John Riley Andrews
& Frances Cheek

John Riley Andrews (or John James Andrews), son of Alfred ANDREWS & Phoebe Jane BLEVINS, was born May 12, 1860, in Grayson Co., VA, and d. Feb. 21, 1940, in Alleghany Co., NC. He married Frances Cheek, daughter of Richard M. CHEEK & Frances "Frankie" CROUSE, Aug. 16, 1888, in Alleghany Co., NC. She was born Aug. 7, 1867, in Alleghany Co., NC, and d. Feb. 21, 1956, Alleghany Co., NC. John R. and Frances Andrews are buried at the Crab Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Hwy 18 at Road 1450, Ennice, Alleghany Co., NC.

Children of John Riley Andrews & Frances Cheek:

  1. Lucy Zettie Ann Andrews, b. Feb. 14, 1893, Grayson Co., VA; d. Sept. 22, 1991, Alleghany Co., NC; m. Steve Jackson SPURLIN, son of Eli SPURLIN & Charity MOXLEY (b. Mar. 4, 1891; d. June 14, 1970); bur. Crab Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Ennice, Alleghany Co., NC. Her full name was Lucy Wadie Juanita Zettie Ann Andrews.
  2. Dewey Martin Andrews, b. June 7, 1899, Grayson Co., VA; d. Jan. 1, 1987, Alleghany Co., NC; m. Marie SMITH (b. Apr. 9, 1907; d. Oct. 13, 1990). His full name was Dewey Martin Arthur Young Andrews.


John Riley Andrews was a son of Alfred ANDREWS & Phoebe Jane BLEVINS of Grayson County, VA.  In John's marriage record, his name is given as "John Riley Andrews."  (G.H. Latham, Alleghany County Marriages (Heritage Books, 1996).)  His gravestone is inscribed "J.R. Andrews."  However, the name on his death certificate is "John James Andrews."  Similarly, the 1930 census has "John J. Andrews."  Perhaps his full name was John Riley James Andrews or maybe John James Riley Andrews.


Aug. 16, 1888. John Riley ANDERS, age 28, son of Alfred ANDREWS & Phoebe Jane BLEVINS of Grayson Co., VA, m. Frances Fanny CHEEK, age 20, daughter of Richard M. & Frances (Franky) CHEEK. (G.H. Latham, Alleghany County Marriages (Heritage Books, 1996).)

1900 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Elk Creek Dist., p.52 (HH#180):
JOHN ANDERS, b. May 1860, age 40, m. 12 yrs, VA NC VA, farmer
-- Francis, wife, Aug. 1867, age 32, m. 12 yrs, 2 children born/2 living, VA NC NC
-- Lucie, dau, Feb. 1893, age 7, VA VA VA
-- Dewey, son, June 1899, age 11 mos., VA VA VA
-- Gertie, niece, June 1891, age 9, NC NC NC

Note: Gertrude "Gertie" Andrews was the daughter of John's brother Friel Andrews. She was raised by John and Frances after her mother died.

1910 Census, Alleghany Co., NC,Glade Creek Twp., p.8 (HH#152):
JOHN ANDERS, 49, m(1) 23 yrs, VA VA VA, farmer - general farm
-- Fannie, wife, 42, m(1) 23 yrs, 2 children/2 living, NC NC NC
-- Zetta A., dau, 17, VA VA NC
-- Dewey M., son, 10, VA VA NC
1920 Census, Grayson Co., VA, Old Town Dist., p.4 (HH#76):
JOHN ANDREWS, 59, NC VA NC, farmer - general farm
-- Franny, wife, 52, NC NC NC
-- Dewey, son, 20, VA VA NC
1930 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Glade Creek Twp., p.4 (HH#83):
JOHN J. ANDREWS, 69, m. at. age 28, VA NC VA, farmer - general farm
-- Frannie, wife, 63, m. at age 22, NC NC NC
-- Dewie M., son, 29, VA VA NC

Death Certificate: JOHN JAMES ANDREWS, age 79, b. May 12, 1860, VA; d. Feb. 12, 1940, Glade Creek Twp., Alleghany Co., NC; spouse: Fannie ANDREWS; father: Alfred ANDREWS; mother: Jennie BLEVINS; burial: Crab Creek, Ennice, NC. (

Death Certificate: FRANCES ANDREWS, age 88, b. Aug. 7, 1867, Alleghany Co., NC; d. Feb. 21, 1956, Ennice, Alleghany Co., NC; spouse: John ANDREWS; father: Richard CHEEK; mother: Frankie CHEEK; burial: Crab Creek, Ennice, NC. (