Joab Cheek
of Moore County, NC

Joab Cheek, son of Randolph CHEEK of Moore and Chatham Co., NC, was born between 1765-1775 in NC, and died 1827 in Moore Co., NC. He married Mary Brooks, daughter of Thomas BROOKS. She was born between 1765-1775 and died after 1827 in Moore Co., NC.

Children of Joab Cheek & Mary Brooks:

  1. Thomas Cheek, b. 1795-1800, no further info. Maybe the Thomas CHEEK, age 51, b. in NC, who is listed in the 1850 census of Murray Co., GA, Dist. 63, p.111.
  2. Milly Cheek, b. 1795-1800, m. __ ELLIOT.
  3. John G. Cheek, b. Jan. 27, 1801, Moore Co., NC; d. Jan. 10, 1892, Chatham Co., NC; m. Jane DOWD (b. Aug. 10, 1807; d. aft. Oct. 21, 1894); bur. J.G. Cheek Cemetery in Bear Creek, Chatham Co., NC. He appears on the census of Moore Co., NC, 1830-1840; Chatham Co., NC, 1850-1870.Children: John Dowd Cheek (c.1826), James M. Cheek (c.1834), Elizabeth Cheek (c.1837), Randol Cheek (c.1840), Nancy J. Cheek (c.1841), Lydia L. Cheek (c.1844), Noah R. Cheek (c.1848).
  4. William B. Cheek, b. 1800-1810. He appears in the 1830 and 1840 census of Moore Co., NC. In 1836, William B. CHEEK & others were security for Josiah CHEEK, who posted a $50,000 bond for administration of the estate of John CHEEK (Josiah & John were probably William's uncles). (Moore Co., NC, Superior Court Minutes, Mar. 3, 1836.)  He may be the William B. CHEEK, age 45, b. in NC, who is listed in the 1850 census of Monroe Co., MS, p.58, with wife Caroline & children Thomas, William, Charles, Joseph, James, & Mary.
  5. Blake Cheek, b. 1800-1810; no further info.
  6. Joab Cheek, Jr., b. 1800-1810; d. aft. 1870, Moore Co., NC; m. Leah __ abt. 1860 (b. abt. 1827; d. aft. 1870). Children: Mary E. Cheek (c.1861), Ruth A. Cheek (c.1863), John B. Cheek (c.1866), Joab Cheek (c.1869).  There is an interesting criminal case concerning a Joab CHEEK, who may be this Joab CHEEK. In March 1850, Joab CHEEK, along with Aaron MALONE and Robert GEORGE ("a free Negro"), were charged with passing a counterfeit $20 note to one Berry DAVIDSON who kept a shop on a high road in Chatham County leading to Fayetteville. CHEEK's defense was that "he was in fact drunk and asleep, at the distance of 250 yards, when the other two passed the note." Nevertheless his conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court of North Carolina, as reported in State of North Carolina v. Joab Cheek, 35 N.C. 114 (1851).
  7. Brantley J. Cheek, b. 1800-1810; d. 1847, Autauga Co., AL; living in Henry Co., TN, in 1830; m. Elizabeth HAMILTON, Nov. 10, 1841, Autauga Co., AL (b. abt. 1806; d. unk.). Child: Martha J. Cheek (c.1847).  On Apr. 27, 1847, letters of administration for the estate of Brantley J. CHEEK were granted to Noah RICHARDSON in Moore Co., NC. (Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, p.9.)
  8. James Cheek, b. 1800-1810. Maybe the James CHEEK who m. Nancy SHEPARD, Feb. 13, 1833, Chatham Co., NC.
  9. Elizabeth Cheek, b. abt. 1804, Moore Co., NC, d. ?; m. Rev. Noah RICHARDSON, abt. 1824 (b. abt. 1802; d. abt. 1866). Children: William Brantley Richardson (1826), Joe Judson Richardson (1835), James B. Richardson (c.1841).
  10. Polly Cheek, b. 1800-1820.
  11. Lucy Ann Cheek, b. 1800-1820.


Joab Cheek was born between 1765 and 1775, based on census entries.  In 1799, he obtained three land grants on the north side of the Deep River in Moore County, NC, totalling 380 acres.  (Land Grant Book 101, p.15; No. 104, p.226; No. 105, p.112.)  In 1817, Joab was granted another 50 acres in Moore County on both sides of Rodgers Creek of the Deep River.  (Book 132, p.92.)  His father Randolph Cheek also owned land on the Deep River in both Moore and Chatham Counties.  Joab died testate in Moore County in 1827; his will identifies his wife Mary, daughters Polly, Betsy, Lucy Ann, and Milly ELLIOT, sons Thomas, John, and "five youngest sons" William, Blake, Joab, Brantley, and James.


