William Cheney

Male 1599 - 1667  (~ 68 years)


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  • Name William Cheney 
    Christened 5 Feb 1598/99  Benington, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Land/House 1640  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    History 1645  [2
    William was one of the subscribers and one of only a few who guaranteed the yearly payment for a public school 
    Offices Held 21 Feb 1648  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Offices Held 1654/55  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Offices Held 19 Jan 1656/57  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Offices Held 1663  [2
    Religion 05 Mar 1664/65  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Freeman 23 May 1666  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Will 30 Apr 1667  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6
    Died 30 Jun 1667  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 6
    Buried 2 Jul 1667  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Inventory 10 Jul 1667  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Probate/Proved 30 Jul 1667  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6
    Person ID I128  | Roy Line
    Last Modified 19 May 2019 

    Father John Cheney of Bennington,   b. Abt 1568, Boston, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 16 Mar 1623/24, Benington, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth,   d. Jun 1614 to Nov 1614, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F160  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Cule,   b. Before 1612, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1686, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married Abt 1626  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Ellen Cheney,   b. Abt 1626, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1678, Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years)
     2. Margaret Cheney,   b. 20 Nov 1628, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Thomas Cheney,   b. Abt 1631, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. young
     4. Thomas Cheney,   b. Before 1635, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After 23 Oct 1693, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
    +5. William Cheney,   b. 1636/37, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1681, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     6. John Cheney,   b. 29 Sep 1639, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1671, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     7. Mehitabel Cheney,   b. 1 Jun 1643, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1693/94, Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     8. Joseph Cheney,   b. 6 Jun 1647, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1704, Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 19 May 2019 
    Family ID F159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 5 Feb 1598/99 - Benington, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1626 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand/House - In the oldest record book of Roxbury, following an entry in 1640 is a list of inhabitants, with Wm Cheney listed as having 24½ acres. - 1640 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOffices Held - He was on the Board of Assessors. - 21 Feb 1648 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOffices Held - He was appointed a Constable. - 1654/55 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOffices Held - He was elected a Selectman. - 19 Jan 1656/57 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - William was admitted to full communion in the Roxbury Church. - 05 Mar 1664/65 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFreeman - 23 May 1666 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - Being sick in body, & of perfect understanding & memory according to my measure, I make this my last will & testament. My will is, that my deare & afflicted wife, Margaret Cheiney, be carfully & sufficiently provided for during the time of her life, & to that end my will is, that she have all the rents & proffitts yearely, & every years, during the afresayd tearms, of all my houses, lands, & orchards, that I die possessed of, wither in Roxbury, Boston, or els where, except such part of my lands or estate which I shall here after in this my will dispose of to my children or otherwise, which estate bequeathed by me unto my sayad wife, it is my will, that she enter upon & be possessed of immediately after my decease (to witt) the present cropp upon all the land & the use of all my household stuffe & goods, my debtts & funerall expenses being in the first place with all convenient speed fully discharged; & for my wifes more comfortable being, my desire is, that one of my executors may live in my house in Roxbury, with her, to injoy the housing & lands by the yeare which I have as is aforesayd given unto my wife, upon such equall termes as my other executor & overseers shall agree with him for, but in case both my executors see cause to refuse to accept of this motion in answer to my desire herein, then my will is, that it be let outt by my executors & overseers to the best advantage for my wife comfortable maintenance. When all my debts & Legacies are discharged out of my stock & husbandry utensills, as cartts, plows & such like, what remaines of my stock afterwards, my will is, it be let out or disposed of for my wifes use by my executors, with the advice of my overseers; And my will is, that all my moveables be for my wifes use during her life, except what is before disposed. And in case what is above expressed be not sufficient for the comfortable maintenance of my wife, then my will is, that the house at Boston be sold & improved for her further & better supply. I bequeath unto my sonne, John Cheiney, all that land both Aeirable & pasture lying on the east side of the great lotts, being with in the great lotts, being twenty accres, more or lesse, being nowe in the possession of the sayd John. Allso, I give to my sayd sonne, a percell of meadow in the fresh meades being two accres, be the same more or lesse, as it lyeth on the south of a ditch made to dreine the sayd meadow. Also I give unto him one accre of salt marsh, be it more or lesse, as it lyeth bounded with a Breeke next the marsh of John Bowles, formerly Isaack Heaths. Also I give unto him eitht accres of land, mor or lesse, lying neare the house of William Hopkinns, All & every of these percells of lands my will is, that my sayd sonne John, be possessed of immediately after my decease. I give to my sonne, William Cheiney, all my land lying in Medfield, lately in the possession of my sayd sonne, upon this condition or promise, that he & his wife, Deborah, be reconsiled & live together in Meedfield or ells where to the satisfaction of John Wiswall, of Boston, & Deacon Parke of Roxbury, but not in Providence or that Jurisdiction; provided allso, that what either my selfe or Deacon William Parke have allready payd, or doe stand ingaged for unto the Court in his behalfe, be first repayd & fully discharged by him, his heirs, or assignes; but otherwise, if my sayd sonne neglect or refuse to accept it with these provisoes, then my will is, that twenty pounds be payd to John Wiswall of Boston, out of my estate. To sonne, Joseph Cheiney, £60 (to witt) my land lying in the third devission, being thirty seaven accres, more or lesse, & twenty pounds to be payd to my sayd sonne, Joseph, out of my stock. My will is, that my three daughters (to witt) Ellin, Margret & mehitobell, have each of them £10 payd to them out of my stock. After my wifes decease, my will is, first that all my houses & lands in Roxbury undisposed of before by this will, I doe give unto two sonnes of my eldest sonne, Thomas Cheiney (to witt) his sonne, Thomas, & his sonne, William to be improved for their beniffitt by ther father untill they are 21 years old, then to be injoyed by them. What remaines of my estate after my wifes decease wither in stock or otherwise, in housing or lands (in any other towne) or estate in any kind undisposed of by this my will, My will is, that one halfe of it be given to my sonne, Joseph Cheiney, & for the other halfe thereof, my will is, that it be Devided into four equall parts, & so dispose of it to my sonne, John Cheiney, & to my three aforesayd daughters, to each of them an equall portion thereof. I make my two sonnes, Thomas Cheiney & Thomas Hasting, the executors of this my will, requesting my friends Mr. John Eliot, Deacon William Parke, & Edward Denison to be overseers. Aprill the last, sixty seaven. Witnesse, William X Cheiney John Newell, Samuell Scarborow [Suffolk Probate #458, proved July 30, 1667] - 30 Apr 1667 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Jun 1667 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Jul 1667 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInventory - William's estate was inventoried and valued at £886 11/4. - 10 Jul 1667 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate/Proved - 30 Jul 1667 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S977] Rixford, Elizabeth Mary Leach. Families Directly Descended from All the Royal Families in Europe (495-1932) and Mayflower Descendants, (Burlington, Vermont: Free Press Printing Co., 1932), Secondary Source.

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

    3. [S72] Pope, Charles Henry. The Pioneers of Massachusetts , (Boston: Charles H. Pope, 1900), Secondary Source.

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

    5. [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), Secondary Source.

    6. [S1061] Lawson, Stephen M. Ancestry of Stephen Lawson - Hastings-Cheney, (Online http://sml.simplenet.com/smlawson/hastings.htm. Printout dated 12 March 1998), Tertiary Source.



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