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119. PENUEL,6 (Nathan,^ Joseph,* Josiah,^ Joseph,^
William, 1) b. in Sturbridge, May 17, 1779, m. April 15,
1802, Huldah Tarbell. He d. Oct. 24, 1842.

I. A son, b. Oct. 22, d. 25, 1802.

245. II. ADOLPHUS M.,7 b. Oct. 19, 1803.

III. WINTHROP,^ b. April 14, 1806.

IV. ELIZA,'' b. Dec. 14, 1808.

120. WALTER,^ (Nathan,^ Joseph,* Josiah,^ Joseph,^
WilHam,!) b. in Sturbridge, Mass. Feb. 9, 1783, m. i** Jan.
30, 1808, Lydia Gains, b. at Salisbury, Conn., d. in 1812 at
Permeha, N. Y. ; he m. 2'^ Nov. 6, 1816, Lumira, dau. of
William and Mercy (Nichols) Harris, b. in Martinsburgh,
N. Y. April 23, 1796, and d. at Prattsburgh, N. Y. Jan. 7,



246. I. HENRY GAINS,^ b. Jan. 19, 1809.

11. WALTER GAINS,^ b. Jan. i, 181 i,d. May 6, 181 7.

247. m. WALTER SHUMWAY,^ b. Aug. 16, 1817.

248. IV. ALBERT NICHOLS,^ b. July 12, 1820.

V. LUMIRA,'' b. Nov. 25, 1822, m. in Rochester, N. Y., March 3,
1847, William O^Neill. Two children, who d. in infancy.

249. VI. NATHAN WARREN,^ b. March 9, 1824.

VII. LYDIA JANE,^ b. May 20, 1826; m. Jan. 4, 1848, William
Birdsell Boyd, who was b. in Barrington, N. Y. March 30, 1824.
They reside in Solway, N. Y. Children: (i) Mary Lumira
Boyd, b. Sept. 10, 1848, m. Nov. 15, 1866, James Bonney, and
had children, Jennie and William Bonney ; (2) William Walter
Boyd, b. June 27, 1851, m. Dec. 30, 1883, Amanda Lamphier;
(3) Jennie Louise Boyd, b. Nov. 19, i860, m. Nov. 15, 1883,
William Gere Cady, who was b. Oct. 7, 1854. Reside in
Syracuse, N. Y. and have children, [i.] Leda Boyd Cady, b.
Oct. 27, 1884, [ii.] Hazel Fidelia Cady, b. Nov. 29, 1886,
[iii.] Rush Boyd Cady, b. Aug. 20, 1891.

VIII. ORPHA LAVINA,^ b. Nov. 9, 1830, m. Isaac Drew. Child:
Jennie Drew.

IX. ABBY,'' b. March 22, 1832, m. June 2, 1865, Edwin Ntitt. Child :
Edwin Nutt, b. Jan. 12, 1862, m. Sept. 24, 1891, Addie A.

121. EPHRAIM WARREN,^ M. D. (Nathan,^ Joseph,^
Josiah,^ Joseph, 2 William,^) b. in Sturbridge, July 30, 1794,
m. Dec. 24, 1817, Altie Wheeler, dau. of Hon. Lemuel and
Sina (Fitch) Chipman, b. in Richmond, Ont. co. N. Y., July
26, 1800. Judge Chipman was a descendant of John Chip-
man of Barnstable, an assistant surgeon at the battle of
Bennington, a prominent legislator and juror of Rutland co.
Vt. until i795> when he became a resident of Ontario co.
N. Y. The wife of Judge C. was an accomplished woman.
Dr. Cheney studied medicine with Dr. Amasa Trowbridge
of Watertown, N. Y. was licensed physician and surgeon
May 24, 1816. Practised at Richmond and Canandaigua,
N. Y. Was president of the Ontario co. Medical Society and
very highly regarded for professional skill and benevolence,


as well as for his exemplary and spiritual Christian life. Was
many years a communicant in the Episcopal church.
He d. Nov II, 1864. Mrs. Cheney d. Feb. 9, 1862.


