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Benjamin,'* Peter,^ Peter,^ John,^) b. in Berlin, Conn. Sept.
21, 1831, m. Addie Lathrop. Removed with his father from
Conn, to Illinois : settled in Roscoe : learned the trade of


blacksmith ; removed to Rockford, then to Chicago where
he now resides. Is with the Moxie Food Co. Mrs. Cheney
is a teacher of Stenography.


873. I. FRED BLANCHARD,9 b. Oct. 21, 1868.
n. ROSS REED,9 b. Aug. 4, 1872.

m. WILLIAM LATHROP,^ b. April 2, d. July 29, 1874.

IV. WINNIE GRACE,9 b. Aug. 31, 18S0.

V. ETTA HUNTLEY,9 b. April 27, 1882.

696. ALFRED DAVID,8 (Benjamin,' Elisha,^ Benjamin,^
Benjamin/ Peter," Peter, 2, John,^) m. i^S Annie Blair, 2*^,
Marie Bowman, 3'\ Louisa Woodbury. He had four chil-
dren by his first wife, two by his second, and one by his


874. I. FRANK BENJAMIN," b. Feb. i, 1858.


ni. ANNIE V.9 v. BELLE.9

698. JOHN 0.,8 (Benjamin,^ Elisha,^ Benjamin,^ Benja-
min,* Peter,3Peter,2 John, i)b. Aug. 18, 1842, m. Oct. 6, 1871,
Julia Cornelius. They live at Beloit, Wis.

FLORENCE BILL," b. Oct. 6, 1873.

699. DAVID N.,8 (Benjamin,^ Elisha,^ Benjamin,^ Benja-
min,* Peter, ^ Peter, ^ John,i) b. Jan. i, 1844, m. Jan. 1869,
Olive Green. Resides at Beloit, Wis.


I. GERTRUDE," b. Jan. 20, 1871.
II. CHARLES," b. Aug. 1877.

700. CHAUNCEYJAMES,8 (Charles Chauncey,^
Russell,'' Benjamin,^ Benjamin,* Peter, '^ Peter,- John, i)b. Aug.
I, 1828, m. Oct. 26, 1856, Sarah J. Riley, of Sharon, Wis.
Is a real estate broker in San Francisco, Cal.



701- ALONZO EDWARD,8 (Charles Chauncey,^
Russell,^ Benjamin,^ Benjamin,^ Peter, ^ Peter, ^ John,i) b.
Nov. 9, 1836, married in the South, and had two children,
one that died in infancy, the other, Ella V.**.

702. FRANKLIN A.,^ (Charles Chauncey,' Russell,«
Benjamin,^ Benjamin,* Peter, ^ Peter,^ John, 1) b. Oct. 3, 1846,
m. in Janesville, Wis. April 12, 1866, Mary E. Thompson.
They live at Los Angeles, Cal. He served the Federal
Government in the War of the Rebellion, being a member
of the 2"-^ Wisconsin cavalry.




705- REV. RUSSELL LEA,^ (Russell,' Russell,^ Ben-
jamin,^ Benjamin,* Peter,^ Peter,^ John,^) b. at Emerald
Grove, Wis. Feb. i, 1850, m. Aug. 28, 1878, at Gilbertsville,
N. Y. Mary L., dau. of Allen and Rachel (Hoyt) Mead, of
Peekskill, N. Y. The early home of the Meads was Stan-
wick, Conn.

His early years were spent on the farm. He entered the
Preparatory Department of Beloit College in 1865, graduat-
ing from the college in 1872. After teaching a year he
entered Chicago Theological Seminary, from which he grad-
uated in 1876. He began preaching with the Congregational
church of Bloomington, Wis. June i, 1876, and was ordained
there in October following. Having completed a good term
of service with his first parish, he began his second pastorate
at Prairie du Chien, Wis. where he continued till April,
1888, when he became District Missionary for central Wis-
consin, with headquarters at Portage. In the fall of 1891 he
was transferred to the Southern part of the State, with head-
quarters at Janesville. In his missionary work he has made
large use of the Gospel tent during the summer season.
Two years he was with a male quartette (known as the
Cheney Quartette) and an evangelist. He still continues as


district missionary. He has gathered a large amount o±
genealogical matter regarding his nearest relatives, and has
rendered valuable assistance in that way to the compiler of
this book.

