I am trying to find some "lost" cousins in Northern Ireland (especially Co. Tyrone) that are related to the Golden/Goldings/McGoldrick families of the area.
My most ancient ancestor that I can find is Richard Golden (1740?-1795?) who is thought to have come to the American Colonies in the mid-1760's to So. Carolina (Charleston?) and then eventually moved to Georgia, then to the No. Carolina wilderness where he died.
We know of 3 sons: (Stephen,Edmond,Thomas) and 4 daughters: (Nancy, Betsey, Sarah, Winnie.
It appears that the siblings traveled from Knoxville, TN thru the Cumberland Gap into Knox Co.,Ky about 1805. Stephen and his sisters settled in the Knox Co. area, Edmond & Thomas moved west into the Ohio Territory.
Thomas remained in Crawford Co., Indiana while Edmond moved to Clay Co., Illinois.
There is a space of time of nearly 30 years between the youngest and oldest child of Richard Golden (and wife, Mary Frances Lowe) so it is possible that he could have been married more than once.
This line of Richard Golden has matched other Golden lines that once lived in the Wilkes Co., Georgia area (this is VERY RECENT NEWS) and we are attempting to find earlier ancestors thru additional DNA tests.
There was a story told by McGoldrick descendants that match stories told by Kentucky Golden descendants:
Once upon a time, there was a Sir Golden/Golding/McGoldrick that insulted the Queen (Elizabeth I) and was banished to Ireland (and Germany).
Has any other Goldens etc. ever heard of a similar story?
I have even written the Herald of Arms in London in hopes of learning whether a Sir Golden was banished during her relm and in official records.So far, no reply.