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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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Sex Offender Sought in Cherokee County, NC – WTVC


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Sex Offender Sought in Cherokee County, NC
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Back in May of 1999, Leistra entered a guilty plea in Cherokee County Superior Court to Indecent Liberties with a Child. North Carolina General Statute (NCGS) 14-208.5 requires that individuals that are convicted of certain offenses to register with




New Details Emerge in Cherokee County, NC Homicide – WTVC


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New Details Emerge in Cherokee County, NC Homicide
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New Details Emerge in Cherokee County, NC Homicide. New details have emerged surrounding the death of a man in Murphy, North Carolina over the weekend. Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer tells NewsChannel 9 that the incident all started with a …
UPDATE: Deadly shooting at Murphy, NC businessWRCB-TV
Fatal Shooting at Murphy, NC Business, News Release from CCSOFetchyournews.com

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Grenade Found on Road in Cherokee County – WLOS


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Grenade Found on Road in Cherokee County
WLOS
At about 6:24 pm on March 23rd, 2014 the Cherokee County Communications Center received a call from a citizen stating that while driving on East US 64 they saw what they believed to be a grenade laying on the side of the road near the city limits of
Bomb Technician Called in Cherokee CountyWTVC

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MOUNTAIN MONSTERS: Did AIMS Really Get Trail-Cam Footage of NC … – TVRuckus


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MOUNTAIN MONSTERS: Did AIMS Really Get Trail-Cam Footage of NC
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One thing that can get discouraging for viewers is when their favorite “on the hunt” shows hunt, hunt, hunt but never seem to make a single catch. Last night on MOUNTAIN MONSTERS, Destination America tossed fans a bone with the capture of the Cherokee …




Braves put losing streak behind them – Asheville Citizen-Times


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Braves put losing streak behind them
Asheville Citizen-Times
Cherokee recently ended one of the longest losing streaks in Western North Carolina baseball (28 games). The Braves' 5-4 win home … The two Smoky Mountain Conference teams play again Tuesday afternoon in Cherokee County at 4 p.m.. – Follow the HS …

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JOINT CLAY/CHEROKEE COUNTY OPERATIONS NETS DRUGS AND ARRESTS – Fetchyournews.com

JOINT CLAY/CHEROKEE COUNTY OPERATIONS NETS DRUGS AND ARRESTS
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Murphy, NC— Clay County Sheriff Vic Davis and Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the February 18th, 2015 arrest of 41 year old Clay County man William Allen Blizzard, 21 year old Clay County woman Jacqueline Carol Patterson and 41 …


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