Robeson County was formed out of Bladen County in 1787. It was named in honor of Colonel Thomas Robeson, a soldier in the American Revoluion. The courthouse was constructed on land which formerly belonged to John Willis. A lottery was used to dispose of the lots and to establish a town. In 1788, Lumberton was established and has been the county seat ever since.
Robeson County, formed in 1787 from Bladen County, is named in honor of Colonel Thomas Robeson. Colonel Thomas Robeson served as one of the leaders in the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Elizabethtown in present-day Bladen County, North Carolina. During this battle the Tories in the southeastern part of North Carolina were crushed by the patriots.
Colonel Thomas Robeson lived at Tar Heel. His descendants still occupy some of his original property. His grave was marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution in the early 1900s.
119. Sarah5 Singletary (Jonathan4, Benjamin3, Richard2, Francis1) was born 1720 in S.C., and died November 13, 1773 in Bladen County, NC. She married Thomas Robeson Bef. 1740 in Bladen County, NC, son of Andrew Robeson and Mary Spencer. He was born Abt. 1698 in Greenwich township, Gloucester Co., New Jersey, and died October 29, 1775 in Bladen County, NC.
Notes for Thomas Robeson:
Thomas Robeson on 20 Feb. 1735, received a Royal Grant for land in Bladen County, NC., on the N.W. branch of the Cape Fear River.
Children of Sarah Singletary and Thomas Robeson are:
+ 197 i. Jr. Col. Thomas6 Robeson, Jr., born January 11, 1739/40 in Bladen County, NC; died May 02, 1785 in Bladen Co. NC.
198 ii. Mary Robeson, born 1745 in Bladen County, NC. She married James Council.
+ 199 iii. Capt. Peter Robeson, born 1749 in Bladen County, NC; died April 04, 1794 in Bladen Co. NC.∼Robeson Jr., Thomas b. January 11, 1740 d. May 2, 1785
Member of the Provincial Congresses, North Carolina State Senator, and Colonel/Patriot hero of the Revolution War. Participated in the United States Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights Conventions in 1776, and creation of the North Carolina Constitution. Fought in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in 1775, and fearlessly led a small group of local Patriots defeating a much larger British Loyalists militia in the Battle of Elizabethtown (1781) in Bladen County, North Carolina, a key event in the expulsion of the British army from the Colonies. Paid his men with his own money since the state had no funds to pay the patriot fighters. Robeson County, created from western Bladen County in 1787, was so named to honor Colonel Robeson and his brother, Captain Peter Robeson, for their military service, and his efforts as a state senator in the creation of a the new county.
Mary Bartram Robeson