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Thomas Rice, (3) Molly Rice.
VI. HANNAH.5
VII. MARTHA.5
VHi. LUCY.5

I 7. WILLIAM,* (William,3 Thomas,^ WiUiam,!) b. Dec.
I, 1692, m. April 7, 1715, Abigail Davis of Roxbury. He
was a carpenter. He bought his brother Abiel's rights in the
paternal estate and resided in his native town. The records
show numerous purchases and sales of lands, indicating that
he was an active business man. He resided in Needham in
1763.

CHILDREN.

I. REBECCA,^ b. March 5, 171 7, m. Dec. 2, 1747, Joseph Heath.
35. n. THOMAS,^ b. Feb. 13, 1719.

in. SARAH,5 b. Nov. 27, 1724, m. April 12, 1753, A^athaniel Parker,

of Boston.
IV. MARY,5 b. July 3, 1729.

I 8. ABIEL,4 (William,3 Thomas,^ WiUiami), b. in Rox-
bury May 21, 1695, m. in Pomfret, Conn., May 3, 1720,
Marah Waldo, b. in 1696, d. Dec. 2, 1787. He learned the
trade of blacksmith, probabl}' under his guardian, Daniel



CHENEY GENEALOGY. 6i

Holbrook. Worked some time in Boston ; then removed to
Pomfret, Conn.

After the death of his brother Thomas in 17 14 he joined
WilHam in a sale to Jonathan Draper of some land near
Dedham line which Thomas had bequeathed to them. Feb.

8, 1 7 16-17, he sold to his brother, William Cheney of Rox-
bury, carpenter, for £300, his share in a dwelling house and
other buildings and 30 acres of land in Roxbury ; one half
of five acres and a half of fresh meadow in Roxbury, " being
half of eleven acres in copartnership with Thomas, William,
and Abiel Cheney," and half of eleven acres of salt marsh in
similar copartnership ; also " all his rights in Woodstock."

Hailing from Boston, he purchased of Samuel Waldo, for
£130, a messuage and a tract of land in Pomfret and land
adjoining the line of Woodstock, Nov. 13, 1716. He pur-
chased another tract of Anthony and William Stoddard, Nov.

9, 1719. His brother William, of Roxbury, bought 30 acres
of land in Pomfret from his step-father, Josiah Sabin for £300,
and presented it to his namesake, Abiel's son William. He
sold Abiel all his property in that vicinity in 1746. Abiel
resided south of the Mashamoquet, on land bought of Major
Fitch, east of Newichewanna Brook. He was chosen a town
officer in 1724; was one of the founders of the "United
English Library for the Propagation of Christian and Useful
Knowledge " in Pomfret, Sept. 25, 1739, to which his sub-
scription was " Abiel Cheney, blacksmith, ten pounds." He
d. March 20, 1787.

CHILDREN.

I. LUCY,5 b. Oct. 27, 1720, m. March 15, 1757, Ebenezer Grosvenor.
Children: (i) Ebenezer Grosvenor, b. March 6, 1738, (2) Eliza-
beth Grosvenor, b. Dec. 19, 1740, (3) Oliver Grosvenor, b. May
1 9; 1743) (4) Asa Grosvenor, b. April 6, 1745, (5) Lucy Gros-
venor, b. July 25, 1747, (6) Daniel Grosvenor, b, April 9, 1750,
(7) Lemuel Grosvenor, b. Aug. 11, 1752, (8) Ezra Grosvenor,
b. Jan. 23, 1755, (9) Chloe Grosvenor, b. Oct. 29, 1757, (10)
Nathan Grosvenor, b. Dec. 17, 1764. Mrs. Grosvenor d. May 13,
1792, her husband d. Aug. 2, 1793.



62 WILLIAM; FOURTH GENERATION.

36. 11. 0LIVER,5 b. Oct. 9, 1722.

37. III. ABIEL,5b. April 13, 1725.

38. IV. DANIEL,5 b. Dec. 25, 1728.

39. V. WILLI AM,5 b. April 9, 1732.

VI. REBECCA,^ b. March 20, 1734, d. early.
VII. CATHARINE,^ b. Nov. 8, 1736.
VIII. REBECCA,5 b. Oct. 30, 1743.

I 9. BENJAMIN,* (Benjamin,3 Thomas,^ William,i) b. in
Cambridge Sept. 7, 1703, m. i^' Jan. 3, 1744, Elizabeth,
dau. of Eleazer and Hannah (Humphrey) Parker, bapt.
June 29, 1727. She d. Dec. 25, 1748, and he m. 2*^ Nov.
9, 1752, Margaret Stedman. His home was in Cambridge
till his last years, when he lived in Roxbur}-. He m.

