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James Cheney, sons William F. and James F and Grace Cheney, Lansing

In 1860 Winnebago County, Illinois, William F. Cheney is 44, Susan W. 34, with Hiram W. 14, Franklin M. 7, and James S. one month.
In 1870 Blue Springs, Gage County, Nebraska, W.F. Cheney is 56, H.W. 24, H.M. 20, F.M. 17, and C.A. eight months.
In 1900 Norton County Kansas, James F. Cheney born January 1895, born in Indian Territory, and brother William July 1899 Kansas, are with J. F. Cheney born May 1860 Illinois and Minnie April 1873 Missouri.

In 1910 Haigler Nebraska, Minnie is married to Clyde Arnold seven years. James and Frederick, are with them, and half-sisters Lozella Arnold, 6, and Hazel Arnold 3, both born in Kansas,. (Maybe Minnie Arnold is the one FindaGrave # 49133522 has buried in Norton County, Kansas 1873-1956.
1913 "James Cheney, landscape gardener, was in town last week putting in 2,080 bushes of German currants, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, dew berries and logan berries for Cecil Karmodeon his property in West Wray whichhe recently purchased from C.D. Pickett...Mr. Cheney develops lawns, shrubbert, etc., by the German System Brick Filter sub-irrigation."

1914 Logan, Yuma County, items "James Cheney and wife arrived from the East last week to spend the winter with the former's father."
James F. Cheney, 18, married Grace Egly, also 18, October 16, 1914 in Harlan County, Nebraska.

James proved up 320 acres in 8, 9, and 17, 3S 43W in 1917, wihnesses Louis O. Soehner, Glenn L. Allen, John J. Eastin, and John Eastin.  Grace "deserted wife of James F Cheney, of Haigler, Nebraska" proved up 320 acres in 8 and 17, next to James, in 1919.
James Franklin Cheney registered with an Armel address, born January 5, 1896 at Jalla, Oklahoma, farming, with a wife and child.
In 1920 Lansing precinct, James Cheney, 56, widowed (this must be Dexter James Cheney) son William 21 and his wife Stella 16, and their daughter Leota one month, are farming.
The Columbine listing has a Cheney buried in Armel - no dates or first names - that might be James born 1860.
In 1930 Wray, James is a farm laborer, 34, married 18 years to Grace A. They have Blanche L. 14, Kansas , Clinton W. 12, William F. 7, Barbara B. 5, Helen G. 2, and Glen D. eleven months, all born in Kansas.

March 27, 1937 " Shirley Mae Chaney, 6 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Chaney of the Eggers district died at the Larimer county hospital Friday of burns received in the explosion of a kerosene lamp at the Chaney home early today. Helen Chaney, 9, a sister of Shirley May was in the Larimer county hospital suffering severe burns received in the explosion. County Coroner Willis Brooks, said no inquest would be held. The fire occurred at a saw mill settlement about five miles south of Eggers on Bennett creek. Bennett creek is a branch of the Little South of the Poudre and the place where the tragedy occurred is about 50 miles southwest of Fort Collins. The explosion occurred at about o'clock Thursday night. The children were taken to the Larimer county hospital at Fort Collins at once. Contrary to first reports the mother was not burned. The two little girls are members of a family of nine children. Funeral services are to be held at 2 o'clock Monday at the Day funeral home in Fort Collins. When the lamp exploded, according to reports received from the Tribune correspondent at Eggers, clothing of the two little girls was sprayed with flaming gasoline. They ran screaming from the house pursued by their father who beat out the flames with a heavy sheepskin coat. Helen Chaney, who survived thru the day despite severe burns, was the second of the two to be reached by the father and at the time, was supposedly the most severely burned of the two. The Chaney family, formerly lived in Greeley, it was said. The family has been living at the old tie camp on Bennett creek where Mr. Chaney was operating a saw mill. Mr. and Mrs. Cheney have seven other children, Mrs. Earl Knox of Wray, and the following, who are living at home: Clinton, Billie, Barbara, Charlotte, Yvonne, and Glenn. Shirley Mae was born June 15, 1931, at Wray. The family came to the Steele ranch on Bennett Creek in 1935." Per #, Shirley Mae Cheney is buried in Grandview, Fort Collins.

