William James Cheaney

18 October 1870–7 June 1917 (Age 46)
Petersburg, Menard, Illinois, United States

The Life of William James

When William James Cheaney was born on 18 October 1870, in Petersburg, Menard, Illinois, United States, his father, James William Cheaney, was 40 and his mother, Sarah Catherine Houghton, was 34. He married Luella Ayers on 26 January 1894, in Menard, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He died on 7 June 1917, in Petersburg, Menard, Illinois, United States, at the age of 46, and was buried in Petersburg, Menard, Illinois, United States.

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William James Cheaney
Luella Ayers
Marriage: 26 January 1894
Donald Ayres Cheaney
Harold Ayres Cheaney
William James Cheaney

Spouse and Children

26 January 1894
Menard, Illinois, United States


    Donald Ayres Cheaney


    Harold Ayres Cheaney


    William James Cheaney


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World Events (8)


Age 1

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 2

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1885 · The First Skyscraper

Age 15

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Cheney .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • William J Cheaney, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Wm J Chesney, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William Cheaney in household of J W Cheaney, "United States Census, 1880"

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