James Madison Harleston Golden
- Birth 8 SEP 1845 in Cleburne Co., Alabama
- Death 17 FEB 1918 in Golden Springs, Calhoun, Alabama; it is said that the place name was originally Golden’s Springs but was shortened; named after the Golden family that homesteaded the land.
- Descended from William Golding (1704-1782) by way of Richard Golding (1744-1788); William Golding (1772-1848) and James Allard Golden (1814-1887).
- Parents: James Allard Golden (1814-1887) and Thurza Charlotte Price (1822-1900)
- Filed for a Civil War Veteran Pension at Calhoun County, Alabama.
- Unit listed on his pension application: Company A, 8th Confederate Calvary, commanded by Captain Miller of Talladega, Alabama.
- War wounds: wounded in left leg in June 1862 and in his left arm in July 1863.
- Gravestone shows that he was Reverend James H. Golden.
- Formal Name: Although several family histories list his name as James Madison Harleston Golden, I can find no formal reference to Madison as being an actual part of his name. It may have been a nickname.
Civil War Pension Application
There are approximately 30 single pages of documents, affadavits and misc in James’ Civil War Pension Application. During the war James suffered a wound to his leg. It would appear that after ten years of working his way through the bureaucracy he received $4.50. If there was some other pension then that was not shown. The cover document in his file lists simply: $4.50 and his class determination was Class 4, the lowest level of pension award.
Just prior to final pension determination (1900) James was required to provide a list of his possessions and their estimated value to a Justice of the Peace, named J.A. Weatherby. James’ personal property holdings were:
- Horses and mules: 1, value $30.
- Cattle of all kinds: 4, value $50.
- Hogs, sheep and goats: 2, value $10.
- Pistols, guns, etc: 1, value $5.
- Household and kitchen furniture: value $50
- Bicyles and vehicles: 1, value $10.
- Goods, wares and merchandise: none.
- Mechanical and farming tools and implements: none.
- Total personal property value: $160.
After James passed away in 1918, his wife Nancy applied for a war widow’s pension. In her application she stated that she had no property, and that she lived on a 40 acre farm belonging to her daughter Jennie and her family.
Married to Nancy Mariah Harrison (1845-1923) on March 16, 1865 at Calhoun County, Alabama. Nancy was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
- Infant Golden
- William “Billy” Tyree Golden (1866-1924)
- Mary Ida “Mollie” Golden (1868-1935)
- Charles Norton Golden (1870-1930)
- John Wesley Golden (1872-1934)
- Sam Golden (1873-1896)
- Ellen Golden (1874-1952)
- Annie Golden (1878-1878)
- Jennie Golden (1879-??)
- infant twin of Virginia (Twin) Golden (1880-1880)
- Virginia Victoria (Twin) Golden (1880-1936)
- Allie Lassie Golden (1882-1950)
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