By Jeannette Holland Austin
John Baptiste Ashe owned a large plantation on the northwest branch of the Cape Fear River in Bath County, North Carolina which he called "Ashwood." Also included was another plantation called "Turkey Point" which was located on the north side of the river; a plantation called "Stumpy Island" on Stumpy Sound, and 2,560 acres on Rockfish Creek. Ashe was doubtless the wealthiest landowner in the district. His children were well educated in Latin and Greek and sent to the best schools in Virginia to learn French. At the time of his death, his wife had already predeceased her so he ordered that a brick vault be built at Grovely and the body of his wife was taken up out of the earth to lie there. When Bartram's Travels was written "Ashwood" still stood because the home was eloquently described in that book and the Bartram family owned it and it later fell into Bladen County. More information concerning the Ashe family is available to Members of North Carolina Pioneers.
Bladen County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Probate Records
Bladen County was taken from New Hanover County in 1734 and named for Martin Bladen, Lord Commissioner of Trade and Plantation. The county seat is Elizabethtown, formed in 1773 but not incorporated until 1895.
Probate Records available to members of North Carolina Pioneers
Images of Wills 1766 to 1833
Adair, James | Adair, James (2) | Allen, Joseph | Andres, Samuel | Andres, William | Andrews, James | Andrews, John | Atkinson, Willis
Bailey, Thomas | Baldwin, John | Baldwin, William | Barfield, Richard | Beard, John | Beard, Will | Beasley, Robert | Beatty, John | Benson, Daniel | Blackenell, Elizabeth | Blue, Catherine | Bradley, James | Bridges, Matthew | Bright, Robert | Bright, Simon | Brown, George | Brown, John | Bryan, Caroline | Bryan, George | Bryant, William | Burney, William | Byron, Alexander | Byron, John | Bryne, Matthew
Cain, James | Cain, Joseph | Cain, Samuel | Campbell, Archibald | Campbell, James | Campbell, Margaret | Cawel, Samuel | Chance, Daniel | Chause, Joseph | Cheshire, Richard | Child, James | Clady, James | Clark, Benjamin | Clark, David | Clarke, Daniel | Cohoon, John | Coleman, Moses | Collins, Richard | Cooper, Benjamin | Cooper, Joseph | Cowan, William | Crawford, Margaret | Cromartie, A. | Cromartie, Calvin | Cromartie, James | Cromartie, John | Cromartie, William | Culbraith, Archibald
Daniel, Overton | Davey, Euphoria | Davis, Edmond | Davis, Edward | Davis, Henry | Davis, Isabella | Davis, Turner | Davis, William | Deacon, Mary | Devane, John | Dickson, Calvin | Dorsey, James | Dove, Esther | Downing, George | Dunham, William | Dupree, Auralia
Ellis, Evan | Ellis, John | Evans, James | Fitzrandolph, Benjamin | Flinn, David | Fort, John | Franklin, Edwin
Gardner, Ann | Gates, Jean | Gates, Peter | Gibbs, George | Gibbs, John | Gillespie, James | Glass, Levy | Gray, Abraham | Green, Mary
Hall, Jonathan | Harrison, John | Harvey, Priscilla | Harvey, Robert | Harvey, William | Haynes, Joshua | Hays, Elizabeth | Hendon, William | Henry, William | Herring, Mary | Herrington, Elizabeth | Hester, Thomas | Hill, Isaac | Hodge, Robert | Hollingsworth, Stephen | Holmes, Edward | Holmes, Moses
Ikuer, George | Jennigan, Whitmal | Jessip, John | Johnson, Joel | Johnson, William | Johnston, Lelah | Jones, Griffith | Jones, Isaac | Jones, Levi | Jones, Musgrove | Jordan, River | Joseph, Isaac
Kea, John | Kelley, James | Kelley, Thomas | Kelly, Archibald | Kelly, Mary | Kelly, Neil | Key, Duncan McCones | Key, Matthew | King, Alexander | King, Duncan
Lamb, Mary | Laurent, Duncan | Lewis, Richard | Lloyd, Anna | Lloyd, Nancy | Lock, Elizabeth | Lock, John | Lock, Joseph | Lock, Mary | Lock, Leonard | Lorris, Francis | Lorris, Richard | Love, Thomas | Lucas, Francis | Lucas, Henry | Lucas, Thomas | Lyon, Eleanor
