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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
318 frame 1500 334 Humphrey George W. 30 M     Chemung 1   3m keeper of the county poorhouse 1         1  
        Humphrey Mary 26 F   wife Cortland 1   3m              
        Humphrey Moriah J. 2 F   child Chemung     3m                
        Jones Jared 22 M   servant Cortland     3m   1            
        Grimes Hugh 54 M   inmate in poor house Ireland     2       1        
        Brown Rachel 45 F   inmate in poor house not given     15                
        Brown Charles 4 M   inmate in poor house Chemung     4                
        Dailey Patrick 50 M   inmate in poor house Ireland     10       1   1    
        Jenkins Philip 74 M   inmate in poor house NY   W 10 carpenter 1            
        Payne John 50 M   inmate in poor house England   W 6m millwright     1       Insane
        Knapp James 54 M   inmate in poor house Monroe   W 2   1            
        Fuller John 47 M   inmate in poor house Conn     2   1            
        Trumbull James 84 M   inmate in poor house Conn   W 4m   1            
        Nurse Asa 69 M   inmate in poor house Mass     2   1            
        Beaver Charles 23 M   inmate in poor house Steuben     2               idiot
        Curran Ann 18 F   inmate in poor house Penn     2m                
        Curran Ai 2m M   inmate in poor house Chemung     2m                
        Lee? Mary 26 F   inmate in poor house Ireland     2m       1   1    
        Lee? Julia 4m F   inmate in poor house Chemung     2m                
        Brown Hannah 25 F   inmate in poor house Steuben     2m                
        Brown Infant-no name 19dys     inmate in poor house Chemung                      
        Henry Margaret 42 F   inmate in poor house Ireland 1   1m       1   1    
        Henry John 54 M   inmate in poor house Ireland 1   1m       1      
        Covenor Henry 9 M   inmate in poor house not known     1m                
        Marr John 25 M   inmate in poor house Ireland     6m       1   1    
        Robinson George 9 M   inmate in poor house Chemung     2m                
        Robinson Emiline 35 F   inmate in poor house Chemung 1   3               insane
        Zuck Mary 55 F   inmate in poor house Chemung   W 9               blind
        Havens? Elizabeth 21 F   inmate in poor house Chemung     8               cripple
        Taylor Emilene 25 F   inmate in poor house Chemung     17               insane
        Taylor Pheba 9 F   inmate in poor house Chemung     9                
        Howard Mary J. 13 F   inmate in poor house Chemung     13               insane
        McNutty Ann 54 F   inmate in poor house Ireland     1                
        Bright Mary A. 37 F   inmate in poor house not known 1   6m                
        Bright Lewis 50 M   inmate in poor house Ireland 1   6m       1        
        Bright George 8 M   inmate in poor house NJ     6m                
        Bright Catherine 2 F   inmate in poor house Tioga     6m                
        Hart Alexander 64 M   inmate in poor house Ireland 1   3m       1        
        Hart Lucy 47 F   inmate in poor house not known 1   3m                
        Collins Mary 22 F   inmate in poor house Ireland     3m                
        Conner Amanda 22 F   inmate in poor house Chemung     9m                
        Conner Fannie 3 F   inmate in poor house Chemung     9m                
        Conner Harriet 5m F   inmate in poor house Chemung     5m                
        Quigly Eliza 34 F   inmate in poor house Ireland 1   1                
        Quigly Mary 4 F   inmate in poor house Penn     1                
        Quigly Sarah 2 F   inmate in poor house Penn     1                
        Quigly William 2m M   inmate in poor house Chemung     2m                
        Rice Mary 70 F   inmate in poor house Germany     2       1   1    
        Conner Timothy 40 M   inmate in poor house Monroe     5   1           insane
        Frost Demon 58 M   inmate in poor house Chemung     4               insane
        Marshall Unice 27 F   inmate in poor house Chemung     4           1    
        Marshall Gashom? 24 M   inmate in poor house Chemung     4               idiot
        Penny Edmond 21 M   inmate in poor house Steuben     9           1   idiot
        Strait David 24 M   inmate in poor house Chemung     2               idiot
        McConnell Jackson 14 M   inmate in poor house Chemung     10                
        Murphy James 9 M   inmate in poor house Ch     3m                
        VanGilder Henry 12 M   inmate in poor house Schenectady     1m                
        Devons Catherine 20 F   inmate in poor house Ireland     4m       1        
        Devons Will 2 M   inmate in poor house not known     4m                
        Chandler Abram 57 M   inmate in poor house not known     2                
        Twigg Robert 5 M   inmate in poor house not known     10m       1        
        Smith Edmund 47 M   inmate in poor house Ireland 1   1m       1   1    
        Burk Patrick 54 M   inmate in poor house Ireland     2m                
        Wesley John 20 M   inmate in poor house Tompkins     6m           1    
        Newhouse Eliza 20 F   inmate in poor house Germany     10m       1        
        Rhinehart Peter 104 M   inmate in poor house Schoharie     4m   1            
        Hart Montgomery 30 M   inmate in poor house Tompkins     2m   1            
        Carr David 87 M   inmate in poor house Orange     4m   1            
        Ryan Joseph 50 M   inmate in poor house Ireland 1   3m       1       insane
        Ryan Ann 45 F   inmate in poor house Ireland 1   3m               insane
        Scandlin? Hugh 62 M   inmate in poor house Ireland     2       1        
        Daily Ellen 4 F   inmate in poor house not known     1m                
        Dailey Mary 2 F   inmate in poor house not known     1m                
        King John 47 M   inmate in poor house Ireland     4m       1        
        King Bridget 31 F   inmate in poor house Ireland     4m                
        Mitchell George 25 M   inmate in poor house Ireland     1m                
        Riley John V. 28 M   inmate in poor house Ireland     2     1          

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