1855
Compiled by Hugh MacDougall






This information was compiled from the Federal and State Census records for Otsego County, 
New York, from 1790 to 1925. There are inevitable errors, some resulting from poor quality
microfilm images of the census records, others from transcription errors of all sorts.
Users finding errors of any sort are invited to communicate with Hugh MacDougall, so that
they can be corrected.


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State Census for 1855

Contents: Towns of Burlington | Butternuts | Cherry Valley | Decatur [no Blacks]|
Edmeston | Exeter [no Blacks] | Hartwick [no Blacks] | Laurens [no Blacks] |Maryland |
Middlefield | Milford | Morris | New Lisbon [no Blacks] | Oneonta | Otego [no Blacks] |
Otsego | Pittsfield | Plainfield | Richfield | Roseboom | Springfield | Unadilla |
Westford [no Blacks] | Worcester | Recapitulation

KEY
SERIAL-Serial No. of House and Household (xxx-xxx) 
NAME-Name (other members of household indented) 
R-Race (B=Black, M=Mulatto, I=Indian, W=White) 
S-Sex (M or F) 
A-Age (in years, or months (m) for infants)
ST-Status or Relation to head of household (s=single; m=married; w=wife;
	wid=widow/widower; ch=child; gs/gd=grandson/granddaughter)
OCC-Occupation
BORN-Born (NY county, or State)
YR-No. of years, or months (m) for shorter periods, living in the town
T-Tax status (N=not taxed; V=voter)
OTHER-[kind of house (F=frame, L=log, W=wood) and value ($xx);
	citizenship (if not native-born): Nat=Naturalized, Al=Alien; 
	name and occupation of white householder;
	literacy (ILL=illiterate; R=can read only);
	other information (e.g., land owner; boarder).
Farm statistics (a separate listing for some farms):
	These include Acreage (improved and unimproved), Value of farm and stock; 
	Crops grown (acres and harvest); Livestock (number, production, and value). 
			 

SERIAL 	NAME			R S A  ST OCC		BORN 	YR T OTHER	
Burlington
48-?	BENNET, Adner		I M 24 h   farmer	Delaw	4m V [F$75; land owner]
	  Elizabeth		I F 28 w		Otsego 	21	
	  Alfred A.		I M  1 s		Otsego 	 1
322-356	JACKSON, Anthony	I M 40 h   farmer	Montgom	20 V [land owner]
	  Catherine Louise	I F 32 w		NY City	 2
  [no farm statistics]

Butternuts
9-10	CATHAWAY, Lot		B M 50 h   farmer	MASS	21   [land owner]
	  Dinah			B F 45 w		"Schenevus, Delaware" 22 [ILL]
  Farm statistics
	Land: 5 A unimproved
	Value: Farm $300; stock $80
	Crops: Corn - 4 A, 120 bu; Potatoes 1 A, 32 bu; Apples 125 bu; Cider 2 bbl
	? Cattle: 2 cows; 1 cow milked; butter 30 lbs; 
	? Poultry sold: $2; eggs $20

Cherry Valley
35-40	??? _____, Margaret 	M?- 50    servant	UNK	25   [David Little, lawyer??]

Decatur
127-137	HEWIT, Richard		B M 35 			---  	 2   [Nathan Boorn]

Edmeston
141-	PHILIPS, Jennett	B F 16 s		Madis	 7   [Oliver DeLauncey, farmer]
249-	SIMONDS, James		B M 22 s   mechanic	Madis	 1   [Daniel Millard, mechanic]

Exeter NONE

Hartwick NONE

Laurens NONE

Maryland
129-138	BUTTER, Amos		B M 20 s		Otsego	20 N [Peleg Chamberlain, farmer]
129-139	BUTTER, Wm.		- M 17 s   servant	Schoh	 6   [Herman Chamberlain, farmer]
131-141	BUTTER, Elizabeth	B F 60 wid		Columb	29   [L$25; land owner]
280-303	JOHNSON, Dean		B F 50 s   servant	Otsego	 3 N [John Hurde, innkeeper; ILL]
295-321	SNYDER, Jacob		B M 20 s   farmer	Schoh	 3 N [Isaac Slingerland, farmer]
325-352	BURY, Francis		B M 21 s   farmer	Schoh	 1 N [Charles Stevens, farmer]

