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Cherokee County, South Carolina
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Map of South Carolina highlighting Cherokee County
Location in the state of South Carolina
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Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 25, 1897
County Seat Gaffney
Courthouse

Contents

Quick Dates

Cherokee County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915   1911  1915 1900  1897  1897 

County Courthouse

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Cherokee County Courthouse
125 E. Floyd Baker Blvd.
Gaffney, SC 26342
Phone: 864-487-2562

Cherokee County Probate Court
1434 North Limestone St.
Gaffney, SC 29341
Phone: 864-487-2583
Hours: 8:30 am - 5 pm Mon.- Fri.
Marriage and Probate records

Cherokee County Clerk of Court
125 E. Floyd Baker Blvd.
Gaffney, SC 29342
Phone: 864-487-2571
Hours: 8:30 am - 5 pm Mon. - Fri.
Court records and Deeds.

History

The county is named after the Cherokee Native American tribe.[1]

Parent County

1897--Cherokee County was created 25 February 1897 from Union, York and Spartanburg Counties. County seat:  Gaffney [2]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[3]

Boundary Changes

"Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Abingdon Etta (hist.) Grassy Pond Saratt
Asbury Ezell (hist.) Grindall (hist.) Smith Ford
Blacksburg Gaffney Hancockville (hist.) Thicketty
Cashion Crossroads Gaston Shoals (hist.) Kings Creek White Plains
Cherokee Falls Gosforth Cross Road (hist.) Lawn (hist.) Wilburn (hist.)
Draytonville Goucher Macedonia Wilkinsville
East Gaffney Gowdeysville (hist.) Mercer (hist.)

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png South Carolina African Americans

  • Malone, Samuel Lorenzo and Ola Copeland. Black Families in Cherokee County, South Carolina, as Taken from 1910-1920 Federal Census. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint, 1993. FHL 975.742 F2m

Cemeteries

There are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Cherokee County, South Carolina Cemeteries.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 21,359
1910 26,179 22.6%
1920 27,570 5.3%
1930 32,201 16.8%
1940 33,290 3.4%
1950 34,992 5.1%
1960 35,205 0.6%
1970 36,791 4.5%
1980 40,983 11.4%
1990 44,506 8.6%
2000 24,298 −45.4%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Cherokee County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see South Carolina Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

See Cherokee County, SC census assignments, including links to transcribed files [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

Church

Cherokee County Churches identifies dozens of churches in the area, courtesy: South Carolina Genealogical Society.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Gaffney

Court

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Charleston County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested.

Family Histories

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

General

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Cherokee, South Carolina at World Connect, results in nearly 10,000 entries.

Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Gotoarrow.png Learn more.

Message Boards

Bibliography

  • [Mullinax] Mullinax, Jack D. The Mullinax Family of Northern South Carolina (York, Union and Cherokee Counties) and Southern North Carolina (Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln Counties). Chesnee, S.C.: Chesnee Hardware, 1983. FHL 929.273 M917mj
  • [Williams] Williams, Johnny Lee. Descendants of Edward Williams, Sr.: of Spartanburg County, South Carolina (now  Cherokee County, South Carolina). Attalla, Ala.: J.L. Williams, 2000. FHL 929.273 W67wjo

Land

Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868

This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and the Columbia Series with their certificates of admeasurement or certification.  All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants

The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.

Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.

Local Histories

  • Gorski, Eddie L., South Carolina Confederate Widows Pension Act of 1919 for Cherokee County (S.l. : s.n., c1991), 54 Leaves. Abstracts from the files in the Probate Judges Office of the Cherokee County Courthouse, Gaffney, S.C. Includes full-name index. Contains information on all Civil War soldiers and widows for cherokee county. Book at FHL 975.742 M2gand Other Libraries
  • Stevens, Robert J.  Captain Bill : the Records and Writings of Captain William Henry Edwards (and Others), Company A, 17th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Confederate States of America. (Richburg, South Carolina : Chester District Genealogical Society, c1985) A History and Genealogy of Chester County, S.C. in Five Volumes. Contents: v. 1. Autobiography of Captain William Henry Edwards, his obituary, a condensed history of the seventeenth regiment including military records -- v. 2. Letters of genealogical and historical importance -- v. 3. Published writings, including obituaries, of the early 20th century -- v. 4. Genealogies of the Edwards, Culp, Edward McFadden & Robert McFadden families; a bibliography.--v. 5. Miscellaneous, Epilogue. Books 1-3 at  FHL 975.747 H2s and Other Libraries

