Banner photo, ALLEN MINCEYDEBBIE MOORE will be presenting her new book set, "The 1836 Cherokee Nation Property Evaluations," at the Trail of Tears Symposium on Wednesday in Fort Smith, …
Banner photo, ALLEN MINCEY
DEBBIE MOORE will be presenting her new book set, "The 1836 Cherokee Nation Property Evaluations," at the Trail of Tears Symposium on Wednesday in Fort Smith, Ark.
Debbie Moore has studied the history of Bradley County and the region for years, and on Wednesday will present her latest findings.
Her latest book, titled, "The 1836 Cherokee Nation Property Evaluations," was recently completed, but Moore said it's been over 30 years in the making.
"In the 1980s, a lady by the name of Shirley Hoskins found these records, and instead of just copying the records for her family, she copied all of them," Moore noted. "These are the 500-plus property evaluations of the Cherokee Nation.
"In 1835, there was a treaty that said those who had to leave would be paid for everything that could not be moved," she continued. "So they were paid for items like fruit trees, and scions — some had big orchards — they were paid for cabins, so I was told of the histories and I went and found them and typed them up for this book."
She said that the books are for reference to the area, "a resource book," that people can use to learn more about their family's properties.
"There were four evaluators and over the course of 30 days, [they] did all these evaluations," Moore said. These evaluators set up prices for the items that could be sold.
"Our evaluations go from $1 to thousands of dollars," she added. Most of these evaluations were of properties owned by Cherokee individuals and families in the Ocoee region.
She said that evaluations done by someone named John Tipton is missing, which would have helped complete the research.
"As (husband) Ron said, it is probably up under someone's bed," she smiled. "I would pray that someone has it and would bring it to me, as I would like to do the same thing with it as I have in the book.
"That would be such an important resource, and quite interesting, too," Moore said.
She admitted that the books (two volumes have been put together) "are not a fun read — they are reference books."
However, anyone who has an interest in the Cherokee Nation in Bradley County would enjoy finding out about the region, and possibly about property owned by family back in the 1800's.
There are also historical photographs interspersed throughout the books. Many of the cabins and farmhouses pictured still exist.
Moore will be presenting the books at the 22nd Annual Trail of Tears Symposium. She will be presenting at Fort Smith, Ark.
"I am going to explain the books to them, and how these evaluations were done," she said.
Moore will also hold a presentation and book signing on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cleveland Bradley County Library's History Branch. The books will be available for sale at that time for $40 a set.
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