Thomas and Catherine Golding, Prince William County, Virginia lose two children, 1856

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At Kinderhook, Prince William County, October 28th, Thomas H. Golding, infant son of Thomas Golding, esq., aged one year and seven months. “Suffer little children to come unto me, of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” (1)

Thomas H. Golding

Kinderhook is supposedly in the Neabsco District, which makes sense as Thomas Golding managed the Missouri Mill mill that ran on Neabsco Creek. This is the land area today that faces the main entrance to Quantico Marine Corps Base. However, I can find no designated area known as ‘Kinderhook’ although Missouri Mill can be pinpointed on a map and the mill foundations still exist.

Very little is known about this Golding family. They ran a mill on Neabasco Creek and owned some slaves. How many is unknown although Thomas Golding took out an advertisement in 1851 seeking return of one of his smarter slaves, Geo(rge) Posey.

Although I live today (2014) in the Neabsco District, I have not once ran across a Golding in this area. As for the family line of these Goldings I have not a clue.

Just barely a week later, Thomas’ death would be followed by that of his sister: At Kinderhook, Prince William county, Va., on Tuesday 4th day of November 1856, Jane Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Golding, aged 3 years and 11 months and nine days. (2)

A light is from our household gone,
A voice we loved is still’d.
A place is vacant at our hearth
Which never can be fill’d.
A gentle heart that throbbed but late
With tenderness and love,
Has hush’d its weary throbbing here,
To live in bliss above.
Yes, to the home where angels are,
Her ransomed soul has fled;
And yet we bend about her tomb
With teas, and call her dead.
We call her dead, but ah! we know
She dwells where living waters flow.

Jane Golding


(1) Alexandria Gazette, Alexandria, VA, November 1, 1856.

(2) Alexandria Gazette, Alexandria, VA, November 10, 1856.

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