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the one half of the saw mill yard Lying on the South side of falls River,



CHENEY GENEALOGY. 219

also all my Right title & interest in the said Saw mill which said Saw mill
is lately built & stands near my Come Mill

To have & to hold
all the above devised premises viz. the said Twenty four acres of Land the
one half of the said Sawmill yard together with all the Profhtts Priveledges
& appurtences water courses to the same Belonging or any wise appertaining
to him the said Peter Cheny Junr his heirs Executrs & assignes for ever
and I the said Peter Cheny Senr. for my self my heirs Executrs & admrs.
Do covenant and Promise to & with my said son Peter Cheny Junr. in
manner & form following viz that I the said Peter Cheny Senr am the True
& lawfull owner of all & singular the premises & that I have of myself full
Power good Right and lawfull authority to make this Gift & alienation &
that my said son Peter Cheny shall by vertue hereof for ever hereafter
Peaceably & Quietly have hold use occupy possess & enjoy all the above
devised premises without any Lawfull Lett Deny or molestation or Interup-
tion of me the said Peter Cheny Senr my heirs Executrs or admrs or any
tother person whatsoever always Provided and this is my meaning & In-
tention in this my Gift & Grant that if my said son Peter Cheny Junr shall
faithfuUy & truly pay to my children hereafter named forty pounds in good
& Lawfull money of New England within Twelve years after the Date
hereof viz to my sons Nathll Cheny Eldad Cheny Ichabod Cheny five
pounds a piece & to my Daughters Huldah Worcester Martha Worcester
Jemima Cheny Hanah Cheny & Lydia_Cheny five pounds a piece in mony
that then what is above written to Stand in full force & vertue otherwise
it shall be in the Liberty of these my children abovenamed to seize upon
the twenty four acres of Land above named & one Quarter part of the
Sawmill & Sawmill yard & the same to divide Equally among themselves
and further if any of my aforenamed children should dye before they come
of age to Receive the money or before it is due — Leaving no Issue that
then the one half of their five pounds so dying shall be Equally devided be-
tween my surviving children herein named tS: the other half to be &. remain
to my said son Peter Cheny Junr further for the one half of the said Saw-
mill abovementioned my son Peter is not to come to the actuall Possession of
untill Immediately after my Death & my wives : In Witness to all & Sin-
gular the Premises I the said Peter Cheny Senr. have hereto set my hand
& seale this tenth day of Janury anno : Dom : sixteen hundred ninety &
four or five Annoque R'. Re «S: Ra. Gulielmi & marie Nunc Anglia &c as
sexto."

Aug. 13, 1709, Eldad Cheney and Martha Worcester
of Bradford, Ichabod Cheney, Huldah Worcester, Jemima
Pettingall, Hannah Chute and Lydia Poor of Rowley, all
children of Peter Cheney, late of Newbury, sold to Benj.



220 JOHN; SECOND GENERATION.

Pearson, for £40-103. 24 acres on the side of Falls river.
Nicholas, another of the children of Peter, ^ sold Pearson an
adjacent tract July 3, 17 14. The now famous " Pearson
Homestead " stands on or very near this ancient Cheney Mill
property.

Among " those who had an interest in the estate of Rev.
Nicholas Noyes, late of Salem," — a brother of Hannah
(Noyes) Cheney, and sold their rights April 14, 17 18, were
Peter, John and Eldad Cheney, Mary Wooster, John and
Martha Pemberton, Lionell & Hannah Chute, Richard and
Jemima Pettingall, John and Lydia Lull.

Mr. Peter Cheney d. Jan. 1694-5. The widow, "Anne,"
with her sons Peter and John, were cited Sept. 7, 1697, to
show cause why they had not administered the estate.
Doubtless they were agreed without probate proceedings ;
feeling that the deeds of gift which the father had made
were a sufficient adjustment of matters. The widow m. 2"*^,
John Atkinson, June 3, 1700 ; she d. Jan. 5, 1705.

