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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

All lanes of I-95 back open after big rig crash in Johnston County – WRAL.com

All lanes of I-95 back open after big rig crash in Johnston County  WRAL.com

The northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Johnston County were closed after a tractor-trailer collided Wednesday afternoon with a camper, prompting traffic …




Highway Patrol identifies trooper, man shot on US 70 in Johnston County – WITN

  1. Highway Patrol identifies trooper, man shot on US 70 in Johnston County  WITN
  2. Trooper shot armed driver during traffic stop in Johnston County, SHP says  WTVD-TV
  3. Authorities: Trooper shot armed man during traffic stop in Johnston County  WRAL.com
  4. Speeding driver shot by trooper in Johnston County, patrol says  Raleigh News & Observer
  5. Authorities ID armed suspect in trooper-involved shooting in Johnston County  WNCT
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Volunteer firefighter, 17, dies after ATV crash at Johnston County racing event – WRAL.com

Volunteer firefighter, 17, dies after ATV crash at Johnston County racing event  WRAL.com

A young volunteer firefighter died Saturday evening during a car racing event at Galot Motorsports Park in Johnston County.




High school student hit and killed crossing street in Johnston County – WITN

High school student hit and killed crossing street in Johnston County  WITN

An 18-year-old high school student was hit by a vehicle and killed early Thursday morning in Johnston County.




Truck wedged under overpass closes northbound lanes of I-95 in Johnston County – WRAL.com

Truck wedged under overpass closes northbound lanes of I-95 in Johnston County  WRAL.com

A crash closed both directions of Interstate 95 on Wednesday afternoon.




Publix looks to expand its Triangle grocery presence beyond Wake County – Raleigh News & Observer

Publix looks to expand its Triangle grocery presence beyond Wake County  Raleigh News & Observer

A Publix grocery store could be coming to the town of Clayton, a fast-growing suburb in Johnston County, according to paperwork filed with the state. Plans for a …


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