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Henry Richard Golden (Golding, Goulden) was born October 31, 1844, in Abbeville District, South Carolina. He was the son of John Madison Golding (Goulden) and Louvinda Cheatham. After the death of his father in 1848, Henry's mother married George Washington Fooshe (Foorshee.)

In 1850 Henry was one of six children, living in Abbeville District, South Carolina, as the oldest child in the family of Washington and Lavinda Foorshee. They lived next door to the Reuben G. Golding family. Reuben was his father's brother.

Several members of the Cheatham, Sadler, Fooshe, and Roten families apparently moved together from Abbeville District to the area of Montgomery County, Texas, in the early 1850s. Some family members settled in Leon County.

In 1860, Henry was living in the Forishee household in Montgomery County. The R. G. Goulden family lived three houses away. Thomas D. Golden was his first cousin, as Reuben G. Goulden was the brother of John Madison Golding, and Reuben's wife, Helena Cheatham, was Louvinda's sister.

Another first cousin, Amanda Cheatham, was married to William W. Roten. Henry's half-sister, Martha Irene Foorshe, was married to Timothy J. Cude after the war.

Henry joined Co. Co. B, Second Texas Lancers, Carter's Brigade in April of 1862 when he was eighteen. He was a private.

He trained at Camp Carter at Hempstead with the other members of Co. B, and marched to Arkansas with them, where he was dismounted with the others in the latter part of July, 1862. His regiment became the 24th Regiment Texas Cavalry Dismounted.

After training as infantry at Sulphur Springs, his regiment was assigned to Garland's Brigade. On the muster roll of August 31, 1862, he was reported to be “absent, sick.” Garland's brigade was sent to defend Ft. Hindman at Arkansas Post. Henry was reported to be present on the muster roll of October, 1862. He was captured by Union troops following the Battle of Arkansas Post on January 11, 1862 and was transported up the Mississippi River to prison.

Roll of Prisoners Captured at Arkansas Post
He was left at the hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, due to illness.

Gratiot Street Prison, St. Louis

When he recovered, he was imprisoned at Gratiot Street Prison. He was sent from there for exchange and parole in April, 1863, at City Point, Virginia.

Shortly after he was paroled, he was admitted to the Episcopal Church Hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia; the illness was called debility, a general wasting condition.

Certificate for Commutation of Rations, May, 1863, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for food which he had to purchase himself during his sick furlough.


A “receipt roll” shows that he was given clothing in November, 1863. He received drawers and a shirt.

Muster rolls following that show him to be absent, sick in the hospital through April of 1864.

Henry survived the war and came back to Montgomery County. His name is on a list of those who took the amnesty oath as a preliminary step for an application to the President for pardon. A notation on the amnesty list, which is bound within an early Montgomery County marriage book, states that he took the oath in Houston.

On August 16, 1868, he married Mrs. Sidney E. Alston. She was born in 1848 and was nee Sidney Elizabeth Sapp, the daughter of Forsyth B. Sapp and Julia Ann Bryan. Her first husband was Edwin A. Alston.

A search for Henry in the 1870 census was not successful, but in 1880 he was enumerated in Precinct 6 of Montgomery County as Henry Golding, with wife S. E. Golding and one son, John. He was a farmer.

Records submitted to the Family History Center show that Henry died November 20, 1883 in Montgomery County. Sidney died on September 5, 1887. Their places of burial are unknown at this time.

Goldings and Cheathams, Post-Civil War
Contributed by David Frame

Thank you to David Frame for the history of the Cheatham and related families. David may be contacted at DFRAME1 (at) comcast.net. The information concerning Henry's Confederate service is in the Compiled Service Records which are housed in the National Archives.

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For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at fjohnson@wt.net.

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