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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Do You Know that you can search just the Census Records on the site by using the three county level Census  buttons in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page

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
127 frame 500 127 Staples John 46 M     Chemung 1   30 farmer 1         1  
        Staples Sylvia 29 F   wife Chemung                      
        Staples Burton 18 M   child Chemung                      
        Staples (John A.) 16 M     Chemung                      
        Staples (Squire) 14 M     Chemung                      
        Staples Elizabeth 10 F     Chemung                      
        Staples Seymour 8 M     Chemung                      
        Staples Lyman 4 M     Chemung                      
        Staples Joshua 2 M     Chemung                      
        Staples Charles 1 M     Chemung                      
128 plank 100 128 Alexander Joseph 54 M     Tompkins 1   21 farmer 1         1  
        Alexander Loretta 50 F   wife Tompkins                      
        Alexander Benjamin 30 M   child Tompkins     21 farmer 1         1  
        Alexander Elizabeth 16 F     Chemung                      
        Alexander Joseph 13 M     Chemung                      
        Alexander Adaline 12 F     Chemung                      
        Alexander Juliette 10 F     Chemung                      
129 plank 25 129 Clark Richard 48 M     Orange 1   1 farmer 1         1  
        Clark Catherine 37 F   wife Orange                      
        Clark Silas 17 M   child Chemung                      
        Clark Mary 14 F     Chemung                      
        Clark William 11 M     Chemung                      
130 plank 15 136 Owen William 69 M     Orange 1   1 1         1  
        Owen Susan 68 F   wife Orange                      
131 plank 70 131 Chapman Collins 57 M     Conn 1   3 farmer 1         1  
        Chapman Catherine 45 F   wife Jersey                      
        Chapman David 20 M     Chemung                      
        Chapman William 15 M     Chemung                      
        Chapman Elijah 10 M     Chemung                      
        Chapman Eisha 10 M     Chemung                      
        Chapman Mary 2 F     Chemung                      
132 frame 150 132 Knapp Amos 44 M     Mass 1     ? 1         1  
        Knapp (Malinda) 35 F   wife Conn                      
        Knapp Frances 10 F   child Tompkins                      
        Knapp Georgiana 8 F     Tompkins                      
133 frame 400 133 Harding Elisha 49 M     Steuben                      
        Harding Jane 40 F     Putman                      
        Harding Benjamin 21 M     Steuben 1   16 farmer 1         1  
        Harding John 20 M     Steuben                      
        Harding Mitchell 18 M     Steuben         1            
        Harding Bethany/Betsy 16 F     Steuben                      
        Harding Margaret 15 F     Chemung                      
        Harding Harris 13 M     Chemung                      
        Harding Lorenzo 8 M     Chemung                      
        Harding Mary 6 F     Chemung                      
        Harding George W. 3 M     Chemung                      
        Harding Sarah 11m F     Chemung                      
134 frame 50 134 Luis/Lewis Charles 32 M     Schoharie 1   6 farmer 1         1  
        Luis/Lewis Isabell 28 F   wife Chemung                      
        Luis/Lewis William 6 M   child Chemung                      
        Luis/Lewis Mary 1 F     Chemung                      

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