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
194 frame 300 194 McKey John A. 60 M     Cattaraugus? 1   40 farmer 1         1  
        McKey Mary 37 F   wife Pennsylvania                      
        McKey Sally/Sarah 12 F   child Chemung                      
        McKey Alexander 9 M     Chemung                      
        McKey Mary 5 F     Chemung                      
195 frame 800 195 McMillen Joseph 53 M     Saratoga 1   40 farmer 1         1  
        McMillen Mary 49 F   wife Chemung                      
        McMillen William 26 M   child Chemung                      
        McMillen Mary A. 22 F     Chemung                      
        Garrabrant Margaret 13 F   servant Chemung                      
        McMillen Ida E. 1 F   grandchild Chemung                      
196 plank 50 196 Rockwell William 24 M     Steuben 1   13 farmer 1         1  
        Rockwell Chloe 19 F   wife Steuben                      
197 frame 200 197 Stevens Joseph? 28 M     Chemung 1   28 farmer 1         1  
        Stevens Sally 36 F   wife Tompkins                      
        Stevens Catherine 12 F   child Chemung                      
        Stevens Elizabeth 10 F     Chemung                      
        Stevens   8       Chemung                      
        Stevens (Arvilla) 8 F     Chemung                      
        Stevens Emily 6 F     Chemung                      
        Stevens Charles 5 M     Chemung                      
        Stevens (Adelia)? 3 F     Chemung                      
        Stevens Josephine? 1 F     Chemung                      
198 log 30 198 Boyer John 47 M     Pennsylvania 1   25 farmer 1         1  
        Boyer Elsa 41 F   wife New Jersey                      
        Boyer Jesse 26 M   child Chemung         1         1  
        Boyer Anson 21 M     Chemung         1            
        Boyer Henry 19 M     Chemung                      
        Boyer Abram? 16 M     Chemung                      
        Boyer John 14 M     Chemung                      
199 log 30 199 Butter? Daniel 21 M     Orange 1   3m farmer 1         1  
        Butter? Martha 18 F   wife Pennsylvania                      
        Butter? William 1 M   child Chemung                      
        Butter? Betsey? 50 F   boarder Orange                      
        Butter? Sally 86 F   mother Orange                      
        Butter? James 27 M   boarder ?                      
        Butter? Harriet 11 F   boarder Pennsylvania                      
        Bulley? Jeremiah 56 M     Orange 1   1 labor 1            
        Bulley? Betsey? 51 F   wife Orange                      
200 log 50 200 Wheaton Reuben 35 M     Dutchess 1   6 farmer 1         1  
        Wheaton Mary 24 F   wife Chemung                      
        Wheaton Mary Ann 5 F   child Chemung                      
        Wheaton Sarah 4 F     Chemung                      
        Wheaton Elsa 2 F     Chemung                      
        Wheaton Anson H. (George) 1m M     Chemung                      
201 log 20 201 Smith David 68 M     Massachusetts 1   6 farmer 1         1  
        Smith Nancy 55 F   wife Massachusetts                      
        Smith Parley 28 M   child Cortland     6 farmer 1         1  
        Smith Isaac 24 M     Cortland     6   1            

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