NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Chaney is derived from the French word Chene, meaning oak, and probably came into use originally in Normandy or England to signify the residence of the progenitor. It is certain that Chaney, Cheney, Chine, Cheyney, or Cheyne, as it was variously spelled, was one of the earliest surnames used in England. Sir Nicholas Cheyney acquired the manor of Up-Ottery in Devonshire in the reign of Henry III (1207-1272). Thomas Cheyney, mercer, died in London in 1361, a man of wealth and varied interests. Henry Cheyney, of London, made his will Aug. 18, 1361. John Cheyney was archdeacon of Exeter, July 10, 1379, one of the clergy of Litchfield cathedral in June, 1382, and prebend of Huntington, March 3, 1387-88. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries records of the Chaney or Cheney family are found pretty generally diffused throughout the counties of England. The original coat-of-arms was: Ermine on a bend sable three martlets or. Crest: A bull's scalp argent. There are other coats-of-arms borne by various branches of the family.
A patient and costly search of the English records has not conclusively proved the ancestry of the two American immigrants. Both William and John Chaney, or Cheney, as the name was more commonly spelled, came to Roxbury, Mass., from county Essex, England, where the family was numerous. The will of Robert Cheney, of Waltham Abbey, England, dated Oct. 1, 1567, mentions wife Johan and sons John, Raufe, William and Robert, and daughter Agnes. His son John had a son William, born 1584, baptized Feb. 21, 1584.
Boston, of which Roxbury is now a part, was settled in part by immigrants from Boston, England. It is reasonable to suppose that the Essex and Lincolnshire Cheneys were closely related. Their homes were not far apart, and their children bore almost identical names. John Cheney, of Bennington, In Lincolnshire, made his will May 24, 1621, bequeathing to the poor of the parish, to wife Alice, no children and others. He names two sons, John, "the elder," and "the younger." He was buried March 21, 1623.
Children mentioned in the will were (dates of baptism):
Frances, Dec. 20, 1596.
William, Feb. 5, 1597.
Jane, Feb. 28, 1600.
John, June 30, 1605.
Edward, July 20, 1606.
Thomas, July 25, 1607.
Agnes, Oct. 16, 1608.
John, Nov. 9, 1609.
Richard, Sept. 29, 1611.
Elizabeth, June 2, 1614.
A Thomas Cheney was an alderman of Boston, England in 1586, and the family has been prominent there for several centuries. William Cheney, the immigrant, owned land adjoining Rev. John Wilson's land in Boston, Mass. There is no reason for not supposing John and William Cheney, the immigrants, to be the sons of John Cheney, of Bennington, mentioned above. But if it were proved that the Cheneys were of this old Lincolnshire family, the English pedigree appears to be impossible to trace.
(I) John Chaney, or Cheney, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England. "John Cheney," wrote John Eliot, the Indian apostle, minister of Roxbury, "came into the land in the yeare 1636. He brought 4 children, Mary, Martha, John, Daniel. Sarah, his 5th child, was borne in the last month of the same year 1636 called February. He removed from our church to Newbury at the end of the next su/er 1636. Martha Cheny, the wife of John Cheny."
At Newbury John Cheney prospered. His allotment of land was large. He had a good standing in the community. He was a member of the grand jury April 27, 1648; selectman often; member of a committee to lay out the way to the neck and through to the marshes on the east side of the old town, Nov. 29, 1654. He took much interest in the campaign of Governor Winthrop against Sir Harry Vane, and with others made a journey of forty miles from Newbury to Cambridge to take the freeman's oath, in order that they might vote. They were admitted freemen May 17, 1637.
He died July 28, 1666, leaving a will dated June 5, 1666, written in his own hand.
Mary, Martha, John, Daniel (mentioned below), Sarah, Peter, Lydia, Hannah, Nathaniel, Elizabeth.
