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
145 plank 80 145 Hummer George 35 M     New Jersey 1   17 farmer 1         1  
        Hummer Elizabeth 33 F     New Jersey                      
        Hummer Jerome 10 M     Chemung                      
        Hummer Florence 5 F     Chemung                      
        Hummer John 10M M     Chemung                      
146 plank 30 146 Vosburg Isaac 39 M     Vermont 1   12 farmer 1         1  
        Vosburg Betsey 36 F     Tioga                      
        Vosburg David 17 M     Pennsylvania                      
        Vosburg Lorraine 15 F     Chemung                      
        Vosburg Francis 11 M     Chemung                      
        Vosburg Jane 4 F     Chemung                      
        Vosburg Edwin 1 M     Chemung                      
147 log 50 147 Woolever John(Jason) 36 M     Tompkins 1   8 farmer 1         1  
        Woolever (Rachel) 35 F   wife Chemung                      
        Woolever Elizabeth (Catherine) 7 F   child Chemung                      
        Woolever (Gazille) 5 M     Chemung                      
        Woolever Dwight 3 M     Chemung                      
        Woolever Emily 11m F     Chemung                      
148 log 25 148 Cook Artemus 29 M M   Madison? 1   9m farmer         1  
        Cook Catherine? 35 F M wife Rensselaer?                      
        Cook Rachel 54 M M mother New Jersey                      
        Cook Delia 10 M M niece New Jersey                      
        Cook Phebe 10 M M niece New Jersey                      
149 frame 50 149 Hollenbeck Francis 28 M     Chemung 1   28 farmer 1         1  
        Hollenbeck Annette 25 F   wife Chemung                      
        Hollenbeck (Elizabeth) 7 F   child Chemung                      
        Hollenbeck Oliver 5 M     Chemung                      
        Hollenbeck Harriet 1 F     Chemung                      
150 frame 400 150 Park David 34 M     Chemung 1   34 farmer 1         1  
        Park Cornelia 24 F   wife New Jersey                      
        Park Treslian 5 M   child New Jersey                      
        Park Johnson 3 M   child New Jersey                      
151 log 20 151 Houck Harry 25 M   Allegany 1   17 blank 1         1  
        Houck Mryette 24 F   wife Tompkins                      
152 log 20 152 (Vaughn) Rufus 44 M   Chemung 1   31 farmer 1         1  
        (Vaughn) Phoebe 31 F   wife Chemung                      
        (Vaughn) George W. 6 M   child Chemung                      
        (Vaughn) Harriet 3 F   child Chemung                      
153 frame 400 153 Hollenbeck Garrett 37 M   Schoharie                      
        Hollenbeck Mary Ann 32 F   wife Tompkins 1   38 blank 1         1  
        Hollenbeck Chancey 10 M   child Chemung                      
        Hollenbeck Charles 7 M   child Chemung                      
        Hollenbeck John J. 5 M   child Chemung                      
        Hollenbeck Electa 3 F   child Chemung                      
        Hollenbeck Martha 1 F   child Chemung                      
        Hollenbeck Anthony 78 M   uncle Schoharie     20   1            

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