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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
319 frame & log 100 335 Vangorden Bridget 38 F     Orange 1   9              
        Vangorden Sarah H. 14 F   child Chemung     9              
        Vangorden Eliza J. 10 F   child Chemung     9              
        Vangorden John 2 M   child Chemung     2              
        Decker Daniel 24 M     Chemung 1   2m farmer 1         1
      336 Decker Harriet 24 F     Penn 1   2m              
320 frame 500 337 Breese William R. 40 M     Chemung 1   40 farmer            
        Breese Moriah A. 30 F   wife Orange 1   9              
        Breese Edgar 8 M   child Orange     8              
        Breese Anna M. 6 F   child Orange     6              
321 frame 200 338 VanGorder Isaac 45 M     Chemung     45 farmer 1         1
        VanGorder Deborah 41 F   wife Steuben     30              
        VanGorder Alonzo 16 M   child Chemung     16              
        VanGorder Fletcher 14 M   child Chemung     14              
        VanGorder Wesley 12 M   child Chemung     12              
        VanGorder Martha 10 F   child Chemung     10              
        VanGorder Schuyler 8 M   child Chemung     8              
        VanGorder George 21 M   child Chemung     21   1          
322 frame 700 339 Taylor George N. 40 M     Chemung 1   38 farmer 1         1
        Taylor Nancy 38 F   wife Chemung 1   38              
        Taylor Silas B. 18 M   child Chemung     18              
        Taylor Mary 16 F   child Chemung     16              
        Taylor Julia 14 F   child Chemung     14              
        Taylor James 12 M   child Chemung     12              
        Taylor Walter 10 M   child Chemung     10              
        Taylor Olive 8 F   child Chemung     8              
        Taylor Mary M. 1 F   child Chemung     1              
323 frame 100 340 Carpenter Henry B. 24 M     Chemung     3 shoemaker 1         1
        Carpenter Matilda 19 F   wife Chemung     3              
        Carpenter Asa 27 M   boarder Chemung     1 shoemaker 1          
324 frame 500 341 Dusenberry Anson 31 M     Chenango 1   1 daguerreo 1         1
        Dusenberry Almira 29 F   wife Alleghany 1   1              
        Dusenberry Agnes 8 F   child Penn     1              
      342 Brees Myron 31 M     Chemung 1   30              
        Brees Sarah L. 22 F   wife Orange 1   10              
325 frame 500 344 Lincoln David I. 19     Chenango 1   14 grain 1          
        Lincoln Francis H. 18     wife Deleware 1   2m              
        Lincoln Henry P. 13 M   brother Chemung     13              
      345 Goldy Lewis 35 M     Albany 1   4 cooper 1          
        Goldy Mrs. 30 F   wife Albany 1   4              
        Goldy Wellington 9 M   child Albany     4              
        Goldy Cornelia 5 F   child Albany     4              
326 frame 600 346 Nichols John 30 M     Mass 1   6m blacksmith 1         1
        Nichols Abby 26 F   wife Chemung 1   6m              
        Nichols Eliza J. 6 F   child Illinois     6m              
        Nichols Thomas C. 5 M   child Wisconsin     6m              
        Nichols John W. 3 M   child Wisconsin     6m              
        Nichols Harriet 1 F   child Wisconsin     6m              
327 log 25 347 Boyer Israel 62 M     Penn 1   8 farmer 1         1
        Boyer Sarah 56 F   wife Chemung 1   8              
        Boyer Thomas 24 M   child Chemung     8   1          
        Boyer Deborah 18 F   child Chemung     8              
        Boyer Charles 10 M   child Chemung     8              

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