Maultsby, Anthony | Maxfield, Mary | McCall, Duncan | McConkey, Robert | McDonell, Alexander | McDougal, Allen | McDugald, Margaret | McEwen, John | McKay, Ann | McKay, Iver | McKay, James | McKay, Ralph | McKee, Ann | McKuhan, Duncan | McKuhan, D. F. | McLeod, Lauchlin | McLearn, John | McLelland, Andrew | McMaster, Felix | McMillan, Dugard | McMillan, Duncan | McMillan, Edward | McMillan, Jeannette | McMillan, John | McMillan, Joseph | McNaughton, John | McNeill, John | McNeill, Mary | McNeill, Hector | McRee, James | McRee, Robert | McRee, William | Meek, George | Melvin, Daniel | Melvin, George | Melvin, John | Melvin, Joshua | Melvin, Robert | Meredith, James | Miller, Frederick | Monroe, Duncan } Monroe, Nancy | Moore, Berenger | Moore, James | Moore, Maurice | Moore, William | Moore, William | Moorhead, James | Moorhead, Mary | Morrison, John | Mosick, Jacob | Mossinger, Joseph | Mulford, Elizabeth | Mulford, Ephraim | Mullington, Richard | Murphy, Hugh | Murrell, Zachariah | Mustlewhite, Thomas
Norman, Jeremiah | Nortin, Shadrach | Owen, John | Owen, Thomas | Parker, William | Patterson, Paul | Phares, Samuel | Pitman, Jacob | Plummer, James | Pope, Anney | Porter, John | Porter, John (2) | Powell, John | Powell, Zilpha | Purdis, James
Ray, Dugald | Reese, Thomas | Regan, Joseph | Register, William | Rials, Elizabeth | Richardson, Nathaniel | Richardson, Samuel | Richardson, Samuel Neal | Robeson, Thomas, Colonel | Robeson, Thomas | Robison, James | Robison, Samuel | Rowland, James | Russ, John | Russ, John (2) | Russ, Joseph | Russ, Mary
Salkeld, Isaac | Salter, Richard Sr. | Salter, Sarah | Salter, William | Salter, William (2)| Shaw, Archibald | Shaw, Catherine | Shaw, Daniel | Shaw, John | Shaw, Penelope | Sherridan, Thomas | Shipman, Daniel | Shipman, Hayes | Sikes, David | Simmons, Saunders | Simpson, John | Singletary, Benjamin | Singletary, David | Singletary, Edward | Singletary, John | Singletary, Joshua | Singletary, Josiah | Singletary, Richard | Smith, Benjamin | Smith, David | Smith, James | Smith, John | Smith, Margaret | Smith, Samuel | Smith, Thomas | Smith, William | Stephens, John | Stone, Benjamin | Storm, Mary | Stubbs, George | Sutton, William
Tatom, Theophilus | Taylor, Daniel | Taylor, John | Thaggard, Isaac | Thomas, George | Thomas, Michael | Thomas, Sarah | Thompson, Lewis | Troy, Robert
Vernon, Ann | Waddell, Mary | Weathersbee, Cade | Westbrooks, James | White, John | White, Matthew | White, William | Wilkerson, William | Williamson, Lewis | Willis, Betty | Willis, David | Willis, John | Willis, Robert | Wingate, John | Wootin, John | Yedder, George | Young, Matthew | Young, Nathan | Young, William
Images of Wills 1731 to 1771
Adams, Roger | Ashe, John Baptista | Bartram, Elizabeth | Benbow, Gershon | Blaning, Hugh | Caldwell, Robert | Carver, James | Carver, James (2) | Carver, Samuel | Clark, James Sr. | Davis, David | Davis, Thomas | Doway, Robert
Eagan, James | Edwards, Catherine | Green, John | Hall, William | Hamilton, John | Humphrey, Joseph | Jones, Edward | Jordan, Deborah
Lock, Benjamin | Lock, Thomas | MacNaughton, Ronald | Maultsby, John | McKeithan, Dugald | Moorhead, James | Porter, Samuel | Rayford, Matthew | Thomas, Francis | Thomas, Thomas
Images of Wills 1864 to 1895
Allen, Ephraim W. | Allen, Henry | Allen, John | Anders, Eliza B. | Ashford, Hart | Avery, Mary | Ballentine, George W. | Barnhill, A. J. | Barnhill, Catharine Ann | Beard, Catharine L. | Beard, Elizabeth | Beasley, Robert | Boon, Samuel | Boswell, L. F. | Bradley, Ann | Bradley, James | Bradley, Margaret | Brown, Bettie | Brown, John | Brown, Lucy Ann | Brown, Thomas | Bryan, Nathan | Buie, Neil | Burney, John W. | Bush, William J. C. | Butler, John
Cain, James Sr. | Cain, Joseph | Cain, Samuel | Campbell, Christian | Carter, Sarah House | Cashwell, John Sr. | Chancy, Neill | Clark, John Washington | Collum, Sion | Colvin, Charles | Corbett, James R. | Council, Arthur | Council, Kinchin K. | Council, Lyman | Council, Mary | Cowan, John | Cromartie, George | Cromartie, Rhemy | Cumming, F. F. | Cummings, Francis E.