3*^, Martha , who survived him. Administration was

granted on his estate April 9, 1759, to Edward Jackson who
was also appointed guardian of his son Benjamin ; while the
widow was guardian of Lucy, and the youngest child, Thomas.
Thomas Sparhawk was Elizabeth's guardian.

CHILDREN.

I. BENJAMIN,^ b. Nov. 23, 1745, d. in 1763.

II. ELIZABETH,^ b. Feb. 13, 1747-8, m. May 30, 1769, Aaron White.
She was the only one of the children who inherited from her
uncle, Thomas Cheney of Dudley. She resided in Roxbury ; d.
Feb. 6, 1827, a few da3's less than 80 years old. She was re-
markable for excellent, strong, common sense, and gave her
grandchildren many anecdotes of old times and people. Chil-
dren of Aaron and Elizabeth (Cheney) White : (i) Aaron White,
b. June 9, 1 77 1, m. Molly Avery, (2) Elizabeth White, b. March 2,
1773, m. Isaac Davis, (3) Thomas White, b. April 17, 1775, d.
May 31, 1802, (4) Lucy White, b. March 27, 1777, m. Stephen
Brigham, (5) William White, b. Oct. 9, 1779, m. Nancy Avery,
(6) Salome White, b. Sept. 20, 1784, m. Isaac Davis, (7) Mary
White, b. Oct. 29, 1787, d. Aug. 30, 1805. Thomas White, Esq.
of Brooklyn, N. Y., a grandson, and Isaac Davis White, Jr. of
Worcester, a great-grandson of Aaron and Elizabeth (Cheney)
White, have furnished the details for this article.

III. LUCY,5 b. about 1750, d. before 1763.

IV. THOMAS,^ b. about 1752, d. before 1763.



CHENEY GENEALOGY. 63




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20. Col. THOMAS,* (Benjamin,^ Thomas,^ William,i)
b. in Cambridge about 1708, m. July 30, 1729, his second
cousin, Sarah, dau. of John and Sarah (Squiers) Fessenden,
b. July 17, 1706. He was early among the adventurous
spirits who bought and cultivated and sold lands in Wood-
stock, " Kekamochang," and Dudley. The latter place
became his home, and found in him a valuable citizen, prom-
inent in public affairs as well as enterprising in his own
business. The Saunders Dale water power and factories are
located on the old estate. He served in the French and
Indian war, in the 8"' Mass. regiment ; was commissioned
Captain b}' Gov. Shirley at Louisburg, June 20, i745'
Afterward he was a wall of defence to the frontier towns.
*< April 21, 1746, he was ordered by Gov. Shirley to march
with his 60 troopers to Northlield, where Indians had been
lurking and settlers had been murdered a short time before " ;
and his valor and strategy were of great service. Probably
his title "Colonel" came from his holding that office in the
militia. He had charge of the "minute men" of Dudley
before the Revolution, and was moderator of the town meet-
ing in March, 1774-5, when supplies for them were voted.
He was chosen representative to the Provincial Congress at
Concord Sept. 19, 1774, and to that at Cambridge Jan. 2,
1775 . He transacted much business and had a large property.
The following story has come down in the family of Eliza-
beth (Cheney) White, dau. of Benjamin,'^ which doubtless
explains the source of the large capital which enabled Col.
Thomas Cheney to purchase so many tracts of land, and laid
the foundation of his extensive estate. At the siege of
Louisburg a French naval officer who was wounded and a
prisoner was placed under the charge of Captain Cheney,



64 WILLIAM; FOURTH GENERATION.

who nursed him tenderly and did all he could to restore his
health. All was fruitless, however, and before he died the
Frenchman did his best to repay a stranger's kindness. He
told him of a quantity of specie which had belonged to
himself, secreted in a casement in the hold of his vessel
which had been beached and burned to the water's edge ;
and told him as he had no heirs to whom to leave it he would
gladl}'' give it to his kind American friend. After the
officer's death Capt. Cheney took a file of men and went to
the wrecked ship, ostensibly to secure a quantity of bolts.
Several barrels were filled with them. Afterward the Captain
went alone, found the casement as described ; and, taking
out the specie, secreted it in one of the barrels of bolts. The
bolts in due time were shipped to Boston and lay exposed
carelessly for some weeks on a wharf. When Capt. Cheney
returned he transferred the money to his saddlebags, — " a
load that made his horse stagger ! " So much the veteran
would tell his intimate friends, but no more.

