ANNE ARUNDEL GENTRY - Cheney Family p. 348-9
"The ancestor of the Cheney family of Maryland was RICHARD CHEYNEY who settled in the Province sometime before 1650. (?from Mt. Cheney, Cork County, Ireland) Soon after his landing he applied for land warrants and received first "Cheney's Hill", lying on South River. It is evident that he was single when he arrived in the Province, because between the years 1643 and 1682 no female by the name of Cheney was listed among the immigrants. He, however married twice, but the name of his first wife is unknown.
About 1668 RICHARD CHENEY married secondly ELEANOR. The births of the children are found in All Hallow's Parish.
By negotiating other warrants, RICHARD CHENEY soon became one of the largest land owners in the South River Hundred. During 1653, he patented "Cheney's Neck" with 100 acres, "Cheney's Resolution" with 400 acres, "Cheney's Hazard" with 100 acres, the total amounting to 1,110 acres.
After more than thirty years of residence in the Province, RICHARD CHENEY died at his seat on South River in 1685, having made a will some ten years before this date. Prior to his death he bequeathed to his son-in-law, John Jacob, "Cheney's Resolution", lying on the south side of South River for the consideration of natural love of fatherly affection.
In his will Richard, the oldest son, was named as executor and received in fee simple "Cheney's Rest", consisting of 250 acres on South River. Thomas and Charles were to receive the remainder of "Resolution" upon the attainment of their sixteenth birthday. Their brother, Richard, and their sister and brother-in-law, Anne and John Jacob, were named guardians. The daughters Mary, Elizabeth, and Anne, received personalty. His wife was bequeathed merely her dower rights.
Forty-one 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 Mary, appeared in court as well as his widowed daughter Elizabeth Iiams.
John Jacob stated that on March 6, 1675/6, 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 Jacob, 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 Iiams practically made the same assertion as that of her sister Anne." GENEALOGY & LOCAL HISTORY & EARLY MAPS OF MARYLAND, DELAWARE, SOUTHERN PENNSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA, WASHINGTON D.C. Volume 4 Jordan 975.2 pp240-260
Early Settlers of Maryland lists RICHARD CHEYNEY immigrated 1658 and CHARITY CHEYNEY, wife of Richrd immigrated 1650 (q.74). [1650 may be correct date for both immigrations (HWN)]. John Cheney transported 1658-63 (6.63); Nicholas Cheyney transported 1668 (11.348); RICHARD CHENY transported 1674 (18.176).
Matthew Chanee transported 1675 (15.322). The name is found as Cheeney, Cheny, Cheney, Cheyney and possibly also Chaney and variations.
RICHARD CHANEY (1) [old RICHARD CHENEY]; b. outside MD; d. ca 1688; m/1 CHARITY ______; b. outside MD; m/2 ELLINER _____; d. ca 1709; she m/2 _____ Pindell; RICHARD was one of the early settlers in South River Hundred, Anne Arundel Co.; his plantation called Cheney’s Neck was patented after 1660 (FAH); Cheney’s Resolution of 700 acres surveyed 1661 (SMH) and same of 300 acres granted 29 May 1663 (AAG); he was a large landholder and possibly a descendant of the enobled Royalists of ancient antiquity in England; he was literate and apparently wealthy as he financed his own passage and that of his young wife (AAG); children from land records, wills, and All Hallow’s Parish:
Children of m/1: Children of m/2:
[Undated - recorded 18 Jun 1706] Deed of Gift from John Gray to Charles Tilly; Cheyney’s Hill, taken up by RICHARD CHEYNEY, containing 117 acres in Anne Arundl Co.; John Gray did purchase of Richard Cheyney the plantation where he lived and died and that it was called Cheyneys Hills (AALR 1H1.264)
8 Mar 1702; Indenture from RICHARD CHEYNEY, SR., planter of Anne Arundel Co., to Charles Cheyney of Anne Arundel Co.; 50 acres Cheyney’s Beginning, part of Cheeney’s Adventures; lying on the river in Prince George’s Co., running along a tidal branch; /s/ RICHARD CHEYNEY, SR, (mark); ack. Mary Cheyney, wife of Richard (PGLR C.49a)
[Incorrectly abstracted as Chesney in PGLR 1702-1709]
Will of RICHARD CHENEY, SR., Anne Arundel Co.; written 6 Mar 1685/6; [probate not given - filed with 1688]
To eld. Son Richard, ex., and hrs., 250 acres, Cheiney’s Rest on South River
To 2 sons, viz., Thmas and Charles, at 16 yrs. Of age, Resolution; sd. Sons to
To 3 daus., viz, Mary, Eliza. And Ann, personalty
To wife (unnamed), dower rights
Test: Wm. Burgess, Wm. Cocks (MCW 11.27; Wills, 4.311)
RICHARD CHEYNEY, SR.; inventory; L43.5.0; 16 Aug 1688 (I&A 10.88)
RICHARD CHINEY; account; Anne Arundel Co.; L43.5.0; 7n Aug 1694; admnx. Elisabeth Chiney by her son James Pindel (I&A 13a.201)
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. Since the above document is, in essence, a will more or less, there is probably some error in recording or transcribing the dates or this is not above ELEANOR. The son, Richard Cheney, mentioned above was most likely the twin as the elder son named Richard was deceased in 1704.
