Anderson Cheek
of Orange County, NC

Anderson Cheek, son of James CHEEK & Martha "Patty" ESTRIDGE (ESTES), was born abt. 1796 in Orange Co., NC, and died July 4, 1868, in Wake Co., NC. He married Temperance "Tempy" Williams, Aug. 30, 1819, in Orange Co., NC. She was born Dec. 20, 1800, in North Carolina and died June 17, 1887, in Durham Co., NC. Anderson and Tempy Cheek are buried at the Anderson Cheek Cemetery in East Durham, NC.

Children of Anderson Cheek & Temperance "Tempy" Williams:

  1. Nancy Cheek, b. abt. 1820, Orange Co., NC; d. abt. 1854, Orange Co., NC; m. James Anderson MALONE, son of Anderson MALONE & Martha GOSS, Jan. 17, 1848, Wake Co., NC (b. July 14, 1825, d. Sept. 26, 1898). Nancy is buried at the Anderson Cheek Cemetery, Durham Co., NC.  James A. MALONE m. (2nd) Sarah COLE, May 13, 1856, Orange Co., NC. James is buried at the Eno Primitive Baptist Church, Durham Co., NC. Children: William Malone (c.1849), Charles Malone (c.1850), Caroline Malone (c.1854).
  2. Ellen Cheek, b. Jan. 21, 1822, Orange Co., NC; d. Sept. 26, 1866, Wake Co., NC; m. Robert W. COOK, son of __ & Jane COOK of Orange Co., NC, June 14, 1847, Wake Co., NC (b. abt. 1825; d. unk.); m. (2) Daniel HOLLOWAY bet. 1860-1866.  In the 1860 census, Ellen COOK (age 31) and a daughter, Virgil COOK (f, age 6) were living with Anderson and Tempy Cheek.  However, Anderson Cheek's will (dated Sept. 17, 1866) provides that no portion of Ellen's inheritance should go to Daniel HOLLOWAY, which implies she had remarried.  Ellen died only 9 days after Anderson wrote his will, which suggests that perhaps Anderson prepared his will knowing Ellen was ill and he wanted to make sure her husband could not inherit. Ellen is buried at the Anderson Cheek Cemetery, Durham Co., NC. Child: Virgie(?) Cook (c.1854).
  3. James W. Cheek, b. abt. 1826, Orange Co, NC; d. Sept. 1875, Wake Co., NC; m. Rebecca H. GEER, Oct. 26, 1861, Orange Co., NC. Children: Thomas Edgar Cheek (c.1866); Albert Cheek (c.1869).
  4. Maybe Frances M. (Minerva?) Cheek, b. abt. 1828, d. aft. 1880; m. Robert James HALL, son of Thomas & Jane HALL, Feb. 24, 1848, Wake Co., NC (b. abt. 1824; d. aft. 1880).  Note, Frances M. is not mentioned in Anderson Cheek's will, but the list may not be exclusive as Anderson only mentions the children who are receiving specific bequests.  Children: Louisa Hall (c.1849), Mildred Selaney Hall (c.1851), Martha Hall (c.1853), Geneva Hall (c.1855), Nancy Minerva Hall (c.1859), Margaret Hall (c.1861), James Newton Hall (c.1866).
  5. John Newton Cheek, Sr., b. abt. 1831, Orange Co., NC; d. bet. 1880-1900 prob. Durham Co., NC; m. Mary Ann WATTS, possibly the daughter of Ewell WATTS & Prudence MITCHELL, Feb. 17, 1853, Wake Co., NC (b. abt. 1833; d. aft. 1900). Children: Jasper Cheek (c.1855), Elizabeth Cheek (c.1857), Milton Cheek (c.1859), Ella Cheek (c.1861), Emma Cheek (c.1863), Anderson Cheek (c.1865), John Newton Cheek, Jr. (c.1867), unknown son (c.1871).
  6. Amanda Cheek, b. Aug. 14, 1833, Orange Co., NC; d. Feb. 12, 1928, Durham Co., NC; never married.
  7. Caroline Leantine (Leutine) Cheek, b. abt. 1836, Orange Co., NC.
  8. Margaret H. Cheek, b. abt. 1841, Orange Co., NC; d. unk.; m. Warren W. KING, son of George & Ruth KING, Jan. 23, 1860, Wake Co., NC. Children: Charles King (c.1862), Lorena King (c.1867), Melvin King (c.1870), Nauvenia King (c.1872), Eva King (c.1876), Adolphus King (c.1879).


Anderson Cheek, his wife Tempy and daughters Nancy and Ellen are buried in the Anderson Cheek Cemetery, located off East Angier Avenue near Pleasant Drive in East Durham, NC.  Duane Southerland, a descendant of Anderson Cheek, kindly shared the following information about the cemetery.  According to Duane, the cemetery was in very poor condition when she visited it in 1995.  Legible stones included:

Anderson Cheek's will, dated Sept. 17, 1866, was proved in Wake County on June 17, 1880.  Son John N. Cheek to receive the 52 acres of land he now lives on, and balance of the land to wife Tempy for life and then to be equally divided among the children except J.N. Cheek who has received his share.  Specific bequests to his daughters Ellen, Amanda M., Cornelia L., and granddaughter Caroline MALONE.  The portion of land that would have gone to daughter Nancy to be sold and the money equally divided between her three children.  "I do not wish Daniel HOLLOWAY to heir any portion of my property or to have the control of any that my daughter Ellen may inherit."  Execs: sons J.W. CHEEK and J.N. CHEEK.  Wits: M.A. ANGIER, V.C. CHEEK.  (Wake Co., NC, Will Book A, p.158.)

Other records:

Oct. 31, 1818. Orange Co., NC. Anderson CHEEK was bondsman for his brother John CHEEK and Jinney WILLIAMS.

