Johnson County, Arkansas Genealogy

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Johnson County

Guide to Johnson County, Arkansas ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Clarksville
Organized: November 16, 1833
Parent County(s): Pope[1]
Neighboring Counties
Franklin  • Lonoke  • Madison  • Newton  • Pope
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Location Map

County Information


The county was named for Benjamin Johnson, who was appointed one of the territorial judges in 1820 and held the office until the state was admitted in 1836. The County Seat is Clarksville and was founded November 16, 1833.[2] It is located in the northwest of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Johnson County Courthouse
215 W Main Street
P.O. Box 57
Clarksville, AR 72830
Phone: 501.754.3967
Johnson County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1855 and probate records from 1844.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records
Extension office has burial records[4]

Johnson County, Arkansas

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1855 1914* 1841 1836 1844
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps" (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Johnson County, Arkansas:

  • Clarksville — County Seat
  • Coal Hill
  • Gillian Settlement — unincorporated
  • Hagarville
  • Hartman
  • Hickeytown — unincorporated
  • Hunt — unincorporated
  • Knoxville
  • Lamar
  • Oark — unincorporated
  • Ozone — unincorporated
  • Pittsburg — unincorporated


  • Batson Township
  • Dickerson-Hill Township
  • Grant Township
  • Hickey Township
  • Horsehead Township
  • Howell Township
  • Lee Township
  • Low Gap Township
  • McKennon Township
  • Mulberry Township
  • Perry Township
  • Pittsburg Township
  • Prairie Township
  • Red Lick Township
  • Sherman Township
  • Spadra Township
  • Stonewall Township
  • Ward Township

History Timeline

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Johnson County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [7]

  • 1700-1730s - .Early white settlers started arriving , first by keel boat and later by steamboat; many were likely illegal squatters, who were a constant source of annoyance and complaint to the Cherokee.
  • 1833 November 16 - Johnson County was created.
  • 1920-2010 - The population of Johnson County hit a peak of just over 21,000 in 1920. It then took a dive to just 12,400 in 1960 but has rebounded to 25,500 in 2010.


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Johnson, Arkansas online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Arkansas Cemeteries for more information

Census Records

Church Records

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for {{{1}}} County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. Click for a brief Timeline History of the county. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

  • Langford, Ella Molloy. History of Johnson County, Arkansas : the first hundred years. Clarksville, Arkansas : Johnson County Historical Society (Georgia), 1976, 1981.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Military Records

Revolutionary War

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Johnson County on page 191.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]

Civil War

- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate), Company C
- 16th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company A, B and C
- 26th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[8], Companies D, E, and I

Online Records

Naturalization and Citizenship


Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Johnson County, Arkansas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Other Records


  • Johnson County Historical Society Journal published by Johnson County Historical Society.

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records


  • 1861 - Johnson County Birth Index 1861. Batch C586522 at FamilySearch - free.




Research Facilities


Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.




  • Johnson County Historical Society operates the Heritage Center and Museum at 131 West Main Street, Clarksville and publishes Johnson County Historical Society Journal.
    • "Among the research materials available at the center are clipping files with data on county families and communities from county newspapers; ... databases of burials in Johnson, Crawford, and Franklin counties...."[11]


  • USGenWeb Archives. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • ARGenWeb for Johnson County. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • RootsWeb . Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • Linkpendium. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • CyndisList. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research Guides


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Johnson County, Arkansas Genealogy and History”,
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Johnson County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Arkansas
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 68.
  5. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Jennifer S. Koenig, The Encyclopedia of Johnson History & Culture, ( : accessed January 13, 2016), “Johnson County.”
  8. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  9. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  11. Johnson County Historical Society by Greta Marlow at the Encyclopedia of History and Culture.