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Benjamin C Cheney, Sr.

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Wells, York, Maine, USA
Death: October 02, 1840 (77)
Freedom, Cattaraugus, New York, USA
Place of Burial: Freedom Eng Cem, Freedoms, Cattaraugus, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Cheney and Dorcas Stewart
Husband of Eunice Hubbard
Father of Betsey Cheney; Sarah Cheney; Olive Button; Aaron Cheney; Heard Cheney and 10 others
Brother of Sarah Cheney; Eliphalet Cheney; Mary Cheney; Joseph Cheney; James Cheney and 6 others

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About Benjamin Cheney

Revolutionary War - Benjamin Cheney was rumored to have been at the battle of Bunker Hill (1775) fighting with a sword (at age 12?). He would still be age 12 and maybe a helper in the Artillery Corps during Benedict Arnold's ill-fated invasion of Canada (September of 1775).

In 1802 his Illinois land grant for military services rendered said that he was in McIntire's company in the corps of artillery. In The History of York County, Maine - Capt. Rufus McIntire of Wells, ME had a company of United States artillery and it states that he was in service in Canada. This would be the disastrous invasion of Canada.

In August 1775 George Washington offered Benedict Arnold command of an expedition against Quebec, both assuming that the Canadians would be willing to join a revolution against British rule (which proved untrue). On September 19 he sailed with 1050 men from Newburyport, MA.

Benjamin Cheney born in Wells, Maine, May 9, 1763; married Eunice. He was a Revolutionary soldier, mustered into service at Wells, July 3, 1779 (age 16) by Nathaniel Wells, term of service expired Jan. 1, 1780.

His gravesite is Cheney Hill Cemetery, Rutland County, Vermont.

Life in Granby Vermont:

On 14 June 1790, John Herrick and Benjamin Cheney were each granted land in Granby, Vermont as an inducement for settling the area. Benjamin was given a 15 acre mill site. Benjamin and Eunice moved into Granby in 1790 or 1791. The first white child born in Granby was Hurd Cheney. He was born on 16 September 1791.

Benjamin Cheney removed after some years to Granby, Vermont, of which he was one of the first actual residence. At a meeting of the proprietors of the township, held at Guildhall, Essex county, Vermont, June 14, 1790, lands were assigned him. His daughter Sarah, at twelve years of age married Joseph Herrick, Jr., son of the other "first residence". At some time not known to us he removed to Freedom, Cattaraugus County, New York, residing there he sold in Granby, Vermont, February 5, 1822, to Ephraim Cheney of Freedom. Moses Cheney sold land in Granby, January 18, 1810, his wife Jemima, signed with him. A aron Cheney, of Marshfield, Vermonth sold land in Granby to Heard Cheney about 1812. The town record of Granby show these facts. They also give the birth of Hurd Cheney, son of Benjamin and Eunice Cheney, at Granby, first born in town, September 1819. Other deeds of Aaron are on record in 1815.

Hurd was the first of Benjamin's children to be born at Granby, Vermont. But that does not tell us when they arrived in Guildhall, Vermont. We know by the census that Granby was not inhabited in 1790. And it is very likely Benjamin had been up the Merrimac river at sometime before he and his family moved that way. Benjamin's grandfather, Daniel Cheney's residence at Newbury, Mass., when he was a youth.

The 1800 Federal Census of Granby, Essex county, taken from Orange county which had been divided into several counties by now; gives Benjamin and Eunice Cheney with eight children.

We know that Benjamin and all his close relatives were gone from Granby, Vermont by 1816 because there were only three families left at Granby and they were not Cheneys or Herricks. Life in Freedom NY

Sometime during the next 10 years Benjamin and Eunice Cheney died and are buried in the Freedom English Cemetery, and at the same period Selah Cheney, son of Aaron and Mehitabel, died. Parker Sage wrote that was where he had found their graves. Moses Cheney, Sr. was killed by a falling tree about 1822. Olive Cheney McBride had in her Family Records; Moses, her uncle, buried by his parents near Sundusky, New York. In checking your township map you will see how close Freedom and Sundusky are to each other, 3 to 4 miles apart.

The family was living in Freedom, Cattaraugus County, New York in 1817. Benjamin and Eunice sold land to their son Ephraim at Freedom. on 4 Feb 1822

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Benjamin Cheney's Timeline

May 9, 1763
Wells, Yorks, Me
May 9, 1763
May 9, 1763
Wells, Yorks, Me
May 18, 1763
Wells, York, Maine, USA
Age 20
Berwick, York, Me
Age 21
Berwick, York, Me
December 20, 1786
Age 23
Berwick, York County, Maine, United States
July 14, 1787
Age 24
Berwick, York, Maine, USA
September 16, 1791
Age 28
Granby, Essex, Vt