William & Sarah (Scott) Chaney

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William CHANEY1
He immigrated from Randolph County, North Carolina, into Wayne County, Kentucky, at some time before July 1803. By 1820, the family had settled in Overton County, Tennessee, on land newly opened for settlement. In the early 1830's, several treaties with Indians allowed the federal government to open new lands in the Arkansas Territory. William, his son James Chisom and a son-in-law, William Wilson, went into this territory in the early 1830's searching for horses to drive back to Tennessee. Evidently, life in Tennessee was not up to earlier expectations for they were also looking for a more suitable place to settle.

The family relocated to the Osage Creek valley of Carroll County, Arkansas, in 1834 although they were still in the process of selling their Tennessee property. Sarah lived many years in Arkansas but there is no record of William. He possibly died at the time of the move from Tennessee. ------ THE CARROLL (Arkansas) COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Vol XXXV Autumn 1989 No. 3, pp14-17.).

Birth: cir __ ___ 1784 North Carolina.2
Marriage: 20 Jul 1803 Wayne Co., Kentucky.3
Death: cir __ ___ 1835 Carroll Co., Arkansas.4
Burial: __ ___ ____
Father: Francis CHANEY Jr. [III] (1760-1825)
Mother: Mary (--?--) (1755-1832)

Sarah SCOTT5,6
Birth: cir __ ___ 1784 Pennsylvania.7
Death: cir __ ___ 1845 Arkansas.8
Burial: __ ___ ____
Father: John SCOTT

Seven Children:

1/M James Chisom CHANEY
He came, along with his father, to Carroll County, Arkansas, in the early 1830's and, in 1834, settled on a forty acre plot of land in the Osage Creek bottomlands. His wife and three children remained in Overton County, Tennessee, until 1838, when Nancy and the children joined some twenty other families migrating to Carroll County. Meanwhile, James had built a one-and-one-half story house of oak logs on a fieldstone foundation. (In 1989, the house, the only known structure surviving from the early settlement period, was nominated by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. It was later purchased and disassembled to be erected in a historical park in a nearby county.)

James had a continuing interest in livestock. Each year he drove cattle, horses and mules to south Arkansas to be sold to planters on credit. The following year he would return to collect the debts and sell more stock. He also drove livestock north to the Springfield, Missouri, area to be sold. By 1854, James had increased his property to two hundred acres. There has been some undocumented speculation that his farm served as a stop for the stage line that ran near by. This has been encouraged by the fact that not only was James a good horseman and blacksmith but because he owned a very large barn that could be used for storing grain and housing livestock.

In 1856, his son John was appointed Postmaster of the Osage Post Office. Although John was twenty-three years old, he still lived at home. It is possible that the house served as the Osage Post Office since it was the custom of the day for the postmaster to have his office in his home. When the Civil War broke out, John and his brother, Christopher, enlisted in the Confederate Army. John was killed in the battle of Port Hudson, Louisiana, and buried there. Christopher survived to return home.
In the 1860 Slave rolls, James is listed in Osage Township as owning one slave: a six-year old boy. Near the end of the war, in 1864, James again drove his cattle to south Arkansas. In Dallas County, he was murdered, probably for the money he would have been carrying, and buried in an unmarked grave. His son Christopher inherited the farm that he was to sell twenty-six years later in 1890. -----THE CARROLL COUNTY (AR) HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY Vol. XXXV Autumn, 1989 No. 3, pp14-17.

Birth: 21 May 1804 Wayne Co., Kentucky.9,10
Marriage 1: 03 Jan 1830 Nancy Dickey SEAHORN (1809-1896)11,12
Death: 28 Sep 1864 Dallas Co., Arkansas.13
Burial: aft 28 Sep 1864 Dallas Co., Arkansas. In an unmarked grave.
2/F Nancy Dean CHANEY14,15
Birth: 03 May 1806 16
Marriage 2: __ ___ ____ William Holden WILSON (1805- )17
Death: __ ___ ____
Burial: __ ___ ____

3/M Francis Stokely CHANEY.18
ARKANSAS AND IT'S PEOPLE, VOL. IV records that Mathew D. Chaney, son of John Dennis and Ellen Chaney, had an Uncle Frank for whom the first road in the county (Pike) was named. It was still a frontier country with abundant wild game. Frank killed 104 bears in four years. It is quite possible that this article refers to Mathew's great-uncle, Francis Chaney, the father of Mathew's father, William. Confusion exists as to which "Uncle Frank" was the bear hunter, if not both.

Barbara Wright Meyers reported that Franics S. and his family moved to Johnson County, Texas, from Montgomery County, Arkansas, in about 1858.

