Age: 43, credited to St. Johnsbury, VTVITALS
Birth: abt 1820, Kingsville, OHADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Death of Abial Cheney
Oldest Civil War Veteran in Vermont
Abiel Cheney passed away at his home in this village Saturday morning, at the advanced age of 93 years, 3 months, and 27 days. Mr. Cheney was born in Saybrook, Ohio, March 8, 1820, a son of Danforth and Lois Pike Cheney. He was one of a family of 14 children, of whom six survive him; Danforth of Chicago, Henry M. and Reuben P. Cheney, Mr. A. K. Quimby, and Mr. Abby Brigham of St. Johnsbury, and Rhoda Ripley of this town.
Coming from the West, his early life was spent in Waterford. He was first married to Susan M. Stearns, July 2, 1847, in Manchester, N.H. His second wife was Sarah Shorey. On Dec. 6, 1893, he was married to Amelia Olcott, and Nov. 27, 1909, he was again married to Mr. Eliza Martin of South Hooksett, who is still living. Mr. Cheney is survived three children; Mr. Lelia Piper of Epping, N.H., John Karl of Los Angeles, and Mr. Addie P. Wood of Avon. Mass., also five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
In the Civil War Mr. Cheney enlisted with the 1st New Hampshire Volunteers, Co. K., the second man to enlist. Later he enlisted with the 1st Vt. Battery at St. Johnsbury. Previous to his war record he served for several years in the U. S. Navy. On one of his trips, he was stationed at Constantinople, and while there worked at his trade as a brick mason on the government buildings in that city.
He was a member of the Woodbury Post G.A.R., and for 75 years was a member of the Universalist Church, of which he has been an earnest and interested worker. The funeral was held at the Universalist Church Monday at 1 p.m., Rev. A. M. Smith officiating. Interment was at East St. Johnsbury. Those being called here to attend the funeral were; Reuben and Henry Cheney, N. D. Ripley, Mr. Abbie Brigham, L. W. Hastings, Mr. Homer Carpenter, Charles Gee, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Woodbury of St. Johnsbury, Mr. Leo Edwards of Springfield, Mass., Mr. Lelia Piper of Epping, N. H., Mrs, Joseph Ela and daughter of Hillsboro, N. H., Mrs Addie J. Wood of Avon, Mass.
St. Johnsbury Caledonian, July 9, 1913
Courtesy of Deanna French.