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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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Former volunteer firefighter charged with embezzlement of fund in Cherokee County, NC – Chattanooga Times Free Press


Chattanooga Times Free Press
Former volunteer firefighter charged with embezzlement of fund in Cherokee County, NC
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Former volunteer firefighter Brandon Scott Goforth, who gave a Hayesville, N.C., was booked on 34 counts stemming from an embezzlement of funds at a local volunteer fire department, according to a statement from Cherokee County, N.C., Sheriff Derrick …
Cherokee County man arrested for embezzlement from Volunteer Fire DepartmentWDEF News 12
Ex-volunteer firefighter arrested for embezzlementWTVC

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Curry hauls in another honor – Asheville Citizen-Times


Asheville Citizen-Times
Curry hauls in another honor
Asheville Citizen-Times
Michael Curry hasn't played high school sports in Western North Carolina since 2013. He hasn't been forgotten in Cherokee County. The former multi-sport standout from Murphy is dignifying himself and then some as the University of Georgia baseball team

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NC Boxing Authority members visit Cherokee – Cherokee One Feather


Cherokee One Feather
NC Boxing Authority members visit Cherokee
Cherokee One Feather
Cameron Cooper (left), an EBCI tribal member and member of the N.C. Boxing Authority, and Cherokee County –Snowbird Rep. Adam Wachacha (2nd from left), speak with members of the N.C. Boxing Authority in the Tribal Council Chambers on Friday, June …

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Money, drugs & guns seized, NC fugitive caught in Gaffney – WSPA.com


WSPA.com
Money, drugs & guns seized, NC fugitive caught in Gaffney
WSPA.com
GAFFNEY, SC (WSPA) – Cherokee County deputies have arrested a woman at a motel in Gaffney who was wanted in North Carolina. Tangie Nicole Carroll (From: Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Office) 28-year-old Tangie Nicole Carroll of Kings Mountain, NC, was …
Deputies bust motel room, find drugs, $21K cashWYFF Greenville

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I-85 widening in Cherokee County could begin in 2018 – Spartanburg Herald Journal

I-85 widening in Cherokee County could begin in 2018
Spartanburg Herald Journal
Cherokee County officials said the project has been years in the making, and will be important for economic development. One 105-acre industrial site along I-85 near Gaffney was recently identified as ready for development by Duke Energy. The widening

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Two Georgia doctors indicted for trafficking drugs in Cherokee County, NC – WDEF News 12


WDEF News 12
Two Georgia doctors indicted for trafficking drugs in Cherokee County, NC
WDEF News 12
Murphy, NC (WDEF) – 59-year-old James Lanier Heaton and 58-year-old John Michael Gowder both of Blairsville Georgia were indicted this week by the Cherokee County Grand Jury. During a joint investigation being conducted in North Georgia into …
Georgia doctors indicted for traffickingWTVC

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