Biography of Prentice D. Cheney
Madison County, NY Biographies





Cheney, Prentice D., son of Timothy C. and Ann Belden (Cook) Cheney, was born in Syracuse, N. Y., April 20,1836. His father was a mason contractor and one of its citizens in the infancy of the city. He served as supervisor; erected the first Wiethag Block and the old Penitentiary and Court House. Prentice D. Cheney is a lineal descendent in the eighth generation of John Cheney who settled in Roxbury, Mass., in 1635, held large allotments and is recorded as having frequently held public office in the Colonial Government. Mr. Cheney was educated in public and private schools in Syracuse and learned the mason's trade under his father, with whom he worked about five years. In 1856 he began business as a contractor in Syracuse, where he resided until 1862. While there he built the City Hall, an engine house and several private residences. Mr. Cheney has served as president of the village, and as a member of the board of trustees several terms. He married first Sarah F. Bristol, niece of Rev. Dr. Bristol of Syracuse, and of this union four children were born, two of whom survive: Mrs. E. E. French of Albany and Frank P. Cheney of Syracuse. For his second wife he married Carrie A. Barnett, a daughter of Dr. Milton Barnett of Morrisville.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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