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Johnston County Genealogy

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The county was formed in 1746 from Craven County. It was named for Gabriel Johnston, Governor of North Carolina from 1734 to 1752.

In 1752 parts of Johnston County, Bladen County, and Granville County were combined to form Orange County. In 1758 the eastern part of Johnston County became Dobbs County. In 1770 parts of Johnston County, Cumberland County, and Orange County were combined to form Wake County. Finally, in 1855 parts of Johnston County, Edgecombe County, Nash County, and Wayne County were combined to form Wilson County. Source Wikipedia

The county seat of Johnston County is Smithfield. There are several historical sites located in Johnston County including the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site which is the largest Civil War battle site in North Carolina. The battle of Bentonville took place March 19-21, 1865 and was an attempt to stop General Sherman’s march through the south. There’s also an Ava Gardner museum (she was born and grew up in Johnston County), a Tobacco Farm Life Museum and the Johnston County Heritage Center.

Johnston County is divided into the following townships: Banner, Bentonville, Beulah, Boon Hill, Clayton, Cleveland, Elevation, Ingrams, Meadow, Micro, O’Neals, Pine Level, Pleasant Grove, Selma, Smithfield, Wilders, and Wilson Mills.

Johnston County Genealogy Resources

Johnston County NCGenweb

Johnston County NCGenWeb Archives

Johnston County Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 2373
Smithfield, NC 27577

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Johnston County Government

Johnston County Courthouse
PO Box 1049
County Courthouse
Smithfield, NC 27577

Census

1784-1786 State Census Transcription

1790 Federal Census Transcription – sorted by last name

1800 Federal Census Transcription – sorted by last name

1810 Federal Census Transcription – sorted by last name

1820 Federal Census Transcription – sorted by last name

1830 Federal Census Transcription – sorted by last name

1840 Federal Census Transcription – sorted by last name

1850 Federal Census Index – by last name only

Tax Records

1750 Quit Rent detailed transcription

1750 Quit Rent summary of names listed

1751 Quit Rent

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Johnston County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Johnston County Cemetery Census

Query Forums

Johnston County, NC Query Forum

Latest North Carolina Genealogy Query posts for Johnston County from the Forum:

North Carolina Genealogy Forum: Forum: Johnston County NC Genealogy Queries – Recent Topics

mountainman52 on “Information on White Family”

Looking for any information on a Simon T. White or Pharoah White sons of Jonathon White and Nanny Cordell during 1810-1830 period. Supposedly came from Johnston County.

Thanks in advance,
Mr. White




rickrider on “John Moore b. abt 1832, Elias Moore b. abt. 1868″

Hello all. I am new to this site. My great grandfather is Elias Henry Moore, born about 1868, likely in Ingrams, Johnston County. He was married to Sudie Tharrington. They had 3 children: Ethel D. Moore Harris, Alvin Moore, Carson Ragland Moore (my grandfaterh). His father was John Moore who may have also been born in Johnston County about 1832. He was marreid to Cathern (Cathran, Cathrine)born about 1832. They had children: Susan, Cathern, Elly, Marry, Benjamine, Elias. Family word says we came from the Isle of Jura and migrated up the Cape Fear River. Please help with any information you might have. Thank you.




CarolynViking on “Surles, Jr., John of Smithville”

born circa 1920s
married Ruth Madelyn Purvis
Son Surles, James Phillip
DOB 6/2/49 in Raleigh NC
DOD 3/6/75, Boston, MA Buried 3/10 at Camb. Cemetary

I’m new to searching in NC – thanks for any help

Carolyn karma45@comcast.net




jorskippy on “Jordan/Avent/Ham/Edmundson/Taylor/Greene”

I am seeking information on the Frederick Jordan family of Dobbs, Johnston, Wayne, Lenoir County, North Carolina. I have some information that I am willing to share. Frederick Jordan married Winniford Avent around 1758. They had a large family: Aven Jordan (1760)married Elizabeth ULN and moved to Jefferson County, GA in the early 1800′s; Pryor Jordan (1762) married a Lane; Penelope (1768) married Henry Smith (1765)and continued to live in Wayne County, NC; Dicey (1770) married Erastus Ham (1760) around 1790 in Greene County, NC; Frederick Jordan, Jr. (1772) married Elizabeth Pridgen and moved to Jefferson Co. GA in the early 1800′s;Elizabeth(1768)married Thomas Charlie “Goldie” Holmes and gradually moved to Newton County Texas by way of Salem, SC, Hancock, MS; Mathew (1776) married Susannah Taylor and moved to Jefferson county, Ga in the early 1800′s; Clarkey (1778) ; Vicey (1780) married John J. Edmundson and raised a family and died in Greene County, NC; Charles *1782) the youngest son who inheirted the plantation and I don’t know what happened to him; and Amy Jordan (1782) married an Exum. Any assistance to more information would greatly be appreciated.

Thanks




rodney bowers on “Elizabeth Ingram, wife of Samuel Lee”

Looking for the family of Elizabeth Ingram, b 1802 in Johnston Co, wife of Samuel Lee.


Johnston County, NC at Genforum

Cities and towns of Johnston County:

Archers Lodge
Bagley
Benson
Clayton
Emit
Four Oaks
Kenly
Micro
Middlesex
Pine Level
Princeton
Selma
Smithfield (County Seat)
Whitley Heights
Wilsons Mills

News related to Johnston County, NC

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Passenger dies in Johnston County crash – WRAL.com


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Passenger dies in Johnston County crash
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Four Oaks, N.C. — One person died in a single-car crash on Interstate 95 on Sunday. The crash occured around 4:30 a.m. near mile marker 83. Officials said a trooper was the first to arrive at the scene, where a driver was found ejected from the car

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Driver charged in Johnston County crash that injured 4 – WRAL.com


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Driver charged in Johnston County crash that injured 4
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Four Oaks, N.C. — Johnston County authorities are investigating a multi-vehicle crash that injured several people Wednesday night. Authorities said a vehicle driven by Jeremy Dale Lyon crossed the center line on Lassiter Road near Reed Creek Road in …




Driver charged with DWI after 3-truck collision in Johnston County – WRAL.com


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Driver charged with DWI after 3-truck collision in Johnston County
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Benson, N.C. — Two people were injured Monday in a wreck involving a tractor trailer, a pickup truck and a flatbed truck in Johnston County on N.C. Highway 50. According to troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the 2.5 ton tractor

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Man killed in crash on I-95 in Johnston County – WRAL.com


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Man killed in crash on I-95 in Johnston County
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Johnston County, N.C. — One person was killed following a Thursday afternoon crash on Interstate 95 in Johnston County. Authorities said the SUV was traveling northbound when the driver veered off the road, struck a guardrail and landed on a service




Operation puts ‘good-sized dent’ in Johnston County drug industry, chief says – WNCN


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Operation puts 'good-sized dent' in Johnston County drug industry, chief says
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Smithfield and Selma police officers, Johnston County Sheriff's deputies, and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives participated in the operation. The chief said this regional approach involving multiple agencies creates a




3 teens, 1 adult injured in Johnston County crash; man charged with DWI – WNCN


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3 teens, 1 adult injured in Johnston County crash; man charged with DWI
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FOUR OAKS, N.C. (WNCN) — A Johnston County man is facing charges after being involved in a near head-on crash close to Four Oaks and then leaving the scene, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. According to troopers, Jeremy Lyon, …


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