St Phillips Church, Charleston, South Carolina

St Phillips Church (Episcopal/Anglican), Charleston, South Carolina, founded 1680 and what you see today of the sanctuary was built in 1836.

During mid-March 2014 I went in search of Goldings.

The earliest identified Golding in Charleston is Peter Golding, 1716 and he continued to live in the area through at least 1730. He has no association with the church but he did file numerous legal documents which appear to still exist.

Association with St Phillips Church

1748John Goldin married Elizabeth Robertson at St Phillips.

1750 Jan 3rd – Ann Golding, a child of unlisted age and unknown parentage, is buried at St. Phillips.

St Phillips Church, Charleston, South Carolina
St Phillips Church, Charleston, South Carolina

Only after returning home to Virginia did I learn that original site of St Phillips is where St Michaels Church is today — just a short distance away. So chances are that Goldings and/or Goldens, if they are to be rediscovered, will be at both St Michaels and St Phillips, with the older parish records of interest maintained by St Phillips.

St Phillips Church, Charleston, South Carolina
Main cemetary of St Phillips Church, Charleston, South Carolina. This cemetary sits across from the main entrance to St Phillips. There is another older one that runs along one side of the church, and an additional brick wall enclosed cemetary within the Round Church which sits on the far other side of the main cemetary of St Philips.

Parish records for St Phillips Church exist back to 1713. These are available on microfiche.

While the original St Phillips Church location was renamed St Michaels Church, the St Phillips Cemetary below is from 1680.

St Phillips main cemetary, across from frontal entrance to the church.
St Phillips main cemetary, across from frontal entrance to the church.

Not far away is the Charleston library which boasts an impressive ‘South Carolina Room‘ of historical documents and records. Open hours are few on the weekend and so I did not get the chance to do any research there.

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