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patriarch of the Sons of Temperance. After
his death the family removed to Portland,
January, 1854. He married, April 25, 1833,
Sophia Cheney, born at Newport, New Hamp-
shire, July 21, i§io, daughter of Colonel Will-
iam and Tryphena (Hatch) Cheney, of New-
port (see Cheney VH). She died in Port-
land, May 26, 1884. Husband and wife were
buried in the old cemetery near the center of
the village of Norway. Their children were:
Georgianna Sophia, Charles Franklin, Pren-
tice Cheney, Ellen Olivia, William Cheney,
Frederick Hall and Frank.

(IX) Charles Franklin, eldest son of Frank-
lin and Sophia (Cheney) Manning, was born
in Portland, 3ilaine, August 12, 1835, and
early became a civil engineer. His first active
work was as a survevor on the Ontario, Sim-

coc & Lake Huron railroad in Canada, of
which he was assistant engineer at the time of
his father's death in 1853. Immediately fol-
lowing that event he went to Portland, to
which place his mother had returned with her
family. Here he engaged in partnership with
Charles D. Brown in the wholesale flour and
produce business. In 1862 he removed with
his family to Baltimore, Maryland, and was
engaged as constructing engineer for the
Hutchinson Brothers in the installation of
water and gas works. Some years later he
went to Norfolk, Virginia, where under the
contract of Messrs. Allen & Hutchinson he
built the first water works system in Norfolk
in 1872-73. He also instituted a gas plant at
the Hygia Hotel, Old Point Comfort. From
Norfolk he went to Hagerstown, Maryland,
and w-as for five years a member of the firm
of Ames, Manning & Ames, who did a large
business in the manufacture of fertilizers. Af-
terward he became city treasurer and tax col-
lector; a director (also treasurer and cor-
responding secretary) in the \\'ashington
County Agricultural and JMechanical Associa-
tion ; and a director in the Orphans Home.
He was a trustee and elder of the Presby-
terian church, and for ten years superintend-
ent of its Sunday school 1883-93. He was sup-
erintendent and treasurer of the Hagerstown
Light and Heat Company, and the Washington
County Water Company. In 1894 he resigned
these offices to return to Portland, retiring
from active business. Pie died JMarch 7, 1899.
He was a member of the State Street Congre-
gational Church. In politics he was a Republi-
can. He was a member of Atlantic Lodge,
Free and Accepted Masons, of Portland, and
past master of Friendship Lodge, Ancient Free
and Accepted Masons, Hagerstown. A friend
and business associate wrote of him : "We all
agree about him, that he was dear to many a
heart. His uniform courtesy and kindness
made him a host of friends, and there was one
expression here in regard to him, coming to
me from all classes of those who had come
in contact with him in social or business rela-
tions — that he was an upright, courteous gen-
tleman." The Hagerstown Globe, in an obitu-
ary of him, said : "The news of his death
was received in Hagerstown with manifesta-
tions of deepest regret upon the part of a wide
circle of friends and acquaintances. During
his residence in Hagerstown he made many
warm friends. He was a polished gentleman,
an excellent man of business, exact and
prompt, and enjoyed an enviable reputation."
He married, in Portland, September 20, 1858,



Ellen -M. Crockett, born in Portland, April 25,
1838, daughter of Leonard and Frances Ellen
(Talbot) "Crockett, of Portland (see Crock-
ett). Children: i. Alma Crockett, born Au-
gust 2, 1859; unmarried. 2. Frances Talbot,
died young. 3. Charles Cheney, next men-

(X) Charles Cheney, youngest child of
Charles F. and Ellen M. (Crockett) Alanning,
was born in Baltimore, November 1, 1869.
He graduated from the .Marxland Agricultural
College as a civil engmeer in 1890. He was
employed as such one and a half ,\ears on the
Western Maryland railroad. He is now in the
United States engineer department of the
army, at Portland, entering the government
employ in 1898, under Major Roessler, the
department having charge of the extensive
fortifications and other works now in progress
of construction. He is a member of the Maine
Commandery of the Military Order of the
Loyal Legion of the United States. He re-
sides in Portland. He married, September 15,
1897, Mary Elizabeth Wiiite. born in Portland,
May 27. 1873, daughter of James and Eliza-
beth (Foster) White, of Portland. Children:
Leonard Foster, born September 10, 1902;
\\'illiam Chenev, August 10, 1904 ; Margaret.
January 7, 1906.

