Merton Lincoln Cheney

Male13 August 1923–16 October 1998

Brief Life History of Merton Lincoln

When Merton Lincoln Cheney was born on 13 August 1923, in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, United States, his father, William Perry Cheney Sr., was 28 and his mother, Ruth Dorothy Hubble, was 22. He married Lois Clare Holmes on 26 December 1945, in Colchester, Chittenden, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in New Haven, Addison, Vermont, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1946. He died on 16 October 1998, in Northfield Falls, Northfield, Washington, Vermont, United States, at the age of 75.

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Merton Lincoln Cheney
Lois Clare Holmes
Marriage: 26 December 1945
Theron Frederick Cheney
Clifton Holmes Cheney Sr

Sources (50)

  • Merton L Cheney in household of William P Cheney, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Merton L Cheney in household of William P Cheney, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Vermont, Birth Records, 1909-2008

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    26 December 1945Colchester, Chittenden, Vermont, United States
  • Children (2)

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    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 4

    Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.


    Age 6

    13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

    1944 · The G.I Bill

    Age 21

    The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

    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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