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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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Cherokee County, NC store hit by two different thieves wanting the same item – WRCB-TV

Cherokee County, NC store hit by two different thieves wanting the same item
WRCB-TV
MURPHY, NC (WRCB) – Two people were arrested for separate shoplifting incidents from the same Cherokee County store. Nicholas Hampton and Wesley Rotgers both face charges of larceny. Deputies say employees of the Tractor Supply on US-64 in …




Three Arrested in Cherokee County, NC – WTVC


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Three Arrested in Cherokee County, NC
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Three people are behind bars in Cherokee County, NC on drug charges and charges of violent crime. Sheriff Keith Lovin said off Kenneth Ryan Jones (pictured top right), 20, David Benjamin Highsmith (pictured bottom center), 24 and Sherry Marie Brooks …
3 arrested in Cherokee County, NCWRCB-TV

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Four Charged in Connection with Cherokee County, NC Traffic Death – WTVC


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Four Charged in Connection with Cherokee County, NC Traffic Death
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… details on how exactly the wreck happened, how many cars were involved, and what each of the four did to warrant their charges. Depend on us to bring you new information as we get it.Four Charged in Connection with Cherokee County, NC Traffic Death.




Murphy man arrested on drug charges – WRCB-TV

Murphy man arrested on drug charges
WRCB-TV
Thirty-nine year old Roger Wayne Stockton of Murphy was arrested on October 14th. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office had him under investigation for his part in the distribution of illegally possessed controlled substances in Cherokee County North …

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NC Man Charged with Shooting Woman – WTVC


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NC Man Charged with Shooting Woman
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A 40-year-old Cherokee County, North Carolina man is charged after police say he shot a woman. The incident happened Friday morning just before noon at a home in the Martins Creek community. Officers got a 911 call to the home, reporting someone there …
Sex offender arrested a third time for failing to provide addressWRCB-TV

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U.S. House candidates Hill, Meadows don’t agree on much – Asheville Citizen-Times


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U.S. House candidates Hill, Meadows don't agree on much
Asheville Citizen-Times
The Republican-friendly 11th takes in 16 WNC counties, from Caldwell and Burke all the way west to Cherokee County in the western tip of the state, and part of Buncombe County. It excludes a third or more of Buncombe, including Asheville, the Swannanoa …


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