I. MARGARET ELLEN,^ b. Oct. i, 1817, 1848 Dr. Alonzo
D. Brown of Canandaigua, N. Y., d. at St. Joseph, Mich. Sept.
4, 1894. Two daughters and one son survive.

n. LEMUEL CHIPMAN/ b. Sept. i, 1821, d. May 15, 1823.

HI. LEMUEL CHIPMAN,'' b. Sept. 17, 1824, d. unmarried Sept.
II, 1848.

IV. EDWARD WARREN,^ b. Feb. 17, 1827, d. March 7, 1836.

250. V. GEORGE NATHAN,^ b. June 3, 1829.

251. VI. WILLIAM FITCH,'^ b. Dec. 30, 1831.

252. vii. CHARLES EDWARD,'' (Bishop Cheney) b. Feb. 12, 1836.
VIII. ALICE,' b. March 24, 1840, d. Aug. 31, 1848.

I 22. Rev. JOSEPH,^ (Josiah,5 Josiah,* Josiah,^ Joseph,^
William,^) b. in Holden Aug. 15, 1775, m. Elizabeth
Preston. He graduated from Brown University in 1801,
and studied for the ministry. Was ordained and served long

and well. He m. Elizabeth Preston. He was pastor of

the Baptist church at Augusta, Me. until 1807, when he re-
moved to Milton, Vt. In 1819 he removed to Salisbury, Vt.
where he was the first settled minister of the town. He was
seriously injured by a fall from his horse, and incapacitated
for further labor. He died June 6, 1834.

I. ELIZABETH,^ b. about 1809.
n. LYDIA,^b. about 181 1.
m. MARY,'' b. about 1813.

253. IV. JOSEPH PRESTON,'' b. May 27, 1815.

254. V. SAMUEL WILLARD,^ b. Dec. 2, 1819.

123. J0HN,6 (Solomon Clark,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^ Joseph,^

William, 1) b. in Holden Oct. 14, 1784, m. Eunice ,

who d. Oct. 9, 1848, aged 63. He resided in Holden.



I. POLLY PRENTICE,'^ b. April 4, d. Dec. 5, 1816.
II. POLLY PRENTICE,^ b. April 23, 1818.

III. SALLY STODDARD,^ b. Oct. 17, 1819.

IV. BETSEY STRATTON,' b. Jan. 5, d. Feb. 25, 1821.

V. ELIZABETH STRATTON,' b. Nov. 4, 1824; m. in Worcester,
April 4, \%(yo^ James Allen, of Barre.

VI. EUNICE MARIA," b. July i, 1828.

I 24. SIMON,6 (Solomon Clark,^ Josiah/ Josiah,^ Joseph,^

William/) b. in Holden Jan. 14, 1787, m. Molly .

He entered the army in the second war with Great Britain ;
was commissioned ensign March 31, 181 2, lieutenant July
II, 1812, and captain March 25, 1815. " Capt. Simon
Cheney died April 9, 1816."


255. JAMES ESTABROOK," b. Oct. 4, 1813.

DELIA,^ b. Nov. 27, 1816 ; m. June 4, 1845, Samuel Gates.

126- JOSIAH,6 (Ebenezer,^ Josiah,* Josiah,^ Joseph,2
William, 1) m. Harriett, dau. of Lyman Scott of Chesterfield,
N. H.

He resided in Chesterfield. D. before 1774, as is shown
by reference to him in county records.

127. CLARK,6 (Ebenezer,^ Josiah,4 Josiah,^ Joseph,2
William,^) m. in 1834, Adeline M., (Crosby) widow of
Washington White; d. at Charlestown, N. H. March 15,



256. HARVEY A.,^ b. in 1850.3

128. SIMON,6 (Ebenezer,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^ Joseph,^
William, 1) m. in 1830 Mar}^ dau. of Reuben and Mary
(Fisk) Lewis of Chesterfield, N. H., June 25, 1810.


