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Welcome to Johnston County

Johnston County was formed from Craven in 1746 and named for Gabriel Johnston who was the royal governor of North Carolina from 1734-1752. It was later used to form parts of Dobbs, Orange, Wake and Wilson counties. With a total area of 796 square miles and an estimated population of 185,660 in 2015, Johnston County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.

Although it's value to surrounding counties is clear, Johnston County genealogy has also been a necessary resource for many southern descendents who are searching for their forefathers, many of which settled briefly in Johnston County before continuing their journeys to other Southern states.

Towns: Archer Lodge, Benson, Clayton, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield (county seat) and Wilson's Mills

Townships: Banner, Bentonville, Beulah, Boon Hill, Clayton, Cleveland, Elevation, Ingrams, Meadow, Micro, O'Neals, Pine Level, Pleasant Grove, Selma, Smithfield, Wilders and Wilson's Mills

Unincorporated Communities: Cleveland, Emit, Flowers, Hocutt's Crossroads, Jordan, McGee's Crossroads, Peacock's Crossroads, Powhatan and Stancil's Chapel

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Cemetery Update: 1175 Cemeteries, 43198 Graves, 13150 photographs

Over the past year, we have added 37 more Johnston County cemeteries to our database. Essentially all of them were small and one consisted of a single grave (Lucy Ann Talton). Our website counts today stand at 1175 cemeteries (82 in neighboring counties), 43198 graves, and 13150 photographs.

One of the challenges that we face in photographing cemeteries is locating them. As we find them, we take photos of each tombstone and we add the cemetery’s GPS coordinates to our database. And thanks to volunteers such as Ross Sippel and Gerry Morgan, we now have 482 cemeteries with photographs and 869 cemeteries that can be located via GPS.

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  • More than 10,000 cemetery photographs now online at!
  • Thousands of cemetery photos and resource links added. Nickname search feature.
  • Hundreds of records added to the various sections of the website, along with major cemetery section enhancements.
  • Indexes for Johnston County Wills, Civil War Soldiers and Civil War Sailors have been added with updates to the "Name Index".
  • The "Name Index" is ready! Search census & cemetery records with just one click.
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County Coordinator
Michael W. Kay
County Volunteers
Ross Sippel
Connie Ellen Adams
Passed away on 15 July 2015

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Site last updated on August 7, 2020