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Re: [jacksongenealogy] cherokee in Northern Alabama

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  • Joy Smith
    Richard, Would your Cherokee ancestry be through your Matthews? My hubby s grandmother is Puncheon Jim s granddaughter. ... From: prm@hiwaay.net To:
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      Would your Cherokee ancestry be through your Matthews? My hubby's grandmother is Puncheon Jim's granddaughter.
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      From: prm@...
      To: jacksongenealogy@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 7:18 AM
      Subject: Re: [jacksongenealogy] cherokee in Northern Alabama


      The Cherokee native American tribe is more ingrained in Jackson County's past
      and present more than is generally known. Many of our earliest settlers married
      Cherokee women. All of the southeastern half of our county was still in
      Cherokee hands until around 1835, fifteen years after Jackson County was formed
      and just 25 years prior to the WBTS. No one knows how many Cherokee hid back in
      the hills during removal days, but there must have been a considerable number.

      Most of people still living in this area are still unaware of their Cherokee
      heritage, I just found mine in the past few years, but I high percentage of
      long time Jackson County families have strong blood ties to the Cherokee.

      I know of no good easy reference about Cherokee families of Jackson County, but
      government removal records are well documented and available at most libraries.
      Those records list the towns from where the natives were taken.

      Even our grand Tennessee River, that flows through Jackson County, was
      called "The Cherokee" during settlement days.

      Quoting Kevin <kmhusa@...>:

      > Does anyone have any information on members of the cherokee or other
      > tribes that either stayed in Jackson county after removal or returned
      > to Jackson county shortly after? The time frame I am most interested
      > in is up to the start of the civil war.
      > Kevin Hall

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