131. GUSTAVUS/ (Ebenezer,^ Timothy/ Josiah,3
Joseph,^ William, 1) b. in Medfield in i8o8, m. i^* [Intention
in Boston Ma}^ i8, 1843] Mary E. Taft, m. 2'^ Amelia A.,
b. in Limington, Me. in Dec, 1821.

She d. in Boston May 13, 1889.

He resided in Boston and carried on the trucking business ;
d. July 31, i860.


I. GEORGE E.,^ d. in Boston 1864. Est. adm. 1872.

257. II. IRVING RHODES,'' b. Sept. 7, 1845.


IV. JULIA ALTHEA,'' b. in Boston Oct. 4, 1853.

V. CAROLINE A./ m. in Worcester, Dec. 29, 1873, Walter E.
Stratton, b. in Paxton.

I 35. WILLI AM,6 (Timothy, 5 Timothy, ^Josiah,^ Joseph,^

William, 1) b. Oct. 11, 1826, in Milford, m. Lydia J. .

He resided in South Boston ;
He d. Jan. 20, 1882.


258. WILLIAM BARKER,^ b. Sept. 20, 1863.

I 36. GEORGE,^ (Joseph,^ Timothy,* Josiah,^ Joseph,2
WilHam,!) b. in Boston in 1836, m. i**, March 9, 1856,
Margaret Ann, dau. of Thomas Garvey, b. in Westboro in
1839. ^^ resided in Boston,

He followed his father's trade of trunk-maker. He d. Jan.
13, 1883.


L GEORGE,^ b. Feb. 5, 1861.

II. FRANCES EMMA,^ b. June 29, 1866.
III. GEORGE W.,T b. July 25, 1872.

138. SAMUEL,6 (Simon,5 Samuel,^ Josiah,^ Joseph,^
WilHam,!) b. Feb. 14, 1806, m. May 19, 1835, Sarah Das-
comb of Dedham, b. in 1814, d. Feb. 7, 1877. He resided
in West Dedham ; was a milkman. He d. April 21, 1883.



I. FRANCIS,^ b. May 16, 1836; unmarried.
II. ELMIRA,^ b. Dec. 24, 1838, d. Oct. 2, 1840.

259. III. RUFUS FRENCH,^ b. March 28, 1841.

260. IV. SAMUEL ELLIS,^ b. July 25, 1843.

261. V. CHARLES WATSON,^ b. March 22, 1846.

VI. SARAH ELIZABETH,^ b. March 22, 1846, m. Oct. 23, 1878,
Percy E. Tisdale, son of James P. and Mary E. Tisdale of
Walpole ; resides at West Dedham.

VII. SIMON WILLIS,' b. Dec. 8, 1850; unmarried.

VIII. MARIANNA,'' b. Nov. 13, 1853, d. Oct. 5, 1892.

262. IX. ALBERV b. Aug. 28, 1855.

X. HENRY HUBERT,' b. Dec. 30. 1858, d. Dec. 7, 1868.

1 39. LUTHER,6 (Simon,5 Samuel/ Josiah,3 Joseph,2
William,^) b. in Dover July 25, 1809, m. in Dedham, June
19, 1844, Mrs. Elizabeth (Onion) Fisher, of Dedham, b. Jan.
14, 1807. He d. March 31, 1873. The widow d. Aug. i,
1875, bequeathing a token of remembrance to her sons by
former marriage, Leonard Fisher of Redwood, Cal. and
Jeremiah Fisher, of Boston, and making her son Martin L.
Cheney residuary legatee and executor of her will. He was
a farmer, residing in Dedham.


I. EDWIN,' b. April i, d. May i, 1845.

263. n. MARTIN LUTHER,' b. July 17, 1846.