Middlefield
45-46	DAGE [sic], Timothy	B M 27     farmer	RI	 1 V [F$600; land owner]
	  Mary C.		B F 25 w		Otsego	 1
	  Joseph A.		B M 10 s		Otsego	 1
	  HUSBANDS, Josephine	B F  8    		Otsego   -   [boarder]
124-132	THOMSON (?), William	B M 39 wid farmer		     [Jacob W. Cooper, farmer]
441-459	SCHIRMERHORN, William 	B M 63	   basketmaker	Albany	14   [F$15]
	  Sheedy		B F 70 			Otsego	14
479-498	BICKS, Thomas		B M 45	   farmer 	Schenec	12 N [F$25; ILL]
	  Charlotte		B F 38			MA	12
	  Jane			B F  8			Otsego	 8
	  William		B M 1m			Otsego
75-81 	JOHNSON, Eustacia	B F 26 wid		Schoh	 4   [POORHOUSE -- inmate; R]
	MOREHOUSE, Dianna	B F 75    		Colum.	11   [POORHOUSE -- inmate; ILL]
	JOHNSON, Maybus		M M  4			Cayuga	     [POORHOUSE -- inmate]
	
Milford
176-190	WILLIAMS, Seth		B M 60	   laborer	Schoh	 4   [F$25]
	  Catharine		B F 50 w  		Schoh	 4
275-301	TENIKE, Jane		B - 38	   servant    	Schoh	35   [Jared Goodyear, farmer]
312-	DODGE, Aaron		M M 30	   farmer	unkn.	12   [L]
	  Lucinda		W F 28			Otsego	28
	  William		M M 10 s		Otsego 	10
	  Phebe			M F  8 d		Otsego 	 8
	  ------*		M M  6 s		Otsego 	 6
	  ------*		M F  4 d		Otsego	 4
	  ------*		M M  1 s		Otsego	 1
* family not home; information from neighbor who didn't know names of all the children
426-467	THOMAS, Charles		B M 34	   sawyer	Schoh	2m   [F$1000]
	  Mary			B F 36 w		Otsego	2m

Morris
96-116	BELLEMA, Charles	B M 38	   farmer	Otsego	38 V [land owner]
	  Hester		B F 39 w		Greene	 6 N
	  David			B M  5 s		Otsego	 5 N
	  Ambros		B M  4 s		Otsego	 4 N
	  Emmerly		B F  2 d		Otsego	 2 N
	  Willis		B M 1m s		Otsego	   N
	  FORTUN, Harry		B M 70 wid 		----    40 N [boarder]
	  PHILLIPS, Fred	B M 20	   		Otsego	12 N [boarder]
  Farm statistics not given

New Lisbon NONE

Oneonta
330-	JOHNSON, Sam		B M 27	   barber 	Steuben	 1 N [boarder, Nelson Ballard's inn]
323-349	PATRAL, Silas		M M 45	   farmer 	Schoh	25 N [F$400; ILL]
	  Fanny			B F 33 w		Maryl	25 N
324-350	HARDIN, Cornelius	B M 37	   barber	VA	 2 N [F$300]
	  Ann			B F 33 w		Herk	 2 N	
	  Marinda		B F 17 ch		Oneida   2
	  Sarah			B F 12 ch		Chemung	 2
	  Cornelius C.		B M  1 ch		Otsego   1

