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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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Felony charges for Bladen County break-ins – WWAY NewsChannel 3


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Felony charges for Bladen County break-ins
WWAY NewsChannel 3
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An Elizabethtown man is accused of breaking and entering into two different stores. The Bladen County Sheriff's Office said Michael Kemp broke into the Murphy Brown LLC in Tar Heel and at their other facility in White Oak …
White Lake man charged with multiple sex offenses against a childWECT-TV6

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Body found identified as missing Bladen County man – WECT-TV6

Body found identified as missing Bladen County man
WECT-TV6
(Source: Bladen County Emergency Services). BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) -. The body of missing 27-year-old Edward Huntington Lewis was found Sunday evening in a creek near Lewis' home.
Missing Bladen County man found dead by Cape Fear RiverFayetteville Observer

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Bladen deputy, Bladenboro officer placed on leave following fatal shooting – Fayetteville Observer


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Bladen deputy, Bladenboro officer placed on leave following fatal shooting
Fayetteville Observer
Deputy Cley Carroll and Officer Donnie Williamson shot and killed Declan Owen, 24, of the 100 block of Easy Street, about 7 p.m. The shooting happened on N.C. 41 in Dublin after Owen fired at the lawmen, the Bladen County Sheriff's Office said.
Suspect killed in officer-involved shootingWWAY NewsChannel 3
Bladen County authorities identify suspect killed in officer-involved shootingWECT-TV6
Man who was shot, killed by Bladen officers is identifiedThe Robesonian
Red Springs Citizen -WRAL.com
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Investigators searching for missing man last seen Saturday – WWAY NewsChannel 3


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Investigators searching for missing man last seen Saturday
WWAY NewsChannel 3
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County investigators are asking for the public's help in finding a missing man they say was last seen Saturday at his home. An Emergency Services spokesman says Edward Huntington Lewis, 27, was last seen at his …
Authorities search for missing Bladen County manWECT-TV6

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Bladen County student returns to classroom after cancer surgery – KPTV.com

Bladen County student returns to classroom after cancer surgery
KPTV.com
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – You may notice many signs along the roadsides in Elizabethtown and White Lake asking you to "Pray for Cody," a six-year-old boy who was diagnosed with a tumor attached to his brain stem. Cody Clark was diagnosed last …

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Bladen County Schools announce plan to make up missed days – WWAY NewsChannel 3


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Bladen County Schools announce plan to make up missed days
WWAY NewsChannel 3
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Students in Bladen County will go to school a little longer than planned to make up for two days they missed because of winter weather. Starting Wednesday, the district will add 10 minutes to the end of each school day for …

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