Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
1880 Federal Census Records for  Chemung County NY 
Town of Elmira (Including Reformatory)

1880 Town of Elmira Census

State Reformatory, Elmira NY
Postcard from Collection of Joyce M. Tice 
Over 1900 People in this Census Transcription
For Town of Elmira
Do NOT Confuse with City of Elmira which is a separate political unit
Comments and "Corrections" to 1880 Transcription for Town of Elmira
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Town of Elmira
1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 9-10
11-12 13-14 15-16 17-18 19-20
21-22 23-24 25-26 27-28 29
30-31 32-33 34-35
36-37 38-39 40
Big Flats
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 this era. The census taker wrote what he believed he heard as well as he could. These have been transcribed 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. Those of you who have been at this a while are well aware of the "spelling errors" in our early records and have learned to deal with them. 
New York State Reformatory at Elmira
40     Wagner Thomas 23 S clerk VA Germ    
      Wilson James 19 S none NY Irish     
      Wilson John 23 S clerk NY Amer    
      Wilson H. 20 S gilder Quebec French    
      Ward William 21 S clerk NY Amer    
      Welch John 2nd 20 S painter NY Irish     
      Wright H. 19 S laborer NY Amer    
      Weldon Ed 20 S printer NJ Irish     
      Williams John 3rd 17 S shoemaker NY Irish     
      Walker William 16 S driver NY Amer    
      Wilson Thomas 26 S plumber NY Amer    
      Watson Frederick 22 S machinist NY Irish     
      Ward George 18 S barnman NY Irish     
      Warner Jac  17 S laborer Buffalo  Germ    
      Washbourn Jac 20 S farmer Marbletown Amer    
      Williams William 23 M hostler NY Amer    
      White Thomas 18 S brass fitter NY Irish     
      Walker Charles 23 S painter NY Amer    
      Warren L. H. 23 S clerk NY Amer    
      Winn John 21 S driver NY Amer    
      Walch William 18 S errand boy NY Irish     
      Whilhelm C. 29 S proof reader Germ Germ    
      Welch John 21 S laborer NY Irish     
      Ward John 22 S tailor NY Amer    
      White Thomas 2nd 19 S iron morger NY Irish     
      Waterberry D. 27 S insur. agent Clay Amer    
      Wolf H. 21 S waiter Germ Germ    
      Wilson Peter 18 S printer NY Irish     
      Webb Rich 18 S laborer Chemung Irish     
      Withey William 19 S farmer NY Amer    
      Weirer H. 20 S clerk Breman Germ    
      Young G. J. 18 S clerk NY Germ    
40     Yorky Peter 25 M insur. agent Syracuse Germ    

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 03/14/2002
By Joyce M. Tice