John Cheek[1]

Male 1770 - 1836  (66 years)

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  • Name John Cheek 
    Born 1760-1770 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1836 
    • 1785, Feb 22 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 17
      Ordered that Isaac Harden be appointed overseer of the road from Chatham County to the fork in the road and have the following hands to work: Robert Davis, Hezekiah Johnston, Benjn. Seal, Amos Cheek, Jams. Cheek, Chas. Shiran, Burwell Phillips, Mark Phillips, Lewis Phillips, John Rogers, Enoch Rogers, Joell Phillips, John Cheek, William Handcock, Levy Askins, Jams. Collins, Wm. Malone, John Blanchett, William Poe and Moses Myrick.

      1793 -- Tax List, Moore County, NC
      John Cheek listed (horses only) on supernumerary taxes collected by Sheriff Malcom McNeill

      1795, Aug 19 -- 1784-1795 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 533
      Ordered that the following view the road that leads by John Overton Senr. and the county adjacent [Chatham] and determine whether it can be laid off on better ground: James Collins, John Cheek, Richd. Street, Willis Dickinson, John Carroll Junr., William Hancock, Thomas H. Perkins, Thomas McReynolds, Malcolm Gilchrist, Patrick Dowd, Randolph Cheek, John Carroll Senr., John Philips and Saml. Womble.

      1797, Jun 13 -- Land Grant #1106, Moore County, NC
      John Cheek [assignee of Saml. Dunn] received 250 acres located south of Deep River adjoining William Hancock and Willis Dickinson. Saml. Dunn and Wm. Hancock were chain carriers.

      1797, Sep 20 -- Land Grant #1119, Moore County, NC
      Jno. Cheek received 250 acres located north of Deep River on the Chatham County line adjoining Benjamin Gilbert and Randolph Cheek. William McDonald and Neal McIntosh were chain carriers.

      1797, Oct 9 -- Will Book A Page 194-196, Moore County, NC
      Will of William Hancock, Dec'd. Heirs: wife [Patty - 200 acres adjoining Willis Dickson]; children: William Hancock [land given to wife once he becomes of age], John Hancock [250 acres on Deep River adjoining Robert Cheek], Rhoda Hancock, Lydda Hancock, Patty Hancock, Elizabeth Hancock. Executors: wife and John Cheek. Witnesses: Saml. Dunn, Randal Cheek and John Cheek. Proven Nov 1797.

      1798, Oct 24 -- Land Grant #1754, Moore County, NC
      John Cheek received 200 acres located on both sides of Leek Creek adjoining Wm. Hancock, David Allison, Willis Dickinson and his own line. Wm. MacSween and Jacob Syler were chain carriers.

      1799, Oct 11 -- Deed Book O Page 79-80, Chatham County, NC
      John Cheek (of Moore County) deeded Lazarus Phillips 175 acres located on Indian Creek and the road from Tyson's Ferry to Graves' saw mill adjoining Dowd. Originally granted to Joseph Robson and sold to William Capps who sold to John Cheek. Jacob Siler and Jeremiah Phillips were witnesses.

      1800 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 51
      John Cheek
      (26-45) 1M 2F
      (0-10) 2M 3F

      1802, Nov 4 -- Land Grant #1600, Moore County, NC
      Aaron Tyson received 150 acres located east of Rogers Creek on the Chatham County line adjoining his own line (formerly John Stinson) and Jno. Cheek. Jno. Cheek and Joab Cheek were chain carriers.

      1810 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 598
      John Cheek
      (26-45) 1M 1F
      (10-16) 2M 1F
      9 Slaves
    Person ID I39549  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2020 