He d. April 30, 1777, and his widow was appointed ad-
ministratrix of his estate May 15, 1777.

His farm, lying partly in Dudley and partly in Charlton, his
tools of husbandry, &c., &c., made a large fortune for those
times. The widow received the bulk of the personal prop-
erty and life use of one third of the real estate ; division was
made of the other two thirds to his sister, Mrs. Zacheus
Goodale, and to the children of his deceased brothers and
sisters. May 6, 1778.

The widow lived a long and benevolent life, and passed to
her rest in 1795. Her will is very interesting ; she left £100
in trust for the maintenance of an aged and infirm negro
man, long in the family ; then she gave specific bequests to
the heirs of her sister, Mary Jennings ; to the grandchildren
of her brother, John Fessenden, late of Dudley ; to Elizabeth
Hinds, to Deborah, wife of Charles Dugan ; to Abigail Stiles ;
to William Fessenden ; to the heirs of her brother Jonathan
Fessenden, late of Little Cambridge ; to Henry Fessenden,
"a lad that lives with me"; to Martha, wife of Benjamin



CHENEY GENEALOGY. 65

Barrett ; to Susannah, wife of Nathaniel Burden ; to Sarah,
daughter of Peter Fessenden ; to Mary, who " was the wife
of Phinehas Allen" ; the residue to the Baptist Society of the
part of Dudley where she lived, to help build a meeting-
house.

After her death the portion of the Colonel's estate which
she had been possessing by a life-lease, was distributed.

A large amount of family history is brought out in the ad-
ministration papers of the Colonel and his wife, as his brothers
and sisters and their children are mentioned at the two distri-
butions of his estate. Without quoting all the details, we
may sum up this information. The persons mentioned are
these : Of his brothers and sisters the only one still surviving
was Hannah, wife of Zacchariah Goodale ; his brother Ben-
jamin was represented by one daughter, Elizabeth, wife of
Aaron White ; his sister Mary, who had married her cousin,
Henry Cheney, was represented by Hannah, wife of Zac-
chariah Goodale, Jr., and Mary, wife of Joseph Shaw ; his
brother Joseph, "late of Newbury," was represented by
Thomas Cheney, his son, and by Mary, wife of Michael
Corey, and Anna, wife of William Reynolds, his daughters ;
his brother John, by Thomas Cheney, Mary, wife of Benj.
Cottrell, and Lucy, wife of Isaac Belknap ; his sister Ruth
Mason by her children, John and Ruth Mason, Mary, wife
of Stephen Greenleaf, and Rachel, wife of Francis Worth-
ington ; his brother William's representatives were Ebenezer,
Benjamin, Thomas, William and Joseph Cheney, and Eliza-
beth, wife of John Baby no.

21. JOSEPH,^ (Benjamin,^ Thqmas,^ William,i) b. in
Cambridge, Nov. 2, 1709, m. EHzabeth, dau. of Joseph and
Mary Tucker. They received from Mr. Tucker a present of
a tract of land in Arundel [now Kennebunkport, Me.] in
1735 ; but do not seem to have lived there. At that time
they resided at Newbury. He joined in a subscription for
the support of the First Presbyterian church, Nov. 25, 1745.
His wife joined that church in Oct. 1746. He sold his rights



66 WILLIAM; FOURTH GENERATION.

in his mother's "thirds" to his brother John in 1761. He
was drowned in 1776. Thomas, Mary and Anna, still living
at Newbury, inherited the next year the share he would have
had in the estate of his brother. Col. Thomas Cheney of
Dudley.

CHILDREN.

I. MARY,5 b. Oct. 25, 1739, m. Michael Gary.

40. n. WILLI AM,5 b. Sept. 8, 1741.

