Buried Old Danville Cemetery

Richard Jesse Cheshire was born in about 1803 in Bladen County, North Carolina, the son of Randolph Cheshire and Mary Dunham.

According to various sources, Richard married Matilda Dunham. He moved from Bladen County to Crawford County, Georgia, with his brothers Turpin and Philip Wood Cheshire. He then migrated from there to Stewart County, Georgia, and he may have then moved to Lumpkin County, Georgia.

Sometime after 1860, he moved to Montgomery County, Texas. His daughter, Amanda, and husband, Douglas Childers, also were residents of Montgomery County. The Childers' sons, Jefferson P. and Reuben, served in the Civil War in the 24th Regiment Texas Cavalry. Also in Montgomery County were his son, Benjamin, and his daughter, Elizabeth (Eliza) Jane Cheshire, who married John Baker Reding in Montgomery County in 1872.

Another daughter was Permelia W. Cheshire who married William T. Brown in Lumpkin, GA on 6 Aug 1857. Permelia is listed on the 1870 Montgomery County, TX census as a widow with two children, Emma Ozella and William J. Brown. Emma O. Brown later married Fredrick Joseph Peters, who settled off old Hwy. 75 between Willis and Conroe. Their old homeplace is where the Girl Scout Camp, Misty Meadows, is today. The information on Permelia's line was provided by Melinda Peters.

Richard died in 1868, probably at Danville, and is buried in Old Danville Cemetery. His stone is incorrectly inscribed with a death date of 1878, according to descendant Patsy Johnson.

The following is a transcript of a family letter submitted by Patsy Johnson. She acquired a copy of the letter from Jane Jones, Memphis, Tennessee. It was written on 21 Jan 1976 to Fenner Peyton, who was Jane's great aunt:

"She (Eliza Jane Cheshire) was at home in Georgia during the Civil War, but she came to Texas with one of her nephews who had come to Georgia to get the remains of a Texan killed during the war. She lived with Uncle Dock (Benjamin Franklin Cheshire) until she was married. Her father came to Texas also to live with them, but he died shortly and was buried at the Shepard Hill Cemetery. When I was young, my mother and my aunt went to that cemetery, and my mother pointed out about where he was buried. He had no tombstone, but three years ago I got a simple marker and got permission to place it in the general location of his grave." Signed Elsie Fowler, 2302 Avenue P, Huntsville, Texas.

Elsie Fowler was the daughter of Della Gibson and Andrew Fowler. Della was the daughter of Eliza Jane Cheshire and (2nd husband) Thomas Gibson. Eliza Jane was the daughter of Richard Jesse Cheshire. Eliza Jane Cheshire Reding Gibson died about 1931 and is buried at the Willis Cemetery.

Submitted by Karen McCann Hett, with information from Patsy Johnson

The following information was received from family contact Sally Gregory:

He also had a daughter named Sybella Cheshire who married Hardy Nickerson Vincent Rees. Sybella was born in 1839 and married Hardy on January 21, 1866 in Stewart County, Georgia. Sybella and Hardy had 6 children, who all stayed in the Montgomery County area, as far as we know. Sybella and Hardy were the parents of Rebecca Jane Rees, who John Lewis Smith married.

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