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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

News related to Cherokee County, NC

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Wife Charged with Killing Husband in Cherokee County, NC – WTVC


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Wife Charged with Killing Husband in Cherokee County, NC
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Brickman, who provided a permanent address in Fort Myers, Florida, was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center where she is currently being held under no bond on charges of Assault With A Deadly Weapon With Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious …
Woman arrested for murdering her husband in Cherokee CountyWDEF News 12
UPDATE: Domestic assault ends deadlyWRCB-TV

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Countdown on for opening of new Harrah’s casino, hotel in NC – myfox8.com


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Countdown on for opening of new Harrah's casino, hotel in NC
myfox8.com
CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C. — The new casino and hotel near Murphy, in Cherokee County, is set to open next month. Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel says it will be ready for visitors Sept. 28. The final touch-ups are being made now.

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New Cherokee casino opening just two hours away from Chattanooga area – Chattanooga Times Free Press


Chattanooga Times Free Press
New Cherokee casino opening just two hours away from Chattanooga area
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Murphy, a city with a population in the 2010 census of 1,627 residents, is the county seat of Cherokee County, N.C., which has about 27,000 residents. "What I'm very excited about is the $32 million to $39 million payroll every year," said Phylis




Countdown on for Opening of New Harrah’s Casino, Hotel – WLOS

Countdown on for Opening of New Harrah's Casino, Hotel
WLOS
CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C. — The new casino and hotel near Murphy, in Cherokee County, is set to open next month. Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel says it will be ready for visitors Sept. 28. The final touch-ups are being made now.

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Woodstock named in Top 50 best places to live – Cherokee Ledger


Cherokee Ledger
Woodstock named in Top 50 best places to live
Cherokee Ledger
Not only downtown, though; Cherokee County as a whole draws people through their fantastic school system for families. Growth is going to continue, especially with more. reasons for people to come,” Casdia said, noting the entertainment growth of the …




Dollar Tree could be springboard for Cherokee County – Charleston Regional Business


Charleston Regional Business
Dollar Tree could be springboard for Cherokee County
Charleston Regional Business
Cherokee County business recruiters figure they have been competitive as a tweener along Interstate 85, but landing a Dollar Tree distribution center has them enjoying some extra attention. With Spartanburg on one side and Charlotte on the other, they

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