I have in hand a newspaper clipping, no idea where it came from and as of to date, do not know the date of. In the corner is written 1908-1909
SENTENCED TO TERM OF 99 YEARS IN PEN
Former Resident of Independence Township is Convicted of Brutal Crime in West Virginia. Killed With Hatchet.
On Saturday at Wellsburg William Cheney, 45 years, a former resident of Independence Township, this county, was sentenced to serve 99 years in the Moundsville penitentiary for the brutal murder last June of Charles Sherwood.The man's alleged accomplice in the crime, Harvey Gunion.
It was brought out at the trial that Cheney entered the house occupied by Sherwood and finding the man drunk killed him with a hatchet. The trouble was of long standing being said to have had its origin over a woman. Cheney made a onfession in which he claimed Gunion who accompanied him on the murderous errand was the one who actually killed Sherwood while Cheney stood guard at the door.
Cheney had formerly lived in Independence township, residing on the farm of W.W. Thompson, and also having been employed by William McConnell and John Anderson. His wife was Miss Amanda Crow, daughter of Philip Crow of Independence Township.Some years ago Mrs. Cheney lost her mind, the cause it was alleged, being her husband's drunkeness and cruelty.She was for a time in the Washington County home and later was taken to Dixmont. Cheney has one son aged 15 years who was a witness at his father's trial. On the stand the boy broke down and confessed he was telling a story in which he had been coached by his father.
William's death record is below Here is the format first then the info follows FORMAT: Order Number Name on Order Name Death Date Birth Date Born At Age Died At Occupation Cause of Death Father's Name Mother's Name Spouse Marital Status Color Sex Burial Service Officiating Notations Physician/Res Family Names
052 1933 Nov 4 Brooke Co/John Chaney Chaney, William 1933 Nov 2 8:30am FOUND 1864 May 30 WV 60y 5m Brooke Co Poor Farm,on farm Heart trouble John Chaney b unk unk Wid W M Brooke 1933 Nov 4 10am Rev. Clark of Brilliant Dr Eoff