Dossie Whitfield Cheek Covington

Patterson, Durham, North Carolina

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Dossie Cheek Covington (Whitfield)

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: North Carolina
Death: January 29, 1930 (56)
NC, USA (Chronic Nephritis)
Place of Burial: NC, USA
Immediate Family:

Wife of William R. Covington and John Weldon Cheek, Jr.
Mother of Alexander W Cheek; Gracie Cheek; Rosa Cheek Gordon; Clara P. Cheek; Emma Cheek and 2 others

Managed by: Stephanie Jeanne Olmstead-Dean
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About Dossie Whitfield Cheek Covington

From Uncle Phillip: mother Dorsey (dossie) cheek was widowed in 1905? and children were sent to the Baptist orphanage (mills home) in Thomasville NC when they reached age of 6 years or more. Alexander was called Lexie and died of a conatagious disease in his early teens and is buried at the orphanage cemetery called Gods Acre in Thomasville.

Uncle Phillip also says: My grandmother, Dora Whitfield, married a Cheek from Durham who had two children by his first wife who died from TB. They then had 7 children, one of whom died maybe at birth. Their last child was name Gracie, who was born after the death of my grandfather who had caught TB from his first wife. Gracie only lived about 2 years and died from TB also. They remainder of the children were sent to the Baptist orphanage inThomasville,NC. The oldest child, Lexie (Alexander) died in his teen age years from a disease that ravaged several at the orphanage and was buried at the cemetery at the orphanage called Gods Acre. I have been there many times and seen his small tombstone. My grandmother had moved to High Point and worked at a silk mill so she could be closer to the children. When Lexie got sick she went to the orphanage and helped with the epidemic. The disease is something we seldom hear about these days because we are vaccinated for it. It may have been smallpox or scarlet fever. My mother Rosa graduated in 1919 and then went to nursing school in High Point. My Aunt Mary went to nursing school at Wesley Long hospital in Greensboro and my mother made arrangements for Aunt Clara to live with a couple in High Point because she was having problems because her two older sister had left the orphanage. The living arrangement for Clara did not work out and my Mother was able to get her in nursing although she was too young. The youngest daughter, Grady, had a tonsillectomy at the orphanage and then contracted TB from being given too much ether. She was then sent to a TB sanitarium in Jamestown NC where she lived until her death in the mid thirties. She is buried at Abbotts Creek Baptist church cemetery in Forsyth county. The remaining three sisters married and raised their families in the High Point area. Only three of the grandchildren of Dora are still living, Me, and two first cousins, Albert and Jimmy Thomas whose Mother was Mary. Rosa, Clara, and Mary all died in their 70's virtually from the same thing, heart failure. Dora attended a Primitive Baptist Church in High Point where met her second husband JW Covington who lived in Stokes County near Pilot Mtn. NC. This area was very primitive in the 20's and she had a very hard life as a farmer's wife and stepmother of older children. She developed congenital heart disease or excess fluid around the heart and died at age 54 in the early thirties. She is buried at Brims Grove Baptist Church in Stokes County. We made many visits to her gravesite when I was living at home and I have been there since but don't remember the last time. Daughters and sons-in-law often discussed moving her to a gravesite in Durham but never made the decision. Her tombstone doesn't have her correct name but has "Dossie" engraved. Hope all this did not bore you but the resemblance to my ancestors was too much to let this pass by. Phillip

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Dossie Whitfield Cheek Covington's Timeline

May 1873
North Carolina
September 1894
Age 21
Patterson, Durham, North Carolina
August 18, 1899
Age 26
Patterson, Durham, North Carolina
Age 26
Patterson Township, Durham, North Carolina
January 1, 1901
Age 27
North Carolina
July 24, 1903
Age 30
Orange, NC, USA
February 23, 1904
Age 30
Orange, North Carolina
Age 32