Ezekiel Wells Cheney

13 June 1828–13 August 1886 (Age 58)
Freedom, Cattaraugus, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Ezekiel Wells

When Ezekiel Wells Cheney was born on 13 June 1828, in Freedom, Cattaraugus, New York, United States, his father, Aaron Cheney, was 40 and his mother, Mehitable Wells, was 41. He married Lucy Elzada Hardy on 11 May 1848, in Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Springville, Utah, Utah, United States in 1860 and Paradise, Cache, Utah, United States in 1880. In 1850, at the age of 22, his occupation is listed as age 22; farmer; married to lucy age 22; one child in home (eliza a cheney) in Morgan, Utah, United States. He died on 13 August 1886, in Oakley, Cassia, Idaho, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Basin Cemetery, Cassia, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ezekiel Wells Cheney
Lucy Elzada Hardy
Marriage: 11 May 1848
Eliza Ann Cheney
Olive Elzada Cheney
Nancy Ellen Cheney
Elvira Cheney
Mary Jane Cheney
Elisha Cheney
Margaret Pernilly Cheney
Wells Ezekiel Cheney
William Dewey Cheney
Bathsheba Ezelphia Cheney
Aaron Hardy Cheney
Lucy Ann Cheney

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  • Marriage
    11 May 1848Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 2
    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.
    1839 · Nauvoo is Settled
    Age 11
    After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.
    1845 · Oh My Father
    Age 17
    "In October 1845, the newspaper Times and Seasons published a poem written by Eliza R. Snow entitled ""My Father in Heaven."" It has become the well known hymn, ""Oh My Father."" The song is only one in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hymnbook that referrs to a Heavenly Mother."

    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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    Story Highlight

    Script: The Hardy's tell about Joseph Smith

    LUCY: I am Lucy Elzada Hardy Cheney. Yes, I knew Joseph and Emma well. I even knew Joseph Smith’s mother. She had my same name-Lucy. Maybe that’s why she hired me when I was a young woman in Nauv …

    Sources (48)

    • Ezekiel Cheney, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Wells Cheney Senior in entry for Wells Cheney Widowed and Clara E Clyde Withers Widowed, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"
    • Egekel Wells Cheney in entry for Mary Jane Cheney Drake, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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