(II) Daniel, son of John Chaney, was born in England, about 1633, and died Sept. 10, 1694, at Newbury. He served as constable in 1688, and was admitted a freeman May 7, 1763. He was a farmer and a useful citizen.
He married, in Newbury, Oct. 8, 1665, Sarah Bayley, born Aug. 17, 1644, died Oct. 26, 1714, daughter of John Jr. and Eleanor (Emery) Bayley.
Sarah, Judith, Daniel, Hannah, John (mentioned below), Eleanor, Joseph, James.
(III) John, son of Daniel Chaney, was born July 10, 1676. He inherited land from his father in Newbury, but removed to Newton, where his sister Hannah had settled. His home was near the upper falls of the Charles river, and his farm contained fifty acres. In 1723 his name was on a list of Newton citizens who protested against a town vote which they regarded as illegal.
He died in 1728. He married (first) Elizabeth ____, who died Jan. 10, 1715; (second) Oct. 22, 1717, Elizabeth Burrage, born in Boston, June 10, 1691, daughter of William and Sarah Burrage. She survived him, and married (second) Oct. 23, 1729, Benjamin Whitmore of Newton, by whom she had three children.
Children of John Chaney:
John, Sarah, Daniel, Timothy, Moses (mentioned below), William, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Samuel, Abigail.
(IV) Moses, son of John Chaney, was born Oct. 20, 1715, and for some years resided in Newton. Before the revolution he removed to Warwick, Mass. He enlisted Sept. 22, 1777, in Captain Reuben Patty's company, Colonel Phineas Wright's regiment, and was discharged Oct. 18, 1777. He served in the Army of the North in the Sixth Regiment, commanded by Colonel William Williams.
He married (first) Aug. 14, 1738, Abigail Whitmore, born Dec. 31, 1714, died July 28, 1748, daughter of Nathaniel and Abigail Whitmore. He married (second) April 3, 1755, Hannah Woodward, born May 6, 1726, daughter of Jonathan and Thankful Woodward.
1. Moses, born March 3, 1739; died young.
2. John, born Aug. 26, 1740.
3. Submit, born June 2, 1755.
4. Moses (2d), of whom further.
(V) Moses (2), son of Moses (1) Chaney, was born Feb. 28, 1759, died at Orange, Mass. April 27, 1833. (The Chaney genealogy, published 1897, gives the date of his birth as 1764). He was a farmer and carried on a grist and saw mill in Newton. About 1790 he removed to Orange, Mass., and ws living in the second school district of that town in 1791. He was a prominent citizen, and served as a town officer, assessor, etc.
He married, July 4, 1782, Lucy Dexter, born June 6, 1762, died May 20, 1833, daughter of Captain Ichabod Dexter.
Milla, born March 24, 1784.
Samuel, March 11, 1786, died Feb. 25, 1795.
Luther, born May 9, 1788.
Hannah, Oct. 24, 1789.
Abigial, March 18, 1792.
Moses, May 22, 1794.
Lucy, Aug. 13, 1797.
Samuel, (q.v.), Sept. 17, 1799.
John, Feb. 26, 1802.
Edward Turner, July 31, 1804.
Rhoda Battle, Sept. 27, 1806.
(VI) Moses (3), son of Moses (2) Chaney, was born May 22, 1794, in Orange or Athol, Mass. He married, Feb. 4, 1823, Ruth, daughter of Nathan and Ruth (French) Cheney. (See Cheney VII). She died in Potsdam, N.Y. in 1852. He removed to Potsdam about 1837, took up land there, and followed farming until his death. He was captain of the State militia, and a Republican in politics.
He died in Potsdam in 1876.
Laurie, Lucy, Lydia, Moses, Wales (mentioned below).
