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My name is Melvin Walters, I am a former resident of Utica, Ms and a novice
at genealogy. I have watched the research and postings on this link for many
years with great enthusiasm and admiration, as we all appear immensely
interested in our MS families.
I have a particular interest the families of Lloyds, Cheeks,
Killingsworth¹s, Walters and Moody. I desire to find my true roots based on
several stories handed down to me by my Great Great Grandfather.
My Great Great Grandfather Alex Walters Sr. was born abt. 1860 and was
supposedly the son of an overseer Wm Cheeks on a plantation near Red Lick
Mississippi owed by Jane Killingsworth born abt. 1783.
According to the story, my Great Great Grandfather was the product of Wm
Cheeks and a slave named Jane Moody. Jane was later married to another slave
that came out of Texas named Banks Moody.
I've been able to trace Wm Cheeks born abt. 1825 and Mary Cheeks to that
plantation in Jefferson County, Ms., however I have been unable to establish
or verify the relationship.
Jane Killingsworth¹s probate records suggest that Wm K. Cheeks was her Great
nephew and helped to manage her plantation (Holly Grove) while her sons were
away during the Civil War.
In addition, my investigation has lead me to the 1880 US Census with William
R. Cheeks who I believe is actually William K. Cheeks born abt. 1825 and his
wife Sara Ann Frances ³Fannie² Cheeks born abt. 1832. It appears that at
some point after his first wife (Mary Cheeks) died William assumed the name
William K. Cheeks married Fannie and moved to Claiborne County.
Wm K. Cheek had two sisters Martha Jane Flowers Cheek and Matilda Cheek,
both of whom appear next door to my Great Great Grand father (Alexander
Walter) on the 1880 Census. Alex appears in the house hold with several
other men working as farm hands for Martha.
My story also includes a connection to W. L. Lloyd; of course we know that
the Lloyds and Cheeks are related by marriage (William Love Lloyd and Ettie
May Cheek married 1884) in addition, there appears to have been a
substantial amount of business conducted between the two families as well.
Considering that they were neighbors as early as 1870 in Copiah County, I'm
attempting to determine if this business relationship extended to the sell
and ownership of my Great Great Grand father and his family in 1860.
There are numerous unsubstantiated connections between my ancestors, the
Cheek¹s, Killingsworths and Lloyd families. If you have any documentation
e.g. deeds of property, wills, or bible notations that may contribute to my
search please respond to this post via this link or to my personal email at
My ancestry consists of the following family members.
Generation 1 - Alexander Walters abt.1860
Generation 2 - Johnny Walters abt. 1891
Generation 3 - Alex Walters abt. 1921
Generation 4 - Earnestine Walters abt. 1941
Generation 5 - Melvin Walters abt. 1963
Generation 6 - Stephen W. Walters abt. 1991