HAZEL,9 b. March 22, 1892.

704. LOREN,8 (Russell,^ Russell,^ Benjamin,^ Benja-
min,* Peter,^ Peter, ^ John,i) b. in Alabama, N. Y. Aug. 9,
1840, m. Oct, 5, 1861, Louise M., dau. of Rev. O. F. and
Marilla (Wright) Curtis. Marilla Wright was a descendant
of Samuel Wright, a colonist at Springfield, Mass. in 1636,
and a settler of Northampton a few years later ; the lot where
he lived being still in possession of descendants of his. Mr.
Cheney became a member of the Emerald Grove, Wis. Con-
gregational church when a mere boy, and its organist soon
after ; filling this position for thirty years. Part of the winter
of 1864 he spent at Memphis, Tennessee, in the service of the
U. S. Christian Commission, caring for sick and wounded
soldiers, doing sanitary and spiritual work. He was church
clerk twenty-five years. Was a farmer ; rendered efficient
service on the town school-board. He d. Oct. 5, 1887.
His eldest son graduated from Beloit College in 1891, and
the family have removed to Oberlin, O.


I. MARILLA LEA,9 b. May 11, 1865, m. Oct. 14, 1885, Robert L.
Brown. She d. of consumption May 17, 1894. Children: (i)
Rexford Ord Brown, b. July 16, 1887, (2) Helen Gladys Brown,
b. Nov. 6, 1889.
875. n. BENJAMIN ROYAL,^ b. July 18, 1869.
m. ELLA L0UISE,9 b. Aug. 5, 1871.
IV. RALPH LEON,9 b. Dec. 29, 1872.
v. ELIZABETH,^ b. Oct. 30, 1876.
VI. DELIA CURTIS,9 b. Jan. 17, 1879.
vii. L0UIS,9 b. Sept. 28, 1881.



72 I . THOMAS BLISH,8 (Halsey,- Timothy,^ Timothy,^
Benjamin,* Peter, ^ Peter, ^ John,^) b. Dec. 2, 1828, m. i*%
Frances E. Foote, who d. Oct. 5, 1864, aged 34. He m. 2%
Emily Kingsbury Hollister. He d. Feb. 15, 1896.


I. GEORGE F00TE,9 b. Oct. 5, 1854, d. June 7, 1862.
II. ABBIE,9 b. Jan. 26, i860, d. Feb. 9, i860.

III. FREDERIC SHELTON,9 b. April 10, 1861, d. Oct. 31, 1861.

IV. THOMAS SHELTON, b. Feb. 14, 1867.
V. FRANCES EMILY,9 b. Oct. 22, 186S.

722. EDWARD HALSEY,8 (Halsey,' Timothy,^ Timo-
thy,^ Benjamin,* Peter, ^ Peter, ^ John, i) b. April 29, 1832, m.
Katharine Anderson, who d. in February, 1891.


I. EDNAH ADELINE,^ b. July 29, 1852, m. Arthur Gaynor.

n. MILLARD COLFAX,^ b. Oct. 19, 1864.

m. LAURA EMILY,^ b. Jan. 31, 1867, m. Beidler.

IV. HARRIET ELLIN0R,9 b. Jan. 29, 1871, d. Sept. 5, 1872.

723. GEORGE WELLS,8 (Halsey,- Timothy,^ Timothy ,5
Benjamin,* Peter,^ Peter,^ John,^) b. in Middletown, Ct. Dec.
15, 1833, m. Amelia Haynes, b. in Lebanon, Ct.

He was a rifle-maker and contractor.


