Thank you for your response. You are thinking along the same lines as I did. I do remember Doliante's book published some years back- she was then puzzled over the delay between 1652 and 1658 if I recall correctly.
There are at least 20 or more Richard Cheneys living in England around London and surrounding shires just before our Richard immigrated to the U.S. Of all the possible Richards listed, our Richard was definitely not the Richard who signed the document with other Royalists at Ripple?, Kent, England in ca. 1648/9 as claimed because our Richard was NOT literate (again contrary to claims in old publications, etc.). That particular group were better educated. However, there is indeed one promising line that hints at a possible connection, and which I am in the midst of pursuing at the moment. I also believe that Richard and family sailed directly from England to Maryland, since there is no real solid evidence that he was ever in Virginia that I know of.
Richard Cheney did not write his will. He went to Col. Burgess' house to get someone there to write the will for him, and then signed it with his mark. He did the same thing with his deeds.
Having arrived shortly after June 1652, all settlers were chomping at the bit to get their patents in 1658, once the Civil War was over and the patent office reopened. This explains the delay between 1652 and 1658.
Two groups of people settled early in one part of Maryland, the new arrivals from England and the Purtians from Virginia. They settled in what was then called Providence, and later spread out to surrounding lands.
I remember reading a document that there was a fire at Cheney's Hills, which destroyed the original house back in the early 1700s, when it was then owned by Charles Tilley in the very early 18th century.
As for the statuette of King Charles, that would be an item owned by a person who sided with the Royalists. Royalists came in hordes to the colonies, especiailly Virginia and Maryland, when Cromwell came to power. The Puritans would have something that supported Cromwell's faction instead instead of such a statuette. By the way, I happened to visit the archaeological site some years ago...
Thank you for writing!
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