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William de Chesney, Sheriff of Norfolk & Suffolk

Also Known As: "de Cheney", "Lord of Horsford"
Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Horsford, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Colne Engaine, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert FitzWalter, of Windsor, Sheriff of Norfolk and Sybil Fitz Walter
Husband of Albreda de Poynings and Gilla de Cheney
Father of Lady Alice de Cheney of Horncastle; Matilda de Cheney; William Caisneto de Cheney; Margaret de Chesney; Sarah de Chesney and 1 other
Brother of William FitzRobert de Windsor of Little Easton, Lord of Hastings (sui uxoris); Roger FitzRobert; John FitzRobert and Margaret de St. Clair
Half brother of Simon de Cheney; Elias FitzRobert and Peter FitzRobert

Occupation: Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About William de Chesney, Sheriff of Norfolk & Suffolk

Chesney should be distinguished from another William de Chesney,[2] who controlled the town of Oxford and its castle as well as the town of Deddington and its castle in the same time period. There may have been a third contemporary William de Chesney as well.

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_de_Chesney_(sheriff) William de Cheney}, Sheriff of Norfolk & Suffolk; biography wikipedia.

Baron of Horsford William de Cheney was also called William Cayneto. He was Baron of Horsford circa 1162.

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William de CHESNEY DE NORWICH Sheriff of Norfolk & Suffolk (-1174) Son of Robert FITZWALTER (-1130) and Sibyl de CHESNEY

  • REF AR7. Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk. Styled "de Norwich".
  • b. of Horsford, Norfolk; Colne, Essex, Eng.
  • d. 1174
  • r. Horsford, Norfolk, Eng.

Marriage: Aubrey de Poyning, b abt 1120, Poynings, Sussex, England (daughter of Adam de Poynings abt. 1100-bef. 1148 and Beatrice abt. 1102-?)


  • 1. Alice de Chesney abt. 1132 married Roger de Condet
  • 2. Margaret (Margery) de CHESNEY (1165-1230) married 1. Hugh de Cresci and 2. Robert Fitzroger Clavering
  • 3. Sarah de CHESNEY Lady Colne (abt. 1175-bef. 1222) m. Richard ENGAINE (-1209)


  • 1. "The Complete Peerage", Cokayne.
  • 2. "Plantagenet Ancestry", Turton.
  • 3. "Ancestral roots of certain American colonists who came to America before 1700", Frederick Lewis Weis, 1992, seventh edition. The earlier editions were called: "Ancestral roots of sixty colonists who came to New England 1623-1650"
  • 4. "Magna Charta Sureties, 1215", F. L. Weis, 4th Ed..
  • additional reference: http://www.gurganus.org/ourfamily/browse.cfm?pid=4000

William De CHENEY (Sheriff of Norfolk & Suffolk) Born: Horsford, Norfolk, Colne, Essex, England

  • Died: 1174
  • Father: Robert FITZWALTER
  • Mother: Sibyl De CHENEY
  • Married: Albreda De POYNINGS
  • Children:
  • 1. Margaret (Margery) De CHENEY
  • 2. Sarah De CHENEY (B. Colne)

William (Cheney) Cayneto

  • born about 1137 Honsford, Norfolk, England
  • died 1174
  • father: *Robert FitzWalter Sheriff of Norfolk born about 1107 Horseford, Norfolk, England died after 1136
  • mother: Sybil Caisneto born about 1110
  • spouse: Albreda de Poyningsborn about 1137
  • children:
  • Margaret (Cheney) Cayneto born after 1137 Honsford, Norfolk, England died after 1214

William de Chesney (sometimes William of Norwich or William fitzRobert;[1] died 1174) was a medieval Anglo-Norman nobleman and sheriff. Son of landholder in Norfolk, William inherited after the death of his two elder brothers. He was the founder of Sibton Abbey, as well as a benefactor of other monasteries in England. In 1157, Chesney acquired the honour of Blythburgh, and was sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk during the 1150s and 1160s. On Chesney's death in 1174, he left three unmarried daughters as his heirs.

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William de Chesney, Sheriff of Norfolk & Suffolk's Timeline

Horsford, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Age 17
Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England
Age 32
Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England
Age 45
Horsford, Norfolk, England
Age 45
Cavenby, Lincolnshire, , England
Age 50
Age 52
Horsford Colne, Essex, England
September 29, 1174
Age 59
Colne Engaine, Essex, England, United Kingdom