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Johnson County Clerk
P.O. Box 269
Wrightsville, GA 31096-0269

Telephone: (478) 864-3316


Hello my name is Nancy Thigpen and I am the coordinator for this web page. My goal is for this to be a treasure of information for any Johnson County genealogy researcher! PLEASE,  if you think you may have anything of historical or genealogical interest relating to Johnson County Georgia- contact me. We are always so greatful for contributions!








The naming of Johnson County

On December 11, 1858 the General Assembly created Johnson County from portions of Emanuel, Laurens, and Washington counties.  Georgia's 130th county was named for Herschel Johnson, who served as governor of Georgia from 1853 until 1857.He also had run as Democratic vice presidential nominee in Stephen Douglas's unsuccessful race for the presidency in 1860.

Five commissioners were named in the legislation creating Johnson County.  These five persons had the responsibility of selecting the location of the county seat.  They were authorized to purchase a tract of land for laying out a town, while the justices of the county’s first inferior court were responsible for having a courthouse and other public buildings constructed. Major James Hicks who served in the War of 1812, donated land where Wrightsville is now situated 1859 ( he also had the first brick home in the county!).  The legislation directed that the county seat should be named Wrightsville, being named for John B. Wright, who was one of the five commissioners selected by the legislature to select the location of a county seat.  John B. Wright was an early resident of the area and may have been involved in the movement to create a new county.  John B. Wright was elected by the voters of the area to serve as Senator.  He served from 1857 until 1861. Wrightsville, GA. was incorporated on February 23, 1866.


Neighboring Counties....

 Emanuel, Jefferson, Laurens, Treutlen, Washington and Wilkinson



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Where to find Johnson County records:

                Superior Court [has Court Records from 1859 and Land Records from 1859 ] East Elm St., P.O. Box 321,Wrightsville, Ga. 31096            phone:  (478) 864- 3484, Fax: (478) 864-1343

                                         Probate Court Clerk [has Probate Records from 1859 and Marriage Records from 1859 ]PO Box 264, Wrightsville, GA. 31096-0264; 478-864-3316/F 864-0528

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Genealogical Addresses:

Central Georgia Genealogial Society Post Office Box 2024, Warner Robins,GA31099

Georgia Division of Public Health  - Vital Records Department,
Rm 217-H, 47 Trinity Ave. SW, Atlanta, GA 30334-5600; Tel: 404-656-4750,[EMAIL]

Georgia State Archives,5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260; 678.364.3700
For history, genealogy, or other research: Reference Services Tel: (678) 364-3710 , [EMAIL]

Georgia Historical Society 501 Whitaker Str, Savannah, GA31401; 912-651-2125,  Fax: 912-651-2831

Georgia Genealogical Society  P.O. Box 54574, Atlanta, Georgia 30308-0575 [EMAIL]

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