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Biographical Sketch of Dea. John CHENEY (1666-1750)
Source:  Charles Henry Pope.  1897.  The Cheney Genealogy. (Self-published) Barta Press, Boston (online at GenealogyLibrary.com).
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10. JOHN,3 (Peter,2 John,1) b. in Newbury, May 10, 1666, m. March 7, 1793, Mary, dau. of James,3 (James,2 Lionel1) Chute and Mary (Wood); she was b. Sept 16, 1674.  He learned the trade of carpenter, both as house-builder and mill-wright, and also mastered the business of a miller and cloth-finisher, it would appear.  We have seen that his father put him in possession of the grist-mill Nov. 24, 1693, and there he carried along the family business some years. 

The travels and investment of his uncle Nathaniel must have interested him in his youth, and the gift of that uncle's Suffield property gave him a reason for going to the Connecticut valley.  He did not keep that estate long, we see; but his mind had expanded, and he opened the way for others, and went temporarily in that direction.
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KNOW ALL MEN by these presents That I Nathanael Cheny of Newbuery In the County of Essex, In new England, Have freely, firmely, and absolutely Given unto my Cousin John Cheny second son of my brother Peter Cheny of the sd Newbuery, all my Right, Title, and Interest in all those lands and grounds; with all the priveledges, and appurtenances thereto belonging, Lying Situate, and being within the Towne bounds called Southfield, alias Stony brook within the colony of the Massachusetts; In New England.  I say I have absolutely Given, freely, and firmely
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all my sd land lying and being within the Towne aforesd; according as It is recorded In the Towne Records; To Have and to hold, and It peaceably to Injoy, he the sd John Cheny, and his heirs, the sd land with all the priviledges, and appurtenances thereunto belonging forever without any molestation or hinderance from the perpetual using, and behoofing, and occupying the sd land by, or under me, my heirs, Execrs, administrators, and assigns. 

In Witness to the abovewritten.  I the sd Nathaniel Cheny have hereunto set my hand, and seal this First day of April: anno: Domini: one thousand, six hundred, and Eighty and four.
 

  Nathanael Cheny and a seal.
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered In prsence of us Witnesses 
Stephen Cross 
John Karanick [Kenrick]
  The above writings were acknowledged by Nathanael Cheny to be his act, and deed. 
April: 15th: 1684
    Before me. 
John Woodbridge: assistt
Febry 7th 1698: This Deed was Received Into the Registers office, and was then Registred from the Original
p John Pynchon Registr.
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A part of this land, specifically described as in the town of Suffield and as laid out to Nathanael Cheny, late of Newbury, deceased, John Cheny of Newbury sold to Jacob Adams of Suffield Nov. 8, 1698. 

John Cheney of Newbury, house carpenter, with wife Mary, sold to Thomas Gillett of Suffield all his rights in common and undivided lands in Suffield derived from Nathanael Cheney, April 10, 1723. 

He followed his eldest son, Edmund, into what was to them "the western country" in 1724, and made his home in Weston several years, residing in the portion of the town which became incorporated as Sudbury; but he returned again and spent his declining years in his native town.  His

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home was so near the border of Rowley that he is sometimes named as of that town.  He furnished part of the capital
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[graphic not reproduced in GenealogyLibrary.com version]
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for Edmund's western investments and also provided for his youngest son. Oct. 27, 1724, "John Cheney, late of Newbury but now living in Weston," bought of "John Warrin, senior," a house and 120 acres of land in Weston, and made over one half of the estate to "my son John Cheney, now dwelling with me."  The Weston church records show something about the length of this residence. 

"Deacon John Cheney & Mary his wife recomendd & dismissd from a Chh in Newbury (under ye Pastoral care of Mr Hale) rec'd into or Comunion Aug. 23, 1724." 

"1730. July 26, Dismissd & recomendd to ye Chh in Newbury undr ye care of Mr Tufts." 

The records of the Second church of [West] Newbury state that "Dea. Cheney and his wife were received into this church by dismission from the chh. at Westown," in 1731.  For some reason they chose to join that church instead of that at Byfield; and sometime afterward they were dismissed from West Newbury to the Second church of Rowley, now the church of Georgetown, where this interesting memorial of a respected man is left on record: 

"Dea. John Cheney of Newbury Newtown, who did reside in the 2d Parish in Rowley Mass. & was a member of the chh. in said parish, died Sept. 2, 1750.  The wife of said Dean John Cheney died Sept. 10, 1750." 
                                                                 CHILDREN.

27.     I. EDMUND,4 b. June 29, 1696.
       II. MARTHA,4 b. July 30, 1700, m. Nov. 17, 1715, Tristram Coffin, Jr. [No children recorded.]
      III. MARY,4 b. Nov. 14, 1701, m. [Intention filed July 25, 1719,] Francis Brocklebank.

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-       IV. SARAH,4 bapt. Oct. 4, 1703. "Sarah Cheeney, singlewoman," was admitted to the West Newbury church Dec. 31, 1727.
28.     V. JOHN,4 b. May 23, 1705.
       VI. JUDITH,4 bapt. April 6, 1707.
Family Group Sheet of John CHENEY & Mary CHUTE

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