Margaret Frances Golden, 1784-1875, South Carolina/Alabama

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Margaret Frances Golden

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Margaret Frances Golden

Born 1784 in (Edgefield) Ninety Six District, South Carolina
Death  1875 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama

Married William S. Cotney, born 1773 in Edgefield, South Carolina.

William S. Cotney was born about 1773, son of Loyalist Daniel Cotney, and later married Margaret Frances Golden (born 1784), the daughter of William and Ellender Golden. On March 23, 1798, William S.’s mother Keziah had deeded tracts of land to William S. and his brothers John and Daniel. This land was part of a grant awarded to Keziah on November 16, 1791, by the Honorable Charles Pinkney, governor of South Carolina. More info.

>>> There is no documentation for Margaret Frances Golden’s parents. I believe that her parents are William and Nelly Golden of Edgefield, South Carolina based upon them having a daughter in the census of this age, the time and place of her birth.  Additionally, there were no other known Golden families in the area.

>>> Some family histories claim that Margaret Frances Golden is the daughter of Lincolnton, Georgia Goldens: William Golden b.1749 d.1810 and mother is Elizabeth (Ellender) b.1709 d.1758.

DNA CONNECTION – Per Ancestry.com, I may have a DNA connection with Margaret Frances Golden, estimated to be third cousin. My Golden family and the Lincolnton, Georgia Goldens are very different yDNA haplotypes (R1b vs I2). My Ancestry atDNA connection: Denise Sherman/ANC.

Margaret Frances Golden’s parents are recorded as William and Ellender Golden. Can find no further information. Where does this line lead?


From NOTES re Frances Golden Cotney:

1820 Census of Walton Co., GA,
Frances Cotney, Page 234, Line 9, James Cotney, Page 244, Line 13,
John Pike, Page 234, Line 11
William Pike ,Page 234, Line 252,

The name “Golden” is verified from a letter from Ola Cotney, widow of Otis Lovelace Cotney. She found among his papers one which was made by his father William Arnold Cotney which read; “W. A. Cotney, my mother was M. E. Funderburke, her father Peter. My father was William S. Cotney, his mother Frances Golden”.

Frances was listed on the 1860 Census of Tallapoosa County AL in the household of William Sampson Cotney, her age was 76 and this record listed her birthplace as South Carolina.

It is not clear that her name was Margaret Frances/Frances Margaret. All information found with definite knowledge showed her name as Frances.

At William’s death his wife was listed as Margaret. From all we have learned we believe Frances was married to William. She named her first son William, was he named after his father? She and her children left South Carolina in 1820, the year following William’s death. In the 1827 Carroll County Land Lottery her children were shown as orphans.

At the time of the sale of the “orphan’s” land in Carroll County the name Margaret Cotney appears along with the other, known, children. There is no further record of a child named Margaret. Perhaps this is a signature belonging to Frances, in some way required in the sale.

There is also a possibility that she might have been married to William, divorced or separated, and William married again to someone named Margaret.

She definitely remained in good standings with the Cotney family, having moved from South Carolina with James Cotney, the youngest brother of William, and lived near him until his death about 1835.

Parents, William & Ellender Golden, not certain. Information from Ted Davidson, a descendant of Zero Omar Cotney said “Thought to be”.


From the Heritage of Tallapoosa Co. Ala.

The widow, Frances Golden Cotney and family, along with brothers-in-law James Cotney and John Pike moved from the Edgefield District of SC to Walton County, GA in 1819 or 1820. They lived in Walton County until about 1830 when James’ and Frances’ families moved to Harris County, GA. In 1835, soon after the death of James, Frances and her children settled in Tallapoosa County, Ala. They settled in the area which is now Newsite and Daviston.

Her children were:

1. Nancy Cotney, Born in 1812, probably the oldest of the children, was married to Thomas Knight prior to the family coming to Tallapoosa County. She was the mother of 13 children. This family migrated to Smith County, TX about 1858. Six of her sons served in the Civil War in Co. H., Hood’s Texas Brigade. All survived.

2. William Sampson Cotney, born in 1812, and married to Melcah Funderburke of Merriweather County, GA prior to coming to Tallapoosa,County. There children were: Frances Ann, Hester, Rebecca, Mary Jane, Nancy Catherine, Margaret Cordelia, William Arnold, Suzanna, Daniel Moses Gunn, Tolithe Maud, Sarah Elizabeth, John Isaac and Martha Emila. William Sampson died in 1887 and Melcah died in 1888. They are buried in a family cemetery in Daviston.

3. John Wesley Cotney, born in 1816, married Sarah Gillum of Tallapossa County in 1842. He died a youn man in 1858. They had two sons, Arnold William and Asa C.
4. Daniel Jackson Cotney, born about 1817, married Jane Dean of Chambers County, in 1837. Their children were: Frances, James W., Antnett, William J., John T., Isaac C., Silas Monroe (Walker), King Manuel, Daniel W., Sanford, Seymour and Jefferson Davis. Daniel (age 44) and sons James W., (age 23), William J., (age 19) and a son-in-law William Ashley Anderws all entered the Confederate Army in Feb. 1861 at Camp Johnson, Milltown, Co. D. 14th Alabama Infantry Regiment. Another son, John T., joined in May 1862 at Wesobulga at the age of 19. He was in Co. G., 46th Alabama Infantry. Still another son, Isaac C. (age 18), joined in November 1863, traveling to Orange County, VA to join the same Co. D, 14th Alabama Infantry that other family members joined earlier. Daniel died in service at Norfolk, VA, June 20, 1862. William 1. died at Huntsville, AL, October 17, 1861. John T. died of wounds July 8, 1863 at Vicksburg, MS. James W., Isaac C., and William Andrews all survived the war.

5. Isaac Green Cotney, born in 1825 married Rebecca Sessions of Tallapoosa County in 1844. (Isaac is belived to have been a son of James Cotney, taken into the Frances Cotney household (age 10) at the death of his father). The children of this family were John W., Mary F., William T., Green Washington, Margaret, Sarah and Nancy. This family migrated to Texas about 1858. Isaac G. served the Confederacy, in Co. H, 1st Texas Infantry Regiment. He too died in service while a prisoner of war.

From the Heritage of Tallapoosa Co. Ala.

Source – Family research, Submitted by Daniel Z. Cotney, 605 Howard Dr, Brundwick, GA 31523 ( Cotney[at]juno.com )


More information regarding Margaret Frances Golden and the Cotney family.


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