HI. ANNA,5 b. Feb. 11, 1745, bapt. April 13, 1746, m. William
Reynolds.

41. IV. THOMAS,^ [birth-date not known.]

22. JOHN,4 (Beniamin,3 Thomas,^ Wilham,!) b. in Cam-
bridge about 1 7 16 (as appears from the statement made
when his guardian was appointed after his father's death,)
m. [pubhshed Sept. 2, 1738,] Martha, dau. of William and
Martha (Wyeth) Fessenden of Cambridge, b. Feb. 29, 1719.
She was also a descendant of Thomas ^ Cheney through his
daughter Margaret. They removed to Roxbury after some
years ; we can approximate to the time from the date when
Roxbury selectmen " warned" him and his family Dec. 28,
1750 ; — a legal way of that period by which a town secured
itself against paupers by " warning " every new comer ! He
and his wife were members of the church. We have few
details of his life. He died, intestate, in 1758, and Dr.
Jonathan Davis settled the estate. Inventory of personal
effects was presented at once, and an estimate of the value
of lands for which he had bargained with his brother, Col.
Thomas Cheney, of Dudley, rated worth £242 :i3 14. The
next year Mary, " a minor upward of 14 years of age,"
chose her mother her guardian, and the widow assumed legal
charge of the younger children, also. She sold her share in
the estate of her father April 7, 1763. Her own life con-
tinued until her son had got established at Dudley and her
daus. married and settled near her. The date of her will
was March 18, 1781. ' She bequeathed her half of the dwell-



CHENEY GENEALOGY. 67

ing-house at "Stanton" to Mary Cotterell and confirmed to
Thomas "the chest of drawers, pewter dish" and other
household stuff already in his possession.

CHILDREN.

I. MARY,= b. before 1744, m, Nov. 26, 1765, Benjamm Cotterell.
42. n. THOMAS,^ b. May 20, bapt. June 2, 1751.

ni. LUCY,^ b. Jan. 9, bapt. 19, 1755, m. Isaac Belknap.



23. WILLIAM,^ (Benjamin,^ Thomas,^ William/) b.
in Cambridge about 1718, m. i*S in Ashford, Conn. March
14, 1738-9, Ruth, dau. of Philip Eastman, b. April 23, 1722 ;
she d. Oct. 10, 1756. He m. 2'S Feb. i, 1757, Mehitabel
Chubb.

He and his wife joined the Ashford church May 16, 1742.
He bought land there of Martha Fitch, of Boston, Oct. 6,
1746, a part of which he sold to his brother, Col. Thomas
Cheney, of Dudley, April 13, 1748. He had other trans-
actions in land. Was a farmer. The date of his death is
not known to us. Six of his children were living at the
death of the Colonel and inherited shares of the estate.



CHILDREN.

43. I. EBENEZER,5 b. May 23, 1740, bapt. July 11, 1742.

44. n. THOMAS,^ b. July i, bapt. July 25, 1742.

45. in. BENJAMIN,^ b. June 10, bapt. June 27, 1744.

46. IV. WILLIAM,^ b. April 17, bapt. April 26, 1747.

V. J0HN,5 b. March 14, 1749, d. early.
VI. JOSEPH,^ b. about 1750, d. early.
VII. ELIZABETH,^ b. Sept. 6, 1752, m./ohn Babyno.
VIII. JOHN,» b. Nov. 10, 1754, d. early.

47. IX. J0SEPH,5 1

. ^ . r bapt. Feb. 23, 1759.

X. A Daughter, J ^ J' /ay

48. XI. J0HN,5 "son by adoption," bapt. Oct. 12, 1760.



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Thomas.'



6. William. 3

7. Joseph. 3



f 13. Henry. 4
I 14. Thomas.^
^^ 15. Ebenezer.* .

t 16. John.4

' 17. William.* .



L 18. Abiel.-*



19. Benjamin.*

20. Thomas.*



21. Joseph.*.



j 34. Samuel. 5

35. Thomas.S

36. Oliver.5

37. Abiel.5 . .



( 69. Thomas.6
I 70. William.6



^ 8. Benjamin. 3 ,



71



38. Daniel.5 . . .
^ 39. William.S

40. William.5 . .

41. Thomas.S



22. John.* ... I 42. Thomas.S . .



23. William.*



43. Ebenezer.S

44, Thomas.s

■{ 45. Benjamin. 5 .