(VII) Wales, son of Moses (3) Chaney, was bron May 16, 1842, in Potsdam, and was educated in the old St. Lawrence Academy at Potsdam. He lived in Albany for four or five years and dealt in horses for a time. He lived also at Cold Springs, Fishkill-on-the-Hudson, West Point and Garrison. About 1866 he returned to Potsdam, bought a farm, and lived there until 1889. He sold farm machinery on the road throughout St. Lawrence county, besides farming. He removed to Tupper Lake in 1889, and has made his home there since. When Mr. Chaney located where he is now (1910) living at Tupper Lake, there was no village there; he purchased one hundred and eighty acres of land; twenty acres lay in what is now the village of Tupper Lake. He laid out all of this twenty acres in town lots, which he has sold off for building purposes, and was one of the first to lay out lots in the village. He has done considerable building during the years he has resided here, and has contributed more than his share in building up this village. He is still the owner of upwards of one hundred and fifty acres just outside of the incorporate limits of the village. His residence was one of the very first built in Tupper Lake.
In politics he is a Republican.
He married, Feb. 22, 1867, Imogene A., daughter of Rollin and Miriam Freeman, of Potsdam.
1. Ildah Miriam, married Professor Stutts of the Rye School; they have one child, Bernice M.
2. Grace, married Jacob Tallman, principal of Milton School, near Rye; children: Royal Lincoln, Sarah Imogene, Grace E.
3. Ethel Imogene, married John B. Goff, jeweler, of Tupper Lake; children: John Chaney and Miriam Charity.
4. Mary Adele, in Canton University.
5. Mittie, student in Potsdam Normal School.
(VI) Samuel, son of Moses (2) Chaney (q.v.), was born Sept. 17, 1799, in Orange, Mass.. died in Stark, New York, Aug. 11, 1879. He resided in Orange until 1839, when he moved to Vermont, where he remained about a year and in 1840 located in Potsdam, N.Y., residing also in Colton, same state. He was a blacksmith by trade and conducted a general blacksmithing business on the island in Potsdam for a number of years, but during the latter part of his life was engaged in agriculture. He was a prominent churchman and exhorter.
He married, April 3, 1825, Mary Ann Peirce, born in Orange, Mass., Oct. 24, 1802, died at Canton, N.Y. Feb. 23, 1887.
1. Samuel Clark, born at Orange, June 15, 1826, died at Colton, N.Y., Nov. 24, 1891; married (first) March 11, 1852, Lydia Rawson; (second) March 19, 1879, Malissa Bixby; children: Mary Ann, born at Stark, N.Y. Oct. 24, 1869, died Feb. 29, 1870; Emily May, born at Stark, N.Y. May 22, 1873; married March 17, 1898, Charles Remington; Arthur Burt, born at Stark, N.Y., March 24, 1881, died there Aug. 15, 1901.
2. Mary Lucy, born at Orange, Mass., Sept. 20, 1827, died at Potsdam, N.Y. Dec. 4, 1855.
3. Eveline Lucinda, born at Orange, Mass., July 6, 1829; married March 17, 1863, Andrew J. Sparrow.
4. Emily Ann, born at Orange, Mass., May 8, 1831; married Dec. 13, 1854, Elijah Gibbons.
5. Edward Turner, born at Orange, Mass., May 19, 1833, mentioned below.
6. Richard Baxter, born at Orange, Mass., Sept. 9, 1835, died at Potsdam, N.Y. Aug. 3, 1870; married, Sept. 2, 1861, Celia Southworth; child, Edwin Norman, M.D., born at Potsdam, N.Y. Aug. 9, 1865; married May 1, 1892, Hilma Johnson.
