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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

Latest North Carolina Genealogy Query posts for Cherokee County from the Forum:

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

“cherokee county” nc – Google News

Robbinsville man arrested for robbery – WRCB-TV

Robbinsville man arrested for robbery
WRCB-TV
MURPHY, NC (WRCB) – The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office arrested 57-year-old Ronnie Kenneth Shuler, of Robbinsville North Carolina for Common Law Robbery, Assault, and Injury to Personal Property charges stemming from a domestic dispute.

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Oconee council rejects tax increase – Anderson Independent Mail


Anderson Independent Mail
Oconee council rejects tax increase
Anderson Independent Mail
The remainder includes the building of two reactors in Cherokee County. The other 87 percent of Duke's investment has been in North Carolina. The value of a county operations mill is $498,012, according to Nix, with the value of a school tax mill now




Editorial: A bipartisan push to remedy gerrymandering – Battle Creek Enquirer

Editorial: A bipartisan push to remedy gerrymandering
Battle Creek Enquirer
Two former legislators, one from each party, are mounting a new effort to end gerrymandering in the drawing of congressional and legislative districts in North Carolina. … Roger West, a Republican from the Cherokee County community of Marble, or Rep.

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Murphy man arrested for kidnapping – WRCB-TV

Murphy man arrested for kidnapping
WRCB-TV
… appear in Cherokee County District Court on September 03, 2014. To report crime in Cherokee County you can call the anonymous tip line at 828-837-1344 or email a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov or call 911 if you observe a crime in progress.




Cherokee County evidence investigations revealed as sheriff campaign escalates – Carolina Public Press

Cherokee County evidence investigations revealed as sheriff campaign escalates
Carolina Public Press
MURPHY — In Cherokee County, much of the current news is focused around a triumphant high school football program, a casino that's slated to open in 2015 and the hotly debated prospect of fracking in the mountains. But the county is also ground zero




Alleged leader of multistate meth operation arrested in Cherokee – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Alleged leader of multistate meth operation arrested in Cherokee
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Four people arrested Friday when drug agents raided a Cherokee County home looking for the alleged leader of a multistate methamphetamine operation remain behind bars, authorities said Thursday. Cherokee sheriff's spokesman Jay Baker said agents …
4 suspects arrested in meth bustCherokee Tribune

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