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

Town of Erin, Chemung County NY
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
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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 2009 by Sherry LAMPMAN Nichols
Published April 2009 by Joyce M. Tice

The 1855 census for Erin was collected by James Hollenbeck from June 4 thru June 29, 1855.  I was able to copy the original records from microfilm to transcribe from. I looked in the 1850 & 1860 census for every family to compare to the 1855 census because of the bad handwriting. James Hollenbeck spelled the names just the way they sounded. For instance he spelled Hiram-Hyrum, Elizabeth-Elithabeth. His 4 & 7ís looked a lot alike. He spelled Orange Co as Oren throughout the census. I didnít copy the names as he spelled them. He didnít fill in a lot of the blanks. He only put down how many years the head of the household was in the county not the rest of the family. He only filled in child for the first child in column 9 for relationship. He left column 4 empty for households 83-87 & 90-96.
If I found names in the other census records that matched up to the 1855, I put parenthesis around them. If I couldnít find the family and had to guess at a name, I put a question mark after them.
You can find the copies from the microfilm in the back of the notebook that I used. The notebook is located at the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira, NY. If you can correct any names feel free to correct them. The microfilm can be found at the LDS church in Horseheads or soon at the Steele Memorial Library.
        Sherry Nichols
           Mar 2009

( ) = name found in alternate census record
?  = name was a guess from the census

Page  01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 13 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
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 deaf, dumb, blind or idiot
1 frame 400 1 Hollenbeck James 53 M   Schoharie   1 33 farmer 1         1  
        Hollenbeck Henry 26 M   child Chemung     26 farmer 1            
        Hollenbeck Isaac 19 M   child Chemung                      
        Hollenbeck Catharine 12 F   child Chemung                    
2 log 50 2 Hollenbeck Hamilton 23 M     Chemung 1   23 farmer 1         1  
        Hollenbeck Anna 24 F   wife Chemung     24                
        Hollenbeck James 3 M   child Chemung                    
        Hollenbeck Sarah 1 F   child Chemung                      
3 frame 400 3 Hollenbeck Giles 19 M     Monroe 1   2 farmer           1  
        Hollenbeck Eliza 16 F   wife Chemung                      
4 frame 300 4 Frost Jason 39 M     Oneida 1   6 cooper 1         1  
        Frost Hannah 30 F   wife Oneida                      
        Frost Wm.J. 12 M   child Ontario                      
        Frost Albert A. 11 M   child Wayne                      
        Frost Edwin O. 8 M   child Ontario                    
        Frost Lydia M. 6 F   child Chemung                      
        Frost Martha 7m F   child Chemung                      
5 frame 170 5 Caywood John 30 M     New Jersey 1   6 cooper 1         1  
        Caywood Sally 29 F   wife Chemung                      
        Caywood Sarah Jane 6 F   child Chemung                      
        Caywood Louise 1 F   child Chemung                      
6 frame 100 6 Cooper John 55 M     Dutchess 1   15 farmer 1         1  
        Cooper Sally 58 F   wife Conn                      
7 frame 100 7 Cooper William 27 M   Allegany 1   15 farmer 1            
        Cooper Christanna 21 F   wife Chemung                      
        Cooper Lithabeth 7 F   child Chemung                      
        Cooper John 1 M   child Chemung                      
8 log 10 8 Molter Jacob 42 M     Yates 1   30 chairmaker 1         1  
        Molter (Julia Ann) 35 F   wife Yates                      
        Molter Emeline 17 F   child Chemung                      
        Molter Phebe 16 F   child Chemung                      
        Molter Catharine 14 F   child Chemung                      
        Molter Adam 11 M   child Chemung                      
        Molter John 9 M   child Chemung                      
        Molter Harriet 5 F   child Chemung                      
        Molter Elithabeth 3 F   child Chemung                      
9 log 50 9 Hock David 56 M     Jersey 1   2 shoemaker 1            
        Hock Mary 56 F   wife Jersey                      
        Hock Mary 13 F   child Jersey                      
        Haynes Edwith 9 M   grandchild New Jersey                      
10 frame 300 10 Rose Abraham 55 M     New Jersey 1   1 blacksmith 1       1  
        Rose Phebe 53 F   wife New Jersey                      
        Rose Jacob 11 M   child Courtland                      
11 log 50 11 Westbrook John 35 M     Tioga 1   18 cooper 1       1  
        Westbrook Phebe 27 F   wife Tioga                      
        Westbrook Catherine 11 F   child Chemung                      
        Westbrook Miles 9 M   child Chemung                      
        Westbrook Mary 7 F   child Chemung                     idiot-fits
        Westbrook Francis 5 M   child Chemung                      
      Westbrook Sabra 3 F   child Chemung                      
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

Published On Tri-Counties Site On April 6, 2009
By Joyce M. Tice 
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