Early days in Johnston County and Wilson County, North Carolina, are recalled in this new 57-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from several vintage books, the oldest dating from 1851. These source materials include John Hill Wheeler's Historical Sketches of North Carolina; North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State, a product of the WPA; and A New Geography of North Carolina. The tri-color front cover is printed on 80# card stock and has been protected with a vinyl sheet. The text is printed single-sided on 60# opaque paper, with the print enlarged to fit the 8.5" x 11" paper and improve readability. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: JOHNSTON -- Smithfield (county seat), Benson, Clayton, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Wilsons Mills, Princeton, and Selma. WILSON -- Wilson (the county seat), Black Creek, Elm City, Lucama, Saratoga, Sims, and Stantonsburg. Among the many subjects included are: Physical features; Members of the General Assembly from Johnson County before 1851; Where early settlers came from; Slave insurection panic of 1805; Early revolution tendencies; Crops and Industries; Early settlements; the Civil War period, including the Battle of Bentonville in which many youngsters were killed; Dr. Calvin Jones; Schools and Churches, including Atlantic Christian College; Agriculture; Bright Leaf Tobacco; Judge Henry Connor, Alpheus Branch, Major-General W.D. Pender, Governor Gabriel Johnston and Senator Louis D. Wilson; "Mule Day," Ham for $55 a pound, native Ava Gardner, a Diamond rush, and other interesting bits of history and trivia.
Johnston and Wilson Counties, NC
Sources: History of Johnston County North Carolina / History of Wilson County North Carolina / Historical Sketches of North Carolina
Authors: John Hill Wheeler, et al
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Original Publisher: The Arkansaw Traveler Publishing Co.
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