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
    Potter Permelia 36 F   wife Penn 1   16              
        Potter Asa 73 M   father Dutchess   W 17 none 1         1
        Potter Orrin 18 M   son Penn     16 none            
        Ross John N. 9 M   son Chemung     9              
        Southern Martha 17 F   servant Chemung     2              
        Southern Infant (no name)   M                          
        Fulkerson Mary 12 F   boarder Yates     1              
  log 25   Allen David 54 M     New Jersey     16 laborer 1          
        Griffen Jane 50 F   sister New Jersey     16              
        Allen Abba 48 F   sister New Jersey     16              
  frame 100   Griffen Clark 38 M     New Jersey     16 laborer 1          
        Griffen Esther 30 F   wife New Jersey     16              
        Griffen Irena 7m F   daughter Chemung     2m              
  log 10   Tetter Andrew 47 M     Columbia 1   6m blacksmith 1          
        Tetter Polly 40 F   wife Columbia 1   6m              
        Tetter Catherine 19 F   daughter Yates     6m              
        Tetter Moriah 17 F   daughter Yates     6m              
        Tetter Eliza 13 F   daughter Yates     6m              
        Tetter George W. 11 M   son Yates     6m              
  frame 500   Hall Sylvester 32 M     New Jersey 1   25 farmer 1         1
        Hall Delia 25 F   wife New Jersey 1   2              
        Hall Pheba J. 29 F   sister Tompkins     25              
        Hall George 19 M   brother Chemung     19 carpenter            
  frame 50   Harvey James 29 M     Scotland     1 laborer     1      
        Harvey Eliz 29 F   wife Scotland     1              
        Harvey Mary 7 F   daughter Scotland     1              
        Harvey Andrew 5 M   son Scotland     1              
        Harvey William 3 M   son Chemung     1              
        Harvey Jane 1 F   daughter Chemung     1              
  frame 2000   Westlake Samuel 64 M       1   30 farmer 1         1
        Westlake Elizabeth 62 F   wife Orange 1   30              
        Westlake Arminda 40 F   daughter Orange     30              
        Westlake William 28 M   son Chemung     28 laborer 1         1
        Westlake Elizabeth A. 26 F   daughter Chemung     26              
        Westlake Fletcher 24 M   son Chemung 1   24 laborer 1         1
        Conner James 20 M   servant Ireland     2              
  log 20   Peterson Benjamin 54 M     Orange 1   2m laborer 1          
        Peterson Mary 54 F   wife Orange 1   2m              
        Peterson Sarah 24 F   daughter Veteran     2m              
        Peterson Martin V. 13 M   son Veteran     2m              
  frame 500   Westlake Benjamin 32 M     Chemung 1   32 farmer 1         1
        Westlake Mary E. 28 F   wife Orange 1   2              
        Burris Hannah 31 F   boarder Chemung     31              
        Shappee Ira 21 M   laborer Chemung     21   1          
  frame 500 1 Mariot George 39 M     England 1   20 farmer 1         1
        Mariot Frances 39 F   wife Orange 1   15              
        Mariot Frances 6 F   blank Chemung     6              
        Ball Catura 22 F   blank Orange     6              
  frame 500 1 Mariot George M. 73 M     England 1   20 farmer   1       1
        Mariot Lily 70 F   wife England 1   20              
        Mariot Robert 31 M   son Orange     15   1          
        Mariot Hannah 34 F   son Orange     24              
  frame 400 1 Lynch Stephen 47 M     Orange 1   17 farmer 1         1
        Lynch Julia A. 54 F   wife Orange     17              
        Lynch George 21 M   son Orange     17              
        Meade Hannah 15 F   servant Chemung     15              
  frame 600   Weed Darius 55 M     Orange 1   1 farmer 1          
        Weed Louis 54 F   wife Orange 1   1              
        Weed Edward 30 M   son Orange     1   1         1
        Weed Charles T. 20 M   son Orange     1              
        Carpenter Asuba 25 M   neice Orange     1              

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