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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

Latest North Carolina Genealogy Query posts for Cherokee County from the Forum:

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

“cherokee county” nc – Google News

Breaking: Cherokee County Superintendent Charged with DWI – WLOS


WLOS
Breaking: Cherokee County Superintendent Charged with DWI
WLOS
The Superintendent for Cherokee County Schools is suspended with pay, following a DWI charge over the weekend. The school board suspended Dr. Stephen Lane with pay Monday afternoon, pending the outcome of an investigation. The North Carolina …




Cherokee County NC School Superintendent placed on paid suspension – WRCB-TV

Cherokee County NC School Superintendent placed on paid suspension
WRCB-TV
The Cherokee County Board of Education in North Carolina has suspended school Superintendent Stephen Lane. The Board did not release the reason why Lane was suspended only stating, "The Board has voted to suspend Dr. Lane with pay pursuant to …




Cherokee County evidence investigations revealed as sheriff campaign escalates – Carolina Public Press

Cherokee County evidence investigations revealed as sheriff campaign escalates
Carolina Public Press
MURPHY — In Cherokee County, much of the current news is focused around a triumphant high school football program, a casino that's slated to open in 2015 and the hotly debated prospect of fracking in the mountains. But the county is also ground zero




Alleged leader of multistate meth operation arrested in Cherokee – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Alleged leader of multistate meth operation arrested in Cherokee
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Four people arrested Friday when drug agents raided a Cherokee County home looking for the alleged leader of a multistate methamphetamine operation remain behind bars, authorities said Thursday. Cherokee sheriff's spokesman Jay Baker said agents …

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The superintendent for Cherokee County, NC Schools has been suspended with … – WTVC


WTVC
The superintendent for Cherokee County, NC Schools has been suspended with
WTVC
Cherokee Co. School Superintendent Suspended Following DUI. The superintendent for Cherokee County, NC Schools has been suspended with pay after being charged with DUI. Dr. Stephen Lane was arrested Saturday afternoon. The highway patrol says …

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Issuing a call to expand Medicaid – Asheville Citizen-Times

Issuing a call to expand Medicaid
Asheville Citizen-Times
Expand Medicaid Now is a group of volunteers in the Cherokee County community dedicated to expanding Medicaid services in North Carolina. We represent citizens of our state who cannot afford the health care they need, and we represent many health …

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