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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
135 frame 150 148 VanGordon John 47 M     New Jersey 1   8 laborer 1         1
        VanGordon Rana 43 F   wife New Jersey 1   8              
        VanGordon David 21 M   son Tioga     8 laborer 1          
        VanGordon Catherine 17 F   daughter Tioga     8              
        VanGordon James 15 M   son Tioga     8              
        VanGordon John 13 M   son Tioga     8              
        VanGordon Louisa 11 F   daughter Tioga     8              
        VanGordon Charles 8 M   son Chemung     8              
        VanGordon Susan 5 F   daughter Chemung     5              
        VanGordon Lucy A. 1 F   daughter Chemung     1              
136 frame 150 149 Zerk Christopher 41 M     Orange 1   4 laborer 1         1
        Zerk Mrs. 40 F   wife Orange 1   4              
        Zerk Ann E. 18 F   daughter Orange     4              
        Zerk Anthony 16 M   son Orange     4              
137 frame 150 150 Decker Calvin 33 M     Orange 1   5 laborer 1         1
        Decker Catherine 27 F   wife Orange 1   5              
        Decker James H. 8 M   son Orange     5              
        Decker Jermiah 4 M   son Chemung     4              
        Decker John F. 6m M   son Chemung     6m              
        Zerk Louis N. 5 M   blank Orange     4              
138 frame 150 151 Mullen Thomas 28 M     Ireland 1   6 laborer     1     1
        Mullen Mary 25 F   wife Ireland 1   6              
        Mullen Margaret 9m F   daughter Chemung     9m              
139 frame 200 152 Corkins John 30 M     Ireland 1   6 laborer   1       1
        Corkins Catherine 28 F   wife Chemung 1   20              
        Corkins Mary F. 2 F   daughter Chemung     2              
140 plank 200 153 Quinn Brien 27 M     Ireland 1   1 laborer   1       1
        Quinn Hannah 19 F   wife Ireland 1   1              
        Quinn Owen 25 M   brother Ireland     1       1      
141 plank 150 154 Eagan Dennis 30 M     Ireland 1   5 laborer     1      
        Eagan Bridget 28 F   wife Ireland 1   5       1      
        Kehan John 76 M   father Ireland 1   5       1      
        Eagan Mary 75 F   mother Ireland 1   5              
142 plank 150 155 Murphy Patrick 23 M     Ireland 1   1       1      
        Murphy Mary 24 F   blank Ireland 1   1              
        Murphy Infant (no name)   M   blank Chemung   blank              
143 plank 50 156 Bloomer F.C. 35 M     Cayuga   1 nursery man 1         1
        Bloomer Jane 6 F   daughter Ontario   1              
        Wyatt Sally 55 F   domestic Orange     1              
        Halleran Mary 22 F   domestic Ireland     5m              
        Halleran Charles 25 M   domestic England     5m       1      
        Eagan Patrick 23 M   domestic Ireland     5       1      
        Savage Thomas 45 M   domestic Ireland     1m       1      
        Hooey Richard 21 M   domestic New Jersey     1m       1      
        Davis Sophronia 2 F   blank Chemung     2              
        Davis Infant (no name)   F   blank Chemung     blank              
141 plank 25 157 Markham Daniel 30 M     Ireland     6 laborer   1       1
        Markham Margaret 30 F   wife Ireland     6              
        Markham Patsey 8 M   son Ireland     6              
        Markham John 6 M   son Ireland     6              
        Markham David 4 M   son Chemung     4              
        Markham Michael 1 M   son Chemung     1              
        Markham Martin 4m M   son Chemung     6m              
145 frame 150 158 Reed J.B. 60 M     Greene 1   2m woodsawyer 1          
        Reed Theodosia 18 F   daughter Penn     2m              
        Reed Lucy A. 10 F   daughter Chemung     2m              
        Reed Benjamin N. 60 M   son Chemung     2m              
      159 Russell J.C. 68 M     Vermont 1   2m woodsawyer 1          
        Russell Hannah 56 F   wife Vermont 1   2m              
        Russell Mary 17 F   daughter Erie     2m              
        Russell Timothy P. 22 M   son Seneca     2m              

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