John Cheney

27 April 1824–15 March 1875 (Age 50)
Scott, Scott, Cortland, New York, United States

The Life Summary of John

When John Cheney was born on 27 April 1824, in Scott, Scott, Cortland, New York, United States, his father, Elijah Cheney, was 38 and his mother, Achsa Thompson, was 34. He married Samantha Jane Dickson on 12 April 1860, in Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 15 March 1875, in Richville, Morgan, Utah, United States, at the age of 50, and was buried in Richville, Morgan, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Cheney
Samantha Jane Dickson
Marriage: 12 April 1860
Julia Cheney
John Elijah Cheney
Billa Judson Cheney
Child Cheney

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    12 April 1860Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (7)

    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 1
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 3
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    Age 22
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    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 (16)

    • John Cheney, "United States Census, 1870"
    • John Cheney in entry for Axa Cheney Waldron Obray, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964" [1955]
    • John Cheney, "United States Census, 1850"

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