Melinda Cheney

Brief Life History of Melinda

When Melinda Cheney was born on 28 May 1810, in Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Artemas Cheney Jr., was 24 and her mother, Betsey Littlefield, was 17. She married David Burt Jr on 7 November 1835, in Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died on 5 May 1891, in Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

David Burt Jr
1806–1895
Melinda Cheney
1810–1891
Marriage: 7 November 1835
Albert Makepeace Burt
1843–1907

Sources (22)

  • Malinda Burt in household of David Burt, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Malinda Cheney, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Melinda Cheney, "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910"

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World Events (8)

1812

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

1812 · War of 1812

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

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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