The 1836 property evaluations were an attempt by the U.S. Government to appraise more than 500 homesteads of the Cherokees prior to their removal to the Indian
Territory. The Ocoee District was formed from the Cherokee lands and consisted of present day Bradley and portions of Polk, Hamilton, Meigs, Monroe and Marion Counties in southeastern
Tennessee. The property evaluations were transcribed from copies of the handwritten documents. Annotated notes and photographs have been added to the property evaluations to increase their
usefulness to researchers The books are fully indexed..