George Bland and Descendants
Pitt County, North Carolina
Contained on the following pages is my complete file on the descendants of George Bland of Pitt County, North Carolina. This project has taken me ten years to obtain the information presented herein. While the file was up-to-date at the time of publishing this book, please understand that genealogy is a never ending story, and new information is obtained almost daily and entered into the genealogy file.
As you will see, the file starts out in 1730 with George Bland, the oldest known Bland in his family line. Thus, until we learn different, he is the progenitor of this particular Bland family line. It is unfortunate that a fire at the Pitt County, NC courthouse in 1858 resulted in all historical records going up in smoke. The loss of these records means that we are unable to trace the family line back any further, and that we are unable to
make connections to other Bland families in neighboring counties and states.
It is believed that George Bland migrated from Virginia to Edgecombe County, North Carolina. The portion of land in Edgecombe County that George was living on was annexed into Pitt County, North Carolina in 1760. It is also believed that he was born in the United States, but his father was born in England. There is a theory, that George, along with two brothers migrated to North Carolina. However, none of this has yet been proven, and at this point, everything before George Bland is speculation.
While the start of this Bland family line is generally considered to be in Pitt County, North Carolina, many of the descendants of George Bland migrated to Shelby County, Tennessee. From Tennessee, some moved into Arkansas and Texas. The migration continued west from Texas to California and Arizona. Over the years as the Bland family grew, the family line has moved to locations throughout the United States.
There are many Bland family lines scattered throughout the United States. Most of the ancestors from these other Bland lines are facing the same problems in tracing their family lines. I'm confident that in many cases, some of these Bland lines would connect, but we have not been able to find that common denominator. In addition, there are some well established and documented Bland lines that contain some people of historical significance.
A program for DNA testing has been established to try to connect as many Bland lines as possible. Due to the lack of documentation, and for many researchers, this appears to be the only method available to establish family links between the different Bland family lines. It is hoped that someday, a link will be established that links the George
Bland line with some of the Virginia Blandís. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, I am the only Bland descendant of George Bland who has participated in this project.
In order for a genealogy file to be creditable, it must be documented. I have made a sincere attempt to back up all entries in this file with appropriate documentation. If documentation is not available, I tried to obtain first hand information from a parent or knowledgeable relative. If that is not possible, the information is not entered into the file.
At this point, it is important to note that all of the information contained in this file was obtained from public records, or from individuals who provided me with their family information without restrictions. I would also like to point out that I have provided the source for all data presented in this file.
If you would like to add any information to this file, I would be happy to hear from you. In addition, if you are aware of any incorrect data, I would appreciate hearing about it, as I want the file to be as accurate as possible.
I hope that you enjoy reading about the Bland family.
Billy D. Bland