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Francis Robert Goulding

 
 
Francis Robert Goulding Marker image. Click for full size.
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 Mason, pastor of Savannah’s Independent Presbyterian Church, and dedicated to her. There were three Goulding children, Robert, Mary, and Frank.
 
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Opposite side of the Francis Robert Goulding Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 9, 2008
2. Opposite side of the Francis Robert Goulding Marker
1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 060-113.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
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 right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at the end of Goulding Place, at the restored and remodeled Goulding house. Marker is in this post office area: Roswell GA 30075, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Naylor Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); C.J. Perry House (approx. ¼ mile away); The Archibald Smith Plantation Home, Outbuildings and Grounds (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pastorium (approx. 0.4 miles away); Great Oaks (approx. half a mile away); Roswell’s Distinguished Men (approx. half a mile away); Roswell Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Zion Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roswell.
 
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The restored and updated Francis Robert Goulding house image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 9, 2008
3. The restored and updated Francis Robert Goulding house
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,825 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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