All Things Cherokee
All Things Cherokee is an online resource for Cherokee genealogy information, history, culture, and art.
December 21, 2015 by bnowot 1 Comment
John Holiday of Va or WV
December 28, 2015 at 11:23 pm
There is no individual enumerated on any of the main Cherokee rolls with that surname.
Also, there were never any Cherokee settlements in WV or VA. The last war parties launching raids into extreme southwest VA occurred in the 1790s. These two states have no connection to the Cherokee communities. And individuals families that moved into VA in more recent times, would still have to prove their ancestral connections to Cherokee communities and lineage that came from further south.
After 1840, there were two general locations where Cherokees could be found east of the Missisippi. This was a community around what is now Qualla Boundary, NC, along with a handful of fullblood families across the borderin eastern Tennessee. These families subsequently moved west or joined the Eastern Band in NC. And then there were a few hundred mixed blood family units and scattered individuals living in eastern TN, northeast AL, northern GA, and western NC. By the 1850s and beyond, some mixed blood families could be found further from the original Cherokee homeland, in surrounding states. But, all of these families tie back to ancestors from known families, who came from intact Cherokee communities.
I would recommend that you trace your lineage through this John Holiday and go back as far as you can, building a verified tree. You can then review what the records and community connections are showing. Looking for names on rolls is sort of working backwards (if you are following genealogical principles). Good luck with your search.
You must be logged in to post a comment.