• Caroline Cheek

Wiley P. Maxwell, Jr.,
& Caroline Cheek

Wiley Plato Maxwell, Jr., son of Wiley P. MAXWELL, Sr., & Elvira Jane EDWARDS, was born May 13, 1865, in Alleghany Co., NC, and died June 18, 1959, in Alleghany Co., NC. He married (1) Caroline Cheek, daughter of Henderson CHEEK & Lucy BRYAN, Oct. 21, 1884, in Alleghany Co., NC. She was born March 29, 1864, in Alleghany Co., NC, and died Jan. 5, 1915, in Alleghany Co., NC. He married (2) Loretta Joines, daughter of James Mack JOINES & Charity J. WAGONER, abt. 1918. She was born June 13, 1901, in Alleghany Co., NC, and died June 25, 1984, in Alleghany Co., NC. Wiley and Caroline Maxwell are buried at the Liberty Baptist Church in Whitehead, Alleghany Co., NC. Loretta Joines Maxwell is buried at the Thomas Joines Cemetery, Road 1133, Alleghany Co., NC.

Children of Wiley P. Maxwell, Jr., & Caroline Cheek:

  1. Lula Maxwell, b. Aug. 20, 1885, Alleghany Co., NC; d. May 10, 1966, Alleghany Co., NC; m. Thomas Gwyn CHOATE, son of John CHOATE & Matilda EDWARDS, Oct. 19, 1912, Alleghany Co., NC (b. July 5, 1888; d. Jan. 3, 1919); bur. Sparta Memorial Park, Alleghany Co., NC.
  2. Welter Everett Maxwell, b. Oct. 20, 1887, Alleghany Co., NC; d. Dec. 24, 1943, Alleghany Co., NC; m. Mae TAYLOR, abt. 1910 (b. Mar. 1, 1888; d. Oct. 19, 1937); bur. Liberty Baptist Church, Whitehead, Alleghany Co., NC.


Wiley P. Maxwell, Jr., was the son of Wiley P. Maxwell, Sr., a notable person in the history of Alleghany County.  Wiley P. Maxwell, Sr., was a captain of the Alleghany County Home Guard during the Civil War.  He was killed in October 1864 during a fight that broke out at Killen's or Killian's Branch near Sparta.  According Dr. A.B. Cox, Footprints in the Sands of Time (1900), W.P. MAXWELL Sr. was "a kind-hearted, worthy good man, respected by the community, was cruelly murdered by Bushwhackers in time of war.  His wife was Jane EDWARDS, a good woman and faithful wife."  The other men killed at Killen's Branch were Martin CROUSE, Felix REEVES, and Jesse REEVES.  (See John Preston Arthur, Western North Carolina: A History (1914) Ch. XXVII, p.616).  Although "bushwhackers" have long been blamed for the killings, some researchers believe that the fighting involved residents of the county who had reached a stage of violent disagreement over whether support for the war should continue.  For more information, see Mountain Mourning by Cyrus Stoneman.

Additional information about this family comes from Alleghany County Heritage (1983), pp.131, 327.


Oct. 21, 1884. Wiley P. MAXWELL, age 19, son of Wiley P. MAXWELL & Elvira Jane EDWARDS, m. Caroline CHEEK, age 18, daughter of Henderson CHEEK & Lucy BRYAN. (G.H. Latham, Alleghany County Marriages (Heritage Books, 1996).)

Mar. 28, 1887. W.B. CHEEK & wife Jane to W.P. MAXWELL, 1/2 interest in a 120 acre tract adj. Isom WAGONER, H. CHEEK, James R. CAUDILL, & others, being the Isom REYNOLDS tract of land, for $1,400. Signed: W.B. CHEEK, Jane CHEEK. Wits: F.M. CHEEK, J.M. CHEEK. Proved Apr. 23, 1887. Reg. Jan. 26, 1888. (Alleghany DB 7:478.)

1900 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Whitehead Twp. (HH#3):
WILEY MAXWELL, May 1865, age 35, m. 16 yrs, NC NC NC
-- Caroline, wife, Mar. 1864, age 36, m. 16 yrs, 2 children born, 2 living, NC NC NC
-- Valuly[?] J., dau, Aug. 1885, age 14, NC NC NC
-- Welter, son, Oct. 1887, age 12, NC NC NC
1910 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Whitehead Twp., p.7 (HH#127):
WILEY P. MAXWELL, 48, m. 24 yrs, NC NC NC, farmer - general farm
-- Caroline, wife, 45, m. 24 yrs, 3 children/2 living, NC NC NC
-- Welter, son, 22, NC NC NC
SPURLIN, Steve, servant, 18, NC NC NC, farm laborer
1920 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Whitehead Twp., p.2 (HH#36):
WILEY MAXWELL, 54, NC NC NC, farmer - general farm
-- Loretta, wife, 18, NC NC NC

Death Certificate: Mrs. CAROLINE MAXWELL, age 50, b. 29 Mar 1864, Alleghany Co., NC; d. 5 Jan 1915, Whitehead, Alleghany Co., NC; cause of death: stomach cancer; father: Henderson CHEEK; mother: Lucy BRYANT; burial: Liberty Cemetery. (Ancestry.com)

Death Certificate: WILEY P. MAXWELL, SR., age 94, b. 13 May 1865, NC; d. 18 June 1959, Whitehead, Alleghany Co., NC; spouse: Loreta MAXWELL; father: Wiley P. MAXWELL; mother: Jane EDWARDS; burial: Liberty Cemetery. (Ancestry.com)