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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
288 frame 400 304 Breese Charles P. 48 M     New Jersey 1   37 blacksmith 1         1
        Breese Elizabeth 50 F   wife Vermont 1   27              
        Breese Charles F. 19 M   child Chemung     19              
        Breese Corydon 15 M   child Chemung     15              
        Breese Sylvester F. 10 M   child Chemung     10              
289 log 15 305 Fowler William 45 M     Orange 1   15 laborer 1         1
        Fowler Margaret 42 F   wife Orange 1   15              
        Fowler Rachel 13 F   child Chemung     13              
        Fowler Hannah 11 F   child Chemung     11              
        Fowler Henry 6 M   child Chemung     6              
        Fowler Sarah A. 18 F   child Orange     15              
290 frame 25 306 Parmer William 24 M     blank 1   6 laborer 1          
        Parmer Savine 21 F   wife blank 1   6              
        Parmer Chester 4 M   child Chemung     4              
        Parmer Margaret A. 2 F   child Chemung     2              
        Parmer James H. 4m M   child Chemung     4m              
291 frame 50 307 Breese Achilles 29 M     Chemung 1   29 farmer 1          
        Breese Amanda 26 F   wife Chemung 1   26              
        Breese Ida 3 F   child Chemung     3              
        Breese Alice 2 F   child Chemung     2              
        Breese Infant-no name 2m F   child Chemung     2m              
292 frame 400 308 Breese Silas 71 M     New Jersey   W 69 farmer 1         1
        Warner Mary 26 F   child Chemung     26              
        Warner Ebenezer 25 M   child Chemung     3m   1          
293 frame 600 309 Breese Lewis 75 M     New Jersey 1   67 miller 1         1
        Breese Rebecca 69 F   wife New Jersey     56              
        Breese Daniel 34 M   child Chemung     34   1          
        Breese Damaris 39 M   child Chemung     39              
        Breese William H. 27 M   child Chemung     27   1          
        Breese Helen M. 9 F   g-child Chemung     9              
294 log 100 310 Breese Lewis Jr. 36 M     Chemung 1   36 farmer 1         1
        Breese Harriet 28 F   wife Chemung 1   8              
        Breese William 7 M   child Chemung     7              
        Breese Anna M. 5 F   child Chemung     5              
        Breese Sarah J. 3 F   child Chemung     3              
295 frame 400 311 Taylor Hiram 55 M   Orange 1   38 farmer 1         1
        Taylor Sally 54 F   wife Chemung 1   54              
        Taylor Emily 17 F   wife Chemung     17              
        Taylor Henry 15 M   wife Chemung     15              
        Taylor Charles 11 M   wife Chemung     11              
        Taylor Daniel 21 M   wife Chemung     21   1          
296 frame 500 312 Ormiston John 49 M     Penn 1   20 farmer 1         1
        Ormiston Helen 44 F   wife Deleware 1   20              
        Ormiston William 25 M   child Deleware     20              
        Ormiston Mary 23 F   child Deleware     20              
        Ormiston Francis 16 F   child Chemung     16              
        Ormiston James 8 M   child Chemung     8              
        Ormiston Anna 6 F   child Chemung     6              

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