Thomas Goulding, 1720-1793, Carteret County, North Carolina, Rev War

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Thomas Goulding, 1720-1793, of Sea Level, NC, served in Capt. Wicker Davis’s Company of Col. William Thomson’s Carteret County Militia Regiment.

Per Capt Davis’ company roster of February 20, 1771: Thomas was the unit’s clerk. This was well before the Revolutionary War so both Thomas and the men of this unit had a long history together.

Birth 1720 per some family histories in Holden, Massachusetts, Thomas died 1793 in Hunting Quarters, Carteret County, North Carolina. A will for Thomas was proven in August 1793. Land is distributed among his named children and his wife Elizabeth is the executrix.


Thomas Goulding Sr. (1695 – 1789) and Sarah Connor (1700 – aft 1720)


Elizabeth Cook (1730 – 1800)


George Washington Goulding (1776 – 1860); John Goulding (1777 – ?); Lemuel Goulding (1779 – ?); Sarah Goulding (1786 – ?); David Goulding (1793 – ?) and Elizabeth Goulding (1793 – ?).

Thomas Goulding
Photo courtesy of Russ Lewis, descendant (2015).

Additional information provided by Andrew Wells:

A Thomas Goulding is found in several places. Carteret County deed book F, pp. 461-464, dated 25 Mar 1758 and registered Jun 1758. This is a sale of land by Carteret sheriff Joseph Fulford to Richard Fenner (or Finner) of Craven County. The 300 acres are described as part of the estate of Thomas Goulding Sr., late of Carteret, a planter. A writ of fieri facias was issued by the Supreme Court at New Bern against the estate, dated 3rd Tuesday of Sept., 31 George. This was to cover damages and taxes. Mr. Fenner was the high bidder at the sale. The land was opposite the thoroughfare of Cedar Island beginning on the south side of Long Bay Creek to the head of Cadugan Creek. The date of Thomas Goulding’s patent is referenced here as 28 Mar 1755. From the Early Carteret Court Minutes 1747-1764 in the Dec 1754 term we see: “Thomas Gouldin Sr appeared to his recognizance and acknowledge himself to this court and discharged paying fees and then acquitted. This court orders Thomas Goolding Sr in custody.” The earliest court reference is from the Jun 1753 term where Thomas Golden Sr. and others are fined fifteen shillings proclamation money for not appearing on the jury according to summons, if they did not make lawful excuses.

The was also a 1761 land grant given in Carteret County, NC to Thomas Goulding.

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