|Source: Charles Henry Pope. 1897. The Cheney Genealogy.
(Self-published) Barta Press, Boston (online at GenealogyLibrary.com).
3. DANIEL,2 (John,1) b. in England about 1633;
m. in Newbury, Oct. 8, 1665, Sarah, dau. of John, Jr., and Eleanor (Emery)
Bayley, b. Aug. 17, 1644, d. Oct. 26, 1714. He was a man of great
industry and sagacity, and lived the life of a diligent farmer and useful
brought up a large family and left an honorable name. He
and his wife were members of the church before 1675. The town chose
him as one of its two constables in 1688. The Rate list mentions
himself and his brother Peter and Peter's son Peter. Daniel had at
that time, 2 houses, ten acres of plow land, 20 acres of meadow, 14 acres
of pasture. Peter, senior, possessed one house, 1 horse, 2 acres
of plow land, 6 acres of pasture, 2 cows and 1 "hogg"; and his family consisted
of 4 "heads". Peter, Jr., was simply enrolled, being a voter, but
no property is mentioned.
Daniel Cheney had the honor of being made a "freeman of the colony"
May 7, 1663. John Pike, who was chosen lieutenant of a company of
militia in Newbury, fell under the displeasure of the General Court for
some reason; and several persons in various parts of the county petitioned
for his pardon or restoration. But the Court, indignant at such temerity,
at its session Oct. 19, 1654, ordered every man who had signed the petition
bonds in the sum of oe 10, to appear for trial at the local court,
to show why they had ventured to petition so boldly! Daniel Cheney,
of Newbury, was one of three rash men, who asked for fair play for their
officer. No crime; and no punishment followed, of course. He
d. Sept. 10, 1694. As four of his children were under age, Joshua
Bayley was appointed guardian of John and Eleanor; and Joseph Bayley of
Joseph and James. Before she had become of age, however, Eleanor
had married, become a widow and married a second time! Dec. 22, 1694,
"Sarah Cheny" writes in a clear hand her refusal to administer upon the
estate of her husband and requests the appointment of her son, Daniel.
The inventory, which was taken by Tristram Coffin and four others,
Sept. 20, 1694, appraised the dwelling house, barn, orchards, "plowland,"
pasture and meadow adjoining and the "freehold," at oe 300; the house,
land, and barn in possession of Nathaniel Bricket, at oe 30; other lands
oe 48; a list of household effects follows, including books and napkins
and brass kettles, etc., "English Corne," and "Indian Corne,"
a loom, cooper's tools, utensils of husbandry, &c., showing
a prosperous estate; bringing the total to oe 567, 11 shillings.
The report of the commissioners who had been appointed to divide
the estate is so full of items of interest, that many will be glad to read
The Division of the Estate of Daniel Cheney.
We whose names are heerunderwritten; being chosen and appoynted
by the children of Daniel Cheny late of Newbury deceased to make a division
of the estate among said children, according to an Agreement bearing date
August the first 1698 and in the tenth year of his majestys Reign; and
acknowledged by said children theyr attorny and guardians befor the honourable
Jonathan Corwin Judge of Probate &c on the sd. first of August 1698.
HAVE divided and apportioned the said estate as followeth: viz into nine
equal parts i e --
To Daniel Cheny the eldest son of the said Daniel Cheny deceased
having made the first choyce according to the liberty given him in sd.
agreemt, Have chosen: two ninth pts of the Housing whear the deceased did
dwell, Also the ffreehold Lott in the upper woods, (which ye sd daniel
cheney deceased did draw) and the rate Lott which was laid out to the sd.
Daniel Cheny deceasd; also the whole neck of meadow as it is bounded with
the Mill River and John Pikes meadow, bounded with stakes and holes dug.
