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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
242 plank 25 256 Rogers Benjamin F. 26 M     Maine 1   1 sawyer 1          
        Rogers Rachel 18 F   wife Chemung 1   1              
243 plank 25 257 Rodbourn Ezra 26 M     England 1   20 lumbering 1          
        Rodbourn Eveline 19 F   wife Chemung 1   19              
        Rodbourn Mary A. 1 F   daughter Chemung     1              
244 frame 600 258 Rodbourn Joseph 31 M     England     2 lumbering 1         1
        Vanauken Gennette 19 F   servant Chemung     7m              
        Heyes John 29 M   boarder Chemung     7m              
245 frame 500 259 Rodbourn Charles 58 M     England 1   20 farmer   1       1
        Rodbourn Ann 51 F   wife Chemung 1   20              
        Rodbourn James H. 13 M   son Chemung     13              
        Skinner Ann 13 F   servant England     13              
246 log 25 260 Rorick Cornelia 45 M     Chemung 1   4 shinglemaker 1         1
        Rorick Mrs 50 F   wife Chemung 1   4              
        Rorick Amanda 17 F   daughter Chemung     4              
        Rorick Lydia 15 F   daughter Chemung     4              
        Rorick Sarah 13 F   daughter Chemung     4              
        Rorick Mary 11 F   daughter Chemung     4              
        Rorick Girl 7 F   daughter Chemung     4              
        Rorick Matilda 4 F   daughter Chemung     4              
247 log 25 261 Mull Richard 25 M     England 1   4m laborer     1      
        Mull Sarah 22 F   wife England 1   4m              
248 frame 100 262 Vansickle Michael 56 M     New Jersey 1   30 farmer 1         1
        Vansickle Clarissa 40 F   wife Chemung 1   4              
        Goodnough Linda 15 F   daughter Chemung     3m              
249 board 50 263 Vansickle William 29 M     Chemung 1   26 farming 1         1
        Vansickle Eliza 21 F   wife Chemung 1   6              
        Vansickle Benjamin 5 M   son Chemung     5              
        Vansickle Arlissa 3 F   daughter Chemung     3              
        Vansickle Eliza 6m F   daughter Chemung     6m              
250 frame 100 264 VanEyke Isaac 29 M     Orange 1   1 farmer 1          
        VanEyke Emeline 33 F   wife blank 1   1              
        VanEyke Ann A. 14 F   daughter Orange     1              
        VanEyke Elizabeth 11 F   daughter Orange     1              
        VanEyke Sarah C. 5 F   daughter Orange     1              
        VanEyke Juliette 3 F   daughter Chemung     1              
        VanEyke Mary L. 3m F   daughter Chemung     3m              
249 frame 200   Harris Lewis 50 M     Orange 1   2 farmer            
        Harris Esther 45 F   wife Orange 1   2              
        Harris David 14 M   son Orange     2              
        Harris Cornelius 17 M   son Orange     2              
        Harris Sanford 14 M   son Orange     2              
        Harris Sophia 11 F   daughter Orange     2              
        Harris Sarah 10 F   daughter Orange     2              
        Harris Charles 6 M   son Orange     2              
        Harris James 6 M   son Orange     2              
        Harris Richmond 5 M   son Orange     2              
        Harris Hannah 5 F   daughter Orange     2              
        Harris Mary 3 F   daughter Orange     2              
250 log 50   Miller James 50 M     Orange 1   22 farmer 1         1

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