Moses Cheney was born 31 January 1793 in Thorton, Grafton County, New Hampshire to Elias Cheney (1773-1805) and Sarah Burbank (1766-1800) and died 17 July 1875 New Hampshire of unspecified causes. He married Abigail Morrison (1793-1881) June 1816 in New Hampshire.


Moses Cheney (January 31, 1793 – July 17, 1875) was an abolitionist, printer and legislator from New Hampshire.

Cheney was born in 1793 in Thornton, New Hampshire. Cheney entered the paper printing business in Holderness (later renamed Ashland). On June 23, 1816 he married Abigail (Morrison) Cheney (b.1796). Moses Cheney served as a conductor on the Underground Railroad at his home in Peterborough where he hosted Frederick Douglass on several occasions. Cheney was also the original printer of The Morning Star, an abolitionist Freewill Baptist newspaper. Moses Cheney died on July 17, 1875, and was buried in Ashland.

Family Life

Cheney's children:

  1. Oren Burbank Cheney (1816-1903) - was the founder and first president of Bates College in Maine,
  2. Person Colby Cheney (1828-1901) - served as a U.S. Senator and 35th Governor of New Hampshire. Also a veteran of the US Civil War.


Offspring of Moses Cheney and Abigail Morrison (1793-1881)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Oren Burbank Cheney (1816-1903) 10 December 1816 Holderness, Grafton County, New Hampshire 22 December 1903 Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine Caroline Adelia Rundlett (1819-1846) Nancy St Clair Perkins (1820-) Caroline Adelia Rundlett (1819-1846) Nancy St Clair Perkins (1820-) Emeline Stanley Burlingame (1836-1923)
Esther M. Cheney (1818-)
Moses Chaney (1822-)
Sarah Burbank Cheney (1821-1880)
Abby M Cheney (1823-)
Charles Gilman Cheney (1826-)
Person Colby Cheney (1828-1901) 23 February 1828 Holderness, Grafton County, New Hampshire 19 June 1901 Dover, Stafford County, New Hampshire S Anna Moore (1830-1858) S Anna Moore (1830-1858) Sarah White (1828-1901)
Ruth Elizabeth Cheney (1830-)
Elias Hutchins Cheney (1832-)
Marcia A Cheney (1834-1919)
Harriet Olivia Cheney (1836-)




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