Lewis Cheek, Sr.
of Lawrence Co., IL

Lewis Cheek, Sr., son of James CHEEK & Ann MAYO, was born bet. 1750-1760 in North Carolina and d. 1830-1840 in Lawrence Co., IL. The name of his wife is unknown. She was born bet. 1760-1770 and probably died bet. 1840-1850 in Lawrence Co., IL.

Children of Lewis Cheek:

  1. Mary Anna Cheek, b. June 4, 1784, Laurens Dist., SC; d. July 5, 1862, Richland Co., IL; m. Thomas Lewis WEST, Apr. 4, 1814, Gibson Co., IN (b. Feb. 18, 1787, Madison Co., KY; d. Dec. 5, 1849, Richland Co., IL). Children: America West (c.1815), Anna West (c.1816), Lewis West (c.1818), Nathaniel West (c.1821), Mary Cheek West (1823), William West (c.1826), Elizabeth West (c.1827), Delphia West (c.1828), James West (c.1834), Nancy West (c.1837).
  2. James Cheek, b. abt. 1788, Laurens Dist., SC; d. Oct. 17, 1863, Richland Co., IL; m. Nancy WEST, July 9, 1813, Gibson Co., IN (b. 1789 in KY; d. aft. 1863). Children: Marcus W. "Morris" Cheek (1815), Thomas W. Cheek (1818), Mary Cheek (c.1821), Stephen Lewis Cheek (1824), William Nathaniel Cheek (c.1827), Elizabeth Cheek (1831).
  3. William Cheek, b. abt. 1795, Laurens Dist., SC; d. ?; m. Elizabeth WEST, July 13, 1817, Gibson Co., IN. Living in Gibson Co., IN, in 1820; Lawrence Co., IL, in 1830; and maybe Clay Co., IL, in 1840; then no further records.
  4. Lewis Cheek, Jr., b. July 5, 1799, Laurens Dist., SC; d. May 17, 1881, Richland Co., IL; m. (1) Elizabeth STEWART, June 13, 1823, Gibson Co., IN (b. 1800-1810; d. 1840-1846); m. (2) Sarah WILSON, Apr. 16, 1846 (b. abt. 1812; d. aft. 1850). Children: James Cheek (c.1828), Mary A. Cheek (c.1830), William Cheek (c.1833), Elizabeth Cheek (c.1836), Stephen Cheek (c.1840), John Cheek (c.1841), Celia Cheek (c.1842), Lewis Cheek, Jr. (c.1844).


Lewis Cheek, Sr., left Laurens District, South Carolina, sometime after 1800 with his younger brother James Cheek, Jr.  Lewis and James Jr. lived for a few years in Christian County, KY, and then Gibson County, IN.  Lewis Cheek ended up in Lawrence County, IL, some time prior to 1830, where he obtained several land patents.

James Cheek, Sr., of Laurens Dist., SC, died without a will.  Lewis and James Jr. are believed to be his sons because they are listed in the 1800 census of Laurens Dist., SC.  However, their relationship to James Cheek, Sr., is not well documented.

The 1810 census of Hopkinsville Township, Christian County, KY, includes Lewis Cheak, James Cheak, Shadrick Cheak, Winney Cheek, and Hardin Cheak.  Lewis and James are believed to be brothers; Shadrick (Shadrach) might be a brother, although this is even more speculative (because there is no record of a Shadrach Cheek in Laurens, SC); and Winney may have been the widow of Ellis Cheek who obtained land in Christian County, KY, in 1799 and 1805 (his relationship to the other Cheeks is unknown).  Hardin Cheek (Chick) was probably a more distant relation, son of William Chick of Pittsylvania County, VA.

Lewis Cheek and James Cheek are both listed in the 1820 census of Gibson County, IN.  After that, they went their separate ways, Lewis settling in Lawrence County, IL, and James Jr. in Franklin County, MO.


1800 Census, Laurens Dist., SC: LEWIS CHECK
2 w/m under 10 1 w/f under 10
1 w/m 26-45 1 w/f 26-45

1810 Census, Christian Co., KY, Hopkinsville Twp., p.74: LEWIS CHEAK
1 w/m under 10 1 w/f 10-15
1 w/m 10-15 1 w/f 26-45
1 w/m 16-25  
1 w/m over 45  

1820 Census, Gibson Co., IN, White River Twp., p.254: LUIS CHEEK
1 w/m 16-25 1 w/f over 45
1 w/m over 45  

1830 Census, Lawrence Co., IL, p.261: LEWIS CHECK, SR.
1 w/m 70-79 1 w/f 60-69

BLM Land Patents issued to LEWIS CHEEK in Lawrence Co., IL (later Richland Co., IL):
-- Sept. 1, 1834, 46. 49 acres, Sec. 6, Township 3-N, Range 14-W
-- Aug. 10, 1838, 46.49 acres, Sec. 6, Township 3-N, Range 14-W
-- May 20, 1841, 39.6 acres, Sec. 6, Township 3-N, Range 11-E
-- May 20, 1841, 94.98 acres, Sec. 6, Township 3-N, Range 14-W

1840 Census, Lawrence Co., IL, p.190: LEWIS CHEEK <<note this is Lewis JUNIOR.
1 w/m under 5 1 w/f under 5
2 w/m 5-9 1 w/f 5-9
2 w/m 10-14 1 w/f 10-14
1 w/m 15-19 1 w/f 30-39
1 w/m 30-39 1 w/f 80-89 <<maybe Lewis Cheek Sr.'s widow