In nearly everv part of Eng-

CHENEY land this name is found, and it

has been identified with the

history of the United States from the earliest


(I) The founder of the family in America
was John Cheney, who came with his wife
Martha and four children to Roxbury, Massa-
chusetts, in 1635. He was a member of Rev.
John Eliot"s church, but removed in the latter
part of 1636 to Newbury, where he was at
once received in the church. He became a
large landholder and was a very busy man, as
indicated by the record of remission of a fine
of two shillings for non-attendance at town
meeting. This remission was voted April 21,
1638. His home was in the old town, and he
was granted lot 50 in the "New Towne," on the
"ffield" street, January 10, 1643. He took an
active interest in affairs of the colony, and
was one of ten who walked forty miles to Cam-
bridge to take the freeman's oath, which was
administered May 17, 1637. He was an active
supporter of Governor Winthrop, and was
chosen selectman in 1652-61-64. He was
elected grand juror April 27, 1648, and was
chosen on committees for executing various
town business, such as laying out wa3-s. He

died July 28, 1666, and the inventory of his
estate shows him to have been a wealthy man
for that day. His children were : Mary, yhu-
tha, John, Daniel, Sarah, Peter, Lydia, Han-
nah, Nathaniel and Elizabeth.

(II) Peter, third son and sixth child of
John and iMartha Cheney, was born about
1639, in Newbury, where he passed his life.
On June 18, 1663, he bought of John Bishop,
for two hundred and fifty pounds, a mill and
house, with all appurtenances and riparian
rights. On Alarch 7, 1660, he proposed to the
town meeting to erect a windmill if granted an
acre of land for the purpose, and this propo-
sition was accepted. November 4, 1693, he
deeded to his son John one-iialf of his mill,
dam and belongings, including fifty acres of
land, and January 10, 1695, he deeded the
other half to his son Peter. He died in Jan-
uary, 1695. He married, May 14, 1663, Han-
nah, daughter of Nicholas and Mary (Cut-
ting) No}es. She was born October 30, 1643,
in Newbury, and survived her husband. She
married (second) June 3, 1700, John Atkin-
son, and died January 5, 1705. Her father
was a son of Rev. William and Anne (Par-
ker) Noyes, of Cholderton, England, the lat-
ter a daughter of Rev. Robert Parker, a cele-
brated preacher and author. The children of
Peter and Hannah (Noyes) Cheney were:
Peter, John, Nicholas, Hulda, Mary, Martha,
Nathaniel (died young), Jemima, Nathaniel,
Eldad, Hannah, Ichabod and Lydia.

(III) John (2), second son and child of
Peter and Hannah (Noyes) Cheney, was born
May 10, 1666, in Newbury, and became mas-
ter of many mechanical operations. He was
a house carpenter and millwright, a cloth-
finisher and miller, and operated the mill pur-
chased by his father shortly before his birth.
He inherited from his uncle, Nathaniel
Cheney, a considerable tract of land in Suf-
field, Connecticut, which he sold a part in
1698, and the balance in 1723. C)n August
23, 1724, he was received with his wife in the
church at Weston (Sudbury), and on the
27th of October, same j'ear, he purchased one
hundred and twenty acres of land in that
town, and one-half of this he deeded to his
son John. The time of his residence in Wes-
ton is indicated by his dismissal from the
church there, July 26, 1730, and his admis-
sion to the west parish of Newbury in 1731.
He was subsequently dismissed from this so-
ciety to the Second Church of Rowley, now
Georgetown. He married, March 7, 1693,
Mary, daughter of James and Mary (Wood)
Chute. She was born September 16, 1674.

Manning Manse, Billerica, Mass. Samuel Manning — 1696.