    DNA Tests  1 DNA test is associated with John Cheek 

    Father Randolph "Randall" Cheek,   b. 1730-1735,   d. 1 Feb 1816, Chatham County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Family ID F12787  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    +1. Josiah Cheek,   b. 27 Jul 1796,   d. 28 Jan 1874, Randolph County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +2. Elizabeth Cheek,   b. 22 Nov 1798,   d. 14 Apr 1874  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 17 May 2016 
    Family ID F12829  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Bethana,   b. 9 May 1813,   d. 31 Aug 1898  (Age 85 years) 
    +1. Mary Cheek,   b. 12 Oct 1834,   d. 8 Apr 1904  (Age 69 years)
     2. John Sampson Cheek,   b. 1 Jun 1836,   d. 4 Oct 1889  (Age 53 years)
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F12788  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    1815 Petition Moore County NC Taxation.pdf
    1815 Petition Moore County NC Taxation.pdf
    1815 -- Petition, Nov-Dec 1815 General Assembly Session Records, Box 2 - Petitions
    The following citizens of Moore County petitioned the General Assembly regarding taxation and the valuation of property: [selected signers] John McAulay Junr., Robt, Graham, Ambrose Mainess, Leonard Furr, Jesse Ritter Senr., Allan McLane, Thos. Ritter, Jno, Ritter, Everet Ritter, Benajmin Dunn, William Wright, Alexander McIntosh, Neil McIntosh, Hector McNeill, Martin Martin, William Williamson, William Lewis, Amus Dowdy, Henry Stutts, Jams. Manes, James Morgan, Nord. Matheson, Malcolm Morison, Christopher Bethune, Norman McDuffey, Allan Morison, Alexanr. Morison, William Dunn (wet), Bartholomew Dunn Sr., Wm. Dunn, Saml. Dunn, Bartholomew Dunn Junr., John Newton, Normand McKinnon, Murdoch McAulay, Benjamin Britt, Christopher Stuts, Donald McLeod, Niel Matheson, David Richardson, Bartholo. Dun, Lewis Sowel, Melony Newton, William Sowel, Alexr. Morison, Stephen Davis, Burl Deaton, John McKinnon, Robert Melton, John Upton, John Smith, Jesse Brown, Jess Lankford, Niel McLeod, Norman McKinnon, Ansel Melton, Arington Sowel, Willis Dickinson, Thos. Dickinson, Jesse Carroll, Robert Cheek, James Cheek, Phillip Cheek, Joseph Farr, Matthais Teague, Benjn. Shields, Jno. Upton, Joseph Duckworth, John Carrel, Francis Myrick, James Harding, Willis Davis, Nathaniel Vick, Ansel Melton, John Martin, David Richardson, Harmon Brewer, Cornelius Kees, Jesse Brewer, Ambrose Brewer, Drewry Brewer, Abednego Maynor, Joseph Morgan, Alexr. Kennedy, William Hunsucker, George Kannedy, Levy Smith, George Hunsucker, Lennerd Stuts, David Caringer, James Williamson, Charles Brady, George Carringer, Jacob Carringer, Willis Brewer, Bradley Garner, Lewis Garner, John Garner, James Sowell, Georg Moore, David Kennedy, Benjamin Elkins, Adam Carpenter, Jonathan Bullock, Robert Burd, Nicholas Nall, Mikel Dickinson, Aaron Tyson, Thomas Graham (Capt.), John Overton, Ruben Shields, John Martin, George Fry, John McNeill, John Wadsworth, Wm. Feagin, Ignatious Wadsworth, Samuel Feagen, Thomas Feagen, John Carrell Junr., Benjin. Gilbert, David Overton, John Record, John Carrell Senr., Alexr. Carrell, John Gilbert, John Cheek, Joab Cheek, William Barrett JP, Wm. Cox, John Dunn, Eleazer Birckhead, Absalom Fry, John Daniely, Jesse Sowell, William Caddell, James Fry, Niel McLeod (Surveyor), Robert Graham Sen., Jason Wadsworth, Geo. Cox, John Sowell, James Holcomb, James Dowd, Jacob White, William Hardin, James Muse, Jason Muse, Benjn. Gilbert, Zachariah Smith, Thos. Muse, Kindred Muse, John Graham, Samuel Womble, James Elkins, Jas. Collins, Andrew White, Randal Cheek, Lewis Phillips, James Smith, James Handcock, Willis Elkins, Samuel Elkins, Solimon Phillips, Brother Carrell and Sterling Carrell.

  • Sources 
    1. [S135] Cheek Family of Alleghany County [].
      John Cheek, son of Randolph CHEEK of Moore and Chatham Co., NC, was born between 1760-1770 in NC, and died 1836 in Moore Co., NC. His first wife's name is unknown. His 2nd wife was Bethania, last name unknown. She was born born May 9, 1813, and died Aug. 31, 1898. Bethania m. (2nd) Jesse HEDGEPETH. John Cheek is buried at the Cheek Family Cemetery on Dickerson Ford Road near Glendon, Moore Co., NC.

