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Wilson in Wilson County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

P.D. Gold

1833-1920

 
 
P.D. Gold Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 18, 2013
1. P.D. Gold Marker
Inscription.
Primitive Baptist leader
& for 50 years editor of
Zion's Landmark. Office
& home was 1/2 blk. NE.

 
Erected 1979 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number F-54.)
 
Location. 35° 43.772′ N, 77° 54.629′ W. Marker is in Wilson, North Carolina, in Wilson County. Marker is at the intersection of Vance Street NE and Maplewood Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Vance Street NE. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilson NC 27893, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hackney Wagon Company (approx. 0.3 miles away); Combat Wounded Veterans (approx. 0.3 miles away); Henry G. Conner (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wilson County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Military Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); First ABC Store (approx. 0.4 miles away); R.D.W. Connor (approx. 0.4 miles away); Barton College (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilson.
 
Regarding P.D. Gold. A prominent publisher and religious leader, Pleasant Daniel Gold was born in 1833 to Milton and Martha Fortune Gold in what in now Cleveland County, North Carolina.
P.D. Gold Marker seen near the intersection of Vance Street NE and Maplewood Avenue, image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 18, 2013
2. P.D. Gold Marker seen near the intersection of Vance Street NE and Maplewood Avenue,
An ambitious young man, P. D. Gold sought to attend school and move beyond his agrarian upbringing. As such, he borrowed money and went to school, studied law, and received his license in 1856. He began to practice law in Shelby as a partner with future Governor John W. Ellis. Soon after establishing himself in Shelby, Gold decided to enter the ministry. He then attended Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His educational pursuits were interrupted by the Civil War when he enlisted in the Confederate army, serving as a chaplain and nurse until a fever ended his military service.
†††In the late 1860s, Gold decided to change his church affiliation and switched from the Missionary Baptist Church, or “New School,” to the Primitive Baptist Church, or the “Old School.” He joined the Kehukee Primitive Baptist Church of Halifax, home of the stateís most active Primitive Baptist organization. Gold was such a dynamic personality in his new calling that he joined the church, was baptized, ordained, and preached a sermon all in the same day. As part of his new mission, he co-founded a newspaper called Zionís Landmark in 1867 with L. I. Bodenheimer. Gold became associate editor in 1871 and served as editor from 1872 until 1920. The paper became the leading publication of the Primitive Baptist Church.
†††Gold also served the Primitive
P.D. Gold Marker looking south along at and Maplewood Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 18, 2013
3. P.D. Gold Marker looking south along at and Maplewood Avenue
Baptist Church as a pastor throughout the state and was seen by contemporaries as a leading figure in the North Carolina church. His home on Maplewood Avenue in
Wilson served as his base of operations, where he published Zionís Landmark and also founded the P. D. Gold Publishing Company in 1902. His publishing company issued the Daily Times and the Semi-Weekly Times and was later incorporated as The Wilson Daily Times Publishing Company.
†††In 1863, while Gold served as a missionary Baptist pastor in Goldsboro, he met and married his first
wife, Julia Pipkin. The couple had eleven children before Juliaís death in 1913. Gold later married Eugenia Burton of Winston-Salem, who died in 1940. P. D. Gold died in 1920 and is buried at Maplewood Cemetery in Wilson. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 517 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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