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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
277 frame 1000 292 Marshall Joseph 69 M     Westchester 1   17 farmer 1         1
        Marshall Rachel 65 F   wife Queens 1   17              
        Marshall Samuel 38 M   child Westchester     17              
        Marshall Hannah 36 F   child Westchester     17              
        Richmond Orrin 16 M   servant Cayuga     3              
        Richmond Henry 14 M   servant Cayuga     3              
        Chapman Mary 16 F   servant Chemung     8              
278 frame 600 293 Horton John 57 M     Orange 1   6 farmer 1         1
        Horton Eliza 57 F   wife Conn 1   6              
        Horton Mary A. 8 F   child Tompkins     2              
        Hendershute Lyman 16 M   servant Tompkins     1              
279 frame 400 294 Breese Heaziah 74 M     New Jersey 1   68 farmer 1         1
        Breese Jane 70 F   wife Orange 1   63              
        Breese Hilah A. 34 F   child Chemung     34              
        Breese Arariah F. 26 M   child Chemung     26   1          
        Breese Alex M. 24 M   child Chemung     24   1          
280 frame 400 295 Barbour C.M. 39 M   Ulster 1   30 clothier 1         1
        Barbour Esther 30 F   wife Orange 1   6m              
        Barbour Samuel Early 15 M   child Orange     6              
        Barbour Catherine E. 9 F   child Chemung     9              
      296 Drake Wm. R. 22 M     Penn 1   15 laborer 1          
        Drake Mary 18 F   wife Penn 1   6m              
281 frame 50 297 Jones Gabriel 25 M     blank 1   4m mason 1          
        Jones Mrs. 25 F   wife blank 1   4m              
        Jones Eugenia 1 F   child blank     4m              
282 frame 600 298 McCann Francis 70 M     Ireland 1   40 farmer 1         1
        McCann Sarah 63 F   wife Ireland 1   40              
        McCann Elizabeth 50 F   child Scotland     40              
        McCann Francis L. 23 F   child Chemung     23              
        McCann Wm E. 22 M   child Canada     22   1          
283 frame 400 299 Marshall Lewis 30 M     Orange 1   3 farmer 1         1
        Marshall Elizabeth 27 F   wife Orange 1   3              
        Marshall Peter 6 M   child Chemung     3              
        Marshall Henry 4 M   child Chemung     3              
284 frame 150 300 Sherman Orly 48 M     Saratoga 1   2 laborer 1          
        Sherman Charity 36 F   wife Cayuga 1   2              
        Sherman Louisa 14 F   child Cayuga     2              
        Sherman Stephen 13 M   child Cayuga     2              
        Sherman Adelia 11 F   child Cayuga     2              
        Sherman John 9 M   child Cayuga     2              
        Sherman Charles 4 M   child Cayuga     2              
285 frame 100 301 Strait George 34 M     New Jersey 1   6 laborer            
        Strait Rhoda 32 F   wife New Jersey 1   6              
        Strait William 6 M   child Chemung     6              
        Strait Harriet 2 F   child Chemung     2              
286 frame 150 302 Leonard Jacob 25 M     Chemung 1   3m   1          
        Leonard Sally A. 24 F   wife Chemung 1   3m              
        Leonard Barbara Ann 2 F   child Chemung     3m              
287 frame 700 303 Breese John P. 76 M     New Jersey 1   38 blacksmith 1         1
        Breese Mary E. 56 F   wife England 1   38              

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