William Cheney born 31 July 1603 in England. He arrived in Boston in about 1635 and was living in Roxbury by 1640. He was the " Founder & Dire Roxb Latin Sch Roxbury Free School" . He died in 1667. He begins his will with his Testimony:
"Being sick of body and of perfect understanding & memory according to my measure I doe make this my last will & Testament. I doe committ my soul into the Armes of the Everlasting mercy of God my saviour & deare & blessed Redeemer & my body unto my friends & relations to be decently interred by them in hope of a blessed Resurection."
We come through his daughter Mehitable who was born in 1643. She is the direct maternal ancestor to Alpheus Gifford (1849).