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
106 plank 30 106 Jones Horace 26 M     Tompkins 1   8 farmer 1         1  
        Jones Betsey 35 F   wife Tompkins                      
        Jones Ellen 2 F   child Chemung                      
        Jones Summer 1 F     Chemung                      
107 log 10 107 Austin Robert 42 M     Rensselaer 1   6 farmer 1         1  
        Austin Susan 37 F   wife Rensselaer                      
        Austin Sarah Ellen 8 F   child Chemung                      
        Austin Orrin 6 M     Chemung                      
        Austin Edwin 3 M     Chemung                      
        Austin Mary 1 F     Chemung                      
        Strute? John 77 M   boarder Rhode Island     2   1            
108 plank 50 108 (David) George 40 M     Orange 1   9m farmer 1         1  
        (David) Caroline 26 F   wife Delaware                      
        (David) Lena 3 F   child Chemung                      
        (David) Henry 67 M   father Dutchess 1       1            
        (David) Martha 66 F   mother blank                      
109 log 100 109 Baldwin James 62 M     Albany   1 34? farmer 1         1  
        Baldwin Lucinda 35 F   child Tompkins                      
        Baldwin Edmond/Edwin 25 M     Chemung         1            
        McDonald Deborah 81 F   mother in law Montgomery                      
110 plank 50 110 Hummering? David/Davis? 54 M     Otsego 1   2 farmer 1         1  
        Hummering? Mary 56 F   wife Vermont                      
        Hummering? George W. 21 M   child Vermont         1            
        Hummering? Hannah 18 F     Vermont                      
111 plank 10 111 Alexander John 26 M     Tompkins 1   20 farmer 1         1  
        Alexander Mary 19 F   wife Tompkins                      
112 plank 60 112 Atwater Daniel 28 M   Chenango 1   4 farmer 1         1  
        Atwater Maude 26 F   wife Chenango                      
        Atwater (Uriah) 8 M   child Chenango                      
        Atwater Charles 6 M     Chenango                      
113 frame 60 113 Harmon Elijah 26 M     Chemung 1   5 farmer 1         1  
        Harmon Harriet 23 F   wife Chenango                      
        Harmon Angeline 3 F   child Chenango                      
        Atwater Stephen 74 M   father in law Columbia? 1   3   1            
        Atwater Mary 69 F   mother in law New Jersey                      
114 log 25 114 Stage Peter 52 M     Sullvan? 1   21 farmer 1         1  
        Stage Susan 48 F   wife Jersey                
115 log 10 115 Treat Ansel 42 M     Steuben 1     farmer              
        Treat (Temperance) 37 F   wife Steuben                      
        Treat Hannah 13 F   child Chemung                      
        Treat Thomas 11 M     Chemung                      
        Treat Russell 7 M     Chemung                      
        Treat Fanny 5 F     Chemung                      
        Treat (Melissa) 2 F     Chemung                      
        Treat (Anna) 4m F     Chemung                      
116 log 30 116 Stage Daniel 46 M     Chemung 1   4 farmer 1         1  
        Stage Sarah 33 F   wife Yates                      
        Stage (Clarissa) 5 F   child Chemung                      
        Stage   3 F   child Chemung                      
        Stage Francis 6m M   child Chemung                      
        Stage Huldah 13 F     Chemung                      

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