Birth: 15 Sep 1808 Tennessee.19,20
Birth: __ ___ 1818 Wayne Co., Kentucky.21
Marriage: cir __ ___ 1830 Rosana M. WILSON (1814-1901). Tennessee.22
Death: 16 May 1886 Comanche, Comanche Co., Texas.23
Burial: aft 16 May 1886 Chaney Cemetery, Comanche, Comanche Co., Texas.24

4/M John Dennis CHANEY25
Birth: __ ___ 1812 Overton Co., Tennessee. Some researchers show the place of birth to possibly be Wayne County, Kentucky.26,27,28
Marriage: cir __ ___ 1836 Eleanor SHIPMAN (1822-1919). Carroll Co., Arkansas.29,30
Death: 25 Sep 1876 Mt. Moriah, Pike Co., Arkansas. At least one researcher records the date as 26 Sep 1876.31,32
Burial: aft 25 Sep 1876 Murfreesboro, Pike Co., Arkansas.33

5/M William Wallace CHENEY.
Although his family in Arkansas spelled the family name Chaney, William and his family began spelling it as Cheney.34,35,36 THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, pages 429-430, reports in a biographical sketch that he was one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of the city of Downey. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. William grew to manhood in Carroll County, Arkansas, and was married to Miss Martha Meek there. In the 1870's he and his family crossed the plains and settled in Los Angeles County. William's recollections of the six months' journey were reportedly very vivid, and his recitations of events that took place in the early days were interesting, amusing and instructive. His first purchase of real estate in California was eighty acres near Downey. On this he made a home, and he bought other and valuable property, including lots in Riviera and in the city of Los Angeles. William was eminently successful, and in later years, retired from active business life. He was a Freemason, and politically a strong and conscientious supporter of the principles of the Democratic party.

His obituary stated that he was an early pioneer settler of the Los Neites Valley and that he died, in 1896, at his home in Pico Rivera. Services were held at the Methodist Church followed by his burial at the Masonic Cemetery, later known as the Downey Cemetery. His wife was reported to be living when he died as were his children except a daughter identified only as Mrs. J. K. Banks.
NOTE: Today (March 1995), this preparer is not certain how William spelled Chaney. It is possible that he spelled it CHENEY since this spelling appeared in a local county history publication conntaining biographies of prominent residents. Until proven otherwise, this family history will continue to spell it CHANEY. A transcription of his obituary spelled his name CHANEY but one daughter was listed as Miss Belle CHENEY!

Birth: 22 Feb 1816 Tennessee.37,38
Marriage: cir __ ___ 1840 Martha MEEK (1822- )39
Death: 17 Dec 1896 Downey, Los Angeles Co., California.40,41
Burial: aft 17 Dec 1896 Downey, Los Angeles Co., California. Downey Cemetery.42,43

---These children require verification:

6/M Robert D. CHANEY.44,45
Although no definitive proof has been seen, all evidence indicates that Robert D. is a child of William and Sarah (Scott) Chaney. It is recorded that Reece B. Chaney was his brother. Notice that Robert named his first two children Sarah and William which suggests that they were named for his parents, and possibly, the name William was for both grandfathers. In the 1840 census, Sarah, widow of William Chaney has two boys of the age of Robert and Reece in her household. They also seem to associate rather regularly with Francis Stokely Chaney, a known son of William and Sarah.

Birth: cir __ ___ 1822 Tennessee.46,47
Marriage: cir __ ___ 1844 Malinda CARDEN (1829-1899). Montgomery Co., Arkansas.48
Death: aft 18 Sep 1850 Pope Co., Arkansas.49
Burial: __ ___ ____

7/M Reece C. CHANEY.
Reese C. Chaney is the form used here because that is how his descendants record his name. His middle initial has also been recorded as B.50 Reece is almost certainly a son of William and Sarah (Scott) Chaney. In the 1840 census the widow Sarah has two sons of the age of Reece and his known brother Robert. The two maintained close association with Francis Stokely Chaney, a known son of William and Sarah.

Reece lived with his older brother and sister-in-law, Malinda Carden. After the death of Robert about 1850, Reece married Malinda. They sold the Robert's land in Montgomery County and moved to Camden, Ouachita County, Arkansas, were they lived until 1859 when they moved to Coryell County in central Texas. They lived near the edge of Gatesville. ----Coryell County Families.

Birth: cir __ ___ 1824 Tennessee.51,52
Marriage: cir __ ___ 1851 Malinda CARDEN (1829-1899). Pope Co., Arkansas.53
Death: __ ___ 1886 Texas.54
Burial: __ ___ ____

NOTE:  This information is dated. Once I discovered that my Chaney line was distinct fromk this one, my research into it was discontinued.

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