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IV. CLARENCE G.,10 b. Aug. 23, 1882.

v. ELMER ROCKWOOD,iob. July 5, 1889.


519. CHARLES FRANCIS,^ (Ethan Rockwood,^
ArtemasJ Artemas,^ Caleb, ^ William,* William,^ William,^
William,^) b. in Worcester June 6, 1853, m. Oct. 31, 1877,
Lizzie, dau. of Henry Hodson, b. in Charlestown April 3,

He is general manager of the Boston business of the Hallo-
well Granite Co., with office at No. 53 State St., Boston; he
resides in Newtonville.


I. EDITH b. Nov. i, 1878.
H. JENNIE HODSON,io b. Dec. 16, 1880.
m. HENRY HOWARD,io b. July 12, 1882.

525. LUKE HENRY,9 (Matthew Benjamin,^ Seth,-
Ebenezer,^ Ebenezer,^ William,* William,^ William, ^ Wil-
liam, i) b. in Randolph, N. Y. June 27, 1864, m. Nov.
14, 1894, Clara M., dau. of William and Jennie (Brad-
bury) Vance of Laurens, la. Moved to the vicinity of
Lincoln, Neb. with his parents in 1870, where he spent his
boyhood on a farm. Graduated from the Univ. of Nebraska
in 1887, having taken special training in the Military De-
partment. Was commissioned lieutenant in 1885 and cap-
tain in 1887 of Neb. guards. Grad. from the Law School
of Univ. of Mich, in 1889, and was admitted to the bar.
Practises law in Stockville, Neb. ; is a member of the Con-
gregational church.

DOROTHY" b. Sept. 8, 1895.

531. GEORGE HUSBANDS,^ (Ancel Cole,^ Abner
Thomas," Daniel,^ Ebenezer,^ William,^ William,^ William, ^
William,!) b. at Rochester, N. Y. Jan. 6, 1870, m. March
20, 1890, Leonora Doud.















533. MORTON STEBBINS,9 (Albert Addison,^ John
Holbrook/ Daniel,^ Ebenezer,^ William,^ William,^ William,^
William,!) b. at Westfield, Vt. May 14, 187 1, m. Oct. 29,
1892, Jennie Sherman.

He resides in Cady's Falls, Vt.

VERA GENE,io b. Aug. 21, 1895.

535. CHARLES ALTON,9 (Charles,^ Silas,^ John,^
William,*' William,* William,^ William,^ William,i) b. in
Milford June 19, 1859, ^' ^^' Boston Dec. 25, 1886, Kate
A. dau. of Michael and Hannah Sheehan.


Tenth Generation.

540. HENRY DEXTER,io (Lewis,^ Dexter,^ Ebenezer,^
Artemas,'^ Caleb,^ William,* William,^ William,^ William,^)
b. in Athol, April 25, 1870, m. Sept. 20, 1890 Henrietta E.,
dau. of Edward J. and Emma Atwood of Hinsdale, N. H.
b. in 1870.

GRATIA MIRANDA," b. Dec. 3, 1891.

















5. Daniel.3 . -


14. Thomas.^ .

30. Joseph.' -

31. Daniel.s

32. Reuben.s

33. Daniel.s -

34. Daniel.s

35- Duston.s -

L IS- Nathaniel> -

16. John.^

17. Timothy .4 . -

36. Thomas.S

37. John. 5

- 38. James.S

' 39. John.S

40. Isaac* . .

76. Eliphalet.*

77. Joseph.*

78. Benjamin.*

79. James.*

80. John,*

81. Samuel.*
84. Moses.*

86. John.*

87. David.*

88. Nathaniel.*

89. Joseph.*

90. Enoch.*

91. Jonathan Dustin.*

92. Daniel.*

93. Thomas.*

94. Eliphalet.*

97. Duston.*

98. Giles.*

99. Peter.*

6. John. 3

^ 41. Nathaniel. 5

42. John. 5

43. Ephraim.S .

44. Timothy. S

18. Moses.4


John.S . .

>. '9.

7. Joseph. 3

8. James. 3 .



William. ■♦.
Joseph.* .

