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
95 frame 230 104 Vail Charles 32 M     New Jersey   W 5 none 1          
        Vail John 8 M   son Orange     5              
        Vail Samuel 6 M   son Orange     5              
        Vail Charles 4 M   son Chemung     4              
        Vail Delphine 2 F   daughter Chemung     2              
        Shultz? Henrietta 25 F   housekeeper New Jersey     4              
96 frame 400 105 Harden William 41 M     New Jersey     21 laborer 1         1
        Harden Catherine Ann 28 F   wife Montgomery     16              
        Harden Mary Jane 6 F   daughter Chemung     6              
        Harden Ann Amelia 3 F   daughter Chemung     3              
97 frame 600 106 Milliken? Joseph 28 M     Maine     4m cooper 1          
        Milliken? Susan 22 F   wife New Jersey     4m              
        Milliken? Benjamin 3 M   son New Jersey     4m              
        Milliken? Sarah E. 1 F   daughter New Jersey     4m              
        Milliken? George 21 M   boarder France     2m cooper            
98 plank 250 107 Gibbons Kesiah 56 M     Orange     9 none            
        Gibbons Elizabeth 19 F   daughter Chemung     9              
99 frame 500 108 Rockwell Daniel 45 M     Chemung 1   45 farmer 1         1
        Rockwell Mary 41 F   wife Chemung 1   41              
        Rockwell Celestia 21 F   daughter Chemung     21              
        Rockwell Andrew 19 M   son Chemung     19              
        Rockwell Edward 17 M   son Chemung     17              
        Rockwell Fletcher 15 M   son Chemung     15              
        Rockwell Miles 10 M   son Chemung     10              
        Rockwell Mary F. 7 F   daughter Chemung     7              
        Rockwell Ella 2 F   daughter Chemung     2              
100 plank 100 109 Hall E. 30 M     Chemung     9              
        Hall Sarah E. 8 F   daughter Chemung     8              
        Hall Mary M. 4 M   son Chemung     4              
        Hall Hellen Ida 2 F   daughter Chemung     2              
101 plank 100 110 Griffith John T. 25 M     England 1   3 engineer     1     1
        Griffith Ann L. 26 F   wife England 1   3              
        Griffith Imis? E. 2 F   daughter Chemung     2              
        Squire Noah 24 M   boarder England     2 carpenter     1      
102 plank 100 111 Warren Cornelius 27 M     Ireland     1 laborer   1       1
        Warren Mary 28 F   wife Ireland     1              
        Warren George 2 M   son Chemung     1              
        Warren Betsey 1 F   daughter Chemung     1              
103     112 Hare Martin 22 M     Ireland 1   2 laborer 1         1
        Hare Elizabeth 21 F   wife Ireland 1   5              
        Hare John 9m M   daughter Chemung     9m              
104 frame 3000 113 Sayre James 69 M     Chemung 1   49 farmer 1         1
        Sayre Harriet 39 F   wife Yates 1   19              
        Sayre Morris 18 M   son Chemung     18 clerk            
        Sayre Caroline 13 F   daughter Chemung     13              
        Sayre Henry 2 M   son Chemung     2              
        Hotin?? Mary 17 F   servant Ireland     3              
        Ardell Elizabeth 36 F   boarder Yates 1   19              
        Ardell Hellen 13 F   boarder Penn     13              

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