John Cheyne

M, #998, b. 9 November 1832
FatherThomas Cheyne b. 23 Jan 1791, d. 7 May 1853
MotherElizabeth McWilliam b. 22 May 1795, d. 6 Apr 1863
     John Cheyne was baptized in accordance with the procedures of the Church of Scotland, 9 November 1832, in Peterhead, Peterhead Parish, Aberdeen, Scotland. The following is a transcription from the Register of Baptisms, Parish of Peterhead, 1833-1854, Page 440: [This entry was placed in the register considerably after the fact and with six other entries of the same family.] "1832 November 9th Thomas Cheyne (986), Seaman in Peterhead had a son baptized, named John (998), before James Cumming and Robert McDonald.”.1

Elizabeth Cheyne, Margaret Cheyne, John Cheyne, Robert Smith Cheyne and Christian Cheyne were listed as in the household of Elizabeth McWilliam on the 1841 Scotland Census, at Union Street, in Peterhead, Peterhead Parish, Aberdeen, Scotland. He was her son, listed as age 8, and born in Aberdeenshire.2

John Cheyne married Flora Watson 14 September 1856, in accordance with the procedures of the Free Church of Scotland, at 1 Rose Street, in Peterhead, Peterhead Parish, Aberdeen, Scotland. John Cheyne was listed as a 23 year old bachelor, mariner, residing at James Street, Peterhead, Peterhead Parish. His parents were confirmed to have been as recorded herein.3

Family legend holds that John (and probably Thomas (993)) was killed when a whale they were pursuing smashed their boat. John Cheyne's wife, Flora Watson, was listed as a ship's captain widow on the 1861 British Census.4,5


Flora Watson b. 15 May 1832, d. 12 Dec 1902


  1. [S78] Old Parish Register (OPR), Register of Baptisms, Peterhead Parish, Aberdeen, 1833-1854, Page 440.
  2. [S389] Website Website ( "1841 Scotland Census index, Peterhead Parish, Enumeration District 3, Page 5."
  3. [S128] Scotland, Civil Marriage Registration, Parish of Peterhead, Aberdeen, 1856, Page 14, Number 28.
  4. [S175] 1861 British Census, Parish of Peterhead, Aberdeen, Enumeration District 10, Page 6, Number 31.
  5. [S289] Records of Ian Cheyne Kemp, Oxford, Family legend.