James. 4 . , .



James.*. . .

Moses.s .


Elisha.s ,

Joseph. s . .
Cyrus .s . .

James.S . .

103. Isaac*

104. Enoch.*

105. David.*

106. Daniel.*

107. Moses.*

108. Israel Ela.*

109. Ephraim.*
no. John.*

111. Timothy.*

112. Eliakim.*

115. Hiram.*

116. Prentiss Dana.*

117. Samuel.*

118. Edward.*

119. Elijah.*

120. John.*

121. Luther.*

122. Isaac*

124. Luther.*

125. Moses.*

126. Samuel.*

127. John.*

128. Edward Thurber.*

130. Joseph.*

131. Elisha.*
134. Stephen.*

136. Jonathan Homer.*

137. Royal.*

138. Rufus Ellis.*

142. Martin.*

9. Peter. 3

25. Nicholas.*

26. Benjamin.* ,

Benjamin .S

Abiel.s. . .
Timothy.s .
Silas.S . . .


10. John. 3 . . -

27. Edmund.*

28. John.* . .

1^ II. Eldad.3. . 29. Ichabod.*.

Nathaniel. 5
Edmund. s

Peter.s. . ,
John.S . . .
Tristram.S .



Nathaniel Carter.s


1 iS












John Milton.*













Silas Ely.*


















William P.* ■



Part II.
John of Newbury and His Descendants.

JOHN CHENEY, the head of the Newbury line, is intro-
duced to us by no less a person than the noble man who
earned the title "Apostle to the Indians" — Rev. John Eliot.
The first parish of Mr. Eliot was Roxbury ; and in his record
of the church he gives the following very interesting minute
respecting a couple who were associated with him in fellow-
ship for a short time.

"John Cheny he came into the Land in they ear e i6^^. he brought
4 children^ Mary, Martha, John, Daniel. Sarah his 5' child was
borne in the last month of the same year 16^^, cald February, he
removed from o" church to Newbery the end of the next suer 16^6.
Martha Cheny the wife of John Cheny."

There is no record of John Cheny's buying property or
having land assigned to him in Roxbury. A natural question
rises, where did he live during that year ? One explanation
has occurred to every mind acquainted with the names of the
early citizens of Roxbury, and that is this : he may have had
a temporary home with that pioneer who bore the same sur-
name, William Cheney. This theory may be turned either
way. //"John and William were near relatives, — father and
son or brothers, — the Roxbury man would gladly share all
his '* housings and lands " with the other ; or, if the one was
lodged in the other's home, we may infer that they were closely
related. Theories are easy to handle ; but they are of little
historic weight. The name John is repeated in both families
down to the present day ; the name, William, was of rare oc-
currence in the line of John for several generations.



The plantation of Newbury was in its infancy when John
and Martha Cheney entered into it. An excellent group of
people were at the fore, moulding its social and ecclesiasti-
cal shape after the most approved methods of the (then)
new way. Regulations and agreements, conveniences and
schemes, worship and study, business, morals and religion,
— they gave to all the best dictates of " established" English
thought, quickened and improved by those fresh Bible studies
and free Christian practices which characterized the Puritan
movement. Newbury had certain erratic and dissonant ele-
ments, which engraved some unworthy lines on its record ;
but it was, on the whole, a very upright, manly set of peo-
ple who wrought and fellowshipped there. And this Cheney
family took good rank from the first in that community of
intelligent, earnest people. They intermarried with the
leading households, and were respected and beloved at large.
As Rev. John Eliot shows, they were members of the Rox-
bury church and were received at once to the communion of
the Newbury church on arriving there ; and their children
joined in the same fellowship in due time. Mr. Cheney took
no part in the conflicts of citizens about local organization,
and his name does not appear on either of the partisan and
factious petitions.

He was very industrious in attention to his own affairs, so
that he failed to show his face among the citizens at the
annual town meeting April 21, 1638 ; a hasty judgment con-
demned him with other absentees and voted that he should
pay a fine of two shillings and sixpence, which the constable
was ordered to collect before the next Tuesday night ! But
the record states later that his fine was " remitted on account
of his having a sufficient excuse " !

