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Slaves in Wills and Deeds

US Colored Troops

State Resources

NCGenWeb Statewide African American Pages

US Colored Troops Formed in North Carolina

North Carolina Slave Plantations

Third Person, First Person: Slave Voices 

NC Slave Collection 1748-1856  - NC Digital Collection

NC Runaway Slave Advertisements 1751-1840




Christine's African American Genealogy Site


Rootsweb Bladen County Message Board

NC GenForum Messages - Archived board

Other Links

Africans in America

Alabama African American Resources

Cyndi's List-African American 

Genealogy Forum: African American Resource Center - an archived forum

Guide to Research Materials in the NC State Archives

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 to 1938

Research your ancestors at:   FamilySearch

Get Free blank forms for  1850 Slave Schedules

1860 Slave Schedules forms




Bladen County African American Resources


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Thanks for accessing the Bladen County African American Genealogy Site.  This site is dedicated to the struggle of African Americans who have paved the way for future generations. Its purpose is to document the names and faces of those who were enslaved and also those considered free slaves in order to preserve the remnants of history.  It also serves as a medium to preserve family stories, journals, bibles, and family trees, in order to capture the influence that African Americans have in Bladen County.  Even if you are a novice genealogy researcher to the most advanced, we welcome all contributions and have provided helpful links to get you started in your journey.. SANKOFA


Family Reunions

Every year, thousands of Black families get together to celebrate their reunions. Reunions are a time of laughter, getting together, and uniting since the end of slavery. We celebrate any family reunions or class reunions in the Bladen County area, whether yearly, or just getting together informally.



Partial Listing of African Americans Lynched in North Carolina

Lyman Purdee,               Elizabethtown, May 3, 1892

SOURCE: 100 Years of Lynching, Ralph Ginzburg, Black Classic Press; Lynching in the New South, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, University of Illinois Press   Lynching Home

Oakland Plantation

Oakland was built in 1781 in Carver's Creek Township by Revolutionary War Patriot General Thomas Brown. General Brown was married to first Sarah Bartram.  Sarah fell ill and passed away in 1779. His second wife was Lucy Bradley Brown, who lived for a remarkable 84 years.

General Brown owned approximately 30 slaves in 1790, one of which was probably connected to this researcher.

It is assumed that he was probably one of the more wealthier land owners in the Carver's Creek region of Bladen County. General Brown was the owner to several plantations: Walker's Bluff, Drunken Run, and Sedgefield, to name a few.

Suggested Readings


  • The Free Negro of North Carolina By John Hope Franklin

  • North Carolina Freedman's Savings & Trust Company Records By Bill Reaves 

  • Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies By David H. Streets

  • The Negro in North Carolina Prior to 1861 By James H. Boykin (1958)










Duncan King Cemetery search is currently underway and as the details unfold, we will keep you updated. Ruth King and several others are making an attempt to preserve history of the ancestral lineage of Duncan King, a former resident of Bladen County.

Please click here to take a look at some of the information regarding the Duncan King cemetery search.


Access the genealogy
report of

King, Spendlove, and Bowens families

of Carvers Creek


Bladen County family websites and other links of interest


Links for Researching African American Genealogy for Beginners

How to Research :

How Do I Trace My Slave Ancestors?

African American Obituaries

State Library: Finding Slave Records

Interactive Guide to Beginners-African American Research

Facebook Group:

I've Traced My Ancestor's Slaveholders



Contact Information (State Coordinator-Deloris Williams)


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