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Cherokee County Genealogy




Cherokee County was formed in 1897 from parts of Union, York and Spartanburg Counties. Gaffney is the county seat. The name is for the Cherokee Nation which inhabited the area before European settlement. The name is also attributed to the community of Cherokee Falls. During the Revolutionary war, the battle of Kings Mountain took place here in 1780 and the Battle of Cowpens in 1780. Prior to the Revolutionary Period, this area was a buffer between the Catawba Indians and the Cherokee. At one point the Cherokee encourage a group of Shawnee to settle in the area as an added buffer against the Catawba.

There have been border disputes between North and South Carolina and at times settlers in this area might have considered themselves residents of Mecklenberg or Tryon County, NC as the state lines were negotiated. In 1821 the boundary dispute was resolved.

Cherokee County SCGenweb site

Cherokee County Courthouse
210 N. Limestone Street
County Administration Building
Gaffney, SC 29340

Census

1920 Federal Census transcription Ordered by last name

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Cherokee County

Query Forums

Cherokee County, SC Forum for Queries

Cherokee County, SC at genforum

Cities and towns in Cherokee County:

Blacksburg
Cherokee Falls
Gaffney (County Seat)
Kings Creek

News related to Cherokee County, SC

“cherokee county” sc – Google News

SCSDB names Page McCraw interim president effective August – Spartanburg Herald Journal

SCSDB names Page McCraw interim president effective August
Spartanburg Herald Journal
McCraw spent 24 years in the Cherokee County School District, serving as a math teacher, career center director, director of educational programs and personnel director. She also served as the director of career and technology education for the state …

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Audia joins Clemson staff as an assistant – Cherokee Ledger

Audia joins Clemson staff as an assistant
Cherokee Ledger
Weighing his options on his future landing spot, former Sequoyah High School head coach Kelly Audia is packing his bags for Clemson, S.C., after Tigers head coach Jolene Jordan Hoover hired the Cherokee County native as an assistant coach and …




Gaffney woman dies from wreck injuries – Charlotte Observer

Gaffney woman dies from wreck injuries
Charlotte Observer
GAFFNEY, S.C. A Gaffney woman has died of injuries suffered in a wreck last week, according to the Cherokee County Coroner's Office. Rachel Lail Smith, 73, died Tuesday evening at a hospital in Spartanburg, Coroner Dennis Fowler said. Smith was injured …

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Charges Upgraded In Cherokee Co. Fatal DUI Crash – WNCT


Charlotte Observer
Charges Upgraded In Cherokee Co. Fatal DUI Crash
WNCT
Cherokee County, S.C. – Charges against Austin Shackleford, the man accused in a drunk driving crash that killed two people in Cherokee County over the weekend, have been upgraded. It happened on SC 110, just 5 miles north of Cowpens Saturday night, …
SC teen driver charged in deaths of woman, motherCharlotte Observer
Second person dies following Saturday crash in Cherokee CountySpartanburg Herald Journal
More charges filed in fatal Cherokee County wreckAnderson Independent Mail
The Tribune
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SC man convicted again for exposing woman to HIV – The State


The State
SC man convicted again for exposing woman to HIV
The State
A Taylors man received a three-year sentence for exposing a woman to HIV, but is expected to serve two years of probation, according to a court document. Gregory Sean Martinez, 45, of 8 Cohu Drive received the sentence last week in Cherokee County.

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SCDOT plans to build bridge over Limestone Creek in Cherokee County – Spartanburg Herald Journal

SCDOT plans to build bridge over Limestone Creek in Cherokee County
Spartanburg Herald Journal
The S.C. Department of Transportation plans to build a bridge over Limestone Creek in Cherokee County. According to a statement from SCDOT, the project will require the temporary closure of Baker Road beginning May 12. The bridge will be built on Baker …

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