His allotments of land were large. He had a good stand
in the " old town " and on shore and stream elsewhere.
June 19, 1638, he had 3 acres of meadow at the westerly end
of the great swamp behind the great hill; Aug. 25, 6 acres
of salt " marish." " A parcel of marsh with little islands of
upland in it", about 20 acres in all, "Little River on the


northwest ; formerly part of the calf common ", was assigned
to him July 5, 1639. Lot No. 50 in the "New Towne ",
" on the ffield street" was granted him Jan. 10, 1643. He
was a member of the Grand Jury April 27, 1648.

John Cheney, senior, we learn from the historian. Coffin,
took great interest in Governor Winthrop's campaign for the
governorship against Sir Harry Vane, as the close of the
latter's term drew near. So Mr. Cheney, with nine others,
made the journey of forty miles from Newbury to Cambridge
on foot to take the " freeman's oath" and qualify themselves
to vote in the elecrion which was soon to take place. They
were admitted freemen May 17, 1637. It was by such
prompt movements that Winthrop was elected and the con-
serv^ative party triumphed.

The following extract from the town records gives us some
data for a plan of the new town of Newbury.

"January nth, 1643-4. Itt is hereby ordered and determined by
the orderers of the towne affaires that the plan of the new towne is and
shall be laid out by the lott layers as the house lotts were determined by
their choice, beginning from the farthermost house lott in the South streete
thence rurming through the Pine swampe, thence up the High streete number-
ing the lotts in the East streete to John Bartlett's lott, the twenty-ninth,
then through the west side of the High streete to Mr. Lowell's, the twenty-
eighth, and so to the end of that streete, then the Field streete to

Mr. Woodman's, the forty-first, thence to the end of that streete to John
Cheney's, the fiftieth, then turning to the first cross streete to John Emery's,
the fifty-first, thence coming up from the river side on the east side of
the same streete to the other streete, the west side to Daniel Pierce's,
the fifty-seventh, and so to the river side the side the streete to Mr. Clarke
and others to Francis Plumer, the sixty-sixth, as hereinunder by names and
figures appeare."

John Cheney was elected to the board of selectmen
more than once. The following document, on file at Salem,
would naturallv lead us to think he had been on the board
before 1652, or at the time when Mr. Kent gave up his lot;
the paper is wholly in his hand, except the clerk's note.


" Ther being Certain loots Resigned unto the townes hand by way of

Exchang for lands elsewhear, amongst the which Richard Kent's lot lo

acres in contente was one, the which lot Richard Kent resigned, on the

same Condicions the latter end of the order specifies to my best knowledg

this I Testifie

by me

Sworne in the court at Ipswich
the 28*'! of (7) 1652.
Robert Lord



Mr. Cheney was a member of a committee to " lay out the
way to the neck and through the neck to the marshes on the
east side of the old Towne " Nov. 29, 1654. The town records
show that he was one of the selectmen in 1661 and in 1664.

In March, 1657, some charges were brought in the Ips-
wich Court against a very worthy citizen of Newbury ; and

Cj^ ^^ C^^^ ^^y sgned his name, with nineteen others,

to a petition, addressed to the Court, protesting that, having
had long acquaintance with the accused, they felt certain he
was innocent.

A number of residents of Dover, Newbury, etc. petitioned
the General Court of Massachusetts Bay for a grant of land
at Pennacook (now Concord, N. H.) which was granted

May 18, 1659. " yO't/^ -t^-:^^it/h^£^"isoneof thenames,

which differs from the accredited autographs of John
Cheney, Senior. It may have been put down on verbal per-
mission by some misspelling friend, ox forged; or the good
man may, possibly, have varied his own spelling. Nothing
was done about a settlement at Concord until after our man
had gone to " a better country." He d. July 28, 1666 ; and
left, in his clear chirography.