46. William. s

47. Joseph.s
^ 48. John.S



Cornelius. 6

72. Abiel.*

73. William. 6

74. Lemuel.*

75. Samuel.*

76. Jonathan.*

77. Ebenezer.5

78. Samuel.*

79. Edmund.*

80. Moses.*

82. John.*

83. Thomas.*

84. Leonard.*

85. Joel.*

86. Hiram.*

87. Charles.*

88. Thomas.*

89. Daniel.*

90. Abiel.*

91. John.*






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9. William. 3



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24. William.* .

1^ 25. Ebenezer.* .
^ 10. Benjamin. 3 | 26. Jacob.*



' [For Descendants of 24 William,* see second table.





(


54-


Joseph.s


119.


Penuel.*




' 27. Joseph.*. .


55-


Reuben. s


120.


Walter.*




1


56.


Nathan. S


121.


Ephraim Warrren.*






57.


Josiah.5


122.


Joseph.*






58.
59-


Simon. 5
Solomon Clark.s


123.
124.


John.*
Simon,*




28. Josiah.*






126.


Ebenezer.*
Josiah.*






60.


Ebenezer.s . . . -


127.
128.


Clark.*
Simon.*








Josephus.s


129.


Alexander.*






1.61.


. 130-


Nathan.*


' II. Josiah.3 , . .








I3I'


Gustavus.*






r 62.


Ebenezer.s . . .


132.
133-


Timothy.*
Ebenezer.*




29. Timothy.* . -


63-


Timothy.S . . .


134.
1 I3S-


Benjamin.*
William.*






64.

L65.


Josiah. 5
Joseph.s


( 136.
1 137-

( 138.


George.*
Alfred A.*

Samuel.*






' 66.


Simon. 5 ....


1 139-


Luther.*




30. Samuel.* .






. 140-


Simon.*




.<


67.


Samuel. S








( 31. Levi.*


,68.


Calvin. 5


141.
142.


Calvin.6

Nathaniel Holbrook.*


^ 12. Ephraim.3.


] 32. Joseph.*
( 33. Ephraim.*











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92. Josiah.6

93. Nathaniel.*



94. David.*"



95. Nathan. 6 .



96. Asa.* -

97. Amos.*



184.

1S5.

186.
187.
188.
189.

(■ 190-
191.

192.

>- 193-
194.
195.
196.



Nathaniel.^

Wales.'

Samuel Torrey Read.7 ■
Josiah.7
Nathaniel."
Philip Jones. 7

Amos.' . . ,

Nathan.7



Samuel French.'



98. Alexander.* 197,



Wales.7 ■

David.'

William Pitman.'
Nathaniel Jones.'

Nathan.' ....'.



341.
342.
343-
344-
345-
346.



347-
348.

349-
350-
351-

352.



George Austin. ^
Charles Arthur. ^
Albert Augustus.'
William. 3
Wales.S
Frederick Samuel.^



Wheelock Amos.*
Hiram Washington.*

Nathan .8
Charles Warren.*
George Sherman.*

Wallace.*



' 198. Ebenezer.'



50. Caleb.s



99. Artemas.* . ^



100. Calvin.*



L i9<5-

200.
201.
202.
203.
204.

' 205.



Artemas.'



xoi. Caleb.* ....



Levi.'

Cah-in.'

Asa Foskett.'

Russell.'
Eliot.'

Carmel.' . . .



360. Edward Shepherd.*

361. Edson Daniels.*

362. Dexter.*

363. WiUard.*

364. Ebenezer.*

365. Leonard.*

366. Ezra Adams.*

367. Lovering Artemas.*

368. Ethan Rockwood.*



206. Ira.'



102. Charles.*



207.



C 208.



Rufus.' -



f 103. Ebenezer.* . J^ 209



J



Nelson E.'
Levi.' . . .
Seth.' . . .



r 375-
376.
377-
37S-
379-
380.

3Sr.
382.
383-
384-

385-
3S6.

390-
391-
392.

