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Re: Cheek Family of Birmingham, Alabama
Posted by: Anne CHEEK La Rose (ID *****1253) Date: September 20, 2010 at 18:06:52
In Reply to: Re: Cheek Family of Birmingham, Alabama by John Charles Cheek of 3565

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, seems to be my Cheek family's original home in Tennessee. They moved there - in the early 1800's, if not earlier still, from North Carolina. My great grandfather, Talbert (Tolbert) Fanning Cheek, was born there in 1839. My Cheeks moved to Georgia around Atlanta) when TF was small. His mother died and his father re-married into the Mitchell's of Georgia (Margaret, of "Gone with the Wind" fame, was a cousin and there was also a GA Governor in the Mitchell family). TF married Mary Jackson Simmons, daughter of Dr Adam Quimby (or Quinby)Simmons, of Ringgold in Walker County, in 1859. He had a patent medicine of the day called Simmons Liver Regulator. I'm always on the search for one of these bottles, so if you locate one, please let me know.

Through a cousin in Oregon, I learned there are still Cheeks in Murfreesboro, so I can only assume the town was chock full of Cheeks. Joel Cheek (Maxwell House Coffee) of Nashville was also one of my Murfreesboro relatives. FYI: his home, Cheekwood, was bequeathed to either Nashville or the State and is now a Botanical Garden.

I mention these things only to aid in searching other locales and in other families for our Cheeks.

I don't know of the name Charles in my line, but I could have overlooked it or not remembered it. My theory is that we are all related as CHEEK is not a particularly common name. And I cannot believe that, in a town the size of Murfreesboro - then and now - with a whole passel of Cheeks, that they were not all related. Remember, in the early day of this country, family followed each other or, if they didn't move, they lived close by.

I certainly think the use of FANNING makes us related. Perhaps you, me, and any others out there with a FANNING in their line, ought to concentrate on making the connection for a bigger picture and to increase the Cheek Puzzle size. It could lay to rest some of our individual questions.

As an aside, the Oregon cousin I mentioned earlier, turned out to be the great granddaughter of TF's brother, Ephriam. All her years of work on the family had never yielded any information on TF - only his name. Until we connected in the 1980's, she and her family had believed TF was dead and they knew nothing of the existence of all of us descended from TF. On my side, I only knew the name Ephriam and with no other info, believed he probably died in infancy or childhood. It's finds like this that really make you sit up and scream WOW!


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