Also an Island of Creek grass lying in the Mill River also two ninth parts
of all the division or divisions of lands that shall be laid out to the
Rights of the said daniel cheny deceased in any of the Comons or undivided
lands of Newbury which we account & judge to be two ninth pts of said
estate Real, And two ninths of the personall estate wch is oe 18-15s-4d
we leave in his hand as he was appoynted Administratr to sd estate, he
paying to John Cheny oe 3-17s-od as mony and to Joseph Cheny oe 8-13s-11d
and to James Cheny oe 8-13s-11d and to John Richards oe 1-9-2 and to the
Widow oe 4-14s-8d all as mony out of the personall estate.
To John Cheny two ninth pts of the housing wher the deceased did
dwell Also the third lott in the plow land by the house in breadth at the
Comon Six Rods, and at the Southerly end Six Rods -- twelve feete and a
half running from a stake by the stone wall near the Comon on a streight
line; on the westerly side to a stake by the stonewall by the pasture,
taking in the northwest corner of the Barne being in breadth ther about
thirteen Rods & 2 foote taking pt. of the dwelling house, Also about
ten acres of pasture and meadow adjoyning to his upland and is bounded
wth the fence of the corne field northerly by his owne land and Mr. Brumfields
easterly, and southerly by the River as it runs from Mr. Brumfields land
to a walnut tree on the Iland marked and stone about it and from that Walnutt
|tree on a streight line to a forked walnutt tree standing neer
the field: and from thence to the field on a streight line and then by
the fence of the field as it now stands, Also one ninth pt of all the division
& divisions of land which shall be laid out in any of the comons or
undivided lands of Newbury which shall be laid out to any of the comon
Rights that did belong to Daniel Cheny late of Newbury deceasd, and three
pounds & 17s to be paid to him by the Administrater viz Daniel Cheny
as mony out of the personall estate.
To Joseph Cheny one ninth pt of the Housing, also the second lott
in the plow land which is in breadth next the Comon six Rod ten foote and
three Inches, and at the lower end Six Rod ten foote and three inches.
Bounded northerly by ye comon, westerly by the third Lott, southerly by
John Chenys pasture and meadow, and easterly by James Chenys plowland,
Also ten acres of Pasture & meadow, be it more or less, Bounded easterly
by John Chenys Pasture and meadow, By the River Southerly, by the land
of John Richards westerly & Southerly & by the Mill River partly
westerly and by James Chenys Pasture & meadow northerly, Also one ninth
part of all the division or divisions of land that shall be laid out to
the Rights of Daniel Cheny deceasd in any of the comons or undividlands
of Newbury & 8oe -13s-11d to be paid as mony by the Administratr out
of the personal estate.
To James Cheny one ninth part of all the housing, also the first
Lott in the Plow land by the house being in breadth next the comon six
Rods ten foote and three inches. Bounded northerly by the Comon, easterly
by Mr Brumfields land, southerly by John Chenys Pasture and meadow and
westerly by Joseph Chenys Plowland (the orchard being in the first and
second lotts) Also ten acres of upland and meadow be it more or less, Bounded
easterly by the fence of the corne field as it now stands, northerly by
the fence runing from the corne field to the Creek, and then the Creek
is the northerly Bounds & Southerly by Joseph Chenys meadow the line
runing from the Creek to a stake and so over the southerly end of a ledg
of Rocks on a streight line to a white oak tree marked, neer the Corne
field, (which white oak tree parts between Joseph Cheny and James Cheny)
and so to the fence of the field which is the Bounds as it now standeth,
Also one ninth part of all the division or divisions of land which shall
be laid out to the rights of the said Daniel Cheny deceased in any of the
Comons or undivided lands of Newbury & 8oe-13s-11d as mony to be paid
by the Ad ministratr out of the personall estate.
