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
202 log 20 202 VanHouter John 27 M     Chemung     27 farmer 1         1  
        VanHouter Harriet 26 F   wife Chemung                      
        VanHouter Flora 8 F   child Chemung                      
        VanHouter Thadeus 5 M     Chemung                      
203 log 20 203 Hurdic Andrew 35 M     Montgomery? 1   13 farmer 1         1  
        Hurdic Charlotte 34 F   wife Tompkins                      
        Hurdic Henry (Moses) 12 M   child Chemung                      
        Hurdic Elizabeth 10 F     Chemung                      
        Hurdic Sarah 8 F     Chemung                      
        Hurdic David? 2 M     Chemung                      
204 frame 400 204 (Hammond) Cornelius 42 M     Otsego 1   10 farmer 1         1  
        (Hammond) Mary 40 F   wife Orange                      
        (Hammond) Aaron 20 M   child Chemung                      
        (Hammond) John 18 M   Chemung                      
        Hamlin (Hammell) John 26 M   son in law? Tompkins 1   10 farmer 1         1  
        Hamlin (Hammell) Phoebe 22 F   wife Chemung                      
        Hamlin (Hammell) Mary 10m? F   grandchild Chemung                      
205 log 10 205 Rockwell Philo 22 M     Tompkins 1   15 farmer 1         1  
        Rockwell Hulda? 19 F   wife Schoharie                      
        Rockwell Eleanora? 1 F     Chemung                      
206 frame 100 206 Stevens Jacaquiah 22 M     Chemung 1   22 farmer 1         1  
        Stevens ? 23 F     Chemung                      
207 frame 75 207 Newhall A.W. (Abner) 40 M     Vermont 1   15 blank 1         1  
        Newhall Eliza 38 F   wife Chemung                      
        Newhall (Marian) 17 F   child Chemung                      
        Newhall Lovina 14 F   child Chemung                      
        Newhall William 12 M   child Chemung                      
        Newhall Sarah Jane 11 F   child Chemung                      
        Newhall George 8 M   child Chemung                      
        Newhall Albert 6 M   child Chemung                      
        Newhall Frank 4 M   child Chemung                      
        Newhall Abner 1 M   child Chemung                      
        Rockwell Cinaj? 21 M   servant Tompkins                      
        Hogan Peter 25 M   servant Chemung     15   1            
      Sawyer Morgan 20 M   servant Chemung                      
208 frame 200 208 Butter(s) John 52 M     Orange 1   18   1         1  
        Butter(s) Elizabeth 48 F   wife Chemung                      
        Butter(s) Clarisa 23 F   child Chemung                      
        Butter(s) Guy 22 M   son Chemung 1   18   1         1  
        Butter(s) Nancy 25 F   wife Chemung                      
        Wilber? ? 3 M   servant Chemung                      
209 frame 800 209 Norris Alonzo 46 M     Orange 1   21   1         1  
        Norris Rosanna 41 F   wife New Hampshire                    
        Norris Harriet 20 F   child Chemung                      
        Norris Phoebe 18 F   child Chemung                      
        Norris Prescott 16 M   child Chemung                      
        Norris Elizabeth 14 F   child Chemung                      
        Norris (Corrinna) 6 F   child Chemung                      
        Norris Alfred 2 M   child Chemung                      
210 frame 100 210 McDowell? Mary 81 F     Massachusetts   1                  
        Willson? Orrin? 22 M   servant Pennsylvania         1            

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