To my knowledge, no one has traced our common BUCE / BUSE / BUICE ancestors back far enough to determine when, or if, they immigrated to the United States. The only clue I have found in my own family line is that my great-great-great grandfather, William BUICE, was listed on North Carolina census records as having parents "not of foreign birth."
The following areas are places our BUCE / BUSE / BUICE ancestors have resided.
North Carolina county lines changed repeatedly over the years as county lines
BUCE/BUSE families of North Carolina lived in Hayward Co., Cherokee Co., Rowan Co., and more.
Rootsweb's site on North
Carolina reminds us:
While researching your Cherokee County ancestors, keep in mind that Cherokee
County was formed from Macon County in 1839; Macon was formed from Haywood
County in 1828;Haywood County was formed from Buncombe County in 1808, and
Buncombe County was formed in 1791 from Burke and Rutherford Counties. Clay
County was formed from Cherokee County in 1861. It is possible that your ancestor
did not really move but actually lived in a portion of Buncombe County that
later became another county.
From the Cherokee County, North Carolina site:
Cherokee County is located in the Southwestern corner of North Carolina. It is in the Blue Ridge chain of the Great Smoky Mountains. Cherokee County has two towns, Murphy, the county seat, and Andrews. The population of the county is 22,416. The town of Murphy has a population of 1,588. The 100 square mile county encompasses 300,100 acres. Additionally, there are 8,700 acres of Lakes, 38,887 acres of Farm land, and 6,000 acres of Indian land. The county is surrounded by the Nantahala Forest. According to topography maps at the US Forest Service Office, Tusquitee District, the highest elevation in the county is about 5,149 feet, on the corners where Cherokee and Clay counties meet near Tusquitee Bald at Fires Creek. The lowest elevation is listed at 1,170 feet, where Apalachia Lake crossses into Tennessee. There are many lakes, including the Hiwassee, Appalachia, and the Cherokee Lakes. Scenic backdrops, trails to hike, and breathtaking mountain views, where the air is crisp and clean.
CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS
Map source: National Parks Services
Several members of the BUCE/BUSE family migrated from North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennesee to
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama and Georgia, closely following the Cherokee Trail of Tears. BUCE family members were documented living in Hothouse Township in Cherokee County, North Carolina, and moving to Talequah, Oklahoma, and Siloam Springs Arkansas. Several BUCE family members settled into Alabama and Georgia. Several BUCE family members married Cherokee spouses.
Cherokee County Indian Families states:
"The area that is now Cherokee County was once part of the Qualla Boundary, the stronghold of the Cherokee Nation prior to the Trail of Tears removal in 1838. Many mixed Indian families farmed in the style of English, Scottish and Irish settlers who came to the area following the American Revolution and had been granted land and American citizenship. When the government undertook the removal all of the Indians and Indian families to Oklahoma, many stayed behind, hiding in the mountain wilderness. Later, when it was safe, they returned and resumed their lives. Most lost the land they owned prior to the removal, but North Carolina, realizing their mistake, made efforts to correct the injustice that was done. Many were able to buy back their land. Often it was not the same land they owned prior to the removal because the land had been sold. About 5,600 acres of Cherokee County is "reservation" land, belonging to the Eastern Band of Cherokees and descendents of the first Cherokees to live in the area. "
Migration of the BUCE family
Stars on map indicate some known locations for BUCE family members.
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