After Two Hundred Years: The Journey of an 1812 Chest of Drawers
In 1812 a chest of drawers was made in New Hampshire for Ruth Noyes, the first of six generations of women who cherished the bureau and passed it down over the years to the author. This bureau held its own history within it, along with family letters and documents. These treasures revealed a compelling story of the early settling of rocky New England then, two centuries later, of the great westward migration to the fertile prairies of the Midwest.
The chest of drawers bore silent witness to the histories of the families connected to it as they forged their lives first in New England then in
Illinois. After remaining there until the mid-nineteenth century, the bureau began its journey back to its roots in New England. This book tells this very American story.
Constance McChesney grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, then graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. After marrying, she and her husband settled in Princeton, New Jersey, where they pursued careers and raised two daughters. During this period, McChesney and her family lived in Afghanistan, England, Uzbekistan, India and Japan, in connection with her husband’s work in Central Asian history. After obtaining a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University, McChesney worked for many years in the field of rehabilitation. Upon retirement, she and her husband moved to Bath, Maine in 2007. There she completed her first family history book, After a Hundred Years, in 2011, then went on to research and write this her second book. She has also expanded her interests in gardening, cooking, crafts, especially quilting, yoga and volunteering in the community.