Joseph Blount Cheshire, received his law license in 1836, but gave it up to become a minister. He was ordained a deacon in Christ Church, Raleigh, NC in 1840 and ordained as priest at St. James Church, Wilmington, NC in 1841. He established Trinity Church in Scotland Neck, NC; remaining rector for thirty-five years. In 1842, he also became rector of Calvary Church, Tarboro, NC, serving both churches. In 1861, Cheshire was involved in the printing of the only edition ever issued of the Prayer Book of the Confederate States.