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      Wills: Last Will & Testament of Charles Chaney, (1744) Anne Arundel County,





      Will and Last Testament of Charles CHANEY of Anne Arundel Co.

      Proved 14 Feb 1744

      Notes on Charles Chaney

      CHARLES CHENEY, son of Richard and Eleanor Cheney, was born June 6, 1673, in the

      South River Hundred. On July 15, 1701, he married ANN, the widow of Gilbert Pattison

      and the daughter of William Jones, Sr., and his wife Elizabeth. William Jones, the

      father-in-law of CHARLES CHENEY, died in 1705, and bequeathed property to his

      daughter, ANN CHENEY. She died at a comparatively young age, thereupon CHARLES

      CHENEY married secondly Agnes.CHARLES CHENEY died intestate during the early

      part of 1745. The first inventory of his personal effects was taken on May 6, 1745, with

      Isaiah Cheney and Thomas Cheney as kinsmen, and Agnes Cheney as the executrix. At an

      additional inventory of July 22, 1745, his widow as Agnes Deale. The kinsmen signatories

      were at that time Zachariah Jacob and Isaiah Cheney.

      In the name of God Amen, I CHARLES CHENEY Senr. of Ann Arundel County in the

      province of Maryland, planter being of Sound disposing mind and memory praise be

      almighty God for the same I do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner

      and form following-Viz Impremis - I give and commit my Soul to all mighty God that

      gave it in hopes of his gracious acceptance thru the merits of Jesus Christ my redeemer

      and my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named and

      as for the selling and disposing of the Estate it has pleased almighty God to give me. I do

      will and bequeath the same in manner and form following. Vixt.

      Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son Charles Cheney one shilling sterling.

      Item. I give and bequeath to my son Shadrick Cheney 1 shilling sterling.

      Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Jacob Cheney 1 shilling sterling.

      I give and bequeath unto my son Greenbury Cheney all the best suits of wearing apparel.

      Item. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Pickits 1 shilling sterling.

      Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Mordecai and Isaiah Cheney and my Daughters

      Rachael Cheney and Elizabeth Cheney all my part moiety of a Tract of land called the

      north addition on lying and being in Anne Arundel County of Maryland also all my part of

      moiety of a tract of land called Cheney's Resolution as also all my part of moiety of a tract

      of land called Jnoran Range both lying and being in the county aforesaid unto my said sons

      and Daughters there unto said Mordicai, Isaiah, Rachel, and Elizabeth Cheney and their

      heirs forever reserving into my loving wife Agnes Cheney the third part of the said Tract

      of Land above mentioned.

      Item. I give and bequeath unto my aforesaid sons and Daughters that is to say Mordicai,

      Isaiah, Rachael and Elizabeth Chaney all the rest of my Estate real and personal after my

      just debts Legacies and funeral charges are defrayed and payed and my wife's third

      deducted to be Equally Divided between them as also the Land above mentioned unto my

      said children, to be Equally Divided between them Except as before reserved and if it shall

      so happen, that either or any of the above said children Vigts. Mordicai, Isaiah, Rachel and

      Elizabeth Cheney, should die without issue Lawfully begotten that then it is my will and

      desire that his her or their parts shall decent and belong to the survivor or survivors and

      their heirs forever. And it is further my will and desire that the said four children, shall be

      at the Liberty to Choose Guardians for themselves of whome soever they please or are

      minded to Dwell with Immediately after my decease provided they should not be content

      to dwell with my said wife.

      Item. I nominate and appoint my loving wife Agnes Cheney my full and sole Executor of

      this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other will or wills by

      me here to fore made and acknowledge this to be my last will and Testament. In Witness

      whereof. I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day of Anno Doml. Signed sealed

      published and Declared by the within named CHARLES CHENEY who his Last Will and


      The hand without issue lawfully begotten being first underlined in the presence of

      John Jacobs,

      John Hooper,


      Thomas X Cheney


      In the back of the aforegoing will was thus written Vizt. On the 14th day of February

      1744 came John Jacobs, John Hooper and Thomas Cheney the three subscribing witnesses

      to the written will who being duly and Solemnly Sworn on the Holy Evangels of Almighty

      God dessise and say that they saw the Testator CHARLES CHENEY sign seal the written

      will and hear him publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament that all the

      time of this so doing he was to the best of their Judgement and apprehension of sound and

      disposing mind and memory and that they the said John Jacobs and John Hopper

      subscribed their names and the said Thomas Cheney made his mark as witness to the said

      will in the presence of the said Testator at his request. Sworn before me William Rogers

      DCouy Ann Co.