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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cheek Family Photos--and continuing into the next generation....

Here are three family photos from the Cheek family genealogy site (main site here:  A year ago I used their wonderful chart for deciphering old handwriting, here:   and linked over on the sidebar.  I wrote the owner of the site, Rebecca, to let her know her chart had helped and also asked permission to post these photos here.  She was kind enough to give permission. Thank you, Rebecca!

 Mack & Laura Ennice Cheek Family
Left to Right: Edgar Wood, Laura Ennice (seated holding Mary Lee), John Paul, Bertha, Mack (seated holding Virginia Claire), Ray Richard ("Ted"), Dean (seated), Roy Clyde

The photo and more information about this family are here:

Family of John & Matilda Edwards Choate
Back (L-R): Letcher, Cornelia, Alice, Laura, John, Mathilda, Thomas
Front (L-R): Mattie, Robert, Nannie
Two of the children are not in the photo.

The photo and more information about this family are here:

Here's a slightly newer one.
Joseph S. Johnson (son of Shadrack & Matilda) and some of his children 
Back: Earl, Roy James, Carl 
Front: Etta Lee, Joseph S., Vena Matilda

The link to this photo on the Cheek family site is:

Now this would be an interesting photo if they had one: one Cheek ancestor had 8 children and 67 grandchildren.  (This page says "more than 65," so I checked all the children's pages to count for myself.  Richard and Jenny Cheek's children had 12, 5, 10, 7, 8, 9, 8, and 8 children respectively.)  

I found this unusual, because while there were of course many large families in the past, in many of the genealogies I've seen (including my own), not all of the children in large families parented large families themselves.  Often several would not marry--some would become a priest or a nun, some not find a partner, and others would have passed away too young.  Sometimes a couple would not be physically able to have any or many children.  It seems that chances were that many or most families would have one or more children these would apply to.  (I believe it is possible that this family did have children who died young, for example, who are not listed.)

Do any of your ancestors have large families in which all children have large families in turn?  Please share!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love your site! Have you included the family from the famous "10 sisters" story? Google it if you haven't. It's a tragic but in the end, an uplifting story of a family that included 2 sons and 10 daughters. Also, have you included the Dionne family? They are the famous Canadians who had the Dionne Quintuplets. I believe aside from the quints there were 7 other children. You can email me at if you want more information/ the photos.