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Biographical Sketch of Prentiss Dana Cheney

Prentiss Dana Cheney
Prentiss Dana Cheney

Mrs. Prentiss D.Cheney
Mrs. Prentiss D. Cheney

Prentiss Dana Cheney - was born August 2, 1826, in Stockton, Chautauqua County, N. Y. He died July 3, 1900, at his residence in Jerseyville. The family removed from Stockton to Jerseyville when Prentiss was an infant, not then six months old. He acquired his early education in the common schools of Jerseyville. His irst business experience began at the age of fifteen, being with Thos L. McGill, recorder of Jersey County, and a large quanity of the early record will be found in the hand-writing of Mr. Cheney. His next experience was as book-keeper with Alexander L. Morean, in the general merchandise business in Jerseyville. After this, he was with the banking house of Chestnut, Blackburn & Du Bois, at Carlinville, Ill. Subsequently, Mr. Blackburn removed to Jeresyville and engaged in banking, retaining Mr. Cheney as chief man.

On the 6th of July, 1859, Mr. Cheney was united in marriage with Caroline M. D'Arcy, daughter of the late Edward D'Arcy, in Jerseyville. Very soon after his marriage, the Banking House of D'Arcy, Teese & Cheney was opened in Jerseyville. Later, the name of Teese was withdrawn and the firm of D'Arcy & Cheney continued the business for a number of years after the death of the senior member.

Mr. Cheney then formed a copartnership with the late Byron Murray and with him a Banking and Brokerage business, at 27 Wall Street, in the city of New York. From this copartnership he subsequently withdrew and retired to Jerseyville. He leaves one son, Dr. Alexander M. Cheney, having buried three in their infancy. His wife, Catherine M. Cheney, died April 23, 1877, in Florida, whither she had gone for her health. Some ten years later he married Mrs. Annette Higbee.

The subject of this sketch was a man who took great delight n the study of the law, and in numerous cases of his own, although never acting as his own attorney, he was industrious and vigilant in the preparation of cases, frequently himself preparing the brief for submission to the court. This quality casued the appellation of "Judge" to attach to his name for many years prior to his death.

Prior to the adoption of township organization in Jersey County, he was a member of the Board of County Commissioners, acting several terms as chairman of that Board. Afterwards, he was a prominent member of the Jersey County Board of Supervisors, and was chairman of that body during the time of the erecting of the new court house, and together with other members of the Board and officers of the county, took pleasure in devoting time and labor in furnishing to the county the beautiful and convenient building now an ornament to Jerseyville, and a pride to all citizens, and it is worthy of remark that it was built at the least possible cost to the tax payers. Judge Cheney was a man with many friends. His acquaintance outside of his home city was extensive, and a large number of these friends, with his family and neighbors, were in attendance at his funeral, which occurred at his residence here on July 5, 1900. The remains were deposted in Oak Grove Cemetery, the burial place of a great number of the departed from the community in which almost his entire life was passed. "Requiescat in Pace."

Source: [History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, by Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, Jerseyville Republican Print. 1901]