From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
The Cheney family in America
Additional information on the immigrant family is found in The
Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton 1878-1908: Part I The Ancestry of Warren
Francis Kempton 1817-1879, by Dean Crawford Smith and edited by
Melinde Lutz Sanborn (Boston, 1996), pages 224-233.
William and Margaret Cheney
William CHENEY - b. about 1604, England; d. Jun. 30,
1667, Roxbury, MA. His will
was dated Apr. 30, 1667 and proved Jul. 30, 1667. Although some
suggestions have been made, there has been no evidence found for
the CHENEY ancestry in England. Resided at Roxbury before 1640,
owning 24 1/5 acres of land; freeman 1666; militia member 1647;
constable; selectman 1656-7. He was a founder of the Roxbury Free
in 1664. Married about 1625, England.
Note: Although it has been stated that
William CHENEY was an Ensign in the Ancient and Honorable
Artillery Society, no supporting evidence has been found in The Cheney Genealogy, by Charles H.
Pope (1897) and his name does not appear during his lifetime in the Roll of Members of the Military Company of
the Massachusetts, Now Called the Ancient and Honorable Artillery
Company of Massachusetts (1895). Both of these titles are
available in PDF format at Google Books.
Margaret - b. England; d. Jul. 3, 1686. In his will
of 1667, William CHENEY called Margaret his 'deare and Afflicted
wife," and Rev. John ELIOT wrote in 1674 that she had been
released from being "under a melancholick distemper, (above
10 or 11 years) wch made her wholly neglect her Calling &
live mopishly." As Widow CHENEY, she married second in late
1676 Mr. BURGE (d. before Mar. 15, 1679/80). Her will,
dated May 15, 1686 and proved Sep. 23, 1686, names son Joseph,
daughter Mehitable, and three grandsons, the sons of William.
Children of William and Margaret Cheney
- Elinor (or Ellen) - b. about 1626, England; d. night of Sep.
28/29, 1678, Hingham, MA. Resided at Roxbury and Scituate, MA. Married
Mar. 20, 1642/3 at Roxbury, MA, Sgt. Humphrey JOHNSON, son of Capt.
John JOHNSON and Mary HEATH. Refer to JOHNSON
line for children and additional information.
- Margaret - b. Nov. 20, 1628, England.
Married Thomas HASTINGS.
- Thomas - b. about 1631; died in infancy.
- Thomas - b. about 1633, Roxbury, MA; d. 1693/5, Cambridge, MA.
His will was dated Oct. 23, 1693 and proved Mar. 4, 1694/5. Constable
1659, freeman, 1666. Served in Capt. JOHNSON's company in 1675. Married
Jan. 11, 1656, Roxbury, MA Jane ATKINSON (d. Jul. 1724), and lived at
Brighton and Cambridge. Children of Thomas and Jane CHENEY: Margaret;
Thomas; Mehitable; John; William; Mary; Jane; Joseph; Hannah; Benjamin
married his first cousin Mary CHENEY (daughter of Joseph CHENEY and
Hannah THURSTON); and Ebenezer.
- William - b. 1635, Roxbury, MA; d. Sep. 21, 1681 (hanged),
Dorchester, MA. Married Deborah WISWALL (bap. Mar. 30, 1641), daughter
of John of Dorchester. While married to Deborah, William became father
of son William (b. Aug. 3, 1666 and probably surnamed DANIELS) by Sarah
DANIELS, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth DANIELS. William was found
guilty and sentenced to be hanged for rape, although his wife Deborah
called Experience HOLBROOK (daughter of Capt. Joseph and Elizabeth
HOLBROOK) a "lying wench." Deborah married second Ebenezer WILLIAMS.
Son of William CHENEY and Sarah DANIELS: William. Children of William
and Deborah CHENEY: an infant; Deborah died as infant; William died as
infant; Deborah; William; John; Benjamin; and a child born after
- John - b. Sep. 20, 1639; d. Oct. 12, 1671. He drowned "as he was
catching of eales."
- Mehitable - b. Jun. 1, 1643; d. 1693/4, probably at Medfield, MA.
