Benjamin Cheesman: Birth: BEF 1698.
Source: Br�derbund WFT Vol. 1, Ed. 1, Tree #4777, Date of Import: Apr 26, 1997
Note: [ralphroberts.ged] [919019.ged] [Br�derbund WFT Vol. 1, Ed. 1, Tree #4777, Date of Import: Apr 26, 1997] Ref #1: AHS Bulletin, Aug 1972, Issue #12, pg 11 Name listed in Hempstead real estate tax records of 10/11/1683. Owned 1 hourse and 7 cows. First Cheesman listed on Long Island. 8 acres Called it Hungry Harbor. Baptized about age 12 in February 1652 at Kingston Upon Thames Came to America is 1660's Family information (him and his children) mostly from "Cheesman Family Heritage Volume I" by David Cheesman During the reign of King Henry VI [1422-1461], Robert Chesman of Lewisham and East Geenwich owned vast amount of acreage and estates in Nottingham. These properties stayed in the Chesman family for generations passing from heir to heir. Robert Cheesman married Jeane Cavell, the daughter of Bernard Cavell, Esquire. The couple's wealth was tremendously enlarged when they combined their huge estates and holdings .They were finally passed to the Stoddard family by marriage. Alice Cheesman, daughter of Thomas Cheesman, married Robert Stoddard. Their son, George Stoddard, began the construction of Nottingham Place in 1560. Edward Cheesman [Cheseman] was a nobleman and a principal officer of the royal household, serving as cofferer to Henry VII from 1485 to 1509 and served as the Lord of the Manors of Norwood and East Greenwich. He was given sable and ermine to add to his coat of arms in the year 1510 by the king for his loyalty and service. Edward died the same year (1510) and his son, Robert Cheseman was made Lord of Norwood Manor by heir. Robert married Lady Dacre and had issue. Their eldest son, John Cheesman carried on the Cheseman/Cheesman fortunes. Robert died in 1547 at Norwood Manor and a monument erected at Norwood Chapel remain to this day. John Cheesman became Lord of the Manors at Norwood, Lewisham and Greenwich on the death of his father, Robert Cheseman/ Cheesman. Between 1553 and 1558, John Cheesman expanded his estates vastly. He purchased the Manor of Easterly from the crown. He died in 1577 and his son, Robert Cheesman, named after his grandfather of Norwood, inherited the estates Robert died in 1610, passing the estates onto his son, Robert "the younger" married Eleanor Amine, the daughter of Thomas Amine. Robert and Eleanor Cheesman had two sons, Robert and John John Cheesman married Elizabeth De Laval of Northumberland and had a son whom they named Robert Peter Cheesman. John died in 1699 and passed his estates to his sons Robert Peter Cheesman married Eleanor Smithson of York and had a son whom they named John Cheesmant to honor the child's late grandfather, except the letter "t" was added to the Cheesman surname. John Cheesmant, Esquire, high sheriff of Davanner Park in 1811, and of Penybont Hall in County Radnor, Wales, was a prominent barrister at law of the most Honorable Order of the Bath, and served in Parliament. He was the son of Capt. John and Sarah Grace Chessment. John Chessment married Mary Price, wealthy daughter of John Price of Davanner Park. To impress his wife, John Chessment proved his direct lineage to Sir Edward Cheseman (died 1510), and applied for and was granted an additional surname of Severn. Having proven his direct paternal ancestral lineage to Sir Edward Chesman, cofferer to King Henry VII, John Cheesment was granted the ancient Cheesman escutcheon of Kent and Middlesex Counties by royal license. His escutcheon was essentially the same as the Cheesman coat of arms except for slight modifications, namely lancer spear heads were added and illustrated as piercing each of the mullets. Also the three mullets were modified to appear scalloped. The ancient crest, featuring a dexter hand holding the royal crown was replaced with a white horse pierced in the breast by an arrow. The Cheesman escutcheon colors of Black, white and silver remain and the family motto "Virtes Secura Sequetor" were not changed.. BLOODY ENGLISH CIVIL WAR DIVIDES FAMILY England's bloody Civil War divided families and neighbors during the period from 1649 to 1660. Many Cheesman males were long under a cloud of suspicion of being loyal to Charles I and Charles II. This suspicion was caused because so many Cheesmans had served in the royal households, the court and other high posts for generations. During this period some of the Cheesmans fled to Scotland, Ireland, France, Holland and to British and Dutch Colonies in the New World. Those openly loyal to the king fled England for the sake of their families and fear of the executioner's axe ... a fate King Charles I met on the 30th of January 1649. Some of the Cheesmans that fled England returned when Charles II was restored to the throne. Some chose to remain in America, Canada, Ireland, and throughout Europe. It was probably during these troubled times in the 1650's through 1660's that under cover of darkness Thomas Cheesman (1640-1713), among others, came to settle in that region of the New World called New Netherlands, now known as New York.
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