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
163 log 10 163 (Vaughn) Samuel 69 M     Washington 1   36 farmer 1         1  
        (Vaughn) Mary 62 F     Schoharie                      
        (Vaughn) (Julia) 40 F     Schoharie                      
        (Vaughn) Matilda 30 F     Chemung                      
        (Vaughn) (Giles) 25 M     Chemung                      
164 frame 850 164 (Vander)Bogart Daniel 62 M     Albany 1   22 farmer 1         1  
        (Vander)Bogart Jane 51 F     Albany                      
        (Vander)Bogart Sally 33 F     Tompkins                      
        (Vander)Bogart Catharine 22 F     Chemung                      
        (Vander)Bogart Hannah 20 F     Chemung                      
        (Vander)Bogart (Melissa) 17 F     Chemung                      
        (Vander)Bogart Edwin 14 M     Chemung                      
        (Vander)Bogart Miranda 12 F     Chemung                      
165 plank 150 165 Bogart Henry 30 M     Tompkins 1   20 farmer 1         1  
        Bogart Lidda 30 F   wife New Jersey                      
        Bogart Ai 4 M   child blank                      
        Bogart Eldorus 3 M     blank                      
166 log 20 166 Thomas Isaac 29 M     Chemung 1   27 farmer 1         1  
        Thomas Salina 26 F   wife Chemung                      
        Thomas John 1 M   child Chemung                      
        Thomas Philip 4 M     Chemung                      
167 frame 500 167 Houck Jesse 48 M     New Jersey 1   18 farmer 1         1  
        Houck Amanda 47 F   wife Tompkins                      
        Houck (John)Wesley 23 M   child Allegany     1   1         1  
        Houck Frederick 27 M     Tompkins     1   1         1  
        Houck Montraville 13 M     Chemung                      
168 frame 20 168 Homer Joseph 32 M     New Jersey 1   13 farmer 1            
        Homer Catharine 29 F   wife Chemung                      
        Homer Rebecca Jane 7 F   child Chemung                      
        Homer Johnson 5 M     Chemung                      
        Homer Benjamin 3 M     Chemung                      
        Homer Johanna 1 F     Chemung                      
169 plank 10 169 Austin Reggiman 24 M     Tompkins 1   4m farmer 1            
        Austin Susan? 19 F   wife Tompkins                      
        Austin James 1 M   child Cortland                      
170 frame 50 170 Drum George 26 M     Tompkins 1   22 farmer 1            
        Drum Harriet 19 F   wife Tioga                      
        Drum (Adelaide) 4 F   child Chemung                      
        Drum Laura Ann 1 F     Chemung                      
171 plank 100 171 Elston Samuel 50 M     New Jersey 2   30 farmer 1         1  
        Elston Jane 39 F   wife Tompkins                      
        Elston Tempanne 11 F   child Chemung                      
        Elston Mary Ann 9 F     Chemung                      
        Elston Harriet 7 F     Chemung                      
        Elston Alice 4 F     Chemung                      
        Elston William 1 M     Chemung                      
172 plank 40 172 Rosecrans Norman 24 M     Chemung 1   10 farmer 1         1  
        Rosecrans Jane 20 F   wife Chemung                      
        Rosecrans Edger 7m M   child Chemung                      

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