7. Sarah Isabella, born at Orange, Mass., Oct. 23, 1837, died at Colton, N.Y. Aug. 15, 1909; married Aug. 3, 1858, John Haven Bixby; children: Mary Isabelle, born at West Newton, Mass. Oct. 30, 1859; married Sept. 7, 1887, Albert S. McElroy; children: Alice Isabelle McElroy, born at Canton, N.Y. Oct. 3, 1888; Elliott Bixby McElroy, born at Utica, N.Y., Dec. 7, 1893; Ella Ruth, born at West Newton, May 19, 1862; married Oct. 5, 1909, Theodore B. Nellis; Luther Heven, born at West Newton, Jan. 18, 1867; married Oct. 23, 1890, Minnie Dailey; children: Luther Leon Bixby, born at Syracuse, N.Y. Aug. 29, 1892, died July 20, 1893; Ethel Isabelle Bixby, born Jan. 10, 1902; Maria Faye, born at West Newton, March 11, 1904; George Herbert, born at West Newton, Feb. 12, 1872; married, Sept. 5, 1901, Janet Logan; children: George Logan Bixby, born at Piercefield, N.Y. May 10, 1903; Luther Heven Bixby, born at Stark, N.Y. May 27, 1906; Ruth Allikson Bixby, born at Colton, N.Y. March 5, 1909.
8. James Brainard, born Aug. 12, 1839, died Sept. 6, 1839.
9. James Brainard, born at Potsdam, N.Y. Aug. 25, 1831, died at Punxsitawmey, Pennsylvania, May 9, 1891; married, Oct. 15, 1868, Margaret West; children: Aaron Branard, born at De Kalb, N.Y. Oct. 5, 1869, died at Oscelola, Arkansas, Nov. 3, 1908; married (first) Nov. 27, 1888, Edna Hughes; (second) Feb. 2, 1901, Julia Faber; children: Samuel Emmons Chaney, born at Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Oct. 17, 1891; Ethel Vaughn Chaney, born at Punxsautawney, Pennsylvania, April 7, 1895; Mary Ann, born at De Kalb, March 18, 1872; married, July 29, 1891, Thaddeus Campbell; children: Brainard Thaddeus Campbell, born at Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 29, 1892; Margaret Irene Campbell, born at Chicago, March 28, 1900; India Belle, born at De Kalb, Feb. 17, 1882; married Oct. 16, 1901, Claud E. Cricks; child, John Clifton Cricks, born at Chicago, Feb. 12, 1903.
10. John Elliott, born at Potsdam, N.Y. Jan. 10, 1845, died Nov. 6, 1893; married, Sept. 14, 1864, Dama Farmer; children: Oscar E., born at Stark, N.Y. Sept. 1, 1870; married Aug. 20, 1897, Rose Chapman; child, Ruth Ina Chaney, born July 29, 1898; Leslie Belle, born at Stark, March 15, 1873; married March 5, 1893, William H. Davison; children: Pearl A. Davison, born April 21, 1894; Betha L. Davison, born Nov. 20, 1898; Grace E. Davison, born April 12, 1900; Ruth C. Davison, born June 10, 1903.
11. Albert, born at Potsdam, N.Y. Dec. 4, 1846, married June 27, 1870, Etta M. Field; children: Clara Etta, born at Woburn, Mass. Oct. 12, 1872; married Oct. 12, 1895, H. Edward Seaver; children: Edith Isabelle Seaver, born Dec. 11, 1896; Ellen and Etta Seaver (twins), born Sept. 16, 1898, died Oct. 16, and Sept. 20, 1898; Albert William Seaver, born Aug. 20, 1903, died June 28, 1904; Gertrude B. Seaver, born Feb. 27, 1905; died March 12, 1905; Dorothy Vivian Seaver, born at Hartford, Conn., Jan. 13, 1908; Cora Isabelle, born at Springfield, Mass. Dec. 27, 1874; married, Feb. 14, 1900, Herbert E. Field.
