Numerous male Goldings and Goldens descended from William Golding, born c1704 d1782, and wife Elizabeth Foster, born c1704 d1775, have taken yDNA tests. These American Golding males are R1b and can be easily identified via yDNA tests that show the STR values for 12, 25 or 37 marker tests.
William Golding and Elizabeth Foster were both born in the Essex, Virginia area and passed away in the Abbeville, South Carolina area, after moving there in the early 1770s from Orange, Orange County, Virginia.
Was helping someone discover their Golding/Golden family roots, which are clearly related to descent from William Golding and Elizabeth Foster.
Among Golding families that appeared within atDNA (Ancestry) match results were the following English Goldings:
John Golding, abt 1720 – Mar 1801
Birth and death: Shipton Oliffe, Gloucestershire, England
Ann Bath, abt 1717 – 30 Dec 1813
Robert John Golding, 1750 – 18 Nov 1826
Birth and death: Shipton, Gloucestershire, England
Joan Mary Perry, 9 Aug 1752 – 15 Feb 1820
Daughter / Granddaughter
Birth 14 Oct 1787 Shipton, Gloucestershire, England
Death 30 Sep 1851, Gloucestershire, England
30 May 1809 to Robert Chappel Shill, Gloucestershire, England
atDNA tests need additional exploration to confirm that there is a relationship. Since there were several matches with English Goldings then it seems a bit beyond coincidence.
You are welcome to add to or to correct this story by contacting: Bill Golden, Norfolk1956@gmail.com
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