Davis, James | Davis, Micajah Sr. | Davis, William Sr. | Dowey, James | Dunham, James S. | Dunham, William R. | Edge, Allen | Edge, Eliza M. | Edwards, Allen | Edwards, Charles | Ellis, James | Edwards, Stephen
Fisher, Raiford | Fitzrandolph, Benjamin | Francis, Herbert R. | Garvan, Richard | Gillespie, David | Gillespie, R. L. | Grimes, James | Hendon, Josiah | Hester, Daniel | Hufham, Solomon | Ivey, Charles | Ivey, John
Jacobs, Shadrack | Johnson, Daniel | Johnson, Richard | Johnson, Solomon | Jones, Calvin | Jones, Charity | Jordan, Benjamin | Kelly, Archibald | Kelly, James E. | Kemp, A. S. | Kemp, Joseph R. | Kemp, Joseph R. (2) | Kemp, William J. | King, Alexander | King, William | Lammond, Angus | Lamon, Alexander | Lennon, John M. | Lewis, Joseph Sr. | Lock, David | Londonderry | Lucas, J. J. D. | Lynn, Robert H.
Manley, Lydia | Marshburn, Daniel | Maultby, Samuel | Maultsby, Thomas | McBryde, Matthew | McCall, Harriet | McCall, John | McDaniel, John | McDuffie, Daniel Sr. | McDugald, Ann | McInnis, Duncan | McInnis, Malcom | McKay, Ann Eliza | McKay, John | McKeithan, William James | McLelland, Samuel | McLeod, Malcom | McMillan, John | McNorton, John | Mears, Elihu | Meares, George | Melvin, Demaris and Rosana J. | Melvin, James | Melvin, Jonathan | Memory, George | Miller, Augusta S. | Monroe, Archibald | Monroe, Colin | Monroe, John | Monroe, Sarah J. | Morgan, William | Mulford, Sarah | Murchison, Ida F.
Page, Abram | Pemberton, Elizabeth | Perry, John | Pridgen, William H. | Purdie, Ann M. | Purdie, James T. | Purdie, John W. | Reeves, Evan | Register, Daniel | Rialls, Stephen | Richardson, Ransom | Robeson, Alexander | Robeson, Bartram | Robeson, Eliza R. | Robeson, Margaret | Robeson, William | Robinson, John A. | Russ, John D.
Sanders, Christopher | Sawrey, Henry Sr. | Scriven, John | Seymore, Sarah | Shaw, Daniel | Shaw, Daniel (2) | Shipman, David | Sikes, Alexander J. | Sikes, John | Sikes, Jonathan | Sikes, Josiah | Singletary, Breyton | Singletary, Brister | Singletary, Ichamar | Singletary, James | Singletary, Mary | Singletary, Richard | Singletary, Thomas | Singletary, William | Smith, Daniel | Smith, John | Smith, Jonathan | Smith, Mary | Smith, Richard | Smith, Robinson W. | Smith, Stephen | Smith, Thomas C. | Stewart, Hugh | Stewart, Patrick | Stewart, William | Storm, Wandal | Suggs, William | Sutton, John | Sutton, Margaret | Sutton, Sarah | Sutton, William | Tarbe, Peter | Tatom, M. W. | Taylor, John | Thomas, John | Thomas, Joseph | Thompson, B. A. | Treadwell, Rachel Ann | Turner, Sarah
Waddell, Hugh | Watson, William | West, William | White, Henrietta | White, John | White, Joseph | White, Thomas | Whitted, Archibald | Wiggins, Jesse B. | Willis, Daniel | Wilson, Absalom | Wilson, Josiah Wingate, Ann | Woody, John D. | Wright, Isaac | Wright, Marchus
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