Cherokee Rolls: Hester Roll
In 1883, Joseph G Hester compiled a roll of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, those Cherokee who remained east after the Trail of Tears. Enrollees lived primarily in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.
This database includes both the applicants who were accepted for enrollment and those who were rejected.
Finding your ancestor on this Cherokee roll indicates that they were Cherokee, however this is not a final roll so cannot be used as proof for tribal enrollment in the Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band (UKB), or the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
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Elements of the Hester Roll:
First Name – The first name of an enrolled individuals. In cases where only one name is given, it is listed here.
Alternative Name – Anytime an additional name was given for an individual, it’s here.
Location – the name of the town, county, and state where the individual resides.
Status – This field indicates if the individuals application was accepted or rejected from the roll.
Roll Number – Each individual’s roll number. In cases where the applicant was rejected, this field says “N/R” for not registered.
Family Number – This is an All Things Cherokee generated number. This helps to links the individuals of one family who were listed together.
Please enter at least three characters of the persons first or last name to search the roll.