My cousin Maggie forwarded me your email. I
expect that we are very distant cousins, as our name is not that common.
There is a group of us who have had our DNA submitted to a genealogical site
and there have been a lot of connections with far flung branches of the family
as a result of that. I am forwarding this also to our project
coordinators, Rebecca Moon and Jeff Williams, who will no doubt get in touch
In a nutshell, based on DNA, it's believed that our
family descended in the main from one of three men, a "John Cheek" who settled
in the tidewater region of Virginia about 1650, and a "William of London"
Cheek who migrated to the Colonies about a hundred years later, and a "George
Cheek" who came about the same time and was one of the original founders of
Front Royal, Virginia. From there, the family moved south to the
Carolinas, and to Tennessee, thence to Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. At
least my branch of the Cheeks did.
The Family Tree DNA website
for the Cheek Names project
you can submit a DNA sample from one of the males in your family. This
is a commercial facility, and the tests do cost money, though not a great deal
nowadays. The actual Cheek forum/database
where you can look
up all sorts of interesting information. One of the admins, Jeffery
Williams, has also written an 800 page book listing 22,000 names and lineages
that he has been able to collect over the years. It's called "The Cheek
Family Chronicles - of America, England, and Australia - a 700 Year
Here is the web site where you can examine the book, and if
he hasn't run out, order a
to the group, and I hope this helps you with your research! Feel free to
email me with any questions or comments.
Cheek of the San Saba Cheeks, descendant of Bill and Allie
"I'll believe corporations are people when the state of
Texas executes one!"
> Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2012
> From: magee150@...
> Subject: Genealogical
> To: jollyjeff1929@...; dejacheek@...
> Uncle, and Cousin, I write to you as I know you both have that
wonderful book on Cheek families. I just received a letter from a lady who is
trying to search her father's family.
> I'll rewrite it here rather than
wait until Monday to copy and mail. If you have knowledge or access to that
book for her sake, maybe you can shed light.
> Her note to me
> I am
trying to do some genealogical searches on my father's family and I don't seen
to be getting very far. My father (Thomas Oscar Cheek dob1892)l was born in
Luling, TX. His brother Johm E. Cheek was born 1888 and passed away in San
Antonio in 1955. Mother: Sarah Elizabeth Buford Cheek Lafield, father: Jim
Cheek? Can't find him anywhere. I was told he got killed working on a road
after my father was born. Elizabeth married WK Lafield in 1895 in Luling, Tx.
She passed away in 1938 in SA. One of her brothers was Forrest Buford and he
lived in Stockdale. There are still some Lafields in San Antonio. If you know
anything about the Cheek family I would appreciate all the information you
could pass on to me. Thank you.
> Sue Cheek Fowler
> Denison, TX. 75021
> 903 464 0020 home
903 271 7360 cell
> I'll write her letting her know I've passed this forward to two gents
who might be able to give more information from that book. Maybe you could
even get her the address of the man who edited the book.... Anyway. My thanks
for your trouble.