CHEYNEY, John, the ancestor of this family, died in Middletown township in
1722, leaving two sons, John and Thomas. These became the owners of 1500
acres in Thornbury in 1724, and some of the land still remains in the
John Cheyney, Jr., married Ann, daughter of Benjamin and Ann Hickman, and died about 1745, leaving five children,-Thomas, b. Dec. 12, 1731, d. Jan 12, 1811; John, b. June 20, 1733, d. Oct 8, 1806; Joseph, b. Jan. 12, 1735, d. Aug. 10, 1794; Mary, b. Feb. 1, 1737, d. Sept. 30, 1820; Richard, b. March 23, 1739, d. June 17, 1791.
Thomas Cheyney married Elizabeth Hickman, a sister of his brother's wife, and died August, 1728. His children were Mary, and Ann, b. Feb. 21, 1727-8, m. to James Jefferis.
Thomas Cheyney, son of John and Ann, m. in 1755 Mary Taylor, widow of Philip, and daughter of John and Margaret Riley, of Marcus Hook, formerly of England. She died in 1766, and in 1769 he married Mary, widow of Abraham Vernon, and daughter of William Bennett. She died July 9, 1819. His children were Ann, Lucy (m. Benjamin Hickman), Richard, Mary, John, Alice (m. Francis Hickman), Elizabeth (m. James Hickman), and William. He was a justice of the peace, and an earnest Whig in the time of the Revolution (see p. 70), and one of the most intelligent and progressive farmers of his day. He was known far and near as Squire Cheyney. He was buried in the family graveyard, a short distance northward from Cheyney Station.
Joseph Cheyney, his brother, married Edith Mendenhall, and had thirteen
children, of whom the youngest was named Waldron, in remembrance of
relatives of that name in England.
Mary Cheyney, daughter of John, married Richard Riley, Esq. of Marcus
Richard Cheyney, the youngest son, married Mary, daughter of John Hannum, of Concord, and had children,-John, William, Charles, Jane, Elizabeth, and Mary.