Cheney Mansion, Newpokt, N. H.
Home of Col. Wm. Cheney, where Laeayette was entertained in 1824.



Her father was a son of James, who was a
son of Lionel Chute. John Cheney died Sep-
tember 2, 1750, and was survived by his wife
only eight days. Their children were : Ed-
mund, Martha, Marv, Sarah, John and Ju-

( I\') John (3), younger son and fifth child
of John (2) and Hilary (Chute) Cheney, was
born ]May 23, 1705, in Xewbury, and resided
in that part of \Veston now Sudbury. He was
a large landholder in that town and the ad-
joining one of Framingham. The record
shows a purchase in the latter town of seventy-
five acres November 15, 1729, the considera-
tion being four hundred pounds. January 14,
He inherited from his uncle, Nathaniel
1732, he purchased for two hundred twenty
pounds ten shillings, a tract of forty-eight
acres with buildings. November 8, 1729, he
sold the land in Weston deeded to him by
his father in 1724. Numerous sales are re-
corded in Sudbury, Weston and Framingham,
indicating that he had a large estate. He was
a subscriber to "The Land Bank,'" and paid
his subscription before December 22, 1740.
July 3, 1750, he sold to his son John his home-
stead in Sudbury, which had been the estate of
his father-in-law, Noah Clap. 2\Ir. Cheney
was a member of Captain Josiali Brown's troop
of horse, mustered June 4, 1739, and per-
formed active service in quelling the Indians.
In 1753 he was again in service, and was acci-
dentally killed while loading a gun in garri-
son at Georgetown, Maine, July 31, 1753. He
married (first) in Weston (intention published
October 2, 1725), Elizabeth, daughter of
Simon and Elizabeth Dakin. She was born
August 25, 1703, in Concord, and died June
13' ^73^- They were received in the church
at Framingham, February 4, 1728. 2\Ir.
Cheney married (second) December 25, 1730,
3.1ary. daughter of Noah and Mary (\\'right)
Clap. She was admitted to the church in Sud-
bury, October 3, 1731, and he was admitted
January 31, 1733. Mary (Clap) Cheney died
January 2, 1745, and he married (third) No-
vember 15, 1745, Keziah Kendall, of Lancas-
ter. She was received in the Sudbury church,
October 26, 1745. After the death of Mr.
Cheney she married John Tarp, and resided in
Woolwich, ]\Iaine. jMr. Cheney's children
were : Tristram, John, Elizabeth, Elias, Hes-
ter, Ralph, Nathaniel Carter.

(V) Tristram, eldest son of John (3) and
Elizabeth (Dakin) Cheney, was born October
14, 1726, in Weston, and grew up under the
care of Deacon Noah Clap, the father of his
stepmother, who regarded him much as a son

and made him his executor. He was a very
active and vigorous man, and accumulated a
handsome property. Much of his life was
passed on the frontier, and he was always a
leader. He was foremost in the settlement of
a tract in Worcester, granted to Dorchester
men who served in the military campaign of
1690. This settlement became the town of
Ashburnham, in which Mr. Cheney was the
first selectman, 1765, and moderator in 1767.
Fle became a member of the church there by
letter from Sudbury in 1763, and was on nu-
merous important committees, and served as
tithingman and deacon. After about ten years
of residence at Ashburnham he moved to An-
trim, New Hampshire, and helped to organize
the church at Hillsborough, October 12, 1769.
He was one of its first deacons. In 1798 he
went to Walpole, this state, and about 1805 to
St. Johnsbury, Vermont. He bought a farm
in West Concord, Vermont, on which he re-
sided until his death in December, 1816. He
married, November 28, 1745, in Sudbury. [Mar-
garet, daughter of Edward Joyner. Their
children were : Elizabeth, John, William,
Mary, Sarah, Susannah and Elias.

