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Dea. Edward C. CHENEY
Abigail HALE
Husband:  Edward C. CHENEY
Birth:  3 Dec 1752, Newton, Middlesex Co., MA
Death:  24 Jan 1813, Brandon, Rutland Co., VT
Disposition:  buried Congregational Church Cemetery, Brandon, Rutland Co., VT
Military Service:  Revolutionary War:  Minuteman
Office:  1786, Brandon, VT, elected Lister (Tax Collector) and Surveyor of Highways
Religion:  Baptist (really?), Deacon
Father:  Timothy CHENEY
Mother:  Sarah PRENTICE
Marriage:  9 Jan 1772, Stow, Middlesex Co., MA
Were they really married just two days before Samuel was born?!
Wife:  Abigail HALE
Birth:  29 May 1752, Stow, Middlesex Co., MA
Death:  19 Mar 1841, Brandon, Rutland Co., VT 
Disposition:  buried Congregational Church Cemetery, Brandon, Rutland Co., VT
Father:  Bezaleel HALE
Mother:  Abigail MARBLE
Children:
born in Stow, Middlesex Co., MA:
1.  Samuel CHENEY, b. 11 Jan 1772 stayed in Brandon
2.  Dorcas CHENEY, b. 8 Jul 1773 stayed in Brandon
3.  (Son A) CHENEY, b. 1774

born in Dublin, Cheshire Co., NH:
4.  Edward CHENEY, Jr., b. 18 Sep 1777  stayed in Brandon
5.  Abigail "Nabby" CHENEY, b. 20 Jun 1781 in Brandon [1799] to Sempronius, NY [by 1809] to Sodus, NY [by 1819] to Niagara, NY [by 1830] to Geauga Co., OH [by 1840] to Cuyahoga Co., OH [by 1832] to DuPage Co., IL [by 1844] to Carroll Co., IL [by 1860]

born in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT:
6.  Elizabeth "Betsy" CHENEY, b. 5 Nov 1783 stayed in Brandon
7.  Mary "Polly" CHENEY, b. 15 Mar 1786 in Brandon [1810] to Genesee Co., NY [1820] to ? [1830] to Geauga Co., OH [1840] to Armstrong Co., PA [1850/60]
8.  Elijah CHENEY, b. 3 Aug 1788 to Genesee Co., NY
9.  Elisha CHENEY, b. 17 Nov 1790 to Genesee Co., NY

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Timeline
Year Location Event
1752 MA: Middlesex Co.: Newton birth of Edward C. CHENEY
1752 MA: Middlesex Co.: Stow birth of Abigail HALE
1772 MA: Middlesex Co.: Stow marriage of Edward C. CHENEY & Abigail HALE
1772 MA: Middlesex Co.: Stow birth of son, Samuel
1773 MA: Middlesex Co.: Stow birth of daughter, Dorcas
1774   birth of Son A
1775 MA: Revolutionary War Edward CHENEY answers an Alarm
c1777 Massachusetts to New Hampshire family moves
Aug 1777 NH: Cheshire Co.: Dublin Edward bought land, said to have resided here "for a time"
Sep 1777   birth of son, Edward
1781   birth of daughter, Abigail
bef. 1783 New Hampshire to Vermont family moves
1783 VT: Rutland Co.: Brandon Edward CHENEY bought land
1783   birth of daughter, Elizabeth
1784 VT: Rutland Co.: Brandon official organization of the town of Neshobe as Brandon
1786 VT: Rutland Co.: Brandon Edward CHENEY elected Lister and Surveyor of Highways
1786   birth of daughter, Mary
1788   birth of son, Elijah
1790 VT: Rutland Co.: Brandon birth of son, Elisha
1790 Census VT: Rutland Co.: Brandon Edward CHENEY, head-of-household
1795   marriage of son, Samuel, to Sarah ALLEN 
bef. 1796   marriage of daughter, Dorcas, to cousin Ephraim CHENEY
prob. 1799   marriage of son, Edward, to Elizabeth GILBERT
ca. 1800   marriage of daughter, Abigail, to Seth HOLT
1800 Census VT: Rutland Co.: Brandon Edward CHENA, head-of-household
1802   marriage of daughter, Elizabeth, to Joseph DUTTON
1805   marriage of daughter, Mary, to Daniel ROWLEY
1810 Census VT: Rutland Co.: Brandon Edward CHENEY, head-of-household
1810   marriage of son, Elisha, to Phoebe HENDEE 
1810-15   marriage of son, Elijah, to Ms. __?__
1813 VT: Rutland Co.: Brandon death of Edward C. CHENEY
1820 Census   Abigail CHENEY not found as head-of-household
1830 Census   Abigail CHENEY not found as head-of-household in VT
1840 Census   Abigail CHENEY not found as head-of-household 
1841 VT: Rutland Co.: Brandon death of Abigail (HALE) CHENEY

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1790 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #1 of 2 list was roughly alphabetized; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1790 VT Rutland Co. Brandon Roll M637_12 p. 24/255 Ln. 20L Cheney Edward 3-3-5-0-0
These data indicate:
Gender and Type Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 free white males 16 or over in or bef. 1774 = Edward (b. 1752)
= Samuel (b. 1772)
= Son A
3 free white males 15 or under 1774-1790 = Edward Jr. (b. 1777)
= Elijah (b. 1788)
= Elisha (b. 1790)
5 free white females all ages in or bef. 1790 = Abigail (b. 1752)
= Dorcas (b. 1773)
= Abigail (b. 1781)
= Betsy (b. 1783)
= Mary (b. 1786)
Edward is the only CHENEY enumerated in Brandon.

