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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

“bladen county” nc – Google News

Bladen County officials testing White Lake for possible ties to skin rash outbreak – Fayetteville Observer


Fayetteville Observer
Bladen County officials testing White Lake for possible ties to skin rash outbreak
Fayetteville Observer
Since the skin rash outbreak in Bladen County, officials collected two water samples from White Lake – both in 100 milliliter tubes – for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' State Laboratory of Public Health to analyze. The lab




Bladen County native elected to national board of directors – Elizabethtown Bladen Journal


Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
Bladen County native elected to national board of directors
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
… at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and as a partner and associate at Hester, Grady, Hester & Payne in Elizabethtown. While in private practice, she served as general counsel for Bladen Community College and for the Bladen County Board




Girl, 16, hit and killed in Bladen County – WNCN

Girl, 16, hit and killed in Bladen County
WNCN
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (WECT) – A teenager was struck and killed by a vehicle in Bladen County Wednesday night. According to Lt. Mark McMichael of the Elizabethtown Police Department, a 16-year-old girl was walking east on West Broad Street near the …

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Bladen County 4-H members attend 2016 Citizenship North Carolina Focus – Elizabethtown Bladen Journal


Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
Bladen County 4-H members attend 2016 Citizenship North Carolina Focus
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
RALEIGH — A delegation of Bladen County 4-H members recently attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus in Raleigh. The Bladen County delegation returned home from three days in which more than 140 youth and adults representing 61 4-H …




Bad news: hog truck flips in NC; Good news: they were already dead – WNCN


WNCN
Bad news: hog truck flips in NC; Good news: they were already dead
WNCN
A truck carrying dead hogs to Smithfield Packing overturned in Bladen County early Wednesday morning. (Source: WECT). BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A truck carrying dead hogs to Smithfield Packing overturned in Bladen County early Wednesday …

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Boil advisory lifted in Bladen County – Home – WSFX

Boil advisory lifted in Bladen County
Home – WSFX
Due to a lightning strike near a well Tuesday morning, portions of Bladen County will be under a boil advisory until further notice. (Source: Raycom Media). BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) -. A boil advisory that had been in effect for portions of Bladen

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