Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
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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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Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008 -
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 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
88 frame 1800 97 Davis E.H. 37 M     Otsego 1   2 physician 1         1
        Davis Mariah H. 34 F   wife Montgomery 1   2              
        Davis Clementin A. 12 F   daughter Schoharie     2              
        Davis Sarah E. 10 F   daughter Chemung     2              
        Davis Manfred 7 M   son Chemung     2              
        Strader Genette 16 F   servant Tompkins     3m              
        Morgan John 14 M   servant Chemung     14              
89 frame 400 98 Wygant Lewis 37 M     Ulster 1   1 brickmaker 1          
        Wygant Mary S. 28 F   wife Orange 1   1              
        Wygant Marietta 8 F   daughter Orange     1              
        Wygant Charlotte 3 F   daughter Orange     1              
        Rhodes Mary C. 20 F   boarder Ulster     1              
        Westlake David 24 M   boarder Orange 1   1m   1          
        Westlake Catherine 23 F   boarder New York 1   1m              
        Westlake Benjamin 3m M   boarder Orange     1m              
        Sutton Charles 21 M   servant Ulster     3m brickmaker 1          
        Sutton Lewis 19 M   servant Ulster     2m brickmaker            
        Hardwick Ambrose 19 M   servant Ulster     4m brickmaker            
        Evans John 14 M   servant Ulster     2m brickmaker            
        Norton Patrick 15 M   servant Ireland     1m brickmaker     1      
        Welch Thos 28 M   servant Ireland     1m brickmaker     1      
        Fanigan James 28 M   servant Ireland     1m brickmaker     1      
        Maroney Michael 22 M   servant Ireland     1m brickmaker     1      
        Sullivan Michael 24 M   servant Ireland     2 brickmaker     1      
        Harrington George 19 M   servant Chemung     2              
        Nooney Martin 22 M   servant Ireland     0       1      
90 frame 500 99 Westlake George 36 M     Chemung 1   36   1         1
        Westlake Harriet 37 F   wife Orange 1   16              
        Westlake Milton 1 M     Chemung     1              
91 planks 10 100 McGlaughlin Patrick 28 M     Ireland 1   3 laborer     1      
        McGlaughlin Bridget 27 F   wife Ireland 1   3              
        McGlaughlin Infant (no name)   F   daughter Chemung                    
92 frame 100 101 Bush Charles 35 M     Chenango 1   1 cooper 1          
        Bush Dianthee 30 F   wife Tioga 1   1              
        Bush Frank 1 M     Tioga     1              
        Bush Infant (no name)   M     Chemung                    
        Bush Martha 60 F   mother Schoharie 1   8m              
        Bush Charlotte 22 F   sis Penn     1              
93 frame 1000 102 Osborn Reuben 55 M       1   18 dock tender 1         1
        Osborn Lana 45 F   wife Rensselaer 1   18              
94 frame 2000 103 Carpenter W.F. 44 M     Orange 1   35 grocery clerk 1         1
        Carpenter Patience 38 F   wife Chemung     38             1
        Carpenter Henrietta 15 F   daughter Chemung     15              
        Carpenter Honora 14 F   daughter Chemung     14              
        Carpenter Harriett 12 F   daughter Chemung     12              
        Carpenter Martha 10 F   daughter Chemung     10              
        Carpenter Susan 8 F   daughter Chemung     8              
        Carpenter Charlie D. 7 M   son Chemung     7              
        Carpenter Francis 6 F   daughter Chemung     6              
        Carpenter Mary E. 4 F   daughter Chemung     4              
        Carpenter Alice 2 F   daughter Chemung     2              
        Carpenter Ed 6m M   son Chemung     6m              
        Davis Samuel 18 M   boarder Orange     1 clerk            

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