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by Joyce M. Tice
1855 New York State Census Records for

Town of Horseheads, Chemung County NY
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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 2008 by Sherry LAMPMAN Nichols
Published October 2008 by Joyce M. Tice

Note from Sherry - The 1855 census for Horseheads was collected by DeWitt Curtis from June 1 thru June 19, 1855.  A group of people years ago looked at the original records and copied them to paper form for the library and indexed them.  I first typed the records from these paper records. Just like the original records some of the handwriting was hard to read or the person copying them had trouble reading the census. I then ordered the microfilm of the 1855 census for Chemung Co from the LDS church. This film is now on permanent loan at the LDS Church on Broad St in Horseheads. I spent many hours looking at the film and trying to be as correct as possible with the names.  I spent hours looking at the 1850 and 1860 census records trying to figure out names that were in question. I had other genealogists look at the records to help me figure out names. If you don’t agree with what I have typed I suggest you look at the film at the LDS church. There is a copy of the records at the clerk’s office in Elmira but the records in the census books there are copies that are faded and hard to read. For any names that I wasn’t sure of I put question marks after them. In a few cases I added names from other sources and put parenthesis around them. The census taker stopped putting visitation numbers in the columns after # 378 and either left it blank or put a 1 in the space. There was a page and half of records missing from the library’s records that I found and added from the microfilm. This took me about 1 yrs to type up, much longer then I thought it would. I hope it will help everyone that looks at it. I did my best with what I had.

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Inmates of County Poor House are on page 37
Be sure to scroll to the right to see the entire page.
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
73 frame 500 80 Beard P.W. 45 M     Vermont 1   15 ship carpenter 1         1
        Beard Martha 40 F   wife Tompkins 1   15              
        Beard Jonas S. 19 M   son Chemung     15              
        Beard George M. 17 M   son Chemung     17              
        Beard Alva P. 13 M   son Chemung     13              
        Beard Warren C. 10 M   son Chemung     10              
        Beard Elmira 1 F   daughter Chemung     1              
        South William 65 M   father Ulster 1     none 1          
        South Catherine 62 F   mother Ulster 1                  
74 frame 1500 81 Ross Mary 51 F     Rensalaer   W 23 tailoress            
        Ross Frances D. 25 F   daughter Chemung     23 dress maker            
        Ross Martha 16 F   daughter Chemung     16              
        Mills Nancy 28 F   daughter Chemung 1   1m milliner            
        Mills Mary 8 F   grand-daughter Steuben     1m              
        Ross Charles 19 M   son Chemung     19 clerk            
        Ross Jacob 30 M   son Chemung 1   23 none 1          
75 frame 1000 82 Jackson Asa G. 41 M     Chemung 1   14 carpenter 1         1
        Jackson Mary A. 33 F   wife Steuben 1   4 milliner            
        Jackson William 13 M   son Steuben     4              
        Jackson John 13 M   son Tioga     10              
        Loomis John 36 M   boarder Onondaga 1   3m paintor 1          
        Loomis Rachel 28 F   boarder Onondaga 1   3m              
        Galligher Ellen 17 F   servant Chemung     1              
76 frame 1200 83 Wintermute Isaac 50 M     New Jersey 1   19 none 1         1
        Wintermute Sarah 43 F   wife Orange 1   19            
        Wintermute Charles 21 M   son Orange     19 clerk 1          
        Carney Mary 18 F   domestic Tioga     7            
77 frame 2000 84 Matthews Fletcher 40 M     Chemung 1   30 jeweler 1         1
        Matthews Caroline 40 F   wife Seneca 1   6              
        Matthews Susan E. 16 F   daughter Chemung     6              
        Matthews Fletcher M. 6 M   son Penn     6              
        Matthews Frank M. 4 M   son Chemung     4              
        Conkling George 20 M   boarder Seneca     20 jeweler            
        Dismer? Bridget 17 F   servant Ireland     3       1      
        Wood Joseph 32 M   boarder Orange     16 carpenter 1         1
78 frame 300 85 Grady Thomas 40 M     Ireland 1   3 laborer   1       1
        Grady Mary 32 F   wife Ireland 1   3              
        Grady John 9m M   son Chemung     9m              
        Novak? JoAnna 45 F   boarder Ireland   W 1              
        Novak? Michael 7 M   boarder Ireland     1              
        Novak? Mary 11 F   boarder Ireland     1              
79 frame 650 86 Loomis A.O. 30 M     Tioga 1   7 carpenter 1         1
        Loomis Elmira 26 F   wife Tompkins 1   16              
        Loomis Alice 1 F   daughter Chemung                    
80 frame 500 87 McConnell Hiram 33 M     Chemung 1   33 constable 1         1
        McConnell Eliza 27 F   wife Chemung 1   3              
        McConnell Ella G. 4 F   daughter Chemung     4              
        McConnell Ida 2 F   daughter Chemung     2              
        McConnell Horace S. 1 M   son Chemung     1              
        Stowell Sarah 7 F   boarder Chemung     4m              

Last Updated on 10/6/2008
By Joyce M. Tice