan                      
        Wheaton William 76 M   father Westchester 1   4m farmer 1            
        Wheaton Orphia 70 F   mother Conn                      
        Devoe James 30 M     Ulster   1                  
        Devoe Mary 8 F   wife Ulster                      
        Devoe Matilda 7 F   child Chemung                      
        Devoe Miles 5 M   child Chemung                      
        Devoe Charlotte 9 F   child Chemung                      
        Devoe George 2 M   child Chemung                      
103 log 30 103 Wheaton William 36 M     Dutchess 1     farmer 1         1  
        Wheaton (Olive) 29 F   wife Sullivan                      
        Wheaton Hannah 4 F   child Sullivan                      
        Wheaton Brigham 1 M     Sullivan                      
        Wheaton (Tryphena) 1m F     blank                      
104 log 10 104 Havens John 33 M     Chemung 1   1 farmer 1            
        Havens Elizabeth 27 F   wife Chemung                      
        Havens Charles 8 M   child Chemung                      
        Havens William 5 M     Chemung                      
        Havens George 2 M     Chemung                      
105 plank 15 105 Decker William 21 M     Chemung 1   21 farmer 1            
        Decker Jane 18 F   wife Chemung                      

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