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Group dedicated to the descendants of William  Cheney of Roxbury, Massachusetts and John Cheney of Newbury, Massachusetts, along with our southern Cheney cousins and those still across the pond in England.

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Comment by Stephen Brook on December 29, 2014 at 10:09am

Hi, I'm new to this site and have a Cheney line from Newbury that seems to connect with what you are commenting on, so I thought I'd join and learn from you all. I have John of 1605, to Daniel 1633, to Daniel 1670, to Thomas 1703, to Abigail 1744 of Haverhill and married a Bartlett. Anybody connected here?

Comment by Hatte Blejer on June 1, 2012 at 7:48pm

I'm a descendant of Humphrey Johnson and Elinor Cheney (daughter of William of Roxbury).  A number of my direct ancestors settled in Roxbury in the early years.  The Johnson family came on the Arbella.

Comment by Deborah A. Carder Mayes on February 23, 2012 at 11:20pm

It's always more fun to go research on site. I have a copy of Pope's, too. It is my understanding that William's parents also came to Roxbury and are in some of the records there and that William and Laurence, his father are in the ship's records coming form England to Massachusetts.

I don't work on the early ones too often. There's enough of them in the U S. to keep me busy on them for years.

I deleted my gedcom from WkiTree.  Too many problems working with it and they have no support to contact if you have any problems.  Too bad.  I think they have a cool concept but too many bugs need worked out   I had  downloaded a gedcom for another line of my ancestors and it wouldn't attach to my tree  If I can't get my own ancestors in my tree, I didn't see the point of being on there.

Comment by Deborah A. Carder Mayes on February 23, 2012 at 10:53pm

Comment by Kirsten A. Person on February 23, 2012 at 3:40pm

Welcome Deborah!

Yes, I've seen Pope's Genealogy, actually have my own copy.  He certainly has a lot of information from England in the front, but none of it definitively connects the Massachusetts Cheneys to the English ones.  Sure wish I could win the lottery and go over and do some on-site research (I know you can do it on computer, but it's much more fun being there lol).  Or maybe there is a rich cousin out there who wants to send me? lol

Comment by Deborah A. Carder Mayes on February 21, 2012 at 6:09pm

Hi Kirsten,

So glad you started a group for our Cheney family.  I descend from William of Roxbury's son, Thomas.  My mom's maiden name was Cheney. 

Have you ever sen the book, The Cheney Genealogy by Charles Henry Pope?  It si commonly called Pope's Cheney Genealogy?  It has copies of the documents for the English ancestry in it. I think the book may be online now on or the BYU website under family histories.

I have  a Cheney website at: .  If you check it out, please sign my guest book and you can leave some info on your Cheneys there for others to find you. You can leave any questions or what oyu're looking for there also. I use my guest book as sort of a message board.

Have you heard of WikiTree yet?  It's a site taht will search through every name on there dn find matches to your ancestors and you can collaborate with others who have common ancestors with you.  I just joined it also adn put my Cheney gedcom on there .  It is by invitation only.  If you want to join it and don't mind giving me your e-mail address, I'll send you an invitation. My e-mail address is .

So nice to find another "cousin".

Comment by Kirsten A. Person on April 20, 2011 at 11:36am

Welcome everybody!


I am descended from both William and John several times over, but primarily through William of Roxbury.


Would love to find PROOF of William's English ancestry. 


Look forward to meeting cousins on this board!


1 William & Margaret (-------) Cheney of Roxbury, MA

2 William Cheney of Medfield, MA

3 William & Margaret (-------) Cheney of Mendon, MA

4 William & Johannah (Thayer) Cheney of Mendon and Milford, MA

5 William & Hannah (Bowker) Cheney of Milford, MA

6 John & Susannah (Kinney) Cheney of Milford, MA

7 Ziba & Sarah (Ormes) Cheney of Milford and Warwick, MA

8 Henry Oliver & Clarinda (Gould) Cheney of Warwick, Milford, and Hopkinton,


9 Walter Alva & Cora Eva (Bell) Cheney of Hopkinton, MA

10 Ruth Marguerite Cheney of Hopkinton and Upton, MA

11 Richard L. & A. Lucille of Upton, MA

12 Me!


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