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
135 plank 150 135 Bush Alpheus 46 M     New Jersey 1   10 farmer 1         1  
        Bush Rebecca 35 F   wife Chemung                      
136 frame 400 136 Cowan Andrew 65 M     Cortland 1   22 farmer 1       1  
        Cowan Ann 59 F   wife Westchester                      
        Cowan Andrew 20 M   child Chemung                      
        Cowan William 14 M     Chemung                      
137 plank 150 137 Teal Henry 44 M     Albany 1   4 farmer 1         1  
        Teal Ann 43 F   wife Albany         1            
        Teal Joseph 23 M     Albany         1            
        Teal Richard 19 M     Albany                      
        Teal Edwin 5 M     Albany                      
138 frame 100 138 Wilsey Jerrid 39 M     Albany 1   4 farmer 1         1  
        Wilsey Jane 35 F   wife Albany                      
        Wilsey Silas 19 M   child Albany                      
139 log 20 139 Bennet Jonas 49 M     Chenango 1   22 farmer 1         1  
        Bennet Eliza 47 F   wife Otsego                      
        Bennet William 17 M   child Chemung                      
        Bennet Harriet 16 F     Chemung                      
        Bennet Harmon 14 M     Chemung                      
        Bennet (Merritt) 11 M     Chemung                      
        Bennet Charles 7 M     blank                      
        Bennet Jane 6 F     blank                      
        Bennet Timothy 4 M     Orleans                      
140 plank 10 140 Bush John L. 34 M   wife Orleans 1   10 blank 1         1  
        Bush Sophia 32 F   child blank                      
        Bush Adelbert 6 M     Chemung                      
141 frame 10 141 Ennis Miles 26 M     Tompkins 1   1 farmer 1         1  
        Ennis (Tressa) 30 F   wife Chemung                      
        Ennis Lamott 1 M   child New Jersey                      
142 plank 25 142 Houck Isaac 47 M     Chemung 1   15 farmer 1         1  
        Houck Sarah 40 F     Chemung                      
        Houck John 14 M     Chemung                      
        Houck Delight 10 F     Chemung                      
        Houck Caroline 8 F     Chemung                      
        Houck Samuel 7 M     Chemung                      
143 frame 600 143 Park David 54 M     New Jersey 1   20 farmer 1         1  
        Park Eliza 46 F   wife Pennsylvania                      
        Park Marilla 27 F   child Chemung                      
        Park Rosanna 19 F     Chemung                      
        Park Mary 17 F     Chemung                      
        Park Jackson 14 M     Chemung                      
        Park Isabell 12 F     Chemung                      
        Park Charlotte 10 F     Chemung                      
        Park Byron 8 M     Chemung                      
        Park Edna 6 F     Chemung                      
        Park Polly 47 F   sister New Jersey            
144 log 10 144 White David 48 M     Vermont 1   27 farmer 1         1  
        White Rachel 38 F     Chemung                      
        White Sylvester 13 M     Chemung                      
        White Alonzo 11 M     Chemung                      
        White Mary 9 F     Chemung                      
        White Alexander 6 M     Chemung                      
        White Nancy 4 F     Chemung                      

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