Robert D. Chaney
of Carroll County, Arkansas
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Robert Chaney

His middle initial has been recorded as E. and as D. but there is little certainty of what it was;1,2,3 Bob was born in the late 1820's, probably Indiana. Two census records report his place of birth as Indiana and at least one family member thought he was born in Ohio. His father, according to family tradition, was also called "Bob" indicating that he was also named Robert.  (Note: recent research, including yDNA testing of a descendant or Robert's brother Hezekiah, helped indicate that the father was Hosea Chaney who lived in Newton County, Missouri, in 1840, and in 1830 in Sullivlan Co., Indiana.  Hosea was the youngest son of Hezekiah Chaney who died in Wythe County, Virginia, in 1813.)  Bob's grandson, Jesse Gerald Chaney recalled family stories that his great-grandfather, Bob, had a brother named Frank who was a bear hunter although this has not been verified.  Bob's mother was apparently named Sarah. (However, research shows that this great grandfather was not named Bob but Hosea and that his mother was Sarah A. Golding or Golden.) Three brothers are known, Hezekiah, Hosea and "Bud" who was named Ninevah. Census records of 1860 report show the brothers living next door to one another with "Nenivah" (evidently known as "Bud") living with Hezekiah. A grandson, Jesse Gerald Chaney, recalled his father saying that the brothers had a sister named Jane. Research has revealed  that there was a Jane but she was actually a niece, a daughter of Bob's sister Zuritha Clark.

Bob married Mary Ann Skaggs in the 1840's. She was blonde while Bob was brunette. Bob has not been located in the 1850 census although it is probable that he was in Texas since a daughter born in 1850/52 is sometimes recorded as being born in Texas. His son, Marble, told his children that Bob was in Bell County, Texas, around 1850. (Bell County was formed that year from Milam County.) They lived near Little River where the Comanche Indians were still occasionally raiding the settlers in the area. On bright moonlit nights the settlers would seek refuge in Fort Griffin (not to confused with the famous Fort Griffin in west Texas). Mary was very afraid of the Indians so Bob moved the family back to Arkansas where Lucinda was born in 1852 although some report that she was actually born in Texas. They had several children before Mary died about 1868.

In 1869, Bob married Margaret Lewis. They had one daughter, Arminda D., before Margaret died.

(There is a record of a Robert A. Chaney who served in the Rangers from 1 September 1875 and discharged on 30 November 1875. He was reported to be 6'2" with light hair, blue eyes and fair. His age was given 30 and his place of birth as Haywood Co., Tennessee. Bob was always quite "loose" with his age and this could be him although it would take some "stretching" for a 46-year-old to pass as 30.) There is a family tradition that Bob did serve as a Texas ranger and he was known to be in Texas at the involved time. However, he was working with his "cousin" Francis Stokley Chaney.

In 1877, Bob married a widow, Eliza A. Morrison Sims who lived on her farm about fifteen miles from Bob's place. (In 1875, Bob had purchased forty acres of farmland from the state. The land had been forfeited by the previous owner for payment of unpaid taxes.) Initially, Bob lived with her on her farm while his childrenRule Cemetery, Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas remained on his farm. Note that his youngest daughter was named Pearl Golden Chaney, seemingly, using his mother's maiden name Golden as her middle name.

He did some moonshining but only for his own use. He kept an open keg of his brew just outside the kitchen door with a tin cup hanging on a string and would take a sip when he passed by. Once when the "revenooers" were after him, he trimmed his long hair and cut off his beard. When he came home, even his own family had trouble recognizing him.

He died in 1891 from a fall from his horse. (The preparer has been told various stories concerning Bob's death. One is that the fall itself did not kill him that he drowned in a water-filled ditch into which he was thrown. Another suggests that his death was not accidental.) He was buried in Rule Cemetery, Rule, Carroll County, Arkansas, where Mary Ann and Margaret had been buried. His brother Ninevah, "Bud," was buried there as well as two children of his brother, Hezekiah. Eliza was to be buried there when she died in 1921.

