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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 Amber Alert canceled; Tennessee girl still missing – WRAL.com


WRAL.com
Bladen County Amber Alert canceled; Tennessee girl still missing
WRAL.com
Bladenboro, N.C. — The Amber Alert for a 15-year-old Bladenboro girl was lifted about 24 hours after she was reported missing. Law enforcement officers did not offer details about how or where Iyana Shabre Ross was found, but said Tuesday afternoon
AMBER Alert canceled for Bladenboro teenWWAY NewsChannel 3
Amber Alert Issued For 15-Year-Old Bladen Co. GirlWFMY News 2

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Portion of N.C. 87 in Bladen County closed for bridge work – Fayetteville Observer

Portion of N.C. 87 in Bladen County closed for bridge work
Fayetteville Observer
A portion of N.C. 87 in Bladen County has been closed to allow work on a 51-year-old bridge over Hammonds Creek, the state Department of Transportation announced. Detours will affect traffic on that stretch of the highway, which is about 10 miles east

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Traffic stops in Bladen County lead to arrests, recovery of stolen weapons – Fayetteville Observer


Fayetteville Observer
Traffic stops in Bladen County lead to arrests, recovery of stolen weapons
Fayetteville Observer
The stops took place during a joint license checking station set up Sunday morning by Bladen County deputies and the N.C. Highway Patrol on Twisted Hickory Road near Spivey Currie Drive, said Sheriff James McVicker. When one vehicle saw the …

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Two women accused of embezzling from Bladen County church – WECT-TV6

Two women accused of embezzling from Bladen County church
WECT-TV6
Freeman was charged with seven counts of embezzlement and booked into the Bladen County Jail under a $36,000 bond. McCall was charged with five counts of embezzlement and three counts of accessory before the fact to a felony. McCall was given a …

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Bladen authorities arrest 11 in Operation Summertime Shakedown – WECT-TV6

Bladen authorities arrest 11 in Operation Summertime Shakedown
WECT-TV6
Bladen detectives arrested 11 people after a three-month undercover drug investigation. (Source: Raycom Media). BLADENBORO, NC (WECT) -. Detectives with the Narcotics Unit of the Bladen County Sheriff's Office arrested 11 people after a three-month …




NCDOT begins work to rehabilitate a 51-year-old Bladen County bridge – WECT-TV6

NCDOT begins work to rehabilitate a 51-year-old Bladen County bridge
WECT-TV6
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The NC DOT has begun work to rehabilitate a 51-year-old bridge in Bladen County. According to news release, crews started work on the bridge over Hammonds Creek on N.C. 87 earlier this week.

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