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
222 plank 50 222 Benjamin Samuel 25 M     Chemung 1   25 farmer 1         1  
        Benjamin Minerva 22 F   wife Tioga                      
223 plank 40 223 Benjamin John 30 M     Chemung 1   30 farmer 1         1  
        Benjamin Mary 24 F   wife Orange                      
        Benjamin Stephen 1 M   child Chemung                      
224 log 20 224 Nichols David 26 M     Montgomery 1     farmer 1         1  
        Nichols (Eliza) 30 F   wife Tompkins                      
        Nichols (Edgar D.) 3 M   child Chemung                      
        Nichols Benjamin 1 M   child Chemung                      
225 frame 500 225 McMillen James 55 M     Orange 1   10 physician 1         1  
        McMillen Lydia 39 F   wife Ontario                      
        McMillen Henry 17 M   child Chemung                      
        McMillen Catherine 13 F   child Chemung                      
226 log 25 226 Rorick Samuel 54 M     New Jersey 1   2 farmer 1         1  
        Rorick Hannah 44 F   wife Chemung                      
        Rorick Estella 20 F   child Chemung                      
        Rorick Hannah 5 F   child Chemung                      
        Rorick (Amelia) 3 F   child Chemung                      
227 log 20 227 Shager?? John 25 M     New Jersey 1   6m farmer 1            
        Shager?? Mary 28 F   wife New Jersey                      
        Shager?? Harrington 2 M   child New Jersey                      
228 frame 100 228 Rosekrans Warren 45 M     Albany 1   13   1         1  
        Rosekrans Susan 45 F   wife Chemung         1         1  
        Rosekrans Lyman 22 M   child Chemung     13   1            
        Rosekrans Peter (Nelson) 20 M   child Chemung                      
        Rosekrans Alva 18 M   child Chemung                      
        Rosekrans Emily 17 F   child Chemung                      
        Rosekrans Mary 9 F   child Chemung                      
        Seaman William 7 M   child Chemung                      
        Rosekrans Huldah 18 F   niece Chemung                      
229 log 20 229 Beckwith Henry 43 M     Chemung 1   4 farmer 1         1  
        Beckwith Mary J. 30 F   wife Chemung                      
        Beckwith Almedia 10 F   child Chemung                      
        Beckwith Esther 7 F   child Chemung                      
230 log 25 230 (Leonard) David 25 M     Tompkins 1   2 famer 1         1  
        (Leonard) Mary 24 F   wife Tompkins                      
231 log 10 231 Tollket? Ann 53 F     Tompkins   1                  
        Tollket(Swartwood) Betsy 16 F   child Chemung                      

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