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Francis Robert Goulding

 
 
Francis Robert Goulding Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, April 9, 2008
1. Francis Robert Goulding Marker
Inscription.  Francis Robert Goulding, author, clergyman, inventor, lived in this house at the time of his death, August 22, 1881, and is buried in the Roswell Presbyterian Cemetery. The son of Rev. Thomas Goulding, founder and first president of the Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Columbia, S. C., Goulding was born near Midway Church in Liberty County, September 28, 1810. Graduated from the University of Georgia in 1830, he was licensed to preach in 1833.

Best Known as the author of the popular juvenile novel, “The Young Marooners” and similar books, Francis R. Goulding like his father achieved eminence in the pulpit, filling many pastorates. In 1842, while visiting near Eatonton, he conceived the idea for a machine for sewing. While pastor of the Bath Presbyterian Church in Augusta, aided and encouraged by a friend, Judge Schley, he perfected his model, Meantime, Elias Howe of Massachusetts had secured a patent on a similar machine.

His first wife, Mary Wallace Howard of Savannah, was the first to sing Bishop Reginald Heber’s famous hymn, “`From Greenland’s Icy Mountains.” It was set to music by Dr. Lowell
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Mason, pastor of Savannah’s Independent Presbyterian Church, and dedicated to her. There were three Goulding children, Robert, Mary, and Frank.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 060-113.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicChurches & ReligionIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 28, 1908.
 
Location. 34° 1.631′ N, 84° 21.826′ W. Marker is in Roswell, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is on Goulding Place, 0.1 miles west of Canton Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is at the end of Goulding Place, at the restored and remodeled Goulding house. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Roswell GA 30075, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Goulding House (a few steps from this marker); Naylor Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); The Fowler House (approx. ¼ mile away); Miss Sallie’s Place (approx. ¼ mile away); C.J. Perry House (approx. ¼ mile away); The Castle (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Archibald Smith Plantation Home, Outbuildings and Grounds (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roswell.
 
Opposite side of the Francis Robert Goulding Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, April 9, 2008
2. Opposite side of the Francis Robert Goulding Marker
Frank R. Goulding image. Click for full size.
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3. Frank R. Goulding
From American Authors; a Hand-book of American Literature from Early Colonial to Living Writers by Mildred Lewis Rutherford, 1894.
The restored and updated Francis Robert Goulding house image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, April 9, 2008
4. The restored and updated Francis Robert Goulding house
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,495 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   3. submitted on December 25, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on August 30, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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