J jf^nrL C^ h(^7^^ S^"^^^ *■ of Newbery in the

Countye of Essex in New England : being weake in body : but hav-
ing perfect knowledg and understanding doe ordaine and apoynt
this present Act and writing be my last will and Testament as fol-

loweth ^ c\ . O

ffirst I doe give unto ^^y (S>orL (\ja,yt.ianC : my now

dwelling house and Barne with al the Come land pastur and med-
dowes with al the profits and priveleges thearto belonging : it being
all in one Inclosure to it selfe : it lying and being in the old Towne
of Newbery.

Also I doe give the said Daniel my Carte and plough and harrow
with all the rest of my husbandry tooles : save what I dispose of

Next : I doe give unto

liber tie of dwelling in the house her life time and I doe enjoy ne my
Son Daniel aforesayd to maintaine her comfortably with meat and
drink linen and wollen and other necessaries as her adg shall requier
during the time of her naturall life. But if the sayd Martha my
wife shall cbuse rather to live elsewhere : I doe give unto the sayd
Martha Ten pound by the year to be paied out of my living in good
marchantable Wheat barley and Indian in equal propertions or the
thirds of my land which she pleas also I doe give the sayd Martha my
wife all her wearing apparel linnen and wollen : also I doe leave
unto the said Marthas disposing all my household goods save what
I doe by will dispose of.

I doe also give unto Martha my wife my Mare with her furniture.
Al the which premises I doe give unto the sayd Martha my wife.

Next unto my Son John Cheney I doe give one 2 acker lott some-
times Anthony Shorts lying in the south field in Newbery old towne
and a lott of salt marsh 5 ackers mor or less lying on the neck on the
South side of Newbery River, also I do give the sayd John a tract
of land 24 Ackers be it more or less lying in Saulsbury new towne
bounds at the plane caled Cimbro, next to Haverel bounds butting


on Salsbury river att one end: and the other end hutting on
haverel hie way.

Also I doe give unto my Son John : my wearing Apparel : namely
one Coate one cloke one cloth suit : one serg suit : one lether suit
two shirts two paiers of stokins and my hoes and my best Hatt.
also my machlock musket : and the shortest Croscutt sawe. also I
doe give him one ^ year old haifer caled hrendle : onely I doe Re-
sarve the Crop on the lott called Shorts lott to the use of my exec-
utors. And after the decease of Martha my wife I doe give unto
my son John : Thirty pounde to be payd out of my living in thre
years next ensuing Ten pound a year the one half in good marchant-
able barley and Indian the other halfe in Cat t el under eight year old :
Also I do give unto the said John after my wifes decease the great
brass kettel and one new pewter dish marked with I C : and one
white bed Rugg. Also I doe give unto the sayd John : six boshels
of Apples out of the Orchard yearly for Seven year after my decease.

Next I doe give unto my son Nathaniel Cheney my four oxen with
their yoaks and chaine also I doe give unto him Two Cowes with
thier Calves the one Caled old Line : the other Called Pie and one
thre year old hayfer with the Calfe and a yearling Colte also I doe
give unto the sayd Nathaniel one yearling hayfer caled Kurle also I
doe give unto him his Armes compleat. and one broad howe and
one Axe and his Sithe and sickle.

Also I doe give unto him one half headed bedsted with the bed and
one bolster and one pillow and one paier of shetes and a Cotton
yellow Rug : and I doe give unto Nathaniel the great yarn pott and
the lesser posnit : and after my wives deceas I doe give unto the sayd
Nathaniel Twentye pounds to be payed one halfe in marchantable
Come halfe barley and the other halfe in wheat and Indian in equal
propertions out of my living within two year after my wives de-
cease : also I doe give unto Nathaniel the best Chest and my Bible,
and one pewter platter after my wives deceas and I doe give unto the
sayd Nathaniel six boshels of A pies a year for y years.

Next I doe give unto my daughter Eli:{abeth thre Cowes one called
spark with her calfe : the other is whitifaced. the third is called
Col : also I doe give her the two yearling hayfers.

Also I doe give unto Elizabeth abovesaid fiveten pounds out of my
living to be payed withing two yeares after my decease the one halfe
in marchantable Come wheat barley and Indian in equal propertions
the other halfe in Cat t el under eight year old.