Birth: cir       __ ___ 1825   Indiana (probably Sullivan County)..4
Census:         __ ___ 1860   AR Carroll Co. 1860 CENSUS. Osage Township, Carroll Co., Arkansas.4
Marriage 1:   circa    1847   Mary Ann Skaggs
Marriage 2:  27 Nov 1869   Margaret A. LEWIS (1835- ). Harrison, Boone Co., Arkansas.5
Census:        09 Aug 1870   AR Carroll Co. 1870 CENSUS. Liberty Township, P. O. Berryville, Carroll Co., Arkansas.6
Marriage 3:   23 Sep 1877   Eliza A. MORRISON (1838-1921). Carroll Co., Arkansas7
Census:         08 Jun 1880  AR Carroll Co. 1880 CENSUS. Carrollton Township, Carroll Co., Arkansas.8
Death:          26 Mar 1891  Carroll Co., Arkansas.2,1
Burial:         __ Mar 1891   Rule Cemetery, Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.9,1
Probate:       19 Apr 1893   Carroll Co., Arkansas.10
Father:    Hosea CHANEY ( -1842)
Mother:  Sarah A. Golden (1795-1870)
Robert's First Marriage 2,1

Mary Ann SKAGGS1

Birth:             circa    1827 Kentucky.1
Marriage :      circa    1847
Census:          __ ___ 1860   AR Carroll Co. 1860 CENSUS. Osage Township, Carroll Co., Arkansas.4
Census:          __ ___ 1860   AR Carroll Co. 1860 CENSUS. Osage Township, Carroll Co., Arkansas.4
Death:           __ Aug 1868   Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Burial:           __ Aug 1868   Rule Cemetery, Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1,2

Six Children:

1/F Sarah Jane CHANEY1
Birth:           circa     1848   Arkansas.1,4
Census:         __ ___ 1860   AR Carroll Co. 1860 CENSUS. Osage Township, Carroll Co., Arkansas.4
Census:         __ ___ 1860   AR Carroll Co. 1860 CENSUS. Osage Township, Carroll Co., Arkansas.4
Census:        09 Aug 1870   AR Carroll Co. 1870 CENSUS. Liberty Township, P. O. Berryville, Carroll Co., Arkansas.6
Death:          after     1870   Arkansas. She appeared in the 1860 and 1870 census records.1,4
Burial:          __ ___ ____


2/F Lucinda I. CHANEY1,11
Birth: 17 May 1852 Texas.6,1
Census:         __ ___ 1860   Osage Township, Carroll Co., Arkansas.4
Census:        09 Aug 1870   AR Carroll Co. 1870 CENSUS. Liberty Township, P. O. Berryville, Carroll Co., Arkansas.6
Marriage 1:  01 Feb 1872   William Richard HITTSON (1836-1892). Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.11
Son:   08 Mar 1873   George Thomas HITTSON. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Son:   05 Sep 1874   Robert Coe HITTSON. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Dau:   12 Sep 1877   Mary Ann HITTSON. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1,11
Son:   25 Aug 1879   John W. HITTSON. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Dau:    22 Jan 1881   Myrtle Jean HITTSON. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Son:   25 Apr 1885   William Mason HITTSON. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Son:  __ May 1885   Roy Oscar HITTSON. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Marriage 2:  __ ___ ____ Lewis BUNCH11
Death:          __ May 1885 Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Burial:          __ May 1885 Rule Cemetery, Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1


