Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
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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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Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008 -
Do You Know that you can search just the Census Records on the site by using the three county level Census  buttons in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page

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
297 frame 500 313 Bailey Nehemiah 52 M     Deleware 1   17 farmer 1         1
        Bailey Hannah 53 F   wife Deleware 1   17              
        Bailey Sabrina 22 F   child Deleware     17              
        Bailey Nancy 20 F   child Deleware     17              
        Bailey Emiline 18 F   child Chemung     18              
        Teal Jacob 23 M   servant Albany     12 laborer 1          
298 frame 500 314 Myers Andrew 50 M     Tompkins 1   1 farmer 1         1
        Myers Sarah 46 F   wife Chemung 1   1              
        Myers Miles G. 24 M   child Chemung     1   1          
        Myers Francis 22 M   child Chemung     1   1          
        Myers A.L. 19 M   child Ohio     1              
        Myers Joseph 17 M   child Michigan     1              
        Myers Joshua 15 M   child Chemung     1              
        Myers John M. 12 M   child Chemung     1              
299 frame 500 315 Riker Abram 62 M     New York 1   35 farmer 1         1
        Riker Elizabeth 52 F   wife Dutchess 1   18              
        Griggs Ellan 37 F   child New York 1   30              
        Griggs Elliot 31 M   child Ulster 1   1 farmer 1          
        Riker Lorette 33 F   child Chemung     33              
        Riker Sarah J. 13 F   child Chemung     13              
        Riker Moriah 11 F   child Chemung     11              
        Riker Franklin 8 M   child Chemung     8              
        Griggs Mary 5 F   g-child Orange     1              
        Griggs John W. 4 M   g-child Chemung     1              
300 frame 1500 316 Breese Ulysses 33 M     Chemung 1   33 hotel keeper 1         1
        Breese Elizabeth 31 F   wife Dutchess 1   13              
        Breese Franklin 5 M   child Chemung     5              
        Breese Matthew 2 M   child Chemung     2              
        Breese Infant-no name   M   child Chemung                    
        Benson Henry 20 M   servant Chemung     6m              
        Butler James 40 M   boarder   1   12   1          
        Butler Rebecca 22 F   boarder Penn 1   12              
301 frame 500 317 Decker Joseph 25 M     Chemung 1   25 carpenter 1         1
        Decker Jane 21 F   wife Chemung 1   6m              
        Decker John H. 4 M   child Chemung     6m              
        Benson John 17 M   servant Chemung     6m              
302 plank 50 318 Shoemaker Alexander 32 M     Chemung 1   2m farmer 1          
        Shoemaker Marion 32 F   wife Schoharie 1   2m              
        Shoemaker Angeline 12 F   child Chemung     2m              
        Shoemaker James M. 10 M   child Chemung     2m              
        Shoemaker Lorna 6 F   child Chemung     2m              
        Shoemaker Nancy 4 F   child Chemung     2m              
        Shoemaker Infant-no name       child Chemung                    
303 plank 50 319 Youngs Hector 29 M     Orange 1   18 farmer 1         1
        Youngs Sarah 29 F   wife Chemung 1   29              
        Youngs Sarah H. 2 F   child Chemung     2              
304 frame 200 320 Treat James 62 M     Saratoga 1   28 lumbering 1         1
        Treat Ruth 62 F   wife New Jersey 1   28              
        Treat Sophronia 43 F   child Cayuga     28              
        Treat Israel 24 M   child Chemung     24   1          
        Treat Justus/James 19 M   child Chemung     19              

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