Glen D. Cheney, Colorado School of Mines '58, passed away on November 13, 2007, in Delta, CO. Before coming to Mines to earn his degree in petroleum engineering, he served in active duty in Korea with the U.S. Army. While attending Mines he met Marjorie Browne Simpson, whom he married in 1956. At Mines he formed a flying club, helping to raise $500 to buy a 1946 Piper Cub—flying was a lifelong passion from then on. His career included working for the USGS in Santa Fe, NM, and Sinclair Gas & Oil in Wyoming. During the sixties, he spent two years working in West Pakistan as a project engineer for Tipton and Kalmbach. He also worked on the Titan 1 Missile Program in Colorado and Washington State. In addition to flying, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and skiing. He owned and operated Delta Air Service, Inc. out of Delta, CO for 12 years, beginning in the mid-eighties. In 1996, he purchased a hanger home in Salome, AZ so he could continue to fly during his retirement. Glen is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marjorie; his son, Steven; his daughters, Lisa Tourney and Alison Thomas; his brother, Eldon; his sisters, Charlotte Thompson and Helen Beaugh; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Helen probably married John Ray Beaugh in Fort Collins in 1954. He was born in Louisiana in 1928 and died 1995 in the VA nursing home, Rifle, Colorado.

Barbara Belle (Musgrove) Pierson, 78, of Plattsmouth Manor died Dec. 15, 2002 at Plattsmouth Manor in Plattsmouth, Neb.
She was born Dec. 5, 1924, in Selkirk, Kan., to James F. and Grace A. (Egly) Cheney. She previously lived in Council Bluffs. She graduated from Iowa Western Community College. She was an insurance agent for John Hancock Insurance, and she formerly worked for Picker Medical and Hinky Dinky Stores. She was a member of Missouri Lions Club and Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Leroy; two daughters, Sue Finkle and husband, Terry, of Omaha and Kath Colborn of Loveland, Colo.; two sons, James Cheney and wife, Anna, of Glenwood and Gary Musgrove and wife, Debbie, of Shelby; three sisters, Helen Beaugh of Ft. Collins, Colo., Charlotte Thompson of Arkansas and Yvonne Frederick and husband, Bob, of Ft. Collins; two brothers, Glen Cheney and wife, Marjorie, of Delta, Colo., and Eldon Cheney and wife, Jeannie, of Missouri; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Ridgewood Cemetery. Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be offered to Creighton University Neurology Department of Aging.
In 1940 Weld County, James Cheney, a laborer, 44, born in Oklahoma, and Grace 43, Iowa, have Clinton 22, Barbara 15, Helen 13, Glen 11, - these born in Kansas - and Charlotte 67 and Yvonne 4 born in Colorado.
James F. 1896-1982 and Grace Adeline 1896-1970 are buried in Fort Collins # 49598478.
Clinton W. Cheney -1917-1985 is buried in Fort Collins # 93551855.
Blanch L. Cheney married Earl A. Knox March 17, 1935, recorded in Yuma County. In 1940 Earl is an automobile mechanic in Wray, and they have Joyce D. 4, William E. 3, and Robert D. 1.
Robert D. Knox, born July 1, 1938 in Colorado, died Jun 19, 1997 in Henderson , Neada.

