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Battle of Bentonville, a Decisive Union Victory

Battle of Bentonville The Battle of Bentonville was fought from March 19th to 21st, 1865 in Bentonville, North Carolina, near the town of Four Oaks. This crucial battle turned out to be the last battle between the armies of Union Major General William T. Sherman and Confederate Genneral Joseph E. Johnston. As the right wing of the army of Sherman commanded by Major General Oliver O. Howard marched toward Goldsborough, the left wing under command of Major General H. W. Slocum came upon the army of Johnston in trenches. During the first day of the battle, however, the Confederates routed two of the divisions of the Union army. Meanwhile, as General Sherman defended its other positions and sent reinforcements into the battlefield the following day, General Johnston withdrew into a skirmishing maneuver. The third day, as the skirmishing continued, the division commanded by Major General Joseph A. Mower approached the Confederate rear and attacked, but the Confederates successfully repulsed the attack while Sherman was ordering Mower to rejoin his own troops. That evening, however, General Johnston decided to withdraw from the battlefield, only to surrender to Sherman a month later at Bennett Place and Durham Station. General Robert E. Lee had already surrendered, and this ended the war.

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Images of Johnston County Wills 1760 to 1859

Names of Testators:

Adams, Hardy ] Adams, Howell ] Adams, Jesse ] Allen, Absabeth ] Allen, John ] Altman, Nanny ] Altman, Nathan ] Atkinson, Carry ] Atkinson, Ephraim ] Atkinson, John Sr. | Atkinson, Thomas ] Austin, Anison ] Austin, John Sr. ] Avera, John ] Avera, Mary ] Ann ] Avera, Mathew ] Avera, Thomas ] Avera, William ] Avery (or Avera) Alexander ] Bagby, John ] Bailey, David ] ] Bailey, Hardy ] Bailey, Henry ] Bailey, Isom ] Bailey, Jesse ] Bailey, Levi ] Baker, Elijah ] Ballance, William ] Ballard, Caleb ] Ballinger, John ] Barber, Burrel ] Barber, Wilsey ] Barefoot, Noah Sr. ] Barnes, Elizabeth ] Barnes, Henry ] Barrow, Thomas ] Batten, Abraham ] Batten, Hardy ] Batten, John ] Bayley, William ] Beddingfield, John ] Bell, Mary ] Blackman, Barzilla ] Blackman, Druzilla ] Blackman, John ] Blackman, Joseph ] Blackman, Mary ] Blackman, Moore ] Bledsoe, Isaac ] Bosworth, Dr. Stewart ] Boyett, George ] Boyett, Joseph ] Boykin, Solomon ] Brady, John ] Brannon, Leroy ] Brannon, Thomas ] Brewer, Jacob Parker ] Bridges, Benjamin ] Bridges, Eldeldred ] Bridges, William ] Britt, Jesse ] Broadstreet, Nancy ] Brooks, Jacob ] Brown, Jesse ] Brown, John ] Brown, Martha ] Brown, William ] Bryan, Bythan ] Bryan, Lewis ] Bryan, Loverd ] Bryan, Needham ] Bryan, Samuel ] Bryan, William ] Bryant, William ] Burch, Robert Butts, Henry ] Byrd, Richard] Byrd, Sutton Sr. Capps, Mathew ] Carr, Samuel ] Carrell, John ] Carrell, William ] Carroll, Sarah ] Carter, John ] Carter, Mathew ] Coats, William Sr. ] Cockrell, Samuel ] Cockrell, Stephen ] Cole, Willis ] Colley, Gregory ] Cotton, Jesse ] Creench, Joshua ] Crumpler, Edmon ] Culley, John ] Daughtry, Jacob ] Daughtery, John ] Davis, Arthur ] Davis, Dixon Sr. ] Davis, James ] Dean, William ] Dee, Emanuel ] DeLoach, Samuel ] Dixson, John Sr. ] Dodd, Elizabeth ] Dodd, John ] Dodd, Pherebe Dodd, Reubin Dodd, William ] Sr. ] Duck, Jacob ] Dudley, John ] Durham, James ] Durham, William ] Earp, Alsey ] Earp, Edward ] Earp, Sherrod ] Earp, Welby ] Eason, John ] Eason, Sanders ] Eason, Sally ] Eatman, Thomas ] Edwards, Micajah Sr.] Edwards, William ] Eldridge, William Sr. ] Ellington, Jesse ] Ellington, Martha ] Ellis, John ] Evans, Joshua ] Evens, John ] Fail, Needham ] Farmer, Asa ] Farmer, James ] Farmer, John ] Felks, Lemuel ] Fish, William ] Fivash, Millender ] Flowers, Jacob ] Folsom, Edith ] Frellick, Mary ] Garner, Elizabeth ] Garner, Moses ] Garner, Mary ] Gay, William ] Henry Gay, Willis George, David ] ] Gerald, Isaac ] Gerald, John ] Gerald, John Sr. ] Giles, Nathaniel ] Godwin, Edmund ] Godwin, James ] Godwin, Samuel ] Godwin, Thomas ] Godwin, Tobias ] Gower, Casey ] Grantham, Frederick ] Green, John ] Gregory, Priscilla ] Grice, Lewis ] Grinman, John ] Gulley, Mead ] Gulley, Robert ] Gully, George ] Gully, Zilpha ] Gurley, Arthur ] Gurley, Mary ] Gurley, Nathan Guy, William ] Hales, Ivey Hall, William ] Handy, Mathias ] Hardy, John ] Hardy, Major ] Hare, John ] Harison, John ] Harper, Bannister ] Harper, John ] Harper, John Sr. ] Harrell, Sarah ] Hartsfield, Andrew ] Hatcher, Benjamin ] Hatcher, Charles ] Hatcher, John ] Hatcher, William ] Hayes, John ] Hearn, Mason ] Hinnant, Ann ] Hinnant, James ] Hinnant, John Sr. ] Hinnant, Josiah Hinnant, Martha ] Hinnant, Patience ] Hinnant, William ] Hinnant, William Jr. ] Hinnant, William ] Sr. Hinton, Esther Hinton, Hardy ] Hinton, Isaac ] Hinton, John Sr.] Hinton, Malishia ] Hinton, Solomon ] Hinton, William ] Hix, Stephen ] Hobby, Alexander ] Hobby, Reubin ] Hocut, Benjamin ] Hocut, William ] Holloman, Frederick ] Holloman, Josiah ] Hollomon, William ] Holt, Etheldred Sr.] Holt, James ] Houlder, James ] Howell, Elisha ] Hoyles, John Sr. ] Ingram, Barnabas ] Ingram, Shadrack ] Ivey, James ] Sr. Jackson, James ] Jackson, Lewis ] Jernigan, Ann ] Jernigan, Jasper ] Johnson, Abel] Johnson, Allen D.] Johnson, Gill] Johnson, Henry Sr. ] Johnson, Isaac ] Johnson, Sell] Johnson, Thomas ] Johnson, Travis ] Johnson, Willie ] Johnston, Amos ] Johnston, Amos ] (2) Johnston, Esther Johnston, Henry ] Johnston, James ] Johnston, Littleton ] Johnston, Polly ]Jerrot Johnston, Solomon ] Jones, Burrel Jones, Burwell Jones, Elizabeth ] Jones, Isaac Sr. ] Jones, Nathaniel ] Jones, Phillip ] ] Jones, William ] Jones, Willis ] Jordan, Henry ] Jordan, Mathew ] Jordan, Nicholas ] Joyner, John ] Keen, Isaac ] Keen, Sasser ] Kelly, Charles Kelly, James ] Kirby, Absalom Kirby, Abraham ] Kirby, Jesse ] Kirby, Jesse Sr. ] Lancaster, Elijah ] Langley, James ] Langston, Isaac ] Sr. Langston, Joseph ] Langston, Joseph Jr. ] Langston, Westbrook ] Lassiter, Elijah ] Lee, Edward ] Lee, Hugh ] Lee, Jeremiah ] Lee, Lewis ] Lee, Martha ] Lee, Robert ] Lee, Samuel Sr. ] Lee, Stephen ] Lee, William R. ] Leonard, John ] Lockhart, Hannah H.] Lockhart, James ] Lynch, James ] Mackelroy, Arch ] Mainard, George ] Masfern, Sally ] Massengill, Aaron Sr. ] Massengill, Henry ] Massey, William ] McClenney, James ] McCullen, George ] McCullers, John Sr.] McGlawhorn, William ] McKinne, Zilpha ] McLane, Phebe ] McLean, John ] McLeod, John ] Mobley, Alexander ] Monk, John ] Mozingo, Selia ] Musgrave, D. H. ] Nasson, Gilly ] Newsom, John ] Norris, John Sr. ] Norris, Nahor ] Nowell, John ] Odom, Michael ] Odom, Nancy ] Ogburn, John ] Oliver, Asa ] Oliver, Henry ] Oliver, John ] Oliver, Thomas ] O'Neal, Anna ] O'Neal, James ] O'Neal, Kiddy ] O'Neal, Moses ] ] O'Neale, Zacharias ] Parish, Justice ] Parish, Patsy ] Parrish, John ] Parrish, Johnson Parker, Jacob ] Parker, Martha ] Parker, Needham ] Parker, Patience ] Pate, Travis ] Peacock, Laurence ] Peacock, Noah ] Peacock, Samuel ] Pearce, Amelia ] Pearce, Arthur ] Pearce, Clarky ] Pearce, Ephraim ] Pearce, Everett ] Pearce, Jesse ] Pearce, Kezzie L. ] Pearce, Mary ] Pearce, Richard ] Pearce, Sarah ] Pearce, Simon ] Peedin, James Sr. ] Peele, Jesse P. ] Pender, Hardy ] Penny, Caleb ] Penney, Penuel