Ann Cocke (Cheek)
of Orange County, NC
Ann Cocke, the daughter of Brazure & Frances COCKE, was born around 1741-1745, probably in Williamsburg, James City Co., VA, and died after 1817 in Orange Co., NC. She married Robert Cheek, son of John Cheek, Jr., around 1761, probably in Brunswick Co., VA. He was born before 1733 in Virginia and died after 1817 in Orange Co., NC.
nn Cocke was the youngest daughter of Brazure Cocke of Henrico and Brunswick Counties, VA. There is fairly good circumstantial evidence that she was the wife of Robert Cheek of Orange County, NC. No record of their marriage has ever been found. However, land records prove that Robert's wife was named Ann, and Brazure Cocke's 1766 will refers to a daughter named Ann CHEEK or CHICK.
In addition, Robert Cheek was closely acquainted with members of Brazure Cocke's family. During the early 1750's, he worked as the overseer for Brazure's son-in-law Dibdale Holt in Amelia County, VA (proven by court records). In 1756, according to tax lists, Robert was living in Amelia County with Brazure Cocke's first cousins, Abraham Cocke and Stephen Cocke. Robert Cheek also witnessed deeds involving Brazure's sons William Cocke and Thomas Cocke in Brunswick County, VA.
In 1764, Robert Cheek was bondsman for the marriage of an Elizabeth HOLT in Granville County, NC. Elizabeth Holt may have been Brazure Cocke's granddaughter, the daughter of Elizabeth Cocke and Dibdall Holt. I.e., Elizabeth Holt would have been Robert Cocke's niece (by marriage), making it reasonable that he would serve as the bondsman.
Ann Cocke and Robert probably married in the summer of fall of 1761 based on the ages of their children. Their oldest son James Cheek was born in August 1762 according to his Revolutionary War pension application. Ann was probably not married earlier than Feb. 1, 1761, when her brother James Cocke of Lunenburg Co., VA, wrote his will. In it, he refers to his sister Ann COCKE. If Ann had been married at that time, presumably James would have used her married name. Assuming Ann was 16-20 years old when she married, she was probably born between 1741-1745.