3a.  1800 Census Index (online at GenealogyLibrary.com).  Please see my WARNING regarding use of this database (the genders have been switch in the numerical data). 
1800 Chena, Edward VT Rutland Co. Brandon 01101-1100100

3b.  1800 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #2 of 11; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1800 VT Rutland Co. Brandon Roll 52 (Book 1) p. 21 Ln. 12 Chena Ewd 11001-01101-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1790-1800 = Elisha (b. 1790)
1 male 10-15 1784-1790 = Elijah (b. 1788)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1755 = Edward (b. 1752)
1 female 10-15 1784-1790 = Mary (b. 1786)
1 female 16-25 1774-1784 = Betsy (b. 1783)
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1755 = Abigail (b. 1752)
Also in Brandon:  Edward CHENEY, Jr., Ephraim CHENEY, Silas HOLT, and Seth HOLT.

4.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #5 of 10; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1810 VT Rutland Co. Brandon Roll 65 (Book 1) p. 105/164 Ln. 19 Edward Cheney 00201-00201-0-6-1-1-1-40-50-20
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 16-25 1784-1794 = Elisha (b. 1790)
= Elijah (b. 1788)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1765 = Edward (b. 1752)
2 females 16-25 1784-1794 = ?
= ?
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1765 = Abigail (b. 1752)
Slaves/Blacks = 0
Number of the Whole = 6
Linnen Wheels = 1
Spinning Wheels = 1
Looms = 1
Yards of Woolen Cloth = 40
Yards of Linnen Cloth = 50
Sheep = 20
All of their known daughters are married by 1810, so it's unclear who the two younger females are; they cannot be daughters because they did not appear in the 1800 census.  Listed three lines from Ephraim CHENEY.

4.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1820 (Broderbund CD-314):  Edward not found, as expected, but Abigail not found, either, at least not as head-of-household.  Presumably, she is living with one of her children.

5.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1830 (Broderbund CD-315):  There is an Abagail CHANEY in Oxford Co., ME, and an Abigal CHANEY in Fairfield Co., OH, but there is no reason to believe she is one of them.  There are many "CHEENYs" living in Rutland Co., VT, and she is probably living with one of them.

6.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316):  Abigail not found, but she may be living with kin for there are many CHANEYs/&c. living in Rutland Co., VT. 

7.  Charles Henry Pope.  1897.  The Cheney Genealogy. (Self-published) Barta Press, Boston (online at GenealogyLibrary.com).  For excerpt on Edward Cheney, click here

8.  Message posted to the "Queries" section of the Rowley Research web site (online at www.flint.com/rowley/):
Personal Bible belonging to Daniel and Polly Cheney Rowley. This Bible was purchased in 1814... It is in the possession of Mrs. Elizabeth Rowley McKnight of Freeport, Pennsylvania, a descendent.... Copied from the original for Irene Rowley, December 1990, by Mrs. McKnight...

Family of Daniel Rowley 1782-1842...

Family of Polly Cheney Rowley
Father- Edward Cheney 1752-1813
Mother- Abigail 1752-1841

Children:
Samuel b. 1772
Edward b. 1777 d. 1812
Nabby b. 1781
Betsey b. 1783
Polly b. 1786
Elijah b. 1788
Elisha b. 1790...

The big question here is:  Where is Dorcas?!  She is givin by Pope (q.v.).  It's obvious this is not a verbatim transcription, but an edited extraction, so perhaps Dorcas was inadvertently omitted.  It seems unlikely that the bible would have contained only the years, not the full dates, which also argues that this is a selective extraction, not a transcription.

9.  H.P. Smith & W.S. Rann.  1886.  History of Rutland County, Vermont.  D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY (republished in facsimile, 1993, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD).  On p. 479:
Town of Brandon...
Deacon Edward Cheney came from Dublin, N.H., in 1783, and lived on the place since called the Joseph Dutton farm.

10.  Lineage Books of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 23 (online at Ancestry.com).  For full excerpt, click here.  On p. 316: 
... Edward Cheney and Abagail Hale (1752-1841), his wife (parents of Dorcas), m. 1772 ...
Edward Cheney, (1752-1813), was a Massachusetts minute man at the Lexington Alarm under Capt. Isaac Gates. He was born in Newton, Mass.; died in Brandon, Vt.

11.  Secretary of the Commonwealth.  1896.  Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution. 17 vols.  Wright & Potter, Boston (online at Ancestry.com and on Broderbund CD-147).  In Vol. 3, on p. 388:
CHENEY, EDWARD, Harvard (probably). Private, Capt. Isaac Gates's (4th) co., Col. Asa Whitcomb's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775, to Cambridge; returned home April 22, 1775; service, 4½ days.

12.  Descendants of John Heald I by Rebecca A. Hamel. [link died]  See her sources nos. 2076-2083 as cited for Abigail.

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