393-

394-
395-
396'



John Corbett.*
Albert BjTon.*
Andrew Jackson.*
William Carmel.*
David Ira.*

Samuel Jones.*

Everett.*

Cortes.*

Edwin.*

Milton.*

Albert Rufus.*

Orison Underwood.*

Emery Merrill.*

Nelson.*

Newell.*

Benjamin Franklin.*

Seth Nelson.*
Matthew Benjamin.*
Mark Eugene.*



104. Elijah. *



52. William.S -



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53. Levi.S



105. Daniel.* .

106. John.*

107. Mark.* . .

loS. Luke.* . . .

109. Matthew.* .

no. Silas.* . . .

111. Jesse.*

112. William.*

_ 113. John.* . . .

' 114. Le\-i.* . . .



115. Peter.*



C 2tl.

J 212.
] 213.
L2I4-



r 215-
216.

217.

21S.



Alvin.'

Sylvanus Holbrook.'
Benjamin Franklin.'
Erastus."



397. Nelson.*



Abner Thomas.'

John Holbrook.'
Stephen Cole.'

Luke.'



219. Russell Powell. ' .

220. Emery.'

221. John.'

222. Amos Leander.' .

223. Matthew.'

224. Ebenezer.' . . . .

225. John.'

226. George Ancell.'

227. Silas.'

228. Ziba.'

229. WiUiam.'

230. Elbridge.'

231. Joseph.'

232. Chandler.' . . . .



233. Warren.' ,



Judson Marvin.*
James Adams.*
Israel James.*
Ancel Cole.*
Almon Watson.*

Harlow Miles.*
Albert Addison.*

Alonzo.*
Albert.*
Loren Francis.*

Olin Fletcher.*
Clarence Howard.'

John.*

Frederic Henry.*



398-
399-
400.
401.
402.

403-
404.

405.
406.
407.

40S.
409.

410.

411.



414. Walter Lee.*

420. Charles.*

421. Lvman.*

422. Adin Ballou.*

423. Waldo E.*



234. Samuel.'



235-
236.

237-
23S.

239-
240.

241.



116. Stephen.*

117. Alexander. 6
1^ 118. Presson.* . 242



Isaac."

Luther.'

Edward Peter.'

Elijah.'

Nathaniel.' . .

Ebenezer.'

Alexander.'

. Levi Presson.'
69



439-
440.

441.
442.
443.
444-
445-



Charles Bion.*
Almond F.*

Leander John.*
Arthur W.*
Frank E.*
George R.*
AUistbn G.*



450. Frederick N.*
455. Charles Edward.'



243. George B.' 244. Charles N.'



70 WILLIAM; FOURTH GENERATION.

24. WILLIAM/ (William,3 William,2 William,i) b. Feb.
7, 1704, m. at Dorchester, May 20, 1726, Joanna, dau.
of Nathaniel and Sarah (Wales) Thayer* of Braintree, b.
Aug. 18, 1706. She received a bequest from her father in

1752.

Mr. Cheney was a member of the church of Mendon and
one of those who were dismissed from that body to form
the Milford church in 1741 ; was clerk of the Milford
precinct from its organization till 1747. He was a joiner
and a farmer ; a man of good faculties. He d. July 18, i75^*



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His widow administered on his estate; she m. 2*^ May 28,
1760, Dea. Nathan Peniman.

CHILDREN.

I. JOANNA,^ b. May 26, 1728, m. March 13, 1754, Benjamin

Atwood.
II. SUSANNA,^ b. July 23, 1730, m. Robert Saunders.

49. III. WALES,^ b. Aug. 31, 1732.

IV. NATHANIEL,^ b. Feb. 24, 1734, d. unmarried in 1759.

V. MARY,5 b. July 27, 1736, m, Sept. 22, \-JS7, Jesse Whitney.

50. VI. CALEB,5 b. Jan. 12, 1738-9.

51. vn. EBENEZER,5 bapt. July 19, 1741.

VIII. ABIGAIL,^ b. Nov. 20, 1743, bapt. Jan. i, 1743-4, m. Dec. 9,
ijSz, John Jones.

52. IX. WILLI AM,5 b. May 18, bapt. July 10, 1746.

53. X. LEVI,5 b. Nov. 23, 1756, bapt. Jan. 2, 1757.

25. EBENEZER,^ (William,^ Winiam,2 WiUiami) b.
Nov. 20, 1706, m. Hannah, dau. of Joshua and Hannah
(Fisk) Bigelow of Weston. He resided in Mendon, is
described as being " energetic, capable and prosperous."