3/M Christopher Columbus CHANEY.12,1,13
His daughter, Ida, recalled Columbus telling her of his childhood and the hard times during the Civil War. He was eight years old when the War began and twelve when it ended. He hunted in the Mountains many nights all night for any kind of an animal the family could eat. They had two worn-out cows that gave a little milk that was saved for the baby. The rest of them ate what he could find and what he and his mother could raise in the garden. In later life he would not eat tomatoes because that was all they had to eat at one time and he ate them until they made him sick. He and his mother planted a six acre patch of barley. When the barley was in the milk stage (just before it ripened) he and his mother would gather the heads and shell enough for their breakfast and supper. "It was pretty rough because it was just as effective as a dose of Epsom salts."
He loved his mother dearly and told how beautifully she sang. He loved his stepmother, Margaret, also, and said his own mother could not have been sweeter or better to him and his siblings than she was. When his father married his third wife he went to live with her on her farm about fifteen miles away. His children lived on the home farm. Once his brother Bill was working up with their dad and became sick with the measles. Columbus took an extra horse and a slicker for Bill to wear and brought him home in one of the hardest rains he ever saw. Despite Bill's high fever he survived and was soon well as ever.

He married Mary Frances Felton in 1877. The ceremony was held in her parents' home in Green Forest. There was much friction between him and his father and sister, Sarah Jane. So, in 1883 he left Carroll County to get away from the volatile situation. He had heard that homestead land was available in Texas and moved there. First he lived in Hamilton County, Texas, then moved to Gorman where, along with Caleb Martin and Robert Sims, he was one of the first settlers around Gorman, Eastland County, Texas. His homestead was at Jewell, several miles south of Eastland.

In the late 1890's he was licensed as a Methodist preacher. He was an extremely respected man who spoke and appeared to be very well educated. In contrast, his wife could neither read nor write. The Methodist Bishop of Texas was known to visit with him.

Mary Frances died in 1930. Christopher Columbus died in 1935. Both were buried in Gorman.  ---Robert Jackson Chaney & Jane McAfee.

Birth:             01 Jul 1853   Green Forest, Carroll Co., Arkansas.12,1
Census:         __ ___ 1860   AR Carroll Co. 1860 CENSUS. Osage Township, Carroll Co., Arkansas.4
Census:         09 Aug 1870  AR Carroll Co. 1870 CENSUS. Liberty Township, P. O. Berryville, Carroll Co., Arkansas.6
Marriage:   02 May 1877 Mary Frances FELTON (1861-1930). Green Forest, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1,13
Son:  14 Nov 1878   William Robert CHANEY1
Son:   20 Feb 1880   James Elbert CHANEY. Carroll Co., Arkansas.1,13
Dau:   18 Jan 1882   Lillian Mae CHANEY. Arkansas.1,12
Dau:   23 Sep 1885   Maude CHANEY. Pottsville, Hamilton Co., Texas.1
Son:    11 Jan 1890   Cuthbert CHANEY. Texas.1
Dau:    28 Jul 1892   Myrtle Catherine CHANEY. Texas.1
Dau:   16 Feb 1894   Mary Irene CHANEY. Hamilton Co., Texas.1
Son:   12 Dec 1896   Columbus Jackson CHANEY. Shive, Hamilton Co., Texas.12
Dau:    21 Oct 1898   Ida True CHANEY. Hamilton Co., Texas.1
Census:         __ ___ 1910 Mary Frances FELTON (1861-1930). Eastland Co., Texas.13
Death:           01 Apr 1940 Eastland City, Eastland Co., Texas.12,1,14
Burial:           __ ___ ____


4/M William Wesley CHANEY1
Tradition is that Bill left Arkansas in 1879-80 after killing a man in defending the honor of one of his sisters. He reported rode a black mule directly to the Moody area in McLennan County, Texas. There he met Eliza whom he eventually married. They began a family and, in 1894, lost three children to illness.

About 1901, they moved to adjacent Coryell County to what was to be their permanent home about a mile northwest of the present White Hall Church. The farm was to eventually consist of 200 acres. He became known for the quality of the mules he raised and traded.

