Spann to address Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society

Posted 3/19/17

The regular monthly meeting of the Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society will be held today at 3 p.m., at the Hiwassee River Heritage Center.

Laura Spann will discuss her research of the …

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Spann to address Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society

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The regular monthly meeting of the Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society will be held today at 3 p.m., at the Hiwassee River Heritage Center.

Laura Spann will discuss her research of the Cherokee Reservations within the Hiwassee Land District. The 1817 Treaty of the Cherokee Agency and the 1819 Calhoun Treaty ceded over 4 million acres of Cherokee land to the United States.

This territory included what is now McMinn and Monroe counties, along with parts of Polk, Meigs, Loudon and Roane counties.

The treaty allowed each Indian head of household who chose to become a citizen of the U.S. to be granted a 640-acre reservation, with some specific occupancy stipulations. Mapping these reservations provides a geographic reference for historians, genealogists and Cherokee descendants in pinpointing the locations of the Cherokee ancestral homes.

Using multiple documents and research tools, Spann is assembling the “puzzle pieces” needed to create a comprehensive map of this history-rich area.

The public is invited to join us as Spann shares her research with us. The Heritage Center is located at 8746 Hiwassee St., Charleston TN 37310.

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