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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
305 frame 50 321 Treat H.A. 35 M   Tompkins 1   28 lumbering 1         1
        Treat Pheba 23 F   wife Otsego 1   3              
        Treat Edward 1 M   child Chemung     1              
306 plank 50 322 Strait James 52 M     New Jersey     40 none 1          
        Strait Anna 77 F   mother New Jersey   W 40             1
307 plank 10 323 Decker Rebecca 61 F     New Jersey   W 19 weaver            
        Decker Jacob 30 M   child Chemung     19 sawyer 1          
        Decker Jeremiah 20 M   child Chemung     19              
        Decker Sylvester F. 7 M   g-child Chemung     7              
        Decker Thomas S 3 M   g-child Chemung     3              
308 frame 500 324 Heller Israel 42 M     Penn 1   27 farmer 1         1
        Heller Eunice S. 27 F   wife Chemung 1   27              
        Heller Catherine 6 F   child Chemung     6              
        Heller Julia 3 F   child Chemung     3              
309 plank 100 325 Jansen Thomas H. 48 M   Tompkins 1   2 farmer 1         1
        Jansen Elizabeth 44 F   wife Westchester 1   2              
        Jansen Seymour 21 F   child Tompkins     2   1          
        Jansen Caroline 20 F   child Tompkins     2              
        Jansen Daniel 16 M   child Tompkins     2              
        Jansen Joel 13 M   child Tompkins     2              
310 frame 300 326 Heller Joel 55 M     Penn 1   27 lumbering 1         1
        Heller Jane 38 F   wife Chemung 1   25              
        Heller Elizabeth 15 F   child Chemung     15              
311 frame 500 327 Heller David 48 M     Penn 1   27 farmer 1         1
        Heller Ellenora 42 F   wife Chemung 1   42              
        Heller Christianna 21 F   child Chemung     21              
        Heller Joel 19 M   child Chemung     19              
        Heller Margaret 15 F   child Chemung     15              
        Heller Horatio 12 M   child Chemung     12              
        Heller Enoch 11 M   child Chemung     11              
        Heller David 2 M   child Chemung     2              
        Heller Israel 8 M   child Chemung     8              
        Heller Irwin 6 M   child Chemung     6              
        Heller Eldora 5m F   child Chemung     5m              
312 log 20 328 Hogencamp Asa 40 M     Rockland 1   7 laborer 1         1
        Hogencamp Olive 46 F   wife Mass 1   7              
        Hogencamp Amy 8 F   child Penn     7              
        Hogencamp Daniel 14 M   child Chemung     7              
        Hogencamp Mary Ann 5 F   child Penn     5              
        Hogencamp Matilda 4 F   child Chemung     4              
        Hogencamp William 2 M   child Chemung     2              
313 plank 300 329 Boyer William 28 M     Chemung 1   9 carpenter 1         1
        Boyer Mary 25 F   child Chemung 1   4              
        Boyer Sarah J. 1 F   child Chemung     1              
314 frame 600 330 Shappy Guy M. 46 M     Chemung 1   46 farmer 1         1
        Shappy Mary 41 F   wife Chemung 1   41              
        Shappy Maxwell 17 M   child Chemung     17              
        Shappy Martha 20 F   child Chemung     20              
        Shappy Jacob 16 M   child Chemung     16              
        Shappy Isaac/Ira 13 M   child Chemung     13              
315 frame 500 331 Dikins A.W. 48 M     Chemung 1   30 none            
        Dikins Hannah 47 F   wife Chemung 1   30   1         1
        Dikins Lyman 17 M   child Chemung     17              
        Dikins James H. 6 M   child Chemung     6              
        Dikins Jedidiah 26 M   child Chemung 1   26 boatman            
        Dikins Marinda 22 F   child Chemung 1   6m   1        
        Dikins Lewis B. 23 M   child blank 1   23 boatman            
        Dikins Mary 24 F   child Chemung 1   24   1         1
316 plank 200 332 Ripenbaugh? Dr. 61 M     Albany 1   1m physician            
        Ripenbaugh? Elizabeth 34 F   wife Scotland 1   1m   1          
        Ripenbaugh? Mary A. 12 F   child Orange   1m              
317 log 20 333 Lindsay Mathew 37 M     Chemung 1   37 laborer            
        Lindsay Abigail 32 F   wife Chemung 1   30              
        Lindsay Israel 10 M   child Chemung     10              
        Lindsay William 9 M   child Chemung     9              
        Lindsay Sarah E. 7 F   child Chemung     7              
        Lindsay Catherine 5 F   child Chemung     5              
        Lindsay Charles E. 3 M   child Chemung     3              
        Lindsay Infant-no name 1m M   child Chemung     1m              

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