Our first known Cheek ancestor is
Jeremiah Cheek who was born in 1775 in Orange Co, NC. He married
Tabitha (perhaps Doyle) and they had 10 children. His wife's first name
and their children are well documented from his will and estate papers.
Jeremiah and Tabitha settled in Bedford/Marshall CO, TN where he died
Jeremiah's father has not been proven and there is
much speculation amongst Cheek researchers that he is the brother of
Jesse Cheek who also migrated from NC to TN. Their children share the
same names and the close proximity of their settlement and deaths seem
to point toward their being related. DNA testing has been done on the Cheek name and my last information seems to point to James Burney Cheek as Jeremiah's Father.
Jeremiah Cheek was born 1775 in Orange Co., NC, and died Aft. July 04, 1823 in Bedford (Marshall) Co., TN/Bedford Co., TN. He married Tabitha Doyle Bef. 1789. She was born in NC, and died 1832 in Bedford (Marshall) Co., TN/Marshall Co., TN.
Will of Jeremiah Cheek:
State of Tennessee
County of Bedford
July 4, 1823
"-------------After committing my soul to God, I will that so much of my estate as will lay my body
decently in the grave, will be appropriated for that use, and after my just debts are paid after my
decease, I will that the stud horse be sold. I also will that the children who are now single, when they
marry receive in proportion to those who are now married. The following property to wit: 1 horse, 1
cow and calf, 1 bed and furniture. I also will that my beloved wife, Tabitha Cheek, after above division
made, to have balance of my estate during her natural lifetime, or widowhood. I also will that after her
death or marriage that all the estate be sold and divided equally among my children __________"
Signed: Jeremiah Cheek X
In 1833, a law suit regarding sale of Jeremiah Cheek's estate. (Court records in Chancery Court
Records 1833, pages 147, 148, 149, 150, 151) Suit filed at Shelbyville, Bedford Co., TN)
Jeremiah's son-in-law, Edward B Ownby had offered $1500 for some of the property. They cautioned
people not to let Edward B know the sale date because the person they wanted to sell it to was going to
pay only $800-900 and they wanted this second person to be the higest bidder. Later those folks, who had told people not to notify Edward B of sale, filed affidavits swearing they had not tried to keep Edward B from acquiring the property.
Children of Jeremiah Cheek and Tabitha Doyle are:
Edmond R Cheek born 1788 in NC, and died February 06, 1876 in Dallas Co., MO. He married Susannah Ownby July 10, 1812 in McMinnville, Warren Co., TN, daughter of Walter Ownby and Mary. She was born 1791 in
NC, and died November 09, 1876 in Dallas Co., MO.
Thomas Doyle Cheek, born Bef. 1790; died Unknown.
Nancy Cheek, born Bet. 1790 - 1800; died Unknown. She married Arthur Alexander; died Unknown.
Patsy Cheek, born Bet. 1790 - 1800; died Unknown. She married Unknown Kavern; died Unknown.
Jeremiah Lee Cheek, Jr, born 1793; died Unknown. He married Mertie Perthine Ownby; born Bet.
1794 - 1800; died Unknown.
Elisha "Eli" Cheek, born January 23, 1795; died Unknown. He married Susannah Bills; died Unknown.
Mary Jane Cheek born 1797 in Orange Co., NC, and died 1827 in Lewisburg, Marshall Co, . TN. She married Edward B "Neddy" Ownby 1815 in Robertson or Sumner Co., TN, son of Walter Ownby and Mary. He was born August 13, 1792 in Mecklenburg, Orange Co NC, and died October 30, 1865 in Huntingdon, Carroll Co., TN..
Tabitha Cheek, born December 23, 1803; died 1873.
Benjamin R Cheek, born 1812 in NC; died 1865 in Verona, Marshall Co., TN.
James Cheek, born October 22, 1814 in Halifax Co., VA; died November 09, 1891 in Dallas Co., MO.