Married by 1663 Thomas WIGHT, Jr. (b. 1635; inv. Sep. 25, 1690), son of
Thomas and Alice. The WIGHTs were burned out of their home by Indians
in 1676. Children of Mehitable and Thomas WIGHT: Mehitable; Thomas;
Mary (or Marie) married Joseph CLARK; Eleazer; and Joshua.
- Joseph - b. Jun. 6, 1647, Roxbury, MA; d. Sep. 16, 1704,
Medfield, MA. Married first Mar. 12, 1667/8 at Medfield, MA, Hannah
THURSTON (b. Apr. 28, 1650, Dedham, MA; d. Dec. 29, 1690, Medfield,
MA), daughter of John and Margaret THURSTON. Joseph married second Jul.
21, 1691 at Medfield, MA, Mehitable (PLIMPTON) HINSDALE, daughter of
John PLIMPTON and Jane DAMON, and widow of Ephraim HINSDALE. Mehitable
married third Dec. 12, 1717 Jonathan ADAMS. Children of Joseph and
Hannah CHENEY: Hannah; Margaret married Joseph BULLARD; Prudence died
young; Joseph died young; Susannah died young; Mehitable married
Jeremiah MORSE; Mary married first Benjamin CHENEY (her first cousin
and son of Thomas CHENEY and Jane ATKINSON), and second Michael
FELSHAW; Josiah married first Hannah, and second Hannah MASON, widow of
Samuel SMITH who was great grandson of Rev. Henry SMITH (Josiah, by his
second wife, became ancestor of Pres. William TAFT); Prudence married
Gershom LAKE; and Melatiah married Henry AMIDOWN. Children of Joseph
and Mehitable CHENEY: Hannah died as infant; Joseph died unmarried;
Ephraim married Ann CLARK; and Hannah died young.
Thomas and Margaret (Cheney) Hastings
For additional details concerning Thomas HASTINGS and family,
refer to The Great Migration 1634-1635, by Robert Charles
Anderson (Boston 2003), Vol. III, pp. 235-40. Some other publications
include an ancestry for the HASTINGS family in England. For some
research and comments, refer to the web site of Scott
Thomas HASTINGS - b. 1605, England; d. 1685, Watertown,
MA. His will was written Mar. 12, 1682/3 and proved Sep. 7, 1685.
Thomas and his first wife Susanna (b. about 1609; d. Feb. 2, 1650/1,
Watertown, MA) embarked at Ipswich, England Apr. 10, 1634 in the
'Elizabeth', William Andrews, master. Thomas was a signer of The Covenant of Dedham, MA in
1636 and "laid down" a home lot, but probably never
resided there. At Watertown, MA 1635; freeman May 6, 1635; selectman
at times 1639-1680; town clerk 1670-1671; representative; and
Deacon. Will dated Mar.
12, 1682/3, proved Sep. 7, 1685, and estate
inventoried Sep. 9, 1685 at £421. Married second about Apr.
1651, Watertown, MA.
Margaret CHENEY - b. Nov. 20, 1628, England. Daughter
of William CHENEY and Margaret.
Children of Thomas and Margaret Hastings
for line to: Thomas HASTINGS, Anne MORROW LINDBERGH, and
- Thomas - b. Jul., 1, 1652, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d.
Jul. 23, 1712, Hatfield, Hampshire Co., MA. A physician whose father
stated in his will: "I have been to great expense to bring him up a
scholor.... I have given him above threescore pounds to begin the world
with." Freeman at Hatfield Feb. 8, 1678. Married first Nov.. 10, 1672
Anna HAWKES (bap. Oct. 1, 1648; d. Oct. 25, 1705), daughter of John
HAWKES and Elizabeth of Hadley; and second Feb. 14, 1705/6 Mary BURT,
daughter of David BURT of Northampton. As Thomas' widow, Mary married
May 7, 1713 Samuel BELDEN, Jr. of Hatfield, Hampshire Co., MA. Children
of Thomas and Anna HASTINGS: Margaret married Nathaniel EVARTS (or
EVERTS, son of John EVARTS and Submit STONE); Hannah married Samuel
GILLETT; Thomas married Mary FIELD; Hepzibah married Jonathan CURTIS;
Mehitable married John BURKE; and John married first Lydia, and second
Hannah WHITE. Children of Thomas and Mary HASTINGS: Silence married
Josiah HADLOCK; Thankful died in infancy; and Sylvanus died in infancy.
