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
105 frame 1500 114 Backman John 51 M     New Jersey   W 14 none 1         1
        Backman Susan 26 F   daughter Tompkins     14              
        Backman Harriett 18 F   daughter Chemung     14              
        Backman Martin 16 M   son Chemung     14              
        Backman Wesley 15 M   son Chemung     14              
        Arvel Mary 12 F   servant Ireland     2       1      
106 frame 1200 115 Dusenbury Harriet 37 F     Dutchess     10             1
        Dusenbury Sarah M. 10 F   daughter Chemung     10              
        Dusenbury Francis M. 6 F   daughter Chemung     6              
        Realling? Delia 20 F   servant New Jersey     3m              
        Smith James 20 M   boarder Penn     3m              
107 frame 200 116 Dekay John R. 32 M     Orange 1   3m harness maker 1          
        Dekay Mariah 31 F   wife Orange 1   3m              
108 frame 500 117 Beers George W. 30 F     Chemung 1   30 carpenter 1          
        Beers Isabella A. 27 F   wife Chemung     27              
        Stewart Robert 53 M   father Delaware   W 27 none 1          
109 blank blank 118 Foster Josiah 72 M     Rhode Island 1   23 none 1          
        Foster Unice 67 F   wife Vermont 1   23              
        Kratshall?? Marial 33 F   boarder Chemung   W 33              
109 frame 900 119 Fleming Andrew I 34 M   Delaware 1   3 carriage maker 1         1
        Fleming Mary E. 22 F   wife Mass 1   19              
        Fleming Charles J. 1 M   son Chemung     1              
        Schuyler Morris 24 M   boarder Orange     2 tailor 1          
110 frame 500 120 Giles Henry 42 M     Tompkins 1   8 carpenter 1         1
        Giles Mary 41 F   wife Tompkins 1   8              
        Giles Augustus 16 M   son Chemung     8              
        Giles William E. 14 M   son Chemung     8              
        Giles Uriah S. 11 M   son Chemung     8              
        Giles Edmund M. 9 M   son Chemung     8              
        Giles Mary 3 F   daughter Chemung     3              
110 frame 600 121 Hurlbert W.W. 36 M           blank boatman 1          
        Hurlbert Emma 24 F   wife Chemung     blank              
        Hurlbert Emily 8 F     Chemung     blank              
        Hurlbert Arthur 4 M   son Chemung     blank              
111 blank blank 122 Story Parmelia 47 F     Tompkins   W 3m carpet weaver            
        Story Asa I. 11 M   son Chemung     3m              
112 frame 1500 123 Mather Increase 58 M     Orange 1   19 farmer 1         1
        Mather Irena 55 F   wife Orange 1   19              
113 parsonage   124 Fellows Nathan 47 M     Vermont 1   2 clergyman 1         1
        Fellows Eliza 44 F   wife Vermont 1   2              
        Fellows Mary 18 F   daughter Penn     2              
        Fellows Milton 10 M   son Alleghany     2              
114 frame 900 125 Osborn William 56 M     Greene 1   6m tailor 1          
        Osborn Ann A. 42 F   wife Greene 1   2m              
        Osborn Louisa 11 F   daughter Albany     2m              
        Osborn Alanson 10 M   son Albany     2m              
        Osborn Amanda 7 F   daughter Albany     2m              
        Osborn Ralph 5 M   son Albany     2m              
        Hotchkiss Rachel 45 F   boarder Greene     2m              

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