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Record History
 

Due to 3 structural fires during the history of Bladen, some of the records have been forever lost. The first fire recorded was in 1768 (some sources give 1765). The County Clerk and Registrar, Marturin Colville, kept the county records in his home which burned that year. This fire was devastating to the early Bladen deed records. The majority of the land records prior to this date were destroyed. Since many counties were later formed from Bladen, their early history perished in this fire as well. Deed records exist today that predate 1768 because many of the landowners brought their deeds back to be recorded again.

There was another fire in the early 1800's that contributed to the loss. The final blow came on the 18th January, 1893 (some sources give 1892) when all of the marriage and estate records and the county court minutes were consumed.

As noted in the parentheses there is some discrepancy when it comes to the exact dates of these fires.

Contrary to popular belief, not all records prior to 1893 were destroyed. There still exist many deed records through which most families can be traced. Collected bible records give an abundance of marriage dates, birth dates, and death dates.


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Extracted from March 29, 1999 newsletter from the Bladen County Historical Society:

"Indicated in the table are the date span of records found in the 1st forty deed books in the Bladen County Registry. Due to unorganized recopying of deeds and the registration of deeds after courthouse fires, the deeds in the Bladen County Registry are not in chronological order as is evidenced by the foregoing list."
"This does not say that early deeds may not also be found in books after book 40. That fact is unknown by the Historical Society."


Deed book Date span
Book 1 1784
Book 2 1877 - 1878
Book 3 1881 - 1882
Book 4 1884 - 1885
Book 5 1881 - 1885
Book 6 1876 - 1877; at back of book 1816 - 1892
Book 7 1770s - 1815
Book 8 1840s
Book 9 1864 - 1872; at back of book 1815 - 1817
Book 10 1830s
Book 11 1815 - 1819
Book 12 1800 - 1816
Book 13 1878 - 1880
Book 14 1872 - 1874; pages 435 - 600 contain records from deed book 8
Book 15 1886 - 1890; at back 1782 - 1785
Book 16 1888 - 1891
Book 17 1884 - 1885
Book 18 1865 - 1885
Book 19 1880 - 1886; pages 393 - 600 contain 1780s deeds
Book 20 1880 - 1887
Book 21 1803 - 1875
Book 22 1837 - 1839; some earlier deeds
Book 23 1780s
Book 24 1877 - 1886
Book 25 1782 - 1789
Book 26 1781 - 1793; beginning at page 472 it is a repetition of pages 1 - 156 in book 1;
followed by 1816 land grants
Book 27 1803 - 1855
Book 28 1845 - 1851
Book 29 1809 - 1818
Book 30 1828
Book 31 1893 - 1894
Book 32 1894 - 1897
Book 33 1890 - 1892
Book 34 1867 - 1869; 1806 - 1809; 1818 - 1819; 1868 - 1869
Book 35 1774 - 1801; 1873
Book 36 1896 - 1898; 1784 - 1791; 1898
Book 37 1769 - 1779; 1821
Book 38 1880 - 1888; 1864 - 1867
Book 39 1897 - 1899
Book 40 1888 - 1901


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