I 40. SIMON,6 (Simon,5 Samuel,* Josiah,^ Joseph,^ Wil-
liam, i) b. [in Dedham Sept. 15, 1820, m. Dec. 11, 1845,
Eliza Ann, dau. of Oliver and Azubah (Gay) Morse of Ded-
ham, b. Dec. 15, 1822, d. Jan. 6, 1890. Oliver Morse was
a farmer, b. Dec. 5, 1769, d. May 23, 1832, and his wife
was b. Feb. 10, 1774, and d. Oct. 27, 1846. Mr. Cheney
was anTexpressman ; his home was in Norwood. He d.
Feb. 16, 1893.



I. ABBIE FRANCES," b. Sept. 27, 1846, m. June 3, 1868, Henry
William Tisdale. He is a grocer in Roxbury (Boston). Chil-
dren : (i) Clara Eliza Tisdale, b. April 11, 1870, d. April 16,
1888, (2) Charles Henry Tisdale, b. June 24, 1872, (3) Ella
May Tisdale, b. April 20, 1878, (4) Frederick Cheney Tisdale,
b. March 30, 1882, (5) Edith Tisdale, b. Feb. 17, 1885, (6) Ruth
Morse Tisdale, b. Jan. 24, 1893.

II. CHARLES EDWARD,^ b. Nov. 11, 1856, d. March 18, 1857.

264. III. ALFRED SIMON," b. May 31, 1858.

I 42. NATHANIEL HOLBROOK,^ (Calvin,^ Samuel,*
Josiah, 2 Joseph, 2 William, 1) b. April i, 1815, m. at Mendon
April 6, 1845, Clarissa dau. of Charles and Ann P. (Hol-
brook) Hartshorn, b. in 1823.


* Seventh Generation.

143. THOMAS,' (Thomas,^ Thomas,^ William,* Wil-
liam,^ Thomas,^ Winiam,^) b. in 1785, m. Feb. 18, 1810,
Sarah Rice; she d. in Boston "Nov. 5, 1854, aged 71."
He resided in Roxbury. He d. Dec. 16, 1822, " ae. 38."


265. I. WILLIAM FOSTER,* b. Jan. 3, 1811.

II. SARAH,* b. Feb. 16, 1817, [not mentioned in her grandmother's
will in 1845 ; from which it may be inferred that she had died.]

266. III. JAMES,* b. about 1820, d. about 1845.

IV. MARY,* b. about 1822, m. George B. Whippen, [intention filed in
Boston Dec. 25, 1845.]

I 44. WILLIAM,' (Thomas,^ Thomas,^ William,* Wil-
liam, ^ Thomas,^ William, i) b. in Roxbury Nov. 28, 1789,
m. Rebecca Richards. She d. June 10, 1880.
He resided in Roxbury; d. Jan. 5, 1830.



I. JANE FOSTER.* b. Dec. 8, 181 1, m. Aj'ers.

II. REBECCA RICHARDS,* b. Oct. 8, 1813, xa.. Robert Clouston
Cavipbell. Children: (i) William Cheney Campbell, b. in 1838,
d. in 1842, (2) \ViIlietta M. Campbell, m. Sept. 22, 1881, Isaac
Sprague, Jr. and has one son, Robert Campbell Sprague.

267. III. WILLIAM,* b. March 25, 1816.

IV. CATHARINE ELIZABETH,* b. Sept. 21, 181S, d. June 26,

V. EBENEZER GODDARD,* b. Dec. 7, 1822, d. Feb. 15, 1845.
26S. VI. GEORGE SEAVER,*b. Dec. 12, 1825.

149. CALVIN,' (Jonathan,^ Daniel,^ Abiel,* William,^
Thomas,^ William,^) b. in Pittstown, N. Y., m. Lydia Bly.

He lived in Ellery, Chautauqua co. N. Y. ; was a dairy
farmer. He died in Harmony, N. Y.


