An American Family History


Ann Jones Pattison Cheney

Cheney has also been spelled: Chain, Chainey, Chania, Chaney, Chany, Cheyney, and China.

A Dower is a provision for a wife's support should her husband die before her. Her dower right was the use of ⅓ of her husband's estate. The dower was settled on the bride at the time of the wedding.

Ann Jones Pattison Cheney was born on June 6, 1673. She was the daughter of William Jones, Sr.

Her first husband was Gilbert Pattison. Gilbert was born on June 6, 1671 and was the son of Thomas Pattison.

Ann and Gilbert's children included:
Elizabeth Pattison Hopper (about 1692, married James Hopper, son of Robert Hopper), and
Gilbert Pattison, Jr. (1696, married Sarah Sympson).

Between 1692 and 1699 Gilbert and Ann Pattison sold 170 acres in Anne Arundel County, Maryland called Yates Inheritance to William Johnson and John Richardson.

Gilbert died on January 5, 1699 when he was 27. He was buried at All Hallows Church in Anne Arundel County.

She married Charles Cheney on July 15, 1701 in All Hallows Church. Their children and life together are described in detail on Charles' page.

When Ann's father died in 1705, she received one shilling.

Ann died in 1713.


Children of William and Elizabeth Jones:
  • William Jones, Jr.
  • Elizabeth Jones Duvall Simpson
  • Mary Jones Trogden Beddenfield
  • Ann Jones Pattison Cheney
  • Jane Jones Clark
  • It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.



    from Maryland Calendar of Wills

    Jane Pattison, South River, Anne Arundel Co., 6 Je. 1692, pr. 11 Je. 1692.

    To dau. Jane and grandson James Rryley;
    to dau. Sarah Whitehead & grandch. Chas. & Thos. Whitehead, ch/o Sarah & Thomas Whitehead,afsd ;
    and to the first child of Ann, wife of Gilbert Pattison.

    To 4 ch., Francis & Wm. Johnson, Jane Ryley, & Sarah Whitehead

    exx. Testatrix desires burial by her late husband Thomas Pattison.
    Wit. Jas. Powley, Leonard Wayman, Jno. Richardson.

    Anne Arundel County, Maryland was established in 1650.
    In contracts and pleadings usually people and things mentioned before are designated by the term said (sd ) for clarity. Aforesaid (afd, afsd, aforesd ) means it was already mentioned.