SCALES, NARCISSUS ANNE JENNIE CHEEK (1846 ~ 1932). Confederate widow Narcissus Anne Jennie Cheek Scales was born on May 21, 1846 in Bellville, Austin County, Texas, and was the wife of Elsworth Poindexter Scales.
Narcissus Cheek, who went by Jennie, was the daughter of Ben Cheek a Confederate Veteran and Indian Fighter. Her mother died when she was nine and left her to take care of her three younger sisters. Scales married Cheek on November 15, 1874, at a location about nine miles from Bellville in Austin County, Texas, probably on or near his father's farm.
The Scales family lived in Austin County in 1880, according to United States Census data. There are unconfirmed references in the official records of Austin County that the Scales may have lost their farm in 1886. By the year 1900 the Scales relocated to Orange County, Texas where Elsworth Scales was employed at a sawmill.
Elsworth Scale's younger half-brother Hammond Bouldin Scales also worked in the same sawmills in the mid- to late-1890's. By 1900, the Scales had thirteen children, four of which were living. These included son Foster Ralph Scales (July 1879 -?); son Gentry Scales (September 1881 -?); daughter Mary R. Scales (November 1889 -?); and son Elsworth Scales (November 1893 -?).
By 1904, the Scales lived at 1914 Maury Street in Houston, about one mile north of present-day downtown. While living in Houston, Elsworth Scales filed for and received his Confederate pension.
By 1907, the Scales moved to 1841 Wyoming Street in San Antonio. Elsworth Scales died on August 27, 1909 and was buried in a Confederate Cemetery in San Antonio. On October 10, 1909, Jennie Scales applied for a Confederate Widow's pension, which was granted.
At some point after 1909, she moved to the Confederate Women's Home in Austin, Texas where she died on December 13, 1932. She was buried at the Texas State Cemetery shortly after her death.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Information gathered and biography written by Roger D. Scales, great-grand nephew of Jennie Scales.