Cheesman was born in Luddesdown in Kent in 1816, one of seven children of William and Henrietta Cheesman. He worked as a solicitor in Gravesend and played most of his cricket in the town, including for Gravesend Cricket Club between 1840 and around 1863. His only first-class appearance was at the town's Bat and Ball Ground in 1854 against a United England Eleven, one of fifteen players on the Kent team.[b] Cheesman opened the batting for Kent and scored 14 runs in his first innings but was out for a duck in Kent's second innings. He is also known to have played in non-first-class matches for Gentlemen of Kent sides.
- Cheesman's name is spelled Cheesman by Moore as well as both CricInfo and CricketArchive. Derek Carlaw spells it Cheeseman.
- An "odds match" with unmatched sides, this match is not considered first-class by Kent County Cricket Club, but is recognised as such by other authorities. The Kent side was named "XV Young Players of Kent", although it featured a number of players who were not considered "young", including several of Kent's strongest side. It is considered notable as the United Eleven, playing with eleven players against Kent's 15, scored 279 for the loss of 8 wickets in the match's fourth inning to win - a score considered "remarkable" at the time.
- Moore D (1988) The History of Kent County Cricket Club, p. 243. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7470-2209-7
- Carlaw D (2020) Kent County Cricketers A to Z. Part One: 1806–1914 (revised edition), pp. 107–108. (Available online at the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians. Retrieved 2021-07-25.)
- Milton H (1999) The Bat and Ball Gravesend: a first-class cricket history, p. 128. Gravesend: Gravesend Cricket Club. ISBN 0 9536041 0 1
- First Class Records, Kent County Cricket Club Annual 2017, p. 170. Canterbury: Kent County Cricket Club.
- Milton H (2020) Kent County Cricket Grounds, p. 147. Woking: Pitch Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78531-661-6
- Milton 1999, p. 30.
- XV Young Players of Kent v United England XI, scorecard, CricInfo. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
- A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1707-1863, The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians, 1981, p. 10. (Available online. Retrieved 2021-07-25.)
- Carlaw, p. 106.
- Thomas Cheesman, CricInfo. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
- Thomas Cheesman, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2017-04-16. (subscription required)