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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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More than 350 dogs seized from suspected puppy mill – USA TODAY


USA TODAY
More than 350 dogs seized from suspected puppy mill
USA TODAY
Joy Wise, owner of Heavenly Kennels near Cumming, Ga., faces 264 counts of animal cruelty after Cherokee County marshals took 357 dogs Tuesday from her property, authorities said. Officials found the animals living in their own feces without adequate
Over 350 Dogs Seized From Suspected Puppy Mill In GAWLTX.com
More than 350 animals rescued from kennelCherokee Tribune
357 Dogs Found Living in "Deplorable Conditions"Patch.com
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North Carolina man accused of vandalizing airport, trying to steal planes – WRCB-TV

North Carolina man accused of vandalizing airport, trying to steal planes
WRCB-TV
CHEROKEE COUNTY, NC (WRCB) – A North Carolina man is facing a slew of charges. He is accused of breaking into an airport, vandalizing several planes, then taking a John Deer tractor on a joyride. He was caught and arrested by the Cherokee County …




Commander David Hartline named Veteran of the Year, Legionnaire of the Year – Northwest Georgia News

Commander David Hartline named Veteran of the Year, Legionnaire of the Year
Northwest Georgia News
Hartline was nominated by Cherokee County Post 62 and also received letters of support from Cherokee County Commission Chairman/Probate Judge Kirk Day, the Cherokee County Commission, Centre Mayor Tony Wilkie, Sen. Gerald Dial. He was also pleased to

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Wormz Organic collapse latest in string of shady deals – The Independent Tribune

Wormz Organic collapse latest in string of shady deals
The Independent Tribune
CONCORD, N.C. — Area residents are picking up the pieces after the sudden collapse of Wormz Organic, which investors say was a scam perpetrated by a serial fraudster who's now sitting in a South Carolina jail. Wormz Organic appears to be the latest in

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Murphy Man Charged with Murder – WLOS

Murphy Man Charged with Murder
WLOS
Hill's residence was secured so that Investigators from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office along with a mobile crime scene team from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation could continue to process the scene. The cause and manner of death
Murphy man arrested for murderWRCB-TV

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Cherokee Co. man arrested for causing damage to airport – WRCB-TV

Cherokee Co. man arrested for causing damage to airport
WRCB-TV
A Cherokee County, North Carolina man is being held without bond after allegedly causing damage to an airport. 22-year-old Joseph Jumper is facing several charges including breaking and entering, burglary, and larceny. Police say he broke into the …


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