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Re: Richard Cheney, ca. 1629, Anne Arundel Co., Md.
Posted by: Katharine E. Harbury (ID *****2117) Date: December 13, 2010 at 17:06:17
In Reply to: Re: Richard Cheney, ca. 1629, Anne Arundel Co., Md. by Angela Rakestraw of 1923

Yes, I do mean Richard Cheney the immigrant with wife Charity. There is no documentary proof concerning his parentage, never mind that he was the one and the same person of that name born in 1616, or of the ancestry you mentioned. We do not even know his age when he came to Maryland. These things are problematic. As stated in my previous inquiry, and also noted by other researchers and more modern printed sources, there are several other Richards to be considered as possible candidates. The John Cheney, who m. Judith Wood, shared a common ancestry back in Kent with the Richard Cheney who m. Anne Elinor in London. John also had an uncle and a cousin both named Ashley or Astley Cheney. According to a book entitled "The Inhabitants of London in 1638, Edited from MS. 272 in the Lambeth Palace Library" by T. C. Dale, there was an Ashley Cheaney who rented a house in Fanchurch Street while a Wood lived close by on Lime Street. Both lived in the neighborhood of St. Dionis Backchurch. A Thomas Cheney lived at St. Nicholas Cole Abbey while a Richard Cheney was located at Cursitors Alley, part of the large St. Dunstans in the West district, both rentals also in London. Who was this Richard? And what about other Richard Cheneys or Cheyneys elsewhere in the surrounding shires? And no 17th century records in Maryland has ever shown that Charity had any other name. Lastly, Richard and Charity did not come in 1650 as stated in Skordas' book but shortly after the 20 June 1652 proclamation or stipulation by Maryland officials. Settlers who came before that date received 100 acres, and those after that date got 50 acres, like Richard Cheney and his wife. Between 1652 or so and 1658, patents were suspended as the English Civil War continued on this side of the Atlantic. It was not until ca. 1658 that officials could again issue patents, and explains the impatience of settlers getting their patents in 1658, like Richard Cheney. Their first child, Elizabeth, was born approximately 1652, if her given age in a deposition is correct. If she had been born before her parents came to Maryland, she would have been named a headright in the patent, and her parents would have claimed her as a headright to get more land. This did not happen. Hence my questions and comments, which are just to compare notes, and help me decide the best direction to aim for in terms of research in England on these obscure "Richards." That is where I am at the moment. Sooner or later, hopefully, one of us can find documented proof for Richard Cheney the immigrant, either in London, or in one of the surrounding shires...

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