The line of one of North Carolina's most interesting families began in 1773 with Benjamin Spaulding in old Bladen County. Benjamin married Edith Delphia Freeman, who was born in 1786. They had eight sons and one daughter.
Those first Spauldings set a high standard of family expectations. Benjamin and his sons were, foremost, farmers and producers of naval stores, but as they acquired more land they built a cotton gin and sawmill on their farm, raised beef cattle and established a blacksmith shop. They importance of religion and education was evidenced by Benjamin building both a Baptist and a Methodist church, as well as a schoolhouse for his expanded family in Columbus County, where most of his family and acreage was located. When he died in 1862, Benjamin's family owned thousands of acres in the Lower Cape Fear region.