To John Richards (who married wth Sarah Cheny the daughter of Daniel
Cheny deceased) Having already receivd a House & lands & orchard
of the Administratr to sd estate, out of sd Estate wch house land &
orchard the sd John Richards hath sold, that not being the full of his
part we have laid out to him in full of his ninth pt of sd estate three
|upland and meadow be the same more or less bounded southerly &
westerly by the River, and northerly by Joseph Chenys meadow runing from
a stake by the River to an other stake a white oake and red oak tree being
in the range and easterly by Joseph Chenys land runing from the corner
stake on a streight line to a little walnutt tree by the River, Also six
acres of Divident land in the playnes, Also one ninth part of all the division
or divisions of land which shall be laid out in any of the comons or undivided
lands of Newbury to the rights of the said Daniel Cheny (deceasd) and 1oe-9s-2d
more than what he hath already received to be paid by the Administratr
as mony out of the personal estate.
To John Emerson who married wth Judith Cheny the daughter of Daniel
Cheny deceasd one ninth part of the housing also the rate Lott formerly
purchased (which lott was origenaly laid out to Mr. Richard Kent late of
Newbury deceased) lying in the upper woods in Newbury, Also about five
acres & a half of meadow lying between the creek and the neck of meadow,
laid out to Daniel Cheny & John Pikes meadow (i e) all yt Peice of
meadow bounded as aforesd excepting about an acre and a half of meadow
staked out at the Easterly end, Also one ninth part of all those division
or divisions of lands, which shall be laid out to the comon rights of the
sd Daniel Cheny deceased in any of the comons or undivided lands of Newbury,
he paying as mony to the Administrator 8oe-3s-11d which is for so much
of the personall estate that he hath received of the Administratr more
than his part.
To Richard Jackman, as he is Attorny to and the purchaser of all
the rights that mr. Thomas Wisewell of New Towne in the County of Middlesex
who maried wth Hanah Cheny Daughter of Daniel Cheny deceased and of Eloner
the daughter of the said Daniel Cheny deceasd formerly Satchell,
widdow, and now Safford, All the right that the sd Hanah & Eloner had
or might have in the estate of theyr said father Daniel Cheny the sd Jackman
having purchasd the said rights before this division of sd estate was made
& wth the desire and consent of the Administratr that the lands should
be divided among the children, We have for the two aforesd Rights viz of
Hanah and Eloner purchased by said Jackman laid out unto the sd Jackman
two ninths of the housing, and all the westerly end of the Plow land as
it is bounded with the land of John Cheny easterly and by the fence of
sd field northerly westerly & southerly as it now stands, to a stake
standing about a Rod from the southeast corner of the leanto and so on
a streight line to a stake next the comon, Also about fourteen acres of
upland and meadow bounded easterly by the comon, northerly and westerly
by John Pikes upland and meadow and a creeke and southerly by a fence yt
parts said land from James Chenys land, Also about an acre and half of
meadow lying on the northwest side of the great Creek as it is bounded
southerly by John Emersons meadow and by John Pikes meadow
|and the creek on the other sides, Also two ninth parts of all the
division or divisions of lands that shall be laid out to the rights of
Daniel Cheny late of Newbury deceased in all the comons or undivided lands
of Newbury, he paying to the Administratr for what Thomas Wisewell formerly
received of said Administratr towards his portion or share of said estate
the sum of eleven pounds 17s & 11d, and for what Eloner Satchell alias
Safford had received of the Administratr towards her share or portion of
said estate the sum of nine pounds 2s & 11d, of wch sums ten pounds
is to be paid to the administratr by sd Jackman in good and lawfull mony
& the rest in good pay as mony, to be paid at or before the first day
of may next ensuing the date hereof.
We agree and determine that each of the children and theyr successors
forever shall have liberty to pass & repass to and from theyr shares
of land heerin mentioned thru any of the rest of the lands wch slide [sic?]
on horse back or on foote provided they can't conveniently go uppon theyr
owne to make improvement, and for those of the children that have a share
in the housing to have free egress and regress to and from the dwelling
house, and well, and Barne, and also to have liberty of a convenient Barne
yard wth convenient room to lay fyrewood by the dwelling house to them
theyr heyrs & successors for Ever.