In his later years, one of his favorite activities was going to Gatesville's "First Mondays" in which he was a regular participant and seldom had nothing to swap. One of his trades cost him his right thumb. He was leading a half-broken horse behind his buggy on his way home on the old "Reformatory Road." A passing automobile spooked the horse causing it to suddenly rear back. The unexpected movement snapped the lead rope Bill held cleanly severing the thumb at the joint. --from CORYELL FAMILIES, 1854-1985 compiled by the Coryell County Genealogical Society, Gatesville, TX. Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas, 1986.


Birth:             01 Jan 1860 Batesville, Independence Co., Arkansas.1
Census:         __ ___ 1860 AR Carroll Co. 1860 CENSUS. Osage Township, Carroll Co., Arkansas.4
Census:         09 Aug 1870 AR Carroll Co. 1870 CENSUS. Liberty Township, P. O. Berryville, Carroll Co., Arkansas.6
Marriage:      24 Jan 1886 Mary Eliza CULPEPPER (1867-1944). Gatesville, Coryell Co., Texas.1
Dau:  03 Nov 1886   Eva C. CHANEY. Coryell Co., Texas.1
Dau:  06 Nov 1888   Mattie Bell CHANEY. Coryell Co., Texas.1
Son:  08 Aug 1889   William Penn CHANEY. Moody, McLennan Co., Texas.1
Son:   23 Oct 1892    Robert E. CHANEY. McLennan Co., Texas.1
Dau:  09 Mar 1893   Ema Ceola CHANEY. McLennan Co., Texas.1
Dau:  16 Apr 1894   Mae K. CHANEY. McLennan Co., Texas.15
Son:  09 Aug 1897   Thomas Brian CHANEY. Gatesville, Coryell Co., Texas.15
Dau:  09 Nov 1901   Mamie Ruth CHANEY. Coryell Co., Texas.15
Son:   22 Jun 1904   James Marvel CHANEY. Coryell Co., Texas.1,16
Dau:  15 Dec 1906   Harriet L. CHANEY. Coryell Co., Texas.1
Census:         __ ___ 1910 Mary Eliza CULPEPPER (1867-1944). Coryell Co., Texas.17
Death:          25 Nov 1935 Coryell Co., Texas.1,18
Burial:          __ Nov 1935


5/F Florenz Catherine CHANEY1
Birth:            __ Apr 1865 Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Census:         09 Aug 1870 AR Carroll Co. 1870 CENSUS. Liberty Township, P. O. Berryville, Carroll Co., Arkansas.6
Marriage:       circa    1884 Henry Harrison WEATHERMAN (1871-1949)1
Son:  10 Jun 1892   Dennis Grayson WEATHERMAN. Coryell Co., Texas.1
Son:  12 Oct 1902   Britton Columbus WEATHERMAN. Gorman, Eastland Co., Texas.1
Death:           __ Apr 1942 Electra, Wichita Co., Texas.1
Burial:           __ Apr 1942 Electra, Wichita Co., Texas.1


6/M Marvel Stone CHANEY
1,19,20,21
His name has often been recorded as Marble Stone Chaney. His tombstone at the Moody Cemetery is engraved "Marvel S." Other records show it either way. He came to Texas in 1882 with his older brother, Christopher Columbus Chaney. Their sister, Mintie, was with them.

After marrying Delia Mae Garner in Gatesville, Coryell County, Texas, he and his bride returned home to Moody where they were met by the bride's father. He carried a shotgun. Delia Mae said to him, "Daddy, we are married." Jess just hung his head and walked off. (Jesse Gerald Chaney)

In 1911, the Round Top School, north of Willow Grove, Bell County, Texas, was consolidated with the Willow Grove School. The Round Top School building was relocated and used while a new school building was being erected. However, there was concern that a three or four month school term was inadequate and an effort to further consolidate the area schools was initiated. He was one of the early active supporters of this drive and was among those who went to Austin to secure the consolidation. Their success resulted in an $8,000 bond for construction of a new building for the new Willow Grove Consolidated School District. When the cornerstone was laid on 1 September 1913, Marvel Stone was one of the trustees.