MARYLAND CALENDAR OF WILLS
CHEINEY, RICHARD, Sr., A. A. Co., 6th Mch, 1685-6;
To eld. son Richard, ex, and hrs., 250 A., "Cheiney's Rest, on South R.
"2 sons, viz., Thomas and Charles, at 16 yrs of age,
"Resolution;" sd. sons to be in charge of eld. son Richard afsd.
and son-in-law John Jacobs and his wife.
"3 daus., viz., Mary, Eliza:, and Ann, personalty.
"wife (unnamed), dower rights
Test: Wm. Burgess, Wm. Cocks 4.311.
INDEX OF MARYLAND COLONIAL WILLS Magruder
1744 Cheney, Charles AA 34,5
1759 RICHARD CHENY, SR. AA 30,766
FOUNDERS OF ANNE ARUNDEL & HOWARD COUNTIES by Warfield
Patents issued on South River Hundred 1660--
"Chaney's Neck" for RICHARD CHANY
(The date is different to that shown in Anne Arundel Gentry-- it
THE EARLY SETTLERS OF MARYLAND
CHEYNEY, RICHARD Q 74 Immigrated 1658
Cheyney, Charity Q 74 Immigrated 1650 Wife of RICHARD.
CHENY, RICHARD Liber 18 Folio 176 Transported 1674
(The book Anne Arundel Gentry states that between 1643-1682 no female by the name of Chaney immigrated. That was incorrect. The front of the Early Settlers book shows that book Q was for the year 1658, so the 1650 date for Charity must be an error in typing. She is definitely shown as RICHARD's wife and RICHARD named a daughter Charity, so this Charity must have been his first wife. Since they had children born before 1658 in Md., it appears this could have been a trip home. Immigrated meant that they were able to pay their own fare. Transported meant that someone else paid their way.)
MARYLAND RENT ROLLS 1700 - 1707 & 1705 - 1724 975.271 M
P 159 - 165
100 A: Sur: 30 A: 1659 for RICHD CHEYNEY on the South side South
River & on the South side of Flatt Creek Rent--..2.. --
Possr Charles Tilly
300 A: Sur: 16: Xber 1661 for RICHD CHENEY on So. side South
Possrs 180 A: RICHD CHENEY's wido
p 35. Cheyney's Resolution
700 A: Sur: 16 Xber 1661 for RICHD CHEYNEY joining to Cheyney's
Rest. This Land is by mistake thus entered for it containes but
400 A: as appears by the Patt: at the Rent--..8..--
Possrs 50 A: Tho: Cheyney
150 A: John Jacob
100 A: Wm. Iiams
130 A: Elinor Pindall
430 30 A: over measured --..--..7 1/2
C. Elenor Pindal
100 A: Sur: 24th Xber 1661 for RICHD CHEYNEY on the So: side So:
Rivr on the East Side of flat Creek Rent--..2..--
Posr Wm Gray, but he is run away
100 A: Sur: 24th Xber 1661 for RICHD CHEYNEY on the South Side
South River Rent--..2..--
110 A: Sur: 15: Mar: 1661 for RD CHEYNEY on the South side of
South River. Rent--..2..2 1/2
Pssr Willm Burroughs
C. There is another entry at p. 43 of "C.""
Cheney's Neck, Sur 11 May 1696 for Willm Burroughs on ye S side
of South River Possr Willm Burroughs 80 acres Rent 3/ 2 1/2
Testamentary Proceedings -- RICHARD CHENEY vol. (liber) 27
page (folio) 290-91
1726 May 14th The following Probates to the Will of RICHARD CHENEY heretofore of Ann Arundel County deceased were at the request of Thomas and Charles Cheney by order of the Honorable Thomas Addison Esquire one of the county generals Entered as follows: 1st John Jacob Senr. of ye County of Ann Arundel aged about ninety four years makes oath on Holy Evangelists of Almighty God that on the Sixth Day of March Anno Dom 1726 that he the said John Jacob Senr. happened to be at Coll. William Burgess and see a certain William Cocks write a will for RICHARD CHANEY since Deceased and that the said John Jacobs Senr. heard the said RICHARD CHANEY Say that he givd and bequeathed the plantation he then lived upon to his two sons Thomas and Charles and see him sign it as his last Will and Testament and that he the said John Jacob saw and witnessed William Burgess and William Cocks sign the said will as Evidences that he the said John Jacob saith that he never know of another Will made by the aforesaid RICHARD CHENEY nor ever heard that he ever parted with his land any other Way than according to that Will abovementioned and further sayth not.
