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John Gaulden (1808 - 1889)

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John Gaulden
Born in Edgefield County, South Carolinamap
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Husband of — married in Laurens County, South Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Ninety Six, South Carolinamap
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Categories: Ninety Six, South Carolina | Gaulden Family Burying Ground, Ninety Six, South Carolina.


John was born in 1808. He was the son of James Gaulden and Frances Johnson.

"...Rev. Joseph Babb performing the [wedding] ceremony. She was living at the home of her grandfather, Patrick Todd, in Laurens County. To this union were born eight children...In 1833 John visited his Gaulden relatives in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. He traveled on horseback and on the way passed through the Choctaw Indian Tribe. He was in Alabama at the time of the historic 'falling of the stars', the greatest on record. The people wept and wailed, thinking the Day of Judgment had come. He went on to Mississippi where he visited the Richardson, who he said were wealthy.

The story is told of his wedding day, January 2, 1840, that it was a snowy day, extremely severe. Some of his friends advised him not to attempt the trip in such weather, that it would be difficult to cross the Saluda by ford, etc., etc. but love laughs at the weather and rivers. He went and triumphantly brought his bride home." [1]

He passed away in 1889.

"DEATH OF JOHN GAULDEN. AFTER AN EXEMPLARY AND USEFUL LIFE OF MORE THAN EIGHTY YEARS, HE SLEEPS WELL. He Owed no Man Anything but Goodwill - - - Allien 111m Children Were Young, lie Nnile Thpin Happy - When He won Old, They Kevered mid Honored him --- Upright and Honorable in all HIs Dealings, His Neighbors Loved him and Revere His Memory. John Gaulden, Esq., one of the oldest nnd ! best known citizens of the lower part of Abbeville County, died nt bin home near Ninety Six, Tuesday, .June 18,18__ , after an illness of a little less than two weeks. He lived far beyond the allotted period of three score years and ten, having been born January II, 18__. He died where he had lived For more than sixty years, his parents having occupied the same homestead during their latter years. He was laid to rest the day following his death, in the family burial ground ... had preceded him by about nine years, and near the graves of his father and mother and other kindred. In the presence of his children, grand-children, relatives, friends and neighbors the funeral services were conducted by his pastor Kev. W. P. Meadors, the passage of Scripture used belng the tenth verse of the ninetieth Psalm I. Mr. Gaulden was a native of Edgefield County, his parents having moved there from Sumter County. He was of English ancestry, his forefathers being among the early settlers of Virginia, removing thence to South Carolina about the time of the Revolutlon. Thus his life covered most of the period of the American Republic. He was married January 2nd, 1840, to Jane E. McFall, of Laurens County, who was of scotch-Irish parentage, reared under the strictest Presbyterian discipline, and a faithful, congenial and prudent helpmate. Eight children blessed this union, namely, Mrs. C. i E. Crawford and Mrs. L. M. Crafton, of Edgefield County, Mrs. S. E. Chapman, Mrs. S. M. Davis, Mr. C. W. Gaulden. Miss Annie Gaulden and Miss Mamie Gaulden, of Ninety Six, and Mrs. J. C. Bailey, of Greenville, S. C. All his children survive him; also his aged sister Mrs. Sarah Burnett of Ninety Six. Although of limited education himself, but with a mind of more than ordinary strength, he took great interest In the school of his community, having contributed generously towards the construction of the original Ninety Six Academy, of which he was a trustee as long as his years of activity lasted. He gave all his children good school advantages, several of them having enjoyed collegiate training. He found most of his happiness in his children and spared no effort to make them comfortable and happy. His was an upright, temperate, and Industrious life. He never used intoxicants or tobacco in any form, and never Indulged In any luxury that he could not share with his family. By industry, energy, and economy Mr. Gaulden Increased a small patrimony into a considerable fortune, most of which, conslsting of slaves, was swept away by the reverses I of the war. But after the war, In which he was too old to take an active part, ln his declining years and broken energies he went bravely to work to support his family, In which he was gratifyingly successful. He was averse to contracting debts, and died owing no man anything but goodwill. He was a man of the strictest integrity. He obeyed the Bible injunction "lat your yea bo yea and nay, nay". His good judgment and fine sense of Justice were held In high respect by his neighbors, by whom he was on several occasions invited to act as arbitrator In ____ v. _____ his opinions, and careful in his expression of them, his word could be relied on Implicitly. Mr. Gaulden spent all his life In farming, in which he was quite successful. He did not care for public office or applause, though he always gave his moral and ____ support to every substantial measure for the public weal, but was satisfied with the simple pleasures of his home and farm. He paid considerable attention to the cultivation of fruit and looked after everything his farm would grow, both cultivated and indigenous, that would contribute to the satisfaction of his children. When they were young he made them happy, and when he was old, they , served and honored him. He was a member of the Methodist church for about forty years, holding his membership at Salem Church, about three miles from his home. Ministers of the Gospel always found a cordial welcome at his hearthstone, and his hospitality in general was unstilted. He was kind and considerate towards the poor, and his Justice was always tempered with mercy. Verily, a useful citizen, a kind neighbor and devoted father has been removed from the scene of his labors." [2]

His Estate was sold at Auction, on December 3, as noted in an 1889 Newspaper advertisement. His son, C. W. Gaulden was the Executor along with Executrix, daughter, Ida G. Davis.[3]

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  1. The History Of The Gaulden Family, pp.4 & 5, by Laura Gaulden Bailey, 1929, Washington Memorial Library, Washington, DC. [1]Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden
  2. The Abbeville Press and Banner, (Abbeville, S.C.) 1869-1925, June 26, 1889, Image 5, Library of Congress, [2]
  3. The Abbeville press and banner., November 27, 1889, Image 1[3]

See also:

  • Find A Grave Memorial# 45349463, John Gaulden, Gaulden Family Burying Ground, Ninety Six, Greenwood County, South Carolina, USA. [4]

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