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Posted by: Richard Williams (ID *****6048) Date: October 31, 2013 at 16:09:35
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by Richard Sylvanus Williams


Earlier accounts of this family suggest that the immigrant Richard had a number of children not mentioned in his will of 1686. His will is particular in enumerating his childen and the number of them and it would have been imprudent not to name other children who might thereby have a claim on his estate. In this account his eldest son Richard is made the father of those children. In particular he is made the father of Richard and John Cheney who are said to be twins. Richard's three sons named in his will, Richard, Thomas and Charles, mainly refer to themselves as planters. Charles Cheney 1703-a1781 is often said to have had two wives simultaneously. This practice was not normally condoned by the church. It is most likely that Elizabeth Green was in fact one of his father's wives.

There are other Cheney families (perhaps kinsmen of the planters) in Anne Arundel at the same time and it is not easy to distinguish them all. These notes are then only advanced as an interpretation and I would be very pleased to hear of any corrections and/or additions.

Richard Cheney of South River, Ann Arundel Co, MD planter c1622-a1688
m1 Charity -----
m2 Eleanor -----
Will (Ann Arundel) 6 Mar 1685.6/1726[sic]; Inventory 16 Aug 1688
chn: Richard Cheney [1] b c1652 below
Elizabeth Cheney b c1652; m a1674 William Iiams; (and had chn: Richard)
Mary Cheney b c1653
Ann Cheney b c1654; m a1674 John Jacob
Thomas Cheney [2] b 1 Mar 1669.70 further below
Charles Cheney [3] b 6 Jun 1673 further below

(1657.8) Richard Cheyney demands 100a. in behalf of himself and Charity his wife [probably indicating arrival after 1652 without childen]

(1674) Richard Cheney the elder [grants to] son in law John Jacob and daughter Anne ... [grants to] son in law William Iiams and daughter Elizabeth

(9 Jan 1685.6) Richard Chenie senr & Elinor his wife ....

(6 Mar 1685.6) Richard Cheiney Senr ... eldest son Richard [Cheineys Rest] ... two sons Thomas and Charles [both under 16, jointly Resolucion] ... three daughters Eliza Mary and Anne ... son in law John Jacobs

In 1735[sic], forty-one[sic] years after his death a law suit developed over the parental dwelling and plantation. His son in law and daughter, John Jacob and his wife Anne, appeared in court as well as his widowed daughter, Elizabeth Ijams. John Jacob stated that on March 6, 1675/6[sic], he happened to be at the home of Colonel William Burgess and a certain William Cocks drew up a will for Richard Cheney. He heard Richard Cheney dictate to William Cocks that the homestead was to be inherited by his two sons, Thomas and Charles. He saw Richard Cheney sign the will and testified that he, with Colonel William Burgess and William Cocks, signed their names as witnesses. Anne, the wife of John Jacobs, asserted that she heard her husband say many times that her father, Richard Cheney, made a will at the home of William Burgess. She was left five shillings but did not remember receiving them. Elizabeth Ijams practically made the same assertion as that of her sister Anne. [UNKNOWN SOURCE, DATES GIVEN ALL ODD]

Richard Cheney of South River, Ann Arundel Co, MD planter c1652-1704
m Mary -----
i 6 Dec 1704
chn: Sarah Cheney b 15 Oct 1677; m 29 Jan 1696 Westminster: James Chickly
Catherine Cheney b 12 Mar 1679; m1 1 Sep 1701 Westminster: James Parnell;
m2 18 Jun 1702 Robert Browne
Charity Cheney b 16 Mar 1681; m 7 Nov 1706 Westminster: John Patten
Mary Cheney b 3 Aug 1681 [Westminster Reg.]; m 1 Dec 1702 Westminster: Walter
Richard Cheney [1] [?twin] b "Thursday" 8 Mar 1682.3 [Westminster Reg.]
[X 1 May 1684] below
John Cheney [2] [? twin] b "Thursday" 8 Mar 1682.3 [? X b 8 May 1684
[Westminster Reg.]] [X 1 May 1684] further below
Joseph Cheney [3] b 25 May 1686 [Westminster Reg.]
Benjamin Cheney [4] b "Monday" 10 Oct 1687 [Westminster Reg.]; m 23 Jun 1719
Westminster: (his cousin) Ruth Cheney
Elizabeth Cheney b 25 Mar 1688 [Westminster Reg.]; m 8 Aug 1706 Westminster:
William Phelps
Ann Cheney b 18 May 1691; c 4 Sep 1698 Westminster; m 16 Jan 1706 Westminster:
(her cousin) Richard Iiams
Samuel Cheney [5] b 25 Sep 1694; c 4 Sep 1698 Westminster
Hannah Cheney b 8 May 1697; c 4 Sep 1698 Westminster
Susanna Cheney b 22 Aug 1700; c 1 Sep 1701 Westminster; m 11 Jan 1727
Westminster: Thomas Macklefish 1705-....

