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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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NC voter fraud claims featured on public radio’s ‘This American Life’ – News & Observer (blog)


News & Observer (blog)
NC voter fraud claims featured on public radio's 'This American Life'
News & Observer (blog)
The State Board of Elections voted earlier this month to send all Bladen County complaints to the U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, but a spokesman for the agency said Thursday that the documents haven't yet been
Confirmed cases of election fraud in NCWECT-TV6

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State BOE still probing Bladen voter rolls – Elizabethtown Bladen Journal


Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
State BOE still probing Bladen voter rolls
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
RALEIGH — The N.C. State Board of Elections is continuing to investigate a request to look into Bladen County voter rolls. In late December, the Civitas Institute sent letters to the Bladen County Board of Elections, as well as five other county




Man reported missing in Bladen County – WWAY NewsChannel 3


WWAY NewsChannel 3
Man reported missing in Bladen County
WWAY NewsChannel 3
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A family is searching for their 32-year-old son and hopes you can help find him. Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker says the family of Dean Anthony Clark Jr. reported him missing on December 30. Clark has not been …
Bladen Co. man missing since NovemberHome – WSFX

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Bladen Journal | FEMA specialists available in Bladen County this … – Elizabethtown Bladen Journal


Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
Bladen Journal | FEMA specialists available in Bladen County this …
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
ELIZABETHTOWN – FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand this week to answer questions and offer home improvement tips along with proven methods to …

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Bladen County Animal Shelter full, dozens of dogs need to be adopted – WWAY NewsChannel 3


WWAY NewsChannel 3
Bladen County Animal Shelter full, dozens of dogs need to be adopted
WWAY NewsChannel 3
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Bladen County Animal Shelter is at capacity and they need your help providing dogs with homes. The shelter is packed with nearly 60 dogs that need to be adopted. Manager, Karen Suggs says the shelter usually …




Bladen County boy receives a Christmas miracle – Home – WSFX

Bladen County boy receives a Christmas miracle
Home – WSFX
Devastating, tumultuous, heartbreaking, even heartwarming. Those are words that describe what one Bladen County family has been through during the last few months of 2016. "The second half of 2016 has been an emotional roller coaster," said Latisha …

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