About Jackson Co., N.C.
Jackson County, North Carolina was formed in 1851 from parts of Haywood and Macon counties in western North Carolina. Located where the Blue Ridge, Great Smoky and Balsam Mountains come together, it was once part of Cherokee Indian lands but there is evidence that some of the area was settled by whites prior to 1796. These people received title to lands west of the Meigs-Freeman line in what is now Jackson County after an Indian treaty of cession in 1819. By 1828 thousands of settlers had moved into the area. It is known that the following people occupied lands in present day Jackson County before 1820: Nathan Ledbetter, Hugh Brown, Frederick Canuppe, Jacob Tramel, Andrew Bryson, William Buchanan, Thomas Gribble, William Underwood, Barak Norton, John Galloway, Robert Fox, Jesse Reid, William Patterson, John Akin, William Welch, Robert Gillespey, William Fullbright, Benjamin Hide, Samuel Denton, Edward Chastain, Holliman Battle, John Dobson, John Stiles, William Avery, William Bryson, Richard Morrow, William Cathey, John Bryson and John Underwood. By the middle of the 19th century there were several thriving communities located in the area. Jackson County covers 499 square miles and remains today a beautiful rural county in a scenic mountain area. I spent several summer vacations at my grandparent's old house in Jackson County and have many great memories: the old feather mattresses on the beds, waking up to the smell of the fire in the old wood cooking stove and my grandmother's biscuits baking in the oven, walking to the mailbox with my grandmother (it was a mile walk!), visiting Hess Phillip's country store, eating moon pies and drinking R.C. colas. My cousins and I spent long, carefree days exploring the countryside and making wonderful discoveries; finding old Indian artifacts, catching crawdads in the creek and playing in the hayloft of the old barn. We had a freedom that is unfortunately impossible for children today.  The old homeplace in Jackson County was bought by my Great-grandmother  in 1912 and it's 50 acres still remain in the family today.  I inherited 2 acres when my mother passed away and in June we finally put a mobile home on our land in hopes of spending more time there.  Although I grew up and have lived in Michigan for the past 40 years, whenever I visit Jackson County I still get an overwhelming feeling of peace and tranquility, a feeling that I am home.  
The Jackson County Genealogical Society can be contacted at P.O. Box 2108, Cullowhee, North Carolina, 28723   Visit the Jackson County Genealogy Society's homepage