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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


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


1790 Federal Census transcription

1790 Federal Census transcription – Wilmington district


USGS listing of cemeteries in Bladen County

Cemetery Transcriptions

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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



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:

Elizabethtown (County Seat)
Tar Heel
White Lake
White Oak

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Ruled a suicide, black teen’s hanging death in North Carolina raises specter … – Washington Post

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But on Friday, amid calls for federal authorities to step in, Bladen County prosecutor Jon David said in a televised news conference that the case remains open and that he welcomed help from the FBI. “I'm asking the community to withhold their judgment
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NC teen’s hanging death ruled a suicide; mother says it was a lynching – CNN

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Bladenboro, North Carolina (CNN) — Claudia Lacy says she can accept anything: even that her youngest son committed suicide — if it's proven and explained to her. However, she says, local and state investigators have done neither to support their

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Dresses, flooring, hairs and fingerprints were unearthed late last year in a half-dozen closets, lockers and storage containers controlled by the Bladen County sheriff's office. On Thursday, members of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission
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NAACP to discuss new developments in Bladen County teen’s death – Fayetteville Observer

NAACP to discuss new developments in Bladen County teen's death
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The state branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said organization members and the Lacy family met with Thomas G. Walker, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, to request a federal investigation

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Teen’s death brings up painful past in South – Yahoo News

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UPDATE, Dec. 12, 2014: Since we first reported our story, the FBI has agreed to look into the questionable circumstances surrounding the hanging death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy. Bladen County, N.C., District Attorney Jon David confirmed to the …
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Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina's top judicial official has named the three-judge panel that will hear the case of a 70-year-old prison inmate who contends he is innocent of a double murder in Bladen County nearly 40 years ago. After three days of
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