Cheryl Jean Smith was born 22 May 1951, in Kankakee, Illinois, the eldest child of Harold Smith and Janet Leinen. She married Michael Joseph McGowan, Sr. on 30 Mar 1968 in Momence, Kankakee, Illinois, United States.. They had two children, Michael Joseph McGowan, Jr., who died from a heart attack on May 17, 2015 and Nicole Renee Helsegon They divorced in May, 1971. She married Michael Hess on 22 May 1987, in Kankakee, Illinois, and they renewed their vows at the First Baptist Church of Momence on May 21, 2017. She has one brother Kevin Eugene Smith and one sister Diane Rae Smith who died in a car accident on November 3, 1991. Cheryl is still alive and lives in Momence, Kankakee, Illinois, United States.
52 Ancestors - 2018
52 Ancestors - 2019
52 Ancestors - 2020
College: Fresno State
Married a hometown boy
Career: Worked as a Federal Compliance Officer, then went local to Branch Manager, and Safety Manager at a Bank with five locations
Lived in: Hightstown, NJ, Wichita Falls, TX, Tucson, AZ, Fresno, Ca., and Momence, IL.
Husband: Worked for the Veterans Center at Manteno, IL. USA
Great-Grandchildren: 3 G-Granddaughters, Madison, Brooklyn and Gwendolyn.
I am married to the love of my life, and I thank God that my mother (88) is still going strong and is healthy.
"Give thanks to the LORD for He is good:
His love endures forever."
When I asked my grandmother, Minnie where our family came from, she replied: Germany - period. I thought that was the end of it, until one Sunday after church. She asked if I wanted to go for a ride with her. She took me out to the cemetery where her family was buried. It was the first time I had ever seen a cemetery on Church property. It was a small little cemetery. The rows were crooked, and I couldn't read the names on the headstones. She showed me her mother's headstone. Everything was written in German. I saw her sister's, a brother's and we kept walking, until we stopped in front of a very old headstone. It was hard to even see the writing. Grandma told me it was her grandma's. I got choked up thinking about it. I thought to myself, here are four generations of women all in the same area, and until today, I didn't even know two of them existed. I began my genealogy journey..
In 1987, I married my fabulous husband. His family's history was rich. They were early settlers of Momence, IL. USA, so pictures of them were very easy to find.
I started a site on Facebook dedicated to the History of our home town which has 3200 citizens. I soon had over 2000 members. It seemed that everyone was interested in history. As soon as I would post old pictures, the timeline would fill with questions, and the more research I would do.
I found some of my husband's relatives on the east and west coast, and some up north. I joined them and began writing a history book on the Hess family. I covered the mid-section of the country. We have traded pictures back and forth as we discover new family portraits. I also have a page on Facebook called Hess Genealogy.
I am the historian for our church - The First Baptist Church of Momence. I just finished writing it's history. First Baptist was the first church in this area having been founded in 1852. Most of my time is spent researching either history or genealogy. I love what I do, and wouldn't want to do anything else.
It has been quite a journey, these last thirty years. I have discovered that most of the time it is not the Hess family interested in the research, it is the Hess women (those of us who have married into the family).
Sorry to say that on Feb. 20, 2020 I found out that I am not related to anyone on the Mayflower. :(
United States President Relatives
President Millard Fillmore and Cheryl are 10th cousins four times removed.
President Grover Cleveland and Cheryl are 7th cousins four times removed.
President Warren G. Harding and Cheryl are 14th cousins.
President Calvin Coolidge and Cheryl are 12th cousins once removed
President George Bush and Cheryl are 11th cousins twice removed
British Prime Ministers
Winston Churchill and Cheryl are 13th cousins
Alec Douglas-Home and Cheryl are 13th cousins once removed
Cheryl's WikiTree Team Relatives
Mickey Bailey: 26th cousin 3x removed
Claire Chapel: 14th cousin 2x removed
Laura DeSpain: 15th cousin 2x removed
Ginny Fields: 16th cousin
Chandra Garrow: 15th cousin 1x removed
Debi Hoag: 14th cousin 2x removed
Johannes Jooste: 26th cousin
Cindy Leisure: 17th cousin 1x removed
Karen Lowe: 14th cousin 2x removed
Emma MacBeath: 11th cousin 3x removed
Peggy McReynolds: 14th cousin 2x removed
Greta Moody: 15th cousin 1x removed
Mary Richardson: 8th cousin 2x removed
Azure Robinson: 16th cousin
David Selman: 10th cousin
Pip Sheppard: 17th cousin
Mindy Silva: 16th cousin
Butch Smith: 15th cousin
Astrid Spaargaren: 17th cousin
Natalie Trott: 8th cousin 2x removed
Eowyn (Langholf) Walker: 17th cousin
Rhonda Zimmerman: 11th cousin 2x removed
Magna Carta Sureties Relatives
William d'Aubigny is the 24th great grandfather of Cheryl
Hugh & Roger le Bigod is the 24th great grandfather of Cheryl
Henry de Bohun is the 25th great grandfather of Cheryl
Gilbert & Richard de Clare is the 24th great grandfather of Cheryl
John Fitz Robert is the 24th great grandfather of Cheryl
Robert FitzWalter is the 26th great grandfather of Cheryl
William de Huntingfield is the 25th great grandfather of Cheryl
John de Lacy is the 24th great grandfather of Cheryl
William de Lanvallei is the 25th great grandfather of Cheryl
William Malet is the 25th great grandfather of Cheryl
William de Mowbray is the 24th great grandfather of Cheryl
Saer de Quincy is the 25th great grandfather of Cheryl
Robert de Ros is the 25th great grandfather of Cheryl
Geoffrey de Say II is the 23th great grandfather of Cheryl
Robert de Vere is the 26th great grandfather of Cheryl
Cheryl (Smith) Hess participated with Team Virginia during the 2019 Source-a-Thon, adding some sources to profiles.
Cheryl (Smith) Hess participated with The Great Lakes Region team during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding 365 sources to profiles.
Cheryl (Smith) Hess participated with The Great Lakes Region team during the 2019 Source-a-Thon, adding 391 sources to profiles.
Cheryl (Smith) Hess is participating with Team Tennessee Volunteers during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 216 connections.
WHEN I'M RESTING
The time will inevitably come for my rest and relief from life's hectic cycle. It may be, though I do hope not, that I will one day merely be unable through physical or mental illness to continue my research and recording into my family and other profiles of interest.
At that time, I place the profiles that I manage into the caring hands of the Wikitree Admin. If any member/s of my family have the desire to continue what has been started, I ask that they be allowed to manage those profiles whether or not they are currently on the Trusted Lists for those profiles and be shown the guidance to continue in the proper manner.
I also manage many profiles of people unrelated to me. Those profiles that are locked for privacy reasons I would desire to see transferred to someone with an interest in those projects or sub-projects.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Cheryl or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Cheryl:
Cheryl (Smith) Hess:
AncestryDNA, Ancestry member oldsoul1968