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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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Parrish attends 2015 Citizenship North Carolina Focus – Elizabethtown Bladen Journal


Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
Parrish attends 2015 Citizenship North Carolina Focus
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
ELIZABETHTOWN — Claire Parrish, representing Bladen County 4-H members, attended the 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus, which was held recently in Raleigh. The Bladen County delegation returned home from three days in which more than 125 …




Cain tabbed Bladen County Extension director – Elizabethtown Bladen Journal

Cain tabbed Bladen County Extension director
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
ELIZABETHTOWN — Sandra Cain has been named Bladen County director for North Carolina Cooperative Extension effective Sept. 1. An Extension agent with more than 30 years experience, she has served as interim county Extension director since May 1.




Man wanted in Indiana caught in Bladen County – WWAY NewsChannel 3

Man wanted in Indiana caught in Bladen County
WWAY NewsChannel 3
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man wanted in the Midwest is in a North Carolina jail tonight after being caught in Bladen County. Bladen County Sheriff's deputies say they arrested Steven Douglas Newgent at his home on Culbreth Smith Road in …
Bladen deputies arrest drug suspect, Indiana fugitiveWECT-TV6

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North Carolina ranks No. 11 in women’s equality – Elizabethtown Bladen Journal

North Carolina ranks No. 11 in women's equality
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
In terms of political representation in Bladen County, Commissioner Delilah Blanks is the lone female serving on the Bladen County Board of Commissioners, while the Bladen County Board of Education boasts of Chairman Ophelia Munn-Goins and Board …

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Assisted living facility shuttered by state officials – Elizabethtown Bladen Journal

Assisted living facility shuttered by state officials
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
CLARKTON — Residents were recently removed from the Highland Gardens Assisted Living facility in Clarkton after the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services suspended the facility's license to operate. According to a letter sent to the




County watching sales tax proposal – Elizabethtown Bladen Journal

County watching sales tax proposal
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
The bill, called the N.C. Competes Act, recently failed in the N.C. House and is currently being debated in a conference committee made up of members of the Senate and House. … Under the proposal, Bladen County would stand to gain about 13 percent in


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