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Bladen County, North Carolina

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  • Sylba Hamilton Byrd (1936 - 2018)
    From Daughter of William Earle and Hilda Shelley Grainger. Sylba married (1) Francis Guy Hamilton, and (2) Robert Sherrell Byrd. MULLINS - Mrs. Sylba Grainger Byrd died on December 28, 2018 in Eliza...
  • Neil Archibald McLean (1855 - 1918)
  • Athos Glenn McGirt (1908 - 1989)
    From Husband of Janie Marie Thompson [married in 1939 and divorced in 1946] name: Athos Glenn Mcgirt event: Death event date: 17 May 1989 event place: Elizabethtown, Bladen, North Carolina birth yea...
  • Adda Gertrude Hooper (1882 - 1967)
  • Anne Louise Findlay (1914 - 2004)

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Bladen 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.

Bladen's original residents included the Waccamaw people.

Bladen County began as 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. Bladen County is considered the "mother county" of North Carolina because of the 100 counties in North Carolina, 55 of them at one point belonged to Bladen County. It is also the fourth largest county in North Carolina.

Adjacent Counties

Towns & Communities

  • Abbottsburg
  • Ammon
  • Ammon Ford
  • Bethel
  • Bladenboro
  • Brown Marsh
  • Butters
  • Carvers
  • Carvers Creek
  • Central
  • Clarkton
  • Colly
  • Council
  • Cypress Creek
  • Dublin
  • East Arcadia
  • Elizabethtown (County Seat)
  • Frenches Creek
  • Hollow
  • Kelly
  • Lake Creek
  • Rosindale
  • Tar Heel
  • Turnbull
  • White Lake
  • White Oak
  • Whites Creek



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