CHILDREN OF PETER AND HANNAH (NOYES) .
9. I. PETER,3 (^) b. Nov. 6, 1663.
10. n. J0HN,3 10 (b.) May 10, 1666.

ni. NICHOLAS,^ b. Dec. 23, 1667. We find him in the list of
those impressed into the Provincial army for service to the
Eastward" in January, 1688-9. He sold his land in Newbury
to Benj. Pearson July 3, 1 7 1 4. We hear no more of him,

IV. HULDAH,^ b. 1669; m. Jan. 29, 1 690-1 Thnothy Worcester
of Bradford. Child: Lydia Worcester, b. May 21, 1706.
Timothy Worcester d. Aug. 13, 1706. Lydia Worcester d. Oct.
10, 1709.
V. MARY,^ b. Sept. 2, 1671; m. Jan. 20, 1690-1, Francis Worcester
of Bradford. Children: (i) Hannah Worcester, b. Feb 8, 1691-2.
(2) Timothy Worcester, b. Dec. 6, 1693. (3) Jemima Worcester,
b. Jan. 19, 1695-6. (4) Francis Worcester, Jr., b. June 7, 1698.
(5) John Worcester, b. Nov. 5, 1700. (6) Daniel Worcester, b.
Feb. 19, 1703-4. (7) William Worcester, b. Nov. 13, 1706. (8)
Benjamin Worcester, b. Aug. 25, 1709. (9) James Worcester, b.
Sept. 15, 1712. (10) Mary, b. Dec. 22, 1714. Mr. Francis
Worcester died Dec. 17, 1717 ; and Mrs. Mary (Cheney) Worces-
ter m. 2nd, Dec. 8, 1726, Capt. Joseph Eaton, of Salisbury.



CHENEY GENEALOGY. 221

VI. MARTHA,3 b. in 1673; "i. Jan. 29, 1 690-1, William Worcester
of Bradford. Children: (i) Moses Worcester, b. Dec. 13, 1691.
(2) William Worcester, b. Oct. 3, 1693. (3) Benjamin Worcester,
b. June 8, 1695. (4) Sarah Worcester, b. Feb. ir, 1697-8. (5)
Nathaniel Worcester, b. Oct. 31, 1700. (6) IMehetabel Worcester,
b. Jan. 16, 1703. (7) Abigail Worcester, b. May 8, 1705.
William Worcester, sen., d. April 23, 1706; and Mrs. Martha
(Cheney) Worcester m. 2nd, Jan. 18, i-jio-ii, John Pemberton.
Children: (8) Mary Pemberton, b. Nov. 25, 171 1. (9) John
Pemberton, b. Aug. 23, 1713. Mrs. Martha (Cheney) (Worcester)
Pemberton,^'. ^Iay4, 1729.

VII. NATHANIEL,^ b. Sept. 6, 1675 ; d. July 30, 1677.
vm. JEMIMA,3 b. Nov. 29, 1677; m. Oct. 10, 1702, Richard Pettingall.

IX. NATHANIEL,^ bapt. March 21, 16S0.
II. X. ELDAD,3 b. Oct. 24, 1 68 1.

XI. HANNAH,^ b. Sept. 12, 16S3; m. in 1702 Lionel Chute. Chil-
dren: (i) Jemima Chute, bapt. Dec. 19, 1703; m. Mar. 2, 1723,