Next I doe give unto my Son Peter Cheney as an Adicion to what
he hath had : Ten Pounds which he hath alredy in hand : and five
pound mor within ^ year after my wifes decease out of my living.
Also I doe give unto the sayd Peter six boshels of Aples out of the
Orchyard yearly : for seven years after my decease.

Next I doe give unto Joseph Plumer five poundes : to be payed out
■ of my living within two years after my wifes deceas.

Also I doe give unto John Kenrick a Bill of four poundes which he
owethe me. and I doe give him A Cow which he hath alredy in hand.

Also I do give unto Richard Smith five poundes to he payed within
two years after my wifes decease by my executo''.

Also I doe give unto William Lawes three daughters namly Reheca :
Mary: and Priscilla : forty shillings a piece: to be payed unto them:
and either of them as they Come to the age of eighteen year es : by my

And as Concarning my Grandchild Abiel Sadler, his father de-
ceasing, befor he was borne I was by .• the honnord Hampton Coarte.
Intrusted to take Care of him as Gardian And the Honnored Coart
Ordered him to have Ten poundes out of his ffathers esstatt: at the
adge of one and twentyefor p formance whearof I stand engaged :
And I doe also ad unto the same five poundes to be payed : the whol
fivten pound unto the sayd Abiel at the adge of one and twentie by
my Executor. Also I doe give unto the sayde Abiel Sadler My lastes
and Toles belonging to my Trade, thear is also a great based bible
and a pewter bason apertayning to him of his fathers which lenioyne
my Executor to deliver to him when he cometh to adge.

Lastly I doe give unto my Grandchild Hanna Burkebe. thre
poundes to be payed when she cometh to eighten years of age by my

And I doe Ordayne and appoynt my Son Daniel Cheney to be my
Soall and Alone Executor to this my last will and Testament in
witnes whearof I have set to my hand and Seale : The ^th day of the
4th Month : 1666

^/yn C/7^/^^ s^^^ ('^^^^)

Sighned and Sealed

in the presence of

us under written "^ ^ ' > ^

Richard Dole
William llslie


This will was prvd by the oaths of Richard Dole and William
Ilsly to be the last will and testament of John Cheney that they saw
him signe seale and publish it to be his last will and testament in
there presence. In court held at Ipswich 25 of September 1666 as

^^^^^* Robert Ford cleric.

It is very important to notice that this will was written as
well as signed by the testator.

" The inviton- of the goods and Cattail of John Cheny senior of neubury ;
now deceased August 22 1666.

Item One house, barne and twelve agres of plowground 40
Acres of marsh and medow with the orchard with

20 acres of pasture ^35° 00 00

Itm 3 parcels of land more containg 3 acres of upland &

marsh 40 oo oo

Itm 17 neat Catell 60 00 00

Itm one mare & colt 10 00 00

Itm S swine 05 00 00

Itm i2 acres of corne upon the land & at the barne . . . 12 00 00

Itm the wearinge clothes 12 00 00

Itm one bed «S: bolster & bilow & budsted and Rugg & a

pa3T of sheets & Curtains as it stand in the parlor . 10 00 00

Itm one trundlebed & bedsted & Rugg 02 00 00

Itm one Chist & box 01 00 00

Itm one Table in the parlore 00 12 00

Itm one Chaier 00 04 00

Itm a parcell of yarne 01 10 00

Itm a parcell of Books 01 00 00

Itm 3 payer of sheets 03 00 00

Itm 3 Cotton Blankets 01 10 00

Itm 5 pilow casses 01 10 00

Itm 3 napkins & 3 table Cloths in the little roome ... 01 00 00

Itm one Chist & box 00 12 00

Itm small cubord <& smale table 00 08 00

Itm two spining wheles 00 08 00

working tooles 42 lastes 00 10 00

Itm 9 aule haftes witli 13 aule blades 00 04 00

Itm two pa}T of pinchers & 8 tackes & one punch 3 knives
' & two dressers two krissing wedges one holowing

