Richard Pheney[1]

Male 1750 - 1830  (80 years)

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  • Name Richard Pheney 
    Born 1750  [2
    Gender Male 
    _UID C0179009A09D44239512B1C23C9C2ADD0DDB 
    Died 20 Feb 1830  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Cause: Fleet Street 
    Buried 2 Mar 1830  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    St Pancras Parish Chapel, St Pancras Church 
    Person ID I1524  Treefive
    Last Modified 15 Apr 2018 

    Family [Unknown] [Unknown],   b. Abt 1780,   d. Yes, date unknown 
     1. Richard Pheney,   b. Abt 1803, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1881, New Plymouth, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F458  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • Richard's origins are uncertain. It is likely that his wife was much younger than him, as he was about 53 when his son (also named Richard) was born.

      The Gentleman's Magazine reported in 'Obituaries of considerable Persons' in June 1789: "at Bath, aged 73, Mr. Pearce Uriel, of Islington, for many years a well-known law bookseller in Temple-lane."

      Under the will of Pierce Uriel of 30 Jan 1789, Richard Pheney, his servant, was left 20 pounds. Pierce also left 20 pounds to his neighbour Thomas Alcock, 5 pounds to William Jobson and and 10 pounds to Charlott Vaughan. The remainder of his personal estate was bequeathed to Grace Jones, widow, Pierce's servant. In a codicil to the will, dated 13 Jun 1789, Richard was left another 30 pounds. Pierce also left to his bookbinder Mr [Sarl**rroll] ten pounds, to John Davis the elder 20 pounds and to John Davis the younger 10 pounds.
      It is possible the Charlotte was a member of the Vaughan family which was the source of the name of one of Richard Pheney's great grandchildren, Robert Francis Vaughan Pheney.

      James Pheney died on 1 Mar 1795 aged 7 months and was buried 5 Mar 1795 at St Pancras Old Church - it is possible that he was another child of Richard.

      Richard was a prosperous law stationer in Chancery Lane, his son Richard succeeded to his business. His business was variously described as being at Inner Temple Lane 1790-1826, or Middle Temple Lane 1791 - 1797, or 17, Fleet Street (corner Inner Temple Lane) 1827-1830. Copies of some of his publications are still available on the internet. A search on in March 2014 showed that Richard started publishing in earnest in the 1790s, with the earliest titles in 1790. For one book in 1792 ('The Law's Disposal of a Person's Estate who Dies Without Will or Testament'), he was described as "R. Pheney successor to P. Uriel". This may mean that Richard Pheney succeeded Pearce Uriel in 1789, even though the bookselling business is not mentioned in Pierce's will or codicil.

      The book "The Common Law of Kent, or the Customs of Gavelkind, with an appendix concerning Borough English" by Thomas Robinson of Lincoln's Inn, Esq, 2nd Edition, London, was printed by His Majesty's Law Printers for P. Uriel, Inner Temple Lane. The second-edition date on the title page was 1788. According to the British Museum, the address of Pearce Uriel (publisher/printer; British; Male; 1742 - 1789; fl. c.) was Temple Lane, over against Chancery Lane (1742) Temple Lane, Whitefriars (1789).

      The Times on Wed 24 February 1830 reported:
      "Died: on Saturday evening last, at six, at his residence in Fleet-Street, at the advanced age of 80, Mr Pheney, upwards of 52 years law-bookseller in Inner Temple-Lane, universally regarded as an upright and charitable man."
      He was buried on 2 March 1830 at St Pancras Church.

  • Sources 
    1. [S429] Notes Pheney - possible name origins and meaning, Pheney name - possible origins and meaning; 2011; Name meaning from Kalabrian Philosophy; possible name links to Tryphena and Josephine.

    2. [S79] BIR047 Birth Pheney, Richard snr, BIR047.

    3. [S263] BOK036 Book - Encyclopaedia of Literary and Typographical Anecdote, BOK036., page 910.

    4. [S423] DTH132 Death Pheney, Richard (snr), DTH132., Death of Richard Pheney (snr); website accessed 19 Sep 2001; Source comprises extracts from newspapers.

    5. [S683] DTH153 Death Pheney, Richard, DTH153.

    6. [S684] DTH154 Death Pheney, Richard, DTH154.

    7. [S685] DTH163 Death Pheney, Richard, DTH163.

    8. [S688] DTH165 Death Pheney, Richard, DTH165.

    9. [S1125] DTH162 Death Pheney, Richard, DTH162.

    10. [S95] BUR007 Burial Pheney, Richard snr -, BUR007.

    11. [S97] BUR030 Burial Pheney, Richard snr - register burial entry, BUR030.

    12. [S1473] London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [2009], Burial order book.

    13. [S3519] England, Select Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991, 2 Mar 1830: Richard Pheney.

    14. [S3520] London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, 2 Mar 1830; Richard Pheney.