CHEALE, John (d.1685), of Shermanbury, Suss.
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Family and Education
o.s. of Richard Cheale, yeoman, of Clapham. unm. suc. fa. 1652.1
Commr. for assessment, Suss. 1673-80.
Cheale’s family took no known part in the Civil War. He inherited an inn at Shoreham, which he sold in 1664, as well as the manor of Sakenham in Shermanbury. He acquired further property in Shermanbury and elsewhere in 1668, but seems to have resided chiefly with his cousin, John Cheale the younger, at Findon. It was his cousin who obtained a grant of arms in 1672, in which Cheale was comprised. As ‘John Cheale senior’ he defeated Sir Anthony Deane at Shoreham in the first election of 1679. Shaftesbury marked him ‘doubtful’, but he voted against the bill, though otherwise he took no known part in the first Exclusion Parliament. He defeated the country candidate Robert Fagg in August, but he was only slightly more active in the next Parliament. He was named to the committees to consider a petition against the Royal Africa Company and the bill for removing Papists from the London area. Apparently he did not stand in 1681 when Fagg took the seat, and it was probably his cousin, ‘Capt. Cheale’, who was approved by the dissenters as a candidate for the next election in September. Neither stood in 1685, and on 28 Aug. Cheale was buried at Findon, the only member of the family to enter Parliament.2