278. I. SPENCER,^ b. Nov. 3. 1824: was a farmer and speculator, a

rich bachelor; d. April 20, 1S92.

279. n. ASA,* 1

^ ^ b. Aug. 13, 1826.

280. III. ABEL,* J *

281. IV. JOSHUA,* b. April 22, 1828.

282. V. WILLIAM,* b. July 20, 1831.

VI. ALBERT.* 1 ,

\ d. young.


150. DANIEL,' (Jonathan,^ Daniel,^ Abiel,^ William,^
Thomas,- William^,) b. in Jamestown, Chautauqua co. N. Y.
m. Amanda Parkhurst of Little Falls, N. Y. She d. Nov.
26, 1885.

He spent his life in his native co. and d. in Jamestown.



I 53. ELIAS EATON," (Ebenezer,^ William,^ Joseph,*
Benjamin, 2 Thomas,^ William,^) b. in Campton, N. H.
May 30, 1793, m. Lucy Fletcher, dau. of Joseph and
Rachel Emerson, of Dunstable, b. April 21, 1803. He


was a joiner and carpenter. Lived in Campion, N. H. ; then
in Thetford, Vt. He resided in Boscawen, N. H. in 1828;
bought land in Canterbury, N. H. March 18, 1828. He
returned after some 3'ears to Thetford, Vt. ; d. there Feb. 2,


290. I. ORAMEL FLETCHER,8b. Nov. 4, 1826.

H. FRANCES KENDRICK,8b. in Boscawen, N.H.Aug. 12, 1828,
m. Charles Cat-roll Strong, of Thetford, Vt. Res. Van Wirt, O.

291. m. SAMUEL FLETCHER,^ b. Dec. 2, 1829.

IV. MARY GERRISH,8 b. Oct. 28, 1831, d. June 24, 1852.
V. SMITH SANB0RN,8 b. July 13, 1834, d. July 20, 1852.

292. VI. JONATHAN EMERSON,^ b. Jan. 27, 1836.

VII. LUCY ELLEN.s b. April 29, 1839, d. at Defiance, O. Sept. 16,

VIII. HARRIET JOSEPHINE,^ b. June 24, 1842, resides in Boston.
IX. ROGER HOWARD,^ b. in Thetford, Vt. Oct. 31, 1845, d. Sept.
10, 1849.

161. SIMEON FRANKLAND,' (Moses,^ William,^
Joseph,'* Benjamin, 3 Thomas,^ William,^) b. on the island of
Grand Menan Dec. 8, 1814, m. June 18, 1844, Elizabeth
Jane Frankland.

He is a farmer, resides at Castilia, Grand Menan, New
Brunswick. Though far advanced in years he has taken
great interest in gathering the records of the descendants of
William'^ (of Newbury and Grand Menan) and proved him-
self a valuable helper.


301. I. LORENZO DRAKE,8 b. June 2, 1845.

302. II. ALBERT FRANCIS,« b. April 12, 1847.

303. III. WILSON,^ b. Sept. 20, 1849.

304. IV. WEBSTER FRANCIS,8 b. Oct. 2, 1850.

V. SARAH JANE,8 b. Sept. 16, 1853, m. Nov. 13, 1874, Wellesley
Winchester. Children: (i) Carrie Winchester, b. June 9, 1873,
(2) Colman Winchester, b. May 3, 1877, (3) Ralph Winchester,
b. June 4, 1880, (4) Lloyd Winchester, b. May 28, 1882, (5)
Brooks Winchester, b. June 29, 1884, (6) Esther Winchester, b.
Dec. II, 1886, (7) Reginald Winchester, b. Feb. 24, 1890.