* Joanna Thayer's father was the son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Hayden) Thayer, grandson of
Richard and Dorothy (Pray) Thayer, and gr.gr. son of Richard Thayer, senior, of Braintree, who
came from England before 1640. Quinton Pray, Dorothy's father was one of the superintendents of
the Pioneer Iron Works at Lynn and Braintree ; Nathaniel Wales, ancestor of Joanna's mother,
was one of the honored founders of Dorchester.



CHENEY GENEALOGY. 71

He died in early prime ; the inventory of his estate was
exhibited July 21, 1740, appraised at £400; it included 100
acres of land with the buildings. The widow sold the farm,
but bought it back again after her 2'^ marriage with Ichabod
Tha3^er, who aided in the administration of Mr. Cheney's
estate.

CHILDREN.
I. JOHN, 5 b. Nov. 27, 1737 ; d. young,

n. SILENCE,^ b. July 27, 1740; m. Oct. 28, 1756, Seth Nelson.
Oct. I, 1757 they receipted for a sum of money from Ichabod
Thayer, administrator of her father's estate.

26. JACOB,^ (Benjamin,^ Winiam,^ William,i) b. in
Dorchester, May 24, 1719, m. in Boston, Oct. 8, 1741,
Elizabeth Beal of Boston.

He sold his share in his father's Dorchester property in 1758,
residing then in Boston, and described as a "bricklayer."

27. Capt. JOSEPH,^ (Josiah,3 Joseph,^ Wilham,!) b. in
Medfield Aug. 18, 1709, m. i^*, April 8, 173 1, Marger}^, dau.
of Ebenezer and Hannah (Clark) Mason, b. Jan. 5, 1704,
(a sister of his step-mother.) He m. 2'\ Oct. 21, 1736,
Abigail, dau. of Ephraim Warren, of Killingl}^, Conn, and
resided there a few 3^ears, his father-in-law having presented
him with a tract of land there. He returned to Sturbridge,
where he had established himself in his early married life.
He was one of the selectmen in 1739 and a man of ability
and reputation. He d. Oct. 3, 1779. Jacob Corey's record
[Reg. April, 1897,] says he died " with a tremendous vomit-
ing." His son Nathan and his son-in-law Elijah Plimpton
were appointed administrators Aug. 21, 1793. His estate
was large and heirs numerous, and the time of settlement
long. The widow d. Jan. 22, 1799.

CHILDREN.
I. AZUBA,5 b. May 30, 1731, m. Dec. 22, 1757, Benjamin Scott.
Children: (i) Sarah Scott, b. Oct. 9, 1758; (2) Joseph Scott, b.
May 5, 1761 ; (3) Lydia Scott, b. April 16, 1763 ; (4) Parley Scott,
b. July 18, 1765; (5) William Scott, b. June 23, 1767; (6) Mileni
Scott, b. Aug. 27, 1770 ; (7) Samuel Scott, b. Jan. 12, 1773.



72 WILLIAM; FOURTH GENERATION.

II, BEULAH,^ b. Aug. ii, 1733, m. Feb. 13, 1752, Ebenezer Duntoti
of Wrentham. Children: (i) Molly Dunton, b. May 18, 1762;
(2) Beulah Dunton, b. Dec. 11, 1764; (3) Jerusha Dunton, b.
March 2, 1767; (4) Benj. Dunton, b. Feb. 23, 1769; (5) Keziah
Dunton, b. April 9, 1771 ; (6) Henry Dunton, b. April 9, 1773.

III. MARGERY,5 b. July 22, 1735.

IV. HANNAH,^ b. — , m. on the same day as her sister Azuba, Dec.

22, 1757, William Janes, of Brimfield. Children: (i) William
Janes; (2) Cheney Janes ; (3) Cynthia Janes ; (4) Hannah Janes ;
(5) Simon Janes; (6) Lovina Janes.

V. ABIGAIL,5b. July 25, 1740, at Killingly, Conn., m. Dec. 19, 1762,
Ada/fi Martin. Children : (i) Zeruiah Martin, b. May 19, 1763 ;
(2) Walter Martin, b. Dec. 15, 1764; (3) Sarah Martin, b. April



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