Abiel Cheney was born 21 May 1695 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts to William Cheney (1663-1695) and Rebecca Newell (1667-1717) and died 20 March 1785 in Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut of unspecified causes. He married Marah Waldo (1696-1787) 3 May 1720 in Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut. Notable ancestors include Henry II of England (1133-1189), William I of England (1027-1087), Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Alfred the Great (849-899). Ancestors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, England, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, the Byzantine Empire, Sweden, Belarus, Switzerland.

Cheney Biography

Genealogy: Charles Henry Pope, The Cheney Genealogy, (Boston : C.H. Pope, 1897), p. 60-62. "Abiel (William, Thomas, William) born in Roxbury May 21, 1795, married in Pomfret, Conn. May 3, 1720, Marah Waldo, b. in 1696; d. Dec. 2, 1787.

He learned the trade of blacksmith, probably under his quardian, Daniel Holbrook. He worked some time in Boston; then removed to Pomfret, Conn. After the death of his brother Thomas in 1714, he joined William in a sale to Jonathan Draper of some land near Dedham line which Thomas bequeathed tothem. Feb. 8, 1716/17, he sold to his brother, William Cheney of Roxbury, carpenter, for L300 his share in a dwelling house and other buildings and 30 acres of land in Roxbury; one half of 5 1/2 of fresh meadow in Roxbury ' being half of elevenacres of salt marsh in similar co-partnership, also all his rights in Woodstock.

Hailing from Boston, he purchased of Samuel Waldo (a relative of his wife) for L130, a messuage and a tract of land in Pomfret and land adjoining the line of Woodstock Nov. 13, 1716.He purchased another tract of Anthony and William Stoddard, Nov. 9, 1719. His brother, Wm. of Roxbury, bought 30 acres of land in Pomfret from his step-father, Josiah Sabin for L300, and presented it to his namesake, Abiel's son William. Hesold Abiel all his property in that vicinity in 1746.

Abiel resided south of the Mashamoquet, on land bought of Major Fitch, east of Newichewanna Brook. Chosen a town officer in 1724, one of the founders of the United English Library for the Propagation of Christian and Useful Knowledge in Pomfret, Sept. 25, 1739 to which his subscription was Abiel Cheney, blacksmith, ten pounds."

Pomfret CT

Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut, - Today near the town center is a prominent road - Cheney Road.


Offspring of Abiel Cheney and Marah Waldo (1696-1787)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Lucy Cheney (1720-1792)
Oliver Cheney (1722-) 9 October 1722 Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut Hannah Littlefield (1723-)

Abial Cheney (1725-)
Daniel Cheney (1728-1818) 15 December 1728 Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut October 1818 Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut Zerviah Paine (1737-1776)

William Cheney (1732-)
Rebecca Cheney (1734-1743)
Catharine Cheney (1736-)
Thomas Cheney (1741-)


Offspring of William Cheney and Rebecca Newell (1667-1717)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Thomas Cheney (1687-1714)
Rebecca Cheney (1690-1706)
William Cheney (1692-)
Abiel Cheney (1695-1785) 21 May 1695 Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 20 March 1785 Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut Marah Waldo (1696-1787)



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