Also we agree that John Cheny shall improve and have the grass that
grows uppon the acre and half of meadow on the northwest side of the creek
for three years and then it shall be and remain to Richard Jackman as aforesaid.
Also that the Administratr shall pay to Richard Jackman thirty six
shillings in or as mony.
ALLWAYS PROVIDED that in all the divisions of Housing & lands
abovenamed the widows thirds are reserved for her in every share.
Also we agree and determine that notwithstanding this division of
the lands heerin made yet any of the children shall have liberty to remove
off any of theyr goods of off sd lands any time within six moneths after
Also that if any farther Debts should be recovered of the
Administratr that were due from the deceased it shall be equally borne
by all the children, and if any estate shall appear belonging to the deceased
more than yet doth appear it shall be divided among the children By the
same rule that this now is.
In confirmation and in testimony that this our agreement as
to the division of the estate of Daniel Cheny late of Newbury deceased
into nine equal parts according to our best Judgments having refference
to the Inventory given in to the Judg of probats &c as our guide and
the division of sd estate to the children of the said daniel cheny deceasd
above mentioned to be an estate of Inheritance to them & theyr heyrs
for ever we
|have heer unto set our hands & seales this 29th day of November
Ano Domini 1698 & in the tenth year of his majes Reign--
||Tristram Coffin (Seal)
John Worth (Seal)
Henry Short (Seal)
|Immediately after the
signing sealing & delivery
heer of to the
sd Administratr and
children the sd Administratr
did give possession
of the sd parts of said
estate to Richard Jackman
wch wr purchasd by sd
Jackman of Eloner &
Hanah above mentioned in
I. SARAH,8 b. Sept. 11, 1666;
m. June 16, 1696, John Richards, jr., of Newbury. Children: Mehitabel
Richards, Sarah Richards, Joseph Richards, James Richards, John Richards.
They removed after 1715 to Rochester, N.H., and the family suffered
severely during the Indian wars. Joseph was killed, John
was taken prisoner, Benjamin rescued a boy from the Indians at Fort William
Henry. [See Richards Genealogy and Hist. Hillsb. co., N.H.]
II. JUDITH,8 b. Sept. 6, 1668; m.
5. III. DANIEL,8 b. Dec. 31, 1670.
IV. HANNAH,8 b. Sept. 3, 1673; m.
at Newbury, 1st, Dec. 17, 1696, Lieut. Thomas Wiswall of Cambridge Village
or Newton. They resided on the homestead of his father, on the south
side of the Charles river, in the region where Thomas Cheney, son of William
of Roxbury, was living. Children: (1) Hannah Wiswall, b. Oct. 15,
1697. (2) Noah Wiswall, b. Sept. 7, 1699. (3) Sarah Wiswall, b. March 4,
1701, m. John Newman. (4) Mary Wiswall, b. Oct. 1, 1702. (5) Elizabeth
Wiswall, b. Aug. 25, 1704, m. Nathaniel Longley, jr. (6) Thomas Wiswall.
(7) Ichabod Wiswall. Lt. Thomas Wiswall d. 1709. The widow, Hannah, m.
2nd, in June, 1719, Dea. David Newman of Rehoboth. It
-may be worth noting that Thomas Wiswall
was a second cousin of Deborah Wiswall the wife of William Cheney, Jr.,
6. V. JOHN,8 b. July 10, 1676.
VI. ELEANOR,8 b. March, 29, 1679;
m. 1st, on the same day as her sister Hannah, Dec. 17, 1696, Richard Shatswell
(Satchell) of Ipswich; m. 2nd, Oct. 7, 1698, Thomas Safford, of Ipswich,
son of John and Sarah Safford, b. Oct. 16, 1672.
7. VII. JOSEPH,8 baptized April 9, 1682.
8. VIII. JAMES,8 b. April 16, 1685.
Group Sheet of Daniel CHENEY & Sarah BAYLEY