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Re: Chancey/Chancey DNA Project
Posted by: Cliff Chancey (ID *****4164) Date: June 17, 2007 at 16:33:27
In Reply to: Re: Chancey/Chancey DNA Project by Robert Chancey of 258

Nice to hear about your progress. As I guess you know, Edmund Chancy, the Quaker who died 1680, was relatively important in the nascent NC colony--on the Governor's Council, after all. The Quakerism, if it began with him in NC, would seem to place him there in the late 1660's when the early Quaker missionaries arrived. The fact that he had enough social importance to be on the Council says, to me, one of two things: 1) He was one or two generations from immigration (i.e, his father or grandfather immigrated to Virgina), or 2) He was the immigrant from England, as you suggest might be the case. There were Edmunds/Edwards in the Hertfordshire Chauncys, and I too have seen the London ones.
I have always guessed the 1675 Alexander was one of the Kent Chauncys--a branch of the Hertfordshire family. There were several generations where Alexander was a favored name. The Civil War of the 1640's and the Protectorate of the 1650's did no special favors for the London area Chauncys, and it is also possible that the lure of tobacco helped bring him over. However, this has been my guess for over 15 years--and I have never checked it out in detail (beyond the fact that an Alexander Chauncy in Kent did exist to emigrate in 1675).
Best wishes,

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