(17 Oct 1710) I, Mary Cheeny, late wife of Richard Cheeny of Anne Arundel, dec'd, for a valuable consideration me hereunto moving, have released to Richard Cheeney, s/o old Richard Cheeny. commonly called the Twin, all manner of dower right & title which I might have to all that plantation whereon the said old Richard Cheeny did formerly dwell, &. that land which belongs to the same and is now in the tenure or occupation of his said son, Richard Cheney, the twin, being part of a tract of land called Chenys Resolucon, bounded by a pear tree where originally stood by original survey a marked oak standing in the SE line of the sd. old Richard Cheenys 300 acres last taken up, thence to the land given by sd. old Richard Cheeny to Wm. James, thence with the sd. land of Wm. James to the line of John Jacobs, Sr.; signed 17 Oct 1710, Mary Cheeney; Wit. Richard Duckett, Richard Cheeny (mark) [ORIGINAL NOT FOUND. This appears to be a release from Mary (widow of Richard c1652-1704) to her son (or step-son) Richard 1683-a1759]

Richard Cheney of Anne Arundel County, MD planter 1683-a1759
b "Thursday" 8 Mar 1682.3 2nd son of Richard Cheney of South River, Ann Arundel Co,
MD planter c1652-1704 QV
m 11 Sep 1722 Westminster: Mary Penn
Will (Anne Arundel) 24 Apr 1750/28 May 1759
chn: Richard Cheney [1] c 28 Oct 1724
Sarah Cheney
Mary Cheney (perhaps mother of Mary ?Ballefen)
Rachel Cheney
Edward Cheney [2]
?L--in? Cheney (called Lewnin OR ?Jemima] [probably a daughter]
Jane Cheney
John Cheney [3]
Catherine Cheney
Joseph Cheney [4]
James Cheney [5]
[order of children in latter part of will accords with order of sons in first

(24 Apr 1750) Richard Cheney senr. of Anne Arundell ... planter ... son Richard ... sons Edward and John ... sons Joseph and James ... son Richard, dau Sarah, dau Mary, grand daughter Mary ?Ballefen ... dau Rachel ... one shilling and no more. Edward ?L--in? Jane John Catharine Joseph James [Probated 28 May 1759] [Liber 30 folio 766]

John Cheney of South River, Ann Arundel Co, MD planter 1683-....
b "Thursday" 8 Mar 1682.3
m1 22 Sep 1708 Westminster: Elizabeth -----; m1 Charles Tylley; i 5 Jun 1717
m2 24 Jul 1718 Westminster: Ann Burgess
chn: Richard Cheney b Mar 1716 [NOT FOUND]
[2] John Cheney b 22 Dec 1719 [Westminster Reg.]; m Elizabeth -----
Elizabeth Cheney b 28 Jan 1722 [Westminster Reg.]
Lucretia Cheney b Jun 1721 [NOT FOUND]
Burgess Cheney b Aug 1727 [NOT FOUND]
Rebecca Cheney b 20 Dec 1730 [Westminster Reg.]
Alice Cheney b 5 Dec 1732 [Westminster Reg.]

(May 1711) Charles Tylley Account 177 Pounds, 103 Pounds May 1711 Admx Elizabeth Cheney Widow , Now Wife Of John Cheney

(10 Nov 1715) We John Cheney, Benjamin Cheney, And Richard Cheney, Planters Of Anne Arundel Co. Give Bond Of 62 Pounds 20 S 2p To Elizabeth Tylley And Thomas Tylley, Orphans Of Charles Tylley Dec'd. John Cheney's Mark, Benjamin Cheney's Mark, And Richard Cheney's Mark