- John - b. Mar. 1, 1653/4, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d.
Mar. 28, 1717/8, MA. Married Jun. 18, 1679 Abigail HAMMOND (b. Jun. 21,
1656; d. Apr. 7, 1717/8), daughter of Lt. John and Abigail (SALTER)
HAMMOND. Children of John and Abigail HASTINGS: Abigail married John
WARREN; John married first Susanna BEMIS, and second Sarah FISKE;
Elizabeth married Hopestill MEAD; Hepzibah married first Nathaniel
SHATTUCK, and second Benjamin STEARNS; William married Abigail SIMONDS;
Samuel died in infancy; Samuel married Bethia HOLLOWAY; Thomas married
Sarah WHITE; and Joseph married first Lydia BROWN, and second Mrs.
Martha STEARNS (per Hudson's Lexington).
- William - b. Aug. 8, 1655, Watertown, MA; d. there Aug. 1669.
- b. Sep. 12, 1657, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. Oct. 7, 1695.
Estate inventoried Oct. 22, 1695 at £87.12. Married first Nov.
21, 1682 Ruth RICE (b. Apr. 2, 1662; d. Jan. 28, 1682/3), daughter of
Matthew and Martha RICE; and second Jan. 8, 1684 Martha SHEPHERD (d.
Oct. 7, 1695). Children of Joseph and Martha HASTINGS: Joseph married
Lydia BROWN (per Bond's Watertown); Martha married Joseph HARRINGTON;
Thomas; and Ebenezer married Ruth PHILIPS.
- Benjamin - b. Aug. 9, 1659, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA;
d. Dec. 18, 1711, Hatfield, Hampshire Co., MA. Married first1683
Elizabeth GRAVES (b. Mar. 6, 1661/2; d. Nov. 1692), daughter of Isaac
GRAVES and Mary of Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; and second about 1697
Mary (CLARK) PARSONS, daughter of Nathaniel CLARK, and widow of
Jonathan PARSONS of Northampton. Children of Benjamin and Elizabeth
HASTINGS: Samuel; and Elizabeth. Children of Benjamin and Mary
HASTINGS: Hannah; Benjamin; Zeruiah; Joseph; a daughter died in
infancy; and Submit married John WAIT.
- Nathaniel - b. Sep. 25, 1661, Watertown, Middlesex Co.,
MA; d. Dec. 25, 1694. Married by 1690 Mary NEVISON (b. 1668; d. Oct.
14, 1732), daughter of John NEVISON and Elizabeth. Children of
Nathaniel and Mary HASTINGS: Nathaniel; and John.
- Hepzibah - b. Jan. 31, 1663/4,
Watertown, MA. Married William BOND.
- b. Mar. 12, 1665/6, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. 1723. His home
was sold for £450 in 1727/8 to the church for use as a parsonage,
first occupied by Rev. Seth STORER. Married first Jan. 4, 1686/7 Lydia
CHURCH (b. Jul. 4, 1671, Dedham, Norfolk Co., MA; d. Feb. 9, 1690/1),
daughter of Caleb CHURCH and Joanna SPRAGUE; second Apr. 24, 1695
Elizabeth NEVISON (b. Oct. 27, 1675), daughter of John NEVISON and
Elizabeth; and third Jul. 10, 1701 Sarah COOLIDGE (d. Jan. 1724),
daughter of Simon COOLIDGE. Child Samuel and Lydia HASTINGS: Lydia died
in infancy. Children of Samuel and Sarah HASTINGS: Elizabeth married
Mr. HENRYS; Samuel; Benjamin died young; Daniel married Sarah BALL;
Benjamin married Mary TAINTER; and Nathaniel.