You can check the Dawes Rolls for Native American affiliation at>>>https://www.okhistory.org/research/dawesresults.php?fname=zora&lname=sharp&tribe=&rollnum=&cardnum=&action=Search
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Dear Ms. Welch,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
The existence of records will heavily depend on where they lived. The Office of Indian Affairs closed its Cherokee Agency in Tennessee in 1835 when the removal was in full swing. With most of the tribe moved to present day Oklahoma, the Eastern Band of Cherokee ended up in North Carolina. Thus, any Cherokee that remained in Tennessee after removal are not captured in federal records. If you can trace your family tree back to 1835, you may be able to locate ancestors on the census rolls of Cherokee’s in Tennessee
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the following 14 series in the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Record Group 75):
- Eastern Cherokee Census Rolls, 1835 - 1884 that includes 42 file units with the name “Sharp” (all digitized)
- Letters Received, 1824 - 1880 that contains a file unit titled M234 - Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1881 (digitized)
- Registers of Letters Received, 1824 - 1880 (digitized)
- Cherokee Emigration Rolls , 1817 - 1838 (digitized)
- 10 series of Records of the Cherokee Indian Agency in Tennessee, 1801-1835 (M208) (not digitized)
For access to M208, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
M208 has been digitized by fold3.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
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