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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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Jack Leaven
Cameron Famiiy
Hi David, After looking through all the Cameron entries, I realized I could add a lot to each person's biography. I correspond with two descendants of Isabel and Robie Cheesman. After looking at all the of Cameron siblings, I see you did Helen, George, and Isabel. There was also Ariel, Robert, William, and a Henry who nobody knew anything about except he change is name to Charles Clinton and director of the US mint in New Orleans. I have all of this documented and I have pictures of the entire family that were found in my mother's house before and after she passed away in 2012. Her mother and aunt passed away within four months of each other and she inherited part of two households. She never unpacked a lot of boxes for forty year, which was left up to us. I have returned one photo of Robert Bruce Cameron to a great-great-grandson who lives in Colorado. Now that I am at an age when I need to start returning as many pictures as I can to the various families I have researched over the years. So as far as George and Isabel, am I able to post stories and pictures or do I need to have you do it? My email address is The tree on Ancestry where all of my research can be found is under Lendt and Caswell Family Tree. The Caswell family has a connection to the Patterson Family in Leeds County, Ontario, Canada. This is a story I can relate later if yoo're interested. Jack
Added by Jack Leaven on Nov 08, 2015 8:17 AM
Jack Leaven
Helen Cameron Durham
Hi David, I don't know if you get this message but in Helen Cameron Durham's bio page, you have her mother listed as Julia Purdy but she was Julia A. Patterson. I am Helen great-great-grandson. I hope you can change it. Thanks. Jack Leaven
Added by Jack Leaven on Nov 06, 2015 1:14 PM
Melissa Doll
Rachel Cheesman Ogden
I am interested in any information available on Rachel Cheesman Ogden, and especially her husband, Richard B. Ogden, who died in 1875.

Thank you.

Added by Melissa Doll on Sep 14, 2015 3:13 PM
Linda Swihart
Provolt Cemetery in Tippecanoe Co IN
I apologize, quite a newb. I meant the Provolt-Frybach cemetery in Tippecanoe Co IN where Mr. Cheesman has done some photography.
Added by Linda Swihart on Sep 12, 2015 7:37 PM
Linda Swihart
How to get into this cemetery?
I would like to go into this cemetery and would take photos, but I cannot see how to get in. It is all on private property and there is no sign nor direcction to a drive.
Added by Linda Swihart on Sep 12, 2015 7:34 PM
Vicki Ledbetter
Photo Request
Hello Sir, I have requested a photo of my grgreat grandmother's gravestone. I was wondering if you still took photo requests and if not, do you recommend someone who can take a photo for me. Thank you so much for your attention to this matter.

Vicki Ledbetter
Added by Vicki Ledbetter on Sep 10, 2015 6:06 PM
Pat Lindholm
Cheesman Dossier II
David, Where can I purchase a copy of your book the Cheesman Dossier II Related Families. My husbands family (Lenway/Lanoie/LaHa/Seymour) is part of this family. I have seen your entries on these families on this web site and want to learn more. Contact me please. Pat Lindholm
Added by Pat Lindholm on Aug 11, 2015 11:02 AM
Michael Cheesman
Hi David,

Find A Grave #60360416

I am researching Civil War soldiers from VT and I found Michael on a roster for the 1st IA Cavalry. His nativity is given as VT. Your Find A Grave memorial for him supports that.

I want to add his name, vitals and service to the "Vermont in the Civil War" web site but I would like to confirm the information first. Do you have a source for his birth date?
Added by WMitch6 on Jul 18, 2015 10:01 AM
Infant Cheesman
Your Infant Cheesman d1/4/1931 had a twin brother who died on 1/5. I have made a memorial for him and will transfer it to you if you want it.
Added by kck on Jul 10, 2015 7:54 AM
erin moon-walker
Ruth A. Hammel
I would love to contact descendents or friends of Ruth A. Hammel. Do you happen to know anyone who knew her? She was my grandmother's patient, and my grandmother talked family history with her quite a bit. Please email me at if you have any info.

Thank you very much!
Added by erin moon-walker on Jul 06, 2015 1:23 PM
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