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James W Gaulding (1821 - 1878)

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James W Gaulding
Born in Hancock County, Georgiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Monroe County, Georgiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Arkansasmap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Jun 2012
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James Gaulding was born in 1821 and died in 1878.[1]

James appears in the 1870 Census as "Jas W. Gaulding", Publisher/Editor. 48 years old. He was living with 39-year-old Lucinda J., 17-year-old Mary F. and 12-year-old Willie T. in Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas.[2][3]

The following is his brief biography, from Frederick William Allsopp's History of the Arkansas Press for a Hundred Years and More:

J.W. Gaulding, one of the founders of the old Arkadelphia Standard, in 1868, was born in Hancock County, Georgia, July 14, 1821, and died February 21, 1878, of pneumonia. Major J.H. Sparks said: “He was as generous as he was good; filled with noble and ennobling impulses, broad, conservative and charitable in all his views, and in his intercourse with his fellows, always upright, earnest, candid, yet yielding ever, and generous alike to friend and foe.”

Research Notes


biography of Dr. William Gaulding, son of John and Jane Gaulding, born in "Oglethorpe county, Ga., April 15, 1833. His parents subsequently removed to Troup county..." Among his 11 children: Lizzie Love, Benjamin Holmes, and Luella. James and Lucinda's daughter Lula married A.F. Watkins. Their children included Lucy Love Watkins, Benjamin Watkins, and Elizabeth Holmes Watkins.

  • Find a Grave memorial #72781734 for Dr. William Gaulding shows a picture of the back of his tombstone that lists "Our Children: Dora, Lula, Benny, Vollie, Lizzie, Robert, Exa, Odessa, Seaborn, Clyde." The images posted for the memorial include a text passage (no source) with full names of children and information on his wife: he "was married May 6, 1856, to Miss Amanda R., daughter of R. W. and Elizabeth Brown, a union which was blessed with eleven children..."

52 Ancestor Notes

Heirloom (cane carved by a fellow prisoner at Camp Chase for him)
following from Mom's Genealogy/Dates document:
"Grandmother Watkins [Lulu Gaulding] was born in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the daughter of a newspaper publisher. His cane from Camp Chase, Ohio, a Yankee prison camp for captured Confederates during the Civil War, was said to have been given to him by a friend in the camp. He is also said to have been put in jail by the yankees in Arkansas during reconstruction for writing uncomplimentary items about the carpet baggers. The town ladies made such a fuss over it, and brought him so much food that he was soon released. By the1880 Census, he had died. He was born and married in Georgia. Jim was named for him."

The Jim named for him was son of A.F. Watkins and Lula Gaulding. ~ Noland-165 03:25, 6 April 2018 (EDT)


  1. Entered by Liz Shifflett, June 1, 2012; updated June 16, 2012.
  2. Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. M593, RG29, 1,761 rolls. Minnesota. Minnes, Year: 1870; Census Place: Arkadelphia, Clark, Arkansas; Roll: M593, Ancestry Image at Ancestry
  3. Names edited from "Jo" to "Jas" and "Millie" to "Willie" after inspecting image of census. The census taker made little difference between his o's and a's (he writes Lucinda with an o). The letters for James's middle initial (W) and the start of 12-year-old [W/M]illie appear to be the same while the M in Mary is different. See also Lucinda's profile, which names his two daughters born in Georgia as Fannie [Mary Frances] and Willie. ~ ~~~~
  • Liz Shifflett, family knowledge and various documentation.
  • Marriage date, Monroe County, Georgia records (from his wife's profile, which also names their children)
  • FamilySearch:
    • "Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 December 2016), James W. Gaulding and Lucinda J. Malone, 27 May 1849; citing Marriage, Monroe, Georgia, United States, county courthouses, Georgia; FHL microfilm 164,220.
    • "Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967," database, FamilySearch ( : 24 December 2014), James W. Gaulding and Lucinda J. Malone, 27 May 1849; citing , Monroe, Georgia; FHL microfilm 164,220.
    • "Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967," database, FamilySearch ( : 24 December 2014), James W. Gaulding and Lucinda J. Malone, 27 May 1849; citing , Monroe, Georgia; FHL microfilm 0164220 V. A-B, B2.
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On 9 Jul 2018 at 15:50 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

see also USA History site

On 9 Jul 2018 at 15:48 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

I always thought it was at Shiloh that he was wounded & captured, but I saw an obituary that said it was the Battle of Chickamauga.

for info on the battle, see this article & this one, as well as the NPS site

see also 29th Mississippi & search results for James W. Gaulding (three listings? 2 in 29th MS Inf. - James W & J.W. & 1 in 24th MS Inf. - I.W. Gaulding... both regiments were at Chickamauga)

On 7 Feb 2018 at 19:04 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

a JSTOR search for John Mann (maybe grandfather of wife Lucinda) turned up a reference to a John Gaulding in Prince Edward County, as a private "in the command of the late Honorable William Byrd, Esqr.,"... one of several assigning Oct. 1763 land rights to Robert Goode (apparently entered in the order book in 1780). A later note says of him: "John Gualding, or one of his name, is still remembered in Prince Edward County--there is a jungle on Little Buffalo Creek that the old inhabitants cal[l] Gauldentown.J ~ Alfred J. Morrison"

pp 88-89 in this Journal Article:

"Historical and Genealogical Notes and Queries," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 21, No. 1 (Jan., 1913), pp. 81-95. (Virginia Historical Society). Stable URL:

On 7 Feb 2018 at 02:58 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

found his obit! The Southern Standard ran it 2 March 1878, saying he was youngest son of John & Martha Gaulding of Virginia; married L.J. Malone 27 May 1849, daughter of Thomas and Frances Malone of Columbus. And gave his career - established the newspaper in Oglethorpe, then went with General Jas. W. Bethune in publication of Corner Stone out of Columbus. Worked on the Columbus Sun. Moved to Enterprise, MS in 1858 & edited the East Mississippi Democrat for 2 years. Moved to Mobile AL, assoc. editor of the Mercury.

Entered service under General Johnston & Bragg; wounded at Chickamauga. 1865 to Camden, assisted with Ouachita Herald. 12 January 1868 (1867? "last January, ten years ago")... 1st issue date of Southern Standard.

Camden & 1874 Clerk of the House apparently both Ark.

On 6 Feb 2018 at 23:22 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

article of his illness says he was editor of the Mobile Register 30 years ago, so 1848 (still don't know where though). The article was in the "Public Ledger", Memphis, Tennessee 23 Feb 1878 (Sat. page 2)

On 6 Feb 2018 at 23:20 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

notes from

"Clipped from The Southern Standard, 09 Mar 1878, Sat, Page 2" - btm of page from Texarkana Democrat says he was "at one time editor of the Mobile Register" - if Mobile, AL, that's the first I heard he was in Alabama!

"... the House of Representatives in 1874, without his knowledge, elected him clerk of that body..." 2 cols (same tribute article)

died at his house Thursday the 21st

buried on the 23rd by "the Order of Odd Fellows, of which he was a worthy member."

died 21 Feb in his 57th year

obit in Gazette the 23rd? ("Star City Vidette" learned through the Gazette...)

On 9 Jan 2015 at 01:12 GMT Mags Gaulden wrote:

For the Marriage: [1]

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