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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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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

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SCS to benefit from E-learning program – Sampson Independent


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