William Earl Knox, known as Bill, age 70, of Coalmont, Colorado, died Tuesday November 27, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his wife, daughter, and close family friend. He was born on February 13, 1937, in Wray Colorado to Earl A. and Blanche Lottie (Cheney) Knox.
The family moved to Ft. Collins in about 1942, when Bill was 5 years old. He attended Ft. Collins High School, where he met his high school sweetheart, Sandra Latham. They were married April 7, 1957 and made their first home in Ft. Collins. To this union were born 3 girls. The family later moved to North Park where Bill worked as a cowboy for the Grizzley Ranch. Bill worked several years as a precision lathe operator for Woodward Governor. He also worked for Lone Star Steel as a mechanic and Supervisor. He continued to use his mechanical skills as a Field Engineer for Heath Farm Equipment. Bill traveled the United States, Canada and even Venezuela working with farmers to design and repair their equipment.
Bill and Sandy worked to purchase their farm in Waverly in 1971. He raised cattle on the farm in the winter and summered them on the family ranch in North Park. In 2000, he and Sandy purchased the Latham Family Ranch which has been in the family since the 1890’s Bill has been a lifelong rancher and cowboy. He was a good horseman, and broke and trained many fine cutting horses. John Lyons told him he had one of the best set of hands he had seen. Matlock Rose said of Bill, that he has a nice way of handling a horse. Bill was born 100 years too late, though he worked many jobs to provide far his family, his heart was happiest when working with horses. He enjoyed driving his teams of horses to feed cattle or just take the family and grandkids for a ride. He was able to relive history when he and daughter Diana participated in the National Pony Express Memorial Ride. Bill rode the leg from Ovid, Colorado to Chappell, Nebraska. Bill was a fine artist and drew western cartoon horses, carved wood figurines and sculpted bronze figures of western life. Bill enjoyed being with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed attending his grandkids sporting events, 4-H and school activities.
He truly loved his family. Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra, daughter Kathy and Dave Johnson of Mo, JR. Higgins, Kayla and Kaylana of Hayden. Michelle and Zach Terrell, Savanah and Max of Mo, Casey and Jacque Higgins of Saratoga, daughter Diana and Terry Dillon of Julesburg, April Dillon and Jason of Thorton, Branden and Michelle Dillon of OK, Brook Dillon and Keith of Thorton, daughter Nancy and Ty Wattenberg of Walden, Scotland Wattenberg of MT. Memorial contributions may be sent in Bill’s name in care of the Mountain Valley Bank for the Wattenberg Community Center Building Fund Equine expansion.

William F. Cheney 1923-1938 is buried in Fort Collins # 49598980.
HHeaugh1783 posted "My father's name was James Franklin Cheney. His father was James Dexter Cheney, his father was William F. Cheney. William F Cheney was born in Massachusetts. Ancestry was in England."

W.F. Cheney married Stella McDaniel Feb 10, 1919, recorded in Yuma County. Stella Louise Cheney and William Frederick Cheney divorced in Denver in 1932.
Stella L. Cheney married Pat G. Cherrington July 21, 1934, recorded in Arapahoe County.

William Frederick Cheney, of Craig, Nebraska, age 35, son of Dexter Cheney and Minnie Velle Cooper, married Ellen Amy Pierce of Craig, age 20, born in Canada, daughter of Frank Pierce and Jessie McMullen, June 16,1934 in Logan County, Iowa.
William Fred Cheney 1899-1975 is buried in Eckley # 52879648. So is Leota Cheney (Arnold) Beargeon. A Leota Cheney married Lloyd Andrews June 23, 1934, recorded in Arapahoe County.

Hiram had two brothers: Franklin who was born in 1853 and James Dexter Cheney born May 5, 1873. James worked as a clown in the Barnum Circus. Hiram W Cheney married Hattie (Cheney) Fox, daughter of Michael James Fox and Almira Truax, on 21 Mar 1867 in Illinois.2 (Hattie (Cheney) Fox was born on 1 Jun 1850 in Kendall County, Illinois 16 and died on 17 Dec 1938 in Humphreys, Sullivan, Missouri, USA.)
In about 1869, Hiram and his parents were interested in the governments offer through the Homestead Act and made plans to head west to the Nebraska Territory. We were just getting ready to head out, when the horses became frightened knocking Hiram to the ground. The loaded wagon ran across his chest severely injuring him. We had to postpone our trip west for about four months while Hiram was bedfast. Hiram's brother Franklin and his parents went on without us. Hiram insisted on continueing with our plans, so rather than traveling by wagon, I made arrangements for us to travel by train to Omaha. When we arrived in Omaha, Nebraska, we made preparations to board a boat that would take us to Brownville, Nebraska. In Brownville, we purchased a horse and wagon to take us overland to Blue Springs, Nebraska where we settled on a homestead.
Hiram's family had settled in Haigler, Nebraska. We later learned that Hiram's mother Susan had died from a chronic case of Nephritis and influenza. Burial took place in Haigler, Nebraska.
On September 16, 1871, my husband Hiram died from tuberculosis on September 16, 1871. I couldn't depend on the help from my father-in-law since he had developed a bad heart condition. I sold the rights to our homestead for $400. In addition to the $400 dollars, all I had to my name was a horse, wagon and a good harness. I cared for the sick and used my skills as a midwife to keep Corey and me going. Hiram 1846-1871 is burfied in Blue Springs, Nebraska. # 14611718
The tombstone in Haigler, Nebraska has "Wm. Cheney May 29, 1841- Apri 27, 1904 - Elizabeth J. his wife - May 6 -1842-Feb 28, 1915."

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