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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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Bladen County reviews residency requirements for department heads – Home – WSFX

Bladen County reviews residency requirements for department heads
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The current policy states both non-county and county residents hired as a department or agency head are required to reside in Bladen County during their employment in that position. County Manager Greg Martin is expected to review the policy with …




NWS issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bladen County – Home – WSFX

NWS issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bladen County
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This storm, capable of producing damaging winds and large hail was near White Lake, moving southeast at 30 mph. This storm has a history of producing large hail, possibly up to softball sized. Towns and cities that could be affected: Ammon, White Lake

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ONLY ON 3: Beavers create big problems in Bladen County – WWAY NewsChannel 3


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ONLY ON 3: Beavers create big problems in Bladen County
WWAY NewsChannel 3
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Last week we told you about a Shallotte neighborhood overrun with alligators. After that story aired, William Settlemeyer from Bladen County reached out to us about his own issue, but he doesn't have a gator problem, …




NASCAR driver Kyle Busch surprises Bladen County woman – Home – WSFX

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch surprises Bladen County woman
Home – WSFX
That fan was Darienne Breazeale of Bladen County. Busch honked his horn to get Breazeale's attention. It took a while for her to notice it was Busch, but once she did she was stunned. "We had been driving beside him for a good while and he was honking

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#ThisIsThePlace: Muscadine grapes thrive in Bladen County – WWAY NewsChannel 3


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#ThisIsThePlace: Muscadine grapes thrive in Bladen County
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Lu Mil Winery Owner Ron Taylor says muscadine grapes grow in Bladen County because of area's climate. (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY). ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — If you take about a 10 minute drive northwest from Elizabethtown, you'll come across …

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Billboard stirs up controversy – Elizabethtown Bladen Journal

Billboard stirs up controversy
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
EDENTON, N.C. (WAVY)— A billboard just outside of Edenton town limits is causing a lot of controversy because of its stance on homosexuality, according to WAVY. Many residents are calling the billboard “an embarrassment” but the man who paid for the …


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