sticke one stoping sticke one cutting knife and pa-

turing one Shoemakers hamer 00 01 00


Itm in the Chamber one bed & bedsted & Rugg & pilow

and bolster one blankett ^04 00 00

Itm a parcell of Cotton wool 00 16 00

Itm a parcell of Indian Come in trash 01 00 00

Itm in the parlor Chamber one bed & bolster & one pilow
& one Ruge & one payr of sheetes & one bedsted S:

one blankett 04 00 00

Itm 20 Cheese 01 00 00

Itm one peece of bakon 01 00 00

Itm one great Brasse Ketle 01 10 00

Itm one litle Brasse Ketle 00 oS 00

Itm two Brasse skilits 00 oS 00

Itm one warming pane & a Bras Skimer 00 08 00

Itm one brass Candlesticke 00 02 00

Itm 4 puter platers 01 00 00

Itm one baster 00 03 00

Itm 3 porengers & one pint pot 00 06 00

Itm half a dozen spoones 00 02 00

Itm 2 puter Chamber potts 00 06 00

Itm one great Iron pott 00 16 00

Itm one leser Iron pott 00 14 00

Itm one Iron dripinge pane 00 04 00

Itm one skite & one friinge pane 00 06 00

Itm one payer of andirons 00 05 00

Itm two tramels in the chimny 00 oS 00

Itm one fire pan & tongs 00 03 00

Itm one payer of beloows 00 03 00

Itm one silver spoone 00 05 00

Itm one table & form in ye kitchen 00 04 00

Itm one hour glass 00 01 00

Itm 3 chayers & two cushins 00 04 00

Itm trayes cS: dishes & trenchers 00 06 00

Itm 4 pailes & a churne 00 ro 00

Itm hogsheads & tubs & barels 01 10 00

Itm one gune & sword & bandiliers 01 10 00

Itm one old muskett 00 05 00

Itm earthen ware 00 04 00

Itm two Croscut saws and one handsaw 01 00 00

Itm one payer of cards 00 02 00

Itm two bags 00 04 00

Itm one vigner botle & 3 wedges & one ax 00 10 00

Itm two broad hows 00 04 00

Itm one Cart & wheeles 02 10 00


Itm yoaks & chain & plow & harow ^oi oo oo

Itm one spade one shovell oo 08 oo

Itm one Cart rope & 3 prongs 00 05 00

Itm sithes & sickles 00 06 00

Itm one Iron postell 00 01 00

Itm a smoothing Iron & baskett 00 02 00

Itm one sadle & pilion & bridle 01 06 00

Itm a parsell of flaxe 00 10 00

Itm 3 rakes 00 01 00

Itm one hide att the taners 00 10 00

Itm depts at unsertaine 10 00 00

This Inventor}' bt in upon oath by the executor in court at Ipswich 25
(7) 1666

Robert Ford cleric."


I. MARY,^ b. in England, about 1627; m. Sept. 3, 1645, William
Lawes of Rowley; Children: (i) Rebecca Lawes, b. June i,
1655 ; (2) Mary Lawes, b. Oct. 15, 1657 ; and (3) Priscilla Lawes,
b. Nov. 9, 1662; whom their grandfather remembered in his
will. William Lawes was buried March 30, 1668.

II. MARTHA,^ b. in England, about 1629; m. ist, Anthony Sadler j
Child: Abiel Sadler, b. Nov. 2, 1650. The father died a little
before the birth of the boy. Mr. Cheney was appointed guar-
dian of the child Oct. 5, 1652, and remembered him in his will,
very particularly. She m. 2nd, Thof/tas Burkby, of Ipswich ;
Children: several who died in infancy, and Hannah Burkby, b.
in March, 1655, mentioned in her grandfather's will. Martha
(Cheney) Burkby was buried Jan. 24, 1658.

2. III. J0HN,2 b Jq England, about 1631.

3. IV. DANIEL,2 b. in England, about 1633.

V, SARAH,2 b. in Roxbury, Mass., February, 1635-6; m. Dec. 23,
16^2, Joseph Plumer, of Newbury; Children: (i) Joseph Plumer,
b. Sept., 1654; (2) Benjamin Plumer, b. Oct. 23, 1656; (3) Sarah
Plumer, b. May 13, 1660; (4) Francis Plumer, b. April 23, 1662;

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