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Sebron Johnson Golding
>> What unit did he serve in during the Civil War?
Sebron is a very unique name among Goldens/Goldings — and it may have started out as a misspelling of Seaborn, which was quite popular. Sebron WAS recorded as Seborn Golding in the 1850 census of his family. Regardless, the name Sebron stuck and several descendants went on to receive the name.
There was a Sebron Golden living in District 8, District Number 813, Carroll County, Georgia per 1842 tax records. Whatever the relationship, if any, is unknown.
A Sebron Golden is also known to have served with the 32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, and a Seaborn Golden served with the 2nd Regiment, Georgia Reserves.
b 3 JUL 1847 • Tuscaloosa, Floyd, GA
d 25 JUN 1925 • Wellington, Carbon, GA
Sebron was born to William Golding (1805 SC – 1874 AR) and to Elizabeth Lawrence (1804 TN – 1863 AR). The family moved at some time between 1850-1860 from Floyd County, Georgia to Arkansas.
This line descends from William Golding (1704 VA – 1782 SC) and Elizabeth Foster (1704 VA – 1775 SC).
Some of the rest of the story …
In March 1958, a family member (Mr and Mrs Marion Q Golding) recounted stories told to them by and about Sebron Golding. The story begins with not knowning anything of consequence about his childhood, until Sebron joined the CSA at age 15 (on or after July 1862).
Sebron related that three of his brothers served and died fighting for the CSA.
Sebron supposedly served with one of his brothers. A brother died in his arms while mortally wounded. The story does not give a date or location, but relates that the Confederates had been routed and were fleeing when his brother was hit. Sebron picked his brother up and was able to carry him to a barn. Just as all appeared to be lost, new CSA troops entered the fray and the brothers were saved. It is unknown if the brother died about that time or shortly thereafter.
Sebron did have three brothers that died during the Civil War years. It remains unclear as to which brother he could have been with in battle. The most likely candidate is William Golding — only because I know nothing about him and the other two brothers seem improbable.
>>> Homer Virgil Golding served with the 17th Arkansas Infantry Regiment (reorganized into the 21st Inf Regt). The Goldings had moved to Arkansas before 1860. Homer Virgil died on 12 April 1863. Homer Virgil is shown as dying in Arkansas but his unit was in Mississippi at this time. The Battle for Vicksburg began in May 1863, but preparations began in April 1863. The actual battle did not begin until May 1st with the Union siege of Port Gibson which contained large artillery guns capable of hitting Union naval vessels needed to attack Vicksburg. So Homer Virgil Golding died either of illness or was perhaps unfortunate enough to have encountered Union forces scouts that were probing the area.
>>> Joseph Golding died on 19 Jan 1862 at Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee. This likely was due to Civil War service but may also have been due to illness. Union forces launched their attack on Tennessee in January 1862 … but other than naval bombardment the only real battle was in nearby Kentucky as Grant’s forces made their way south. Fighting around Nashville did not commence until February 1862 — and Sebron probably did not join the CSA until after July 1862 when he turned 15.
>>> William Golding died in 1862 but neither the date nor details are known. Whether it involved military service is unknown.
You are welcome to add to or to correct this story by contacting: Bill Golden, Norfolk1956@gmail.com
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