Roswell History Tour Part 1

My buddy and I decided to hit some History today! Being Georgian’s we decided to revisit Roswell GA and enjoy the town at 7am.

Our First Stop!

Francis Goulding House!


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.

Marker Text: In this cemetery lie some of Roswell’s leading early citizens, most of whom came here from Georgia’s coastal counties: Francis Robert Goulding (1810-1881), clergyman, inventor, author of The Young Marooners and other juvenile classics; Barrington King (1798-1866), Roswell King’s son, first settler, president of Roswell Factories, and his wife, Catherine Margaret Nephew King(1804-1887); Nathaniel A, Pratt, D.D. (1796-1879), graduate of Yale and Princeton Theological Seminary, founder of the Roswell Presbyterian Church, its pastor for 40 years, and his wife, CatherineA Barrington King Pratt(1810-1894); Archibald Smith (1801-1886) and his wife, Annie Margaret Magill Smith (1807-1887).
In the old cemetery, at the top of this hill, lie: Roswell King (1765-1844), founder of Roswell, for whom the town is named; John Dunwody, Esq. (1786-1858), and his wife, Jane Bulloch Dunwody (1788-1856); James S. Bulloch (1793-1849), Major in the Mexican war, father of Martha (Miss Mittie) Bulloch, wife of Theodore Roosevelt. Her sons were President Theodore Roosevelt and Elliott Roosevelt, the father of Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Inscription. In 1839, 15 Presbyterian men and women, ‘members of the colony’ of Roswell, invited the Rev. Nathaniel A. Pratt, D.D., of Darien, to organize the first Presbyterian church of Roswell. These charter members included the Bulloch, Dunwody, Hand, King, Smith, Pratt families, and Misses Elizabeth and Helen Magill, Susan Elliott and Sarah Gould. John Dunwody, Sr., Barrington King, and Archibald Smith were elected elders. Dr. Pratt, the first pastor, served until his death, 40 years later. The Rev. Henry Barrington Pratt, whose Spanish translation of the Bible is used today, went from this church as a missionary to Colombia in 1856; Dr. George Butler to Brazil in 1883. The early membership included several Negro slaves. Of these, Charles Pratt and John Hall became missionaries to Africa.



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