(VI) William, second son of Tristram and
Margaret (Joyner) Cheney, was born in Sud-
bury, February i, 1750, and grew to manhood
in Ashburnham. His first residence of which
we know, after reaching maturity, was Ac-
worth, Cheshire county. New Hampshire. He
bought a tract of land in the adjoining town of
^larlow, September 18, 1778, and soon after
made his home in one of the neighboring vil-
lages — Alstead, where he spent the remainder
of his days. He was a revolutionary soldier,
on the payroll of Captain Samuel Canfield's
company, Colonel Benjamin Bellow's regiment,
July 3, 1777, and September 21 following in
Ashley's company among those "who went to
reinforce the Northern Continental army at
Saratoga, under command of General Gates."
He enlisted "from Marloe," July 16, 1779, for
one year, receiving £60 bountv and "billeting
money." He died July 15, 1802. His widow
and his son William administered on his es-
tate June 29, 1803. By his wife Rebecca, sur-
name unknown, he had children : William,
"Lewman," Lucy, }ilargaret, Laura, Amasa
and Rebecca.

(VII) Colonel William (2). eldest child of
William (i) ai^d Rebecca Cheney, was born
in Alstead, New Hampshire, August 9, 1776.
He learned the carpenter's trade, but soon be-
came a merchant, and resided in Newport.
In 1810 he built a block of stores, a part of
which he occupied until his death. In 181 5 he



built a large public house known as Xettle-
ton"s Hotel. Three years later he erected a
large building four stories high and one hun-
dred and fifty feet long, called the "Tontine,"
designed for' stores and mechanic shops. At
aboiu this time he sold the town the tract of
land since used as a common. During the
year 1815 he constructed the dam and canal
which feed the upper tannery and the New-
port and Eagle mills. On the canal he built
a cotton factory and linseed oil mill, and a
grist mill and a sawmill at the dam below.
About the year 1819 he purchased all the
waterpower at Sunapee Harbor, and built there
a grist mill, sawmill and carding mill. Colonel
Cheney had few educational advantages, but '
his indomitable energy and perseverance in all
that he undertook, whether in private or pub-
lic enterprises, brought him success. He had
a generous heart. It is related of him that he,
once took a poor friendless old lady who was '
on the way to the poorhouse, into his own
family, where she enjoyed all the hospitalities
of his home for a long time. He was often
moderator of the town meeting, and member
of the board of selectmen of the town, and
during the years 1816-1827 a representative to
the state legislature. It was mainly through
his efforts that a division of Cheshire county
was ettected, and Newport became the county
seat of the new county of Sullivan. He was a
friend of education, and assisted several young
men who were fitting for college, and con-
tributed generously to the support of the New-
port .\cademy. lie was a deacon of the Bap-
tist church, to which he presented the ground
for church and parsonage, and contributed
largely toward the construction of the edifices.
The bell was his own gift, a surprise to the
society. He w^as an ardent lover of music,
and in his earlier years played the violin. The
Masonic body of which he was a member met
for a long time in a hall in his residence.
Passing through all the subordinate grades he
became a colonel in the state militia. When,
in 1824, Lafayette passed through the town, he
was received by a large escort and conducted
to the residence of Colonel Cheney, where he
met the warm and enthusiastic congratulations
of the people. He died of consumption, June
15, 1830, leaving the largest estate ever ad-
ministered in town up to that time. He mar-
ried. February, 1801, Tryphena, daughter of
Phineas Hatch, who survived him many years.
The Rev. Daron Stow, of Boston, in an obit-
uary notice of her, said : "Naturally amiable,
she was regarded by all as a model Christian
wife and mother. Though of the wealthiest

family in town she seemed not to know it, and
like a true lady mingled with the poor and
the more fortunate as upon the same level,
and thus won the hearts anil commanded the
respect of all." Their children were : Chloe,
Philena, Persis Hatch, William Hutchinson,
Tryphena, Sophia, George Hallett, Alice,
Prentice, Charles Franklin and James Edwin.
(\'III) Sophia, fourth daughter of Colonel
William and Tryphena (Hatchj Cheney, was
born July 21, 1810, and married April 25, 1833,
Franklin Manning, a merchant, of Portland,
Maine. (See Manning VIII.)

T h o m a s Crockett, who
CROCKETT seems to be progenitor of all
the New England families
of this name, was probably a brother of an-
other Crockett who was the founder of the
family of this name in Virginia. Both were
of English birth.

