Tri-Counties Genealogy & History
by Joyce M. Tice
1855 New York State Census Records for

Town of Horseheads, Chemung County NY
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
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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 ½ 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
                            Total in Town of Horseheads 565 31 83 5 16 313
1 wood frame 1300 1 Staring H.D. 31 M   father Herkimer 1   2m farmer 1         1
        Staring Narcissa 31 F   wife Cayuga 1   2m              
        Titus Harriet  16 F   niece Cayuga     2m              
        Staring Ida 2 F   child Chemung     2m              
        Staring Cora 6 m F   child Chemung     2m              
2 wood frame 800 2 Barlow Legrand 35 M   father Schuyler 1   20 U. Sheriff 1          
        Barlow Kate 29 F   wife Chemung 1   29              
        Barlow Ida 5 F   child Chemung     5              
3 wood frame 1000 3 Hastings W.T. 44 M     Chemung 1   40 milling 1         1
        Hastings Deborah 39 F   wife Sullivan 1   20              
        Hastings John 19 M   child Chemung     19 machinist            
        Hastings Jennett 14 F   child Chemung     14              
        Hastings Milan 8 M   child Chemung     8              
        Hastings Wm. H. 6 M   child Chemung     6              
        Hastings Della 3 F   child Chemung     3              
4 wood frame 1200 4 Curtis John 73 M     England 1   7 agriculture   1        
        Curtis Clarissa 63 F   wife Conn 1   7             1
        Curtis Dewitt C. 25 M   son Chenango     7 lawyer 1          
        Curtis Marian A. 22 F   daughter Chenango     7              
        Curtis Benj. F. 20 M   grandson Chenango     2m              
5 wood frame 1200 5 Relyea John 50 M     Tompkins 1   15 ship carpenter 1          
        Relyea Eliza 38 F   wife Tioga 1   14              
        Relyea Chauncey 16 M   son Chemung     16              
        Relyea Caroline 13 F   daughter Chemung     13              
        Relyea John 12 M   son Chemung     12              
        Relyea Franklin 10 M   son Chemung     10              
        Relyea Andrew 7 M   son Chemung     7              
      Relyea Elizabeth 6m F   daughter Chemung     6m              
6 wood frame 1000 6 Ferris Richard 40 M   Tompkins     18 ship carpenter 1         1
        Ferris Charlotte 26 F   wife Chemung     23              
        Ferris Frederick 4 M   son Chemung     4              
        Ferris Franklin 1m M   son Chemung     1m              
        Bentley Ralph 34 M     Chemung 1   34 ship carpenter 1          
        Bentley Elizabeth R. 30 F   wife Steuben 1   20              
        Bentley Mary Isabella 5 F   daughter Chemung     5              
        Bentley Lydia G. 3 F   daughter Chemung     3              
7 wood frame 1500 7 Gardener M.D. 52 M     Chemung 1   24 physician 1         1
        Gardener Susan M. 52 F   wife New York 1   24              
        Bonner? Delphine 11 F   niece Steuben     6              
8 wood frame 800 8 Whiteneck Stephen 43 M     New Jersey 1   24 shoemaker 1         1
        Whiteneck Amelia 43 F   wife Chemung 1   43              
        Whiteneck Sarah  23 F   daughter Chemung     23              
        Whiteneck Azaniah 21 M   son Chemung     21   1          
        Whiteneck Amelia 15 F   daughter Chemung     15              
        Whiteneck Pheba E. 12 F   daughter Chemung     12              
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

Published On Tri-Counties Site On October 6, 2008
By Joyce M. Tice 
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