If you are interested in background on the Harlan's, the following will give you some good information. It may also give a clue as to where to look and see if you can find where the Harlan slaves were purchased..records of slave sales were usually recorded. The following tells how the Harlan's ( white) came among and became intermarried with the Cherokee:
The first I have found showa ELLIS HARLAN, who was a trader among the Cherokee. He was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1731. His father wa EZIEKIEL HARLAN, his mother was REBECCA BUFFINGTON .
In 1755 ELLIS HARLAN was presant at the making of the treaty of Sycamore Shoals with the Cherokee. And in 1779 he was named North Carolina's agent to the tribe.
In 1790 - 1800 he lived in 96 District, Pendleton County, South Carolina.
He married a Cherokee woman and was the father of GEORGE HARLAN and EZEKIEL HARLAN.
His son GEORGE HARLAN was 1/2 Cherokee, born in 1775. He married NANCY VANN ( a Cherokee) in December 1810, but by 1815 he has a white wife. He moved west to Indian Territory in April 1835 his family adn two slaves.
He was married three times, 1st to NANCY VANN, 2nd to NANNIE SANDERS, and to ANNIE MAY.
He was the father of:
1 ELI HARLAN (married DELILAH ALBERTY). Their children were:
GEORGE HARLAN, married MARY MC COY
SARAH HARLAN married G.W. LASLEY, EBENEZER WALKER, and JOSEPH TACKETT.
MITCHELL HARLAN married LETITIA KEYS
NANCY HARLAN married RILEY J. KEYS, JOSEPH LASLEY, and JOSEPH ROBBINS.
JENNIE HARLAN married CHARLES COODY ROGERS and GRANVILLE TACKETT
( note : Many of the Buffington, Coody, and Vann's were mixed blood Cherokee and African American...so it may be worth checking more here)
2 ELLIS SANDERS HARLAN, born 1804, married NANCY BARNETT. Thier children were:
JAMES ELLIS HARLAN, born 1831, married 3 times. 1st to NANCY ANN GIBSON, 2nd to LUCY, 3rd ELIZA JANE REED
SALLY MATILDA HARLAN
JOHN BROWN HARLAN, born 1839, married MARY ANN MC GEE
RUTH JANE HARLAN
TIMOTHY DWIGHT HARLAN
EMILY D. HARLAN
3 SALLY HARLAN (married JACOB HARNAGE)
4 ELMIRA HARLAN (married JACOB ROACH)
5 REBECCA ELIZABETH HARLAN, born 1810