The Liberty County GAGenWeb: Francis Robert Goulding Biography


Francis Robert Goulding was a native of Georgia, and was born September 28, 1810, in Liberty County, near Midway. He died August 21, 1881, and is buried at Roswell, Ga. Dr. Goulding graduated in the University of Georgia, at Athens, in 1830, and finished the course in the Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Columbia, S.C., in 1833. The failure of his voice debarred him from preaching, and he became a writer of books, being surprised at his own success. A desire to instruct and amuse his own children caused him to commence the “Young Marooners” in 1847. The work was not completed until 1850, and was two more years in finding a publisher. It was declined in New York and neglected for a time in Philadelphia until on one occasion the one who passes upon the manuscript in such cases chanced to make a casual examination of the “Young Marooners,” as the work was called, after having been named two or three times. The passing glance of the manuscript-reader deepened into intense interest, and the work was brought out at once. Three editions were issued the first year, and it was soon reprinted in England and Scotland by at least half a dozen houses. Some one called it a “Crusoic book for boys, and the best of its class.” Be it boy or man who begins the story, he is likely to finish, and then procure “Marooner's Island,” a sequel, published in 1868. These works have been a source of pleasure and profit to thousands of young people in both America and England. Dr. Goulding's other works are: “Little Josephine” (1848), “Confederate Soldier's Hymn-Book” (1863), “Little Boy” (1869), and the “Woodruff Stories” (1870).

Link, Samuel Albert Pioneers of Southern Literature, Publishing house, M. E. Church, South, Bigham & Smith, agents, 1903, pp. 277-278

Genealogical Notes

Francis Robert Goulding was the son of Thomas and Ann Holbrook Goulding. Thomas Goulding was born during 1786. Children of Thomas and Ann Goulding were Lucy Anne (married Thomas Asa Pond) and Francis Robert (married Mary Wallace Howard during 1833 and Matilda Rees during 1855).

1860 McIntosh County Federal Census
City of Darien
Page 9
F.R. Goulding: 49, O.S.P. Minister, $15,000, GA
Matilda R. Goulding: 40, GA
Chs. Goulding: 25, Clerk, GA
Mary W. Goulding: 22, GA
Thos. E. Goulding: 13, GA
Mary E. Goulding: 1, GA
Matilda R. Goulding: 1, GA
Martha K. Rice: 51, $5,500, GA

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