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Cherokee County Genealogy

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The county was formed in 1839 from the western part of Macon County. It was named for the Cherokee people, some of whom still live in the area. (The trail of Tears had begun in 1838 after the 1837 Treaty of New Echota). The Cherokee county seat of Murphy was named for Archibald Murphey a former legislator. The name was misspelled. The Cherokee County courthouse was burned during the Civil War by Union Raiders.

Today Cherokee County is home to the Qualla Boundary also known as the Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation although this is not contiguous land with the Qualla Boundary located in Swain and Jackson Counties where the large portion of the Cherokee Indian Reservation is located. The county is divided up into the following townships: Beaverdam, Hothouse, Murphy, Notla, Shoal Creek, and Valleytown.

Cherokee County is the westernmost county in North Carolina.

In 1861 the southeastern part of Cherokee County became Clay County; in 1872 its northeastern part became Graham County. Source Wikipedia

Cherokee County NCGenweb

Cherokee County Historical Society
205 Peachtree Street
Murphy, NC 28906

Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 2122
Asheville, NC 28802
(covers Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Swain, and Transylvania Counties)
Cherokee Historical Museum

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Cherokee County Courthouse
75 Peachtree Street
County Courthouse
Murphy, NC 28906
Census

1840 Federal Census Index – by last name only

1840 Federal Census Index
1840 Federal Census Transcription directory opens to list of text files with previous index and files named by page number referred to in the previous index

1840 Federal Census Transcription

1850 Federal Census Index – by last name

1850 Federal census transcription – part 1
1850 Federal census transcription – part 2
1850 Federal census transcription – part 3

1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedule transcription

1860 Federal Census Transcription part 1
1860 Federal Census Transcription part 2
1860 Federal Census Transcription part 3
1860 Federal Census Transcription part 4
1860 Federal Census Transcription part 5

1870 Federal Census transcription – Cheoah and Stecoah Districts In 1872 these counties became part of Graham County.

Other Records

1851 Chapman Rolls – Buffalo town
1851 Chapman Rolls – Murphy area
1851 Chapman Rolls – River area

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Cherokee County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

Cherokee County, NC Query Forum

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North Carolina Genealogy Forum: Forum: Cherokee County NC Genealogy Queries – Recent Topics

dewisant on “ROBINSON-BRYANT”

Hello, trying to find more information on the ROBINSON side of my family. As far as I can go is a Frank ROBINSON, who married Ella Josie BRYANT (daughter of William F. BRYANT, Jr. and Nettie ANDERSON). They married in Cherokee County on 3 July 1902. At that time it lists Frank ROBINSON as being 21-years-old and his father is listed as Henry ROBINSON and his mother as Emma ROBINSON (both living at that time). They are also listed as living in Vest at that time. I think that Frank ROBINSON died or otherwise disappeared not too long into the marriage, because they only had one child together, Charles Olan ROBINSON (my grandfather), and Ella BRYANT is listed as marrying twice more after Frank ROBINSON, first to Harve JOHNSON, then to Jim THOMSON (from the Cleveland area in TN). Does anyone have any information about what happened to Frank ROBINSON (death records/cemetery records, etc.) or about his family (father and mother, Henry and Emma ROBINSON)? I’d be grateful for any information on the ROBINSON family.


Cherokee County, NC at Genforum

Cities and towns of Cherokee county:

Andrews
Aquone
Culberson
Marble
Murphy (County Seat)
Topton
Unaka

News related to Cherokee County, NC

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2 die, 1 from NC, in Cherokee County, SC, wreck – Greensboro News & Record


Greensboro News & Record
2 die, 1 from NC, in Cherokee County, SC, wreck
Greensboro News & Record
GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — Two people have died in a wreck on Interstate 85 in Cherokee County. Authorities said the wreck happened when a vehicle crossed the median and cable barriers, crashing into a van.




1 SC, 1 NC resident die in Cherokee County wreck – Charlotte Observer


WHNS Greenville
1 SC, 1 NC resident die in Cherokee County wreck
Charlotte Observer
Coroner Dennis Fowler state in a statement that those killed were 34-year-old Brandon Lynn Yount of Inman and his aunt, 51-year-old Krista Ann Cook, 51, of Albemarle, North Carolina. Fowler said the victims were trapped in their car and died at the scene.
Cherokee coroner: Aunt, nephew killed in I-85 crashSpartanburg Herald Journal

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K9 Ajax Sniffing Out Drugs in Cherokee County – WLOS


WLOS
K9 Ajax Sniffing Out Drugs in Cherokee County
WLOS
MURPHY, N.C. — The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has welcomed a new deputy, but this one is slightly furrier than the rest. Ajax is a black Labrador retriever who is already an asset in the fight against drugs in Western North Carolina. During the
Newest addition to Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Office proving invaluable in the war WRCB-TV
Crimefighting Dog Proving His Worth in Cherokee CountyWTVC

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Deputies seize $900000 in marijuana headed from Colorado to the Carolinas – Spartanburg Herald Journal

Deputies seize $900000 in marijuana headed from Colorado to the Carolinas
Spartanburg Herald Journal
“This traffic stop is a major dent in the marijuana trade for this area as the drugs were scheduled for distribution in the Charlotte, N.C., area,” Sheriff Steve Mueller said in the statement. “The investigation at this point reveals the marijuana came
SC deputies seize nearly $1 million in pot bound for NCWCBD
Nearly $1M In Pot Seized In Cherokee Co. Traffic Stop – Local news, weather WSAV-TV

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Snow, wind blast Asheville area – Asheville Citizen-Times


Asheville Citizen-Times
Snow, wind blast Asheville area
Asheville Citizen-Times
ASHEVILLE – Snow continued to fall in Western North Carolina on Tuesday morning, creating travel problems and forcing schools to close in Tennessee border counties, and light snow even coated downtown Asheville roads. In Asheville, little accumulation …

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Reinhardt president finalists announced – Cherokee Ledger


Cherokee Ledger
Reinhardt president finalists announced
Cherokee Ledger
… from the University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.; a Master of Science in history and sociology of science and technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta; and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Wake Forest University, Winston


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