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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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Jane Maloney
Selinus Riley Cheeseman
He was my great-great grandfather, daughter Emily Jane Cheeseman, my great grandmother who married Christopher Columbus Smith. They settled in Maple Hill KS. Selinus shows born in Erie County, PA, marrying Jane Keelen and ended up settling in Glenwood, Mills Co, IL where they are both buried. I THINK his parents were Isaac and Phoebe Cheeseman, but having a difficult time matching them. I've been researching many years, but more on my parents, Smith's and Payne's, so I've neglected some of the other branches. I noticed you said you've done many books on the Cheeseman family and would like to know how to obtain one. I live in Springfield Missouri. I'm sure you get many help requests and this is no different. Should you have any info available on the above it would be most appreciated if you could please let me know. Sincerely...Jane (Smith) Maloney. My research covers Paternal (Smith, Hammonds, Clevenger, Cheeseman, Keelen in/near MO-KS); Maternal (Payne, Fielding, Niday, Bragg, Richmonds in/around VA-WVA).
Added by Jane Maloney on Sep 25, 2017 1:23 PM
Eytman connection
Hi David,
I'm Hoping you can shed some light on Clara Cheeseman's first marriage to Alfred Eytman. My G,G,Grandmother was Alfred's aunt. Alfred and Clara were married in Indiana and lived in Liberty County, Texas. They had two children in the 1900 census - Florence and Doris. It seems Alfred and possibly Doris died as there is no more information that I can find anywhere on them. Clara and Florence are found in Seattle married and remarried. Do you have any knowledge of the fate of Doris and Alfred? I would appreciate any information you may have.
Brian Benkse
Added by BBenkse on Sep 20, 2017 6:18 PM
Nina Patton Stinnett
John Charles Cheesman
I am writing about John Charles Cheesman Find A Grave #10968427 who is my maternal great grandfather. I have his obit if you would be interested in adding it to his memorial.

Nina Patton Stinnett
Added by Nina Patton Stinnett on Aug 30, 2017 10:57 PM
Memorial# 5050551
Hi Dave,
You have an Isaac Thornburg who was married to Malissa Clevenger dying in 1882, but the reality is he didn't die until 1 May 1912. I have the obit, and his marriage record to his second wife in 1901 if you would need sources for this change. Here's the obit:

Don McCabe
Avon, IL
Added by dapperdon on Aug 14, 2017 7:08 PM
Len Klekner
Cheesman Family Burial Ground, East Brunswick, NJ
I want to thank you for your excellent entries on the Cheesman graves in the Cheesman Family Burial Ground in East Brunswick, NJ. Your entries are correct on the location of the burial ground. For some reason Find A Grave places the graves in a Cheesman Cemetery, which it sees as an alternative name for Central Cemetery in New Brunswick, NJ. This is clearly incorrect. Is there any way to fix it? When were your drawings of the stones done? They are clearly in much worse shape today. I am working on my Willett ancestors, who owned the farm just to the west of the Joseph Cheesman farm in East Brunswick (they share a common 3729' north-south boundary line). Just to their southwest was another Cheesman property, the farm of Samuel Cheesman. Which of your books would you recommend for information on the East (actually North, when they lived there) Brunswick Cheesmans?
Added by Len Klekner on Jul 30, 2017 5:37 AM
Lucinda Hurt
Daniel "Dan" Ray
Hi David!

I'm wondering what information you have for Daniel Ray and Martha Jane Lane Ray Cook. Daniel was my 3x great grandfather (James was my great great grandfather, John Ray's, brother) and I'm having a hard time verifying information I have found on Ancestry for him. I see that you have done extensive research and have different birth locations and dates than what I have from other Ancestry members. There is a Find a Grave for Daniel but to me the stone reads April 12 1817 and 10 years old not 40 years old like it is listed. He is buried in Farmer's Institute. Some other Ray relatives and I are also looking for info on Martha Jane Cook as it is unknown what her Cook husband's name was, only that she is listed as a Cook on the 1860 Census.

Any information that anyone who sees this has to help in our search would be wonderful. I live in Illinois and can get to Indiana to research but some of the records you have authored are only listed in Salt Lake City, which of course makes obtaining them difficult.

Lucinda Hurt
Added by Lucinda Hurt on Jul 04, 2017 9:16 PM
N.H. Welch
Cheeseman tree
My husband's mother was a Cheeseman and I haven't traced her back very far. Her father was William George Cheeseman B 6/30/1880 in Brockway Twp, St Claire Co. MI. William's father was James Albert Cheeseman B 1848 in Corinthe, Ontario, Canada, James' father was Robert Cheeseman B 1821 and married to Elizabeth Dacens both possibly born in England. That's as far as we go.

If this Cheeseman family is in your book, I would love to purchase a copy. I look forward to hearing from you!
Added by N.H. Welch on May 23, 2017 12:02 AM
Tom Lowe & Leah Farris Lowe
RE: Dora Cheesman
Glad that I could help.
Added by Tom Lowe & Leah Farris Lo... on Apr 26, 2017 8:37 AM
Farmers Institute Book
Hi David,
we are looking for a copy of the cemetery book for the research library. Someone has walked away with our book#1.

Please let us know if they are available.

Thank you,
Added by TIPCOA on Apr 25, 2017 11:05 AM
Pati Moberg
Art Laha again
When I go back, I see Art is listed as being buried in Riverside. He is in the Winchester memorial Cemetery in Winchester, Wi. Thx
Added by Pati Moberg on Apr 02, 2017 5:23 PM
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