(I) Thomas Crockett was born about 1606,
according to one deposition; another would
seem to show 161 1 as the birth date. In 1630
Captain \\'alter Neal arrived at Little Harbor
(or Piscataqua) as governor of Mason's Prov-
ince. Ambrose Gibbons came at the same
time as factor or general manager of the
plantation. Thomas Crockett was in the em-
ploy of Ambrose Gibbons in 1633-34. A num-
ber of witnesses testified that Gorges granted
him a neck of land containing 187 acres, on the
east side of Spruce creek, in 1641, and called
Crockett's Neck. To show they were not
squatters, there is a record of the proceed-
ings of York court, Februarv 23, 1639, in
which "John Billing and John Lauder, both
of Piscataquack, fishermen," sold to Joseph
Mills (Miles) eight acres of land situated
upon Spruce creek, conditioned that he should
pay the grantees six pence per acre for each
and every acre he should clear and plant upon,
which rent was to be paid annually upon the
feast day of Michael the .Archangel. The rec-
ord declares they had the land from Sir Fer-
dinando Gorges. Miles sold his interest in
this land to Thomas Crockett, planter, No-
vember 16, 1647, and Crockett sold to Rice
Thomas, December, 1647. Thomas Crockett
sold, September 21, 1647, ^ house and four
acres of land which he had bought of William
Wormwood, to Robert Mendum. He lived at
Warehouse Point, and at Kittery Point till
later than 1658, though he was for a short
time near the head of Braveboat Harbor. In
June, 1648, Thomas Crockett was appointed to
keep ferry at Braveboat Harbor, and to "have
for a freeman three pence, and for a foreigner



four pence per man." In 1659 Thomas Crock-
ett was allowed to keep the ferry from Hugh
Gunnison's to Captain Pendleton's, for which
he was to have "six pence a p'son for his fer-
riage, and to have the use of for his life t}me,
pr'vided he fitt conveniently for itt, for the
doing we'of the town of Kittery is to take
effectual care upon penalty of the losse of five
pounds for y'r neglect." He had a grant of
land in York in 1651, and signed the submis-
sion to Massachusetts in York, in 1652. He
was constable in 1657. In 1667 he had built
a house upon Crockett's Neck, and was living
there. This neck was divided among his sons
and sons-in-law. His widow Ann adminis-
tered his estate in 1679, and married, before
1683, Diggory Jeffreys, at Kittery Point. She
was living in 1712. Children of Thomas
Crockett: i. Ephraim, born about 1641 ; mar-
ried Ann ; son Elihu deeds land in

1683, living in 1698. 2. Joseph, married Han-
nah . 3. Joshua, married Sarah

Trickey. 4. Hugh, married Margaret ;

children : Marv, married

Barton ; Ann,

married William Roberts ; Sarah, married John
Parrott. In 1722 the town of Kittery ordered
certain houses made "Defencible in sd town,"
and Joseph Crockett's was one of the number,
and certain families were "to lodge therein"
in times of peril for united defence against the
^ - ^(11) Ephraim, son of Thomas Crockett, was
torn about 1641, and died about 1688. He

was a tailor. He married Ann , before

1672. In York deeds there is a record, "I,
Ephraim Crockett, of Kittery, in ye county of
York, Taylor," to "Charles (Dgradoe, of Ports-
mouth, in Piccataqua River, Yoeman, . . .
my ten acre Lott," etc., etc. ; "said ten acres of
Land was given unto me by the town of Kit-
tery and laid out unto me by ye select men of
the town," June 3, 1672, and signed Ephraim
Crockett, September 16, 1672. His will is
dated July 17, 1688; inventory returned Sep-
tember 10, 1688. His children: i. Richard;
see forward. 2. Ephraim, married Rebecca
Frink, March 13, 1728-9. 3. Sarah, married
Henry Barter. 4. Mary, named in father's

