On the day Frances was born, she was in her fathers lap. Her brother James was on his way up the stairs to bed. France's father said to James, "What do you think of your new sister?" James replied, "She reminds me of a doodle bug." The familial nickname stuck.
When Doodle was very young her father died of Typhoid. Doodle's family struggled after he died. Her fathers family turned them out, so to speak, because Doodle's family lived on the family farm and the family wanted the land. So Allie, Doodle's mother, moved with her kids to the John De La Howe School in McCormick, SC.
During the H1N1 flu epidemic, Doodle's mother nursed many people at the school. To keep Doodle safe she sent her to live with her older sister Belle, who was married and lived in McCormick with her husband Tilman Palmer. Doodle's life was wonderful there with her sister, all farm and wheat and sun; fun and work and being together. Belle became sick as well though, and she eventually died. To see Doodle's face when she told this story, made me think that some part of her died too. I heard this story for the first time when I tuned 16 and Doodle gave me a Ruby Lavalier that had belonged to Belle.
Doodle worked her entire life. Helping her Mother with the boarding house (and meeting her future husband when he lived there), being a mom and spouse, working at The Ladies Shop on the square, moving on to Brown's Shoe Store on the Square when the Ladies Shop closed, and when Brown's Shoe store closed, on to an antique shop, on the square. She worked until she was 86, until she had to move to the city.
I was on my own when Doodle moved in with my parents. I did, however spend every Friday lunch with her I could. Doodle talked, I asked questions and it was wonderful. When my parents were out of town I Doodle-sat. We hung out and ate good food and rented movies. My office (which will remain nameless) had a fish fry every now and then on Fridays. The people who worked up on the yard would go fishing on the weekend and bring their fresh catch to fry on Friday. Doodle always went with me for those Friday Fish Fries. My co-workers treated her like a queen. Once or twice I was caught out and couldn't swing by to pick her up for Fish Fry Friday, but, my co-workers picked her up anyway. Doodle was the patron saint of our work yard, my life.
Doodle passed away at 98, just shy of her 99th birthday. I wish she had made it to 100 or 110 or... M. Gaulden
On the 1910 Census, she is listed as Francis and living in Wrens, Georgia.
Identified as SNP R-L21>DF13>M222
SC Templeton clade of the Scots Irish SNP
Thanks to Jack Templeton (Templeton-134) for this information!
Paternal and maternal relationship is confirmed by a 210.9 cM Family Finder match between her son Earle Gaulden and his Paternal 1st Cousins 1x D. Templeton.
↑ "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 04 Jun 2014), Francis Templeton in household of Christopher L Templeton, Wrens, Jefferson, Georgia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 28, sheet 2A, family 21, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374207.
Obituary for Frances Templeton Gaulden, Laurens County Advertiser, Greenville News
Personal papers and notes of Frances T. Gaulden, Family Biographical Information per letter to Dave Templeton, August 22, 1976. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden
Find A Grave Memorial# 29253588, Frances T. Gaulden, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Laurens, SC
Conversations with Frances T. Gaulden - M. Gaulden
Templeton Family History, p.113, L. B. Templeton, Jr., Self Published, 1953.
The 1940 Census, Laurens City, Sheet 19A, enumerated April 26, 1940.
Personal papers and notes of Frances T. Gaulden, Clan of Comptons, p. , Myldred Compton Lankford, February 15, 1974, Unpublished. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Frances by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Frances: