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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
  frame 400 1 Rockwell William 73 M     Orange 1   28 farmer 1         1
        Rockwell Nancy 63 F   wife Orange 1   28              
        Rockwell Isaac 25 M   son Chemung     28 farmer 1          
        Rockwell John 20 M   son Chemung     20 farmer            
        Fillman Ann 16 F   servant Chemung     6m              
        Harld? Ed 30 M     Ireland 1   1m     1        
        Harld? Mary 24 F   sister Ireland 1   1m              
        Harld? Ellen 1 F   daughter       1m              
        Harld? William 2 M   son Chemung     1m              
        Harld? Hanora 32 F   wife Ireland     1m              
        Keife Conner 40 M   boarder Ireland     1m       1      
        Hanam William 24 M   boarder Ireland     1m              
    Ambrose Thomas 24 M   boarder Ireland     1m       1      
  frame 600   Rockwell Abram 36 M     Chemung 1   36 farmer 1         1
        Rockwell Mary D. 30 F   wife Orange 1   6              
        Sutten Huldah C. 15 F   servant Chemung     15              
        Allston Henry 26 M   servant Chemung     26   1          
        Hopkins George 18 M   servant Conn     2              
        Calliver James 16 M   servant Chemung     16              
        Rockwell Nancy 5 F   daughter Chemung     5              
        Rockwell Hannah 3 F   daughter Chemung     3              
  frame 500   McConnell Frank 39 M     Chemung     39 farmer 1         1
        McConnell Ann 26 F   wife Tompkins 1   7              
        McConnell Lewis 6 M   son Chemung     6              
        McConnell Eugen 5 M   son Chemung     5              
        McConnell Infant (no name) 1 M   son Chemung                    
        Carpenter Thomsend 5 M   child Chemung     5              
        Carpenter Theodore 3 M   child Chemung     3              
        Daily Bridget 15 F   servant Ireland     3              
447 frame 600 461 Grippen Thomas 30 M     Chemung 1   5 farmer 1          
        Grippen Julia A. 26 F   wife Penn 1   5              
        Grippen Ashkenas? 7 M   child Steuben     5              
        Grippen Henry S. 2 M   child Chemung     2              
        Hammond Willliam 26 M   boarder Chemung     1 farmer 1         1
        Beers John N. 43 M     Chemung     2m farmer 1          
        Beers Bridget 45 F   wife Orange 1   2m              
        Whitney Samuel 26 M     Tompkins 1   12 harness maker 1          
        Whitney Lucinda 19 F   wife Tompkins 1   2              
448 frame 500 462 Morgan Squire M. 55 M   child Cayuga 1   15 boatman 1          
        Morgan Susan 38 F   child New Jersey 1   15              
        Morgan Henry 17 M   blank Tompkins     15              
        Morgan Harriet 5 F   blank Chemung     5              
449 frame 500 463 Holmes David       blank blank     blank              
        Holmes blank       blank blank     blank              
        Holmes blank       blank blank     blank              
450 frame 600 464 Hall Joshua 62     blank Broome 1   19 farmer 1         1
        Hall Aruba 66     wife Orange 1   19              
        Parmer Joseph 30     servant Tioga     1              
        Harrington Mary 24       Ireland     2              
        Russell Sarah S. 14       Penn     9              
        Cooper Richard 25     nephew Penn     1   1          
451 frame 800 465 Breese William H. 39       Tompkins 1   35 farmer 1         1
        Breese Caroline 37     wife Chemung 1   32              
        Breese Fidelio 12     child Chemung     12              
        Breese Clarence 8     child Chemung     8              
        Breese Thaddeus 7     child Chemung     7              
        Breese Wallace 3     child Chemung     3              
        Hamilton Jemima 30     servant New Jersey     2              
452 frame 100 466 Jackson John C. 33 M     Chemung 1   33 farmer 1         1
        Jackson Rebecca 30 F   wife Chemung 1   32              
        Jackson Delos 6 M   child Chemung     6              
        Brees James 30 M     Chemung 1   20 farmer            
        Brees Henrietta 30 F   wife Chemung 1   20   1          
        Brees Ellen 1 F   child Chemung     1              
        Burns John 52 M   servant Chemung     4              
        Jackson Mary 45 F     Chemung     40              

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