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  • ID: I00097
  • Name: Richard CHENEY
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: UNKNOWN in England
  • Death: UNKNOWN
  • Note:
    An 8G-Grandfather.
    Richard is a 10G-Grandfather of President Barack Obama.
    "SunSpot" =1150140224316:

    "Homebuilding site develops into an archaeological find
    Cheney homestead from 1650s offers remnants, mystery
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    By Andrea F. Siegel
    Sun Staff
    It doesn't look like much -- angular depressions knifed a foot deep into the hard clay in woods about 5 miles from Annapolis. But archaeologists believe the location marks an important site -- the home of a well-known Anne Arundel and southern Maryland family, dating to about 1658. An excavation begun last year has revealed the first known Chaney -- or Cheney, as the spelling varies -- homestead, called Cheney Hill. The site, believed to have once held two wood-post buildings, each with a fireplace and chimney, was discovered during an archaeological check of acreage for a proposed residential development. Working through 350 years of land records revealed that Richard and Charity Cheney bought 100 acres that included that site in 1658, and Cheney rapidly extended his holdings to 1,200 acres. Through generations, the family settled largely in the Bristol-Lothian area of southern Anne Arundel County, but also moved into Calvert County. Chaneys, under various spellings, account for more than half a page in the Annapolis phone book. What makes the find particularly significant is the information it might hold about life in an early period and the mystery of its location, said Al Luckenbach, Anne Arundel County archaeologist, whose office is supervising the dig. The dig has turned up shards of imported German pottery, beads for Indian trading, pipes, utensils, a finger-length iron key, glass, a brick and other common items. The soil points to frequent repair of rotted or termite-eaten posts sunk 2 1/2 feet in the ground. "We never really knew where they landed, other than it was in Anne Arundel County," said descendant E. Steuart Chaney, whose interest in 19th century history is so intense that he is putting together a small village with buildings from that era at Herrington Harbour. "And now to have the house discovered. It is significant not only to the heritage of our family, but to the heritage of the county." The structures would have been built about 24 years after the founding of Maryland colony, and their abandonment would have been just at the time London Town, to the south, was developing into a population and business center. Fewer than a dozen sites from 1658 to the mid-1680s, when the Cheney buildings are believed to have been abandoned, have been found in Anne Arundel County, where Luckenbach is researching "lost towns" of that era. But this site is perched on a steep knoll off Riva Road and the South River. "One of the obvious questions is, Where are you growing your tobacco? He is sitting on top of this hill," Luckenbach said. Tobacco was so lucrative that it inspired a gold rush-like stampede to grow the cash crop. It was similar to the fur-trapping and trading boom that was on its way out by the time Cheney bought the property. "The way the story goes is that they lived on low areas and grew tobacco. He is not fitting the paradigm. There may be others [who] don't fit the paradigm, but this is the first one that we found," Luckenbach said. With the house built so high up, someone would have had to carry water up from the river or creek for daily use. Luckenbach speculated that the site may have been defensive -- protection from Indian raids, or perhaps from other settlers during a time of intense strife in England that also resulted in clashes in Maryland. The Cheney family is believed to have left England soon after King Charles I was beheaded in 1649, said descendant Bill Chaney, a Revolutionary and Civil wars buff who visited the site earlier this month. Luckenbach speculated that Cheney might have feared Royalists. But Bill Chaney said yesterday that a 1955 genealogical paper referred to his ancestor as a Royalist. So maybe he worried about local Puritans or was security-minded in general.

    Early work on the dig was paid for by CJF Joint Venure and Koch Associates, which still hopes to build a single-family development there. Since spring, when the developers' archaeological obligation ended, Luckenbach has taken it over. He wants to map at least the footprint of the main house. The find has left more questions than answers. Why did Richard Cheney come to the New World? What did he do for money? Why are there two buildings with fireplaces? And why was his home lot on a steep hill? What Bill Chaney knew from the 1955 genealogical paper on his family was that the family came from the Isle of Sheppey and that Richard Cheney financed his passage to America. Richard and Charity had four children. After Charity's death, Richard remarried and had seven more children. But he had no idea where they lived. "If I didn't know where it was, I'd never have found it," Chaney said.
    Originally published on Sep 14 1999"
    Will and Last Testament of Charles Chaney (no idea how related to my Cheney/Chaney line, if at all):
    Proved 14 Feb 1744
    Notes on Charles Chaney
    CHARLES CHENEY, son of Richard and Eleanor Cheney, was born June 6, 1673, in the South River Hundred. On July 15, 1701, he married ANN, the widow of Gilbert Pattison and the daughter of William Jones, Sr., and his wife Elizabeth. William Jones, the father-in-law of CHARLES CHENEY, died in 1705, and bequeathed property to his daughter, ANN CHENEY. She died at a comparatively young age, thereupon CHARLES CHENEY married secondly Agnes.CHARLES CHENEY died intestate during the early part of 1745. The first inventory of his personal effects was taken on May 6, 1745, with Isaiah Cheney and Thomas Cheney as kinsmen, and Agnes Cheney as the executrix. At an additional inventory of July 22, 1745, his widow as Agnes Deale. The kinsmen signatories were at that time Zachariah Jacob and Isaiah Cheney.