      Children of John Cheek & Unknown:

      Josiah Cheek, b. July 27, 1796, Moore Co., NC; d. Jan. 28, 1874, Randolph Co., NC; m. his 2nd cousin Jane WOMBLE, daughter of Samuel WOMBLE & Jane Cheek TYSON (daughter of Jane CHEEK & Cornelius TYSON), Mar. 25, 1817, Moore Co., NC (b. Jan. 29, 1798; d. ?). Josiah Cheek and his family moved to Randolph Co., NC, prior to 1850 and lived near the present-day town of Cheeks, located on Brush Creek and the Deep River. Children: Lydia G. Cheek (1818), Margaret Jane Cheek (1819), John Cheek (1823), Joab Cheek (1829), Samuel W. Cheek (1830), Mary Ann Cheek (1835), Josiah Cheek, Sr. (1836), Thomas Franklin Cheek (1836), George W. Cheek (1840). Note: Josiah Cheek (1796) should not be confused with his slightly younger 2nd cousin Josiah Cheek (b. abt. 1805) who remained in Moore Co., NC. The younger Josiah Cheek was a son of Richard Cheek (c.1755-1836), who was a son of Robert Cheek of Moore Co., NC.
      Elizabeth Cheek, b. Nov. 22, 1798, Moore Co., NC; d. Apr. 14, 1874, Moore Co., NC; m. her 2nd cousin, Jesse WOMBLE, son of Samuel WOMBLE & Jane Cheek TYSON (daughter of Jane CHEEK & Cornelius TYSON), May 11, 1817, Moore Co., NC (b. Sept. 25, 1791; d. Jan. 11, 1854); bur. Cheek Family Cemetery, near Glendon, Moore Co., NC. Children: Mary Siler Womble (1818), Mahala Tyson Womble (1819), Amanda J. Womble (1821), Josiah Jones Womble (1823), James Joseph Womble (1825), Thomas Womble (1828), Caroline Candice Womble (c. 1830), Lydia Womble (1833), Cornelius Jesse Womble & Emelith Womble (twins, 1837).
      Children of John Cheek & Bethania Unknown:

      Mary Jane Cheek, b. Oct. 12, 1834, Moore Co., NC; d. Apr. 8, 1904. Might be the Mary J. Cheek who m. George W. DORSETT, July 16, 1850, Randolph Co., NC.
      John Sampson Cheek, b. June 1, 1836, Moore Co., NC; d. Oct. 4, 1889, Randolph Co., NC; m. Mary __, abt. 1870 (b. abt. 1854). He may be the John Cheek age 12 who was living with Josiah Cheek in 1850 in Randolph Co., NC; Josiah had a son named John, but he would have been 27 in 1850. Children: Elizabeth J. Cheek (c.1871), Mary L. Cheek (c.1873), John Cheek (c.1875), William F. Cheek (1880).

      John Cheek was born between 1760 and 1770, based on census entries. He obtained several land grants in Moore County, NC, on both sides of the Deep River. According to the 1815 tax list, he owned four properties in Moore Co., NC, totalling 1,630 acres. After John Cheek died in 1836, his son Josiah Cheek posted a $50,000 administrator's bond, which suggests it was a very sizeable estate. Josiah's second wife, Bethana or Bethania (last name unknown) was removed as the administrator, perhaps because she had already remarried to Jesse Hedgepeth. (Moore Co., NC, Superior Court Minutes, abstracted by Glenda Biggerstaff.)

      Census records indicate John had 2 sons and 3 daughters born between 1790-1800, and possibly one other son born between 1800-1810. His first wife seems to have died before 1810. He remarried to his second wife, Bethana or Bethania, between 1820-1830. Only two children from his first marriage have been identified: Josiah Cheek (m. Jane WOMBLE) and Elizabeth Cheek (m. Jesse WOMBLE) (the Wombles were cousins of the Cheeks -- their mother Jane Tyson Womble was the daughter of Jane Cheek and Cornelius Tyson). A lawsuit decided by the NC Supreme Court in the Dec. term, 1844 (Jesse Womble v. Josiah Cheek, et. al., 38 N.C. 405), alludes to both adult and "infant" heirs of John Cheek but does not identify any of them, except to mention that one daughter was the wife of Jesse WOMBLE. Another source identifies Mary Jane Cheek (1834-1904) and John Sampson Cheek (1836-1889) as the two children of John Cheek and his second wife. (The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. VI, No. 2, p.138 (May 1980) [queries].)