(VII) Edward Turner, son of Samuel Chaney, was born at Orange, Mass., May 19, 1833. When five years of age his father removed to Potsdam, N.Y., and he received his education in the district schools, the St. Lawrence Academy, now the Potsdam Normal School. He learned the trade of carriage making, and at the age of twenty-one went to Hermon, N.Y., and engaged in business there in the firm of Freeman, Chaney & Company, carriage makers. Later the firm became Converse & Chaney. About 1864 he removed to Rossie, N.Y., where he followed his trade until 1865. Returning to Hermon, he engaged in business with William Grems, under the firm name of Grems & Chaney, carriage manufacturers. Two years later his shos were destroyed by fire, and he found employment with James Kelley. For three years he was a member of the firm of Kelley Carriage Company. Later he again established himself in business independently, continuing until 1906, when he retired from active work.
In politics he has always been an active Democrat, and has served as trustee of the village for four or five years. He is prominent in Masonic circles, and is the only living charter member of Hermon Lodge, No. 500, and has been master of the lodge.
He is a member of St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 132, Royal Arch Masons, of Canton, N.Y.
He married, Oct. 17, 1859, Lucy L. Ingalls-Furgeson, born July 5, 1840.
1. Arabella, born at Hermon, N.Y., April 26, 1862; married Sept. 26, 1883, John R. Roche; child: Florence Alnora Roche, born at Boston, Mass. March 29, 1887, died April 26, 1890.
2. Gaylord Turner, born Oct. 31, 1864, mentioned below.
3. Florence Alnora, born at Hermon, N.Y., Oct. 27, 1867; educated in Hermon high school and Boston University, and is now preceptress in the Charles G. Pope School, Malden, Mass.
4. Don Ingalls, born at Hermon, N.Y., May 18, 1878; electrician at the Stella Mines at Hermon; married, June 4, 1902, Elizabeth Mae Rastley.
(VIII) Gaylord Turner, son of Edward Turner Chaney, born in Somerville, town of Rossie, N.Y., Oct. 31, 1864. His parents moved back to Hermon, N.Y. the following spring, which place has been his residence since, except while in Boston and in Colorado. He graduated from the Hermon high school in 1883. He studied medicine with the late Dr. J. H. Alexander for more than a year, after which he entered the law office of the late E. B. White, with whom he studied for more than three years. He estabished and published the Hermon Observer, of which he subsequently sold out, and then followed surveying and teaching school, serving as principal of Russell Union School in 1886. He held a position on the Boston Daily Post in 1890, at the same time pursuikng a course of study. In the spring of 1891 he went to Colorado, and in June of that year was admitted to the Denver bar. On account of impaired health he was obliged to return home the following fall, and in December, 1892, he was admitted to the Albany bar, and he has sicne practiced law in Hermon Village. He has been very successful in his practice and is well known throughout northern New York.
He cast his vote for Grover Cleveland, but with the advent of William J. Bryan in 1896, he transferred his allegiance to the Free Silver issue, and thereafter voted the Republican ticket. For the past four years he has been a member of the Republican county committee of St. Lawrence county and one of the executive committee of that body. At the age of twenty-one years he was elected justice of the peace of the town of Hermon, police justice and village clerk of Hermon Village. He served as justice of the peace fourteen years, as police justice six years, reigning both offices, but is still serving as village clerk, having been in incumbent of that office eighteen years. In 1893 he served as justice for sessions of St. Lawrence county; in 1898-99 he was supervisor of the town; since 1897 he has been a member of the board of education; has served as village trustee and held other local offices.
He is a member of Hermon Lodge, No. 500, Free and Accepted Masons, and served as master five years; in 1896-97 was district deputy grand master of the old Fifteenth Masonic District of St. Lawrence and Franklin counties; was charter member, and for the first five years patron of Hermon Chapter, No. 108, Order of Eastern Star, of which Mrs. Chaney was also matron, and later D.D.G.M. of the District; member of Court Hermon, No. 1241, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; member of Hermon Lodge Order of Foresters. He organized and was the first president of the Citizens' Club, which office he now (1910) holds. In his youth he played in the One Hundred and Sixth Regiment Band for ten years, and was its business manager. He was foreman of the Hose Company, served his time, obtaining his exempt certificate; he incorporated the company and retired as honorary member.
