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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

Wake County man used phony credentials to get Johnston County teaching job, report says – WTVD-TV

Wake County man used phony credentials to get Johnston County teaching job, report says  WTVD-TV

A Wake County man used a doctored resume containing details about phony diplomas and transcripts to get hired as a Johnston County teacher, according to …




Johnston County driver’s ed teacher charged with drunken driving – WTVD-TV

Johnston County driver’s ed teacher charged with drunken driving  WTVD-TV

A driver’s education instructor at a Johnston County high school has been arrested after allegedly driving while impaired.




Convicted Felon Accused of Using Fake Credentials to Teach – Spectrum News

Convicted Felon Accused of Using Fake Credentials to Teach  Spectrum News

A school system says a convicted felon is said to have used fake credentials to teach at a Johnston County high school.




‘She’s a fighter:’ 9-year-old girl in medically induced coma after head-on crash on NC 242 in Johnston County – WTVD-TV

‘She’s a fighter:’ 9-year-old girl in medically induced coma after head-on crash on NC 242 in Johnston County  WTVD-TV

A Coats girl is in a medically induced coma after she was injured during a head-on crash Wednesday night.




Home Furnishings Retailer to Create 161 Jobs with New East Coast Operations in Johnston County – NC Dept of Commerce

Home Furnishings Retailer to Create 161 Jobs with New East Coast Operations in Johnston County  NC Dept of Commerce

Broad River Retail, LLC, an Ashley HomeStore licensee, will create 161 jobs as it locates a distribution center in Johnston County, Governor Roy Cooper …




Contaminated drinking water may stretch beyond eastern Wake County private wells – Raleigh News & Observer

Contaminated drinking water may stretch beyond eastern Wake County private wells  Raleigh News & Observer

The number of private wells that may be contaminated with radiological chemicals extends beyond eastern Wake County and the 19,000 households the county …


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