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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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Man gets 21-year sentence in Murphy, NC, drug store robbery – Chattanooga Times Free Press


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Man gets 21-year sentence in Murphy, NC, drug store robbery
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Larry Wayne Reid was among three people charged in the robbery of Parker's Drug Store in the Peachtree community of Murphy, N.C., according to a statement from Sheriff Derrick Palmer. Cherokee County Superior Court Judge William H. Coward …




Cherokee County seeks info in suspicious death – Chattanooga Times Free Press


Chattanooga Times Free Press
Cherokee County seeks info in suspicious death
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Cherokee County, N.C., authorities are seeking information in what is being described as a "suspicious death" in the Marble community about halfway between the towns of Murphy and Andrews. The investigation began around 2 a.m. Jan. 9 when officers …
Cherokee County deputies investigate suspicious deathWDEF News 12

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Cherokee County man sentenced for pharmacy robbery – WTVC


WTVC
Cherokee County man sentenced for pharmacy robbery
WTVC
CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C. — A Cherokee County man will spend more than 20 years in prison after being convicted of robbing a pharmacy back in January, 2013. Sheriff Derrick Palmer says Judge William H. Coward sentenced Larry Wayne Reid to over …




Cherokee Co. Deputies Investigating Suspicious Death – WDEF News 12


WDEF News 12
Cherokee Co. Deputies Investigating Suspicious Death
WDEF News 12
CHEROKEE COUNTY, NC (WDEF) — Deputies in Cherokee County, North Carolina are investigating a suspicious death. They were called to a Marble home shortly before 2 a.m., Monday, for an unknown medical problem. When first responders arrived, they …
Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Office investigating suspicious deathWRCB-TV

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81-year-old Murphy man charged with sexually assaulting a child – WTVC


WRCB-TV
81-year-old Murphy man charged with sexually assaulting a child
WTVC
He'll next appear in Cherokee County District Court on January 25th. Sheriff Palmer says you can report crime in Cherokee County by calling the anonymous tip line at 828-837-1344 or email a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov or call 911 if you …
Murphy senior citizen jailed on child sexual assault chargeChattanooga Times Free Press
Cherokee Co. deputies arrest man for sexual assaults on childWRCB-TV

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SCOUTING AROUND: Vegas act comes to Murphy; Teacher wins Lego award – The Cherokee Scout


The Cherokee Scout
SCOUTING AROUND: Vegas act comes to Murphy; Teacher wins Lego award
The Cherokee Scout
Big Brother Big Sisters of Cherokee County is bringing Las Vegas to Murphy for another dinner and show fundraiser. This year's featured performer is Morgane Latouche as Celine Dion, and the event will be held at McGuire's Millrace Farm in Peachtree on …


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