Mar. 16, 1799. Joab CHEEK granted 30 acres in Moore Co., NC, on the north side of Deep River & east of Roger's Creek adj. Randolph CHEEK's upper line. Entered Oct. 15, 1793, by Joab CHEEK assignee of Patrick DOWD. (NC Archives, Land Office Warrants & Plats, Folder No.; Book 101, p.15.)

July 19, 1799. Joab CHEK granted 200 acres in Moore Co., NC, north of Deep River and east of Rogers Creek adj. John STEVENSON. Entered Dec. 29, 1794. (NC Archives, Land Office Warrants & Plats, Folder No., Entry No. 1359, Grant No. 1297, Book 104, p.226.)

Nov. 26, 1799. Joab CHEEK granted 150 acres in Moore Co., NC, north of Deep River adj. John CHEEK & Randolph CHEEK. Entered Nov. 21, 1797. (NC Archives, Land Office Warrants & Plats, Folder No., Entry No. 301, Grant No. 1402, Book 105, p.112.)

1810 Census, Moore Co., NC, p.66: JOAB CHEEK
5 w/m under 10 2 w/f under 10
2 w/m 10-15 1 w/f 10-15
1 w/m 16-25 1 w/f 26-45
1 w/m 26-45  
3 slaves  

1812 Muster Roll. Joab CHEEK appears on the War of 1812 muster roll of men from Moore Co., NC, assigned to the 4th NC Regiment, 6th Company, under Capt. Nathaniel TUCKER, Lt. Neil MORRISON and Lt. Hugh MCDANIEL.

Feb. 25, 1812. Will of Thomas BROOKS, of Chatham Co., NC, names wife Martha, daughters Catherine BROOKS, Mary CHEEK, Elizabeth HARRIS, Anny TEAGUE, Hannah JONES, Fanny JONES, Nancy RIVES, & Martha EVANS; "four youngest sons" Thomas BROOKS, Beal BROOKS, Samuel BROOKS, & John BROOKS;  "oldest son" James BROOKS.  Mentions "Bear Creek lands" and "the tract of land I purchased of Charles INGRAM."  Several slaves mentioned by name.  Execs: Thomas RAGLAND, Micajah MCGEE, James BROOKS, John RIVES.  Signed: Thomas BROOKS. Wits: Dread HARRIS, Henry HARRIS.  Proved Aug. term 1812. (Chatham WB A, pp.217-220.)  Mary Cheek received £25 and a "negro boy" named Peter.

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. 18, 1817. Joab CHEEK granted 50 acres in Moore Co., NC, on both sides of Rodgers Creek of Deep River. Entered May 7, 1816. (NC Archives, Land Office Warrants & Plats, Folder No.; Entry No. 1165, Grant No. 2284, Book 132, p.92.)

1820 Census, Moore Co., NC, p.314: JOAB CHEEK
2 w/m 10-15 1 w/f under 10
2 w/m 16-18 2 w/f 16-45
3 w/m 16-25 1 w/f over 45
1 w/m over 45  

Aug. 22, 1822, & Nov. 18, 1823. Joab CHEEK on a jury. (Moore Co., NC, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, transcribed by Glenda Biggerstaff.)

Nov. 1827. The will of Joab CHEEK dated Mar. 6, 1820, was proved in the court of Moore Co., NC. The will names wife Mary, daughters Polly, Betsy, Lucy Ann, Milly ELLIOT; sons Thomas, John; "five youngest sons" William, Blake, Joab, Brantley, and James. At least some children not yet of age. 100 acres of land on Deep River. "Negro slaves" Starling, Peter, Henry, Sudor (Sadda), Sarah, Mary. A young brown horse by the name of Charly. Executors: brother John CHEEK, son Thomas CHEEK. Witnesses: [??] JONES, A. MCKINNON. Codicil dated Aug. 15, 1827, refers to "considerable sums of money" already paid to son Thomas, and substitutes son Joab for Thomas as executor. Click here for a complete transcription

Note: Joab's widow, Mary, might be the white female age 50-59 who is listed with Brant CHEEK in the 1830 census of Moore Co., NC (p.458). She is not listed in 1840. The following might be her in the 1850 census:

1850 Census, Moore Co., NC, p.219 (HH#804):
-- Joseph, 44, carpenter, NC <<maybe this is actually Joab Jr.?
-- James, 39, farmer, NC