Jurst Coran Nobis Samuel Chambers
January 16, 1725
viz. Ann Jacob Wife of John Jacob Sr; aged about Sixty five years maketh Oath that she hath several Times heard her husband say that her Father RICHARD CHENEY had made a Will at Coll. William Burgess and that is was writ by William Cocks and he see her Father sign it as his last Will and Testament and that he see Col. William Burgess and William Cocks sign the said Will as Evidences. The said Ann further Saith that she heard her husband John Jacobs say that her Father RICHARD CHENEY had left the land he then lived upon to his two sons Thomas and Charles and the Ann further Sayeth that she heard her Father had left the sum of five shillings but cannot remember if She ever received it or ever demanded it and further Saith not.
Jurat Coran Robis Samuel Chambers
January 26, 1725
Elizabeth Iiams aged about seventy four years makes oath that she heard that her Father RICHARD CHENEY had made a Will at Coll. William Burgess and that a certain William Cocks writ it and that the ye said Elizabeth heard that her said Father RICHARD CHENEY had left the land he then lived upon to his two sons Thomas and Charles and that she never heard that he made any other Will. The said Elizabeth Iiams further sayeth that she heard her Father had left her ye Sum of five shillings but cannot remember she ever received it or ever demanded it and further sayeth not. Jurat Corain Nobis Samuel Chambers
July the 26 1725
4th Said Will Recorded
Lib N:g. fol 492
Will of RICHARD CHEINEY, SR. page (folio p. 311-12) volume (liber) 4
I RICHARD CHEINEY SENR. of the County of Ann Arundel in the
province of Maryland being now in good health and perfect memory doe make this my last will and testament revoking all other Wills by me made formerly as Witness my hand and seale hereunder subscribed this sixth day of March Anno ye Domm 1685/6.
Imprimis. I give and bequeath unto my Eldest Son Richard Cheiney to him and his heirs forever all my tract or parcel of land called by the name of Cheiney's Rest lying and being near South River in the County off Ann Arundel aforesaid Containing by Estimation two hundred and fifty acres and my Will is that he possess the same immediately after my decease...Item I give and bequeath unto my two sons Thomas and Charles Cheiney all my Plantation whereon I now live called by the name of Resolution to be equally divided betwixt them only Ten acres of the said Land I give unto my wife during her life or widowhood but if she marry or dye that then I give the said Ten acres of land be divided alsoe between my two sons Thomas and Charles.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my three daughters Eliza, Mary and Anne each of them five shillings lawful English money to be paid them immediately after my decease.
Item. I give and bequeath all the rest of my real Estate and personal Estate be equally divided amongst my wife and my two sons Thomas and Charles and my will is that my said sons Thomas and Charles Cheiney shall be at age and shall enjoy the Estate I have here left them when they shall become sixteen years old, alsoe my will is that immediately after my decease the two third parts of the cattle, hoggs, and horses be marked for my said two sonnes that when they come at age they may possess the increase thereof as well as principal, alsoe I commit into the custody of my said wife during her life or widowhood my said two sonns together with their estate till they shall become sixteen years old only expecting what is above excepted that is that the Cattle hoggs and horses be marked as above but if my wife dye or marry again my will is that immediately after her death or marriage my said two sonns alsoe their Estate herein mentioned be delivered into the Custody and to the management of my son Richard Cheiney and my son-in-law John Jacobs and his wife till they shall become sixteen years old and when they shall become sixteen years old my will is that what Estate I have herein given and bequeathed to them be delivered to them together with the increase of the Cattle hogges and horses if there be any this is my last Will and Testament. Witness my hand and Seale the day and year above written.
William Burgess RICHARD X CHEINEY Sealed
Willm Cocks mark
I ordaine constitute and appoint my Eldest son Richard Cheiney to be my Executor of this may last will and testament
vide. Probates to this Will entered Libr G. P. no 5
folo 290 for the year 1726 See Test No. 27 p. 290
----From Find A Grave.com
RICHARD CHENEY was born in 14 Jun 1616 in St Johns, London, England. He was
the son of Richard Chaney (1595-1633) and Ann Ellinor Cheney (1598-?). RICHARD
was baptized at St John At Hackney, Middlesex, England on june 4, 1630.
Mary Charity Wood