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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
328 frame 300 348 Randall David 51 M     Orange 1   14 weaver 1         1
        Randall Rachel 73 F   wife Orange 1   14              
329 frame 150 349 Cole George 52 M     Tioga 1   1 physician 1         1
        Cole Jerusha 48 F   wife Tioga 1   1              
        Cole Mary A. 15 F   child Tioga   1              
330 frame 200 350 Williams John 50 M     Albany 1   6 farmer 1         1
        Williams Keziah 44 F   wife Albany, NY 1   6              
        Williams Dianah 19 F   child Schoharie     6              
        Williams Mary M. 12 F   child Schoharie     6              
        Williams Jerome 10 M   child Schoharie     6              
        Hatsell John 22 M   boarder Schoharie     6m laborer 1          
        Hatsell Tobias 20 M   boarder Schoharie     6m laborer            
331 frame 400 351 Rockwell Josiah 46 M     Saratoga 1   1 farmer 1         1
        Rockwell Mary 43 F   wife Westchester 1   1              
        Rockwell Myron 14 M   child Chemung     1              
        Rockwell Hannah 11 F   child Chemung     1              
        Rockwell Eliza 9 F   child Chemung     1              
        Rockwell Hiram 6 M   child Chemung     1              
        Rockwell Milo 2 M   child Chemung     1              
332 frame 200 353 Stevens Betsey 56 F   child Orange     16              
        Stevens Betsey 16 F   child Chemung     16              
333 plank 50 353 Hodge John 53 M     Sullivan 1   2 laborer 1          
        Hodge Charlotte 45 F   wife Westchester 1   2              
334 log 25 354 Randall Walter 26 M     Orange 1   14 farmer 1         1
        Randall Harriet 24 F   wife Chemung 1   24              
        Randall Uba 6m M   child Chemung     6m              
335 frame 50 355 Hatsell Jacob 26 M     Schoharie 1   2 farmer 1          
        Hatsell Wealthy 22 F   wife Schoharie 1   6              
236 frame 400 356 McDougle Harry 48 M     Chemung 1   22 farmer 1         1
        McDougle Pheba 52 F   wife Penn 1   20              
        McDougle Samuel B. 17 M   child Chemung     17              
        McDougle Catherine 21 F   child Chemung     21              
        McDougle John 15 M   child Chemung     15              
        McDougle Jesse 13 M   child Chemung     13              
        McDougle Hannah 11 F   child Chemung     11              
337 frame 200 357 Breese Zopher 45 M   child Chemung 1   45 farmer 1         1
        Breese Amanda 38 F   wife Steuben 1   20              
        Breese Melissa 19 F   child Chemung     19              
        Breese Antoinette 17 F   child Chemung     17              
        Breese Silas 9 M   child Chemung     9              
        Breese George 6 M   child Chemung     6              
        Breese Charles 4 M   child Chemung     4              
        Breese Ada 1 F   child Chemung     1              
338 log 15 358 More Jonathan 20 M     Penn 1   10 laborer 1          
        More Susan 20 F   wife Chemung 1   20              
        More Sophia 1 F   child Chemung     1              
339 frame 300 359 Stanly Amasa 57 M     Conn 1   21 farmer 1         1
        Stanly Mary 59 F   wife Dutchess 1   21              
        Stanly John 25 M   child Chemung     21   1          
        Stanly Burton 18 M   child Chemung     18              
        Stanly Catherine 15 F   child Chemung     15              

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