Samuel Jewett. (2) Mary Chute, b. m. Sept. 24, 1726,

Jonathan Core of Weston. (3) Lydia Chute, bapt. Jan. 29,
1709-10. (4) Sarah Chute, bapt. June 27, 1714; m. in 1736,
Benj. Philbrick of Hamstead, N. H. (5) Samuel Chute, d.
in childhood. (6) John Chute, bapt. June, 1720. (7) Samuel
Chute, bapt. Aug. 5, 1722. (8) Hannah Chute, bapt. July 12,
1724; m. July 7, 1743, Jonathan Coburn of Haverhill. (9)
Elizabeth Chute, bapt. April 10, 1726; m. Feb. 24, 1746, Enoch
Noyes.
XII. ICHABOD,^ b. Sept. 27, 1685, m. Jan. 5, 1 708, Ann, dau. of James
and Mary Chute. He d. soon after. His widow m. 2<i, Dec. 3,.
1 71 2, Thos. Brown.
XIII. LYDIA,3 b. Nov. 5, 1687; m. i^t, April 27, 1 7 o^-g, Jeremiah Poor,
of Rowley ; m. 2nd, Samuel Pluj/imer, m. 3^^, John Lull.



DESCENDANTS OF JOHNi OF NEWBURY.

Third Generation.

5. DANIEL,3 (Daniel,2 John,i) b. in Newbury Dec. 3,
1670, m. Hannah, dau. of Thomas and Hannah (Emerson)
Duston,* b. Aug. 22, 1678.

* HANNAH DUSTON, the very remarkable woman whose experiences and exploits are a
striking episode in the history of our colonial days, was the daughter of Michael and Hannah O^eb-
ster) Emerson, born Dec. 23, 1657. She was married, in Haverhill, Dec. 3, 1677, to Thomas Duston.



222 JOHN; THIRD GENERATION.

He resided in Newbury. In John Brown's Map of the
town, made in 1729, we may see the locality of his home-
stead near the bank of the river, in what is now West New-
bury. He was a farmer. He was also one of the brave
defenders of the town against Indian attacks. Aug. 3, 1704,
Col. N. Saltonstall wrote to Col. Thos. Noyes: " Sir, by his
excellency's express direction I command you in her majesty's
name forthwith to appoint and set forth one half of your
company by name and have them ready, well fixt with arms
and amunition and ten days' provision to march at an hour's
warning. The command is strict." Sept. 28"' he thus wrote :
' ' I desire and order that by tomorrow morning at farthest
you press and post at your block-houses in Newbury twelve
able souldiers, three at each of your four block-houses, to
abide there day and night to watch." In consequence of
these orders Daniel Cheney rendered " service in the block-
house " at that time, for which it is on record that he received
the sum of " 9 shillings and 10 pence." He was also enrolled

The spelling of his name, it must be said, is given in a great many ways : Judge Sewall, in his
diary wrote it " Dunstan" which is the way the famous " St. Dunstan " "s name was spelled : another
excellent authority spelled it Durstan : the attorney who wrote the wills of the good couple gave the
style " Dustin," which was probably the way it was usually pronounced: but the best authorities, in
the opinion of the writer, spell it as it is uniformly given in this volume, — Duston.

Hannah who became the wife of Daniel Cheney, was the oldest of the nine children who had been
born to this couple before the dreadful day when the Indians swooped down on Haverhill. The
youngest was a babe of but six days. Mr. Duston learned that the savages were close at hand and
rushed first to the house to save the mother, still feeble and in bed. But she utterly refused to go
or have him stay to attempt to defend her and the little one : she insisted on his making every effort
to save the children : and his intrepid guardianship saved the whole fleeing band. But the poor
woman and Mrs. Neff , her nurse, were cruelly captured and driven into the wilderness in spite of her
weak condition, and the infant dashed in pieces. After sufferings of a dreadful sort, the women
and a boy named Samuel Lennerson rose in the night, captured a gun and a tomahawk, killed and
scalped the ten Indians who then guarded them, and made their way back to Haverhill. The Gen-
eral Court paid them fifty pounds as a reward for their bravery : it was believed that so bold an act
had a great effect on the Indians, making them feel that the white people possessed the same qual-
ities which they counted heroic : and Hannah Duston's name became a thrilling word in all the
colonies. It was a terrible experience for the poor woman: a horrible necessity laid on her: and
we will believe she realized that the fate of many other mothers on the border would be affected by
her action : may no descendant of hers ever reach so awful a crisis ! But Thomas Duston deserves
as high praise for that magnificent work of his, when he saved seven young lives by simply firing
back towards his pursuers from his saddle, while he bade his beloved children run for their lives,
until they reached a safe place.