Aug. 20, 1819. Orange Co., NC. Anderson CHEEK and Tempe WILLIAMS posted a marriage bond. Bondsmen: A. Green WILLIAMS, Stanford CHEEK.

1820 Census, Orange Co., NC, p.314: ANDERSON CHEEK
1 w/m 18-25 1 w/f under 10
1 slave 1 w/f 16-25

1825-1826. Orange Co., NC. Anderson CHEEK was trustee in an action involving certain debts owed to Alfred BOOTH by Jack B. LEIGH and Lemuel M. MORGAN. (Orange Deed Book 21, p.504; Deed Book 22, p.39).

Oct. 18, 1827. Orange Co., NC. Anderson CHEEK purchased items from the estate of his uncle John CHEEK. (NC Archives, Orange Estate Papers, Box CR.073.508.10.)

1830 Census, Orange Co., NC, p.285: ANDERSON CHEEK
2 w/m under 5 1 w/f under 5
1 w/m 20-29 2 w/f 5-9
1 w/m 80-89 1 w/f 20-29

March 2, 1837. Orange Co., NC. Anderson CHEEK conveyed "half of tract 9" to James WOOD, being the share of John and Green FINDLEY from their father Alex FINDLEY. (Orange Deed Book 27, p.263).

March 2, 1838. Orange Co., NC. Anderson CHEEK sold land on Ellerbee Creek to John M. FAUCETTE. (Orange Deed Book 28, p.59.)

1840 Census, Orange Co., NC, So. Div., p.251: ANDERSON CHEEKS
1 w/m 10-14 2 w/f 5-9
1 w/m 15-19 1 w/f 10-14
1 w/m 40-49 2 w/f 15-19
  1 w/f 30-39

Feb 3, 1840. Orange Co., NC. Anderson CHEEK bought from his brother John CHEEK, 260 ¾ acres on Ellerbe Creek adjoining John CHEEK and Anderson FERRELL. (Orange Deed Book 29, p.68).

Mar. 21, 1843. Orange Co., NC. John CHEEK executed a deed of trust to Anderson CHEEK, 200 acres and 5 Negroes, livestock and furnishings, as security for a debt to Jesse B. GEER. (Orange Deed Book 30, p.144.)

1843. Orange Co., NC. Anderson CHEEK executed a deed of trust to John CHEEK, 233 acres on Ellerbe Creek adjoining John CHEEK and Anderson FERRELL, including livestock. (Orange Deed Book 30, p.228.)

Nov. 1, 1848. Orange Co., NC. Anderson CHEEK conveyed 235 ½ acres on Ellerbee Creek to his nephew James Marion CHEEK [son of his brother John CHEEK]. (Orange Deed Book 33, p.310).

1850 Census, Wake Co., NC, Western Div., p.238 (HH#1006):
ANDERSON CHEEK, age 54, farmer, $600, born in NC
-- Tempey, 49, NC
-- James, 24, NC
-- Newton, 21, NC
-- Amanda, 17, NC
-- Leauline, 14, NC
-- Margaret, 9, NC
1860 Census, Wake Co., NC, Morrisville P.O., p.44/p.87 (HH#634):
ANDERSON CHEEK, 61, farmer, $2005, $1158, NC
-- Tempe, 58, NC
-- Samantha [Amanda?], 22, NC
-- Leantine, 20, NC
COOK, Ellen A., 31, NC
-- Virgil, 6, NC
REED, James, 15, NC
1870 Census, Wake Co., NC, Oak Grove Twp., p.173 (HH#235):
TEMPY CHEEK, 60, keeping house, $1200, $1400, NC
-- Amanda, 30, NC
-- Lentine, 26, NC
-- Caroline, 20, NC
MARKHAM, William, 25, farmer, NC
1880 Census, Orange Co., NC, Durham Twp., p.177:
-- Amanda, dau, 45, NC NC NC
Will of Anderson Cheek

Dated Sept. 17, 1866
Proved June 17, 1880
Wake Co., NC, Will Book A, p.158
NC Archives Box No. CR.099.801.20

Knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death I ANDERSON CHEEK of the County of Wake and State of North Carolina being of sound disposing mind and memory do publish this my last Will and Testament.

First I give to my son JOHN N. CHEEK the parcel of land on which he lives and which was surveyed for him some years ago containing about Fifty-Two acres more or less. I wish my wife TEMPY CHEEK to have the use and control of the balance of the land during her life then I wish it equally divided among all my children except J.N. CHEEK the portion already given him I consider his share.

The portion giving to my daughter ELLEN I want for her own use unless she has bodily heirs if she has no bodily heirs at her death I wish it to go back to the rest of her brothers and sisters.

The portion of land which would have fallen to my daughter NANCY I wish to be sold by my Executor and the money divided equally between her three children.

I give to my daughters AMANDA M. CHEEK and CORNELIA L. CHEEK each one bed and furniture and one cow and calf. I also give to my granddaughter CAROLINE MALONE one bed and furnuture.

All the balance of my personal property I wish to remain in possession of my wife TEMPY CHEEK during her life (except what may be necessary to sell to pay my debts and other expenses) and then to be sold and equally divided amongth my children, my daughter NANCY's children receiving her share, and the portion due my daughter ELLEN I wish to go to her individual use unless she has bodily heirs. If she is not living and leaves no bodily heirs I wish the property to go to my other children as I do not wish DANIEL HOLLOWAY to heir any portion of my property or to have the control of any that my daughter ELLEN may inherit.

I appoint my sons J.W. CHEEK and J.N. CHEEK my Executors to execute this my last Will and Testament. In witnes whereof I set my hand and seal this the seventeeth day of September One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Six (1866).

A. CHEEK {seal}