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William Cheney

Male 1637 - 1681  (44 years)


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  • Name William Cheney 
    Born 1636/37  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Moved To 1662  Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    History 1676  [2, 3, 4
    He first lived in Medfield, Mass. then removed to Dorchester, Mass. in 1676 It appears that William had both a wife and a mistress. He had obviously left his wife and was living with Sarah Daniels for a time. In his father's will of 1677 appear the following words: "I bequeath unto my sonn William Cheiney all that lying & being in medfield, latly in the possession of my said son upon this condition or proviso that hee & his wife Deborah bee Reconsiled & live together in Meadfeild or Elsewhere, to the sattisfaction of John Wisewell of Boston & Deacon Williams of Roxbury." By 1670, they were together again if the births of children are an indicator. In his will, he mentions his wife and brother Joseph. He also gives Lydia Winsor ten shillings "for going of errands for me in my late imprisonment.
    Died 22 Sep 1681  Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    • He died by being hung. He was found guilty of rape of a young servant girl living under his roof, however his wife, Deborah, called the victim, Experience Holbrook, the daughter of Capt. Joseph and Elizabeth Holbrook, a "lying wench."
    Person ID I130  Roy Family Genealogy | Roy Line
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2018 

    Father William Cheney,   c. 05 Feb 1598/99, Bennington, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1667, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Margaret Cule,   b. Bef 1612, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jul 1686, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 74 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married Abt 1626  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Deborah Wiswel,   c. 30 May 1641, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1717/18, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married say 1657  Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Deborah Cheney,   b. 1662, Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1663, Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [Birth]
     2. William Cheney,   b. 30 Mar 1663/64, Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1664, Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Birth]
     3. Deborah Cheney,   b. 1 Nov 1666, Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     4. William Cheney,   b. 27 Jul 1670, Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     5. John Cheney,   b. 05 Jan 1673/74, Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     6. Benjamin Cheney,   b. 1 May 1677, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1737, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)  [Birth]
     7. Abiel Cheney,   b. 26 Nov 1681, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1681, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F163  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah Daniels,   b. 1638, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married N  [1, 2
    Type: They were not married 
    Children 
    +1. William Cheney,   b. 3 Aug 1666, Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1753, Mendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F162  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1636/37 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - say 1657 - Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMoved To - 1662 - Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Sep 1681 - Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S67] Ancestral File, (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).

    2. [S82] Tilden, William S. History of the Town of Medfield, Massachusetts 1650-1886 , (Boston: George H. Ellis, Printers, 1887).

    3. [S467] Pope, Charles H. The Cheney Genealogy, (Boston: Charles H. Pope, 1897).

    4. [S1060] Trask, William B. "Abstracts from the Earliest Wills on Record and on the Files in the County of Suffolk, Mass." , (Boston: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, volume XVI, 1862).

    5. [S1059] Cheney, Victoria email: 1998-12-07 "William Cheney" , (Email message from cheney (at)utexas.edu, 7 December 1998).