Friday, June 4, 2010

William Cheney

Birth:    Unknown

Died    Oct. 22, 1851
             McDonough County, Illinois




William Cheney's stone was discovered buried in mud in March 2008. It is not documented in Duane Lester's, "Rural Cemeteries of McDonough County, Illinois, Volume II, Bethel-Industry." The age of the deceased was not discerned due to the deteriorated condition of the stone which is pictured above as it was found, partially buried and laying flat.

William Cheney married Malissa Wilson, daughter of John and Jane Wilson who are buried in this cemetery, on Nov. 29, 1832 (source pending verification: http://www.geocities.com/mccumsey).

Illinois land purchase records show that a William Cheney purchased two parcels of land in McDonough County in 1837. Both parcels lying in Township 05N (not Bethel Township).

S.J. Clarke's published history of McDonough County published in 1878 index lists a William Cheney on page 403. He was an unsuccessful 1850 Whig party candidate for county treasurer.

A search of relevant census records reveals that Malissa Wilson Cheney did not remarry.  She lived with her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and  J.W. Gibson.  Malissa continued as a housekeeper in her brother-in-law's residence after her sister's death and until at least 1870.  By 1880 she and her sister, Margaret Lane, both resided with Margaret's son, Samuel, and his family in Tennessee Township in McDonough Co., Illinois.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Per William Cheney and Malissa Willson/Wilson marriage.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~champaign/marriage/ChamMarr1.html

since the geocities page is now defunct. (I am looking at one of the Cheney families of Champaign Co, OH and do not know whether this William ties into my Cheney family of interest.)