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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
260 frame 1000   Conkling V.? 52 M     Chemung 1   52 farmer 1         1
        Conkling Sarah 46 F   wife Chemung 1   26              
        Conkling James M. 25 M   son Chemung 1   25 farmer 1          
        Conkling Susan 22 F   daughter Chemung     22              
        Conkling Fletcher U. 17 M   son Chemung     17              
        Conkling Stoddard 10 M   son Chemung     10              
        Conkling Hammond 6 M   son Chemung     6              
        Conkling Ellen 20 F   daughter Ireland 1   5              
        Babcock Gilbert 21 F   servant Orange     2       1      
        Cox George 26 M   servant England     7       1      
261 board 400   McIntyre Andrew 46 M     New Hamphire 1   14 laborer 1          
      McIntyre Pheba 46 F   wife Dutchess 1   14              
        McIntyre George 19 M   son Penn     14              
        McIntyre Charles 17 M   son Penn     14              
        McIntyre Matilda 15 F   daughter Penn     14              
        McIntyre Warren 13 M   son Tioga     13              
        McIntyre Mary 11 F   daughter Chemung     11              
        McIntyre Amanda 3 F   daughter Chemung     3              
262 frame 1000   Wanemaker John 53 M     New Jersey 1   28 farmer 1         1
        Wanemaker Mary 52 F   wife Rensalaar 1   28              
        Wood Mary E. 8 F   grandchild Columbia     6              
        Smellinger Hanne 23 M   servant New Jersey     5m laborer 1          
265 plank 550 280 Seeley George 54 M     Orange 1   27   1          
        Seeley Sally 45 F   wife Chemung 1   27              
        Seeley Emma 17 F   child Chemung     17              
        Seeley Seymour 16 M   child Chemung     16              
        Seeley Jonas 12 M   child Chemung     12              
        Seeley Charles 9 M   child Chemung     9              
        Seeley Edgar 7 M   child Chemung     7              
        Seeley Clarence 5 M   child Chemung     5              
266 frame 500 281 Barlow Charles 61 M     Conn 1   2 carpernter 1          
        Barlow Eunice 50 M   wife Deleware 1   2              
        Barlow Diane 25 F   child Deleware     2              
        Barlow Charles 17 M   child Deleware     2              
267 frame 200 282 More J.Bennett 54 M     Orange 1   51 farmer 1          
        More Amanda 37 F   wife Sullivan 1   17              
        More Benjamin 18 M   child Chemung     10              
        More Elizabeth 12 F   child Chemung     2              
        More Amanda 5 F   child Chemung     1              
        More Hannah 2 F   child Chemung     3m              
        Elston Abram 18 M   servant Chemung     2m              
        Elston Adia 16 F   blank Chemung     2m              
268 frame 1000 283 Young Peter C. 51 M     Orange 1   20 farmer 1         1
        Young Saphronia 45 F   wife Oneida 1   20              
        Young Lewis W. 19 M   child Chemung     19              
        Young Ann 17 F   child Chemung     17              
        Young Sarah 14 F   child Chemung     14              
        Young Margaret 11 F   child Chemung     11              
        Young James H. 9 M   child Chemung     9              

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