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Delilah FITTS
Husband:  Elijah CHENEY
Birth:  3 Aug 1788, Brandon, Rutland Co., VT
Death:  1878 
Father:  Dea. Edward C. CHENEY
Mother:  Abigail HALE
Wife-1:  Ms. __?__
Birth:  1775-94, probably ca. 1792
Death possibly:  1820-30
They may have divorced, rather than her having died.  The fact that three of her four sons disappear at the same time suggests either a divorce or catastrophic mortality.
Wife-2:  Delilah FITTS 
Birth:  1811, Somerset, Niagara Co., NY
Father:  Jacob FITTS (c1775-1845)
Mother:  Elizabeth "Betsy" HARDY (c1775- )
Wife-3:  Sarah FITTS
Birth:  1825, Somerset, Niagara Co., NY
Death:  1845
Father:  Jacob FITTS (c1775-1845)
Mother:  Elizabeth "Betsy" HARDY (c1775- )
Children with Wife-1:
1.  Edward CHENEY, b. 3 Aug 1813, Brandon, Rutland Co., VT
2.  (Son A) CHENEY, b. 1810-20
3.  (Son B) CHENEY, b. 1810-20
4.  (Son C) CHENEY, b. 1810-20
Children with Delilah FITTS:
5.  (Son D) CHENEY, b. 1825-30
6.  Laverna CHENEY, b. 30 Apr 1830
Child with Sarah FITTS:
7.  Abigail CHENEY, b. bef. 1845
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Comment:  A secondary source tells me that Delilah was b. 1811 in Hartland, Niagara Co., NY, and that, under the nickname, "Lydia," she married Conrad LEONARD and had one son, Jacob (b. 1835).  In other words, that she was not a wife of Elijah CHENEY.  If so, we are left wondering why Ray ALLEN (see below) named "Delilah FITTS" as his grandmother because surely one knows the identity of one's own grandmother.  It seems more plausible to me that Delilah and Lydia were different persons (twins perhaps?).

Sources (n.b., in Genesee County, "Towns" are the equivalent of townships):

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: International Genealogical Index (IGI).
Birth: 3 Aug 1788, Brandon Twp, Rutland, Vermont
Father: Edward CHENEY
Source: General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, early to 1870. Vermont. Secretary of State.

2.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #8 of 13; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 NY Genesee Co. Le Roy Roll M33_72 p. 152 Ln. 4 Elijah Cheney 400010-00010-0-100
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
4 males 9 or under 1810-1820 = Son C
= Son B
= Son A
= Edward (b. 1813)
1 male 26-44 1775-1794 = Elijah (b. 1788)
1 female 26-44 1775-1794 = Wife-1
1 person engaged in agriculture
Listed one line below Elijah's brother-in-law, Daniel ROWLEY.

3.  Family Quest Archives:  New York Federal Census 1830:  Montgomery and Niagara Counties.  Heritage Quest CD M19-95:
1830 NY Niagara Co. Somerset Roll M19_95 p. 344A Ln. 7 Elijah Chaney 100 100 100 - 100 010 000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1825-1830 = Son D
1 male 15-19 1810-1815 = Edward (b. 1813)
1 male 40-49 1780-1790 = Elijah (b. 1788)
1 female 4 or under 1825-1830 = Laverna (b. 1830)
1 female 20-29 1800-1810 = Delilah (b. 1811)
Listed three lines below Elijah's father-in-law, Jacob FITTS (æ 50-60), and four lines above Elijah's nephew, Elisha P. CHENEY, who is one line above Elijah's sister, Abigail (CHENEY) HOLT GALUSHA.

4.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316):
1840 Cheney, Elijah NY Genesee Co. Alabama p. 491
This may not be our subject.

5.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1850 (Broderbund CD-317):
1850 Cheeney, Eli OH Cuyahoga Co. Dover Twp. p. 219
1850 Chaney, Eli OH Highland Co. Union Twp. p. 206
1850 Chaney, E.S. NY Onondaga Co. Salina p. 272
Checking the images online at Ancestry.com, none of the above is our subject.

6.  1860

7.  1870 

8.  Charles Henry Pope.  1897.  The Cheney Genealogy. (Self-published) Barta Press, Boston (online at GenealogyLibrary.com). See excerpt for Elijah's parents.  Elijah's own entry is missing from the book (both from the hard copy and from the online copy). 

9.  Frederick Adams Virkus, ed.  1937.  The Compendium of American Genealogy: the Standard Genealogical Encyclopedia of the First Families of America.  Vol. VI.  Institute of American Genealogy, Chicago (reprinted 1968 by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; Broderbund CD-200).  Pedigree of Ray ALLEN.  For complete entry, click here.  In brief: 
1--ALLEN, Ray, b Pavilion, N.Y., Mar. 22, 1860...
3--Elijah [Cheney] (1788-1878), m Delilah Fitts;
2--Laverna (2 below)...
2--Laverna Cheney (1830-1889), m 1853, Daniel Allen (1829-99); Issue:
I--George Edward (b 1856);
II--Ray (1 above);
III--Cora Laverna (1867-1930).
Virkus is a compilation of undocumented, patron-submitted pedigrees, so as with the LDS Ancestral File or Broderbund World Family Trees one should verify these pedigrees before accepting them, at least with regard to earlier generations.  In the case of Virkus, the informant is usually the subject, who was alive at the time and supplying first-hand information with regard to his near kin and paying for his entry in the book by subscription to it.  In the case of Ray ALLEN, he is testifying to the identities of his own parents and grandparents, so we should give great weight to this part of the pedigree as being both first hand and contemporary, with the caveat that Virkus may have made an error compiling the information given to him by the informant.

10.  Broderbund.  World Family Trees.  Vol. 19, Pedigree No. 402.  Says Delilah FITTS, d/o Jacob & Elizabeth (TAYLOR) FITTS, was born 1811, Somerset, Niagara Co., NY the first birth recorded in Somerset.

11.  James Hill Fitts.  1809.  Genealogy of the Fitts or Fitz Family in America.  Wm. J. Coulter, Clinton (online at GenealogyLibrary.com).  On p. 16, there is a mention of a Sophia CHENEY who married a Currier FITTS/FITZ on 18 Apr 1851 (of or in Vermont).  A relative?

12.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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