      Nov. 22, 1784. Amos CHEEK, James CHEEK, John CHEEK and others ordered to work on a road from from Chatham Co. line to the fork of the road. (Moore Co., NC, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, pp. 8, 9, 17. Abstracted by Glenda Biggerstaff.)

      Mar. 16, 1799. Moore Co., NC. Land grant to Jno. CHEEK, 250 acres on south side of Deep River. Entered Aug. 13, 1796. (NC Archives, Land Office Warrants & Plats, Folder No.; Grant No. 1058, Entry No. 1365, Book 101, p.21.)

      Mar. 16, 1799. Moore Co., NC. Land grant to Jno. CHEEK, 250 acres on north side of Deep River. Entered Aug. 8, 1794. (NC Archives, Land Office Warrants & Plats, Folder No.; Grant No. 1071, Entry No. 864, Book 101, p.27.)

      1800 Census, Moore Co., NC, p.51: JOHN CHEEK
      2 w/m under 10 3 w/f under 10
      1 w/m 26-45 2 w/f 26-45
      Aug. 20, 1802. Moore Co., NC. Land grant to John CHEEK, 200 acres south of Deep River on both sides of Leek Creek. Entered Dec. 26, 1789, and May 22, 1798. (NC Archives, Land Office Warrants & Plats, Folder No.; Grant No. 1632, Warrant Nos. 254, 402, Book 115, p.136.)

      Nov. 16, 1802. Randol CHEEK & Jno. CHEEK enter a claim for 35 acres in Moore Co., NC, on Deep River, pursuant to Warrant No. 1062. (NC Archives, Land Office Warrants & Plats, Folder No.

      1810 Census, Moore Co., NC, p.106: JOHN CHEEK
      2 w/m 10-15 1 w/f 10-15
      1 w/m 26-45

      Nov. 29, 1815. Moore Co., NC. Land grant to John CHEEK, 200 acres on west side of Rodgers Creek. Entered Feb. 22, 1814. (NC Archives, Land Office Warrants & Plats, Folder No.; Grant No. 2213, Entry No. 921, Book 129, p.437.)

      Nov. 29, 1815. Moore Co., NC. Land grant to John CHEEK, 37 acres on east side of Rodgers Creek north of Deep River. Entered Nov. 19, 1812. (NC Archives, Land Office Warrants & Plats, Folder No.; Grant No. 2215, Entry No. 805, Book 129, p.437.)

      1815 Tax List, Moore Co., NC, pp.464-465.
      ? Randal CHEEK, 60 acres, $100
      ? James CHEEK, 200 acres, $200
      ? Joab CHEEK, 604 acres, $1,200
      ? John CHEEK, 450 acres, 330 acres, 615 acres, 235 acres, $2,050
      Feb. 12, 1816. Joab CHEEK & John CHEEK appointed administrators of the estate of Randolph CHEEK in Chatham Co., NC.

      Dec. 19, 1817. Moore Co., NC. Land grant to John CHEEK, 46 acres on north side of Deep River. Entered Feb. 20, 1816. (NC Archives, Land Office Warrants & Plats, Folder No.; Grant No. 2311, Entry No. 1131, Book 132, p.133.)

      Dec. 5, 1818. Moore Co., NC. Land grant to John CHEEK, 32 acres on Deep River. Entered May 16, 1815. (NC Archives, Land Office Warrants & Plats, Folder No.; Grant No. 2357, Entry No. 1033, Book 133, p.81.)

      1820 Census, Moore Co., NC, p.235/p.314: JOHN CHEEK
      1 w/m 10-15 No w/f
      1 w/m 26-45
      1 w/m over 45

      Aug. 18, 1823. John CHEEK served on a jury. (Moore Co., NC, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions.)

      Nov. 15, 1824. Bill of sale recorded from Archd. MCBRIDE to John CHEEK. (Moore Co., NC, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions.)

