William Golding
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William Golding (abt. 1600 - 1648)

Rev. William Golding aka Goulding
Born about [location unknown]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1642 in Bermudamap
Father of
Died at about age 48 in Bermudamap
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William Golding was an early or significant Bermudan.
William Goudling was a non-conformist Puritan Preacher from England. He was a part of the Whyte-Goulding-Copeland Faction of the Congregationalist Church in Bermuda.

William Golding seems to be a very wealthy man because at his death, his only son John "received property in Devonshire, (probably Devonshire, Bermuda) his father's library of collected works (which must have been extensive because various books were also given by name to other specific people), and...a slave as well as some other items."[1]

"The Reverend William Goulding was in Warwick Tribe (original areas, parishes, partitioned off to the investors of the Company ) by the fall of 1638."[2]

"Rector of St. Georges Parish in Bermuda, 1643-48."[3]

"Golding, William, was present at the Thursday Lecture in Boston, 5 Nov. 1646, and sailed the same month for England. He had been the minister of Bermuda." [4]

He passed away in early 1648 "Whyte left for England early in 1648...Goulding died soon after his colleague's departure"[5] in Bermuda (this is where the will was filed). "His wife's name was Elizabeth Chaddock and her family line is now known -- BUT she was John Golding's stepmother. She had been married twice before to William Seymour and to Richard Waylett, having had children with both. " [6]

An interesting article about the Eleuthra Experiment and it's connection to Harvard University [5].

Publications, Pamphlets

Goulding, William. Servants on Horse-Back: Or, a Free-People bestrided in their persons and Liberties, by worthlesse men: being A Representation of the Dejected State of the Inhabitants of Summer Islands. Containing Short Illustrations upon a Petition Presented to the High Court of Parliament for Redress. 1648. (JCB NYPL), [7]

William Goulding, Servants on Horse-Back...being A Representation of the dejected state of the Inhabitants of Summer Islands..., 1648 [8]

Julia Mercer, on p. 74 of her Bermuda Settlers of the 17th Century, refers to him as John Golding (almost certainly an error) and mentions son, John Golding; wife, Elizabeth; also Mary Waylett, "dau. of Richard Waylett, my predecessor."

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  1. William Golden, email, research of Catherine L. Gauldin, Death of the Rev William Goulden/Golding confirmed", January 31, 2015, personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden
  2. Early Puritanism in the Southern and Island Colonies, p. 179 by Babette M. Levy, March 1960, Hunter College [1]
  3. Trinity Church, Bermuda, A Sketch of Its History Drawn from Various Sources – Thomas S. Reid, [2]
  4. Winslow, N.E. Salamander Discovered, 17. SOURCE: A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England, 1620-1675, 1829, pg. 124.[3]
  5. Early Puritanism in the Southern and Island Colonies, p. 184, by Babette M. Levy, March 1960, Hunter College [4]
  6. William Golden, email, Catherine L. Gauldin Research, Death of the Rev William Goulden/Golding confirmed", January 31, 2015, personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden
  7. Early Puritanism in the Southern and Island Colonies, by Babette M. Levy, March 1960, Hunter CollegeFull Text
  8. Early Puritanism in the Southern and Island Colonies, by Babette M. Levy, March 1960, Hunter College
  • Migration and the Origins of the English Atlantic World, p. 159, Alison Games, Harvard University Press, 1999[6]
  • Bermuda Settlers of the 17th Century: Genealogical Notes from Bermuda, p. 74, Julia E. Mercer, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1942 [7]
  • Eleuthera, The Island Called Freedom, p. 42, by Everild Young, Regency Press, London, 1966, Compiled 12/2000 by Mary Lou Grunigen Index listing only
  • The Reverend William Golding/Goulding of the Somers Isles and Rector of St George Parish, Bermuda 1643-1648, William Golden.[8]

See also:


  • Thank you to Bill Golden, and Catherine L. Gauldin for her research and for permission to use information and words and work in sourcing this profile.[9], Bill's website homepage

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