876. I. HALSEY,^ b. in Boston, Mass. June 2, 1864, m. Alma Raub,
and resides at Poughkeepsie, N. Y.

II. WINTHR0P,9 b. July 17, 1868, d. Dec. 16, 1869.

724. CHARLES SYLVESTER,^ (Halsey,' Timothy,^
Timothy,^ Benjamin,* Peter, ^ Peter,^ John,^) b. April 2,
1836, m. Catherine, dau. of Marcius and Clarissa (Cheney)

I. CATHERINE BESSIE,^ b. April i, 1861.
II. ALICE MAUD,9b. Nov. 12, 1862.
877.. m. CHARLES HERMAN,^ b. Sept. 6, 1866.


725. CARLOS LYMAN,8 (HoraceJ Timothy, « Timo-
thy,^ Benjamin,^ Peter,^ Peter,^ John,i) b. in Manchester,
Conn, (twin with Cornelius L.) Dec. i, 1829, m. Emma
Johnson. Served in the War of the Rebellion and d. in


I. CLARA.9 ni. EMMA.^

n. CARL0S.9

726. CORNELIUS LYMAN,^ (Horace,- Timothy ,«
Timothy,^ Benjamin,* Peter,-^ Peter, ^ John, i) b. in Manchester,
Conn, (twin with Carlos L.) Dec. i, 1829, m. April 3, 1856,
Harriet Lyman, b. Oct. 16, 1829. Resided at Glastonbury,
Conn, some time ; was representative to the legislature one
term. He was an optician ; was superintendent of the
Charles Parker Co. of Meriden, Conn, some years. Re-
moved to Orange Park, Fla., about 1882. Was one of the
founders and a deacon of the Congregational church there ;
member of the town council, mayor several terms. He d. of
apoplexy June 23, 1897.


I. ROBERT HILLS,9 b. at East Hartford, Conn. March 16, 1857,

d. in Meriden, Conn., in 1884.
878. II. WALTER LYMAN,9 b. in Manchester, Conn. Oct, 13, 1859.

ni. ELLA LOUISA,^ b. at Glastonbury, Ct. Dec. 19, 1869, deceased.
IV. HATTIE MAY,9 b. in Meriden, Ct. Jan. 8, 1874.

727. RALPH SCOTT,8 (Horace,' Timothy,^ Timothy,^
Benjamin,* Peter,^ Peter,^ John,i) m. Laura Sparks, of Ver-
non, Conn. Was in the Union army in the War of the
Rebellion. Resides in New Haven, Conn, and carries on
business in New York city.





728. GEORGE WELLS,^ (George Wells,^ George,^
Timothy,^ Benjamin/ Peter,^ Peter,^ John,i) b. Aug. 18,
1825, m. at Chatham, Ct. Oct. i, 1850, Harriet Kingsbury
Richmond. He is a member of the firm of "Cheney
Brothers," Silk Manufacturers, at South Manchester,


I. INFANT DAUGHTER, b. and d. Oct. 29, 1853.

882. n. WELLS WADSW0RTH,9 b. May 30, 1857.

883. m. LOUIS RICHMOND,^ b. April 27, 1859.

884. IV. GEORGE HERBERT,^ b. Sept. 13, 1861, m. Isabel Bartlett.

729. JOHN SHERWOOD,^ (George Wells,^ George,«
Timothy,^ Benjamin,* Peter,^ Peter,^ John,^) b. April 14,
1827, m. at Creswick in the colony of Victoria, Australia,
Feb. 25, 1861, Ellen, dau. of George Silas and Caroline
Frances Coates, b. in London, Eng. Feb. 28, 1839. ^^ ^^~
sides in South Manchester, Conn.


I. ARTHUR J0HN,9 b. at Creswick, Austr., Jan. 2, 1862, d.
in Manchester, Ct. Sept. 3, 1870.

n. WILLIAM COATES,^ b. at Manchester, Ct. Dec. 3, 1864.

III. CARRIE,9 5^ Nov. 18, 1866, d. Aug. 29, 1870.

IV. FREDERICK GEORGE,^ b. Nov. 25, 1868, d. at London,

Eng. June 30, 1870.