(Ill) Richard, son of Ephraim Crockett,
married Deborah, daughter of Andrew Haley.
He lived in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1714,
and in Stratham in 1719. York deeds record
that Richard Crockett, of Kittery, in the
county of York, yeoman, sold to Mr. John
Fernald, of the same place, yeoman, land ly-
ing in the tow-nship of Kittery, between the
long Reach and Spruce Creek, containing

forty acres of land that was granted unto his
father, Ephraim Crockett, by the town of Kit-
tery, July 28, 1679, and laid out unto him
October 2nd, 1679, etc., etc. ".And further-
more, I the said Richard Crockett Do for my
Self and my heirs covenant to and with the
said John ffernald . . . that I am the true
and proper owner thereof anil have within my
self full power and Lawful authority to sell,"
etc., etc. Signed October 14, 1708. Richard
Crockett personally appeared and made oath
that he saw Nicholas Tucker to sign, seal, etc.,
"Kittery ye County of York," May 13, 1712.
No record has been found of his children, ex-
cept Samuel, mentioned below.

(IV) Samuel, son of Richard Crockett, was
the first of the name in Gorham. There were
other Crockett families there, but not related.
In old deeds the name is spelled Crockit.
Samuel Crockett was born in February, 1717,
and died December 19, 1798. He came from
New Hampshire, and settled in Falmouth
(Portland), where he lived on the northeast
corner of Middle and Plum streets. He was
a shipwright. He exchanged a grant of land
in Gorham for land on the foreside of Port-
land. He was of Falmouth in 1754, and of
Gorham in 1755. In Gorham he built and
occupied a two-story house on Main street,
which he sold to Rev. Caleb Jewett, lately
occupied by Henry Broad. He married, in
1738 (pub. March 10), Sarah, born March,
1717, daughter of Jonathan Cobb; she was his
first wife, and the record of their children is
imperfect: i. Sarah, baptized 1740. 2. Betty,
baptized 1741 ; married Jonathan Fickett, of
Buxton, December 21, 1763. 3. Susanna, born
about 1743 ; married Moses Whitney, Decem-
ber 2"/, 1760. Samuel Crockett married (sec-
ond), 1750, Mrs. Priscilla (Swett) Jackman,
daughter of John Swett, of Falmouth. Chil-
dren : I. Samuel; see forward. 2. Martha
A., born November 29, 1754; married Nathan-
iel Hill, of Buxton, December 30, 1773. 3.
Dorcas, born April 14, 1756; married Daniel
Merrill, of Falmouth, January 12, 1775. 4.
Abigail, born April 10, 1758 : married Silas
Chadbourne, April 2},, 1775. The mother of
these children died March 7, 1763, and Sam-
uel Crockett married (third), June 10, 1763,
Mrs. Mary Whitney, widow of Abel Whitney.
She died about 1794. They lived the latter
part of their lives at West Gorham, with the
son Samuel. The lot on which the latter set-
tled, and the seventy acre lot on which Isaac
and Mary Whitne}- lived, were located and
run out b)'^ IMr. Crockett.

(V) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) Crock-



ett, was born September 6, 1752, and died
March 8, 1830, aged seventy-eight. He hved
at West Gorham, on the hundred acre lot 79,
which joined that of Nathaniel Cobb. His
house was on the road leading to Fort Hill.
He served in the war of the revolution as ser-
geant in Captain Samuel Whitmore's company,
Colonel Reuben Fogg's regiment, which left
Gorham Ciiristmas day, 1777, for Peekskill,
New York. He married Tabilha, probably
daughter of Jacob and Content Ffamblen.
Children : i. Eunice B., born 1771, died young.
2. William, born September 19, 1772; mar-
ried Nancy Fickett, of Stroudwater. 3. Nancy,
born September 18, 1774; married Caleb Page,
of Conway, December, 1797. 4. Susanna,
born July 31, 1777; married Joseph Bradbury
Jr., July 22, 1798. 5. Content, born Alay 18,
1779; married Joseph Moody, of Buxton, Au-
gust I, 1802. 6. Martha, born March 19,
1781 ; married James Merrill, of Buxton. 7.
Joseph, born October 11, .1782; married 2\lary
Bradbury (sister of Joseph Jr. above men-

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