Otego NONE

Otsego
30-35	PARRISH, George		B M 25			Otsego	 2 N [F$350; land owner; 
	  Julia			M F 28 w		Schoh	 2 N	in house of Sybil Wicks & family]	
	  Charley		M M  7 s		N. York	 2 N
	  Solomon		M M  4 s		Schoh	 2 N
	BROWN, Margaret		B F 22			Schoh	 2 N [boarder]
	  Sarah			B F  5			Monroe	 2 N [boarder]
	  A.E.			B M 7m			Otsego	   N
108-137 DERRICK, Louis [sic]	B F 48 wid washer	Otsego	 4 N [F; land owner]
	  Albert		B M 13 s   laborer	Otsego	 4 N
	WILLIAMS, Thomas	B M  4 gs		Otsego	 4 N
108-138	DERRICK, Frances A.	B F 35	   laborer	Otsego 	6m N
	  Augustus		B M  7 s		Otsego 	6m N
	  James			B M  5 s		Otsego 	6m N
	DERRICK, Charles	B M 28	   laborer	Otsego   2 N [boarder]
	DERRICK, Benj. A.	B M 26	   laborer	Otsego	6m N
	  Harriet		B F 17 w		Otsego	17 N
	YOUNG, G.H.		M M  2			Otsego	 2 N [boarder]
174-226	GRANGER, Mary		M F 39 md  servant	Otsego  39 N [Samuel Nelson, judge]
	GRANGER, Caroline	M F 17	   servant	Madison	16 N
181-234	BRONK, Thomas		B M 80	   servant	Dutch   40 N [W.H. Averell, lawyer]
	WILLIAMS, JOHN		B M 18	   servant 	NJ	15 N
184-237	HUSBANDS, Jos. T.	B M 45	   laborer	W.Ind.  19 N
	  Catherine		M F 42			W.Ind.  19 N
	  Catherine		M F 12 d		Otsego
	  Geo.			B M 10 s		Otsego
	  Josephine		B F  6 d		Otsego
	  Mary E.		M F  5 d		Otsego
	  Charles F.		M M  3 s		Otsego
	  S.A.			M F 5m d		Otsego
	THOMPSON, S. Ann	M F 17			Otsego
191-244	SKINNER, Harriet	B F 21	   servant	Otsego	   N [Henry Bowers, merchant]
222-278	ROSS, Charles		B M 30	   servant	Otsego   2 N [Charles Stillman, merchant]
224-280	WILLIAMS, Owen		B M 50	   barber	PA	 4 N [F]
	  M.A.			B F 29 w		Otsego   4 N
	  W.H.			B M  1 s		Otsego   1 N
	WILLIAMS, James		B M 20	   barber	N.York	 9 N [apprentice]
229-286	ROBBINS, Ami		B M 30	   servant	Otsego	 2 N [John Adams, farmer; R]
	  Mrs. (?)		M F 29	   servant	Otsego   2 N
249-307	------, Martha		B F 26	   servant		2m N [Edward Maynard, dentist]
	------, Elizabeth	B F 20	   servant		2m N
371-347	VAN ALSTINE, Amy	B F 55 wid washer	Columb	20
	PHILLIPS, Mary		B F 35 md d		Otsego	35
	ROGERS, John M.		B M 11 s		Delaw	 1 
	ROGERS, Amy A.		B F 17 md gd		Otsego	 3
	ROGERS, Samuel		B M  7 gs		Otsego	 3
	ROGERS, William		B M  4 gs		Otsego	 3
	ROGERS, R.S.		B M  1 gs		Otsego	 1
	PHILLIPS, Fred		B M 20	   "none"	Otsego	20   [boarder]

Pittsfield
51-	PARRISH, J		B M 57	   farmer	unknown	30 V [L; landowner; Nat; ILL]
	  P.			B M 30 m   farmer	Otsego	30 V	
    	  P.			B F 25 d		Otsego	25	
	  F.W.			B M 22 s   farmer	Otsego	22 V
	  J.W.			B M 20 s   farmer	Otsego	20
	  A.			B M 18 s   farmer	Otsego	18
	  C.			B M 16 s   farmer	Otsego	16
	  J.H.			B M 12 s		Otsego	12
	  M.A.			B M  5 s		Otsego	 5
  Farm statistics
	Land:	40 A improved; 60 A unimproved
	Value:	Farm $2000; stock $100; tools $50
	Land use: Plowed this year - 8 A; pasture - 12 A; meadow - 20 A; hay - 20 T; grass seed 1 bu.
	Crops: Oats - 3 A, 40 bu; Rye - 3 A, 23 bu; Barley - 1 A, 20 bu; Buckwheat - 5 A, 29 bu;
		 Potatoes - 1 A, 90 bu
	Cattle: Neat - 2 under 1 yr, 2 working oxen, 3 cows, 3 cattle killed for beef,
		 2 cattle milked, 2 cows for butter, 100 lbs
	Horses: 1
	Swine: 1 over 6 mos
	Poultry: value sold $11.50
	