V. ALICE ELIZABETH,^ b. Nov. 26, 1870.
VI. SHERWOOD ALFRED,9 b. Aug. 24, 1873.
VII. EMILY GRACE,9 b. Jan. i, 1876.

730. WILLIAM HENRY,8 (George Wells,^ George,^
Timothy,^ Benjamin,* Peter, ^ Peter, 2 John, 1) b. May 21, 1833,
m. at Creswick, Australia, June 17, 1858, Sarah Grace, dau.
of Samuel and Jane Moyle, of Cornwall, England, b. at
Wicklow, Ireland, June 6, 1841.



I. WILLIAM HENRY,9 b. at Creswick June 22, 1859, d. at
South Manchester, Ct. May 22, 1863.

II. EDWARD M0YLE,9 b. at So. Manchester, Jan. 14, 1862, d.
Feb. 22, 1888.
887. III. WALTER B0WDEN,9 b. April 13, 1864.

IV. SAMUEL MARTYN,9 b. March 7, 1866, d. at San Bernardino,
Cal. Dec. 7, 1884.

V. HENRY RICHM0ND,9b. April 20, 1869.

VI. MARK,9 b. Feb. 14, 1871.

731. JAMES WOODBRIDGE,8 (George Wells/
George,^ Timothy,*^ Benjamin,^ Peter,^ Peter, 2John/)b. Feb.
9, 1838, m. Harriet Elizabeth, dau. of Halse}'' and Adeline
Pamelia (Blish) Cheney.


I. JOHN PLATT,9 b. Nov. 12, 1868.
II. ADELINE,^ b. Dec. 2, 1870.

732. Col. FRANK WOODBRIDGE,8 (Charles,^
George,^ Timothy,^ Benjamin,* Peter,^ Peter, ^ John,i) b. at
Providence, R. I. June 5, 1832, m. Nov. 3, 1863, Mary,
dau. of Rev. Horace Bushnell, D. D. of Hartford, Ct., and
his wife Mary Apthorp, b. at Hartford, Sept. 25, 1840.

He was Lt. Col. of the 16*^ Conn. Vol. Inf. in the War of
the Rebellion; was honorably discharged Dec. 24, 1862.
Is secretary and treasurer of the Silk Manufacturing Com-
pany, "Cheney Brothers," of South Manchester, Conn.,
and has his home in that town.


I. EMILY,9 b. at Hartford, Ct. Oct. 15, 1864.

889. II. CHARLES,^ b. June 7, 1866, m. June 5, 1894, Mary Lydia, dau.
of Leverett and Mary (Bulkeley) Brainard of Hartford, Ct., b.
Nov. 14, 1867.


III. HORACE BUSHNELL,9 b. at Hartford May 19, 1868.

IV. JOHN DAVENPORVl ^ ,, , , ^ ,

>b. at Hartford, Ct. Jan. i, 1870.

VI. SETH LESLIE,^ b. at Hartford, Ct. Jan. 12, 1874.

VII. WARD,9 b. at South Manchester, Ct. May 26, 1875,

VIII. AUSTIN,9 b. at South Manchester, Ct. Dec. 13, 1876.

IX. FRANK DEXTER,9 b. at South Manchester, Ct. Oct. 16, 1878.


lb. at South Manchester, Ct. July 12, 1880.

XII. RUTH,9 b. at South Manchester, Ct. Nov. 23, 1884,

733. KNIGHT DEXTER,8 (Charles,^ George,^ Tim-
othy,^ Benjamin/ Peter, ^ Peter, ^ John,i) b. at Mt. Pleasant,
O. Oct. 9, 1837, m. at Exeter, N. H. June 4, 1862, Ednah
Dow, dau. of Samuel Garfield and Elizabeth (Dow) Smith,
b. at South Berwick, Me. May 12, 1841. He is president of
the firm of Cheney Brothers ; resides at South Manchester, Ct.


I. ELLEN WAITSTILL,9 b. at Hartford, Ct. Oct. 16, 1863, m.
April 23, 1895, Alexander Lambert, son of Dr. E. W. Lambert,
of New York City.
II. ELIZABETH,^ b. at Hartford, Ct. Sept. 18, 1865, m. Nov. 28,
1890, Alfred Cowles, Jr. of Chicago, 111. Children: (i) Alfred
Cowles b. at Chicago, 111. Sept. 15, 1890, (2) Knight Cheney
Cowles, b. Dec. 27, 1892, (3) John Cheney Cowles, b. April 25,
1894, (4) Thomas Hooker Cowles, b. June 6, 1895.

