Cheston Folkes

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Cheston Folkes

Louisiana State Representative for West Feliciana Parish
In office
Preceded by W. L. Stirling
Succeeded by W. L. Stirling
In office
Preceded by W. L. Stirling
Succeeded by George M. Lester
In office
Preceded by George M. Lester
Succeeded by Thomas D. Gilmore

Born September 27, 1863
Fairview Plantation

West Feliciana Parish
Louisiana, USA

Died June 10, 1941 (aged 77)
Resting place Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery in St. Francisville
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Jessie Davis Folkes (married 1888-1938, her death)
Children Lucy Folkes Reid

Jessie Davis Folkes Williams
Cheston D. Folkes
Mary Converse Folkes Pitcher
Warren Davis Folkes
Feltus Barrow Folkes
Lawrence Folkes

Occupation Farmer
Religion Episcopalian

Cheston Folkes (September 27, 1863 – June 9, 1941) was a Democratic politician from his native West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. During the period of one-party rule, he was a member of the Democratic State Central Committee.

Born on the Fairview Plantation, his father was Adville Atkins Folkes (1820-1975). His mother, the former Elizabeth Raeborn, died in 1868, when Cheston was five years of age.[1]  A farmer by occupation, Folkes served on the West Feliciana Parish School Board from 1904 to 1908, when he was elected as state representative for West Feliciana Parish. At the time each Louisiana parish had at least one representative in the capital city of Baton Rouge. Folkes was representative from 1908 to 1920, 1924 to 1932, and 1936 to 1940.[2] In 1887, he married the former Jessie Davis (1865-1938).[3] One of their sons, Warren Davis Folkes (1898-1997), was a representative too, from 1944 to 1955, after which he moved up to the state Senate, where he remained until 1968.[2]

Cheston, Jessie,  Warren, Adville, and Elizabeth Folkes are interred at Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery in St. Francisville, the seat of government for West Feliciana Parish.[2]


  1. Cheston Folkes. Retrieved on September 25, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Folkes, Cheston" in A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Louisiana Historical Association (1988). Retrieved on September 25, 2017.
  3. Jessie Davis Folkes. Retrieved on September 25, 2017.