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Genealogy Journal, 7/23/09

Posted in Cheek, Riddle, Surnames with tags , , on July 23, 2009 by Ginger Smith

This week I was contacted by a Cheek family descendant that is tied into my Riddle family of Laurens Co., SC. She contacted me through my family tree that is posted on She must have a premium account with them because I don’t think you can contact other non-family members without paying for that service. Our connection is Willis Cheek who was the father of Levi Cheek who married William Riddle in Laurens Co., SC. She is descended from Levi’s half brother Willis Abram Cheek. She has an online tree posted to I downloaded information from her tree, including a photo of Willis Abram Cheek, into my Family Tree Maker software. She commented that the Cheeks had dark curly hair. They also have dark eyes and soft facial features. I told her that my Greenlee looked similarly as a young man.


RIDDLE family, Laurens Co., SC

Posted in Surnames with tags , , , on June 1, 2007 by Ginger Smith

Yesterday I stayed home from work while recovering from a cold / flu that was passed around my family during our family vacation last week in GA. While I was on vacation, I scanned a bunch of my grandfather’s old family photos. I found the photo of the Riddle family and posted that online for folks to look at. Although I didn’t get much response (The Riddle family mailing list is not currently active), I did spend the day looking through census reports for the Riddle family in Laurens Co., SC. I noticed that we did not have very much information on the Riddle family and I wanted to fill in the gaps.

The oldest Riddle family member that I located in Laurens Co., SC was John Riddle. He was enumerated on the 1800 Laurens Co., SC census report and supposedly married to a Mary Higgins. There were two other Riddle men, William Riddle, who married Levy Cheek; and James Riddle who married Lydia; These two men are thought to be sons of John and Mary Riddle, however they are not in John’s will, presumably because they were older and probably had already received their share of John’s personal property.

William and Levy Cheek Riddle had a son, William Marion Riddle, b. 23 Feb 1836 in Laurens Co., SC. William Marion Riddle married Pernecy Moore and they had a son named Greenlee Riddle, born in 1873 in Laurens Co., SC. I found census reports for Greenlee from 1900-1920 and I lost him in 1930.

I’ve made contact with two other Riddle researchers and have been able to share information on my Riddle family via emails this week. One researcher shared information on the family of William Marion Riddle (1836) with me. This researcher is a descendant of William Marion Riddle’s son, Marion Frank Riddle (younger brother to my Greenlee Riddle). I sent him my descendancy report on 6/5/07.

Here is a brief History of Laurens Co., SC:

South Carolina was first formed in 1682 as “proprietary colonies” of Berkeley, Colleton, and Craven.
In 1769, 6 or 7 “Districts” were formed including the 96th District on the North Western corner of the state.
In 1785, 34 “counties” were established within these districts
In 1800, The “districts” of Washington, 96th, Pickney, Camden, and Cheraws were abolished and the existing 34 counties renamed to “Districts” in their place.
In 1868, The “districts” were reassigned as “Counties