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Gilead Pickett Cheney - was born in Jerseyville, then in Greene County, Ill., March 24, 1838. He was married to Emily Caroline Plowman, daughter of Hon. Johathan and Elizabeth Crull Plowman, May 1, 1861, at the residence of her father in Sangamon County, Ill., by Rev. Wm. L. Tarbet. Mr. Cheney removed from Jerseyville to Sangamon County in 1858, where, and in Virden, Ill., he resided until 1880, when he removed with his family to Denver, Colorado, where and in the near vicinity, he and all his family now reside.
There have been born to him four children, and one grand-child, all of whom are now living. He is the oldest native of Jerseyville, being the first child born here. The house in which he was born was built by his father, Murray Cheney in 1837, and stands of Lot 6, Block 4, original town, at the northeast corner of Lafayette and Pine streets, The town was name Jereyville in 1834, was incorporated in 1837 and included only 80 acres, which extended from out-lot 13, on the north, to Carpenter Street on the south, one-half miles long from north to south, by one-fourth mile wide from east to west. Jersey County was cut off from Greene County, formed and oragnized in 1839.
Source: [History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, by Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, Jerseyville Republican Print. 1901]