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
  frame 800 1 Wilcox Thomas 28 M     Chemung 1   14 farmer 1         1
        Wilcox Sally 22 F   wife Greene 1   11              
        Wilcox Flora 2 F   daughter Chemung     3m              
        Simon Newman 14 M   servant Chemung     3m              
  frame 50 1 Wilcox Mark 25 M     Chemung 1   3m laborer 1          
        Wilcox Ruth 18 F   wife Penn 1   3m              
  log 25 1 Bradshaw Joseph 24 M     England 1   2       1      
        Bradshaw Ann 24 F   wife   1   2              
        Bradshaw Henry W. 2 M   son Chemung     2              
  frame 600 1 VanWaggoner John 34 M     New Jersey 1   9 farmer 1          
        VanWaggoner Jane 31 F   wife New Jersey 1   9              
        VanWaggoner Charles 9 M   son Chemung     9              
        VanWaggoner Alvin 3 M   son Chemung     3              
        VanPelt Williiam 63 M   father Long Island   W 9   1          
        Townsend Abner 22 M   laborer New Jersey     4   1          
  frame 10 1 Luce John 30 M     Ireland     5 laborer 1         1
        Luce Mary 27 F   wife Ireland     4              
        Luce John 5 M   son Chemung     4              
  frame 800 1 Wiggins Alex C. 61 M     Orange 1   22 farmer 1         1
        Wiggins Rachel 51 F   wife Orange     22              
        Wiggins Julia F. 22 F   daughter Tompkins     22              
        Wiggins Emily 17 F   daughter Chemung     17              
        Wiggins Cornelia 15 F   daughter Chemung     15              
        Wiggins Alexander Jr. 13 M   son Chemung     13              
        Wiggins Catherine 10 F   daughter Chemung     10              
        Wiggins Jacob 5 M   son     5              
        Simons John 21 M   servant Chemung     2   1          
  frame 1000 1 McConnell J.M. 43 M     Chemung 1   43 farmer 1         1
        McConnell Elizabeth 34 F   wife Chemung     34              
        Westfield Elizabeth 70 F   boarder                      
        Westfield Jacob 28 M   boarder                    
        Foster Caleb 64 M     Albany 1   2   1          
        Foster Betsey 50 F   wife Albany     1            
        Foster John 34 M   son Albany     1 laborer 1          
        Foster James 28 M   son Albany     1   1          
        Foster Caleb 25 M   son Chemung     1   1          
        Foster Isaac 22 M   son Chemung     1   1          
        Foster Daniel 18 M   son Chemung     1              
        Foster Harriet 20 F   daughter Chemung     1              
  frame 400 1 Elmore? Curtis 48 M     Conn   W 4m farmer 1         1
        Elmore? Sanford 17 M   son Conn     4m              
        Cornell Joseph 26 M     New York 1   4m farmer 1          
        Cornell Augusta 5 F   daughter Senaca     4m              
        Cornell Cornelia 25 M   wife Senaca 1   4m              
        Cornell Reuben 2 M   son Senaca     4m              
        Cornell William H. 21 M   brother New York     4m              
        Cornell Andrew 6m M     Chemung     4m              

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