8/15/1307, William Cheyne born in Upotery, Devon, England, s/o 2954688. Nicholas de Cheyne & 2954689. Eleanor ?. (S) 11/28/1350 record of William’s son and heir Edmund.
7/7/1307, Edward II succeeded Edward I as King of England.
~1310, Joan born in Devonshire, England, d/o 16778018. Ralph Gorges & 16778019. Eleanor de Caleshale. (S) 11/3/1345 IPM of William.
[––William & Joan––]
3/1323, Quitclaim by John Cundy, of Suthewyc, to Nicholas de Cheygny of two quarters of toll-corn due to him, yearly, for life, from a mill in Stupelmordon, which mill Nicholas, William, his son, Joan, William's wife, and William's heirs have by his gift. (S) Ancient Deeds, V6, 1915, Cambridge, C.6669.
By 7/1326, William’s father died. (S) CFRs.
7/16/1326, Writ for IPM of Nicholas de Cheyny alias de Cheyngni, de Chene. Hertford: Coddreth. 60a. arable … Cambridge: Long Stanton. A chamber, an oxhouse, 140a. arable, … Devon: Upoteri. A capital messuage called ‘le Fairele’ with garden … held jointly with Eleanor his wife … Rouerigg. The manor … held jointly … Southedon. 28s. yearly rent … aged 19 at the feast of St. M[ichael] last. Somerset: Poyntington. The manor … (S) CIsPM.
7/4/1326, Robert de Kendale, knight, acknowledges that he owes to William de Cheyne £50; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in co. Hertford. (S) CCRs.
8/28/1326, To Robert de Bikkemore, escheator in cos. Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, and Dorset. Order not to intermeddle further with … and to restore the issues thereof to Eleanor, late the wife of Nicholas de Cheyny, … Nicholas and Eleanor held jointly on the day of Nicholas's death the lands in Upotri … William de Cheyny, son of the said [Nicholas] and Eleanor, is their next heir, and is aged 19. (S) CCRs.
1/16/1327, Assignment of dower made to the said Eleanor at Poyntyngton, co. Somerset … in the presence of William de Cheyny, son and heir of the said Nicholas … took her oath that she will not marry without the king's licence, … (S) CCRs.
1/24/1327, Edward III, age 14, succeeded Edward II as King of England.
9/2/1328, Writ to take the proof of age of William, son and heir of Nicholas de Cheigny, deceased. Devon: Philip de Cranlysworthy, aged 48 years and more, says that the said William was 22 years of age on the feast of the Assumption last, and this he knows because the said William was born at Upotery, and baptized in the church there on the morrow by Robert, vicar of the said church, 1 Edward II. … (S) CIsPM.
11/1/1328, Order to cause William de Cheygny, son and heir of Nicholas de Cheygny, tenant in chief of the late king, to have seisin of his father's lands, as the king has taken his homage. (S) CCRs.
11/6/1328, Alice, late the wife of Roger de Meoles, acknowledges that she owes to William de Cheyny £1,000; to be levied, in default of payment, of her lands and chattels in co. Devon. [Cancelled on payment.] William de Cheyny acknowledges that he owes to the aforesaid Alice 200 marks; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in co. Somerset. (S) CCRs. [1330 records also associated with this agreement.]
8/30/1331, Commitment during pleasure to William de Cheny of the keeping of the isles of Gernereye, Jereseye, Serk and Aureneye, and other isles adjacent, with the profits and emoluments belonging thereto, so that he answer at the Exchequer for the issues thereof. (S) CFRs. [10/18/1331, William ordered to give up the Channel Islands to Thomas Wake.]
