All About My Goldens

My Golden LineageMy Extended FamilyGrandparent Surnames

Updated 2018.03.23

What YDNA analysis tells us:
1500 BCE – Proto-Germans, living in Baltic region
We are R1b-U106 > Z381 > Z156 > Z306 > Z304 > DF98 > S18823 > FGC20588 > R-FGC20581  … aka R1b1a1a2a1a1c1a1
(Jan 2018 ISOGG)
Grandfather Grandmother
Ancient Grandfathers c3689 – 471 BC
Recent Grandfathers:
Virginia Roots Before South Carolina, 1761 … abundant circumstantial evidence leads to Caroline County, Virginia.
Thomas Goulden

c1725 – abt 1800 SC … settled in Newberry, South Carolina no later than 1760-61.

Thomas Goulden is the best candidate as the father of our William Goulden (c1750-1809) and/or Samuel Golden (c1770-1856).

William Goulden c1750 – c1809 SC Elender “Nellie”
Nathaniel Greene Goulden, Sr. c1783 SC – c1846 SC Rachel Isabella Morgan
Nathaniel Green Golden, Jr. 1812 SC – 1882/3 NC Arzela Moore
Elizabeth Sosebee
John Hambright ‘Henry’ Golden 1866 TN – 1937 AL Mary Elizabeth Bridges (Page)
Henry Roosevelt Golden 1904 AL – 1987 AL Readie Mae Belcher
John Henry Golden 1934 AL – 2001 FL Clara Anne Norfleet
Private – no children from this marriage.
William David Golden 1956 VA >= 2017 VA Private

My Goldens and Extended Family

My direct family line can be documented back to approximately 1763/1767 in the old Ninety Six District of South Carolina. Eleven male Goldens have taken matching 37 marker yDNA tests, all linking back to South Carolina and to William and Nellie Goulden (Golden).

How did we get there? Unsure. 1767 is when settlement of the Ninety Six region began. Many local areas were settled by large groups of immigrants that were settled in planned subdivisions. This included French Hugenots, German Palatinates, and Ulster Irish. However, many Pennsylvanians and Virginians also moved to the area — applying for individual plots of land.

No version of our family name appears among the various immigrant groups. We know that application by Thomas Goulden for the land which he eventually received in 1767 was surveyed under his name in 1763. This would indicate that Thomas Goulden had the economic means and patience required to wait for five years before finally receiving his land grant.

It is yet unproven that Thomas Goulden of 1763/67 is our distant grandfather.

Footnotes Page


Gould, Golden, Goulden … Abbot, Avery, Barker, Belcher, Beville, Bland, Brooke, Brooks, Buckner, Burch, Childers, Clay, Colson, Cooper, Daniel, Easton, Edsal, Epes/Eppes, Fields, Frogley, Glenn, Greenslade, Hardin, Hastings, Hill, Holiday, Houston, Hemphill, Innes, Isham, James, Johnson, Jones, Ladd, Lewis, Loftin, Love, Martiau (also grandparent of George Washington), Martin, McDavid, McGuffy, Mills, Mitchell, Moore, Morgan, Mullins, Nevins, Owen, Perry, Reade, Sherwood, Sikes/Sykes, Smith, Staggs, Stallyon, Taliafero, Tarrant, Walpole, Warner, Wells, Weems, Willis, Wilson, Wortham/Worsham


Almand, Barrow, Blow, Bruce, Clark/Clarke, Cocke, Colgate-Buckner, Covington, Cowen/Couan, Cowper, Drew, Elliott, Embry, Gilbert, Gross, Hill, Hines, Hunter, Hymand, King, Larcome, Meritt, Nasmith, Norfleet, Norsworthy, Norton, Parker, Pleasants, Powell, Putrasse, Rand, Riddick, Shepherd, Smith, Steill, Stevens, Stevenson, Underwood, Walker, Wilson

Golden 2017 version