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
173 frame 300 173 Westbrook Isaac 31 M     Chemung 1   31 farmer 1         1  
        Westbrook (Carrissa) 27 F   wife Orange                      
        Westbrook Henrietta 5 F   child Chemung                      
        Westbrook John 2 M     Chemung                      
        Westbrook Abagail 67 F   mother Orange                      
174 log 25 174 Rosencrans James 25 M     Chemung 1   13 farmer 1         1  
        Rosencrans Catherine 24 F   wife Chemung                      
        Haynes Emet 5 M   servant Tioga                      
175 log 15 175 Hatchett? Atwater? 26 M     Schoharie 1   1 farmer 1         1  
        Hatchett? Eliza 25 F   wife Schoharie                      
        Hatchett? Angeline 2 F   child Chemung                      
        Hatchett? Eleanora? 1 F     Chemung                      
        Hatchett? Jesse 18 M   brother Schoharie                      
176 frame 400 176 Besley John 39 M     Pennsylvania 1   4 farmer 1         1  
        Besley Louisa 49 F   wife Rensselaer                      
        Besley Ann 16 F   child Chemung                      
        Besley Thomas 12 M     Chemung                      
177 frame 350 177 Hunter Harvey 42 M     Orange 1   3m farmer 1         1  
        Hunter Maria 39 F   wife Orange                      
        Hunter Sarah Ann 19 F   child Orange                      
        Hunter Moses 13 M     ??                      
        Hunter (Augusta) 10 F     Orange                      
        Hunter Eliza J. 6 F     Orange                      
        Hunter Charles 4 M     Orange                      
        Hunter Francis 1 M     Orange                      
178 log 20 178 Caywood David 29 M     Tompkins 1   26 farmer 1         1  
        Caywood Mary 26 F   wife Tioga                      
        Caywood James 6 M   child Chemung                      
        Caywood George 6m M     Chemung                      
179 log 50 179 Caywood Mahala 60 F     New Jersey   1                  
        Caywood Charlotte 25 F   child Chemung                      
        Caywood Richard 23 M     Chemung         1         1  
        Caywood William 16 M     Chemung                      
180 frame 300 180 Boyer James 58 M     Pennsylvania 1   30 blank 1         1  
        Boyer Elizabeth 54 F   wife Tioga                      
        Boyer Adaline 18 F   child Chemung                      
        Boyer Adelia 14 F     Chemung                      
181 log 20 181 How Samuel 62 M     Massachusetts 1   11 blank 1         1  
        How Rachel 62 F   wife Vermont                      
        How Mary 21 F   child Orange                      
        How Nancy 8 F   g-child Orange                      
182 plank 50 182 How William 33 M     Orange 1   19 blank 1         1  
        How Elmira 36 F   wife Orange                      
        How Theodore 7 M   child Chemung                      
183 plank 25 183 Davenport Samuel 48 M     Westchester 1   11 blank 1         1  
        Davenport Ann 39 F   wife Orange                      
        Davenport John 17 M   child Tompkins                      
        Davenport Martha 15 F     Tompkins                      
        Davenport (Clarissa) 12 F     Tompkins                      
        Davenport Louisa 9 F     Chemung                      
        Davenport Alonzo 5 M     Chemung                      
        Davenport Alfred 3 M     Chemung                      

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