6/1334, at Horsington, Agreement between Eleanor de Gorges, Ralph her son and Walter Waleys of the one part, and William de Cheiny of the other part, that William will marry Joan, Eleanor's daughter and Ralph's sister, for which marriage Eleanor, Ralph and Walter will pay to William 460 marks sterling, in security for the payment of which sum the said Ralph and Walter will make a recognisance to William for 920 marks to pay them at Pontington on certain days, and after the recognisance is made William will marry Joan as quickly as the law of Holy Church will allow, and if he is paid the said 460 marks, the recognisance for 920 marks shall be void, and if William or Joan die before the marriage the recognisance shall be void. Sealed in the presence of Sir John de Clivedon, lord of Clivedon. (S) CCRs. [Note: John de Clivedon present at son Edmund’s proof of age.]
6/1334, William de Chegny married Joan.
8/22/1334, Ralph son of Ralph de Gorges and Walter Waleys, parson of Horsyngton church, acknowledge that they owe to William de Cheygne 920 marks; to be levied, in default of payment, of their lands and chattels in co. Somerset. (S) CCRs.
9/1337, Aleanor de Gorges attorns … to give seisin to William de Cheyne and Joan, his wife, of the manor of Tothill. (S) Lincolnshire Ns&Qs, 1907, #2235.
10/1339, William Cheygny, lord of Tothill, leases land at Tothill to John Gentel of Gayton and Margaret, his wife. (S) Lincolnshire Ns&Qs, 1907, #2236.
7/18/1340, To Richard de Wilughby and his fellows, justices of assize in co. Lincoln. Order to continue … the assize of novel disseisin which Ralph de Strubby, parson of Totel church, arrames before them against William Cheyny and Joan his wife and others … while William is staying in the king's service with Thomas de Ferers, keeper of the islands of Gereseye, Serk and Aurneye … (S) CCRs.
3/26/1343, To Thomas de Hampton, keeper of the islands of Gereseye, Gernereye, Serk and Aureneye, … Order to retain in the castles of those islands as many armed men and archers as may reasonably suffice, according to the advice and ordaining of William de Cheyny, John de Thameworth [did not attend] and John de Hungerford, whom the king is sending to the islands … (S) CCRs.
1343, Account of William de Cheyny and John de Hungerford of expenses of a journey to the Channel Islands. (S) UKNA.
By 1345, William knighted.
3/8/1345, William de Cheyny, knight, acknowledges that he owes to Eleanor late the wife of Guy Ferre £200; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in co. Somerset. (S) CCRs.
10/28/1345, William, lord of Poyntington, Somerset, died, his son Edmund the heir.
11/3/1345, Order to Thomas Cary, escheator in the county of Somerset, to take into the king's hand the lands late of William Cheyny, 'chivaler', deceased, tenant in chief. (S) CFRs.
11/3/1345, Writ for IPM of William Cheyny, knight. Somerset: Poyntyngton. Two parts of the manor, together with the advowson of the church, … He died on Friday before All Saints last. Edmund his son, aged 20 years on the feast of St. Martin last, is his next heir. Lincoln: Totell. One Eleanor de Gorges (2954691) was seised of the manor in her demesne as of fee in the time of the present king and granted the same by charter to William de Cheyny and Joan his wife and the heirs of the body of the said Joan, … The manor is worth £20 yearly and the services of 2 fees. … Ralph, son of the said William and Joan, aged 8 years ‘and not more,’ is next heir of the said William. Devon: La Yerd. A moiety of a messuage, 24a. arable, … held of Eleanor de Chegny (2954689) by service of 4s. yearly. … Edmund his son, aged 20 years and more, is his next heir. Cambridge: Stepelmordon. Two parts of a messuage, a water-mill, 80a. arable, … Stanton. Two parts of a messuage, 80a. arable, … held jointly with Joan his wife, who survives, … Hertford: Coddreth. 74a. arable, … He died on 28 October last. … (S) CIsPM.
11/23/1345, To John de Engayne of Teveresham, escheator in cos. Cambridge and Huntingdon. Order not to intermeddle further with … in Stanton, co. Cambridge, restoring the issues thereof to Joan, late the wife of William de Cheyny, knight, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that William at his death held the said 2 parts land and meadow jointly with Joan … (S) CCRs.
