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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

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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

“”johnston county” nc” – Google News

Car crossed median and crashed into tractor-trailer, killing one on I-40 in Johnston County – WTVD-TV

Car crossed median and crashed into tractor-trailer, killing one on I-40 in Johnston County  WTVD-TV

Interstate 40 is back open and traffic is moving as normal after a deadly crash in Johnston County involving a tractor-trailer.




Widespread storm damage reported in Johnston County – CBS17.com

Widespread storm damage reported in Johnston County  CBS17.com

BENSON, N.C. (WNCN) — Officials in Johnston County have been dealing with significant damage due to weather Thursday. Reports earlier in the day said …




Woman seriously injured in Johnston County shooting – WTVD-TV

Woman seriously injured in Johnston County shooting  WTVD-TV

A 35-year-old woman was shot and seriously injured in Johnston County overnight.




Suspect in custody as Johnston County deputies investigate deadly shooting – CBS17.com

Suspect in custody as Johnston County deputies investigate deadly shooting  CBS17.com

SELMA, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities say they have a suspect in custody in a deadly shooting near Selma Sunday evening. UPDATE: Johnston County church …




Police investigate after man shot in leg in Johnston County – WTVD-TV

Police investigate after man shot in leg in Johnston County  WTVD-TV

Princeton Police are investigating after a man was found shot across from a cemetery.




Johnston County church deacon shot to death in home, roommate charged – CBS17.com

Johnston County church deacon shot to death in home, roommate charged  CBS17.com

SELMA, N.C. (WNCN) — The roommate of a Johnston County church deacon is in custody and charged with the deacon’s murder. The Johnston County Sheriff’s …


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