305. VI. GEORGE MANF0RD,3 b. Dec. 25, 1S59.

306. VII. B0ARDMAN,8 b. Jan. 15, 1S62.

307. VIII. EDGAR SIIMEON,sb. Feb. 18, 1S65.

163. DAVID," (John,'^ Thomas,^ John,'^ Benjamin,^
Thomas, '-^ William,^) b. in Southbridge Oct. 17, 1803, m.
i^\ Feb. 6, 1828, Sally Johnson, b. March 5, 1805. He m.
2*^, Aug. 19, 1835, Nancy E. Dennison, b. Dec. 15, 1808,
d. July I, 1887.

He removed to Zenia, O. about 1S40. He d. March i,


I. JOHN J.,sb. Dec. 5, 1S28.

II. EMELINE,s b. July 7, 1S38, d. June 30, 1887.

III. LUCY E.,^ b. March 10, 1841, d. July 12, 1887.

IV. DAVID DENNISON,s b. Oct. 29, 1843. Settled at Batavia, O.
V. HENRY MARVIN,8 b. June 26, 1848; residence, North

Topeka, Kan.
VI. GEORGE WILBUR,^ b. Aug. 29, 1850, removed to Santa
Anna, California.

I 64. Rev. LABAN CLARK,' (John,*^ Thomas,^ John,*
Benjamin,^ Thomas,^ William,^) b. in Southbridge March
20, 1808, m. Nov. I, 183 1, Cynthia Jane Smith of Derby,
Conn., b. April 13, 1813, d. March 3, 1864. He entered
the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church, and preached
at New Britain, Derb}^ and other points in Conn. He re-
sided some time in Vicksburg, Miss., where his oldest son
was born ; afterward in New York city. He was chaplain of
the 4^^ Ohio Cavalry, a 9 months' regiment ; was discharged
July 17, 1862. He d. April 15, 1S64, and was buried at
Zenia, O.


311. I. BENJAMIN HICKS,s b. Oct. 10, 1S3S.
n. EDWARD OLIN.s b. and d. in 1840.

ni. HARRIET JOSEPHINE.s b. Feb. 7, 1845, m. B. F. Kinnear,
and resided in Covington, Kj-.


168. ABNER CLARK/ (Leonard,^ Thomas,^ John,^
Benjamin,^ Thomas,^ William,^) m. Eunice Brown.

170. MARVIN,^ (Joel,6 Thomas,^ John,* Beniamin,^
Thomas,^ William,!) -^^ q^^^ ^q^ 1802, m. Nov. 24, 1825,
Bethia Morse.

Deacon Marvin Cheney spent 76 years in Southbridge to
good purpose. He tilled soil over which his ancestors and
relatives had wrought for long years, and held strong, pos-
itive convictions ; was a firm believer in the Gospel, deeply
concerned to have all "repent and believe and be baptized";
active in promoting a "revival" which was going on at the
time of his death ; at the same time he was characterized by
one who had been his pastor as a man of "christian pro-
gressiveness, who understood the temper and spirit of the
times." "Faith, moral force, heroism," says another pastor,
were his qualities. He was teacher and superintendent of
the Sunday School, deacon, committee-man and enjoyable
associate in the Baptist church ; selectman, overseer of the
poor, advocate of public improvements in the town ; he was
a valuable citizen. Rarely does a man earn more praise and
less criticism in a lifetime of simply local career. He and
his wife celebrated their golden wedding in 1876. He d.
Feb. 5, 1878. She survived him, and d. June 3, 1886.

I. JOHN MARVIN,8 b. April 28, 1832.

319. II. ALPHA M0RSE,8 b. Dec. 27, 1834.

320. III. WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON,* b. March 4, 1841.

IV. ELLEN CATHARINE,* b. Oct. 3, 1842, m. Stephen Hinmanj
d. June 7, 1879.

v. CAROLINE MORSE,* b. May 24, 1844, m. Frank Christie of
Belmont, la.

171. JOEL,7 (Joel,6 Thomas,^ John,* Benjamin,^ Thomas,^
William,!) b. May 7, 1815, m. Dec. 24, 1846, Harriet C.
Rouse, of Norwich, Ct.

