A Guide to the Cheney Family Paper, 1829, 1833, 1923, 1934
Cheney family patriarch William Cheney led a group of settlers from South Carolina to central Louisiana in 1811, establishing the town of Cheneyville. Members of the family remained in Louisiana and South Carolina through the Civil War and corresponded with each other. Cheney’s descendents include Laura M. Cole, Camilla S. Cheney, William C. Cheney, and Sallie Cheney Cocks Brown.
Louisiana Writers’ Project. Louisiana: A guide to the state. New York: Hastings House, 1941, 667.
The Cheney Family Papers, 1829, 1833, 1923, 1934, consist of correspondence and essays, documenting the activities of members of the Cheney family over a century. The transcripts of two letters (1829, 1833) from Laura M. Cole to an unknown correspondent and her cousin Camilla S. Cheney, relate to her political views and social activities in antebellum South Carolina and Louisiana, including an account of a trip to the South Carolina coast and speculation on the possibility of civil war. Additionally, the papers include a homemade Christmas card given to William C. Cheney (1923) and essays by Sallie Cheney Cocks Brown (1934) concerning a childhood memory of farm life and her grandfather Colonel William Fenden Cheney’s encounter with a stampede.
This collection is open for research use.
Cheney Family Papers, 1829, 1833, 1923, 1934, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project," 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers