Notes for ELIAS CHENEY:|
"Elias, youngest child of Deacon Tristram and Margaret (Joyner) Cheney, was born October 14, 1760, in Sudbury. At the age of seventeen years, December 17, 1777, he enlisted for three years or during the war in Captain Elijah Clayes' company of the Second New Hampshire regiment, and served in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia, in the closing campaigns of the Revolution. On the march from Saratoga to Albany, he was overcome by fatigue and fell out of the ranks, on account of which he was reported as a deserter. He overtook his comrades, however, and shared their lot at Valley Forge. The payment of his wages as a soldier indicates that the imputation of being a deserter was wiped away by his subsequent service. On account of the depreciation in value of continental money, he received a bonus of one hundred twenty dollars and eighty cents, and the town of Antrim abated, his tax to the amount of twenty dollars. Before his departure for the field of war, December 30, 1777, he purchased for one hundred pounds two hundred acres of land in Antrim, which he sold the same day. He bought July 3, 1780, of John Mcoy, thirty acres in Antrim, and December 10, 1785, purchased from Major Raley thirty-six acres near the Hillsborough line, in Antrim. The purchase price was sixty-nine pounds and he sold the same parcel in 1788 for seventy pounds. He bought January 6, 1786, of Samuel Symonds, for sixteen pounds ten shillings, forty-two and one-half acres and subsequently purchased several parcels. His residence was near "Cork Bridge," close to the junction corners of Antrim, Hillsboro and Deering. Later in life he moved to Cabot, Vermont, thence to Concord, Vermont, where he died in 1816. He married (first) Lucy, daughter of Joshua and Sarah (Burge) Blanchard. She was born June 4, 1760, m. in Hillsborough, and Died in 1797-8. Mr. Cheney married (second) June 6, 1799, Deborah, daughter of Lemuel and Lydia (Flint) Winchester of Antrim. She was born April 19, 1777, in Amherst north parish (now Mont Vernon), New Hampshire, and died January 30, 1854, in Albany Vermont. Mr Cheney's Children were: William Elias, Jesse, John, Joel, Sarah, Lucy, Betsey, Clarissa, Hannah, Lemuel, Roxanna and Franklin.
(VII) Jesse, second son and child of Elias and Lucy (Blanchard) Cheney, was born October 3, 1788, in Antrim, and went to Boston when young to learn the trade of blacksmith. Returning to Antrim he continued to follow his trade, and in time operated shops on his own account in Hillsborough and Francestown. His later years were marred by ill health, and he was obliged to give up hard labor. He removed to Nashua, and thence in 1840 to Manchester. He united with the Hanover Street Congregational Church, and was known as a kind Christian man, of genial disposition and settled character. In early life he was a Democrat, but the issues which precipitated the civil war drove him from the party, and he was amoung the first Republicans of the state. He passed away in Manchester June 23, 1863, near the close of his seventy-fifth year and having been a widower nearly fourteen years. His children were very kind to him, and his last days were made comfortable as possible. He was married November 25, 1813 to Alice (Boyd) Steele of Antrim. She was born August 12, 1791, in Antrim, and died in Manchester July 28, 1849. She possessed a remarkably sweet disposition, was a true helpmeet to her husband, and active in all good works. A fine singer, who was very useful in the choir work of the church, and was beloved and respected wherever known. To her descendants she will ever be a tender memory. Her children are accounted for as follows: Benjamin Pierce was the founder of the great express business of the country, being among the proprietors of the United States and Canada Express, which was succeeded by the American Express Company. He presented to his native state the fine statue of Daniel Webster which adorns the statehouse yard in Concord. James Steele died in Manchester. Jesse was a farmer in Goffstown where he died in 1896. Gilman is a resident of Montreal, Canada. Lucy Ann became the wife of John Plummer, a merchant tailor of Manchester. Alice Maria died at the age of forty-seven years, unmarried. Charlotte is the wife of William Henry Plumer, who succeeded his brother John in business at Manchester (see Plumer). John, the youngest died at the age of thirty-seven years in Manchester."
Some NH Hist, copy on file, could it be by Sterns?