He spent his life in Southbridge. Was greatly interested
in the cause of religion, at home and abroad ; a good giver

^ m tr ■r-i .a wa kifi£jWf;:*;a»K-^3>w^ -



to foreign missions, especially. jNIade extensive inquiries
into the history of the Cheneys of New England, and
gathered man}- items respecting them from original docu-
ments and by correspondence. He obtained the photographic
copy of the will of William ^ of Roxbur}-, which we print in
this volume by permission of his executors. He d. at his
home Oct. 10, iSgS.



I 72. Rev. DAVID BACHELLER,' (Joel,*^ Thomas,^
John,^ Benjamin,^ Thomas,^ William,^) b. in Southbridge
June 8, 1820 : was educated at Shelburne Falls, Worcester,
and Amherst College ; was ordained to the ministrv in the
Baptist church at Mansfield, Conn. April 23, 1843, (the day
on which the Millerites expected the end of the world !) He
afterwards succeeded to the pastorate of churches in Nor-
wich, Conn, in 1845, in Columbus, O. in 1847, in Philadel-
phia, Pa. in 1852, in San Francisco, Cal. in 1S59, ^^ Boston,
Mass. in 1867, in Chicago, 111. in 1874, "^ Elgin, 111. in
1878, and in Lima, O. in 18S3. He was editor of the de-
nominational journal, The Evangel, in S. F. : author of
a volume entitled "The Baptists; their historv, faith and
polit}'," and man}^ brief articles published in journals and
periodicals. He received the honorary degree of A. M. in
1850 from Denison Univ., O., and that of D. D. from the
University of Chicago in 1S64.

In addition to his efficient and highly successful labors as
a pastor and preacher, he always carried responsible burdens
in denominational matters. In Ohio he was secretary of
the State Convention ; in Penns3'lvania, secretary of the Bap-
tist Education Society, and of the Publication Society ; in
Chicago he was active on the boards of the Theological
Seminary and the Missionary Union. His chief aim was to
be " a good minister of Jesus Christ," and in a high degree
this was attained. Below we give an article communicated
to the "Standard" of Jan. 11, 1894, by one competent to de-
scribe some of the characteristics of this distincruished man.



Standard, Jan. 11, 1894.

Permit me first to make some corrections in your sketch of this great and
good man's life which appeared in last week's Standard. His first pas-
torate was not in Mansfield, Mass., but Mansfield, Conn. Nor did he go
from Mansfield to Norwich, but to Greenville, then a manufacturing suburb
of Norwich. There were two Baptist churches in Norwich at the time.
The writer's parents were members of the Baptist church in Mansfield, and
the writer himself a member of the Sunday-school and congregation. Pre-
vious to the coming of Dr. Cheney, the church had for pastor Rev. Henry
Bromley, whose pastorate had lasted seven years. Both had begun to
preach very young, but the contrast between the two was striking. The
first pastor added to his boyish looks a remarkably small stature, while his
successor was tall, well-proportioned, and erect, and only his fair and youth-
ful countenance indicated the dawning of early manhood.

Soon after Dr. Cheney's settlement a council was called for his ordina-
tion. All the churches of the old Ashford Association were represented,
and there were several visitors from other associations. It was an event of
no ordinary importance to a boy brought up in a country town. Dr. S. S.
Cutting, then pastor at Southbridge, Mass., was the preacher on the occa-
sion, and Rev. Alvin Bennett, of South Wilbraham, Mass., brother of Rev.
Alfred Bennett, missionarj' in central New York, and both natives of
Mansfield, offered the ordaining prayer. The writer, with a boy friend, sat
in the gallery overlooking the pulpit, and witnessed and heard all with
mingled wonder and admiration.