He married, Sept. 26, 1892, Sarah A. Sayles-Partridge, daughter of Rev. S. S. Sayles-Partridge, of Jefferson county, N.Y.
Ceylon Glenn Chaney, born at De Kalb, N.Y. Dec. 27, 1881; attorney-at-law of Canton, N.Y.; married Oct. 3, 1905, Maud Kelly; child, Marion Elizabeth Chaney, born at Canton, N.Y. Aug. 23, 1907.
Gertrude May Chaney, born at Norwood, N.Y., Jan. 29, 1884; married, Nov. 10, 1906, Morse O. Hale: children: James Gaylord Hale, born at Hermon, N.Y. Oct. 12, 1907; Ceylon Vance Hale, born at Hermon, Dec. 20, 1908.
William Cheney, immigrant ancestor, was a very early resident of Roxbury, Mass. The records show that he was a landholder and resident there before 1640. In that year, or the year before, he owned twenty-four and a half acres of land, and there are land deedsd which show that he possessed other tracts. His homestead lay in a bend of the old highway now Dudley street, near its junction with Warren street. In 1645, the Roxbury Free School was founded, and the name of William Cheney is found among the list of subscribers to the school fund, also among the few who specially guaranteed to the town of the payment of their yearly contributions. Later, in 1664, he was chosen a member of the board of directors or "feoffees" of this school. In 1648 he was elected a member of the board of assessors, and Feb. 23, 1652, as one of the committee to raise a certain sum for the maintenance of the minister. In 1654-55 he was one of the two constables, and Jan. 19, 1656-57, he was a member of the board of selectmen. May 23, 1666, he was made a freeman of the Colony.
He was admitted to full communion of the church, March 5, 1664-65, and his wife April 22, 1644.
He married Margaret ____. After his death, June 30, 1667, she married (second) a Mr. Burge or Burges, whose Christian name is unknown, and was again a widow before 1679. She spent her last years in Boston, but was buried in Roxbury, July 3, 1686.
1. Ellen, born in England, about 1626.
2. Margaret, married, April 1650, in Roxbury, Deacon Thomas Hastings.
4. William, mentioned below.
5. John, born Sept. 29, 1639, in Roxbury.
6. Mehitabel, June 1, 1643, in Roxbury.
7. Joseph, June 6, 1647, in Roxbury.
(II) William (2), son of Willam (1) Cheney, lived in Medfield on land which is father had acquired in the early laying of the town when it was a part of Dedham. Afterwards he lived in Dorchester. He died in Sept., 1681, bequeathing his property to his widow and her sons. Only two of his children lived to maturity and had families.
1. William, born Aug. 3, 1666, mentioned below.
2. Benjamin, May 1, 1677.
(III) William (3), son of William (2) Cheney, was born Aug. 3, 1666, and married Margaret ____. She died April 1, 1740. Both she and her husband were members of the church in Mendon. His name first appears on a list of persons taxed for the support of the minister in Mendon in Oct. 1695. He received a grant of land from the town, March 5, 1705-06, and another April 13, 1706, of forty acres. He lived in that part of Mendon which was afterwards incorporated into Milford, and carried on a large farm. He and his wife conveyed a portion of their estate to their son William, June 24, 1730, and another to their son Ebenezer at about this same time. Both he and his son William signed a petition of residents on the easterly side of Milford river to be formed into a new precinct, Nov. 25, 1741. This resulted in the formation of the church and precinct of Milford at once, and its incorporation as a town in 1780.
He died July 1, 1753.
He was a man of excellent character and esteemed by all who knew him.