III. HARRIET B0WEN,9 b. at Hartford, Ct. Feb. 4, 1867, m.

Feb. 12, 1896, William Htitchinson Cowles, son of Alfred
Cowles, Sen. of Chicago, 111.

IV. HELEN,9 b. at Hartford, Ct. March 7, 1868, m. Oct. 8, 1895,

Hugh Aiken Bayne, son of T. L. Bayne, of New Orleans, La.
Child: Helen Bayne, b. at South Manchester, Ct. Aug. 2, 1896.

V. KNIGHT DEXTER,9 b. at South Manchester, Conn. June i,
1870, m. Ruth, dau. of Dr. E. W. Lambert, of New York

VI. EDNAH PARKER,9 b. at South Manchester, Ct. Feb. 3, 1873.

VII. THEODORA,^ b. at South Manchester, Ct. Sept. 12, 1874.


VIII. CLIFFORD DUDLEY.^b. at South Manchester, Ct. Jan. 3,

IX. PHILLIP,^ b. at South Manchester, Ct. May 8, 1878.
X. THOMAS LANGD0N,9 b. at South Manchester, Ct. Nov. 20,

XI. RUSSELL,^ b. at South Manchester, Ct. Oct. 16, 1881,

734. RICHARD OTIS,« [see p. 410, No. 442,] (Ralph,
George,^ Timothy,^ Benjamin/ Peter,^ Peter,^ John,i) ^^
March i, 1841, m. June 2, 1863, Sophie H. dau. of Major
Lewis and Mary J. Douglas) Bissell, of St. Louis, Mo., b.
May 27, 1843.

He is a member and one of the directors of the firm of
Cheney Brothers, Silk Manufacturers, of South Manchester,


I. FLORENCE DOUGLAS,^ b. March 30, 1864.
II. MARY BISSELL,9 b. Nov. 17, 1866, d. Oct. 18, 1890.

III. ANNIE HAIGHT,9 b. Jan. 24, 1869.

IV. S0PHIE,9 b_ Feb. 6, 1872, d. Feb. 20, 1872.
V. RICHARD 0TIS,9 b. Feb. 20, 1874.

VI. RALPH,9 b. Nov. 29, 1877, d. June 12, 1896.
VII. ELSIE DEANE,9 b. April 17, 1882.

736. ARTHUR,^ (Ward,' George,^ Timothy,^ Benjamin,
Peter,^ Peter, 2 John, 1) b. in Manchester, Conn. Jan. 14, 1837,
m. at Trinity Church in Boston, Oct. 9, i860, Emeline, dau.
of Dr. Winslow and Mrs. Emeline (Richards) Lewis, b. April
18, 1841.

Mrs. Cheney resides in Boston.

739. FRx\NK,8 (Frank,^ George,^ Timothy,^ Benjamin,*
Peter,3 Peter,^ John,i) b. at South Manchester, Ct. Aug. 14,
i860, m. at Baltimore, Md. Jan. 6, 1897, Florence White,
dau. of David and EHza Wade, b. in Montgomery co., Vir-
ginia, June 29, i860.


745. MOSES,8 (Elias,- Elias,^ Moses,^ Edmund,* John,^
Peter,2 John,i) b. in Thornton, N. H., Jan. 31, 1793, m.
June 23, 1816, Abigail, dau. of Jonathan and Esther J.
(Perkins) Morison, of Sanbornton, b. March 25, 1796. He
was a paper manufacturer at Holderness, N. H. In 1835
he removed to Peterborough, N. H., where he resided until
1845 ; then he returned to that part of Holderness, N. H.
which is now Ashland, and spent the rest of his life there. He
was a good and highl}^ respected man, an original member
and deacon of the Free Will Baptist church in Ashland, and
held many important offices in the places of his residence.
He d. while on a visit to his son's at Lebanon, N. H. July
17, 1875. Following is a paper he prepared for his children,
which will be a great treasure for his descendants, and will
interest many of our readers.