Sr.] Perry, Dempsey ] Perry, Elizabeth ] Perry, Howard L. ] Perry, Reubin ] Perry, Winnifred ] Phillips, John Sr. ] Pipkin, Edith ] Pool, James ] Pool, John ] Pool, Thomas ] Pool, William ] Powers, Edward ] Price, Edward ] Price, Etheldred Price, Thomas ] Pugh, Arnold ] Pugh, Tignal] Raiford, Phillip ] Raiford, Phillip ] Sr. ] Raiford, Sarah ] Reaves, Frederick Recton, John ] Renfrow, Demaris Renfrow, Neel Renfrow, Noel Renfrow, William ] Richardson, John ] Richardson, Jonathan ] Richardson, Joseph ] Richardson, Nancy ] Richardson, William ] Rogers, Daniel ] Runnels, Joice ] Sanders, Alexander ] Sanders, Ellick ] Sanders, John ] Sanders, Mary ] Sanders, Ransom] Sanders, Reubin ]Sasser, Arthur] Sasser, Edith ]Sauls, Phereby ]Scott, G. H.] Shepard, Valentine ] Simmons, John ] Sims, Joseph ] Smith, Anney ] Smith, Benjamin ] Smith, Brittain ] Smith, David ] Smith, Edmond ] Smith, Etheldred ] Smith, John ] Smith, John Sr. ] Smith, John McKinnie ] Smith, Lucinda] Smith, Martha ] Smith, Nancy ] Smith, Nathan ] Smith, Samuel ] Smith, Samuel Sr. ] Smith, William ] Smith, Zilphia] Spencer, John ] Spell, Reddick ] Spivey, Hosea] Stallings, Isaac ] Stansell, Godfrey Sr.] Stansell, John Sr.] Stansell, Jonathan Sr. ] Starling, Adam ] Starling, Hilbert ] Starling, Jesse ] Starling, William Sr. ] Stephens, Charlotte ] Stephenson, James ] Stephenson, John ] Stevens, Alsey ] Stevens, Benjamin ] Stevens, Elizabeth ] Stevens, Jacob ] Stevens, Rebekah ] Stevenson, Solomon Sr. ] Strickland, Benjamin ] Strickland, Davis ] Strickland, Samuel ] Strickland, Uriah ] Talton, Hardy ] Talton, Needham ] Talton, William ] Tarver, Frederic ] Temple, Starling W.] Tharp, Mary ] Tharp, Thomas ] Tharp, Thomas ] Presly ] Thomas, Alexander ] Thomas, Elisha Sr. ] Thomas, John ] Thomas, Mary ] Thompson, William ] Thornton, Eldridge ] Tiner, Jesse ] Tiner, John ] Tipkin, Edith ] Tomlinson, Thomas ] Tucker, William ] Turner David ] Vinson, Rutha ] Waddell, Edward ] Wall, Elizabeth ] Wall, Molly ] Wall, Perry ] Waller, James ] Wall, Jesse Sr. | Walthall, Judith ] Walton, Jonathan ] Ward, Benajah ] Washington, Lansdon ] Watkins, James ] Watson, Amos ] Watson, Jacob ] Watson, James ] Watson, John ] Watson, Josiah Ogden ] Watson, Solomon ] Watson, William ] Watson, Willis ] West, Noel Sr.] West, Robert ] White, Saul ] Whitley, Esther ] Whitley, John Sr. ] Whitley, Needham ] Whitley, William Sr. ] Whitliff, John ] Whittenton, Richard Sr.] Wilder, James ] Wilder, John ] Wilder, Mathew ] Wilkinson, Charles ] Wilkerson, Joshua ] Wilkinson, Nathan ] Wilkinson, R.] Williams, Benjamin ] Williams, Isaac ] Williams, J. ] Williams, John ] Williams, Martha ] Williams, Sarah ] Williams, Thomas ] Williamson, Hardy ] Williamson, Sarah ] Willow, Lucretia ] Wimberly, George ] Wood, Ashley ] Wood, Jesse Sr. ] Woodall, Berry ] Woodall, Jacob Sr. ] Woodall, James ] Woodard, Jethro ] Woodard, Mathew ] Wooten, Jesse ] Yelventon, Shadrick ] Youngblood, Buddy

Johnston County Wills and Estates


Johnston CountyJohnston county was formed in 1746 from Craven County; named for Gabriel Johnston, Governor of North Carolina from 1734 to 1752. During the year of 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 and 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.

Genealogy Records available to Members
  • Miscellaneous Johnston County Wills and Estates
  • McElroy, Archibald, LWT, transcript (1760)
  • Price, Edward ]: Last Will and Testament (1789)
  • Whitenton, Richard] - Last Will and Testament (1819)
  • Indexes to Probate Records
  • Abstracts of Wills 1707 to 1760
  • Miscellaneous Records at North Carolina States Archives 1764 to 1930


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