Benjamin Cheney of East Hartford and Berlin, Connecticut.

Benjamin Cheney was born on September 8, 1725 in East Hartford, Connecticut. He died on May 15th 1815 at the age of 90. He is buried in Berlin where he finished his life living with his son Elisha. Elisha’s home was located at he top of the hill, south of Bowers Corners. Benjamin worked there in the shop until he became enfeebled in body and mind. A single stone in the graveyard east of the Jarvis farm marks both Benjamin’s and his wife’s resting place. His parents were Benjamin, who was originally from Newbury, MA and Elizabeth (Long) Cheney. They had three children. Benjamin was the oldest. It is thought that he served his apprenticeship, beginning about 1739 under the guidance of Seth Youngs in Hartford. Benjamin owned his own shop in about 1745 where he made both brass and wooden geared clocks. It appears that he may have been the first clockmaker in America to make wooden geared movements. Far more wooden geared versions were made than the brass examples. His movements are distinctive in that they are robustly made. Benjamin trained a number of clockmakers including his younger brother Timothy (b.1731 – d.1795), John Fitch (b.1758 — d.1808) and sons Ashel (b. 1759 — d.?), Elisha (b.1770 — d.1747), Martin (b.1778 — d.1855)and Russell (b.1772 — d.?). His most famous apprentice was Benjamin Willard (b.1743 — d.1844). Benjamin married Deborah Olcott ( b.1738 — d.November 3, 1817).