The daughter Hannah was eighteen years old when that terrible day, March 15, 1697, and that
thrilling 25th of April, the day of her mother's exploit and return, occurred. No doubt she was of
great assistance to her father in the saving of the little ones, and a comfort to her mother in her
after burdens. Naturally the mother reposed confidence in her, making her joint executrix of her
■will.

The Cheneys of this branch have always taken great interest in this strain of their ancestry.



CHENEY GENEALOGY. 223

as a member of "The Second Foot Company of Newbur}^,"
Jan. 15, 1710-11, under command of Hugh March. He
and his wife were " admitted to full communion '' in the West
Newbury church Oct. 29, 1727. He died in the autumn of
1755. His estate was quite large, and he thoughtfully pro-
vided for his children and some of his grandchildren, and
for his honored wife.

THE WILL OF DANIEL CHENEY.

In the Name of God Amen. The Second Day of March in the year of
our Lord One thousand Seven Hundred and fifty four, in the twenty
Seventh year of his Majesties Reign — George the Second, King of great
Britain &c. I, Daniel Cheney of Newbury in the County of Essex, in the
Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Husbandman, being
weak in Body, but of a Sound Mind and Memory, thanks be given to God.
therefore. Calling to mind the mortality of my Body and not knowing the
Day of my Death : Do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament :
that is to say Principally and first of all I give and Humbly Reccommend
my Soul into the hands of God who gave it. And my Body to the Earth
to be buried in Decent, Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executor
Hereafter named. Doubting not but I shall receive the same again
at the general Resurrection by the mighty Power of God. and as touching
such Worldy Estate as it hath pleased God to Bless me with in this life. I
give and Dispose of in the following manner and form.

Imprimis I give to my Beloved Wife Hannah the Use and Improvement
of all the East Half of my Dwelling House And the Cellar under said East
Half. Excepting the garret, a piece of Land for a garden where she shall
choose to have it well fenced. I give to my said wife the use of, also to be
fenced by my Executor. During all the time she remains living my Widow.

I do also give to my said Wife Thirty bushels of Indian Corn and Two
Bushels of Wheat and Three Bushels and a Half of Rye. and Two Bushels
and a half of Malt and two Barels of Cyder and Five pounds of Sheeps
Wool and Eight pounds of flax from swingle and fifty pounds of Beef and
as many apples as shall be needful for her. and Needful firewood brought
to the Door Cut fit for the fire all which my said wife shall have yearly
During the time She remains my Widow to be paid to her by my Executor.
And my Executor Shall Provide and Keep a good Cow Winter and Summer
for my said Wife so long as she Remains my Widow. And I Do give to
my said Wife all my pork that I shall leave at my Decease and also all the
money Due to me by Bonds and Notes, and all my swine that I shall leave
at my Decease, and all my House Hold Goods Excepting my Andirons my
Gun my Loom and my wearing apparel for her to have and Dispose of as



2 24 JOHN; THIRD GENERATION.

she shall think fit. And my Executor shall provide and find a horse for
my said Wife to ride as she shall have Ocation so Long as she shall remain
my widow. And my said Executor shall repair that part of the House
which my Wife is to have so that it may be comfortable for my Wife so
long as she shall remain my Widow.

Item. I Do give to my Son Daniel Cheney Thirteen Pounds and Six
shillings and Eight pence Lawful money of the above said province over
and above what he hath hitherto had of me already to be paid by my
Executor within Three years after my Decease, and I also give to my said
son Danul one third part of my wearing Apparrel. And My sd. Son
Daniel shall Have my Andirons at my Wife's Decease.