Thomas Cheney of Ann Arundel Co, MD planter 1670-1738
b 1 Mar 1669.70 2nd son of Richard Cheney of South River, Ann Arundel Co, MD planter
c1622-a1688 QV
m1 19 Aug 1697 Westminster: Sarah Westall dau of George and Sarah; i 14 Sep 1713
m2 7 Jun 1716 Westminster: Susanna Hopper; 1737 E hw
d 1738
chn: Sarah Cheney b 4 Oct 1698; c 20 Jul 1699 Westminster; d young a1711
Elizabeth Cheney c 19 Oct 1700; m 22 Apr 1716 Thomas Joyce; 1737 fw
Thomas Cheney [1] c 19 Oct 1700; 1737 fw
Ruth Cheney b 16 Mar 1702; c [? 29 Jul 1703] Westminster; m 23 Jun 1719
Westminster: (her cousin) Benjamin Cheney; 1737 fw
Moses Cheney b 20 Mar 1705[ [? d young]
Richard Cheney [2] 1737 fw
Eleanor Cheney b 18 Oct 1711; m ----- Inloe; 1737 fw
Sarah Cheney c 18 Oct 1711; m 17 May 1733 John Hatton; 1737 fw
Rachel Cheney 1737 fw
[2] Susanna Cheney c 5 Mar 1718; 1737 fw
Lewis Cheney [3] c 6 Apr 1724; 1737 fw; m 16 Feb 1745 Westminster: Mary
Donaldson; (and had chn: Lewis b 5 Jan 1746 [Westminster Reg.]
Rebecca Cheney c 13 Aug 1727; 1737 fw; m 19 Aug 1742 Westminster: Richard

(24 Aug 1737) Thomas Cheney planter .... to daus. Elizabeth Joyce, Ruth Cheney, Elinor Inloe, Sarah Hatton, Rachell Cheney, 1s, each to son Thomas and hrs., 50 acres dwelling plantation, being pt. of Cheney's Resolution; sd. son dying without issue to pass to son Richard and hrs. To son Luis (Lewis) and hrs., other plantation, being pt. of same tract; sd. son dying without issue to pass to dau. Susannah and hrs., shd. afsd. sons Thomas, Lewis and Richard die without issue or before they are of age, lands to pass to dau. Susannah and hrs. To wife Susannah, extx., personalty; to divide residue of estate with following children, viz: Thomas, Lewis, Susannah, Richard and Rebecca Test: John Jacobs, John Hopper, Mary Jacobs [Probated 13 Jun 1738] [MCW V11.247; Wills. 21.879]

Charles Cheney of Anne Arundel County, MD planter 1673-a1744
b 6 Jun 1673 3rd son of Richard Cheney of South River, Ann Arundel Co, MD planter
c1622-a1688 QV
m1 15 Jul 1701 Westminster: Ann Jones dau of William Jones and Elizabeth (-----);
m1 Gilbert Pattison
[? m2 Elizabeth -----; i as wife of Charles 7 Jun 1718]
m3 12 Nov 1723 Westminster: Elizabeth Green
[NOTE: It has been suggested that Elizabeth Green was married to Charles's son of the
same name but he had already married Mary Powell.]
m4 Agnes -----; m2 ----- Deale
Will (Ann Arundel) no date/11 Feb 1744
chn: Charles Cheney b 30 Aug 1703; c 20 Sep 1703 Westminster; a1744 fw below
Shadrach "Shareak" Cheney a1744 fw
Jacob Cheney a1744 fw
Dinah Cheney c 25 Sep 1710; [? d young]
Greenbury Cheney c 14 Sep 1713; m 16 Nov 1725 Westminster: Elizabeth Cheney;
(and had chn: Rebecca b 11 Mar 173[?4.5]); a1744 fw
Mary Cheney m 3 Feb 1729 Westminster: Edward Ricketts; (as Mary Rickitts)
a1744 fw
[3] Jacob Cheney b 8 Dec 1724 [Westminster Reg.]; [? d young]
Mordecai Cheney a1744 fw
Isaiah Cheney a1744 fw
Rachel Cheney b 31 Mar 1730 [Westminster Reg.]; a1744 fw
Elizabeth Cheney b 5 Oct 1732 [Westminster Reg.]; a1744 fw

(a11 Feb 1744) [not dated] Charles Cheney of Anne Arundel County ... planter ... son Charles [1/0], son Shareak [1/0], son Jacob [1/0], son Greenbury [clothing], dau Mary Rickitts [1/0] .... sons Mordecai and Isaiah and daughters Rachel Cheney and Elizabeth Cheney [jointly a moiety of Indian Range] ... wife Agnes [a third] [executor] [Proved 14 Feb 1744] [Anne Arundel Liber 24 folio 5]