Children, born in Mendon:
1. Margaret, Aug. 30, 1695.
2. Sarah, Feb. 15, 1698-99.
3. Hester, June 17, 1701.
4. William, Feb. 7, 1703-04, mentioned below.
5. Ebenezer, Nov. 20, 1706.
6. Abigail, Sept. 21, 1709.
(IV) William (4), son of William (3) Cheney, was born Feb. 7, 1703-04. He married, May 20, 1726, at Dorchester, Joanna, daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Wales) Thayer, of Braintree. She was born Aug. 18, 1706. Her father, Nathaniel Thayer, was the son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Hayden) Thayer, grandson of Richard and Dorothy (Pray) Thayer, and great-grandson of Richard Thayer, of Braintree, who came from England before 1640. Quinton Pray, Dorothy Pray's father, was one of the superintendents of the Pioneer Iron Works at Lynn and Braintree. Nathaniel Wales, ancestor of Joanna Wales, Thayer's mother, was one of the honored founders of Dorchester.
William Cheney was a member of the church of Mendon and one of those who were dismissed from that body to form the Milford church in 1741. He was clerk of the Milford precinct from its organization till 1747. By occupation he was a joiner and a farmer.
He died July 18, 1756.
His widow was administratrix of his estate. She married (second) May 28, 1760, Deacon Nathan Peniman.
1. Joanna, May 26, 1728.
2. Susanna, July 23, 1730.
3. Wales, Aug. 31, 1732, mentioned below.
4. Nathaniel, Feb. 24, 1734.
5. Mary, July 27, 1736.
6. Caleb, Jan. 12, 1738-39.
7. Ebenezer, baptized July 19, 1741.
8. Abigail, Nov. 20, 1743.
9. William, May 18, 1746.
10. Levi, Nov. 23, 1756.
(V) Wales, son of William (4) Cheney, was born Aug. 13, 1732, in Mendon. He married, Nov. 30, 1756, Sarah, daughter of Jonathan and Lydia (Jones) Whitney, born 1730, died Nov. 6, 1822. He lived in Milford just beyond the "Whitney place," towards "Hayden Row." He also owned property in Orange. He was reputed a frugal, temperate, punctiliously upright man, and a kind neighbor.
He died March 27, 1825.
In 1828, in the settlement of his estate, the following heirs sold their share to Alexander Cheney: Nathaniel Cheney, Esquire, of Jamaica, Vermont, with his wife Hannah; David and Betsey Cheney, of "Irving's Grant"; Nathan and Ruth and John and Lydia Corbett, of Orange; Asa Cheney, of Milford; John and Polly Hero, and Aaron and Emily Hero, of Holliston.
1. Josiah, born Aug. 9, 1757.
2. Nathaniel, Oct. 1, 1758.
3. Susanna, Dec. 5, 1760.
4. David, Feb. 25, 1763.
5. Nathan, May 4, 1765, mentioned below.
6. Lydia, May 4, 1767.
7. Asa, Dec. 20, 1769.
8. Amos, Sept. 26, 1773.
9. Anna, April 21, 1777.
10. Alexander, Oct. 8, 1780.
(VI) Nathan, son of Wales Cheney, was born May 4, 1765, in Milford. He married (intentions published Dec. 7, 1788, at Orange) Ruth French, born Dec. 31, 1769, at Milford. He was a blacksmith by occupation and also carried on a farm. He lived in Orange. In appearance he was a tall, erect, powerful man, with dark hair and eyes.
1. Sally, born May 26, 1791.
2. Amos, Nov. 2, 1793.
3. Ruth, Oct. 7, 1795.
4. Laura, June 20, 1798, died April 3, 1809.
5. Nathan, June 24, 1800.
6. Samuel French, Sept. 17, 1802.
7. Wales, July 21, 1806.
8. Lydia, June 10, 1808.
9. Laura, March 17, 1812.
10. Mary, Oct. 9, 1814.
11. Maria S., March 31, 1819.
(VII) Ruth, daughter of Nathan Cheney, was born Oct. 7, 1795. She married, Feb. 4, 1823, Moses Chaney Jr. (See Chaney VI).
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