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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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Woman, child seriously injured in crash on I-95 in Johnston County – WNCN


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Woman, child seriously injured in crash on I-95 in Johnston County
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BENSON, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating a four-vehicle crash that left a woman and child seriously injured Monday morning. Four vehicles, including this tractor-trailer, were involved in the crash (Patrick CLICK

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Peepholes found in men’s bathroom at Johnston County rest stop – WRAL.com


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Peepholes found in men's bathroom at Johnston County rest stop
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Johnston County, N.C. — Six peepholes have been discovered in the men's bathrooms at a Johnston County rest stop along Interstate 40. A Department of Transportation employee on Monday discovered three half-inch holes and one hole measuring 1.25 …
Peepholes found in men's bathrooms at I-40 rest stationsNews & Observer
Peep holes drilled in I-40 rest area bathrooms near BensonWTVD-TV

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Residents speak out against planned location of Johnston County Jail – WNCN


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Residents speak out against planned location of Johnston County Jail
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SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) — Opponents to the proposed location for Johnston County's new jail hope Smithfield will follow Selma's lead in opposing of the site. The Selma council formally announced Tuesday its opposition to the county commission's plans …

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Car crashes and burns after 100mph Johnston County chase – WTVD-TV


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Car crashes and burns after 100mph Johnston County chase
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FOUR OAKS, North Carolina (WTVD) –. The Johnston County Sheriff's Office has charged a man after a high-speed chase and fiery crash. The chase began just after 3 p.m. Monday when a deputy tried to pull over a car seen speeding through a school zone …
Man charged with DWI in Johnston County chase and crash, deputies sayWNCN

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No charges to be filed in fatal Johnston County nightclub shooting – WNCN


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No charges to be filed in fatal Johnston County nightclub shooting
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SELMA, N.C. (WNCN) — Selma police announced Thursday that no charges will be filed in a fatal shooting that occurred outside a nightclub over the weekend. The shooting occurred around 2 a.m. on Feb. 11 in the parking lot of Rumba nightclub, located at …




Johnston County man charged after child pornography investigation – WNCN


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Johnston County man charged after child pornography investigation
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ARCHER LODGE, N.C. (WNCN) — A child pornography investigation in Johnston County resulted in a raid of an Archer Lodge man's home. The State Bureau of Investigation arrested 58-year-old Michael Lewandowski on multiple charges of sexual …

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