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
125 frame 1400 138 Rickey Charles 31 M     Chemung 1   26 farmer 1         1
        Rickey Amanda 31 F   wife Chemung 1   26              
126 frame 500 139 Dorn William 32 M     New Jersey 1   2 blacksmith 1         1
        Dorn Mary A. 26 F   wife Orange 1   2              
127 plank 300 140 Riker A.Z. 26 M     Chemung 1   26 carpenter 1         1
        Riker Eliza 23 F   wife New Jersey 1   20              
128 frame 700 141 Harden David 26 M     New Jersey     18 boatman 1         1
        Harden Sarah 67 F   mother Orange   W 18              
        Harden Catherine 29 F   sister New Jersey     18              
        Harden Daniel 26 M   brother New Jersey     18 boatman 1         1
129 frame 500 142 Valentine Cornelius 44 M     Putnam 1   blank brickmaker 1          
        Valentine Sarah A. 39 F   wife Saratoga 1   blank              
        Valentine Charles B. 19 M   son Orange     blank              
        Valentine Sarah J. 17 F   daughter Rockland     blank              
        Valentine John H. 15 M   son Westchester     blank              
        Valentine Marietta 11 F   daughter Ulster     blank              
        Valentine Samuel F. 8 M   son Ulster     blank              
        Valentine Harriet 5 F   daughter Orange     blank              
        Valentine Emma 2 F   daughter Orange     blank              
130 frame 400 143 King John 49 M     Ireland 1   1/12m cabinet maker 1       1
        King Marietta 33 F   wife Orange 1   1              
        King James 16 M   son Ulster   1              
        King John D. 13 M   son Orange   1              
        King Mary E. 11 F   daughter Livingston   1              
        King Julia 8 F   daughter Livingston   1              
        King Augusta 5 F   daughter Livingston   1              
131 frame 800 144 Raymond A. 37 M     Chemung 1   37 staging 1       1
        Raymond Laura 42 F   wife Conn 1   31              
        Raymond Sarah M. 6 F   daughter Chemung     3              
        Raymond Mary M. 3 F   daughter Chemung     6              
        Raymond Laura A. 1     daughter Chemung     1              
        Raymond Ira 66 M   father Orange 1   1m              
132 frame 3000 145 Westlake John E. 55 M     Orange 1   40 farmer 1         1
        Westlake Elizabeth 52 F   wife Orange 1   40              
        Westlake Albert 23 M   son Chemung     23              
        Westlake Ann 22 F   daughter Chemung     22              
        Westlake Henry 19 M   son Chemung     19              
        Croly Mary 14 F   servant Ireland     5       1      
133 frame 40 146 Davis Alanson 23 M     Chemung 1   23 locktender 1          
        Davis Louisa 26 F   wife Chemung 1   26              
        Davis Senna 6 F   daughter Chemung     6              
        Davis Jane 4 F   daughter Chemung     4              
134 frame 300 147 Donehue Frances 50 M     Ireland 1   23 locktender   1       1
        Donehue Sally Ann 33 F   wife Chemung 1   33              
        Donehue James F. 10 M   son Chemung     10              
        Donehue George F. 9 M   son Chemung     9              
        Donehue Charles 6 M   son Chemung     6              
        Donehue Sarah Ann 4 F   daughter Chemung     4              
        Donehue Harriett M. 1 F   daughter Chemung     1              

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