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David R. Cheesman, Sen. (#13482137)
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Bio Photo Retired public relations executive, inspector, newspaper columnist, fine arts artist, short story writer, "Ghost writer" and author of more than 35 books, including CHEESMAN FAMILY HERITAGE, The CHEESMAN DOSSIER, CHEESMAN DOSSIER II: RELATED FAMILIES, and The ILLUSTRATED GARDEN OF STONES Cemetery Book series.
It's difficult to read many old burialstones, depending on the style and technique of the stone engraver, or simply depending on age, wear and mother nature... an 8 might be taken for a 3, or a 5 might be mistaken for a 6, among other numeral combinations. Also bear in mind that some stone carvers have made mistakes because the written material for them to inscribe from was not always clear or legible.
If I am found to have misread a monument, let me know and I will promptly correct it as soon as I am able. Except for the cemeteries that I've worked on and have written about, my primary focus is on Cheeseman - Cheesman - Chessman and all variations of the surname, people related and associated to these families, and their their close friends.
I usually go on-line about once a month more or or less... Quite frankly, I don't trust or really care for computers because of so much misinformation, dirt, viruses and trechery that's commonly posted on them. Find-a-grave is one of the very few sites that I trust and go on.
I am certainly and genuinely always happy to hear from relatives and friends, and will try to respond to inquries as soon it is possible.
Your thoughts and messages are important to me, but I am slow at times, so please be patience.

Surnames that I am primarily focused on for a new book in progress:
Augastat / Augustat, Baker, Bernabe, Besser, Cheesman / Cheeseman / Cheseman, Chesman / Chessman, / Chisman, Clark, Cox, Cupps, Friar / Fryer, Hedger, Herrin / Herring / Heron, Hughes, LaHa, Laundry / Landrie, Orcutt, Plough, Sexton, Thornburg / Thornburgh, Valentine, Willson / Wilson.

Associated surnames; Brennecke, De Floris, Pellizzaro, Ramos, Renaud, Somogyi, Stachowski / Stackowski, among others.

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Andrew Daft
Thank you!
Added by Andrew Daft on Jun 26, 2016 11:01 PM
Michelle M. Hughes (Smith)
Cheeseman/Cheesman Relative
Hello. I am Michelle McKinlay-Smith (Hughes-Maiden name). I've been working on my family tree for quite some time and believe that I am a relative of the Cheesman's. William Cheesman (1640-abt 1711) is my 8th great grandfather. I have submitted DNA testing and am waiting for the results for some confirmation as to my ancestors so soon i will know for sure if this is true. I am very interested in learning all that i can about our family. I'm not sure what Hughes's you are looking for but please feel free to talk to me about it and see if i am from that line. Please get in touch when you can. Thank you! Here's how i am connected:

William Cheesman (1640 - 1711)
8th great-grandfather
Joseph Cheesman Sr (1709 - 1801)
son of William Cheesman
Lydia May Cheeseman (1734 - 1776)
daughter of Joseph Cheesman Sr
Sarah Belle McClain (1745 - 1826)
daughter of Lydia May Cheeseman
Jonathan Wright (1787 - 1867)
son of Sarah Belle McClain
Elizabeth Ann Wright Bock (1818 - 1904)
daughter of Jonathan Wright
Francis Marion Baker (1839 - 1898)
son of Elizabeth Ann Wright Bock
Dennis Bruno Baker (1870 - 1969)
son of Francis Marion Baker
Lillie Earnestine Baker (1909 - 1990)
daughter of Dennis Bruno Baker
Susan Juanita Broady (1948 - )
daughter of Lillie Earnestine Baker
Michelle Monique Hughes
You are the daughter of Susan Juanita Broady
Added by Michelle M. Hughes (Smith... on May 27, 2016 1:31 PM
Jayne Beers
Marcus Beers - Douglas S. Cheeseman
In the 1910 Census Records, Marcus Beers is living in the household of Douglass S. & Nellie M. (Colin) Cheeseman.

Do you have any information indicating if they were related and, if so, how were they related?

Do you have any information on Marcus Beers (b. 1820; d. 1830) - children, siblings, parents?
Added by Jayne Beers on May 21, 2016 7:27 PM
c d

I have spoken to you in the past. Not sure if you know that there are 26 Cheeseman listed on F-A-G at Cedar Grove Cem. in Gloucester City, NJ.

Added by c d on May 01, 2016 9:38 PM
Joanne Swart
Jason A. Biggs
I have Jason A. Biggs' obituary. If you would like to add that to his memorial, send me an email and I will send it to you.
Also, where can I get your book Garden of Stones?
Thanks, Joanne
Added by Joanne Swart on Apr 12, 2016 6:19 AM
Jeanette Done
your 5090279
I posted a memorial for George F.Criger also but did not find yours when I searched for a previous posting, as I searched under George Franklin Criger.
He is my great-uncle, a brother to my grandfather, Lou Criger. My posting is 78239559 and it has an extensive bio about his life. I was contacted recently by a Marla Borders, who is a relative by marriage to the Marks family. She asked that I add my content to your posting and delete mine. As I am the relative of GFCriger, I am reluctant to do that but respect the fact that your posting was created first and want to adhere to suggested Find a Grave courtesy policy.
I have a suggestion and wish to discuss it with you.
My email is
Thanks so much,
Jeanette Criger Done
Added by Jeanette Done on Apr 10, 2016 7:42 PM
Alexander St. Clair
Sorry ,I meant to send the link from Henry St. Clair to Alexander St. Clair , Not his wife Jane.
Added by BAH on Apr 05, 2016 2:17 PM
Jan Summers
Keith Devon Hilton
Thank you for making the updates to his memorial. Best regards, Jan
Added by Jan Summers on Mar 30, 2016 3:55 PM
Bud Brooks
Samuel Cheesman, 1769-1806
Samuel Cheesman is my 5th great-grandfather. Your Find a Grave entry says he was a Rev. War soldier, but he would have still been only about 14 years old at the war's end in 1783. Thoughts?

Thank you.
Bud Brooks, Dallas, TX
Added by Bud Brooks on Mar 25, 2016 10:50 PM
Marla Borders
RE: Milford L. Poisel
Thank you
Added by Marla Borders on Mar 19, 2016 1:19 PM
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