      Feb. 23, 1825. John CHEEK served on a jury. Same date, bill of sale recorded from John HANCOCK to John CHEEK. (Moore Co., NC, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions.)

      Dec. 8, 1825. Moore Co., NC. Land grant to John CHEEK, 42 acres on surplus within the lines of his 100 acres south of Deep River. Entered May 17, 1825. (NC Archives, Land Office Warrants & Plats, Folder No.; Grant No. 2639, Entry No. 2143, Book 136, p.259.)

      1830 Census, Moore Co., NC, p.457: JOHN CHEEK, SR.
      1 w/m 5-10 2 w/f 15-19
      1 w/m 30-39 1 w/f 20-29
      1 w/m 40-49 1 w/f 30-39
      1 w/m 50-59
      1 w/m 60-69
      Aug. 1832. John CHEEK of Moore Co., NC, gave a statement in support of James HARDIN's application for a Revolutionary War pension. He testified that James HARDIN was reputed in the neighborhood to be a soldier of the Revolution. (NARA File No. R4592).

      Superior Court Minutes, Moore Co., NC, abstracted by Glenda Biggerstaff.

      Mar 3, 1836. Bethana CHEEK vs. Josiah CHEEK. Order of County Court appointing Bethana CHEEK admtrx of John CHEEK dec'd be reversed and Josiah CHEEK appointed administrator by entering into bond in sum $50,000; Josiah CHEEK tendered as securities Josiah TYSON, Daniel MCNEILL, John MURCHISON, John R. RITTER, William HANCOCK, Duncan MURCHISON, William B. CHEEK, Edward W. CARROL, Wiley ROBERTS, Nevin MCLERAN, Thos. J. BUCHANNAN, Arch'd SHIELDS, and John THOMAS.
      Mar. 2, 1839. Jesse HEDGEPETH and others vs. Josiah CHEEK, Adm'r. Leave given to both parties to file exceptions.
      Aug. 31, 1839. Jesse WOMBLE vs. Josiah CHEEK. Defendant allowed to pay into court $5 which he acknowledges due to plaintiff, is paid.
      Feb. 25, 1840. Josiah CHEEK, Adm'r vs. Henry PHILLIPS and John HANCOCK. Jury finds in favour of plaintiff and assesses damages by way of interest to .63; Judgement against defendants for $5 principal, interest and costs.
      By 1840, John's son Josiah Cheek was living in Chatham Co., NC. The Josiah Cheek "Jr." who is in the 1840 census of Moore Co., NC, was a cousin, Josiah Cheek (c.1805), the son of Richard Cheek (c.1755/60) of Moore Co., NC. Elizabeth (m. Jesse WOMBLE) was in Moore Co., NC. Bethana had remarried to Jesse HEDGEPETH of Moore Co., NC.

      Jesse Womble v. Josiah Cheek, et. al, Supreme Court of North Carolina, 3 Ired. Eq. 405, 38 N.C. 405 (1844). This lawsuit apparently arose out of a dispute between John Cheek's widow and her step-children. Jesse WOMBLE (husband of John Cheek's daughter Elizabeth) alleged that the late John Cheek held a deed of trust to 171 acres of land in Chatham Co., NC, which Womble had purchased from one Travis HARPER with John Cheek as security. John Cheek was supposed to reconvey the land to Jesse Womble when the debt to Travis Harper was paid off. Unfortunately, John Cheek died in 1836 without executing the deed and John Cheek's widow then filed a petition to assert her dower interest in the land. The court does not identify John Cheek's heirs by name other than Josiah Cheek, but the case does reveal that Jesse Womble's wife was John Cheek's daughter. The court also refers to a decree pro confesso against the adult children, which indicates they were not disputing Jesse Womble's claim, and also mentions that the guardian for the "infant defendants" had filed the "usual answer". The court ruled in favor of Jesse Womble.

      Jan. 26, 1846. Josiah CHEEK guardian returned an account his guardianship to this court which is filed. (Moore Co., NC, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions.)

      1850 Census, Moore Co., NC, p.219:
      JESSE HEDPETH, 47, farmer, $1500, NC
      -- Bethana, 36, NC < -- Josiah, 18, NC
      -- John, 16, NC