Elam Cheney

16 May 1825–22 March 1912 (Age 86)
Freedom, Cattaraugus, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Elam

When Elam Cheney was born on 16 May 1825, in Freedom, Cattaraugus, New York, United States, his father, Aaron Cheney, was 37 and his mother, Mehitable Wells, was 38. He married Hannah Compton on 6 November 1845, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1847 and lived in Utah, United States in 1870 and Fairview, Sanpete, Utah, United States in 1880. He died on 22 March 1912, in Pinedale, Navajo, Arizona, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Pinedale Cemetery, Pinedale, Navajo, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elam Cheney
Harriet Edgehill
Marriage: 7 July 1866
John Robert "Jack" Edgehill
Isaac Cheney
Jacob Cheney
Abraham Cheney
Melinda Cheney
George H Cheney
Melvina Cheney
Melvin Cheney
Margaret Ellen Cheney
Julian Cheney
Mary B Cheney
Juliaett Cheney
Ezra Cheney
Rosalia Cheney
Hyrum Elam Cheney
Charles Cheney

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  • Marriage
    7 July 1866Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    Historical Boundaries: 1827: Hancock, Illinois, United States
    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 5
    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
    1848 · Fire Destroys the Temple
    Age 23
    On October 9, 1848, an arsonists fire claimed everything but the outer walls of the Nauvoo Temple since the structure was made out of limestone and wood. It was meant to discourage the Saints that had fled to never come back.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Chaney with the same etymology as in 2 below.French: topographic name for someone who lived by or in an oak wood, from Old French chesnai ‘oak grove’ (from chesne ‘oak’), or a habitational name from any of several places called (Le) Cheney, e.g. in Haute-Savoie, named with this word. Compare Chesney .French Canadian: altered form of French Chesnay or Chenay, topographic names with the same meaning and etymology as in 2 above, or habitational names from (Le) Chesnay or (Le) Chenay, names of several places in the northwestern part of France, based on Old French chesnai ‘oak grove’. Compare Chenette and Chenier 2.

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

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    Sources (79)

    • Elam Cheney in entry for Elizabeth Ellen Sanders, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Elam Chenery, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Elam Cheney in entry for Joseph Brewer and Maggie Cheney, "Arizona, County Marriages, 1871-1964"

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