Birth:          20 Aug 1868 Carroll Co., Arkansas.1,19,2
Census:       09 Aug 1870 AR Carroll Co. 1870 CENSUS. Liberty Township, P. O. Berryville, Carroll Co., Arkansas. His place of
birth was shown as North Carolina although this is evidently an error in the ennumeration. His grandmother, listed just following him, was born in North Carolina.6
Marriage 1:  23 Dec 1890 Thankful R. PINKSTON (1870-1893). Coryell Co., Texas.1
Dau:  __ Dec 1891   Lelia CHANEY. Moody, McLennan Co., Texas.1,19
Marriage 2:  16 Nov 1896 Delia Mae GARNER (1881-1967). Coryell Co., Texas.1
Census:        02 Jun 1900 TX McLennan Co. 1900 CENSUS. Precinct #6, Moody, McLennan Co., Texas.22
Son:  06  Jun 1902   Raymond Lee CHANEY Sr.. McLennan Co., Texas.1
Son:  17 May 1904   Cecil Stone CHANEY. Moody, McLennan Co., Texas.1,19
Son:  09 Aug 1906   Jesse Gerald CHANEY Sr.. Moody, McLennan Co., Texas.19,23
Census:         __ ___ 1910 Delia Mae GARNER (1881-1967). McLennan Co., Texas.21
Death:          21 Aug 1950 McLennan Co., Texas.1,19,2
Burial:         __ Aug 1950 Moody, McLennan Co., Texas.1,19


Robert's Second Marriage5

Margaret A. LEWIS6
Birth:            circa 1835 Indiana.1,6
Marriage:      27 Nov 1869 Harrison, Boone Co., Arkansas.5
Census:         09 Aug 1870 AR Carroll Co. 1870 CENSUS. Liberty Township, P.O. Berryville, Carroll Co., Arkansas. Also in the
census are her children by a previous marriage: Missouri, John and Sam.6
Death:            __ ___ ____
Burial:           __ ___ ____ Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1

One Child:

1/F Arminda D. CHANEY24,25
Note: __ ___ ____ A niece recalled that Mintie, along with her brothers Marble and Bill, accompanied another brother, Christopher Columbus, when he moved to Texas in 1882. In 1890, she was living near Moody in McLennan County, Texas. After her husband died, her brother, Marvel, used Neil's life insurance from the Woodsmen of the World to buy a farm in Willow Grove near Marvel.1

Birth:          29 Dec 1870 Carroll Co., Arkansas. 1900 census records birth as October 1871.24,1
Marriage:    27 Oct 1891 Cornelius Lafayette GUNN (1869-1917). Bell Co., Texas.25
Dau:    09 Jun 1892   Mable GUNN. Willow Grove, Bell Co., Texas.17
Son:    28 Oct 1897   Charley GUNN. Willow Grove, Bell Co., Texas.1
Son:   15 Nov 1897  Edgar Clayton GUNN Sr.. Willow Grove, Bell Co., Texas.1,26
Son:   16 Dec 1899   Robert Mason GUNN Sr.. Willow Grove, Bell Co., Texas.1,26
Census:       04 Jun 1900 Moody, McLennan Co., Texas.24
Son:    22 Jan 1902   Columbus Wesley GUNN Sr.. Willow Grove, Bell Co., Texas.1
Dau:    01 Jan 1905   Ellen Loraine GUNN. Willow Grove, Bell Co., Texas.1
Dau:  30 May 1907   Helen GUNN. Eastland Co., Texas.1
Dau:   13  Jan 1911   Delia Kathryn GUNN. Willow Grove, Bell Co., Texas.1
Death:          28 Sep 1956  Willow Grove, Bell Co., Texas.2,1
Burial:         __ Sep 1956  Moody Cemetery, Moody, McLennan Co., Texas.2,1


