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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
173 plank 50 188 Savercool Abram 45 M     Penn 1   4m carpenter 1          
        Savercool Catherine 35 F   wife Penn 1   4m              
        Savercool James 15 M   son Penn     4m              
        Savercool Eliza 11 F   daugther Penn     4m              
        Savercool Samuel 9 M   son Penn     4m              
        Savercool Emeline 7 F   daughter Penn     4m              
        Savercool Abram 8 M   son Penn     4m              
174 frame 150 189 Drake Frances 64 M     Orange 1   4m carpenter 1          
        Drake Ruena??/ 59 F   wife Penn 1   4m              
        Casline? Emily R. 19 F   daughter Penn     4m              
175 plank 50 190 Minturn Robert 29 M     Orange 1   1 mason 1          
        Minturn Augustine 21 F   wife Orange 1   1              
        Minturn James 15 M   son Orange     1              
        Minturn Frandis D (L) 8 F   daughter Orange     1              
        Minturn Mary E. 3 F   daughter Chemung     1              
        Minturn Charles 3m M   son Chemung     3m              
176 frame 2000 191 Stimpson Benjamin 48 M     England 1   8 hotel keeper   1       1
        Stimpson Sarah 56 F   wife England 1   8              
        Stimpson Georgianna 14 F   daughter Chemung     8              
        Stimpson Francis 46 M   Brother England     8     1        
        Dusenberg James 33 M   boarder New York     7   1          
        Seaman Jackson 35 M   boarder Orange     3   1         1
177 frame 300 192 Shappee A.K. 64 M     Chemung 1   64 blacksmith 1         1
        Shappee Mary/Polly 62 F   wife Orange 1   58              
        Shappee Nathan 21 M   son Chemung 1   21   1        
        Shappee Rebbecca 19 F   daughter Chemung     19              
        Shappee Abner 15 M   son Chemung     15              
        Shappee Huldah? 9 F   G-daughter Chemung     9              
178 frame 1600 193 Shappee David 62 M     Chemung 1   62 farmer 1         1
        Shappee Jemina 61 F   wife Chemung 1 61          
        Shappee William 32 M   son Chemung     32 farmer 1         1
        Shappee Sarah 28 F   daughter Chemung     28              
        Shappee Elisabeth 25 F   daughter Chemung     25              
        Light Angeline 7 F   G-daughter Tioga     1m              
        Parker Horace 15 M   servant Chemung     15              
        Bartlett Eb 21 M   servant Chemung     21   1          
179 frame 200 194 Payne George 73 M     Saratoga 1   60 farmer 1          
    Payne Clarissa 66 F   wife Mass 1   48              
        Payne William 38 M   son Yates     17   1          
180 plank 200 195 Loundsberry Ira 35 M     Chemung 1   35 farmer 1         1
        Loundsberry Emma 54 F   wife Orange 1   40              
181 frame 800 196 Davis Calvin L. 42 M     Albany 1   35 farmer 1         1
        Davis Amelia D. 47 F   wife Conn 1   26              
        Davis William 18 M   son Chemung     18              
        Winter? Anna 62 F   boarder Conn   W 20              
182 frame 600 197 Sayre Sally Ann 50 F     Chemung W 30             1
        Sayre Elisabeth 25 F   daughter Chemung   25              
    Sayre Samuel 23 M   son Chemung     23 farmer 1          
        Sayre Ebenezer 21 M   son Chemung     21 farmer 1          
        Sayre Mary 18 F   daughter Chemung 1   18              
        Fowler Sarah 18 F   servant Chemung     18              
        Rhulles Daniel 17 M   servant Chemung     2              

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