Charles Cheney of Washington Co, MD 1703-a1781
b 30 Aug 1703; c 20 Sep 1703 Westminster
m 13 Apr 1721 Westminster: Mary Powell
Will (Washington Co) 7 May 1780/27 Mar 1781
chn: Charles Cheney b 2 Jun 1723; c 2 Jun 1723 Westminster; [? d young]
Dorcas Cheney b 15 Feb 172[?5.6] St Barnabas; 1780 fw
Mary Cheney b as Cheeny 6 Oct 172[?6] St Barnabas; 1780 fw
Ezekiel Cheney b as Cheeny 25 May 172[?7] St Barnabas; [? d young]
Jeremiah Cheney b as Cheeny 16 Jan 173[?1.2] St Barnabas
John Cheney 1780 fw
Nathan Cheney 1780 fw
Jacob Cheney (in need of special care) 1780 fw
Ann Cheney 1780 fw
Charity Cheney 1780 fw
Rebecca Cheney 1780 fw
Betty Cheney 1780 fw
Rachel Cheney 1780 fw

(7 May 1780) Charles Chaney senr of Washington County ... son Jeremiah [Chaney's Delight] ... sons John and Nathan [joint lands] ... [Jeremiah to keep son Jacob] ... daughters Darkes, Mary, Ann, Charity, Rebecca, Betty, grandson Charles, daughter Rachel ... [Probate Washington Co 27 Mar 1781]


Richard Cheney c1650-1694
[? m Elizabeth -----; m1 ----- Pindle; (and had chn: James)]
Adm (---) 7 Aug 1694

(7 Aug 1694) Richard Chiney 13A.201 A AA 43.5.0 #7091 Aug 7 1694. Payments to: Gabriell Parrott, Dr. Moore due to Col. William Burges, Maren Duvall. Administratrix: Elisabeth Chiney by her son James Pindle. [NOT STATED TO BE WIDOW] [Anne Arundel Liber 13 A, folio 201 (account)]

[If Elizabeth (above) is identical to Eleanor (below) then she may have m1 -----Pindle; m2 Richard Cheney and m3 (another) ----- Pindle]

----- Cheney ....-....
m Eleanor -----; m2 ----- Pindle; i 9 Mar 1709
chn: Richard Cheney ?below

(8 Oct 1695) Maren Devall 10.462 I AA 947.5.8 Oct 8 1695. The amount of the inventory also included #81302. Appraisers: James Sanders, Samuell Young.
List of debts: <snip>, Ellinor Pindle.

28 Mar 1709; ELLINOR Pindell of Anne Arundel Co., being of a good and perfect mind; for love and affection for her son, Richard Cheney; all goods and chattels mentioned: 5 cows, 4 heifers, 2 steers, 13 hogs, 2 feather beds and furniture, 1 flock bed, 1 horse, 2 mares, and other household goods; recorded 23 May 1709 [AALR PK.42] [An Eleanor Pindle was bur. 9 Mar 1709 according to All Hallow's Parish records]

Richard Cheney c1677-....
m 11 Dec 1707 Westminster: Rachel Nicholson; (a widow) 1717
i Mar 1716 ???
chn: Elizabeth Cheney c 12 Sep 1711
Rachel Cheney c 12 Sep 1711
Mary Cheney c 28 Jul 1717
Rebecca Cheney c 24 Jun 1721

John Cheney of All Hallows, South River Hundred, Anne Arundel Co, MD c1675-....
m 3 Jan 1704.5 Westminster: Mary Williams dau of Benjamin Williams; m1 23 Dec 1703
All Hallows: William Beadle; c "Mary wife of John Cheney if not already bapt."
19 May 1717
chn: Ann Cheney b 6 Oct 1706; c [? 13 Apr 1718] Westminster
Mary Cheney b 28 Jul 1708; c 29 Sep 1710 Westminster
Rachel Cheney b 1 OR 7 Dec 1709; c 29 Sep 1710 Westminster; m 26 Jan 1726.7
AA Methodist AND Annapolis St Annes: James Bryan
Elizabeth Cheney b 17 Aug 1711; c [? 17 Mar 1716] Westminster; m 15 Jul 1729
Westminster: Dennis Lea
Susanna Cheney b 15 Feb 1713; c [? 17 Mar 1716] Westminster; m 17 Dec 1733
Westminster: Conrad Shoemaker
Lucy Cheney b 23 Sep 1715 [Westminster Reg.]
Margaret Cheney b 23 Jan 1717 [Westminster Reg.]; m 2 Jan 1732 Westminster:
William Ricketts
John Cheney b 23 Jul 1719 [Westminster Reg.]
(with his mother Mary, in possession, rent roll) 1767
Benjamin Cheney NO BIRTH ON RECORD d 24 Mar 1720; i 27 Mar 1720 All Hallows
Ruth Cheney b 3 Feb 1721 [Westminster Reg.]

