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
154 frame 200 154 Barnes Jesse 56 M     Pennsylvania 1   2 farmer 1       1  
        Barnes Rachel 54 F   wife Chemung                      
        Barnes Nancy 33 F   child Chemung                      
        Barnes Luther 25 M     Chemung         1            
        Barnes Ruth 22 F     Chemung                      
        Barnes Gilbert 20 M     Chemung                      
        Barnes Daniel 18 M     Chemung                      
        Barnes Eli 18 M     Chemung                      
        Barnes George 14 M     Chemung                      
        Barnes Mary 12 F     Chemung                      
        Austin Arden 50 M     Conn 1   30   1          
        Austin Nancy 52 F   wife Conn                      
155 frame 400 155 Ogden Amy 60 F W   New Jersey 1 12 farmer           1  
        Ogden Jesse? 28 M   child Tompkins 1   1   1         1  
        Ogden Lodema 18 F     Tompkins                      
        Ogden Sylvester 17 M     Chemung                      
156 plank 20 156 Beckwith Henry 28 M     Conn 1   12   1         1  
        Beckwith Sally/Sarah 25 F     Chemung                      
157 log 10 157 Houck Levi 40 M     New Jersey 1   21 farmer 1         1  
        Houck Mary 31 F   wife Ireland?                      
        Houck Frederick 3 M   child Chemung                      
        Houck John A. 1 M     Chemung                      
        Higgins Lyman 21 M   ? Chemung                      
        Higgins Sarah 98? F   mother New Jersey                      
158 log 10 158 Homer William 22 M     New Jersey 1   12 farmer 1         1  
        Homer Catherine 18 F   wife Chemung                      
        Homer William 2 M   child Chemung                      
        Robinson Mary Ann 40 F   mother in law Chemung                      
        Robinson Cushaday? 1 F   child Chemung                      
159 log 10 159 Sweezy Barney 61 M     New Jersey 1 20             1  
        Sweezy Abram? 28 M   Tompkins         1            
        Sweezy John 26 M     Tompkins         1            
        Sweezy James 22 M     Tompkins         1            
        Sweezy Gilbert 21 M     Tompkins         1            
        Sweezy Catherine 88 F   mother New Jersey                      
160 log 20 160 Hart Samuel 60 M     New Jersey 1     farmer 1            
        Hart (Jemima) 53 F   wife New Jersey                      
        Hart Sarah 18 F   child New Jersey                      
161 log 20 160 Lambert George 52 M     Montgomery 1   1m   1         1  
        Lambert Sally/Sarah 42 F   wife Tompkins                      
        Lambert Mary 18 F   child Tompkins                      
        Lambert George 16 M     Tompkins                      
        Lambert Harriet 11 F     Tompkins                      
        Lambert Henry 7 M     Tompkins                      
162 frame 700 162 Cole Dewitt 28 M     Seneca 1   1 farmer 1         1  
        Cole Mary 24 F     Tompkins                      
        Cole Eudora 3 F     Seneca                      
        Cole Delphina 1 F     Seneca                      
        Cole William? 14 F?     Ireland?                      

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