HISTORY OF THE CHEROHALA - BOB STRATTON BALD & STRATTON MEADOWS

Located just a few steps off the Cherohala Skyway, on the north side of the bridge that crosses FR81.

Bob "Stratton" Bald (elevation 5355) is located in the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness Area on the western end of Naked Ground Trail at the headwaters of Little Santeetlah Creek on the east side, Slickrock Creek on the north, and Citico Creek on the west. It is accessible by trail only. There is a trail leading to Bob Stratton Bald on the Cherohala Skyway at Beech Gap (near the state line).

Stratton Meadows is located at the intersection of FR81 and the Cherohala Skyway.

Absolum (AB) Strutton/Stratton was born in 1772 in North Wilkesboro, Wilkes Co., NC and died August 8, 1852 probably in TN. He married Darcus Shearman on October 25, 1806 in Wilkes Co., NC. According to a story related by a Stratton researcher, Absolum was visiting his son John who "lived at Stratton Meadow, in a big two-story log house about 200 yards inside Tennessee...Absolum got sick and he and others in the family knew he was going to die. Since he did not fear death, they discussed it freely. John and some of his sons cut a large tree and from it they hewed a coffin. Ablsoum said he liked Tennessee and North Carolina equally well and wanted to be buried in both states. They buried him astride the line, with his head in Carolina and his feet in TN."

JOHN STRUTTON was born October 11, 1799 in NC and died July 9, 1862 in TN. He married Alydia Clark who was born January 18, 1795 in NC and died November 9, 1874 in TN. They were married April 16, 1820. John was a captain in the Blount county militia and participated in the Cherokee removal ca. 1839.

Excerpted from "History of Western North Carolina - County History" - John and Robert Stratton came from Monroe county, Tenn., in the thirties and settled on the Unaka mountains between the head of the Sassafras ridge and Santeetla creek. John lived on the John Stratton Bald ten years and caught 19 panthers on the Laurel Top, making "bacon" of their hams and shoulders. He came with nothing but his rifle, blanket, skillet and ammunition, but made enough herding cattle and selling deer and bear hams and hides, etc., to buy a fine farm in Monroe county, Tenn.

ROBERT STRUTTON was born 1825 in Blount County, TN, and died September 4, 1864 in Graham Co., NC - Jenkins/Santeetlah Baptist Church Cemetery. He married NARCISSUS NICHOLS May 25, 1845 in Blount Co., TN (Source: Family Tree Achives CD #229). He served in the 59th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Company G, CSA. According to records found by a Stratton researcher, Robert moved a few miles from his father's place to a spot still called Bob Bald and built a rude hut with a chimney. He lived there with his wife Narcissus and eight children. On September 2, 1864, he set out to hunt a stray cow. He carried a new rifle and Jackson Roberts went with him. As they came down the road through Ball Play community in Monroe County, Stratton noticed a paper in the road. It was trap. As he leaned over to pick it up the Kirkland Bushwhackers killed him with a volley of shots that also wounded Roberts. Roberts hid in a pile of wood, the bushwhackers took Bob's new rifle and left-Roberts died two days later. CLICK HERE for more on the Kirklands and how bushwackers once roamed Graham County.

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