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The county was formed in 1734 as Bladen Precinct of Bath County, from New Hanover Precinct. It was named for Martin Bladen, a member of the Board of Trade. With the abolition of Bath County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became counties.

Originally, Bladen was a vast territory with indefinite northern and western boundaries. Reductions in its extent began in 1750, when its western part became Anson County. In 1752 the northern part of Bladen County was combined with parts of Granville County and Johnston County to form Orange County. In 1754 the northern part of what was left of Bladen County became Cumberland County. In 1764 the southern part of what remained of Bladen County was combined with part of New Hanover County to form Brunswick County. In 1787 the western part of the now much smaller county became Robeson County. Finally, in 1808 the southern part of Bladen County was combined with part of Brunswick County to form Columbus County. Source Wikipedia

The county seat of Bladen County is Elizabethtown. Bladen county is comprised of the following townships: Abbotts, Bethel, Bladenboro, Brown Marsh, Carvers Creek, Central, Colly, Cypress Creek, Elizabethtown, East Arcadia, Frenches Creek, Hollow, Lake Creek, Turnbull, White Oak, and Whites Creek.

Bladen is considered the “mother of counties” because it’s original extent was divided and used many times to create new counties in the state of North Carolina. There are state parks now at Jones Lake and Singletary Lake. Bay Tree Lake and White Lake have seen commercial and private develop respectively. At one time there were 1000 lakes within the borders of Bladen County, today there are just 7 due to the territorial cessions to other counties. The Cape Fear River runs through Bladen County.

Bladen County USGenweb site

Bladen County Historical Society
P.O. Box 849
Elizabethtown, NC 28337

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Bladen County Courthouse
PO Box 1048
County Courthouse
Elizabethtown, NC 28337

Census

1790 Federal Census transcription

1790 Federal Census transcription – Wilmington district

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Bladen County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

Bladen County, NC Query Forum

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North Carolina Genealogy Forum: Forum: Bladen County NC Genealogy Queries – Recent Topics

Rabon48 on “Rabon’s in early Bladen”

I am trying to find information on John Rabon who was recorded in an early census in 1763. I believe he is my 4th great grandfather.




roger.connertn on “Conner Family in Bladen Co, 1700′s”

ISO any connection to Thomas Conner or Edward Conner. The info on Thomas is sketchy. Married to Lucretia. Patented land on the Cape Fear River (then called N.W. river) in 1735.

An Edward Conner arrived in 1739 with the Highlanders from Argyle, Scotland and then patented land in 1740 near Thomas Conner’s patent. He was married to Lucretia, had one son, who was named Thomas in 1750. In 1760, Edward died, leaving a will with many details. We have good records from Thomas (1750 – 1783) to present, but cannot find anything about Thomas (the one who patented the property in 1735) or where Edward (d 1760) came from.




SusanKSpies on “WEST, Thomas and John”

I am seeding information on a John West, son of Thomas. I need proof that John is the son of Thomas and that they moved to Christian County, KY. prior to 1820. Thank you.

Susan Cloutier Spies




mazda8lady on “BLADEN COUNTY BENSONS”

SEARCHING FOR JOSEPH BENSON, FATHER OF JOHN BENSON(1680-1744). CARVER’S CREEK AREA




dinky1950 on “Lucy Watson m. Tillet A. Bordeaux”

Lucy Watson was my grandmother married to Tillet A. Bordeaux. I am finding it difficult to trace her lineage. Can anyone help? Thanks.


Bladen County, NC at Genforum

Cities and towns of Bladen County:

Bladenboro
Butters
Clarkton
Council
Dublin
Elizabethtown (County Seat)
Emerson
Kelly
Tar Heel
White Lake
White Oak

News related to Bladen County, NC

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Bladen County arrests man accused of sexually abusing a child – WWAY NewsChannel 3


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Bladen County arrests man accused of sexually abusing a child
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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The Bladen County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Sampson County man on several child sex abuse charges. Sheriff James McVicker says they arrested Enrique Penaloza Maldonado, 38, of Garland on Tuesday after an …
Bladen Co. authorities charge man with sex crimes against a chil – WSFX – FOX Wilmington, NCHome – WSFX

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Teen arrested for clown threat at East Bladen High School – WWAY NewsChannel 3


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Teen arrested for clown threat at East Bladen High School
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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Bladen County Sheriff's Office arrested a teen for a clown threat at East Bladen High School. Sheriff James McVicker said Cevon Ferris Jones, 16, of 10898 South College Street, Clarkton, was arrested today. Jones was …
Bladen Co. teen accused of making online clown threatsHome – WSFX

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Man charged with DWI in crash that killed two in Bladen County – WWAY NewsChannel 3


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Man charged with DWI in crash that killed two in Bladen County
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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A mother and child are dead after a crash on Highway 701 Saturday afternoon in Bladen County. Sgt. Daniel Hilburn, with the NC Highway Patrol, says the crash happened at 3:44 p.m. just north of Elizabethtown, near Sweet …
NC mom and daughter killed in 4-vehicle DWI crash, officials sayWNCN

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Bladen County schools on temporary lockdown after shooting – WWAY NewsChannel 3


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Bladen County schools on temporary lockdown after shooting
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BLADENBORO, NC (WWAY) – At least two people were shot in Bladenboro this afternoon, causing two schools to go on temporary lockdown. According to Major Larry Guyton with the Bladen County Sheriff's Office, it happened in the city limits of Bladenboro.
Woman shot to death after argument in Bladen CountyWECT-TV6

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Bladen County teen accused of sexual assault – WWAY NewsChannel 3


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Bladen County teen accused of sexual assault
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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The Pender County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Riegelwood teenager accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old. According to the Pender County Sheriff's Office, Torrey Rashaun Daniels, 19, is charged …
Bladen teen accused of sexually assaulting a minorHome – WSFX

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Hermine brushes Bladen County – Elizabethtown Bladen Journal

Hermine brushes Bladen County
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
Tropical Storm Hermine, which had worn down over land after flirting with hurricane strength over Florida, brushed past Bladen County on Friday and left behind a solid soaking and wind-blown tree limbs. Gov. Pat McCrory declared a State of Emergency on …


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