John (b.1709) and Grace Cheverton nee White (b.1702) are the commencement of that family branch that became known as the 'Chevertons of Apse'. Thomas his father (1663) was of Ashey Manor, but his son John became the farmer of Apse. I will trace two generations of this Apse branch of the family before reverting to 'Thomas of Ashey'.
John was baptised at Newchurch on 9th March 1709. He lived at Apse manor and married Grace White in 1728. Hers was an old and common Island name very much associated with marine activity at Cowes. Grace was the daughter of John White of Kerne, Brading. Years later in 1780, a John White of Whippingham had the distinction of employing two servants at a time when there was only 65 on the Island, although one mainland family employed 62! Back in 1563 James 'Whight' (note the spelling) had goods to an unspecified value, while earlier in 1525 the 'Whites' had a moderate holding at Arreton, which had been leased from Quarr Abbey for 10 shilling per year. The name 'White' comes from the colour just as we have Messrs Black and Brown. There is no connection with the Island name because 'White' originates from 'Whit' meaning 'what arises over the sea'.
John and Grace had the usual large family of the day, although an unusually large number of eleven survived into maturity. Perhaps John was also the High Constable of East Mendine. I understand John of Cowes had this office in 1763. John died at the age of 53, six months after writing his will, and his wife Grace survived him by 25 years. She moved to Artingshute Farm at St.Helens and left about £3000 in her will which was a fair sum for a lady whose personal mark was an X.
The Chevertons had earlier been associated with coach making for there is a record of a William, a son of John who also had a son named William, a cabinet maker, who, taking his son Richard Bird-Cheverton into partnership was to found the Newport Motor Firm 'Frank Cheverton Ltd'. There was a record of a William Cheverton, Coachmaker of Newport in 1813.
From this family was descended a Reverend Cheverton and also Albert Milton Cheverton who established a motor business at Newport and became the IOW champion cyclist. He was also the owner of a skating rink and early picture palace.
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