Ellis Album

Ellis Album, Photo 50 – Claude LeRoy Cheney

CHENEY, Claude LeRoy
Claude LeRoy Cheney

Claude is my 2nd great-granduncle.  He is the son of my 3rd great-grandparents, Joseph Thompson Cheney & Louise Maria Austin.  Before seeing this photo, I did not know anything about Claude aside from a few scant details that lived in my tree.  After editing this photo and uploading it to FamilySearch I spent some time updating my Ancestry tree and looking at the memories and facts found on FamilySearch about Claude.

Two and a half years before his death, Claude wrote a personal history.  Reading that history broke my heart.  Claude married Ethel Lavina Weir when he was 35.  They had three children together.  Unfortunately, this first marriage fell victim to the Great Depression.  Claude bounced around the US for many, many years trying to secure a job.  At the age of 63, he married again.  He and Mary enjoyed twenty-one years together before her death in 1967.  Less than one month later, Claude also passed.

I am grateful that this beautiful portrait was part of my great-grandmother’s album.  Because of this portrait, I spent a little time learning about Uncle Claude.  I hope this photo will be found and enjoyed by some of his descendants.



You can read more about Claude’s life here.


This photo comes from the twenty-sixth page of the album.  Here are pages twenty-six and twenty-seven to give context for this photo:


This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.



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