Item I give to my Son Thomas Cheney One third part of my wearing
apparel, and not anything else. I having given him before what I thought
proper for him.

Item — I give to my Daughter Hannah Coffin One pound and six shillings
and Eight pence Lawful money of the afore said province Over and Above
what she hath already had of me to be paid by my Executor within two
years after my Decease.

Item, I give to my Grandchildren Joanna, Daniel and Sarah, children of
my Deceased son John Cheney Fifteen Shillings Lawful Money of the Prov-
ince aforesaid Beside what their father had of me in his lifetime to be
divided equally Among them, to be paid by my Executor within one year
after my Decease.

Item. I give to ny grand children John Calfe and Hannah Easman —
Children of my Deceased Daughter Sarah Ten Shillings Lawful money of
the Province aforesaid to be divided Equally between them, to be paid by
my Executor within four years after my Decease.

Item. I give to my Granddaughter Abigail Homans one Pound Six
shillings and Eight pence Lawful money of the Province aforesaid to be
paid by my Executor when she arrives at the age of Eighteen years.

Item. I give to my Grand son Joseph Homans One Pound six shillings
and Eight pence Lawful money of the Province to be paid by my Executor
when he comes to the age of twenty one years, it is jny will if Abigail
Homans should Die before she comes to the age of Eighteen years Joseph
Homans shall have what I have willed to Abigail, and if Joseph Homans
should die before he comes to the age of twenty one years then Abigail
shall have what I have willed to Joseph.

Item. I give to my Grandson John Cheney son of my Executor my
gun.

Lastly I give to my Son Nathanael Cheney all my Estate both Real and
Personal of every Name whatsoever which I have not Disposed of before
in this my last Will and Testament and he shall pay my Debts and Lega-
cies I have ordered. And if my above said wife shall Die while she re-



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225



mains my widow he shall pay the charges for a Decent Christian Burial for
her.

And I do constitute & appoint my said Son Nathanael sole Executor of
this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby Disallow and make Void
All and Every other former Testaments, Wills and Executors by me in Any
ways before Named Ratifying this and no other to be my Last WiU and
Testament.

Signed Sealed Published and Declared
by the said Daniel Cheney as his
Last will and testament in presence of
us. the subscribers.

Moses Morss
Ebenezer Huse

John Calfe his

Daniel X Cheney (seal)

mark.

Testified by John Calf and Moses Morss
Nov. 3, 1755.

CHILDREN.

12. I. DANIEL,* b. July 16, 1699.

13. II. JOHN,* b. March 10, 1701-2.

14. III. THOMAS,* b. Feb. 25, 1703-4.

IV. HANNAH,* b. Sept. 25, 1706, m. April 28, 1726, John Coffin, Jr.

who was b. in Newbury Jan, 30, 1695. Children: (i) Duston
Coffin, b. Aug. 4, 1727, d. Sept. 8, 1728, (2) John Coffin, b. Aug,
6, 1729, d.. March 14, 1736, (3) Hezekiah Coffin, b. May 7, 1733,
d. March 9, 1736, (4) Enoch Coffin, b. Jan. 7, 1736, d. March 4,
1736, (5) Eliphalet Coffin, b. Sept. 8, 1737, m, Jan, 17, 1760,
Lydia Emery.

V. SARAH,* b. Jan. 25, 1708, m. i^t John Calfe {Calef\ and m, 2^

Easttnan.

15. VI. NATHANIEL,* b. Nov. 25, 1711.

VII. MARY,* b. Aug. 9, 1714, m. Joseph Homans. Children: Abigail
Homans, Joseph Homans.

VIII. ABIGAIL,* b. Nov. i, 1719, m, Feb, 27, 1738-9, Francis Hardy
of Bradford,

6. JOHN,3 (Daniel,2 John,i) b. in Newbury July 10, 1676,

m. i*^ Elizabeth who d. Jan. 10, 1715. He m. 2^, Oct.