    In the name of God Amen, I CHARLES CHENEY Senr. of Ann Arundel County in the province of Maryland, planter being of Sound disposing mind and memory praise be almighty God for the same I do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following-Viz Impremis - I give and commit my Soul to all mighty God that gave it in hopes of his gracious acceptance thru the merits of Jesus Christ my redeemer and my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named and as for the selling and disposing of the Estate it has pleased almighty God to give me. I do will and bequeath the same in manner and form following. Vixt.
    Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son Charles Cheney one shilling sterling.
    Item. I give and bequeath to my son Shadrick Cheney 1 shilling sterling.
    Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Jacob Cheney 1 shilling sterling.
    I give and bequeath unto my son Greenbury Cheney all the best suits of wearing apparel.
    Item. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Pickits 1 shilling sterling.
    Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Mordecai and Isaiah Cheney and my Daughters Rachael Cheney and Elizabeth Cheney all my part moiety of a Tract of land called the north addition on lying and being in Anne Arundel County of Maryland also all my part of moiety of a tract of land called Cheney's Resolution as also all my part of moiety of a tract of land called Jnoran Range both lying and being in the county aforesaid unto my said sons and Daughters there unto said Mordicai, Isaiah, Rachel, and Elizabeth Cheney and their heirs forever reserving into my loving wife Agnes Cheney the third part of the said Tract of Land above mentioned.
    Item. I give and bequeath unto my aforesaid sons and Daughters that is to say Mordicai, Isaiah, Rachael and Elizabeth Chaney all the rest of my Estate real and personal after my just debts Legacies and funeral charges are defrayed and payed and my wife's third deducted to be Equally Divided between them as also the Land above mentioned unto my said children, to be Equally Divided between them Except as before reserved and if it shall so happen, that either or any of the above said children Vigts. Mordicai, Isaiah, Rachel and Elizabeth Cheney, should die without issue Lawfully begotten that then it is my will and desire that his her or their parts shall decent and belong to the survivor or survivors and
    their heirs forever. And it is further my will and desire that the said four children, shall be at the Liberty to Choose Guardians for themselves of whome soever they please or are minded to Dwell with Immediately after my decease provided they should not be content to dwell with my said wife.
    Item. I nominate and appoint my loving wife Agnes Cheney my full and sole Executor of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other will or wills by me here to fore made and acknowledge this to be my last will and Testament. In Witness whereof. I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day of Anno Doml. Signed sealed published and Declared by the within named CHARLES CHENEY who his Last Will and Testament.
    The hand without issue lawfully begotten being first underlined in the presence of John Jacobs, John Hooper, his Thomas X Cheney mark CHARLES CHENEY {SEAL}
    In the back of the aforegoing will was thus written Vizt. On the 14th day of February 1744 came John Jacobs, John Hooper and Thomas Cheney the three subscribing witnesses to the written will who being duly and Solemnly Sworn on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God dessise and say that they saw the Testator CHARLES CHENEY sign seal the written will and hear him publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament that all the time of this so doing he was to the best of their Judgement and apprehension of sound and disposing mind and memory and that they the said John Jacobs and John Hopper subscribed their names and the said Thomas Cheney made his mark as witness to the said
    will in the presence of the said Testator at his request. Sworn before me William Rogers D Couy Ann Co.

    Father: William CHENEY b: 8 NOV 1592 in St. Mary Woolnoth, London, England
    Mother: Anne ELINOR b: UNKNOWN

    Marriage 1 Charity ? b: UNKNOWN in England
      1. Has No Children Richard CHENEY b: ABT 1649
      2. Has Children Elizabeth CHENEY b: ABT 1651 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
      3. Has No Children Mary CHENEY b: 1654
      4. Has Children Anne CHENEY b: 1661 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
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