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Cherokee Arrowoods

by Ralph Clark

It seems that nearly every Arrowood descendant has some family tradition of descent from a Cherokee ancestor. Alas, however, an actual documented Cherokee Arrowood, or spouse of an Arrowood, seems as elusive as Bigfoot. I've undertaken here to list some facts, traditions, stories, and rumors about the subject.

Apart from Cherokee Arrowoods, there is a tradition of a couple of Anderson spouses who were said to be "full Cherokee." I've included them in the discussion where information has been discovered.


There are some real, documented Cherokee Arrowoods, though not of the generation to which most descendants attribute their presumed ancestry.


Stories and rumors of Cherokee ancestry abound.


There are various rolls and lists of members of the Cherokee tribe.


Contributions of information appropriate to this page will be gratefully received.

Notes and References

1. Boyce D. Timmons and Alice Tyner Timmons, eds., Supplement to the 1880 Authenticated Rolls of the Cherokee Nation (Chi-Ga-U, Inc., 1980).

2. James W. Tyner, ed., Those Who Cried - The 16,000 - A record of the individual Cherokees listed in the United States official census of the Cherokee Nation conducted in 1835 (Chi-Ga-U, Inc., 1974).