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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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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
207 frame 400 222 Smith Orren 36 M     New Jersey 1   16 lumbering 1          
        Smith Ruth 36 F   Chemung 1   38              
        Smith Pheba I. 14 F   daughter Chemung     14              
        Smith Whitney 12 M   son Chemung     12              
        Smith Mary 10 F   daughter Chemung     10              
        Smith Preston 8 M   son Chemung     8              
        Smith Helen 6 F   daughter Chemung     6              
        Smith Oliver 4 M   son Chemung     4              
        Smith Lillian 3 F   daughter Chemung     3              
        Smith Josephine 1 F   daughter Chemung     1              
208 plank 20 223 Hallian? Hugh 25 M     Chemung 1   25   1          
        Hallian? Harriet   F   wife Chemung   31              
        Hallian? Amelia 6 F   daughter Chemung     6              
        Hallian? Melissa 4 F   daughter Chemung     4              
        Hallian? Sarah F. 2 F   daughter Chemung     2              
209 frame 200 224 Casterline Henry 33 M     Chemung     2m farming 1          
        Casterline Harriet 24 F   wife Chemung     2m              
        Casterline Ida 8m F   daughter Chemung     2m              
        Casterline Ira 8m M   son Chemung     2m              
        Sawyer Adaline 16 F   servant Chemung     2m              
210 log 25 225 Hungerford John 53 M     blank 1   3 shinglemaker 1          
        Hungerford Elizabeth 31 F   wife Vermont 1   3              
        Hungerford Peter 14 M   son Chemung     3              
        Hungerford Stephen 12 M   son Chemung     3              
        Hungerford Mary 8 F   daughter Chemung     3              
        Hungerford William 6 M   son Chemung     3              
        Hungerford Sarah J. 2 F   daughter Chemung     3              
211 board 200 226 VanGorden Jerry 50 M     Chemung 1   50 laborer 1          
        VanGorden Martha 11 F   daughter Chemung     11              
        VanGorden George 8 M   son Chemung     8              
212 log 100 227 Berry Henry 31 M     Yates 1   3 farmer 1         1
        Berry Sally 32 F   wife Chemung 1   3              
        Berry Horton 3 M   son Chemung     3              
        Berry David D. 1 M   son Chemung     1              
        Johnson Mary 17 F   servant Chemung     3              
213 plank 50 228 Cahan John 28 M     Ireland 1   1 farmer   1       1
        Cahan Catherine 27 F   wife Ireland 1   1              
        Cahan Michael 3 M   son Chemung     1              
        Cahan James 3 M   son Chemung     1              
        Cahan Mary 1 F   daughter Chemung     1              
        Reed Mary 13 F   daughter Chemung     1              
        Hank John 17 M   boarder Ireland     1 laborer   1        
        Cahan Morton 26 M   boarder Ireland     1 laborer   1        
214 log 25 229 Swan Elias B. 45 M B   Saratoga 1   2 laborer       1    
        Swan Eliza 38 F B wife Saratoga 1   2              
        Swan E.B.Jr. 14 M B son Saratoga     2              
        Swan Mary 12 F B daughter Saratoga     2              
        Swan Elisha 10 M B son Schenectady     2              
        Swan George 9 M B son Schenectady     2              
        Swan Judson 8 M B son Schenectady     2              
        Swan Catherine E. 4 F B daughter Madison     2              
        Swan Charlotte 2 F B daughter Chemung     2              

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