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Martha Alberta "Mattie" Butt Cheek
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Birth: Sep. 5, 1892
Simpson County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Mar. 24, 1987
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA

The importance of the contributions of historian Martha Alberta Butt Cheek to what is known about her own family and the history of central and western Kentucky simply cannot be overstated. Mrs. Cheek's collection at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, KY is a massive trove of important information. Without her groundbreaking research, books on 12th President Abraham Lincoln, among others, might not have been written.

Many images of Mrs. Cheek are owned by the Filson and subject to copyright. There is an ongoing search by family members to obtain an image of her suitable for public use.

Born in Simpson County, KY as evidenced by her passport and other personal items, Mrs. Cheek became interested in history at an early age. She was tireless both in her research and in her attempts to fundraise for and preserve her beloved Red River Meeting House near Adairville in Logan County. Pages and pages of her correspondence survive detailing her work.

She was a member of both the DAR and the Daughters of 1812 Veterans; her work centered on the early settlement of Logan County by her ancestor General Robert Ewing and his brothers, among them Rev. Finis Ewing, part-founder of the Cumberland branch of the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Cheek also researched extensively the family of her ancestors Toliver Craig and Mary Polly Hawkins, who defended Bryan Station at the Battle of Blue Licks in the Revolutionary War.

Mrs. Cheek also helped others with their research; many folders on other area families exist in the Filson collection. She frequently referred to the need to preserve information for generations to come. These generations, of which this author is a representative, will forever owe her a debt of gratitude.

Mrs. Cheek is buried within a block of the home of her mother in the Historic District of Danville, where the family moved in the early 1900s.

She and her husband had one daughter, whose name will not be revealed here for privacy reasons.

Many thanks to fallen Graver "Karen," who took the time to set up this memorial and maintain it for several years.

Family links: 
  Albert Leonidas Butt (1858 - 1941)
  Elizabeth Townsend Butt (1863 - 1961)
  Francis Jacobs Cheek (1893 - 1959)
  Winifred Estelle Butt Sandifer (1884 - 1966)*
  Amanda Aleyne Butt deGraffenried (1886 - 1921)*
  Martha Alberta Butt Cheek (1892 - 1987)
*Calculated relationship
Bellevue Cemetery
Boyle County
Kentucky, USA
Maintained by: JC Wilson
Originally Created by: Karen
Record added: Dec 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45797732
Martha Alberta Mattie <i>Butt</i> Cheek
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My Mother Elizabeth Townsend Sanford loved you and was so proud of your work to keep records of our family. She didn't know many of her first cousins on the Townsend side so it was great that she and her sister Maud Catharine and their brother Presley T...(Read more)
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