Fendol Sylvester Golden, 1835-1920

Disclaimer: Determination that the haplotype shown below is correct is based upon a claimed descendant relationship by the person taking the DNA test. Desired: two or more matching test results from individuals that are not closely related. Three matching test sets exist.


Haplotype: E-M35 (formerly E3b, E1b1b1)

Other Matching YDNA Tests: Yes. Three (3) kits total match.

A descendant of Fendol’s claimed brother William Anderson Golden is a YDNA match. None of the family appear in any known 1850 census and by 1860 have all gone their separate ways.


Fendol Sylvester Golden

BIRTH 26 OCT 1835 • Columbia, Richland, South Carolina
DEATH 27 SEP 1920 • Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia

Married to:

Susan Elmina Jenkins

BIRTH 2 OCT 1836 • Lincoln Co.,North Carolina
DEATH 30 JULY 1915 • Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia


  • Mary Jane Golden, 1856–1931
  • Josephine Matilda Golden, 1857–1937
  • Willis Roberson Golden, 1859–1912
  • Sarah Priscilla (A.) Golden, 1862–1932
  • Eugenia or Eugene E. Golden, 1864–1949
  • John Thomas Golden, 1866–1924
  • Henry Mathew Golden, 1873–1943
  • Julia Powell Golden, 1875–1945



The claimed parents for Hiram F. Golden are John C Golden 1800–1850 and Priscilla Robinson1808–1840. There is no documentary evidence for this.

There are reasons to believe that this family had a Virginia / Maryland, aka Chesapeake Bay origin, explaining the claim that Hiram F. Golden was born in Maryland or Virginia.

John C. Golden was supposedly a ship’s mast builder ‘in Norfolk’ before going off to South Carolina where he may have met and married Priscilla Robinson — certainly he did marry her about 1828 or so — but no record of this being in South Carolina.

This family’s exact origin is very unclear. There is a also a claim that John C. Golden may have come from ‘Norfolk, England’. I have been corresponding for some years with an English Robinson trying to figure out his DNA match with this family. In particular there seems to be a DNA match between the English Robinson and John and Priscilla’s possible son George Jasper Golden. However, there is no documentation of the names of John and Priscilla’s children, or claims by the children that they are their parents. More research is needed.