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Mathew Cheney
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Birth: Sep. 23, 1836
Kirtland
Lake County
Ohio, USA
Death: Feb. 4, 1897
Newell
Buena Vista County
Iowa, USA

Mathew was the son of Ephriam Cheney and Harriet Law of New York. He married Lovina Whitson on 20 Aug 1856 in Mt. Caro, Illinois. They were the parents of Carrie, George, Matt, Lenora, Frank, and Charles.

Matt was in the Civil War for the south and fought with Sherman. He moved his family from Illiinois to a homestead in Douglas Township, Sac County in 1867. They resided there for 26 years. Then he owned a flour and feed store in Newell, Ia after disposing of his farm.

Civil War - Company A 92nd Reggular Illinois V. Infantry

February 12, 1897 - Newell Mirror - Matthew Cheney died at his home in Newell, Iowa, Thursday, Feb. 4, 1897, aged 60 years, 4 mos. and 11 days.

Matthew Cheney was born in Lake county, Ohio, Sept. 23, 1836. He was married Aug. 20, 1855, to Mrs. Jane Nipe at Mt. Carroll, Illinois.

Aug. 15, 1862, he enlisted in Co. A, 92nd Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. After serving his country three years with bravery and distinction, participating in some of the hardest fought battles of the war, he was honorably discharged June 21, 1865, at Concord, N.C.

Soon after his return home from the army Mr. Cheney removed with his family from Illinois to Iowa, settling upon a homestead in Douglas township, Sac county, in 1867. Here he resided twenty-six years. Here his children received their education and grew to manhood. Mr. Cheney and family participated in all the hardships, privations and suffering incident to a pioneer life in a new country.

They were most excellent neighbors when neighbors were few and highly prized. Many a belated traveler, lost on the prairie, while a fierce snow storm was raging, has found a cordial welcome, rest and refreshment at Mr. Cheney's hospitable home. No one who sought shelter there was ever turned away. Those who lived in Douglas township at that time will recall many of the incidents of those pioneer days, when hospitality meant so much more than it does now, and will remember many kindly acts performed by Mr. Cheney and his family. Among the large number who are left to mourn, Mr. Cheney's loss there are none who will experience greater sorrow or realize more keenly their great personal bereavement than his old time neighbors in Douglas township.

Twenty-five years ago last May Mr. Cheney joined the Freewill Baptist church. Five years later he united with the Advent Christian church of Douglas township, of which Eld. Geo G. Emery was pastor, he lived a faithful, consistent, every day Christian life, and died in the blessed hope of a glorious resurrection to eternal life at the second coming of the Savior.

Four years ago last October Mr. and Mrs. Cheney became residents of Newell. Mr. Cheney disposed of his farm and became owner of the Newell flour and feed store. He conducted this business successfully until a few months ago, when his rapidly failing health compelled him to close out his business and rent his store room.

The exposure and hardships of army life impaired his constitution and induced heart disease, from which he suffered greatly the past few years. His death was caused by heart trouble complicated with Bright's disease. Mr. Cheney was in every way an excellent citizen. He was a most kind and indulgent husband and father. Since he has lived in our town he has made many friends and no enemies. He always had a kind word and pleasant smile for all. He will be most deeply missed in the home, by his comrades, and in the business and social life of our town.

The writer has known Mr. Cheney intimately thirty years. We bring to him in this imperfect sketch the tribute of affection and esteem of one who prized him clearly as a friend and who will always cherish his memory. A brave soldier a loving husband, a loyal friend is at rest. He has responded to the last roll call, and in the silent city of the dead he awaits the summons to arise and put on immortality.

Mr. Cheney leaves his faithful companion, four sons and one daughter to mourn his loss. Three of his sons, George R., Frank, and Charlie reside in this vicinity, the former having lived at home since the family has resided in town. The other son Matthew, resides with his wife and family at Willow Springs, Mo., but has been here several months. One daughter, Mrs. Nora Billings, died several years ago. Another daughter, Mrs. J.W. Ellis, resides with her family at Roseland, La. Mr. Cheney leaves three brothers to mourn his loss: Wesley Cheney, who resides at Sac City, Chester Cheney, who is now in Oklahoma, and L. Cheney, of Independence, Mo.

Funeral services were held at the M.E. church Saturday, Feb., 6 1897, conducted by Revs. J.A. Lory and W.G. Johnston. The funeral was conducted under the direction of Newell Post, G.A.R., assisted by the Woman's Relief Corps, and was attended by a large number of sympathizing friends and neighbors. At the conclusion of the impressive services the remains was escorted to the cemetery by the comrades of the deceased and a delegation of the W.R.C with martial music beaten muffled drums, and laid to rest. 
 
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 Parents:
  Ephraim Cheney (1798 - 1872)
  Hariet Law Cheney (1812 - 1887)
 
 Spouse:
  Lovina Jane Whitson Cheney (1836 - 1905)
 
 Children:
  Caroline Elisa Cheney Ellis (1856 - 1922)*
  Lenora Maude Cheney Billings (1866 - 1888)*
  Frank Cheney (1870 - 1955)*
  Earl Cheney (1886 - 1891)*
 
 Siblings:
  Levi Cheney (1825 - 1901)*
  Lewis Cheney (1830 - 1885)*
  Mansell O Cheney (1834 - 1869)*
  Mathew Cheney (1836 - 1897)
  Chester Cheney (1840 - 1909)*
  Wesley Cheney (1846 - 1911)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Newell Cemetery
Newell
Buena Vista County
Iowa, USA
Plot: C-36
 
Created by: Geo Clinton
Record added: Nov 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22672549
Mathew Cheney
Added by: Geo Clinton
 
Mathew Cheney
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