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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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2 Fayetteville residents killed in wreck on NC 53 in Bladen County – Fayetteville Observer

2 Fayetteville residents killed in wreck on NC 53 in Bladen County
Fayetteville Observer
ELIZABETHTOWN — Two Fayetteville residents were killed Monday in a wreck on N.C. 53 near White Oak in Bladen County, the Highway Patrol said. They were identified as Donald Carter, 67, of the 7500 block of Telfair Drive, and Iona Stephens, 53, of the …




Two South Carolina moonshiners busted in Bladen County – WWAY NewsChannel 3


WWAY NewsChannel 3
Two South Carolina moonshiners busted in Bladen County
WWAY NewsChannel 3
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County Sheriff deputies say a South Carolina man and woman face multiple charges being caught selling moonshine across state lines. Sheriff James A. McVicker said Dillen Wright and Kaytee Nielsen were …
Aynor residents charged with using Facebook to sell moonshine illegally in NCWMBF
Two mooshiners are arrestedElizabethtown Bladen Journal
NC authorities nab pair for selling moonshine on Facebook, officials sayWNCN

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North Carolina Legislators Restart Session for Maps, Vetoes – U.S. News & World Report

North Carolina Legislators Restart Session for Maps, Vetoes
U.S. News & World Report
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly quietly reconvened its work session Friday after a two-week hiatus, preparing for several days of partisan scuffles over redistricting, possible veto overrides and discharges of a chemical into

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Mountains-to-Sea Trail hike to cut through Bladen County – Elizabethtown Bladen Journal


Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
Mountains-to-Sea Trail hike to cut through Bladen County
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
He will hike at Jones Lake State Park in Bladen County with Tom Earnhardt, host of WUNC-TV's “Exploring North Carolina.” Asheville resident Jennifer Pharr Davis, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will be hiking the trail starting in August




Bladen County Sheriff: Three arrested for break-ins, still looking for one more – WWAY NewsChannel 3


WWAY NewsChannel 3
Bladen County Sheriff: Three arrested for break-ins, still looking for one more
WWAY NewsChannel 3
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Sheriff James A. McVicker arrested several people for break-ins that happened in Bladen County last week. Last Wednesday, the owner of a hog farm, 5014 Elkton Road, reported that someone stole tools and a tractor from …

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Moonshine bust made in Bladen County – TWC News


TWC News
Moonshine bust made in Bladen County
TWC News
BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. — Two South Carolina residents are accused of trying to sell moonshine on Facebook. Authorities say 20-year-old Dillen Wright and 26-year-old Kaytee Neilson were arrested in Bladen County after undercover investigators set up a …
South Carolina duo selling moonshine over Facebook arrested across state lines in North CarolinaNew York Daily News
Moonshiners used Facebook to sell the stuff, sheriff saysCBS News
Sheriff: SC pair arrested in NC sold moonshine on FacebookWRAL.com
WFMY News 2 -Myrtle Beach Sun News
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