Plainfield
244-271	BANNO, John		M M 38	   farmer	Canada	 6   [W; Al; ILL]
	  Selima		M F 36 w		Canada	 6   [Al; ILL]
	  John, Jr.		M M 12 s		Canada	 6   [Al]
	  Rose			M F 11 d		Canada	 6   [Al]
	  Selima		M F  7 d		Canada	 6   [Al]
	  Mary E.		M F  5 d		Otsego	 5
	  Armenia		M F  4 d		Otsego   4
	  Levancia		M F  3 d		Otsego   3
	  Julia			M F 8m d		Otsego	8m
   Farm Statistics
	Land: 8 A improved; 2 A unimproved
	Value: Farm $200; stock $30; tools --
	Crops: Oats - 2 A; 35 bu; Corn - 1 A, 15 bu; Potatoes - 3/4 A, 50 bu; Apples - 200 bu;
		Cider - 2 bbls
	Cattle: 8 cows; 8 cows milked; butter 750 lbs; cheese 300 lbs
	Horses: 2
	Swine: 7 under 6 mo; 1 over 6 mo
	Sheep: 4 fleeces; 16 lbs wool
	Poultry sold: $5
245-272	BANNO, Lewis		M M 31	   farmer	Canada	 7    [W; land owner; Al;ILL]
	  Dean			B F 43 w		Herk	 7	
	  Mary			M F 63 mo		Canada	 7    [Al]
  Farm Statistics
	Land: 25 A improved; 8 A unimproved
	Value: Farm $1000; stock $40; tools $10
	Land use: 7 A plowed this year; 18 A pasture; 5 A meadow; 8 T hay
	Crops: Spring wheat - 1 A, 18 bu; Corn - 15 A, 700 bu; Honey 400 lbs; wax 4 lbs;
		Carrots 1/8 A, 30 bu, $5 value
	Cattle: 2 neat under 1 yr; 2 neat over 1 yr; 8 cows; 8 cows milked; butter 500 lbs.;
		cheese 100 lbs.;
	Horses: 2
	Swine: 6 under 6 mo; 4 over 6 mo

Richfield
1-1	MARCH, Francis		B M 53	   servant	Renssel	42 N [Orlando Griffin, farmer; ILL]
30-31	ADKINS, Malinda		B F 11	   servant	Oneida	2m N [Jesse Bates, farmer]
204-216	BRANT, Samuel		M M 19	   servant	Oneida	2m N [John Derthick, farmer]
213-225	SMITH, Cornelia		B F 18	   servant	Herk	 2 N [Elias Braman, farmer]
218-231	BAKER, Henry		B M 26	   laborer	CT	16 N [F $50]	
	  Elizabeth		B F 22 w		??	 2 N
	  Henry			B M 8m s		Otsego	8m N
235-249	VROOMAN, Joseph		B M 65	   laborer	Greene	 2 N [F $50; ILL]
  	  Julia			B F 55 w		Schoh	 2 N
  	  Andrew  		B M 19 s   laborer	Schoh	 2 N
241-255	ALLEN, Mary		B F 55 wid servant	Wash DC	 1   [Hotel; Edward Caney, Jr., landlord; ILL]
  	  Ann 			B F 24	   servant	Herk	3m N	
285-304	COOK, Ann		B F 20	   servant      Schoh	12 N [Henry Fuller, Boarding House]
286-305	BECKER, Mary		B F 15	   servant	Schoh	 3 N [James S. Davenport, lawyer]

Roseboom
126-	BEAKMAN, Samuel		B M 32	   farmer	Schoh	20 V [F $100; land owner; ILL]
  	  Jane			B F 23 w		Montgom 20	
  	  Louisa		B F  6 ch		Otsego	 6
	  Joanna		B F  3 ch		Otsego	 3

Springfield
118-133	------, Nancy		B F 50	   hired g		6m   [George Clark, farmer]
147-163	McGEE, Henry		B M 34	   hired m	Montgom 2m N [Hannah Field; R]
	  Mary			B F 27	   hired w	Herk	10   [R]
	PHILIPS, John		B M 11	   home s	Otsego	11
196-212	BENJAMIN, Elizabeth	M F 78 wid			40   [Hannah Bush; ILL]
	  Elizabeth		B F  9 gd		Otsego	 3
	  Mary			B F  7 gd		Otsego	 3
199-215	McQUEEN, Jane		B F 17	   hired g	FL	 1   [Davis Cotes, farmer]
272-407	JACKSON, Samuel		B M 21 	   farmer	Herk	1m N [boarder; Moses P. Lewis, farmer]

