The History of Land Titles in Western North Carolina
By: George H. Smathers, Pub. 1938, reprinted 2023, 178 pages, Index, soft cover, ISBN #978-1-63914-167-8.
This book is a history of the Cherokee land laws affecting the title to land lying west of the Meigs and Freeman line, and the laws affecting the title of land lying east of the Meigs and Freeman line back to the top of the Blue Ridge, including all the land on the waters of French Broad River in what was formerly Buncombe County, which at that time included all the land west of the Blue Ridge in the state of North Carolina. Chapters within discuss: the Indian Treaties and their effect on Land Titles west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Statutes and Laws relating to Land Titles, Origin of Title to Lands now held by Cherokee Indians in NC and Acts of the Legislature creating various counties.