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 163,428 in 2008, 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,
Smithfield (county seat) and
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