22, 17 17, Elizabeth dau. of William and Sarah Burraj^e, b.



226 JOHN; THIRD GENERATION.

in Boston June lo, 1691. She survived him and m. as a
second husband, Benjamin Whttmore of Newton, Oct. 23,
1729. They had children: (i) John Whitmore, b. June
28, 1730, (2) Joseph Whitmore, b. Oct. 13, 1732, and (3)
Sarah Whitmore, b. July 29, 1735.

Mr. John Chene}' began his manhood life on lands in-
herited from his father in Newbury. But the marriage of
his older sister, Hannah, to a Newton man turned his thoughts
in that direction ; so he removed thither, also. He joined the
church in his native town just before he reached the age of
citizenship, April 4, 1697, and carried his religion and his
firm practical character to his new home. In 1723 we find
his name in a list of Newton citizens who protested against a
town vote which they regarded illegal ; and he was an up-
right citizen. His home was near the Upper Falls on the
Charles river. His farm contained 50 acres. His death
occurred in 1728. His widow and John Buzzy administered
on his estate. Guardians were appointed for the younger
children, and no division was made till they came to adult
age. Oct. 2, 1764, John, Timothy and Moses Cheney, with
John Draper, husband of the youngest dau. petitioned the
court to set off the land to their brother William, and let him
pay each heir a cash equivalent for his portion ; and this was
done.

CHILDREN.

16. I. JOHN,* b, Jan. 10, 1703-4.

n. SARAH,^ b. Oct. 7, 1706, m. Sept. 3, 1729, Isaac Shepherd.

in. DANIEL,* b. Dec. 28, 1710, d. April 13, 1743. Perhaps he had

married, and was husband of the " widow Cheney " who d. Nov.

8,1747.

17. IV. TIMOTHY," b. April 18, 1713.

18. v. MOSES,* b. Oct. 20, 1715.

19. VI. WILLIAM," b. July 8, 1719.

VII. ELIZABETH," b. Nov. 2, 1721, m. March 13, 1749-50, Stephen
Hunting of Needham.

VIII. ELEANOR," b. Feb. 6, 1723-4, m. Dec. 26, 1751, Daniel Hunt-
ing., of Needham.




CHENEY GENEALOGY. 227

IX. SAMUEL,* b. Jan. 31, 1725-6, d. before the settlement of his

father's estate in 1 764.
X. ABIGAIL,'* b. Aug. 20, 1727, m. Oct. 3, ijs^^john Draper, Jr. of
Dedham. She d. in Dover, Oct. 6, 1809.

7. JOSEPH,^ (Damel,2 John,i) bapt. in Newbury April 9,
1682, m. ist [intention filed in N. Nov. 14, 1702,] Sarah, dau.
of Noah and Theodocia (Jackson) Wiswall, of Newton, a
younger sister of Thomas Wiswall, who had m. his sister
Hannah. She d. June 27, 1718, and he m. 2d Oct. 12, 1721,
Abigail, dau. of James and Margaret (Atherton) Trowbridge,
and widow of James Greenwood, b. April 11, 1687. He
spent his boyhood and early manhood in his native town,
but sold his patrimony to his brother James, Feb. 2, 1711-12,
and removed to Newton, settling on lands of his wife's father,
in the southwest part of the town. He was esteemed and
honored. The town made him a subordinate officer in i7i4>
constable and collector in 1723, and one of its selectmen in
1741 ; in 1744, h^ ^^^ chosen a member of a committee
" to fill up vaquent Room in the Meeting-house," so as to
" give men their Dignity in their setting, in proportion to
what they pay to the Minister's Rate," " making such Allow-
ance for age as they in their judgment shall think proper,"
etc. Mrs. Stephen Cheney of Clinton has the family Bible
of this man, bearing on its fly-leaf what no one can doubt is
his own entry :



d^^i^-t /^j6a^;/7j6v-



He felt himself failing in 1746, and made his will, providing
for each of his children and several of his grandchildren,
making Joseph principal heir ; he provided well for his wife,
particularly arranging that she should retain all the property
she had brought at her marriage. He d. May 2, 1749. ^^^
widow survived many years, passing away April 12, 1771.



