UT student project tells little-known stories of East Tennessee Cherokees

Isabel "Belle" Cobb, standing in the middle of the back row, lived in Bradley County, Tenn., as a young girl and became the first female doctor in Indian Territory after she and her family moved to Oklahoma.
photo Oce Hogshooter was a Cherokee who lived in Oklahoma in the late 1800s and early 1900s and served as secretary of the Nighthawk branch of the Keetoowah organization in the early part of the last century, according to information on Keetoowahcherokee.org.

Most people have never heard of Isabel "Belle" Cobb, a Cherokee girl who lived with her family near Red Clay in Bradley County during the 1860s and 1870s

The little girl who would become the first doctor in Indian Territory made her way to a one-room schoolhouse by crossing Candies Creek and a ridge by the same name where homes, apartment complexes and shopping centers stand today.

Cobb was a good student, winning spelling bees and scholastic awards.