A Statement of Family History.

As I am now advanced in age & must soon pass away & hope by the
grace of God to be prepared for the world to come wherein will dwell none
but those who love God & all holy beings, and as expressive of the wish
of my children, I hereby give a sketch of my ancestry, which must be very
limited, extending no farther back than to my grand-parents on both sides.

I was born in Thornton N. H. Jan'y 31, 1793, having then one sister
two years old named Ruth, and subsequently two other sisters, Sally &
Eliza. My Father was Elias Cheney, & mother's maiden name Sarah
Burbank, of Campton, a town adjoining my native town. Our mother died
Jan'y 8, 1800, leaving four of us without a mother, the youngest a babe
who for several years was adopted by a sister of our dear mother, Aunt
Percival, and was well cared for until farther provision was made for her.
Her historj' from the time of her marriage is known by us all, and that she
died in Jan'y 1841, leaving a family of good children & a lonely husband,
the Chandler family. Sister Sally still lives. Is a widow with one son
only of her family, T. N. Blaisdell of Newbury. Dear sister Ruth has been
laid in the grave now four years, and I have no doubt she sleeps in Jesus
& will soon awake unto immortality & Eternal life with all the blest. The
family are all true mourners for her, and have had repeatedly severe
afflictions in the loss of their number, the last of which is very severe to
the surviving children and their aged father, Simeon L. Gordon. My
Father soon married for a second wife the widow Mary Prescott, then of
Thornton. His second children were Person Cheney now living, born


Feb. 12, 1 80 1, and in succession Gilman C. Cheney and Charles C. Cheney,
who died in this place Nov. 28, 1825.

Brother Gilman died in Sept. 1824, leaving a wife and one child which
soon after died. His widow is still living in III. married to Noah Webster,
formerly of Holderness. Soon after my father's decease, which was in
Thornton, Nov. 13, 1805, I went to Campton to live with my uncle John
Pattee, his wife being a sister of my late Mother, and remained there four
years. They both had much regard for me and used me, I presume as
they did their own children ; but it was fashionable then to work, all were
brought up to it ; very different from the present system, gratifying children
in many indulgences, some of which often prove their ruin. I had up to
that time, Feb., 1 806, worked hard for a boy, had lived from home about
two years of the time when but 9 to 1 1 years old, and was 1 3 when I left
my step-mother's family to commence with uncle Pattee in Feb. 1806. So
that up to the age of 1 7 I was a farmer, & worked hard enough at it, I
thought and still think. But my uncle took a notion to build a paper Mill ;
& in the fall of 1809 went to Holderness & contracted for a water privilege
it being the site where Mr. Bailey's Paper Mill now is; put up a good
stout frame 60 by 32 feet (I think,) two stories high, and the Spring follow-
ing, April 18, 1 810, moved his family to Holderness, taking me and Bro.
Person, who also then lived with him, and sister Ruth also to work in the
house. Edward Prescott, now of Boston, 4 years older than myself, was
one of the family for about a year after, and had lived in it from a boy of
1 1 years of age. I was his bedfellow the 4 years at Campton and followed
his lead on the farm. His mother had become the second wife of my
father as before named. There were in all 5 of the Prescott children, a
brother, Daniel, older than Ed. and three sisters, Martha, Abigail, & Mary,
each now living. The three have been widows & two now so remain,
while the other, Wid. Drake formerly, is now Mrs. Perkins, present wife of
the venerable Elder T. Perkins.

Uncle Pattee started his paper mill in August, 1810. I then commenced
as an apprentice to the trade of paper making by hand, as there were no
machines then for the sheet, only a mould, a sieve-like, of the size of the
sheet to be made. Bro. Person also commenced very soon after, as the
lay-boy to lay off the paper, at which I worked for about two months. I
then wrought at the vat and couch place, so called, making and couching
the sheets alternately with another, and at times at dry work, finishing
paper ; also the art of sizeing and dressing, continuing thus about 3 and
one-half years, until 21 years of age; then continued as a journeyman so
called, at the same business with my uncle, then with his successor in the
business, Messrs. Charles Hutchins & Co. (said Hutchins now alive in Con-
cord N. H.) for only about another year, my Aunt Pattee dying in July
1 81 2, and Uncle marrying a second wife, Lucinda Goodhue, who was one
who came with us from Campton.