228 JOHN; THIRD GENERATION.

CHILDREN.

I. SARAH,^ b. Sept. 30, 1704, m. Oct. 8, 1729, Israel Stowell (his
2d wife). Children: (i) Israel Stowell, Jr., b. Nov. 16, 1732;
(2) Sarah Stowell, b. Nov. 27, 1733 ; (3) Joseph Stowell, b. Feb.
I) 1736 ; (4) Daniel Stowell, b. May 20, 1738 ; (5) Enoch Stowell,
b. July 16, 1 740 ; (6) Abigail Stowell, b, Jan, 29, 1743 ; (7) Abijah
Stowell, b. May 12, 1745.
II. JUDITH,* b. March 22, 1706-7, m. Jan. 15, 173 1-2, Henry Tucker,
of Roxbury.

III. HANNAH,* b. June 13, 1711, m. in 1735, Caleb Whitney, of
Newton, who was b. April 7, 1711. Children: Hannah Whit-
ney, Caleb Whitney, Sarah Whitney, Thaddeus Whitney.

20. IV. JOSEPH,* Jr., b. Feb. 15, 1713-14-

21. V. JAMES,* b. May i, 1716.

8. JAMES,3 (Daniel,2 John,i) b. in Newbury April 16,
1685, m. Aug. 31, 1732, Lydia,* dau. of John and Elizabeth
(Trowbridge) Mirick, of Newton, b. July 7, 1704, d. Nov.
23, 1766.

He sold the lands his father had left him in Newbury to
his brother-in-law John Richards, April 14, 1715, and re-
moved to Newton. He was a weaver, an esteemed citizen,
a man of something more than ordinary character and effi-
ciency. He d. Feb. 3, 1746.

His ^yill, proved March 17, 1745-6, gave £30 and the use
of the whole estate for twelve years to his wife, " so long as
she remains my widow " ; and division to be made to the
children after her term closed. Aaron had a double portion.
The farm, house, barn and shop, a share in a " stable at the
meeting-house," &c &c. were specified. The division was
made in 1758.

CHILDREN.

22. I. AARON,* b. Oct. 8, 1734.

II. ELIZABETH,* b. July 31, 1736, m. Jan. 3, 1765, Isaac Williams,
son of Isaac and Martha (Whitman) Williams, being his second
wife. Children: (i) Amariah Williams, (2) EHzabeth Williams,
b. Aug. 25, 1765, (3) Asa Williams, b. June 7, 1773, (4) Lydia

* Elizabeth Trowbridge was a granddaughter of the remarkable colonial patriot and magistrate,
Maj. Gen. Humphrey Atherton.



CHENEY GENEALOGY. 229

Williams. It would appear that she married a second husband,
named Cole ; for in the distribution of the estate of Aaron
Cheney in 1814 " EHzabeth, Amasa, Asa and Lydia" are men-
tioned, " children of his deceased sister Elizabeth Cole."

23. III. NATHANIEL,4b. March 16, 1737-8.

24. IV. JAMES,* b. July 19, 1740.

V, LYDIA,* b. Jan. 15, 1742-3, m. Sept. 17, i7y2, Josmh Ktiapp.

9, PETER,3 (Peter,2 John,i) ^^ i^ Newbur}^ Nov. 6, 1663,
m. in Watertown Oct. 7, 1691, Mary Holmes.

"The aged Widow Cheney" d. at Watertown Jan. 28,
1746, "aged 82"; an entry which seems to appl}'^ to this



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