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
  • "Battle of King's Mountain diagram, 1780," Pastmaster Journal of the Mountain Empire, June 2005, Volume 2, Issue 4. Ms Shelby Ireson Edwards : Bristol, VA.
  • "Over Mountain Men at the Battle of Kings Mountain, 1780," Gaston County Historical Bulletin, 2003, Volume 49, Issue 2. Gaston County, North Carolina Historical Society : Gastonia, NC.
  • "Battle of Kings Mountain," Sandy Valley Heritage, November 2000, Volume 19, Issue 4. Big Sandy Valley Historical Society : Hagerhill, KY 41222.
  • "Events to Battle of Kings Mountain," Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, August 1985, Volume 119, Issue 7. Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine : Washington, D.C. FHL Collection Book 973 B2dar.
  • "Battle of Cowpens," Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, November 1973, Volume 107, Issue 9. Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine : Washington, D.C. FHL Collection Book 973 B2dar.
Civil War
  • Gorski, Eddie L., South Carolina Confederate Widows Pension Act of 1919 for Cherokee County (S.l. : s.n., c1991), 54 Leaves. Abstracts from the files in the Probate Judges Office of the Cherokee County Courthouse, Gaffney, S.C. Includes full-name index. Contains information on all Civil War soldiers and widows for cherokee county. Book at FHL 975.742 M2gand Other Libraries
  • Stevens, Robert J.  Captain Bill : the Records and Writings of Captain William Henry Edwards (and Others), Company A, 17th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Confederate States of America. (Richburg, South Carolina : Chester District Genealogical Society, c1985) A History and Genealogy of Chester County, S.C. in Five Volumes. Contents: v. 1. Autobiography of Captain William Henry Edwards, his obituary, a condensed history of the seventeenth regiment including military records -- v. 2. Letters of genealogical and historical importance -- v. 3. Published writings, including obituaries, of the early 20th century -- v. 4. Genealogies of the Edwards, Culp, Edward McFadden & Robert McFadden families; a bibliography.--v. 5. Miscellaneous, Epilogue. Books 1-3 at  FHL 975.747 H2s and Other Libraries

Newspapers

Historic

The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Cherokee County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.

  • Blacksburg Times (Blacksburg, S.C.) 1965-1968.
  • Blacksburg Times and Cherokee Report (Blacksburg, S.C.) 1968-1972.
  • Blacksburg Times and Cherokee Tribune (Blacksburg, S.C.) 1972-current.
  • Gaffney Carolinian (Gaffney City, S.C.) 1881-1884.
  • Gaffney City Trade Review (Gaffney, S.C.) 18??-1???.
  • The Blacksburg News (Spartanburg, S.C.) 1953-1954.
  • The Cherokee News (Gaffney, S.C.) 1903-1919.
  • The Cherokee Times (Gaffney, S.C.) 1922-1930.
  • The Gaffney Ledger (Gaffney, S.C.) 1907-current.
  • The Ledger (Gaffney City, S.C.) 1896-1907.
  • The Weekly Ledger (Gaffney City, S.C.) 1894-1896.

Current

Periodicals

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers new to their area may not encounter. Periodicals at various levels (county, region, and state) may carry articles useful to research in this area. For this county, see:

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Libraries

Cherokee County Public Library

  • 'Main Branch
    '
    Address:
    300 East Rutledge Avenue
    Gaffney, South Carolina 29340
    Telephone: (864) 487-2711
    FAX: (864) 487-2752 (fax)
    Email: cherokeelib@spiritcom.net
    Hours: Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Friday.9am to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m . to 4 p.m.

    The library has a genealogy/local history room that is open all hours that the main library is open. It is staffed from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Monday-Friday by a genealogy assistant. They carry census records, microfilm copies of the longest-standing local paper, The Gaffney Ledger, dating back to its inception in 1894, an extensive Cherokee County collection (including family histories, cemetery records, church records, and plenty of other sources), DAR references, as well as South Carolina records and some out-of-state information. 

    The Heritage Room contains materials relating to the people and history of Cherokee County, South Carolina and other areas. The collection consists of books, pamphlets, census records, microfilm, newspapers, church and family records. Materials in the Heritage Room collection are unique, costly to replace or irreplaceable. When the room is not staffed it will be unavailable to the public.

    Heritage Room hours beginning Tuesday, February 1, 2011 are: Monday to Thursday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    The library itself offers access to two online genealogy databases, Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library. Heritage Quest is available remotely to Cherokee County Public Library card holders. Their catalog is online.
  • Blacksgurg Branch
    S Rutherford Street
    Blacksburg, South Carolina 29702
    Telephone: (864) 839-2630
    FAX: (864) 839-2572
    Hours: Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 10 a. m. to 5 p. m.

Museums

  • Cherokee County History & Arts Museum
    Address:
    301 College Drive
    Gaffney, S.C. 29340
    Telephone: 864-489-3988
    Located on the 1812 mustering ground of the South Carolina Militia and the site of the historic Central School building, the Cherokee County History & Arts Museum is also home to the offices of its governing body, the Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society. Phase I of the facility opened in May 2008 and renovations are currently underway on Phases II and III of the building. Upon completion, the History & Arts Museum will house over 20,000sq. feet of exhibits, meeting spaces, and educational resources for Cherokee County residents and visitors.
  • The Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society seeks to preserve historical sites in the county. Their email is: chaps@cherokeecountyhistory.org


Societies

Family History Centers

Gaffney South Carolina
701 W Buford St
Gaffney, Cherokee, South Carolina, United States
Phone: 864-489-2615
Hours: T 10am-6pm; W-6pm-9pm; Th 10am-2pm &, 6pm-9pm Sat 10am-2pm;
Attention: Patrons can call during posted hours to ensure the center is open!

Web Sites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Charleston County, South Carolina

References

  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).

 

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