3/15/1346, Assignment of dower to Joan, after taking her oath not to marry without the king’s licence, of 2 parts of the manor of Poyntyngton (full extent given of chambers, boundaries &c. with field-names and names of tenants), including a third part of 2 parts of a curtilage and garden and other lands near the dower of Eleanor, mother of the deceased. (S) CIsPM.
4/18/1346, Grant to William Fitz Waryn, for £200 … wardship of the lands late of William Cheyny, tenant in chief, except the lands whereof Joan late his wife is dowered, … until the lawful age of Edmund, son and heir of William, with the marriage of Edmund … (S) CFRs.
6/24/1346, Enrolment of assignment of dower to Joan late the wife of William de Cheyny, knight, tenant in chief, after her taking oath that she would not marry without the king's licence, of 2 parts of the manor of Poyntyngton, co. Somerset, … [long description of specific parts of the manor] (S) CCRs.
9/27/1347, Joan late the wife of William de Cheyny acknowledges that she owes to Walter Waleys, clerk, £500; to be levied etc. in co. Lincoln. (S) CCRs.
4/18/1352, Commission of oyer and terminer to John Mautravers, keeper of the king's islands of Gernesey, Jeresey, Serk and Aurneye … Edmund de Cheygne, Joan late the wife of William de Cheyne, … and others … boarded a ship called a 'caryk' laden with their merchandise bound for Genoa, which had been broken by the violence of the sea at the island of Gerneseye, while they were so under the king's protection, and carried away their goods and merchandise in the ship … (S) CPRs.
(S) Natl. Archives Prob. 11/22/294, Nina Green, 2017.
· There is a contemporary ‘William de Cheyne’ of Kent who died in 1334, his wife ‘Margaret’; his heir his son Robert.
Child of William and Joan:
i. Edmund Cheyne, born 1326 in England.
3/17/1347, Edmund, son and heir of William de Cheyne: Somerset (proof of age). (S) UKNA. [John de Clyvedone, knight, aged 60 years and more, says that the said Edmund was 21 years of age on the feast of St. Martin last, … (S) CIsPM.]
Edmund married Katherine Beaumont.
5/18/1349, Edmund heir to his paternal grandmother Eleanor.
11/4/1350, Writ of amotus for IPM of Eleanor, late the wife of Nicholas de Cheyny. Hertford: Coddreth. 40s. rent held by way of dower after the death of Nicholas her husband, of the inheritance of Edmund son and heir of William de Cheyny, son and heir of the said Nicholas, … She died on 18 May, 23 Edward III. The aforesaid Edmund, aged 24 years and more, is her heir. (S) CIsPM.
11/28/1350, To Thomas de Lacy, escheator in the counties of Essex and Hertford. Order not to intermeddle further … restoring the issues thereof to Edmund de Cheyny, son and heir of William de Cheyny, son and heir of Nicholas de Cheyny, tenant in chief, as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator that Eleanor, late the wife of Nicholas, at her death, held the said rent in dower of the lands which belonged to her husband, of Edmund's inheritance, and that she died on 18 May in the 23rd year of the reign, and Edmund having proved his age on 17 March in the 21st year of the reign, and received respite for his homage, … (S) CCRs.
5/7/1358, Commitment to Edmund Cheyne of the keeping of the islands of Gerneseye, Jereseye, Serk and Aureneye [Channel Islands]. (S) CFRs.
1376, Sir Edmund died leaving his brother Ralph as the heir.
5/20/1376, Order to the escheator in the county of Hertford to take into the king’s hand the lands whereof Edmund Cheyne, ' chivaler ' ; who held in chief, was seised in his demesne as of fee on the day of his death. (S) CFRs.
Katherine remarried to Sir John Strecch (738674) of Wambrook, Somerset (d.1391).
ii. Ralph Cheyne (738672), born 1337 in Poyntington, Somerset, England.