|Creator:||Ben Ali, fl. 1812-1860|
|Creator:||Goulding, F. R., (Francis Robert), 1810-1881|
|Title:||Francis R. Goulding papers|
|Quantity:||1.0 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 oversized folder A, 2 artifacts, 2 microfilm reels)|
|Abstract:||Collection consists of correspondence, patent petitions, manuscripts of writings, notes, and other papers of Goulding; family correspondence (1861-1918); correspondence (1931-1968) with the Georgia State Library, where Goulding's papers were previously housed, and others concerning the collection; and manuscripts by Ben Ali, an Arabic slave from Sapelo Island, Ga., and correspondence, articles, and other papers (ca. 1930-1986) relating to the manuscript.|
Rev. Francis R. Goulding was born in 1810 in Liberty County, Georgia. His father, the Rev. Thomas Goulding signed the Declaration of Independence and founded Liberty County.
Francis attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 1830. In 1833 he graduated from the Theological Seminary at Columbia, S.C. and also married Mary Wallace Howard. They had 6 children, two of whom have correspondence in this collection.
Goulding was Presbyterian minister in Bath, Ga. and while there he perfected his invention of the sewing machine which he never patented, allowing later credit to go to Elias Howe.
Goulding published his first of several childrens' books, The Young Marooners, in 1853. He died in 1881 at Roswell, Ga.
Transferred from Georgia State Law Library, 1992.
Francis R. Goulding papers, MS 2807. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.
The Francis R. Goulding Collection contains materials originally given to the Georgia State Library in 1932.
Extract from Atlanta Journal magazine, 3 July 1932, concerning the Goulding family's gifts to the State Library; the artifacts listed are also included in this collection:
The tools with which his grandfather is said to have made the first sewing machine have been loaned to the state library by Frank Goulding, of Atlanta, for exhibit with the memorial collection. These tools, a rather crude brace bit and spoke shaver, were given Mr. Goulding by his uncle, the captain (Benjamin L. Goulding). Mr. Goulding has also lent a walking stick, made of teakwood from the Himalayan Mountains and which must have belonged to Thomas Goulding... for on its silver head is engraved, 'Dr. Goulding, May, 1705.'