(6 Aug 1722) Whereas Benjamin Williams of Ann Arundell County by his Deed Indented bearing Date the Sixth Day of August One Thousa/nd Seven hundred and twenty two Did in Consideration of Love Good Will and Affection Convey and Make over unto his Son in Law John Cheney and Mary his wife and to the heirs of the said Mary's Body begotten by the said John A Certain Parcell of Land Originally granted the first day of May Sixteen hundred and Seventy Six unto William Jones for Eight hundred Acres by the name of Waterford. [ARCHIVES OF MARYLAND]

(8 Oct 1724) The Petition of John Cheney and Mary his Wife praying that a Bill may be brought in to enable them to cut off the Intail in a Tract of Land called Waterford and to make Sale of part thereof in fee simple for the better Support of themselves and ten children [ARCHIVES OF MARYLAND]

(10 Feb 1732) Benjamin Williams 17.440 AA 257.15.5 Feb 10 1732 Apr 10 1733 Appraisers: Edward Gaither, William Fish. Creditors: William Chapman, Samuell Day. Next of kin: Joseph Williams (son of Benjamin Williams), John Cheney. Executrix: Margaret Williams.

(23 Jan 1738) Benjamin Williams 17.23 A AA 257.15.5 132.17.0 Jan 23 1738 Received from: Mr. Colebatch, Francis Day, Stephen Higgens, Rachel Welsh, John Sappington, William Hunt. Payments to: William Hunt (merchant in London), William Chapman, Samuel Day, John Welch paid to Richard Snowden. Legatees: Mary (daughter), wife of John Cheney, Jr., Joseph Williams (son). Executrix: Margarett Gaither, wife of Edward Gaither.

John Cheiney
Will as John Cheiney (Ann Arundel) 5 Nov 1763/11 Feb 1764

(5 Nov 1763) John Cheiney of Annes County ... estate to be equally divided between Sara[h] Maccolly and Joseph Maccolly daughter and son of John and Sarah Maccolly to be paid to them when the girl arrives at the age of fifteen and the boy to twenty one years of age ... Mr Henry Oneal Welsh my whole and sole executor ... in presence of Giden Gary Gideon Linthicum Thomas White ... [the mark of] John Cheiney [Probate 11 Feb 1764] [Liber 32, Folio 63]

Mary Cheney
m 29 Feb 1728 William Hayward of Cockeysville, Baltimore, MD 1707-1767
d 13 Sep 1813 Fairfield, OHIO
----- Rowles c1684-1754
m Sarah -----
Will 17 Sep 1754/13 Sep 1756
chn: Elizabeth
Mary b c1714; m ----- Cheney; (and had chn: Sarah)
Comfort m ----- Robinson

(17 Sep 1754) ROWLES, SARAH, Anne Arundel Co., widow. To dau. Elizabeth Graham, 40 sh. if she survive me; if she dos not, to her son Thomas Bell. To dau. Saral Smith, 10 sh. To dau. Rachel Kitten, my best bed, negro fellow Jockey, his bed & chest & all belonging to him, & 1 pair spoon moulds. To grdchild Sarah Kitten, negro girl Pamela. To dau. Susana Stewart, my 2d-best bed, my clothes, my best side saddle, a wooden spinning wheel, a 5-gal. iron pot, & an iron pestle. To dau. Mary Cheney, negro girl Betty, her bed, chest, gray mare Bonny & her bell, a side saddle, hhold furn, & the rest of my clothes equ. div. betw. her & dau. Ruth Graham. To grdchild Sarah Cheney, my 3d-best bed, negro child Hannah, a bell-metal skillet, & an 8-gal. iron pot. To dau. Ruth Grehams, a bed, a large chest with lock & key, 1/2 my clothes, & a 2-yr.-old heifer. To dau. Constant Yieldhall, 10 sh. To son Thomas Rowles, 1 sh. To son & extr., John Rowles, all my livestock & a pr. of pocket stillards. To grdson Thomas Kitten, a mare Coone. The residue is to be div. betw. son John Rowles & dau. Comfort Robinson. Witn: John Dorsey, Robert Caples, J[ames] Walker. 13 Sept. 1756, sworn to by Caples & Walker. [Liber 30, folio 294]

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