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
211 frame 150 211 VanHouten Thomas 65 M     Connecticut 1   37 farmer 1         1  
        VanHouten Esther 62 F   wife Pennsylvania                      
        VanHouten Catherine 32 F   child Chemung                      
        VanHouten Mary 23 F     Chemung                      
        (VanHouten) Harmon 9 M   grandchild Chemung                      
212 frame 1000 212 Smith Sylvanus 42 M     Orange 1   19 farmer 1         1  
        Smith Margaret 49 F   wife Schoharie                      
        Smith Ann M. 18 F   child Chemung                      
        Smith Edna 16 F   child Chemung                      
        Smith John 14 M   child Chemung                      
        Smith Sarah Ann 7 F   child Chemung                      
        Smith Caroline 6 F   child Chemung                      
        Smith Susan 4 F   child Chemung                      
        Smith Maryette 10m F   child Chemung                      
        Turk? Levi? 22 M   servant Greene     3m   1          
213 log 25 213 Vanduzer Julie 52 F     Orange   D 21 farmer           1  
        McDowell Harriet 43 F   servant New Hampshire                      
214 plank 25 215 Patchin Daniel 42 M     Tompkins 1   2m farmer 1            
        Patchin Ann Maria 38 F   wife New Jersey                      
        Patchin (Lucy M) 16 F   child Tompkins                      
        Patchin Ansal 14 M   child Tompkins                      
        Patchin John 12 M   child Tompkins                      
        Patchin Sarah A. 8 F   child Chemung                      
        Patchin Jerome 6 M   child Chemung                      
        Patchin Hiram E. 5m M   child Chemung                      
215 plank 25 215 Snider/Snyder John 24 M     Chemung     2 farmer 1         1  
        Snider/Snyder Catherine 46 F   mother Pennsylvania                      
216 log 25 216 Leonard Johnson 20 M     Tompkins 1   5m farmer           1  
        Leonard Polly 18 F   wife Tompkins                      
        Snider/Snyder ? 9 M   brother Chemung                      
217 frame 200 217 Chapman William 30 M     Chemung 1   30 farmer 1         1  
        Chapman Louisa 22 F   wife Chemung                      
        Chapman Charles 5 M   child Chemung                      
        Chapman Frances 3 M   child Chemung                      
        Chapman Arthur 1 M   child Chemung                      
218 frame 200 218 Chapman Elizabeth 62 F   mother Herkimer   1                  
219 frame 25 219 Leonard John 31 M     Tompkins 1   10 farmer 1            
        Leonard Mary Ann 32 F   wife Chemung                      
        Leonard Alonzo 8 M   child Chemung                      
        Leonard Mary J 5 F   child Chemung                      
        Leonard Hannah 3 F   child Chemung                      
        Leonard Margaret 1 F   child Chemung                      
220 log 20 220 Patchen Jared 69 M     Westchester 1   36 farmer 1         1  
        Patchen Sarah 62 F   wife New Jersey                      
        Patchen Hannah 29 F   child New Jersey                      
221 log 20 221 Leonard (King Solomen) 49 M     Washington 1   13 farmer 1         1  
        Leonard Charity 48 F   wife Washington                      
        Leonard Martin (Worden) 16 M   child Tompkins                      
        Leonard Jane 13 F   child Chemung                      
        Leonard Mary 10 F   child Chemung                      
        Leonard Samuel 8 M   child Chemung                      
        Leonard Albert 4 M   child Chemung                      
        Leonard Eugene 2 M   child Chemung                      
        (Picksley) Isaac 79 M   father in law Chemung?   1     1            

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