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
117 frame 100 117 Chapman Isaac 47 M     Pennsylvania 1     Day 1            
        Chapman Nelly 28 F   wife Chemung                      
        Chapman Hannah 11 F   child Chemung                      
        Chapman Mary 9 F     Chemung                      
        Chapman Clarissa 7 F     Chemung                      
        Chapman (Lucy A.) 5 F     Chemung                      
        Chapman Samuel 3 M     Chemung                      
        Chapman Ida 2m F     Chemung                      
118 frame 50 118 VanAuken Richard 19 M     Chemung 1   2 farmer         1  
        VanAuken Hannah 19 F   wife Chemung                      
        VanAuken Eugene 1 M   child Chemung                      
        VanAuken Mary 1m F     Chemung                      
119 frame 50 119 (Colson) Sprague 45 M     Vermont 1   12 farmer 1         1  
        (Colson) Rachel 48 F   wife Chemung                      
        (Colson) Hiram 19 M   child Chemung                      
        (Colson) Sarah 17 F     Chemung                      
        (Colson) Philander 10 M     Chemung                      
        (Colson) Harriet 7 F     Chemung                      
        (Colson) Mary 5 F     Chemung                      
120 plank 300 120 Northrup Frederick 48 M     Orange 1   2 farmer 1         1  
        Northrup Permelia 43 F   wife Rensselaer                      
        Northrup James 6 M   child Chemung                      
        Northrup Hannah 3 F     Chemung                      
121 log 12 121 Hardgrove (Elmus) 44 M     Chemung 2   10 farmer 1         1  
        Hardgrove Susan 36 F   wife Yates                      
        Hardgrove Ann 9 F   child Chemung                      
        Hardgrove Benjamin 7 M     Chemung                      
        Hardgrove William 5 M     Chemung                      
        Hardgrove Robert 3 M     Chemung                      
        Hardgrove John 2 M     Chemung                      
        Hardgrove James 7m M     Chemung                      
122 log 100 122 Colegrove Eliphalet 60 M     Conn 1   6 farmer 1         1  
        Colegrove Sara 64 F   wife Rhode Island                      
123 plank 100 123 Colegrove Robert 27 M     Yates 1   6 farmer 1         1  
        Colegrove Charlotte 28 F   wife Tompkins                      
        Colegrove (Llewellyn) 7m M   child Chemung                      
124 log 10 124 Jones Jasper 26 M     Tompkins 1   11   1         1  
        Jones Alvine 21 F   wife Chemung                      
        Jones Mary 1 F   child Chemung                      
125 plank 50 125 Elston Stephen 46 M     Orange 1   7 farmer 1         1  
        Elston Polly 40 F   wife Pennsylvania                      
        Elston James 15 M   child Tompkins                      
        Elston Joyce 18 F     Tompkins                      
        Elston Arthur 11 M     Tompkins                      
        Elston (Arline) 7 F     Chemung                      
        Elston (Judson) 4 M     Chemung                      
126 plank 25 126 (Cavenaugh) Charles 29 M     Tompkins 1   1 farmer 1         1  
        (Cavenaugh) Mary 30 F   wife New Jersey                      
        (Cavenaugh) Arabell 4 F     New Jersey                      
        (Cavenaugh) Wilmont 1 M     Chemung                      

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