One of the first things undertaken by Dr. Cheney was the remodeling of
the meeting-house. It was one of the oldest of the old-fashioned churches,
with two tiers of windows, high ceiling, high pulpit, and a horseshoe gal-
lery on three sides. To get the consent of the older members to have all
this changed, the gallery torn out, the ceiling lowered, and the pulpit
brought down almost to the level occupied by ordinary sinners, was a
herculean task. But Dr. Cheney's boundless enthusiasm and indomitable
energy overcame all opposition. How well the writer remembers Dr.
Cheney as he came into the plough-field where he was engaged in driving
oxen for his father to plough, upon his mission of money-raising. There
was argument pro and con, the clerical advocating, the layman opposing,
and the boy listening and deciding against his father before the argument
was half finished. At last the wordy conflict ended, the needed subscrip-
tion was secured, and the victor left the field in triumph.

In the fall of each year during Dr. Cheney's pastorate in Mansfield he
taught a select school in the pastorate, and the writer was one of his
scholars. As a teacher he was prompt, exacting, and almost merciless in
his treatment of indolent and careless pupils. To bring them up to his



ideal of scholarship both reproof and ridicule were freely used, and many
a student never forgot the cutting criticisms made upon his poorly prepared
and blundering recitations.

The writer met his former pastor and teacher for the last time at the
meeting of the Illinois General Association at Elgin, and remembers with
pleasure how the acquaintance of former years was renewed, and the scenes
and incidents of the Mansfield pastorate talked over. Farewell, faithful
friend and wise teacher. There were many things your pupil did not
understand on earth, but he hopes by and by in the better land to prosecute
his studies until he " shall know even as he is known."

Indianapolis, Jan. 4, i8g4. Dwight Spencer.

He married i^' June 8, 1843, at Southbridge, Mass. Susan
Maria Ammidown, b. Sept. 5, 1822, d. at Columbus, O.,
Aug. 18, 1850. He m. 2'\ at Boston, June 10, 185 1, Sarah
Constance Hopkins, dau. of D'" Caleb Hopkins and Sarah

(Drew) Snow, b. . D^ Snow attained eminence both

in his profession and as the author of a valuable History of
Boston. He and his wife were descendants of Caleb Hopkins
and Gov. Bradford and other of the " Mayflower" Pilgrims.
Mrs. Sarah C. H. S. Cheney d. Nov. 12, 1896, and was
buried by her husband's side in Columbus, O.


I. HARRIET ELIZABETH,^ b. at Mansfield, Conn. May 29,
1844, d. Jan. 8, 1846.

n. FRANCES MARIA,^ b. at Norwich, Conn. Feb. 22, 1847, m. i^t,
Jan. 3, 1867, in San Francisco, Cal., Cassius M. Com-o, who d.
in 1882; m. 2^ at Elgin, 111. D - R. F. Burnett. Children: (i)
Fannie Malvina Conro, b. Oct. 3, 1873, (2) Joseph Albert
Conro, b. Sept. 11, 1875. They reside at Elgin, 111.
m. MARY ELLA,8 b. at Columbus, O. Sept. 27, 1848, m. Dec. 31,
1 868, in Boston, Franklin J. Clark, b. in Mason, N. H., son of
John and Amelia Clark. Child : Mildred Ammidown Clark,
b. April 2, 1 87 1.
IV. LUCY SN0W,8 b. in Philadelphia, Pa. May 6, 1853, d. Jan. 8,

V. NAOMI SARAH,8 b. Dec. 6, 1855, d. April 17, 1856.

325. VI. JAMES L0RING,8 b. at Cleveland, O. Oct. 13, 1857.

326. VII. DAVID BATCHELLER, Jr. b. at San Francisco, Cal. Aug. 7,


327. VIII. FRANKLIN SN0W,8 b. May 9, 1864.


175- DANFORTH,' (Thomas,^ Benjamin,^ William/
Benjamin,^ Thomas, ^ William,^) b. in Ashford, Conn. Oct.
29, 1794.

Resided at Waterford, Vt.

I 79. JOHN NELSON,' (Charles,^ Thomas,^ John,* Ben-

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