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From the Book “Family Names of the Island

Of Newfoundland” by E.R. Seary

 

CHEATER: a surname of England, from eschetour - escheater, 
an officer appointed to look after the king's escheats, that is, 
property that reverts to the crown in the absence of legal hiers of
 claimants.  See also Cater for Chaytor to which some Cheaters in 
Newfoundland changed their name. (Reaney).
 
In Newfoundland:          
                                  Moses Cheater, of Fogo, 1781 (D’Alberti 2)
                        William Cheeter, of St. John’s, 
                        1802 (DPHW 26B)
                        George Cheater, of Greenspond
                        1839(DPHW 76)
                        Obediah Cheater, of Eastern Tickle,
                         (Fogo District), 1858 (DPHW 83)
                        George Cheater, fisherman of Back Cove
                         (Fogo District), 1871 (Lovell)
 
     In Chamberlains:
                        George Cheater, of Chamberlains, 
                        1826 (DPHW 26B)
                        George Cheater of Chamberlains, 
                        1835 (Voter's List)
                        George Chayter of Chamberlains, 
                        Church Society Reports, 1852
                        George Chaytor, of Chamberlains, 
                        1859 (DPHW 26D)
                        John Cheater, fisherman of Chamberlains,
                        1871 (Lovell's Directory)
                        Samuel Cheater, fisherman of Chamberlains,
                        1871 (Lovell's Directory)
                        Robert G. Cheator, fisherman of Chamberlains, 
                        1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir)
                        John A, Cheator, fisherman of Chamberlains, 
                        1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir)
                        Samuel Cheator, fisherman of Chamberlains, 
                        1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir)
                        George Cheator, Sr., fisherman of Chamberlains, 
                        1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir)
                        George Cheator, Jr., fisherman of Chamberlains, 
                        1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir)
                        Frederick Cheator, fisherman of Chamberlains, 
                        1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir)
                        Alexander Cheator, fisherman of Chamberlains, 
                        1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir)
Modern status:  Rare

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