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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
        Miller Mariah 44 F   wife Orange 1   22              
        Miller John 18 M   son Chemung     18              
        Miller Ellen 15 F   daughter Chemung     15              
        Miller Samuel 12 M   son Chemung     12              
        Miller James 8 M   son Chemung     8              
        Miller William C. 7 M   son Chemung     7              
251 board 25 1 Taylor Andrew M. 29 M     Chemung 1   4 laborer 1          
        Taylor Sally M. 22 F   wife not known 1   4              
        Taylor Charles H. 5m M   son Chemung     5m              
252 frame 300 1 Harrington Chester 30 M     Chemung 1   6 farmer 1          
        Harrington Dinah 30 F   wife Albany 1   11              
        Dobell Joseph 15 M   brother Otsego     11              
        Herrington Stephen 3 M   son Chemung     3              
        Herrington Charles L. 2 M   son Chemung     2              
        Boyes Ann 18 A   servant Steuben     2              
253 board 25 1 Ellison Jabez 32 M     Chemung 1   30 none 1          
        Ellison Jane 32 F   wife Chemung 1   20              
254 log 25 1 Tuthill Jerry 38 M B   Orange 1   4 laborer            
        Tuthill Catherine 25 F B wife Orange 1   4              
        Tuthill Harrison 8 M B   Orange     4              
255 frame 1000 1 Thorn John 59 M     Orange     39 farmer 1         1
        Thorn Ann 57 F   wife Orange     39              
        Thorn Ann 18 F   daughter Chemung     18              
        Thorn Henry 22 M   son Chemung     22 farmer            
        Thorn Daniel 15 M   son Chemung     15              
        Thorn Sarah 13 F   daughter Chemung     13              
        Thorn Townsend 11 M   son Chemung     11              
        Thorn Ellenor 5 F   daughter Chemung     5              
        Lincoln Randall 6 M   grandson Chemung     6              
        Lincoln Julia 5 F   granddaughter Chemung     5              
        Dobell Jacob 32 M   boarder Albany   W 11 farmer 1         1
256 frame 400 1 Breese John 44 M     Chemung 1   46 farmer 1         1
        Breese Mary 45 F   wife Chemung 1   22              
        Breese Solomon 16 M   son Chemung     16              
        Breese Amelia 14 F   daughter Chemung     14              
        Breese Philander 12 M   son Chemung     12              
        Breese Philena 10 F   daughter Chemung     10              
        Breese Fanny 6 F   daughter Chemung     6              
        Breese Adanirau? 3 M   son Chemung     3              
257 frame 150 273 Carpenter Burt 50 M     Chemung 1   50 farmer 1         1
        Carpenter Hannah 37 F   wife Chemung 1   48              
        Carpenter D.B. 16 M   son Chemung     16              
        Carpenter Myron 14 M   son Chemung     14              
        Carpenter William 12 M   son Chemung     12              
        Carpenter June/Jane 10 F   daughter Chemung     10              
        Carpenter Susan 5 F   daughter Chemung     5              
258 frame 150   Widsey? Jacob G. 56 M     Herkimer 1   24 farmer 1         1
        Widsey? Mary 52 F   wife Herkimer 1   24              
        Mack? Catherine 16 F   servant Orange   5              
        Godly John T. 21 M   servant England     4m              
259 frame 800   Stuart Robert T. 30 M     Chemung 1   8 millwright 1         1
        Stewert Mary A. 25 F   wife Chemung 1   7              
        Gallighan Mary 14 F   servant Chemung                  

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