Unadilla
Village of Unadilla
101-108	ANDERSON, Wm. H.	B M 33	   barber	Seneca	6m N [House & store $2500]
 	  Harriet		B F 27 w		Tioga	6m
105-112	FRANK, Joseph		B M 40	   unknown	Montgom	 3   [F $150; land owner]
	  Susan A.		B F 28 w		Columb	 3   [ILL]
	  Sarah E.		B F  6 d		Tioga	 3   [adopted]
	  Keziah		B F 71 mo		NH	 3   [R]
117-125	WILLIAMS, Caty		B F 16 wid servant	Otsego	16   [Abiah Williams]
119-127	PIERCE, Violet		B F 50 wid servant	Delaw	50 N [Abigail Noble; ILL]
125-131	WILLIAMS, Almira	B F 13 	   servant	Otsego	13   [Mary Beach]
130-139	VAN VALKENBURG, Phoebe	B F 12	   servant	Delaw	 5   [Jared Gregory, lawyer]
254-266	DERRICK, Elizabeth	B F 14	   servant	Otsego	     [Lorin Brown, farmer]
9-10	KELLY, Asher		B M 47			CT	 9   [F $150; land owner]
	  Sally A.		M F 45 w		PA	 9 N
	  David F.		B M  9 s		Chemung	 9 N	
	  Francis H.		B M  5 s		Otsego	 5 N  
	  Sarah J.		B F  3 d		Otsego	 3 N
9-11	KELLY, Charles D.	B M 21			Chemung	 9
	  Mary P.		B M 20 w		CT
	  Anna E.		B F  1 d		Otsego
10-12	KELLY, Benjamin A.	B M 23			Otsego   9   [plank $15]
  	  Sarah J.		B F 21			Montgom
	  William H.		B M 12			Otsego

Westford. NONE

Worcester.
203-252	COST, Titus		B M 33	   farmer	Otsego	33 V [F; land owner]
	  Emeline		B F 36			Schoh	14   [ILL]
	  Lamar			B F [sic] 18		Otsego	18	
	  Patience		B F 11			Otsego	11
  Farm statistics
	Land: 50 A improved, 40 A unimproved
	Value: Farm $2000; stock $300; tools $45
	Land Use: 15 A plowed this year; 20 A pasture; 15 A meadow; 12 T hay
	Crops: Oats - 2 A, 20 bu; Barley - 1 A, 20 bu; Potatoes - 3 A, 300 bu; Apples 40 bu;
		Maple Sugar 100 lbs
	Cattle: 8 neat; 4 cows; 4 cows milked; butter 450 lbs.
	Horses: 2
	Swine: 3 under 6 mo; 1 over 6 mo
	Special manures used: 400 lbs. gypsum, value $3
	Domestic manufacturing: 50 prs. socks, value $12

Recapitulation (African-Americans in Otsego County, 1855):
	Town		Male	Female	Total
	Burlington	 0	 0	  0   [but 5 Indians listed]
	Butternuts	 1	 1	  2	
	Cherry Valley	 1	 0	  1
	Decatur		 0	 1	  1
	Exeter		 0	 0	  0
	Edmeston	 1	 1	  2
	Hartwick	 0	 0	  0
	Laurens		 0	 0	  0
	Maryland	 4	 2	  6
	Middlefield	 7	 7	 14
	Milford		 6	 6	 12
	Morris		 6	 2	  8
	New Lisbon	 0	 0	  0
	Oneonta		 4	 4	  8
	Otego		 0	 0	  0
	Otsego		26	22	 48
	Pittsfield	 8	 1	  9
	Plainfield	 3	 9	 12
	Richfield	 6	 8	 14
	Roseboom	 1	 3	  4
	Springfield	 3	 6	  9
	Unadilla	 9	13	 22
	Westford	 0	 0	  0
	Worcester	 1	 3	  4
TOTAL:			87	89	176

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