Help Identify William Moody Golden / Golding’s Ancestors

Your help is requested to help solve a mystery.

The William Moody Golden line begins about 1795 in an area of South Carolina inhabited by a number of known non-related Goldens and Goldings. This family then moves off in the early 1800s to Perry, Alabama … leaving few hints as to its origin.

Goldens and Goldings of Newberry, SC

??? Is William Moody Golden one of my family’s Goldens?

While there is no record of him in our family tree, he is known to have lived in the Newberry, South Carolina area at the very same time as my own Goldens. He married Mary Elizabeth (? Catherine) Lagrone, from the Lagrone family, living next door to my own Goldens.

Some genealogies claim that William Moody Golden was born in Virginia … but no evidence exists for where he was born.

+++ We have been able to confirm several other Goldens from this area as being related by using DNA testing.

Conflict and Disagreement Among Genealogies

There are also considerable contradictions in the genealogies that include whether William Moody Golden married an ‘Elizabeth’ or married ‘Elizabeth Lagrone‘ of Newberry, South Carolina. The Cone/Koon and Arendale families of Perry, Alabama claim that their patriarch married her as well.

— The Thomas Arendale claim is time appropriate as William Moody Golden died about 1831 and Thomas Arendale married ‘Mary Elizabeth Lagrone’ in 1836.

— If she was married to Adam Koon as their genealogy claims, the birth of the children are time appropriate for her second marriage to be to Arendale, but not the marriage itself: 1836 vs Koon passing away in 1841. The timing of both marriage and children’s births conflict entirely with the birth of William Moody Golden’s children.

Why DNA is Important to Knowing

Knowing the YDNA haplotype of William Moody Golden male descendants could resolve this line’s origin, and relationship to other nearby families — which includes my own Golden line that settled at Newberry, SC in 1760.

An Ancestry DNA test of a male can be used to determine the male line haplotype, using the Y-SNP Subclade Predictor. You can access this app at

>>> I am also willing to help you process your DNA to determine the best results.

Determining a male’s haplotype is useful:

+++ It can eliminate other similarly-named families as having the same male-line grandfather.

+++ It can identify possible or probable relationships with other similarly-named families, AND with families of other names, as sharing the same male-line grandfather.

+++ It can help determine ancestry of origin from the centuries prior.

Knowing a haplotype is very useful just on its own, What it cannot do is confirm descendence from a specific male. This requires a YDNA test from FamilyTreeDNA.

>>> If a male from William Moody Golden line tests positive as ‘R1b’ then I am willing to pay for the basic YDNA test from FamilyTreeDNA.

William “Bill” Golden

Golden, Golding, Goulding et al Family History