He had not the faculty to do business, consequently failed, and soon
left. But I think he was a good man, died poor in this world, but I hope
was rich in faith ; if so, rich indeed. In Feb. 181 5, at the close of the war
of 1 81 2, business soon had the appearance of reviving up. Mr. Hutchins
did not wish to carry on the business. So I with my then brother-in-law
S. L. Gordon rented the Mill. He had never wrought a day in it, and knew
nothing about it, and I but very little or nothing about business, but only
to do the work. I took charge of the Mill at only 22 years of age, & Bro.
Gordon drove the business outside, and collected rags. Our stock for
paper consisted wholly of domestic cotton and linen rags of all colors ; no
bleaching done for several years, but had girls to sort the rags for the
several kinds of writing, printing, & wrapping paper, all of which we made
such as was then used. Had but one engine to beat stuff. We run one
year, worked hard, and did well for those times. Hired the Mill for the
second j'ear, being the year of our marriage and commencement of house-
keeping and boarding our part of the mill-hands. Quite a drouth that year,
low water, so that we did not do as well. as the first year, but in Jan. 181 7
lost Siooo bad debts, vs. E. Little and Co. for paper, but did not realize the
loss until after we bought the Mill of Hutchins in May of that year. Let
him have the notes which came back for us to meet, which made things go
hard ; but Mr. Gordon put it through so that we kept along.

In Sept. of that year I went to Portland for the first time, with a two
horse team load of writing and wrapping paper. Had a lonely time of it,
but succeeded well, and then took hold in the mill again. Old Master
Bowen, as we called him, worked for us, was first hand, and had been boss
in the mill from the first with uncle Pattee. Mr. S. N. Morse of near my
age, worked for us some : he had learned the trade at Pembroke in this
state. In May, 1818, Isold out to Bro. Gordon, bought a house of him and
worked for him about 5 years, and then, with Mr. Morse, bought the now
S. C. Baker Mill of Bro. Gordon, as he had built a part, and put it to run-
ning, for he was a man of business : was then running the first mill also
with Master Bowen to manage the work his part of the time.

Mr. Morse and I then commenced in Feb. 1823, and ran 1 1 years, putting
in a machine in about 1830 to make the paper, but no drier, had to cut the
paper in packs wet, and dry in the loft as before. Mr. Gordon also did the
same in his mill. We sold out in 1834 to Jona. Mitchel for 4000 reams of
Wrapping paper made of brown coarse rags, old paper, &c. valued at 50
cents per ream ; but we couldn't realize that for it at the mill. But we dis-
posed of it, settled up our business, and that year took part in building our
meeting-house in this place. In the spring of 1835 we moved to Peterboro,
and I went in company with A. P. Morrison who had worked for us in
our mill at H. and learned something of the paper business. I remained
there ten years, until 1845, then returning again to Holderness, and our chil-
dren all know our history from that day, the great changes we have passed


through, seeming sometimes in a measure prosperous and then again
adverse scenes of trial, but having obtained help of God, we continue until
now, Father, Mother, with ten of the eleven dear children which God hath
given us. 50 years are now passed since we commenced in family life, and
I owe all I have and am to the grace and mercy of God, our heavenly
Father, who called after me while in my sins, by his word and Spirit, so
that I professed faith in Christ and was baptised in his name Nov. 28,
1 81 8, most 48 years ago, and have felt ever since that the religion of Christ
is the one thing needful.

And now to go back from my honored father, who died at the age of
about 37 years. His father was Deacon Elias Cheney of Thornton who
died the same year, a few weeks only after my father. I well remember
him, the night of father's death and for years previous most everj- Sabbath
at meeting, — the Congregational meeting at Thornton. Rev. Noah Wor-
cester was minister and pastor of the church of which father was a member
until his death, 1 suppose. Do not know about my mother being a mem-
ber, as I was only seven years old when she died, but think she was a good,

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