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Cheney, Henry M.


Age: 19, credited to Huntington, VT
Unit(s): 26th NY CAV/VT FCAV
Service: enl 1/3/65, m/i 1/10/65, PVT, Co. F, Frontier Cavalry (aka 26th NY CAV), m/o 6/27/65

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Birth: 12/03/1845, Unknown
Death: 05/06/1920

Burial: Grove Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: 88
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Dan Taylor
Findagrave Memorial #: 77254410


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, Death date/location
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

Webmaster's Note: After the Saint Albans Raid on October 19, 1864, Vermont raised two companies of cavalry to help guard the Canadian border; there were known as Frontier Cavalry, Companies F and M, but technically they were part of the 26th New York Cavalry.


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Had been employed at the Fairbanks Scale Works for 51 years

Henry M. Cheney died at his home on Cliff Street Thursday morning, aged 71. Mr. Cheney was born in Waterford, Dec. 31, 1845, being the son of Danforth and Lois (Pike) Cheney. His father died when he was only nine years old, but his mother lived to be 90. As a boy he went to Kirby to live with his older sister, Mrs. L. H. Quimby. When 17 years he came to St. Johnsbury, and entered the Paddock Iron Works, where he learned the machinist trade. After an apprenticeship of three years he entered the scales shop where he served for 51 years, never missing a day on account of illness in all that period. On account of ill health he left the scale shops January, 1919, and at that time the only one older in service was Henry E. Byron, who had entered the shop a few days before Mr. Cheney. The latter was an expert machinist, and for many years foreman of the machine department, and later engaged in special work.

Mr. Cheney enlisted in the First Vermont Cavalry (sic) in the Civil War, and was assigned to duty on the Vermont border. He was a member of Chamberlin Post No. 1, G. A. R. and the third member of the organization to die within a week. He was active in the Masonic bodies of the town, being a member of Passumpsic Lodge No. 27, F. and A. M., and Haswell Royal Arch Chapter No. 11, Caledonian Council No. 13 R.& S.M., Palestine Commandery No. 5, K.T. and the Mystic Shrine.

Mr. Cheney was for some years a member of the board of Village Trustees, and many of the present improvements in municipal conditions are due to his wise foresight and advice. He was a republican in politics. and was a candidate for town representative a few years ago.

Mr Cheney married in 1866 Mary Spencer of St. Johnsbury, who died August 1, 1917. He leaves a brother Reuben G. Cheney of St. Johnsbury, one son, Clinton M. Cheney of Chicago, and a grandson, Joseph M. Cheney.

The funeral will be held at his late residence on Cliff Street Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. A. P. Grint. Mr. Cheney was a man who had no enemies, of strict integrity, and a man who will be greatly missed in the community.

Source: The Caledonian Evening (St. Johnsbury), May 7, 1920

Courtesy of Deanna French.

Webmaster's Note: Cheney served in the Frontier Cavalry, Co. F (aka 26th NY CAV), not the 1st Vermont Cavalry.

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