The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


CHENEY, Joseph A., Col. - Otsego 

Colonel Joseph A. CHENEY, son of Joseph and Lydia CHENEY, 
was born at Fly Creek, Otsego County, Feb. 28, 1807. He attended 
the district schools of his native county, and succeeded in acquiring a 
substantial business education.
He early manifested an interest in military matters and at the age 
of eighteen entered the service as a non-commissioned officer. He 
rendered excellent service, and by ability and talent won the esteem 
of his superiors; in recognition of his valuable service he was 
promoted step by step to the office of colonel, and was in command 
of a regiment when the law was repealed. He then reported himself 
to the adjutant-general as a supernumerary, together with most of the 
other officers of the regiment.
Mr. Cheney was colonel of the 2d Regiment, 2d Brigade, 16th 
Division of Infantry of Militia of the State of New York. This 
division was commanded by General S. BURNSIDE, now a 
practicing attorney in Oneonta. At the time of the election of General 
Burnside as brigadier-general in this brigade there were three 
candidates, - S. S. BURNSIDE, Colonel CHENEY, the subject of 
this sketch, and George WHITE, of Cherry Valley, - each of whom 
received six votes. Colonel Cheney withdrew in favor of Burnside, 
thus securing his election. Colonel Cheney's love for the military 
did not cease with the passage of the law disbanding the military, 
and he was often called by his fellow-citizens to act as marshal at 
various political and other gatherings.
Colonel Chenry was a Democrat until the campaign of 1856, when 
he voted for John C. Fremont, and has since been an active and 
uncompromising member of the Republican party. He has ever 
manifested an interest in all matters concerning the welfare of his 
town, and has officiated in a number of offices within the gift of his 
townsmen. During the late Rebellion he notified the adjutant-general 
that he was a supernumerary, and that if his services were needed he 
was ready to respond to the call of his country, and to strike at the 
hideous head of rebellion.
Colonel Cheney has two brothers and two sisters living of a family 
of nine children, viz.: Mita C., who married Edward H. PARMELEE, 
and is now a celebrated doctress, residing in Laurens. She practiced 
with eminent success about four years in the State of Connecticut, and 
six years ago returned to her native county, and was present at the 
sickness and death of two of her sisters. The daughter of Mita C. 
married Henry GARTSEE, who died in Andersonville. She is now 
the wife of J. Harvey STEERE, a merchant in Laurens. Mary M. 
married Alfred BURNHAM, now residing in Sparland, Ill. She has 
been a school-teacher for over twenty years, and has paid for two 
farms from the proceeds of teaching. Ebenezer W. resides at White's 
store, Chenango county. Stephen P. resides at Fly Creek, on a part of 
the original purchase of Joseph Cheney. The following children 
are deceased: Samuel W., Celia Ann, Eliza M., and Isaac R. A nephew 
of Colonel Cheney, Edward C. PARMELEE, who married Anna
WOODBECK, of Oneonta, resides with him at Fly Creek, and has two 
children, - one daughter, Mita E., and one son, Joseph E.
Colonel Cheney now resides on ten acres of land called the 
"southern valley view," located on the turnpike between Fly Creek 
and Cooperstown, affording a fine view of the valley of the 
Susquehanna, and in sight of the spot where Leatherstocking's 
house stood, on the banks of Oaks creek, and in view of the Adams 
burial-ground, where LEATHERSTOCKING was buried.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 252


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