Thursday, November 15, 2007

North Carolina: Bladen County

Bladen County, North Carolina was formed 1734 from New Hanover and Bladen Counties

1747 (ca.) William Simpson settled on the west side of Catawba River near the present village of Sherrill’s Ford (in present-day Catawba County) (Don Simpson, The Simpson Clan, Vol. X, No. 4, Spring 1995)

1764 Thomas Simpson purchased 50 acres from John Bryan on Bryan’s Swamp on Little P.D. (see also Thomas Simpson in Anson Co., NC 1769) Thomas Simpson lost the deed during the war and John Bryan confirmed the sale in court in 1790. (Typescript copy from Shirlie R. Simpson.)

1772 May 22 Thomas Simpson entered 100 acres in the fork of Thos. Bryan’s Swamp which is a branch of Drowning Creek, being the place called Bear Neck and including Bryans old field (Colony of NC 1765-1775 by Margaret Hofmann #1683, p. 129)

1772 May 22 Peter Simpson entered 100 acres in Bladen on Tom Bryans Swamp which is a branch of Drowning Creek, including Simpson’s Improvement and an Indian old field, joining a pond. (Colony of NC 1765-1775 by Margaret Hofmann #3768, p. 286)

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