Robert's Third Marriage 7

Eliza A. MORRISON7
Birth: 09 Jan 1838 2,1
Marriage 1:  before 1868 (--?--) SIMS1
Marriage 2:  23 Sep 1877 7
Census:       08 Jun 1880 AR Carroll Co. 1880 CENSUS. Carrollton Township, Carroll Co., Arkansas. Also in the household are her
children by her previous marriage: Joseph R., Cordelia A., Mirah B., Edward F., and Florence Sims¦¦.8
Death:         21 Aug 1921 1,2
Burial:         __ Aug 1921 Rule Cemetery, Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1

Three Children:

1/F Mary Ann CHANEY1
Birth:          19 Jun 1879 Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Census:       08 Jun 1880 AR Carroll Co. 1880 CENSUS. Carrollton Township, Carroll Co., Arkansas.8
Marriage:    17 Dec 1900 George Harbert STROUD (1879-1956). Arkansas.1
Son:   11 Sep 1901   Alvie Jesse STROUD. Moody, McLennan Co., Texas.1
Son:   08 Feb 1903   Troy C. STROUD. Green Forest, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Dau:  02 Dec 1904   Recie Goldie STROUD. Green Forest, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Dau:    28 Jul 1907  Ora Becil STROUD. Green Forest, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Son:    08 Jun 1909  Alford Ross STROUD. Waco, McLennan Co., Texas.1
Dau:   01 Apr 1913  Nina Mae STROUD. Green Forest, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Son:    01 Jun 1915  Ause Virgil STROUD. Green Forest, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Son:     30 Jul 1917  William Cleo STROUD. Green Forest, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Dau:    29 Jan 1920  Myrtle Lorene STROUD. Green Forest, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Death:         15 Jun 1954  Perryton, Ochiltree Co., Texas.1
Burial:        __ Jun 1954   Gray, Oklahoma.1

2/M Archie Crill CHANEY1
Archie Crill Chaney was called "Bud." He saw to it that the family graves in the Rule Cemetery, Carroll County, Arkansas, was maintained. He had stones placed on the older graves, those of his father, mother, stepmothers, uncle "Bud" and cousins.
His hair turned gray at an early age and, unlike his sons, kept most of it.1

Birth:          31 Jan 1881 Green Forest, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Marriage:   circa    1903 Safronia Alice MCKINNEY (1880-1952)1
Son:  07 Feb 1904   William Kenner CHANEY. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.27,1
Son:   31 Jan 1906   Robert Clinton CHANEY. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Son:  16 Sep 1908   Clarence Franklin CHANEY. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Son:  06 Sep 1911   Samuel Jewell CHANEY. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1,28
Dau:   after   1912   Sarah Viola CHANEY. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.29,30
Son:  11 Dec 1914   Fred Jefferson CHANEY. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Dau:  21 Jan 1918   Ethel Irene CHANEY. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1,30
Son:  26 Feb 1920   Joyce Columbus CHANEY. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1,31
Dau: 08 Nov 1922   Blanch Winnie CHANEY. Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Death:         11 Jul 1970 Berryville, Carroll Co., Arkansas. The Social Security Death Benefits Index shows only the month and year of
death, July 1970.1,32
Burial:        __ Jul 1970 Rule Cemetery, Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1

3/F Pearl Golden CHANEY1
Birth:          11 Feb 1883 Rule, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Marriage:    circa    1904 James Young LOGAN (1878-1916). Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Son:  28 Apr 1905   Cleo McConnal LOGAN. Dry Fork, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Son:  30 Mar 1907   Robert Delton LOGAN. Dry Fork, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Son:   27 Jul 1909   Joe Frank LOGAN. Dry Fork, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Dau:  27 Oct 1911   Thelma Beatrice LOGAN. Dry Fork, Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Death:         05 Jun 1948 Carroll Co., Arkansas.1
Burial:        __ Jun 1948 Carroll Co., Arkansas. 1

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