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Richard Cheney, ca. 1629, Anne Arundel Co., Md.
Posted by: Katharine E. Harbury (ID *****2117) Date: November 14, 2010 at 20:18:59
  of 1922

Various sources claim that Richard Cheney was a literate man. Has anyone seen proof that he was literate? So far,I have not located any document that proves this claim. His daughter Elizabeth (Cheney) Ijams brought a copy of her father's deed to her and husband William Ijams dated 1674 to the court clerk after the previous copy was lost in the 1704 statehouse fire. The clerk copied it once more and shows NO signature by Richard Cheney. Instead a mark "T" was made in the middle between his name "Richard" and "Cheney." Clerks usually were careful to copy marks or signatures as they appeared on a document. If Richard the immigrant did not sign his name, then it is not likely that he could be the Richard Cheney who was said to sign a document with others in 1643 in Ripple Parish, Kent. Since there were many men named Richard Cheney during the first half of the 17th century, other Cheneys who could qualify as parents of Richard the immigrant other than the often cited but unproven connection to Richard Cheney and Ann Elinor of London, etc. should be considered. There was a John Cheney, b. c. 1571?, of Higham, Milstead, Kent, England, who m. Judith Wood, dau of Richard Wood. It is possible that they could be grandparents? In addition, an Ashley Cheney, member of this same Cheney family of Higham, was also later found in London. This other Wood connection is interesting in view of Richard Cheney the immigrant's wife Charity was traditionally said to be nee' Wood, and generations often intermarried. Thus further research and documentation is needed to determine and PROVE Richard Cheney the immigrant's parentage, whoever they may turn out to be. Have not yet been able to find children of this John Cheney and Judith Wood, who turned out to be the last generation listed in "The Visitations of Sussex." Comments? Ideas? Suggestions?


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