Sir John Cheyney

Male 1415 - 1467  (~ 52 years)


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  • Name John Cheyney 
    Title Sir 
    Birth ~ 1415  Shurland, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • The Isle of Sheppey is an island off the northern coast of Kent, England in the Thames Estuary, some 46 miles (74 km) to the east of London. It has an area of 36 square miles (93 km2). The island forms part of the local government district of Swale. Sheppey is derived from the ancient Saxon "Sceapige", meaning isle of sheep, and even today the extensive marshes which make up a considerable proportion of the island provide grazing for large flocks of sheep.

      Today's island was historically known as the "Isles of Sheppey" which were Sheppey itself, the Isle of Harty and the Isle of Elmley. Over time the channels between the isles have silted up to make one continuous island. Sheppey, like much of north Kent, is largely formed from London Clay and is a plentiful source of fossils. The Mount near Minster rises to 250 feet (76 metres) above sea level and is the highest point on the island. The rest of Sheppey is low-lying and the southern part of the island is marshy land criss-crossed by inlets and drains.

      Some Sheppey inhabitants like to call themselves Swampies, a term that began as, and for some people remains, an insult; for others it has become a term of endearment or a phrase for reinforcing identity.
    Gender Male 
    Death 0___ 1467  Eastchurch, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Person ID I43175  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 26 Nov 2015 

    Father William Cheney,   b. ~ 1386, Shurland, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 0___ 1442, Eastchurch, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Mother Eleanor Salerne,   b. 0___ 1393, Iden, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage Y  [4
    Family ID F16280  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eleanor Shottisbrooke,   b. ~ 1425, West Woodhay, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 0Nov 1487, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Marriage Y  [1, 2, 5
    Children 
     1. Margaret Cheney,   b. ~ 1440, Shurland House, Eastchurch, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F15653  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2023 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - ~ 1415 - Shurland, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 0___ 1467 - Eastchurch, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Also known as de Cheyne, de Caineto, du Chene, Chene, Cheyne, Cheney, or Cheyney He was Knight of Shurland; Justice of the Peace; Sheriff; Knight of Shire, Kent; and Victualler at Calais. Alternate birth dates found: 1410 and 1415. Alternate deathdates found: Bef Nov 1487, 1422 (clearly an error since his children were born later). John is a very common name in all Cheney lines and is often confused.

      http://www.britishplate.org.uk/johncheney/johncheney.html

      The family of Cheney can be traced back to Ralph de Caineto who died in 1086. Ralph came over with William the conqueror. The family name came from either de Caineto and possibly through du Chene (of the oak) the spellings change through generations and branches of the family to finally settle on the spelling we are familiar with. Whether the name is de Caineto, du Chene, Chene, Cheyne, Cheney or Cheyney, the family descent is the same.

      In the intervening generations the Cheney family served as sheriffs and other offices. The family had a tradition of service as royal retainers, so it was only to be expected that the eldest son of this generation would continue in royal service

      Through patronage and marriage the Cheney family grew in prominence and their subsequent positions within the great houses gained influence and connections. (Roger du Cheyne was a squire in the household of John, duke of Lancaster, eventually making knight.) Johnís father, also called John Cheney was noted as being in the retinue of Henry VI as knight of the body in 1460. [3]
    • November 26, 2015:

      It seems quite likely that Sir John will be traced back to, "William de Cheney" of Shurland, Kent, England; http://www.knight-france.com/geneal/names/3628.htm

      Further research proves the preceding assumption...DAH [6]

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